Attwill Advisors

Attwill has chosen its advisors because each advisor brings individual skills to help guide Attwill through the next phase of the business growth. Each advisor has extensive business backgrounds and each advisor has been successful in his career. We expect draw on the skills and advice of each advisor as we release our own products and compete directly in a number of markets.
Rick Ferrera
Rick is a serial entrepreneur with a heart to make change happen. His first company was International Managed Healthcare in Canada, which he sold to Liberty Mutual Insurance in 1994. In 1997, he built Alliance Medical Corporation, the first major medical device reprocessing company. This company acted as a pioneer in many aspects of the reprocessing industry. In 2010, Rick sold his company to Stryker for more than half a billion dollars. Rick has a passion for driving changes that make sense to healthcare – payers, patients, and providers alike.
David Marko
Global Health ResearchImproving outcomes from injury worldwide with emphasis on low/middle income countries Health Care Advocacy/ Gender-Based Violence ResearchDomestic violence and injury research, physician educational toolkitsAdvocacy for women experiencing abuse worldwideMale Leadership in ending violence against women Knowledge TranslationEditor-in-Chief, OrthoEvidence Development of eSolutions for health care providers worldwide Research Strategy/LeadershipPublic speaking, strategic consulting, and evidence-based medicine
Paul Barnicke
Paul Barnicke is a retired senior partner of PwC having spent 37 years in the accounting profession specializing in taxation. Paul has extensive experience across all commercial sectors including 7 years working in capital markets, M&A and international tax  in New York and London, England. Paul is also a retired Vice-President Taxation for the George Weston group of companies, including Choice REIT, PC Bank and Loblaw. Paul has his HBA from Ivy. Paul is active on numerous corporate, non-profit and charitable boards.
James Watson
Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology University of Western Schulich School of Medicine2012 Appointed Chair of OMA’s section on Anesthesiology2011 recipient of the Professional Staff Organization Award for St. Joseph’s Health Care2011 Ontario representative of the Canadian Anaesthesiology Association
Geoffery Goad
Geoffrey L. Goad, Managing Director, Private Clients, Echelon Wealth Partners, is a seasoned investment advisor with extensive experience advising small and mid-sized businesses through the trials and tribulations of achieving their objectives.Geoffrey has been involved in management, board and advisory capacities with public, private and non-profit organizations for his entire business career. This skill set is invaluable in assisting Peacebuilders plan and achieve its own strategic initiatives. He is a strong believer in an individual’s capability to achieve success given the appropriate tools and a “chance”.
Gary Oakeson
Gary P. Oakeson is an equity partner at Thorpe North & Western and a licensed attorney in both California and Utah. As a registered patent attorney, his practice focuses primarily in the areas of patent prosecution, opinion work, and litigation support, in addition to his trademark and copyright practice. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law.
Geoff Browne
Geoffrey Browne has over 40 years of experience in the financial services in Canada, the U.S. and London England. He was head of private equity of Merrill Lynch Canada a founder and Managing Partner of MWI & Partners, a private equity firm. Prior to founding MWI, he was a senior executive with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and CIBC Wood Gundy Inc. for over 20 years. The last position held at CIBC was Chief of Staff for CIBC World Markets. Geoff is active on numerous corporate and not-for-profit Boards.
John Kennedy
John Kennedy has been a technology entrepreneur for the past 37 years specializing in medical devices and advanced manufacturing. He has numerous patents in both fields. John now spends his time as an angel and venture capital investor. He is active on boards for medical, environmental and e commerce companies. John is involved in numerous charities and enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs.
Tim Shortly
Successful entrepreneur  principal and managing director with proven strategic and leadership competencies in business development, team building and revenue generation. Demonstrated strengths in creating powerful relationships between clients and service providers and sourcing, selling and delivering innovative client concepts that increase revenue. Self starter with a rich mix of technical, finance, marketing, operations and leadership capabilities.  Tim has been a successful businessman with experience  as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand, and corporate banker at Bank of Montreal, Chicago IL specializing in leveraged buyouts. Tim spent a number of years as the managing director of Union Bank of Switzerland in Chicago where he ran a lending portfolio of $1.4 billion. Since leaving the banking industry Tim has successfully pursued life as an entrepreneur.
Jon Last
For more than 27 years, Jonathan E. Last worked in the medical device field, first in finance, then sales and marketing, followed by manufacturing and operations and finally in management as a division president. Then, in 2010, he took his considerable management and marketing skills and purchased a small, Utah-based automated controls company that specializes in water treatment, mining and other related industries. From a huge, international firm with worldwide operations, Jon is now managing a staff of fewer than a dozen people that build and program automated systems in the Intermountain area of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada. Along the way, he earned multiple awards in his chosen field of medical device manufacturing and marketing, helped integrate a newly purchased division, Vas-Cath, into a huge international firm, C.R. Bard, and was promoted from president of Bard Canada, then to president of Bard Europe, Middle East and Africa and finally to president of Bard Access Systems where he reported directly to the corporation’s chief operating officer at C.R. Bard. In that capacity, he led his division with global sales of $650 million and 500+ employees.   At Bard Access Systems, he spearheaded the successful launch of more than 15 new products, received the Harris L. Willis Award for the highest growth in net income (2008), completed the acquisition and integration of a public company that added an incremental increase of over $20 million per year. Now, his challenge is to take that same experience and management expertise and apply it on a smaller, but still challenging scale. When he acquired WETCO eight years ago, he brought both capital and know-how to acquire more market share and add sales in a competitive, small-business environment.