With over thirty years of experience in the field of business, Robert Mackie has built an extensive portfolio of successful ventures. As a result of his knowledge, Robert has been well sought after by many companies for his expertise in leadership as well as building, transforming, and transcending businesses. His experience includes, but is not limited to, business-to-business relations, corporate takeovers and restructurings, sales and marketing strategy, oversight of finances, as well as import/export and trading. Beginning his career as an entrepreneur, one of Robert’s esteemed business endeavors includes successfully co-founding and owning one of the largest mobile communications companies in Western Canada. In addition, throughout the past twenty years, Robert has formed an exceptional international portfolio in the development and management of Commercial Real Estate. Born and raised in British Columbia, Robert has always placed an importance on being involved in the community. He has been actively involved in a number of charitable organizations as well as headed several fundraising events for community sports, youth educational programs, and countless other organizations.
After graduation from the University of Windsor with a degree in Microbiology, Rick Galli began his extensive career in research and diagnostic laboratory sciences with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Public Health Laboratory in 1973. Since then he has worked in senior positions in public and hospital laboratory settings as well as the private sector. He was directly involved with leadership of laboratory diagnosis and monitoring of HIV infection from 1987 to 2005, and served on numerous HIV advisory boards and associations, most recently as President of the Canadian Association of HIV Clinical Laboratory Specialists. Before moving to Vancouver and joining the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in 1999, Rick initiated the first and only provincial peer-reviewed HIV/AIDS grants and awards program of its kind for Ontario-based researchers, through the Ontario HIV Treatment Network in Toronto. From 1999 to 2005, Rick helped establish and managed the first accredited HIV molecular laboratory monitoring program in Canada at the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Since joining bioLytical Laboratories in February 2005, Rick has been instrumental in directing the regulatory compliance elements for bioLytical and INSTI that resulted in Health Canada approval, CE Marking for European Union member countries, WHO prequalification and US FDA approval and CLIA waiver. Mr. Galli is responsible for bioLytical Laboratories’ regulatory, scientific and clinical affairs.
Chuck Westgard’s career in business spans more than thirty years. Concentrating primarily in the Real Estate and Finance Sector, Chuck has directed and been involved in the development and sales of over 2,000 residential and commercial units in both Canada and the United States. He has also positioned and managed over $200 million dollars for different projects and ventures during the same time frame. As a result of his extensive experience, Chuck has been pursued to oversee and provide expertise to various businesses. Born and raised in British Columbia, Chuck attended The University of Washington to study business and economics while on a full ride scholarship for baseball. He then went on to play internationally for Team Canada and professionally for the New York Yankee Organization. Chuck is now actively involved in several areas of the community. He has coached numerous sports teams for over twenty-five years; ultimately leading teams to win a total of seven National Championships in Women’s Fastpitch. He is also greatly involved with several local charities and organizations as well as sponsoring many amateur sports teams and associations. Chuck has always been a well-integrated member of the community.
Matthew Clayton graduated from the University of Texas El Paso and comes to bioLytical with over 20 years of business experience across various industries, including biotechnology, health sciences, marketing, public relations, finance, philanthropy and business-to-business negotiations involving corporate, government, labour and First Nations. Matthew was one of the original co-founders and investors in bioLytical. In the early stages of the company, he played a key role in developing overseas markets, grassroots partnerships with NGOs as well as governing bodies like the World Health Organization.
Since 2009, Matthew’s prime focus has been as an external consultant to the Haisla First Nation. This work has involved brokering partnerships and strategic alliances, as well as driving business development projects for the Haisla Nation.
Along with serving on bioLytical’s Board of Directors, Matthew presently sits on various committees and working groups in the Province of British Columbia including the executive committee of Premier Christy Clark’s LNG Working Group. In keeping with his continuing interest in the field of health, he is also the managing director and founder of Washington Health Limited, which produces and distributes a multi-tiered vitamin and energy supplement called eboost.
Livleen Veslemes has over 15 years of financial management experience in private and public companies across several different industries including biotechnology. Livleen served as Chief Financial Officer of a Vancouver based publicly traded medical diagnostic manufacturer with FDA cleared products that transitioned from the R&D phase into full commercialization through worldwide partnerships with 3M Healthcare, Roche Diagnostics and other international distributors. She also served as the Director of Finance at a subsidiary of Bell Canada and a leading North American provider of satellite communication solutions. She successfully led the financial integration of three North American acquisitions, managed the accounting and finance functions through a period of exponential revenue growth, and was responsible for consolidated financial statements for 2 US subsidiaries and 5 Canadian offices during her tenure there. Immediately prior to joining bioLytical Laboratories in October 2014, Livleen was an executive team member at Luvo Inc. reporting directly to the CEO, hired at startup to develop and lead accounting, finance, supply chain, legal, HR, administration and information systems. She facilitated the implementation of a strategic plan that resulted in the launch of 34 USDA approved products with 5,500 retailers in the US including Whole Foods, Safeway, Target and Costco. Livleen earned her designation as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2001.