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Springboard welcomes new President and CEO

Springboard Atlantic’s board of directors announced today, November 16, the appointment of Daryl Genge as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Genge has been a leader in building innovative partnerships among academia, industry and government for the last 28 years. He comes to the organization most recently from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s former Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development where, in his role as Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister (acting), he championed public-private investment strategies to support commercialization, drive technology industry growth, and expand key trade networks. He will begin his new role December 1.

"After an extensive search which generated interest from across Canada, we are thrilled to have Daryl join us," said Brian Lowe, Springboard’s board chair. "Daryl is a strong leader, and his understanding of academia, industry and the public sector will be a significant asset to Springboard going forward.”

" I am very excited to take on the role of President and CEO of Springboard at such a pivotal time," said Mr. Genge. “I’m looking forward to working alongside our members and partners to make a real impact on our region’s future. Atlantic Canada is rapidly developing a reputation as one of country’s leading innovation hubs. With such a powerful network of universities and colleges, and strong relationships with government, industry and our entrepreneurial community, we have unparalleled talent and resources to turn great ideas into commercial success.” 

The Newfoundland native is a graduate of Memorial University and a Certified Management Consultant. Prior to joining the provincial government, he was the founding director of Memorial University’s Atlantic Canada Venture Gateway which prepared high-potential entrepreneurs to raise capital and brought promising technologies to international markets. Mr. Genge has held numerous board and committee positions including participating on the advisory boards of two venture capital funds.

Mr. Lowe extended the board's appreciation to Chris Mathis, who served as Springboard’s president and CEO since 2011.

“We’re grateful for Chris’ strong leadership over the last six years,” said Mr. Lowe. “He delivered on all of our strategic goals, and evolved the organization into a vehicle that drives academic and industry collaboration for the economic benefit of our region."

Springboard is Atlantic Canada’s commercialization network. It works to connect skilled professionals in academia with like-minded contacts in industry to drive new collaborations and support research commercialization in Atlantic Canada. With core support from its members, and from the Government of Canada (through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, or ACOA), Springboard is building economic advantages and #springboarding the Atlantic Region every day.

For more information, please contact:

Katie Kushner
Springboard Atlantic       
902.421.5679
kkushner@springboardatlantic.ca
www.springboardatlantic.ca