As the President of Excelleris Technologies Inc., a health technology company and a wholly owned subsidiary of LifeLabs, Akiko leads one of the most connected Health Information Exchange platforms in the country, serving over 2.5 million patients, 30,000 health care providers as well as hospitals and hospital networks.
Akiko was also Chief Information Officer for LifeLabs and established a transformational program to position LifeLabs’ Information Technology as a strategic cornerstone for growth.
Prior to joining LifeLabs, Akiko spent a number of years at Pacific Blue Cross, British Columbia’s #1 provider of health, dental and travel benefits for over 75 years, where she was instrumental in designing and implementing one of the company’s largest organizational transformation programs. As a member of the IT senior leadership team, Akiko led Enterprise Architecture to transform legacy systems to state-of-the-art systems. Akiko also established the Innovation Centre to help IT drive technology-based innovation for increased customer satisfaction.
System Engineer and Architect by training, Akiko has held senior positions with Oracle and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). Akiko holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Linguistics from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computing Science (with specializations in Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery) from Simon Fraser University.