We are a small group of entrepreneurs determined to improve Alberta Health Services using design thinking.

WHO WE ARE

We

believe

The biggest opportunities to transform healthcare lie not within strategies or processes, but mindsets.

People come to us with complicated problems that have no clear solution and sit squarely in the grey zone of right and wrong.

Read our manifesto

We 

educate

We

facilitate

The Design Lab uses design thinking as a core foundation. We tap into abilities and viewpoints that are often overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. 

We recognize patterns to help groups come up user-focused ideas.

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We use design thinking to kick start meaningful discussions, breathe life into structure, and develop solutions using human-centred design. 

We offer courses that harness design thinking into tools like sprints, scrums and liberating structures.

Check out our work

OUR TEAM

With over 30 years of experience in the health sector, Marlies is a design mentor, a coveted speaker and the leader and founder of the AHS Design Lab.

Marlies Van Dijk

Lead

MARLIES

With over 30 years of experience in the health sector, Marlies is a design mentor, a coveted speaker and the leader and founder of the AHS Design Lab.

With deep experience in analytical mapping, Ali leads the team with strategic design and developmental opportunities.

Ali Abid 

Senior Design Consultant

ALI

With deep experience in analytical mapping, Ali leads the team with strategic design and developmental opportunities.

Shalyn organizes, coordinates and communicates for the Lab with a penchant for customer service and inherent instincts about how to get stuff done.

Shalyn Prasad

Admin Coordinator 
 

SHALYN

Shalyn organizes, coordinates and communicates for the Lab with a penchant for customer service and inherent instincts about how to get stuff done.

The team creative and scribe, Erin has spent a lifetime immersed in literature, theatre and visual arts. She’s in charge of keeping everyone’s heads in the clouds.

Erin Rohl

Senior Design Consultant

ERIN

The team creative and scribe, Erin has spent a lifetime immersed in literature, theatre and visual arts. She’s in charge of keeping everyone’s heads in the clouds.

Josh’s career as a nurse has honed his empathy to a fine tune. His lived experience gives him razor-sharp insight into how to design with humans in mind.

Josh Mccutcheon

Senior Design Consultant

JOSH

Josh’s career as a nurse has honed his empathy to a fine tune. His lived experience gives him razor-sharp insight into how to design with humans in mind.

Kathryn is in touch with the latest and greatest trends and keeps the team looking their best with stunning visuals and killer graphics.

Kathryn Hoffart

Graphic Designer

KATHRYN

Kathryn is in touch with the latest and greatest trends and keeps the team looking their best with stunning visuals and killer graphics.

OUR FELLOWS

ED, Integration + Innovation, Primary Health Care, AHS

Julie Schellenberg

Project Manager, 

Jober Software

Richard Liebrecht

Associate Zone Medical Director

Chinook Regional Hospital, AHS

Michael Auld

Diversity, Wellness + Development,

AHS

Jodi Ploquin 

Surgeon, Medical Director, UofC

Marcia Clark

Patient Advisor,

Alberta Health Services

Phil Bobawsky

Director, Clinical + QI, Chinook PCN

Shauna Langenberger

Acute Care Manager Renal Medicine

Emma Currie

Director, Clinical + QI, Chinook PCN

Steve Pedersen

Patient advisor, 

Alberta Health Services

Maya Pajevic

Manager, Health + Wellness, AHS

Cecilia Lee

Vice President Medical Affairs at Halton Healthcare

Dan Edgcumbe

Family doctor, social innovation, 

holistic healing

Christine Gibson

Associate Chief Medical Officer

Rollie Nichol

Clinical Safety Leader

Laura Schattle-Weiss

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