Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network


Springboard Atlantic Board of Directors

University Members
Stephen Hartlen - Dalhousie University (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Richard Isnor - St. Francis Xavier University (Corporate Secretary)
Kelly Ashfield - University of New Brunswick
Dr. Robert Gilmour - University of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Neil Bose - Memorial University
Dr. Michael Dawson - St. Thomas University
College Member
Mary Butler - New Brunswick Community College
Private Sector Members
Brian Lowe - First Angel Network (Chair)
Wayne Chamberlain - AnyWare Group
Michael Maguire - Currach Consulting Ltd.
Shelley Simpson - LED SGS Solutions Inc.
Shelley King - Natural Products Canada
Johannes Larsen - JSL Business Development


Daryl Genge - Springboard Atlantic Inc. (President & CEO)

  • Brian E. Lowe

    Brian Lowe, co-founder of ImmunoVaccine Technologies Inc., has been involved in a number of start-up companies in his thirty year career.  He founded three successful environmental companies based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, raising millions of dollars and bringing leveraging power and prestige to the province.  These companies have since been sold to international customers.
    Mr. Lowe’s ability to take technologies to international market was further substantiated in October 2009, when ImmunoVaccine Inc. (TSX-V: IMV) became a publicly-traded company. He continues to act as a consultant to the company.
    Mr. Lowe is a co-founder and a Director of the First Angel Network Association, Atlantic Canada’s Association for private investors, and is a shareholder and director of several operating companies throughout Atlantic Canada. He is past Chairperson of BioNova, Nova Scotia Life Sciences Association, a director of International Science and Technology Partnership Canada (ISTP Canada), a Director of the National Angel Capital Association. He is also a member of the advisory board for the National Research Council (NRC).

  • Stephen Hartlen
    (Vice Chair)

    As Assistant Vice President (Industry Relations) and Executive Director of the Industry Liaison and Innovation Office (ILI) at Dalhousie, Stephen Hartlen interacts with the local private sector community to develop research contracts and create student internships with local, national and international industries. He is helping to grow the $132 million worth of research being carried out by the Dalhousie faculty, and working to enrich the learning experience for future leaders and innovators.

    Stephen Hartlen spent the last eight years at Innovacorp, Nova Scotia's crown corporation for the commercialization of early stage research, serving as vice president (mentoring) and most recently, interim president and CEO. ILI and Innovacorp are both housed in Dalhousie’s new Life Sciences Research Institute and the combination of the two helps to strengthen university-industry research partnerships and provide economic growth to Nova Scotia.

    Dalhousie’s Industry Liaison and Innovation Office commercializes research at the university, manages and facilitates collaborations between companies and university researchers and assists in the creation of spin-off ventures. Innovacorp helps high potential early stage Nova Scotia companies commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace.

    In addition to Innovacorp, Mr. Hartlen has worked with companies including xwave, Infointeractive, MTT, and Keltic Inc. He has served on a number of Nova Scotia government committees such as the Deputy Minister's Leadership Team on the Economy and Environment and was included in recent consultations for the Savoie and O'Neill reports. He is also an advisory board member for Dalhousie’s Corporate Residency MBA program.

  • Richard Isnor
    (Corporate Secretary)

    Richard Isnor is the Associate Vice President, Research & Graduate Studies, St. Francis Xavier University.  Prior to joining StFX, he was Manager of the Atlantic Regional Office for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), based in Moncton, NB.  Previously, he was Director of Innovation Policy and Science at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa and also worked for three years with the National Research Council of Canada managing Biotechnology Research Initiatives and the NRC Genomics and Health Initiative.

    Richard holds a D. Phil. in Science and Technology Policy Studies from the University of Sussex, UK; a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University; and a B. Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University.  His primary interest is in science policy and the public administration of research; he has worked in science and technology policy or research administrative positions for Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Privy Council Office, as well as the Nunavut Research Institute.

  • Kelly Ashfield

    Kelly is a strong proponent of the University of New Brunswick’s role in the economic and social well-being of the province.  Kelly, along with the entire Office of Research Services (ORS), provide a range of advice and administrative support services to faculty in developing and managing their research activity; along with providing support in disseminating their research results through knowledge and technology transfer. 

    Kelly joined UNB in 2011 after working in both the private and public sectors.  She spent nine years working in economic development for the province of New Brunswick.  Prior to her time in the public sector, Kelly worked in the engineering field in the provinces of British Columbia, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  Her experience, understanding and appreciation for industry, academia, and government, allows her to effectively work with all stakeholders in advancing research opportunities.  

    Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration.  Kelly is a current member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB).  She is a past board member of the New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association (NBADA) and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada - New Brunswick (ACEC-NB).  She currently sits on numerous University committees with a focus on supporting and advancing the university research enterprise.

  • Robert Gilmour

    Dr. Robert Gilmour, Jr. is UPEI’s Vice-President Academic and Research. His experience as an administrator spans the academic and research domains, including graduate and professional education.  He currently is the university’s representative to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) and is a member of the MPHEC Quality Assurance Committee.  Dr. Gilmour also chairs the university’s Academic Planning Committee and has been instrumental in creating new academic programs in engineering, mathematical and computational sciences and climate change.

    As a well-published researcher who also holds several patents, Dr. Gilmour manages a diverse research portfolio encompassing multiple funding sources, while maintaining an active laboratory. Dr. Gilmour’s experience in inspiring and leading multidisciplinary research teams has been an important attribute, as UPEI continues to work strategically with academic, and private- and public-sector partners to advance discovery.

    Dr. Gilmour came to UPEI from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he was Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and professor of physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He previously was an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and was a research associate at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Neil Bose

    Prior to his appointment as Vice-President (Research), Dr. Bose served as principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), the national institute for maritime education, training, research and consultancy at the University of Tasmania. Dr. Bose was also a professor of maritime hydrodynamics at the AMC. From 2009 to 2011 he was director of the AMC’s National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. He joined the college in May 2007 as the manager of the Australian Maritime Hydrodynamics Research Centre.

    Before his move to Tasmania, Dr. Bose was a long-standing and respected member of Memorial University’s research community. He came to Memorial in May 1987 as an assistant professor in the naval architectural engineering program. In his time at Memorial, Dr. Bose served as director of the Ocean Engineering Research Centre, chair of ocean and naval architectural engineering program and, in 2003, was named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

    He received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research in 1992.

    On Oct. 8, 2017, Dr. Bose received an honorary degree from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, the oldest technical educational institution, in Bulgaria.

    Dr. Bose obtained his B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1978 and his PhD, also from Glasgow, in 1982.

  • Michael Dawson

    Michael Dawson is the Associate Vice-President (Research) at St. Thomas University. His key priorities in this position include working closely with faculty in the university’s social science, humanities and professional programs to develop successful external funding applications, to enhance student involvement in research projects, and to assist faculty in disseminating their findings as widely as possible.

    A former Chair of STU’s History Department, Dr. Dawson’s research interests focus primarily on the intersection of consumerism, popular culture and national, regional and imperial identities. He is the author of The Mountie from Dime Novel to Disney (1998), Selling British Columbia: Tourism and Consumer Culture, 1890-1970 (2004) and co-editor of Contesting Clio’s Craft: New Directions and Debates in Canadian History (2009), Worth Fighting For: Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror (2015) and A Canadian Girl in South Africa: A Teacher’s Experiences in the South African War, 1899-1902 (2015). In 2014 he was appointed to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

  • Mary Butler

    Mary joined NBCC in 2011 bringing a unique blend of senior management, education and business experience to the College. Responsible for Academic Development, Mary is conscience of the College’s place in the economic and social fabric of New Brunswick.  She works with a strong, award winning team of creative thinkers and educators to provide exceptional learning and training opportunities for students, as well as the public and private sectors, and to build the research capacity of the College.  As part of the larger NBCC team, Mary is committed to developing a culture of leadership and innovation at the College and throughout New Brunswick.

    Mary is an active volunteer with the Saint John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program and as a mentor with the Mentra. She is also a representative on the following Boards and committees: New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Springboard Atlantic Network, Stan Cassidy Foundation, New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network Advisory Board, and the NSERC Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee, as well as excellence award committees for Colleges and Institutes Canada and the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.

  • Shelley King

    Natural Products Canada (NPC) is Canada’s newest Center of Excellence in Commercialization and Research. Under Shelley King’s guidance, NPC will work to strengthen the nation’s natural products industry. Her NPC team will connect key players, evaluate technologies and invest in Canadian opportunities to accelerate commercialization of natural products.

    Shelley liaises effectively with clients, stakeholders, employees and partner organizations, which will serve NPC well in linking natural product companies with public- and private-sector expertise from coast to coast. NPC will also benefit from Shelley’s: successful development and commercialization of technologies; past experience as president of a biosciences company; demonstrated ability to advance multi-million-dollar, multi-institutional research projects; and, combined regional, national and multinational experience from industry, academia, research institutes and not-for-profit organizations.

    Prior to this role, Shelley was Chief Executive Officer of Synapse, a not-for-profit organization responsible for the University of Prince Edward Island’s applied research and industry services, ranging from technology transfer and partnership development to technology assessments and commercialization support. She joined Synapse following her tenure as Vice-President Research and Business Development at Genome Atlantic.

    Shelley earned an MSc in Medicine and an MBA, both from Memorial University. She has served on innovation-related boards and committees, including: The Aquaculture Association of Canada, Pan American Marine Biotechnology Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries, the Genesis Centre, among others.

  • Wayne Chamberlain

    Wayne Chamberlain has been an entrepreneur since childhood and firmly believes Atlantic Canada is one of the best areas in the world to start and grow a business.  He currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick and is President of AnyWare Group Inc. of New Brunswick.   AnyWare Group provides remote access solutions to organizations with mobile workforces across North America.

    Wayne is passionate about seeing Atlantic Canadian companies succeed.  He remains heavily involved in the local business start-up community, working with all stages from incubation, through financing and launch.

    Wayne is a mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, a member of the Order of the Wallace McCain Institute and board member of the local United Way.

  • Michael Maguire

    Michael Maguire is an independent consultant and Professional Engineer with a career spanning 3 decades in the offshore energy and ocean industries. Mike has led teams of engineers in a variety of international settings to assure technical integrity and certification of high value oil and gas developments in harsh offshore environments. Over the past 10 years, Mike has emerged as a leader in advancing technology and innovation to  support safe and sustainable business growth, including establishing an R&D strategy and managing a $10+ million annual innovation portfolio for a leading Canadian integrated energy company.

    Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, the United Kingdom Engineering Council and the European Federation of National Engineering Associations, and holds professional memberships in: the Society and Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNaME); the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST); and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

    In addition to serving on Springboard Atlantic’s Board, Mike’s professional volunteer roles include: Chair of the Board of Directors for OceansAdvance – Newfoundland a Labrador’s Ocean Technology Cluster; long-standing member of Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Design, Construction, and Installation of Offshore Structures (and Working Group Lead for Floating Offshore Structures); and Member of the Lloyd’s Register Offshore Technical Committee. He previously served as Advisory Committee Chair for Memorial University’s NSERC CREATE Training Program for Offshore Technology Research, and has participated in a number of other advisory committees, including: the American Bureau of Shipping Arctic Technology Advisory Committee; the International Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) Arctic Technology Group; and Memorial University’s Scientific Computing Industrial Advisory Board.

  • Shelley Simpson

    Shelley Simpson-McKay is all about Innovation Leadership; CEO & Co-founded LED SGS Solutions Inc. since 2012. A company dedicated to the development of new technology in the Exhibit Industry and two time winner of an Exhibitor Buyer’s Choice Award.

    She is also the President of Primsa Management Consulting since 2011. A unique consulting business, Prisma specializes in the development and delivery, of innovation leadership programming for SMEs.

    Currently working on her Masters in Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saint Mary’s University, Shelley has over 25 yrs. business leadership and entrepreneurial experience. A former partner in an industrial chemical manufacturing firm, she relates firsthand to the importance of innovative in business growth.

    As former Executive Director of the Centre for Women in Business Mount Saint Vincent University and one of the founding members of the National Task Force for Women’s Business Growth, she brings a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship

  • Johannes Larsen

    Johannes background as a public servant, business leader and entrepreneur has spanned the commercial enterprise and innovation domain for operations of all sizes. Among his many achievements, he was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs in 2001 by Atlantic Business Magazine. 

    He has acquired and applied a wealth of business expertise, gained over 35 years in public and private sectors across the globe. C- level skills include: management, business development, international sales and marketing, technology licensing and management advisory. His aptitude for networking, developing connections and relationships as well as negotiating multinational contracts at the highest level, are his strong areas of competence.

    While working at the executive level for several international firms, Johannes has: marketed technology; developed and signed licensee agreements in Japan, Singapore (Indonesia, Malaysia) Taiwan and Mexico; and established joint Ventures in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina with assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency. 

    He served as Vice President of Sales for Avis Car Rental for the Europe, Africa and Middle East Division, where he led and managed a large diverse sales/reservation staff, and in the process, established close relationships with key multinational companies in fifteen European countries and USA. 

    Johannes moves easily in government and commercial situations at all levels and with his personable ways, team working skills and integrity, he is viewed as a trusted advisor. 

  • Daryl Genge
    (President & CEO, ex-officio)

    Daryl Genge is an executive leader with over 28 years’ experience in building partnerships among academia, industry and government.  Most recently, he held Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister (acting) positions with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development where he championed public-private investment strategies to drive the development and growth of innovative industries, and played a leadership role in international trade and foreign direct investment attraction. 

    Previously, he was the founding Director of Memorial University’s Atlantic Canada Venture Gateway, a pan-Atlantic organization which prepared high-potential technology firms to raise growth capital and assisted with expansion into international markets, primarily in the Middle East.

    Mr. Genge started his career in Canada’s east coast offshore oil industry and progressed into senior positions in the private sector as well as government-held corporations including Operation ONLINE.  He also spent eight years as President of an independent consulting firm specializing in innovation and organizational strategies for government, industry and university clients.  He is a graduate of Memorial University and is also a Certified Management Consultant. 

    Mr. Genge has held numerous board and committee positions including participating on the advisory boards of two venture capital funds, and continues to act as an advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs commercializing promising technologies.