Dafydd (Dave) Williams
The founders of Leap Biosystems Inc. are proud to announce Canadian astronaut Dr. Dave Williams as President and Chief Executive Officer. The renowned physician, record-setting astronaut, aquanaut, author and innovator is thrilled to bring his unique skills to lead this new company to provide innovations for healthcare, everywhere. At Leap, the team is passionate about space exploration, medicine and humanity. The team is committed to change lives, systems and mindsets to provide the best medical care whatever the environment.
Williams earned his medical degree from McGill University and was the Director of the Department of Emergency Services at Sunnybrook when he became a Canadian astronaut. Between his two spaceflights he was the Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at the NASA Johnson Space Center and Deputy Associate Administrator for Crew Health and Safety and NASA Headquarters in Washington. He retired from the Canadian Space Agency in 2008 and spent three years at McMaster University as the Director of the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics before becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. He retired from the hospital in 2017 to consult in the aerospace and medical sectors, continue speaking with the National Speakers Bureau and write about his experiences.