We are privileged to honour Dr. James McEwen for his technological innovation, his entrepreneurial spirit and his profound commitment to the public good. He is the driving force behind the medical device industry in BC. A biomedical engineer, Jim invented a surgical tourniquet device that is used more than 20,000 times a day in medical procedures around the world. It is the co- founding of the not-for-profit Medical Device Development Centre that is one of his great successes. This centre helps companies from BC succeed in the development, manufacturing and sale of home-grown BC medical devices on the world market. He has also served as President of the Board of the ALS society of British Columbia. Entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist, mentor and volunteer.