MindfulGarden is pioneering a non-pharmacological approach to the high human and economic costs of hospital acquired delirium by reducing the use of antipsychotics in patient care. Helping transform how hospitals manage delirium is our mandate. ‘Sending the brain home, healthy™’ is our mission.

Positive Outcomes

MindfulGarden is the interactive digital health platform that de-escalates anxiety & aggression in delirium and dementia without the use of psychotropic drugs and restraints. For hospitals and care facilities it will increase positive health outcomes, promote shorter stays, reduce violence against staff, and decrease cost of care.

Patient Powered

Using patient-triggered input (the individual’s own movement, vocalization, and vital signs), computer-generated imagery is displayed on-screen. These visualizations match agitation levels and progressively calm disruptive behaviours, thereby allowing care to begin sooner for the underlying medical condition.

Initial Feedback

Following early funding from a Greater Vancouver-based Hospital Foundation, an in-hospital quality improvement project was implemented. The positive feedback has encouraged the MindfulGarden team to move forward with both a pilot clinical study and quality improvement projects in long-term care and hospital settings in 2018.

A Global Problem. Limited Treatment Options.

MindfulGarden is an interactive digital health platform that reduces anxiety and aggression in our first patient cohort of seniors experiencing hyperactive delirium/dementia in the healthcare setting.

Anxiety in seniors with hyperactive delirium is a big problem with few treatment options beyond administration of psychotropic drugs or physical restraints. In the Fraser Health region alone, dementia patients account for 25% of hospital beds with an average 60% longer stay in hospital (at an average estimated cost of $1500 per patient, per day!). In the USA, the stats are even more compelling.

MindfulGarden is designed as a behaviour modification tool for

hospitals and long-term care facilities to:

Reduce Cost of Care

By targeting patients in the first critical minutes of adverse behaviours associated with delirium/dementia, MindfulGarden will reduce cost of care by shortening length of stay and minimizing close monitoring by staff.

Improve Health Outcomes

Reducing use of psychotropic drugs and restraints will lower risk of falls and adverse effects, promoting a faster and more positive journey back to health.

Protect Work Environments

By interrupting and de-escalating aggressive behaviours, violence against staff will be reduced, leading to more positive working environments and reduced workplace claims and leaves of absence.

MindfulGarden Team

Catherine Winckler

Founder & CEO

Catherine Winckler is the founder and owner of The Mindful Garden Digital Health, Inc. and founder and CEO of Switch United, a digital innovation company that since 1998 has built an international reputation for building immersive interactive experiences for entertainment and health/lifestyle clients. The company’s large interactive installations at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are examples of digital work that gained world recognition. Catherine has been an active health advocate nationally on continuity of care issues. Her mother’s story of delirium and failing continuity of care at www.esthersvoice.com is the impetus behind MindfulGarden.

Mark Ross

Co-Founder & VP

Mark Ross, Co-founder and Product Director Mark oversees all aspects of the research & development of MindfulGarden, and is the front-line liaison with medical, scientific research, and technology accelerator partners (Fraser Health Authority, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr’s Health Design Lab, TELUS, Innovation Boulevard) advancing MindfulGarden from a proof-of-concept, to a clinically-validated platform. Mark also manages the intellectual property, and commercialization activities of MindfulGarden. Prior to working full-time on MindfulGarden, Mark worked with Founder, Catherine Winckler, running business development for Switch United since 2005.

Michael Lee

Senior Product Designer

Gauthier Pompougnac

Technical Director

Gauthier Pompougnac is a technical lead and developer providing consulting front-end and back-end development for leading brands including Mozilla, Wacom, FOX, and Visa. Gauthier has been the developer on MindfulGarden from the proof-of-concept and has worked with Switch United for over a decade on large sensory-based digital installations including the 110 ft. long digital wall for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics


Peter J. Fenwick


A business leader with international experience in digital health, Peter Fenwick is a highly valued strategist for teams looking to re-invent business models of publicly funded health and health care delivery that will achieve both exponentially better health outcomes and value for money. Peter is a Board Member of Alberta Council of Technologies and Professor or New Ventures and Social Enterprise at Ambrose University (Calgary). His career experiences include: Senior Provincial Director, Innovation, Alberta Health Services; Country Director, Enterprise Sales and market Development, GE Healthcare; and VP Growth, Sail Cannabis. He is academically trained by the Institute of Corporate Directors; is a Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Leaders; holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Science (Engineering) from Queen’s; and an MBA from the joint Kellogg-Schulich program. Peter’s strong belief in patient, family, and community centred design aligns perfectly with the vision of MIndfulGarden for non-invasive, patient-driven digital therapeutics.

Gloria Gutman

Gerontology, SFU

Gloria Gutman, PhD, FCAHS, OBC, LLD (hon.), Professor/Director Emerita, Gerontology Dept. & Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. In her positions as Professor Emerita and an SFU Gerontology Research Centre Research Associate Gloria’s focus is on research and advocacy as well as mentoring graduate students. Dr. Gutman has held a number of high profile roles including two terms as President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and President of the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse. She is a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Ageing and Health, a member of the Research Management Committee of the Canadian Frailty Network, and Vice-President of the International Longevity Centre-Canada headquartered at the University of Ottawa. She is author/editor of 22 books and monographs, the most recent (with Andrew Sixsmith), Technologies for Active Aging (Springer, 2013), over 175 journal articles, chapters and technical reports and over 375 conference presentations. To date, she has been PI or a Co-investigator on 113 grants and contracts with a total value of $16,438,536.

Marcia Carr

Geriatrics, Fraser Health

Marcia Carr, RN, BN, MS, GNC (C), NCA, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Fraser Health Medicine Program. Marcia is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Medicine Clinical Network Team and Clinical Nurse Specialist of all areas for Peace Arch Hospital, Delta Hospital, Delta Community and Mountain View Residential Care Home; Nurse Continence Advisor for New Westminster Specialized Seniors’ Clinic; Facilitator for Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum. She’s responsible for identifying care gaps for medical patients throughout the whole health authority and to develop solutions to improve the overall system and direct care to close the care gaps. Concentration especially is focused in Medicine on Stroke care, oncology, respiratory, falls and injury prevention, challenging responsive behaviours and urinary and fecal incontinence. As a member of the Medicine Leadership Team, Marcia is responsible for identifying, developing and implementing/evaluating best practice, evidence-based solutions related to clinical practice issues and quality of care.

Fabio Feldman

Patient Safety, Fraser Health

Fabio Feldman, PhD, Managing Consultant, Patient Safety and Injury Prevention, Fraser Health Authority & Adjunct Professor Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Simon Fraser University. Fabio’s position enables him to pursue a unique research program in collaboration with investigators at SFU, UBC and various health facilities in BC. He has received external peer-reviewed funding as Principal investigator as well as Co-Investigator and such efforts have raised his profile in Fraser Health and BC. Fabio is now part of the Fraser Health Patient Quality and Safety program and responsible for implementation of new technologies to support quality and safety for Fraser Health’s patients. Previously, Fabio was part of the Fraser Health Older Adults program and mostly involved with dementia initiatives. He was also part of the BC provincial committee responsible for developing the BC Dementia Strategy.

Steve di Paolo

Director, VizLab, SAIT

Steve is a computer based cognitive scientist, artist and researcher. His main research areas are cognitive, character and expression based artificial intelligence, interaction and computer graphics. Steve is past Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. And Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, and interdisciplinary computer based art/science research school with approximately 800 undergrads, and roughly 100 masters and PhD students.

Pieter Dorsman

Finance & Business

Pieter Dorsman is CEO of RedPeaks Management, a Vancouver-based capital advisory firm that advises early and later stage technology companies. Pieter is steering The Mindful Garden through the start-up financing process towards commercialization and operations.



MindfulGarden is seeking additional funding via a convertible note. The total raise will see the company through clinical validation in 2018. For more information, please contact Mark Ross at mross@mindfulgarden.com


A Pilot Clinical Study of an Interactive Digital Technology (MindfulGarden) in Treatment of Hyperactive Delirium in a Hospital Setting” submitted to health authority for clinical implementation in 2018.


MG was chosen as one of only six companies (out of 61 applicants) for the TELUS Tech Accelerator (powered by Innovate Calgary) for six months of mentorship and networking —  the only health start-up represented.

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