With over 100 years’ of combined healthcare experience, CloudMD is led by a team who recognize the pain points of the currently fractured system with expertise in understanding patient and provider experiences. We are dedicated to providing better access to care and improved outcomes.
Dr. Essam Hamza, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Essam Hamza brings over 20 years of medical and entrepreneurial expertise to CloudMD. He founded the HealthVue medical practice in 2005 and grew the business to include four interconnected, high-tech clinics serving over 100,000 patients. Since taking CloudMD public three years ago, he has successfully raised $140 million and has grown the company from under 10 employees to over 400 with a revenue run rate of over $120 million and a $500 million market cap. Dr. Hamza led the company’s aggressive M&A growth strategy to acquire established, leading healthtech companies to execute on his vision of providing one connected healthcare platform that addresses all points of patient’s health and wellness. He has extensive capital markets experience, taking private companies public and sitting on public company boards. Dr. Hamza completed his MD and Family Practice degree at the University of Alberta in 1999.
Global Head, Enterprise Health Solutions
Karen is a senior executive with more than 20 years of creating growth through innovation, people, process and technology in the employee wellbeing. Karen has experience in evolution of healthcare in mental and physical health through innovation and evidence-based outcomes for employers, employees, insurers, advisors and consumers. Karen has worked in senior executive positions at Shepell.fgi, Morneau Shepell, SCM Insurance, Snapclarity and was the past Chair of Ontario Shores Centre for mental health foundation.
Chief Financial OfficerSean has over 20 years of experience as Chief Financial Officer of large healthcare and technology companies, including the Canadian Addiction Treatment Centers, AIM Health Group (which was sold to McKesson in 2013), and Venus Concept Inc. (a NASDAQ-listed company, which operates in over 60 countries). In addition, he has overseen multiple M&A transactions, leading due diligence, negotiation, and successful integration.
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Adam Kelly is an executive commercial leader that has more than 20 years experience in the health and wellness field leading sales, marketing, product development and client support teams. Adam has deep industry knowledge across a broad spectrum of health solutions including mental health, occupational health, workers’ compensation, and disability management. Prior to joining the CloudMD team, Adam held leadership roles at Shepell-fgi, Morneau Shepell, and MindBeacon.
Dr. Amit Mathur, OD
President, United States
Dr. Mathur has nearly 20 years’ of health experience as an optometrist and entrepreneur. He co-founded Omni & Vision, a multi-location eye care clinic group and has been a consultant- lecturer to several pharma companies and participated on their Advisory panels. He also co-founded Livecare, a pioneer company in Telehealth. Dr. Mathur has been instrumental in leading CloudMD’s North American expansion plan
Dr. Lu Barbuto
Executive Vice President, CloudMD & President, EHSA senior executive with more than 30 years of experience with the business and delivery of health care in Canada. Dr. Barbuto founded and served as CEO of both AIM Health Group and Oncidium Health formerly Workplace Health and Cost Solutions, two of Canada’s leading health companies. He has extensive capital market experience having acquired more than 12 companies within Canada and taking AIM public on the TSXv. After selling AIM to McKesson Canada, he became the primary advisor for their medical services integration for a period of two years. Dr. Barbuto also served as President and COO of outpatient/rehab services at Extendicare Canada. In addition to his extensive business experience, Dr. Barbuto co-authored The Back Power Program with Dr. David Imrie, a challenge to traditional surgical and bedrest as the treatment of choice for back pain. The program has been utilized by many provincial workers compensation boards across Canada and the USA.
Executive Vice President, Digital Health Solutions
With 20 years of experience in education and healthcare, Aida has a reputation for successfully leveraging technology to improve the consumer/patient experience while optimizing outcomes and maximizing value for money spent by users or plan sponsors. Aida’s expertise in strategy, strategic partnerships, and product development allows her to engage the right mix of stakeholders to govern and lead digital health initiatives at CloudMD and further deploy systems that support an integrated and connected health ecosystem. An advocate for inclusivity and supporting the next generation of leaders, Aida’s passionate about building people capacity, capabilities and instilling a culture of collaboration, quality and success. Prior to joining CloudMD, Aida held leadership roles at Shoppers Drug Mart and Cira Health.
John Plunkett, CPA, CA
Executive Vice President, Transformation and Strategic PlanningJohn has 15 years of financial management experience that includes strategic financial planning, M&A, business integrations, controllership and corporate accounting. John joins CloudMD from MindBeacon where he was CFO and oversaw MindBeacon’s IPO in 2020 and the strategic sale to CloudMD in the first quarter of 2022. Prior to this, he accumulated several years of senior management and operating division leadership experience in large publicly traded corporations including at LifeWorks and D+H. He began his career working in the audit practices of KPMG LLP and Ernst & Young LLP. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant and holds an undergraduate business degree from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.
Vice President, Investor Relations
Julia brings almost 15 years’ experience in capital markets, business development and marketing communications to CloudMD. She has extensive experience developing and executing integrated investor and stakeholder communication plans for private and publicly-traded companies, as well as providing successful capital markets and funding strategies for companies across various industries including: technology, media, pharmaceuticals and resource sectors. Previous to CloudMD, she was the Head, Investor Relations for Enthusiast Gaming (NASDAD: EGLX) and led their successful capital markets growth strategy from IPO in 2018.
Vice President, Marketing
Melissa Alvares has over 20 years of experience leading all aspects of marketing including revenue generation, product marketing, brand, marketing technology and operations. Her speciality is driving exponential growth by effectively scaling and equipping marketing teams with the capabilities to capitalize on a clear go-to-market strategy. Melissa has held marketing leadership roles in both the technology and healthcare sector including at MindBeacon, Swift Medical, Sparkrock and Softchoice. She has been named to CDN's Top 25 Women in IT and is a sought after speaker on the topic of growth marketing.