History

The Human Connection

How it all Started

When Michel Paquet’s 83-year-old aunt was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, she found it difficult to let family and healthcare professionals know what she needed, leading to problems with her care, and feelings of isolation.

Michel was concerned, and realized his aunt wasn’t the only person with these common problems that arise with aging, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and other types of healthcare issues.

 

Aging Populations

The population is aging and North America is predicted to be home to more than 84 million people over the age of 65 by the year 2030. As such, the demands on our health care systems and our caregivers increase every year.

Inspiration

With this knowledge, Michel became inspired to do something about it, to make the world a bit better for his aunt and every other person with complex care needs.
STARTING POINT

Connecting the Circle of Care

Luckily, Michel is an entrepreneur and in February, 2014 founded Aetonix with a mission to address the increasing demands for caregiving solutions for home caregivers and for those in group facility settings, regardless of geographical distance between caregiver and the cared for. Aetonix soon launched aTouchAway, a face-to-face communication platform ready to revolutionize the way that families, healthcare professionals and those receiving care complete their circle of care.

 

LEADERSHIP

Our Board of Directors & Advisors

This group of committed individuals tends to legal and financial governance, sets priorities and strategic directions in consultation with clients, and supports the staff in various ways. The current Board of Directors represents a wealth of experience and diverse insights from across the high-tech and health innovation industries.

Michel Paquet

Founder & CEO

As a veteran innovator in the technology industry, Michel Paquet’s experience ranges from engineering leadership roles at Nortel, IBM Canada, Wind River Systems, and Intel . Michel has dedicated his time, effort and financial resources over the past 4 years to develop a much needed communications and information sharing platform for seniors and patients with complex health care needs. As the CEO of Aetonix Systems he has demonstrated his extraordinary passion for improving the healthcare experience for patients in Ontario and simplifying communication for those who need it most.

Yvon Martel

Board member & business advisor

Yvon Martel is an experienced business leader. He co-founded Halogen Software (formerly Manta) in 1994 where he worked as the VP of Healthcare Solutions for more than 15 years. Yvon has always had an interest in improving healthcare after spending many years in and out of waiting rooms with his two sets of twins. With his many years of health technology experience, he joined the Aetonix Board of Directors in March 2017.

Jacques Renaud

Board member & business advisor

Jacques is a technologist, entrepreneur, and maker. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in multiple industries, Jacques thrives at the intersection of business and technology. Twenty years after founding and leading Privasoft Corp. (sold to CSDC Systems), Jacques turned his focus to helping start-ups and established B2Bs achieve success, and to volunteering for a number of economic development programs. His strong interest in technology lead him to want to work with an up and coming start-up like Aetonix.

Mike Mount

Board member & business advisor

Mike Mount has experience growing businesses organically and through mergers and acquisitions. Mike is the former owner of the Performance Group that was acquired by the Toronto Star in 2011. Mike has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and a MBA from Union College in Schenectady, New York. In addition to working with business leaders on growth strategies, Mike serves on the Royal Hospital IMHR Board, the Ottawa Chapter of YPO and chairs the Car-on Advisory Board. He has a strong interest in helping others so being a part of Aetonix helps him achieve this goal.

Dr. Marilyn Crabtree

advisory board member

Dr. Marilyn Crabtree has been with the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic for over 25 years. She completed her undergraduate education and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Family Medicine program at the University of Ottawa. Marilyn works using “Open Booking” making it so that if a health concern comes up, you can generally be seen that day and satisfaction rates are much higher. After her many years working alongside patients, she has noticed gaps in healthcare communications which inspired her to get involved with Aetonix.

Peggy Taillon

advisory board member

Ms. Taillon serves as President of the Bruyère Foundation and has a passion for its important mission and a deep respect for its rich past and many accomplishments. Integrity, diversity and inclusiveness are hallmarks of her leadership. A passionate advocate for equality and social justice, Peggy has led one of Canada’s longest established organizations the Canadian Council on Social Development, influencing public policy and the changing landscape for the third sector in Canada over the last several years.