Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network



Daryl Genge

President & CEO
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Daryl Genge is an executive leader with over 28 years’ experience in building partnerships among academia, industry and government.  He began his tenure as CEO of Springboard Atlantic in January 2018. Prior to this position, 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.


Katie Kushner

Manager, Events and Communications
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Much more than nibbles and PowerPoint presentations, Springboard events fulfil our mandate to facilitate researcher and industry engagement.  The success of these events start and end with good organization and with Event Coordinator Katie Kushner at the helm, the endless details are in capable hands.  Working closely with the nineteen member institutions, industry partners and other stakeholders, Katie coordinates all the behind-the-scene details that ensure a smooth execution of the more than twenty events happening annually across Atlantic Canada.

With a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Business, Katie has a valuable insider’s perspective on Springboard, having previously fulfilled the all-encompassing role of Office Manager.

When she's not saving the day at Springboard, Katie is saving the game as a field hockey goalie and is also involved with Fusion Halifax.


Tania Jones

Financial Administrator
(506) 447-3486

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Based at UNB in Fredericton, Financial Administrator Tania Jones keeps close tabs on Springboard's finances. Tania looks after all the big, small, and minute details that ensure Springboard's financial situation is transparent, healthy and accountable. In addition to handling the operational funding and Innovation Mobilization Program disbursements to nineteen institutions throughout the network, Tania collects and consolidates the valuable metrics that are crucial to Springboard's planning and reporting processes. Having worked with Springboard since 2008, Tania is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the organization's funding structure, including what counts as an eligible expense and what must be included in a quarterly report.

Previously, Tania fine-tuned her financial expertise working for ten years in the private sector as senior accountant for a commercial real estate business who owned development properties as well as restaurants and eight subsidiary companies.

When she isn't managing the books, Tanis likes reading books but most of all, she enjoys spending time (and keeping up!) with her young son.


Katrin Sommerfeld

Programs Manager
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Working with our members, Katrin is looking after the Innovation Mobilization (IM) Program as well as special Pilot Projects, which help industry engage with researchers and works to commercialize institutional opportunities or to solve industry challenges. The goal is to advance as many technologies and knowhow as possible, mobilizing the knowledge that resides within member institutions into industry and to foster industry engagement. 

With her previous experience as an AIF project manager at Acadia University, Katrin has developed her knowledge of commercializing and protecting IP and has been working indirectly with Springboard for the last 5 years via the IM Program.

In her free time, she enjoys fiber arts, running, gardening and baking.