Name: Doug Goertzen
Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering
Company: Kardium Inc.
How I obtained this position:
In late 2006, I decided I wanted to take what I had learned from my experience at Creo Inc. – building a great team and corporate culture – and create a new company that would have a positive impact on people’s lives. I reached out to some colleagues and together we decided to start Kardium, which is focused on developing highly innovative medical devices. My role was to build and run the new company from its initiation.
What I do:
Kardium has always been focused on being as lean and efficient as possible. As such, many of its employees perform several roles. My role involves guiding the strategic direction and corporate culture, hiring the team, working closely with the engineering group, raising capital, and managing HR, Finance and IT. I am fortunate enough to be involved in many of the company’s operational aspects, work with exceptionally talented team members, and love what I do.
What I do makes a difference because:
My goal is to be part of a team that builds a remarkably successful company, providing a great place to work and delivering innovative products that truly improve people’s quality of life. Kardium is well on its way to becoming such a company. The most important contribution I have made is hiring a team of remarkably talented, incredibly intelligent individuals capable of overcoming many of the challenges that arise when trying to design and commercialize one of the most sophisticated medical devices ever created.
Advice I would give to students who want to pursue the same career path:
When starting your career, find a company with great people where you can learn how to build teams and develop new products. Focus more on getting valuable experience and working with smart individuals than on compensation – this will pay off in the long run. Be prepared to work hard in order to succeed.
How I keep up to date in my field:
Kardium is developing an ablation catheter to treat atrial fibrillation. This was a completely new field for me. In order to learn about it, I attended numerous medical conferences and interviewed many doctors. Now I am fortunate enough to work closely with the leading electro physiologists in the world and learn directly from them.
How my degree from SFU prepared me for my job:
The engineering, math and economics courses I took were essential in helping me understand and quantify the world. The basic principles of analysis I learned in university still underlie many of my decision-making strategies today. The engineering co-op program also helped me land a job at a great company, which allowed me to create connections to people I am fortunate enough to still work with today at Kardium.
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