Our Story

Dr. Marc Lamarre co-founded Cumulus Dental in 2013 with one vision: To improve dental care by creating efficiencies within dental practices.

Though most dental offices in North America use digital dental office management systems (DOMS) for scheduling and financial transactions, as many as 85% of dental offices still use paper dental charts.

Cumulus Dental created its flagship product—SmartChart—to improve practice productivity and patient care by reducing the administrative burden and potential for error of paper-based processes. SmartChart is a revolutionary 3D voice-activated dental charting system that increases charting speed, improves record accuracy, and enhances the patient experience.

To build on this vision, Cumulus Dental immediately set their sights on replacing the existing periodontal probe which has been used by dentists and hygienists for over 120 years.

SmartProbe will be an innovative device capable of measuring the depth and temperature in every site probed—which will lead to much earlier diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of gum disease. The launch of SmartProbe is scheduled for 2018.

Since inception, a world-class team of experts in their respective fields of business, leadership, management and technology have been recruited to turn the goals into reality and make a transformational change in dental practices around the world.

Our Mission: To help dental practitioners improve dental care by evolving dental practices.

Our Team

Since its inception, Cumulus Dental has recruited a world-class team of experts in their respective fields of dentistry, business, leadership, management, and technology to turn the co-founders’ vision into reality and lead transformational change in dental practices around the world.

Leadership Team

Dr. Marc Lamarre, BSc, DDS, EMBA

Dr. Marc Lamarre, BSc, DDS, EMBA

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Board Member

Marc has a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Ottawa, a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Toronto, and an EMBA from the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. While still in dental school, Marc joined the military and served in Germany as a dental officer, where he was also honour guard commander for all ceremonial parades and events, the official military escort to all NATO delegations visiting from Spain, and SCUBA instructor for the base SCUBA club. Prior to founding Cumulus Dental, Marc headed several successful businesses, including Phenix Dental Services, Cayman Dental Services, and Quantum Biomedical. Marc is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Ross Morgan, BA, MA, CPA

Ross Morgan, BA, MA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Ross is a CPA with more than 25 years’ accounting experience split between public accounting and technology companies. Prior to moving into the technology sector, Ross spent 11 years in public accounting with Ernst & Young. He then worked in full-time senior finance roles with Plaintree Systems, Loran Technologies, Peregrine Systems and Mobile Knowledge before becoming Managing Director of CFO4Results, an Ottawa firm specializing in part-time CFO services. He currently provides financial consulting services to several Ottawa-based technology companies. Ross has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. He has served as a director, secretary, and treasurer for public, private and charitable organizations and is a former Auditing instructor at Carleton University.

Miguel Planas, BA, MA (Psychology)

Miguel Planas, BA, MA (Psychology)

Vice President, User Experience and User Interface Development

Miguel is a seasoned user experience and product management specialist, with a strong record of delivering high-value designs in a wide range of challenging environments. He has a reputation of excellence in assessing user needs, designing highly effective user interfaces, and successfully leading both formal organizations and virtual teams to achieve their goals. For 7 years, Miguel headed the organization responsible for all user interface designs at Nortel Networks. Also at Nortel, Miguel served as the Director of the Portfolio of software products used to manage networks of Nortel equipment. In addition, Miguel headed the Nortel Design Authorities, the group of senior engineers and scientists charged with setting the strategic direction for all key Nortel technologies.
His expertise lies in distilling complex information and interactions into simple-to-use and compelling designs that maximize the effectiveness of the end user experience.

Dr. Scott A Becker, OMM, CD, DDS, QHDS, NSS, FPFA

Dr. Scott A Becker, OMM, CD, DDS, QHDS, NSS, FPFA

Chief Operating Officer, Board Member, Colonel (Retired)

Scott studied chemistry and genetics at Carleton University before obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Toronto. Scott was the Director and Regimental Head of the Royal Canadian Dental Corps and was appointed Honorary Dental Surgeon to Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. As Head of the Dental Corps, he was involved in the development of their award-winning performance measurement system DentIS and the stand up of the CF Health Information System. Shortly after retirement, he was recruited by the Ontario Dental Association to Chair their Task Force on eHealth and joined Cumulus Dental Inc late 2014. Scott is an international lecturer and published author.

Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

Vice President, Software Development

Chris has many years’ experience as an innovative web, mobile, and desktop software designer, as well as a developer, technologist, manager, and coordinator. He has developed advanced software, hardware, real-time and embedded systems with several established and start-up companies in the Ottawa area. Chris has extensive prototype and release version software development lifecycle experience. He is also a professor and principal investigator at Algonquin College in the Media and Design department, and works as a project manager and consultant the college’s Applied Research and Innovation Department.

Patti Church

Patti Church

Marketing Directror

Dr. Rejean Munger, BSc, MSc, PhD (Physics)

Dr. Rejean Munger, BSc, MSc, PhD (Physics)

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Hardware Development

Rejean has over 20 years’ experience in research and development on a broad range of biomedical instruments for the non-invasive assessment of health using light, principally in the human eye but including optical spectroscopy of whole blood. He has numerous publications in the field of optics and holds several patents for these devices. He has worked as a project director and designer for companies, such as eSight and Annidis in Ottawa and is the founder of Visual Optics Research. He has spent most of his career at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and is an Assistant Professor of Optics and Assistant Director of Biophotonics at the University of Ottawa. Several of the devices he designed have made it to market.

Spenser Williams

Spenser Williams

Director of Product Strategy

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Board of Directors

Paul Bisson, MBA, MHD

Paul Bisson, MBA, MHD

Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, Cumulus Dental

After a long career as a commercial pilot and executive in the Aerospace Industry, Paul co-founded Advanced Research Technologies (ART), which is responsible for creating breast cancer diagnosis medical imaging system. In addition to his role at Cumulus Dental, Paul is a Senior Associate at BVA & Associates, part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, and board member of the Gatineau/Ottawa Executive Airport. In 2007, he was the recipient of the prestigious Trudeau medal in recognition of his commitment to the community and the university, and for his business achievements. Paul is currently working on his PhD at Fielding Graduate University in Human Organizational Systems.

Victor Varona, BSc, MBA

Victor Varona, BSc, MBA

Executive Director and Co-founder, Cumulus Dental

Victor has over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. During his career, has acquired extensive experience in general management, regulatory affairs, product development, product management, and sales/sales management. He has held senior management positions for both local and global companies, including President and CEO at Life Sciences Management Services Inc. and Senior Vice President at Advanced Research Technologies Inc. Victor currently sits on the board of directors of several life science start ups. He has an MBA from the University of Ottawa (Executive Program) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Marc Lamarre, BSc, DDS, EMBA

Dr. Marc Lamarre, BSc, DDS, EMBA

President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

Marc has a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Ottawa, a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Toronto, and an EMBA from the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. While still in dental school, Marc joined the military and served in Germany as a dental officer, where he was also honour guard commander for all ceremonial parades and events, the official military escort to all NATO delegations visiting from Spain, and SCUBA instructor for the base SCUBA club. Prior to founding Cumulus Dental, Marc headed several successful businesses, including Phenix Dental Services, Cayman Dental Services, and Quantum Biomedical. Marc is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

André Durocher

André Durocher

Director

Andre Durocher

Dr. Scott A Becker, OMM, CD, DDS, QHDS, NSS, FPFA

Dr. Scott A Becker, OMM, CD, DDS, QHDS, NSS, FPFA

Director, Chief Operating Officer, Colonel (Retired)

Scott studied chemistry and genetics at Carleton University before obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Toronto. Scott was the Director and Regimental Head of the Royal Canadian Dental Corps and was appointed Honorary Dental Surgeon to Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. As Head of the Dental Corps, he was involved in the development of their award-winning performance measurement system DentIS and the stand up of the CF Health Information System. Shortly after retirement, he was recruited by the Ontario Dental Association to Chair their Task Force on eHealth and joined Cumulus Dental Inc late 2014. Scott is an international lecturer and published author.

Michael Dunleavy, LLB

Michael Dunleavy, LLB

Partner at LaBarge-Weinstein LLP, Secretary, Legal Advisor

Mike is a partner at LaBarge Weinstein LLP and joined the firm in July 2000 after seven years of practice at two national law firms in Toronto. His clients include companies at all stages of development, from start-ups to established public companies. Mike has extensive experience representing purchasers and vendors in mergers and acquisitions, issuers and underwriters in public offerings, and companies and their investors in private equity financings. A specialist in corporate law, corporate finance, and securities law, Mike also has an extensive background in technology contracting, including drafting and negotiating agreements for the licensing, development and distribution of technology and the outsourcing of technology services.

Design and Engineering

Sean Emberley

Sean Emberley

3D Graphic Artist & Lead Designer

Sean is a skilled 3D developer and visual designer. He is a graduate from Algonquin College’s Video Game Development program. Sean’s expertise lies in 3D design and rendering of objects to be integrated into interactive programs, as well as software user interface specification and design. He was on the Dean’s list for academic achievements every semester and has been team lead for many school projects, which included creating game-design documents, user interfaces, and game prototypes.

Elena Berestetsky

Elena Berestetsky

Software Developer

Dr. Hector Guestrin, BSc, MSc, PhD (Biomechanical Engineering)

Dr. Hector Guestrin, BSc, MSc, PhD (Biomechanical Engineering)

Quality Systems and Regulatory Approvals

Hector is an experienced professional with a solid background and demonstrated success in process management. He has expertise in Quality Management Systems (QMS) for compliance with Canada’s Food and Drug Act, Health Canada, and European Union regulations and standards; product lifecycle management; requirements management; risk analysis; quality assurance; as well as software verification and validation, configuration management, and development management. Hector is a consultant for Analytics for Life Inc. and Health Parametrics Inc. He is the former manager of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Therapeutic Monitoring Systems Inc. in Ottawa. Hector has also held positions at Sanders Geophysics Ltd., Honeywell Video Systems, and Mitel.

Nicolas Castilloux

Nicolas Castilloux

Software Developer and Technical Lead

Nicolas is a skilled .NET software developer. He is a graduate Computer Engineering Technology – Computing Science advanced diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa. Nicolas has significant work experience acquired through co-op placements and assignments at Algonquin College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation.

Brenden Forbes

Brenden Forbes

Software Tester and Developer

Godfrey Joekumar

Godfrey Joekumar

Marketing Coordinator

Rufino Ricardo Ansara, BIT, MASc

Rufino Ricardo Ansara, BIT, MASc

UI/UX Developer and UI Owner

Nicolas is a skilled .NET software developer. He is a graduate Computer Engineering Technology – Computing Science advanced diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa. Nicolas has significant work experience acquired through co-op placements and assignments at Algonquin College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation.

Steve Belanger, Electrical Engineering Technician

Steve Belanger, Electrical Engineering Technician

Quality Assurance Specialist

With electrical test, project management, software development and quality assurance experience, Steve has a broad understanding of the challenges inherent in developing and deploying solutions in business-critical environments. Steve has a proven track record of delivering quality solutions on time and on budget, including the successful design and deployment of large-scale projects with Honeywell, MDA, Lightsquared, Apption Software, Intelcan, Picarro, and Sedona Networks. Steve has over 15 years’ experience in authoring product test plans and writing test cases. Part of his training has led to the successful launch of RadarSat-2 satellite in Kazakhstan. He also has training in systems and networking applications.

Dylan Griffiths

Dylan Griffiths

UI Designer

Advisory

Sophia Leong, MBA

Executive Director, Telfer School of Management

Sophia is a strategic and operational planning specialist in the areas of innovation, commercialization, and capital investment. She assists companies in crafting and implementing their strategic direction by connecting focused goals and actions towards business successes. Sophia has extensive experience working at Nortel Networks in an executive role where she was instrumental in co-founding, managing and commercializing seed and start-up companies. Sophia has led a venture financing course for the past decade with a strong funding success rate. She is a recipient of numerous awards for outstanding contribution and had also contributed towards patented business processes on Mergers and Acquisition during her time at Nortel Networks and Nortel Technology.

Shawn Peers, LLB, MBA

Consultant, Peers Associated Professional Dental Group

Shawn possesses a Masters in Law and a Masters in Business Administration—a unique combination in the field of dental consultants. This blend allows him to better view the business structure behind the daily operations and make sure his clients have established their practice using the best and most efficient framework possible. He is dedicated to ensuring the investment decisions his clients make to improve their practices are truly the right ones. As a lawyer, Shawn spent many years providing legal advice to dentists in several areas, including partnership and associate agreements, the purchase and sale of dental practices, lease negotiations, corporate organization, employment matters and professional liability cases, which gives him a keen understanding of the dental community’s needs.

Pierre Beaudry

Project Manager at CAE

Pierre has training in Electronics Engineering Technology from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Laser Safety Officer training in medical optics at Midwestern University, Risk Assessment and Software Validation in medical devices at Noblitt and Rhuland, and training in Laser Tissue Interactions at Rockwell International. As project manager at CAE, Pierre manages execution of military flight training devices. He also manages in-training support and services for select Canadian programs. As former director of R&D at ART, he managed the development of a near infrared on-vivo tissue spectroscopy technique and device for use in breast cancer-related applications and vascular incidents in the brain.

Eileen Peers

Consultant, Peers Associated Professional Dental Group

Eileen has been passionately involved in dentistry for almost 40 years. She began her career in the RCAF’s Dental Assistant Training Program, which left an enormous impression on both her mind and heart and gave new meaning to ‘the gift of a smile’. Eileen has pursued continuing education at both the university and college levels with courses in business, accounting, human resources, and various others. She has excelled in her positions ranging from clinician to business manager, including Regional Supervisor for Tridont Dental Centers, Office Manager for Rideau Dental Centre, Founder and Partner in Peers Associated Professional Dental Group Ltd., and Founder and Director of the Ottawa Women Dentists Study Club.

Will Hua Li,BSc, EMBA

Software Architect, Nokia

Will holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Carleton University in 2002 and an EMBA from the University of Ottawa. He has held management and software development positions at Marsh and McLennan, Cisco Systems, and TrialStat Corp., which specialized in sophisticated medical trials software. Will later joined the Gordon Group as their Director of Web Services. He currently works at Alcatel-Lucent as a Software Architect on their Network Intelligence Application solution project, where he participates in product requirements, design and lead software development efforts. He conducts and participates in product roadmap development, business requirement analysis, technical specifications, architecture, design activities, as well as code reviews.

Dr. Patrick Cardinal, BSc, MSc, Eng., PhD

Voice Recognition Software Specialist

Patrick is an associate professor at L’École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal where he teaches Data Structures and Algorithms and Voice Communications Systems. He recently spent 18 months at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of their Spoken Language Systems group that researched voice recognition software, speaker recognition, and language/dialect identification.

Proudly Partnering with 

Cumulus Dental is proud to be partnering with Milident, an industry-leading provider of high-quality dental lab products and services to dental professionals. Established in June 1995 by Pierre Rozon, the lab specializes in crown & bridge, ceramic, removable dentures, orthodontics, as well as implant restorations.

Milident has offered their presentation facilities to us so we can start to demonstrate our revolutionary product to local dental practitioners. We are grateful for the support and assistance of this well established and community focused organization.

Proudly Partnered with

Cumulus Dental is proud to be partnering with Milident, an industry-leading provider of high-quality dental lab products and services to dental professionals. Established in June 1995 by Pierre Rozon, the lab specializes in crown & bridge, ceramic, removable dentures, orthodontics, as well as implant restorations.

Milident has offered their presentation facilities to us so we can start to demonstrate our revolutionary product to local dental practitioners. We are grateful for the support and assistance of this well established and community focused organization.

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