Leerom was born in Israel, moved to Canada at age 8, started his first company at age 12, sold his first business at age 14, and was the CTO of publicly traded Motion Works Group by age 16.
Leerom is obsessed with building a culture that attracts and engages the industry’s leading minds. He is deeply curious about how data can be used to improve the predictability and consistency of the business, while aiding in orchestrating all the moving parts. He is also passionate about health and doing meaningful work. Despite his young age, Leerom began his career in health over 19 years ago. He is extremely influenced by the mHealth and is energized about the potential to improve health outcomes by using ambient health devices.
Since 1997, Klick has been continually growing profitably and getting recognized as one of the country’s 50 best managed companies, 50 best employers, and 50 fastest growing tech companies. Klick is a Barnham top 10 healthcare IT company and was most recently named by the World Economic Forum a Global Growth Company to watch. Beyond his pursuit of growth for Klick, Leerom is proudest of his devoted family and his commitment to community involvement. Through the Klick Foundation, Leerom fully embraces every opportunity for community service.
Leerom has been named to Canada’s prestigious Top 40 under 40, Entrepreneur of the Year by both the Business Development Bank of Canada and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Program. In 2004, Leerom was named to Profit Magazine’s Hall of Fame for being the youngest ever CEO of a Profit 100 company. Leerom is a longtime TEDster and TEDMEDster. He is an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Young President’s Organization. He regularly contributes to several publications, chairs various digital marketing boards and conferences, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Digital Health Coalition.
Why are you passionate about health and wellness?
I am extremely proud that Klick spearheaded the Digital Patient movement, being the first agency to introduce people like ePatient Dave, Charity Tillemann-Dick, and Mathew Zachary to the manufacturers, as well as leading the initiative to develop the first ever Digital Patient Bill of Rights.
One of the inflection points in my life was when my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At the time, he was given a few months to live and the standard of care treatment was limited to palliative care. It was at that moment that it became clear that we are all ePatient’s and whether for ourselves or a loved one, at some point our time will come. By refusing to accept the judgment and engaging with other patients using acor.org, we discovered a treatment that was able to extend the quality of my father’s life and gave us three additional years together. That discovery was a gift of time, for our family treasured every birthday, every holiday, and every moment we were able to enjoy together.
What excites you about technology and its role in healthcare?
I believe that Data is the New Creative. In particular, I’m inspired by the health implications of what’s happening in the high performance sports world and the quantified-self movement. More specifically, Big Data combined with the real-time bioinformatics of wearable sensors, provides a remarkable opportunity to improve the precision of support programs, while at the same time overcoming the behavioural change challenge of patient self-reporting.
What are your passions outside of work?
Outside of work I’m a concerned citizen who splits his free time between philanthropic work, learning and reading opportunities, travel and sports such as skiing, dirt biking, surfing, Muay Thai and MMA.