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About Us


Dedicated to modernizing distance treatment.  


Committed to the success of your project.


Enthusiastically, we love what we do.


Continually developing creative solutions and techniques.

With extensive experience in developing and delivering distance interventions, we are able to provide innovative solutions designed to address the specific objectives and requirements of our clients.  Our staff brings a combination of research and technology skills to ensure the success of your project.  You can rest assured that you will not find anyone more passionate about your success than the IRIS team! We understand that you need more than a product, but a partner. Our team integrates extensive distance treatment, research and project management experience and skills to help you thrive. Working with us is more than receiving a paramount product, but a team of talented professionals that are enthusiastically dedicated to the efficiency and overall success of your project.

IRIS is owned and operated by Strongest Families Institute.

The Team

Our team of professionals are enthusiastically dedicated to revolutionizing distance treatment. Multi-talented and diverse, we are passionate about your success.

Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie has over 18 years of experience overseeing all operations of IRIS. She is a Research Scientist at the IWK Health Centre and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, she conducts clinical research in the area of distance interventions (behaviour, anxiety, nocturnal enuresis, recurrent pain; FASD; post-partum depression). Dr. Pottie is co-founder of the Strongest Families Institute. The aim of the Strongest Families system is to provide cost-effective, accessible programs designed to remove barriers to care and improve health outcomes.

Dr. Patrick McGrath is the visionary behind IRIS and remains involved in a volunteer capacity as a consultant. Pat is  Vice President of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation for the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Health Authority, a Canada Research Chair and Professor of Science, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, as well as member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Academy of Health Sciences of Canada. Renowned trailblazer in the field of distance treatment, he helps to guide IRIS, continually focusing on being innovative and effective.

Mark Long joined Strongest Families as Director of Software Engineering in 2021, and has served as a strategic advisor to Strongest Families since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Computing & Information Systems from the Sobey School of Business. Mark is an expert in Agile and Lean and has 10+ years of experience guiding software teams in the areas of development processes, technical best practices and continuous improvement. He oversees SFI’s engineering team and our continued innovation via the IRIS platform.

Jillian Kennedy, Jillian joined Strongest Families in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St.FX and an Executive Certificate in Leadership & Innovation from Dalhousie University. Jillian oversees operational growth and development for the company as well as leading our eHealth platform, IRIS.