Kate Dilworth

Kate Dilworth, BSN R.N. MBA, ICD.D, Director Health Programs and Term Lecturer, Beedie School of Business brings 34 years of experience in healthcare practice, learning design and consulting.  Kate has designed and taught in customized programs for clients from diverse sectors, government, First Nation communities and professional service firms with a focus on specialized health programs to support large-scale change (alternative funding models for physicians, new governance structures for primary care, inter-professional co-leadership models and regionalization/mergers) and innovative approaches to governance and healthcare delivery in primary care, community, acute and tertiary settings.

She is the Academic Director of the GPSC Leadership and Management Development Program supporting Divisions of Family Practice and primary care in BC.  Her international work with Lower and Upper Middle-Income Countries’ includes capacity building with World Health Organization and inter-ministerial officials in the areas of change leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, health impact assessment and governance leadership with civil society, public and private sectors.

In her consulting practice Kate works with inter-professional teams in the development of patient/family centered care. Kate has coached and worked with numerous teams to explore and implement best practice. Her clinical practice has focused on adolescent and adult mental health, addictions and psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. Through her work in the design of programs, research and public education, she has impressed the central role and key contribution families and consumers/persons with lived experience make as partners in their care, in providing input to care design and delivery, research, policy and in engaging in public education. Clients include Mental Health Commission of Canada, Industry Council Aboriginal Business, Provincial Health Services, BC Cancer, Resident Doctors of BC and F.O.R.C.E Society for Kids Mental Health.

Kate is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman Directors Education Program. She is a Board Director with AEDES- Specialized Association for Sustainable Development in Peru and former Board Director of St James Community Service/Bloom Group and the Positive Women’s Network and Advisory Committee Member, Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health and is a 12-year jury member, BC Innovation Council- New-Ventures Competition.


Dr. Peter Payne

Dr. Peter Payne has 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, he has established and run a variety of companies. He has founded and co-founded a broad range of businesses ranging from electronic publishing to medical devices. He has mentored in entrepreneurship programs for various organizations, including UBC, SFU, New Ventures BC and the BC Tech Association. He has been involved with government organizations, private and public companies, reverse take-overs, venture capital corporations and not-for-profit groups. He has been an invited speaker at international conferences, holds a number of patents and has received several awards for his work. Peter is also a Visiting Lecturer at SFU Beedie School of Business.


Rachel Chase

Rachel Chase is an SFU Beedie alumni that co-founded a medical device startup while in her senior year. She is a YELL mentor, BC Business 30 under 30 recipient, and an SOSV's HAX alumni.


Rahul Singh

Rahul Singh is a biotech professional, with over 14 years of experience in the life sciences sector. As a Sector Manager at Genome BC, a non-profit funding organization, he leads the $110M forestry portfolio and manages funding programs to help researchers and stakeholders create solutions for current and future sector challenges, such as climate change. He is also a big proponent of building an engineering-biology ecosystem in BC to enable production of sustainable and innovative bioproducts. Rahul closely works with stakeholders from academia, government, and industry to create strategic partnerships for translation of scientific inventions into innovations. He is a strong believer of equity diversity and inclusion and actively supports such initiatives. Before joining Genome BC, Rahul worked at UBC and with the Atomic Energy Commission in France, where he conducted scientific research, mentored trainees, and authored 20 research articles. Rahul has a PhD (microbiology) from University of Manitoba and is an alumnus of invention 2 Innovation program from Beedie School of Business at SFU.


Shelley Linn

Small Business Relationship Manager, Westminster Savings Credit Union (now officially merged with Prospera Credit Union)

Shelley Linn has been a pioneer for the Small Business Team since 2013 and brings over 34 years of experience in the financial services industry to her role as Small Business Relationship Manager for Westminster Savings Credit Union (now officially merged with Prospera Credit Union). Shelley is a huge advocate for small businesses and love to support their services and connect them with partners & customers to ensure their sustainability. Shelley also markets the Westminster Savings (now known as Prospera) brand by attending grand openings and anniversary celebrations for businesses.

Shelley is extremely active within the Tri-Cities community being an ambassador with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and volunteering at major events to support Eagle Ridge Hospital, Crossroad Hospice and Terry Fox Foundation

Shelley was a mentor with YELL for 2 years where she worked with high school students develop their entrepreneurial ideas and pitches at Simon Fraser University.