Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network


Springboard Atlantic Board of Directors

University Members
Stephen Hartlen - Dalhousie University (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Dale Keefe - Cape Breton University (Secretary)
Dr. David Burns - University of New Brunswick (Treasurer)
Dr. Robert Gilmour - University of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Ray Gosine - 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)
Barrie Black - Sunsel Systems Manufacturing Corporation
Wayne Chamberlain - AnyWare Group online casinon
Michael Maguire - Currach Consulting Ltd.
Shelley Simpson - LED SGS Solutions Inc.
Shelley King - Natural Products Canada

Chris Mathis - 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.

  • Dale Keefe

    C. Dale Keefe is Vice-President Academic & Provost and professor of chemistry at Cape Breton University.  Dr. Keefe completed his BSc(Hon) in Chemistry and Mathematics from Memorial University and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Alberta.  After an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa, he joined the faculty at Cape Breton University.  His research is on the study of weak interactions in liquids, particularly hydrocarbons, to better understand how the interactions between molecules affect the physical properties of the liquids. He has supervised more than 30 research students and published more than 50 scientific papers.

    In 2006, Dr. Keefe was awarded the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Molecular Spectroscopy. In 2010, he was appointed Dean of Research at CBU and in 2011 Graduate Studies was added to his portfolio.  In 2014, he was appointed Interim Vice-President Academic & Research (Provost) and in 2015 he was appointed Vice-President Academic & Provost. Dr. Keefe is the vice-chair of the Offshore Energy Research Association and also serves on the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.

  • David Burns

    As Vice-President Research at UNB since August 2012, Dr. David H. Burns provides leadership and vision in shaping UNB’s strategic research direction and agenda. He is building on the success of the Office of Research Services and continues to promote, strengthen and enhance the dynamic culture of research within UNB, further expanding faculty activity in the area and fostering a general enthusiasm, excitement and motivation for research.

    Dr. Burns was previously at McGill University in Montreal, where he spent more than 18 years contributing to the betterment of that institution. In particular, his experience in cultivating the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship has been valuable to UNB as it continues to work with academic, business, and government partners on the commercialization of ideas.

    At McGill, Dr. Burns served as a chemistry professor, scientific director of the Respiratory Health Networks of Centres of Excellence, chief scientific officer of molecular biometrics, and associate dean for the faculty of science.

    He has also worked at the University of Washington as a research fellow, research assistant professor and research associate professor.
    Dr. Burns earned his PhD in analytical chemistry at the University of Washington (’84) and his bachelor of chemistry and mathematics degree at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington (’79). His research has received millions of dollars in funding grants and awards, and his work has been recognized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy, BioQuébec, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Society of Canada, among many others.

  • 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.

  • Ray Gosine

    Following completion of an undergraduate degree (co-op) in Electrical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Gosine attended Cambridge University in England where he completed a Ph.D. in robotics.

    Subsequently he held teaching and research positions at Cambridge University, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Memorial University of Newfoundland. These appointments included an NSERC Chair in Industrial Automation at UBC and the J.I. Clark of Intelligent Systems for Operations in Harsh Environments at Memorial University.  He is currently Associate Vice-President (Research) at Memorial University, and he is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and J.I. Clark Chair.

    Dr. Gosine’s research is in the areas of telerobotics, machine vision and pattern recognition for applications in the resource industries (i.e. mining, oil & gas, aquaculture and fisheries, and forestry).  His teaching activities have covered a range of electrical and mechanical engineering topics including of electric circuit concepts, kinematics and dynamics, robotics and engineering design projects. Dr. Gosine has also taught graduate courses in the area of robotics and automation, computer vision and adaptive pattern recognition.

    From August 2002 – September 2003 Dr. Gosine was the Interim Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University.  Dr. Gosine became Dean of Engineering at Memorial University in October 2003 and served in this capacity until March 2008 when he was appointed Acting Associate Vice-President (Research). From October 2008 – September 2010 Dr. Gosine served as Vice-President (Research), Pro Tempore.

    Dr. Gosine served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL) and he is a Fellow of Engineers Canada.  He serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations and companies involved research and technology development.  He also serves on the Boards of several community organizations.

  • 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.

  • Barrie Black

    Mr. Black is the COO of Sunsel Systems Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer of circuit boards.  Previously he was the Vice President, Business Development of Brightspark East, a new vehicle for Atlantic Canadian Accredited Investors to invest in early stage Information, Communications and Technology companies in Atlantic Canada.  He received his Law Degree from Dalhousie University and his Master’s Degree in Law from the University of London, King’s College.

    Mr. Black has been responsible for the legal, lending and deposit operations of a trust company, Nova Scotia Savings and Loan, the overall operations of Irving Oil Limited in Nova Scotia, Vice President and General Counsel of NBTel/Aliant, President and CEO of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and during the past six years has been directly involved in the operations of several start-ups.

    Mr. Black has served on the Boards of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Dalhousie University, Laing House, and Springboard.  He was the President of the Dalhousie Alumni Association and was formerly the Chair of Genome Atlantic.   

    In 2002, Mr. Black received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal presented to those who have made a significant contribution to Canada, their community or fellow Canadians.

  • 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

  • Chris Mathis
    (President & CEO, ex-officio)

    Chris Mathis has dedicated his engineering career to fostering the global commercialization of technology from Atlantic Canada.

    His entrepreneurial “teeth-cutting” came from founding and operating Mathis Instruments Ltd. to commercialize his wife's, Dr. Nancy Mathis, Ph.D. research at UNB. The resulting products and company were awarded numerous distinctions including Profits Magazines’ Top 50, BDC’s Young Entrepreneurs of the Year (N.B., 1997) and received an International R&D 100 Award (1999). As inventor of the technology, Dr. Nancy Mathis was later recognized with a Manning Innovation Award, the highest innovation award distinction in Canada.

    Mr. Mathis' technical and entrepreneurial experience combined with four years of commercializing technologies and driving industry engagement at UNB’s Office of Research Services, provided him with a broad spectrum of education and firsthand experience in supporting and developing commercial innovations.

    Mr. Mathis now works with the Atlantic post-secondary institution members of Springboard Atlantic to accelerate innovation; pushing technology out to real-world applications, engaging with industry to encourage academic-industry collaborations, and supporting entrepreneurs to commercialize innovative technologies.