The Team Our bright minds


Ying K. Tam – President & CEO

A seasoned entrepreneur and business executive with over 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Tam has a passion for building companies, taking multiple start-up companies from initial concept to business reality.  Start-ups he has founded or co-founded include abridean (acquired by nCipher plc), where he was responsible for all market facing activities as Sr. Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, and i-HRx (acquired by Healthconnex), where he was President & COO.


A high energy, results oriented executive with significant operational and strategic experience, Mr. Tam has had operating roles in a wide range of organizations, from early stage companies to major multi-national corporations.  Previously, he was President & Managing Director of Maritech Software (acquired by AKVA Group ASA), a mid-market ERP software and consulting company, Vice President in the Management Consulting Practice at Ernst&Young, and has held director level positions at CGI and SAP.  Mr. Tam has been a Director on the boards of several public, private and not-for-profit organizations.  He currently sits on the board of Odgen Pond Technology Group and Fairmont Advisors.


For Mindful Scientific, Mr. Tam is responsible for the overall business and financing strategies and the execution of the operational plan.




Donald F. Weaver, M.D., Ph.D.

A practicing neurologist and co-founder of several biotechnology companies including Neurochem (IPO in 2000), Donald Weaver has published hundreds of peer reviewed articles, supervised dozens of clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies, and is an inventor on over 70 patents as well as the recipient of numerous grants, awards and honors.  Dr. Weaver is a co-inventor of the HCS technology. He is a past winner of the Prix Galien Canada Award (2009), the Bantrel Award for excellence in design (2010) and the Jonas Salk Award (2011).  Dr. Weaver was formerly the Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience/Chemistry, Professor of the Departments of Medicine (Neurology), Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is currently Senior Scientist and Director at Krembil Research Institute (TWRI), where he oversees hundreds of researchers, trainees and staff.  Dr. Weaver received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


As well as being critical to ensuring the efficacy of the HCS, Dr. Weaver is uniquely well placed to help the HCS gain clinical and medical validation.




Ryan C.N. D’Arcy, Ph.D.

Ryan D’Arcy, a neuroscientist and renowned expert in brain imaging, is the chief inventor and architect of the Halifax Consciousness Scanner (HCS). Dr. D’Arcy was formerly Head and Senior Research Officer of National Research Council’s (NRC) Institute for Biodiagnostics (Atlantic).  He is now Professor and British Columbia (BC) Leadership Chair in Medical Technology at Simon Fraser University and Surrey Memorial Hospital/Fraser Health and has appointments at Dalhousie University as an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Psychology/Neuroscience, Anatomy/Neurobiology, and as Medical/Scientific staff at the QEII and IWK Health Centres in Halifax.


Dr. D’Arcy’s expertise is in electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetoencephalography (MEG).  He has over 140 published works and has won numerous awards of distinction. He has attracted over $50M of investment into advanced biomedical imaging. Dr. D’Arcy received his B.Sc. from University of Victoria (with distinction) and both his M.Sc. & Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University. He did his post-doctoral training in Diagnostic Imaging at the National Research Council (NRC) before starting the Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.




Christopher J. Barden, Ph.D. 

A successful entrepreneur, with experience in life science and information technology start-ups, Dr. Barden has also been admitted to the bar of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, having significant expertise in managing the intellectual property of companies. Companies managed or co-founded by Dr. Barden have garnered over $7 million in venture financing and grants in the past five years.


Dr. Barden was a Discovery Award recipient (2010), an award granted to talented individuals for their national and international work in the fields of sciences and technology and a Fusion Halifax GO Award (2011) for excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship.