In 2012, HeadCheck Health co-founders Harrison Brown and Kerry Costello began working towards building a better concussion diagnostic test for use on the sidelines of sports activities.
They spent that year reaching out to sports organizations stakeholders to validate their concept and received some surprising feedback. While there was strong support for the test they were developing, potential users also spoke of the need for an all-in-one platform that could incorporate the new test alongside the other tests and processes they were already performing to manage concussions. Harrison and Kerry emerged from these talks with a laser-focused desire to build better concussion testing tools and a platform that could incorporate all aspects of concussion management in one place.
We need to protect the athletes who put everything, including themselves, on the line to achieve their goals.
CEO and Co-Founder of HeadCheck
HeadCheck Health CEO and co-founder Harrison Brown is an athlete with a background in contact sports and an interest in brain injury.
A rugby player in his early years, Harrison played on the Hong Kong National Team and University of Guelph Varsity team while pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree.
In University, Harrison began to specialize in Neurophysiology, leading him to pursue Masters of Science and PhD studies in the University of British Columbia’s Sensorimotor Physiology Lab. Supported by his thesis advisors and mentors, Dr. Jean-Sébastien Blouin, Dr. Gunter Siegmund, and Dr. Michael Koehle, Harrison was involved in a wide variety of concussion-related research. These included head impact monitoring, diagnostic accuracy of commonly used concussion tests, utility of baseline testing, and the identification of concussions through objective balance error measurement.
Meet the head office
Harrison is HeadCheck Health's leader and industry expert, passionately driving the company towards the realization of our shared vision. Harrison pursued his MSc and PhD studies at UBC, holds a BSc degree from the University of Guelph, and has broad scientific research experience in sports-related concussion. He is a former Hong Kong National Team rugby player, University Varsity Rugby player, and basketball coach.
Kerry covers many roles, including day-to-day operations for HeadCheck Health. Kerry is a UBC MBA graduate who previously worked in product and marketing management for a large insurance agency. She brings a wealth of expertise to her role, including extensive operations and multi-unit management for an international Fortune 500 company. A former athlete, her passion for sports continues as a current coach.
David was most recently VP Finance and CFO for Aquatic Informatics, where he spent 12 years helping grow the company from 5 employees to over 120. He took a key lead position in supporting the company through a corporate merger and sale of the business to a private equity firm, and served in various roles including leading finance, accounting and human resources, and lead positions in operations, marketing and business development. Over his career he has worked with several high growth firms in the start up stage in various industries including health care, technology and industrial/manufacturing. David has an MBA from the University of Toronto, and is active in hockey, skiing, biking and running, and has been a hockey coach at Vancouver Thunderbirds for 12 years.
VP of Revenue & Strategy
Tanner brings over a decade of experience in sports software sales, growth, and start-up spaces most recently running, directing, and managing the highly successful college recruiting software company CaptainU. Tanner holds multiple degrees from Northwestern University where he played football under Randy Walker and Pat Fitzgerald.
Andrew oversees HeadCheck Health's marketing strategies and brand implementation. Andrew holds a BBA from Capilano University with a focus in Marketing. He came to HeadCheck in 2017 after nearly four years at a sports tech company that developed fan engagement and video social-networking apps.
Lead Web Developer
Jason leads web development at HeadCheck Health, including the web platform and APIs. Jason brings a wealth of knowledge in developing industry-changing products in the sports world, having spent 11 years in the sports statistics and analytics world. Whether he's coaching, cheering for one of his kids, or playing himself, Jason's favourite place is the hockey arena.
Senior Android Developer
Cagkan is responsible for Android development at HeadCheck Health. Having a master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Cagkan has been developing applications for Android and iOS since 2011, when he started his career in tech. Outside of work, he enjoys playing video games on the pc, hiking and listening to metal and alternative rock.
Taffita provides clients with knowledge, education, and support throughout their journey. Taffy completed a BAHSc degree at Sheridan College with a specialization in Athletic Therapy, leading her to provide sideline medical coverage for elite and professional athletes across a variety of sports. A former competitive figure skater and coach, Taffy's first-hand concussion experience has fueled her passion for keeping athletes safe from mismanagement.
Shaireen provides clients with assistance and support throughout their journey. Her interest in health, sport, and tech originated at UBC, where she completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology. As a former coach and athlete with experience in a clinical setting, Shaireen loves interacting with users to figure out how HeadCheck best fits their needs. In her spare time, Shaireen enjoys spin and shooting hoops.
Olga provides clients with assistance and support throughout their journey. One of Olga's goals is to help people improve and protect their health, which stems from her time with Health Canada and BSc studies at SFU. A former competitive dancer, Olga now enjoys hiking, tennis, and cross-country skiing in her free time.
Customer Success Representative
Larissa provides clients with assistance and support throughout their journey. Larissa completed a BSc in Food Market Analysis and a minor in Kinesiology at UBC, giving her an insight into different aspects of health and business. Having extensively worked with rugby teams, she places a strong value on athlete safety and health, and is able to bring her experience as a user of Headcheck into her role, aiming to help clients make the most of our platform.
Customer Success Representative
Helen provides clients with assistance and support throughout their journey. Helen holds a BSc with a specialization in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and a MSc in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo. She has a strong research background in the area of head injury mechanics and is an advocate for proper injury management to support athlete health.
Ada brings a design-thinking perspective to drive meaningful design decisions forward at HeadCheck Health. Her Psychology degree from UBC and past design work experience allow her to dig deep into user behaviors, simplify complex issues, and build user-centered solutions that empower customers. Outside of work, Ada enjoys hiking, camping, and creating digital art.
As a QA Analyst, I am responsible for monitoring every phase of the development process to ensure that the product meets the quality standards, is fully functional, and is user-friendly. I am also responsible for creating and maintaining automation scripts for Regression Testing. I have a Bachelor’s, a Post-Graduate degree in Computer Science, and 3 years of experience as an Automation Test Engineer. Outside of work I enjoy, playing Video Games, Hiking and Cooking.
Junior Business Quality Analyst
Jeremy's role as a Junior Business Quality Analyst has him supporting various domains at HeadCheck. With a BA in Linguistics, his skillset helps refine internal and external operations using best language practices. Outside of Headcheck, he enjoys cooking, yoga, and reading. As well, he spends his time conducting speech and language research at SFU.
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