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Mission

Our mission is to help people walk with confidence.

LegWorks is a for-profit social enterprise: our mission is to help people walk with confidence. We believe mobility is empowerment, and walking is an essential part of interacting in life, being able to work, and taking care of oneself and one's family.

 

Vision

mobility = empowerment

Our vision as a company is to develop and supply all components of a complete prosthetic leg solution for lower-limb amputees around the world, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. 

 

 

Need

Globally, there is a lack of innovative yet affordable solutions.

In the developed world, advances in prosthetics are geared towards high end products that are out of reach for many, due to classification as a low-activity amputee and/or lack of coverage by insurance. 

For those who are unable to access a waterproof microprocessor knee, there is a demand for better, more functional devices at lower price points.

In the developing world, 1 out of 10 have access.  

Without a functional prosthesis, amputees are stripped of their ability to walk, restricting their independence, employment potential, and productive participation in the community. 

Our Philosophy

AT LEGWORKS, WE CREATE AND BRING TO MARKET TECHNOLOGY THAT IS BOTH AFFORDABLE AND HIGH-PERFORMING FOR ALL LEVELS OF INCOME and all levels of mobility.

Globally, mechanical knee joints priced for affordability are primarily prescribed to individuals expected to achieve very limited mobility. We do not believe that low mobility patients deserve low mobility devices. 

We believe all patients deserve access to high functioning devices.

Team

JAN ANDRYSEK

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Jan Andrysek is a scientist and inventor at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and a professor at the University of Toronto.  Jan is an expert on the development of mobility assistive technologies for individuals with lower limb impairments and holds a number of patents which have resulted in the commercialization of medical products.  Jan has a PhD in Health Sciences from Utrecht University.


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TREVOR BERGMAN

International Partnerships Manager

Trevor Bergman has spent the past 5 years serving as the executive director of a non-profit organization overseeing the day-to-day operations and coordination of international partnerships in the prosthetics industry. Prior to that, Trevor worked as an educator for 10 years, 8 of which were in Asia. He is very excited to bring his experience to the LegWorks' team and working with their international partners. Trevor graduated from Deakin University with a Masters in Education.  


BRANDON BURKE

DIRECTOR - PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Brandon Burke is an expert on prosthetic knee joints and has extensive industry knowledge.  Brandon lost his leg above the knee at the age of 18.  Today he remains very physically active and wears the All-Terrain Knee on a daily basis.  As a user, Brandon innovates on our technology and has connections to many partner organizations in the prosthetic field.  Brandon has a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.


DAVID GREEN

CO-FOUNDER

David Green is a serial social entrepreneur who has worked with many organizations to bring affordable medical technologies to market. This includes directing the establishment of Aurolab which has 8% of the global market share for intraocular lenses and co-founding Sound World Solutions, a social enterprise to make affordable hearing devices with a novel fitting. David is a MacArthur Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and a Schwab Social Entrepreneur.  David has an MPH from the University of Michigan.           


MARK HALPREN

CFO

Mark Halpren works with early stage technology companies to establish a finance function that will steer the company through rapid growth and future investment. Mark is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner having worked in finance departments at big four accounting firm EY, as well as small public and private technology companies.  Mark holds an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.


EMILY LUTYENS

CEO

Emily Lutyens has driven social change through strategy and capacity building, with experience in management consulting, non-profit management and social enterprise operations in Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Guatemala and the US.  She was the founding Country Director of Educate!, a non-profit organization whose leadership and social entrepreneurship program reaches 25,000+ Ugandan youth annually.  Emily has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.


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KATEY MULFINGER

DIRECTOR - OPERATIONS

Katey Mulfinger specializes in marketing and operations for start-up social enterprises, and has an inordinate love for setting up systems and processes. Previously, she led Operations at PresenceLearning, an innovative education-technology start-up providing speech and language services to K-12 schools. Katey is a two-time graduate from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology and M.S. in Earth Systems (focus on social entrepreneurship).                                                                                                                  


CALVIN NGAN

ENGINEER

Calvin Ngan aspires to create profound impact through his engineering work by focusing on the development and delivery of highly functional yet affordable medical devices for a global population. Calvin was the recipient of various prestigious scholarship awards during his academic career, as well as an active member who volunteered in his local community and hoped to be a role model and inspire the younger generations. Calvin has a degree of Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto.                


HANNAH SMITH

SALES MANAGER

Hannah Smith is experienced in sales in the orthotics and prosthetics industry. She has a unique background of sales experience incorporating hands on clinical skills and education in both biomechanics and business. Hannah has previously excelled in orthotics sales with Restorative Care of America (RCAI) and Dynasplint Systems, Inc. She holds a degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University and an MBA from Mercer University, where she also worked as an athletic trainer.    


NICOLAS VOGEL

Clinical Specialist

An ABC Certified Prosthetist, Nicolas Vogel completed both Prosthetic Technician and Prosthetic Practitioner programs at Century College prior to attaining his credentials in 2002. Nick provided patient care in Minnesota, Illinois and North Carolina, after which he served Clinical Education, Technical Service and Product Management roles for prosthetics at medi USA for 12 years. Nick has a passion for delivering education in a dynamic and engaging manner with the end goal of maximizing functional outcomes for the amputee.


 

MO

Chief snuggler

Mo has 4.5 years experience giving snuggles, and is an aggressive ball-chaser with some serious slide moves. A real go-getter personality with a smashing hair-do to match!

 

MOLLEY

chief enthusiast

Molley is a pup who likes to keep the LegWorks team on our toes! A sweetheart always willing to give a hug (but be careful - she doesn't always remember how big her paws are!)


Advisers

LOU BARTELLA

PRODUCTION ENGINEER

Lou Bartella has spent over 30 years in product development and manufacturing. Starting with American Standard, Lou was involved in Global Development projects with CAD/CAM as a primary focus. He then ran a custom display company, involving design and manufacture of everything from simply product displays to complex digital drive thru systems for International food chains. He also worked with a manufacturer developing and supplying Medical Headwalls for hospitals, and is excited to bring his expertise to the LegWorks tech team. He graduated from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering.

HEATHER MCDONALD MORESCO

MARKETING EXECUTIVE AND CONSULTANT

Heather McDonald Moresco is a seasoned internet marketing executive with a specialization in teen girls, women and health. She co-founded the website gURL.com, which at one point was the largest teen site on the internet and remained in the executive team there for years. She has a BA from the University of Iowa and attended NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program. She has been a marketing and business consultant for technology and media start-ups in Milan, New York City and San Francisco. She is active in public health education around disability, patient advocacy, and health care reform.           


JULIE MCDOWELL

ADVISER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie McDowell is the Founder and President of TARIS Incorporated, a consulting firm providing advisory services to social and healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators. Areas of expertise include fundraising, strategic planning, and business development, as well as providing venture advisory services for funders. TARIS also invests in start-up ventures that use commercial solutions to address global health challenges. Since 2003, Julie held a number of leadership and volunteer positions, with a focus on global health and disability. She is an active member of the Canadian angel investment community, a former Board Chair of Toronto based Maple Leaf Angels, and a proud SheEO Activator. 


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*Grand Challenges Canada is funded by the Government of Canada and is dedicated to supporting Big Ideas with Big Impact in global health.

Press Releases and Media Coverage

LegWorks CTO Jan Andrysek receives the research and development medal as part of the 2017 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

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8 Canadian Innovations that are Improving Accessibility

by AccessNow, May 31, 2017

September, 2017 - Game ChangeRs Silicon Valley with Jim Connor

Interview with Brandon Burke, Co-Founder and Director of Partnership Development

March, 2016 - Village Capital and Citi Community Development’s Inclusive Enterprise Series 

 
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