Bryce Youngren •
Bryce Youngren joined Polaris in 2002. He focuses primarily on growth equity investments in the software and Internet markets. Bryce’s investments have included Cushcraft (sold to Laird Group), Alimera Sciences (public: ALIM), National Electronic Attachment (sold to Accel-KKR), Liaison International (sold to Warburg Pincus), Digicert (sold to TA Associates), Strata Health, Cardlytics, Research Now, and Xpressdocs.
Prior to joining Polaris, Bryce was a senior associate at Great Hill Partners, where he sourced and executed investments in SmartMail Services (sold to Deutsche Post) and ManagedStorage International (sold to Incentra Solutions) and served as a director on the boards of both companies.
Previously Bryce served as an analyst for Willis Stein & Partners in Chicago and for Bear Stearns & Co.’s technology investment banking group in New York. Bryce holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Don G. Schick •
Founder & CEO
Don Schick is the passionate founder and executive visionary behind the Strata Health mission and culture since its beginning in 2001. With a record of consistent business success spanning 35 years, Don’s career includes executive responsibilities within global leaders Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo prior to launching his entrepreneurial career. In 1988, Don co-founded Carlyle Computer Products Ltd. which was twice named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies prior to being acquired by Boise Cascade Corporation. Don’s organizations are consistently known for generating and sustaining cultures focused to delivering on strong strategy and living to high ethical standards while displaying a passion for client service.
Don has been a guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University and at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has addressed the Canadian COACH eHealth Conference, the UK Trade eHealth Expo at Cambridge University, and the Australian National eHealth Symposium in Brisbane.
Don – a British Columbia Top 40 Under 40 recipient, graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BSc Hons and is a long time resident of Vancouver, British Columbia where he lives with his wife, Linda.
Howard Waldner •
Howard has extensive strategic and operational health care leadership experience in both Canada and the United Kingdom, having held a number of key President and CEO roles on both continents.
Most recently, Howard served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, a fully integrated regional health authority in British Columbia serving over 750,000 individuals with an annual operating budget in excess of $2.0B. Prior to this he was the Chief Operating Officer in Calgary Health Region in Alberta. He is also an Adjunct Professor and is the Principal of the Strategic Consulting firm, Caledonia Solutions Canada Inc.
Marc has over 25 years of Health IT global experience. A pioneer of several technologies that are now standard in the Health and Payer markets in over 49 countries.
Most recently, as Co-Founder of Health Language, which was sold to Wolters Kluwer, he held the position of Executive Vice President, Global Business Development. Prior to this, he served in the same capacity for iSOFT plc, (now part of CSC) and Co-Founder of HCI developer of Cloverleaf (now part of Lawson). Marc also was the Chair of the IHTSDO (“SNOMED”) Affiliate Forum for two terms. Currently, he serves on the Board of AuthentiDate (Nasdaq ADAT) a leading vendor in the Home Monitoring sector.