With more than ten years of proven research leadership as a Canada Research Chair, Dr. Jaimie Borisoff brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective.
“Jaimie has all the right attributes to ensure the MAKE+ team will be successful in the future as they have been in the past,” said Dr. Kim Dotto, Dean, Applied Research and Centre for Applied Research and Innovation. “Jaimie brings years of collaborative research experience in creating solutions that meet user needs, which makes him a perfect fit for the MAKE+ team.”
“I am honored to accept the position as Director of MAKE+. Nancy Paris, who retired in Fall 2021, has left big shoes to fill, but at the same time has left us in a great position to succeed,” said Dr. Jaimie Borisoff. “I have worked closely with this fantastic MAKE+ team over the last 10 years, and look forward to the challenge. I am very excited for the future for MAKE+ and BCIT Applied Research.”
More about Dr. Jaimie Borisoff
Dr. Jaimie Borisoff is the Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation Engineering Design, a Principal Investigator at ICORD, and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Jaimie completed his BASc in Engineering Physics and went on to get a PhD in Neuroscience while competing for Canada in four Paralympics. He received the QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to sport and research, and represented Canada for 13 years on the international stage as an all-star world champion and double Gold medalist in Paralympic wheelchair basketball.
During Dr. Borisoff’s 10-year leadership as Project Leader for the Rehabilitation Engineering Design (REDLab) team, they built a collaborative and diverse, inter-disciplinary network of researchers (e.g. Rehabilitation Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Mechanical Engineering, Human Kinetics, and others) as well as industry and community partners. Jaimie focuses his own research on technology development that can improve mobility and quality of life for people with disabilities.
MAKE+ is a multidisciplinary research group focused on people and technology innovation. Their mission is to support local stakeholders (industry, academic partners, and students) through the creation of innovative technologies that contribute to BC’s global competitiveness.
MAKE+ is the only academic applied research group in Canada that conducts its activities under a certified ISO 13485 (Medical Devices) Quality Management System. This system ensures a rigorous product development path that includes comprehensive review, risk, and records management activities that creates the best outcomes for our partners. This user-driven innovation model is designed to lead to safe, effective, and commercially relevant products that improve the lives of people around the world.
Feature photo credit: back row l-r Tom Bellaire, Nigel Halsted, Gordon Thiessen, Garrett Kryt, Tony Rukavina, Fardin Barekat, Matt Greig, front row l-r Silva Raschke, Soka Wong, Johanne Mattie, Jaimie Borisoff, Sara Frederking, Yvette Jones, Judy Findlay, Shadi Sabeti