EXCITE International's operations are led by Dr. Les Levin, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer; Shahira Bhimani, Vice President, Business Development and Operations; and Dan Wright, Secretary/Treasurer. MaRS Discovery District is supplying administrative support during startup.
Dr. Levin is an international opinion leader in creating a transformational change in the application of evidence to drive impactful innovation and guide it along the pathway to adoption. He is the Founder and Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of EXCITE International.
In 2011, Dr Levin initiated the first comprehensive collaborative premarket evaluation program, MaRS EXCITE, at MaRS Development District in Toronto to drive innovation to adoption. This program is currently evaluating 11 new technologies. Based on the success of MaRS EXCITE, in 2014 he founded EXCITE International which was recently incorporated as an non-profit independent organization to expedite adoption of new impactful technologies globally. EXCITE International represents a collaboration between USA, UK, Canada and the Netherlands and is growing to include other jurisdictions...
Dan brings twenty-five years of experience in senior financial and executive roles in the public and private sectors to his role at EXCITE International.
His public sector experience also includes four years as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Supply Chain Secretariat.
In addition to his public sector experience, Dan’s private sector background includes positions at MNP LLP, where he was the Managing Director, Advisory (Ontario) and at Electrohome, where he was Senior Vice President and CFO.
Dan was appointed Secretary/Treasurer to the Executive Board of EXCITE International in February 2016.