Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network



Daryl Genge

President & CEO
(902) 421-5678

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.


Kathy Lynch

Office Manager
(902) 421-5678

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Kathy is the one responsible for organizing and co-ordinating Springboard’s day-to-day office operations and procedures. Kathy brings a wealth of experience and expertise, having worked with start-up companies, technology companies and publicly-traded companies.  While she can’t be an entrepreneur herself, she loves the entrepreneurial spirit.


Katrin Sommerfeld

Program and Communications Coordinator
(902) 421-5678

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Working with our members, Katrin is looking after the Innovation Mobilization (IM) Program, which helps industry engage with researchers and works to commercialize institutional opportunities. 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. As part of her role as communications coordinator, Katrin looks after Springboard’s day to day communications.

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.


Duncan McSporran

Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC)
Regional Director, Atlantic

(506) 470-8522

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Springboard Atlantic is the regional partner for the national organization know as CARIC (Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada). This means that their Regional Director works closely with the Springboard Central Office and the network members to foster new and exciting partnerships in research for Atlantic Canada. 

Duncan McSporran is Regional Director for the Atlantic region for CARIC. A former military officer, he has a background in applied remote sensing, cartography and GIS. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford Brookes University.

Mr. McSporran served in various leadership roles as an infantry officer in the British Army, including seconded service with both the U.S. Army and Canadian Armed Forces, where he was responsible for initial leadership training for officers. During his career, he was involved in numerous projects that involved the development and fielding of digital communications systems, complex battle-space management tools and integrated C4I suites in the military domain.

Following his military service, Mr. McSporran took on the responsibility of managing the High-speed Impact Research and Technology in Fredericton. This included the management of critical-path test projects for numerous OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in aerospace and space systems, in addition to the fielding of new and innovative test equipment and methodologies.

Mr. McSporran is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and received numerous awards over the course of his military career, including the Meritorious Service Medal. He is a coach for the Loyalist Rugby Club Youth Program and director of communications for the Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club.