About GuideStar

GuideStar Medical Devices is a med-tech start-up based in Victoria, British Columbia. Our team is committed to delivering world-class solutions to real medical problems, transforming the way doctors use technology. Our goal is to design and manufacture ingenious medical devices that transform medical procedures, improve safety, and reduce cost, with solutions that are accessible to practitioners around the world.

Leadership Team

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Dr. Michael Dolphin | CEO

Mike Dolphin earned a Masters degree and PhD from Stanford University in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Western Ontario in Astronomy and Geophysics. Dr. Dolphin has a diverse background including work in precision engineering and manufacturing, rocket design, satellite component engineering, geophysics and computer software production. He has managed engineering teams on spaceflight projects and teams for software development.  For the past six years, he has led the design and manufacture of medical devices. GuideStar Medical Devices is his first startup as CEO

Ryan Ruedebusch | VP Business Development

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Ryan Ruedebusch has extensive leadership and operational experience from several roles, primarily with scientific companies. Most recently, Ryan spent 17 years with VWR where he led a large and interdisciplinary team towards profitability and was responsible for the Pricing Strategy & Operations functions across the company's multi-billion dollar business. Ryan has also held a variety of sales and leadership roles at a large global distributor of scientific supplies, in addition to previous experience running a family owned business. Ryan holds a BS in Environmental Science from St. Cloud State University.  When not working, Ryan can be found chasing after two children, running, or golfing.  

Brianna Carrels | Engineering Project Manager

Brianna Carrels has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Victoria in Biomedical Engineering. She has a background working in hospitals and the medical device and pharmaceuticals industries. Brianna has led multiple engineering teams, and has experience in project management, product development and stakeholder management. She is the University of Victoria 2017-18 Co-op Student of the Year, recipient of the BC Tech Innovation Award and IEEE Gold Medal in Biomedical Engineering. She was also a member of the UVic women's varsity golf team, and still loves playing golf.

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Board of Directors

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James Helliwell | MD FRCPC, Chairman

Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals founder holds a medical degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), with specialization in anesthesiology. He also received sub-specialty training in cardiac anesthesiology and transplantation. Prior to founding Eupraxia, he held a clinical practice at a quaternary  academic cardiac center in St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Dr. Michael Dolphin | PhD, Director

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Dr. Dolphin completed his Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Ontario in Astronomy and Geophysics. He received his Masters and Doctorate from Stanford University in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Dr. Dolphin has a diverse background including work in precision engineering and manufacture, rocket design, satellite component engineering, geophysics and computer software production.  He has managed engineering teams on spaceflight projects and has experience consulting with companies preparing their SR&ED claims. Mike has also served for over five years as the Chief Technology Officer of Accuro Technologies, a medical device startup.

Dr. Jack Pacey | MD, Director

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Dr. Jack Pacey has been practicing medicine for over 40 years. In addition to being a surgeon at Burnaby Hospital for over 30 years, he is also the founder of Saturn Biomedical Systems (acquired by Verathon Medical Canada in 2006) and PaceyMedTech.