To deliver top-notch services, you need a top-notch team. Our highly qualified team has the business experience you're looking for as well as the industry-specific knowledge that spans the full range of agriculture, agri-food and agri-product technologies.

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Dave Smardon

Dave Smardon

President & CEO

Business Model Strategy
Investment Preparation
Serial Entrepreneur
Strategic Planning
Venture Capital Expertise

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Italo Cerra

Italo Cerra

Vice-President, Finance

Chartered Professional Accountant
Financial Strategy
Financial Modelling
Investment Preparation
Operations Reporting & Controls

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Jessica Bowes

Jessica Bowes

Vice President, Commercialization

National Client Services
National Staffing Strategy
Program Development & Delivery
Cosmeceuticals & Nutricosmetics
Food & Beverage
Food Processing
Natural & Non-Prescription Health Products

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Dr. John Kelly

Dr. John Kelly

Chief Innovation Officer

Agricultural Technologies
Animal Health & Sciences
Food & Beverage
Food Processing
Livestock Production

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Alexandra Coccari

Alexandra Coccari

Program Manager

Cosmeceuticals & Nutricosmetics
Food & Beverage
Food Processing
Natural & Non-Prescription Health Products

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Laura Millson

Laura Millson

Special Projects Coordinator

Client Services Administration
Enterprise Database
Internal Information Technology
Office Infrastructure & Logistics

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Aaron Misener

Aaron Misener

Communications & Special Projects, Analyst

Proposal Management 
Fund Sourcing
Network Facilitation
Executive Communications

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Our Board of Directors includes leaders from the investment sector, academia and major corporate multinationals. Together, they bring expertise in legal affairs, intellectual property, regulatory, financing, and research.

Warren Libby

Former President, Syngenta Crop Protection Canada

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Colin Farnum

Former Senior Director, Science & New Technologies, Maple Leaf Foods

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William (Bill) Maxwell

Former Vice President, Vetmedica, Boehringer Ingelheim Canada

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Nevin McDougall

Former General Manager, Agronomy Company of Canada

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Dave Smardon

President & CEO, Bioenterprise Corporation

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Rickey Yada

Dean, Food Science, University of British Columbia

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Our Science and Innovation Advisory Committee lends an in-depth understanding of the research that underpins the latest agri-tech innovations. We've recruited leading authorities from both academia and industry: food scientists, bio-resource engineers, environmental biologists, applied chemists, human health specialists and more.

Dr. Richard Ablett

Ph.D., Food Science

  • Chief Science Director, Perennia Innovation Centre
  • Professor, Department of Engineering, Dalhousie University

Dr. George Attard

Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine

  • Senior Lecturer, Animal Nutrition & Animal Production, University of Malta

Dr. Trust Beta

Ph.D. & Certified Food Scientist

  • Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba

Ms. Donna Bottrell


  • Professor, Food & Nutrition Program, Humber College

Dr. Jim Brandle

Ph.D., Plant Breeding

  • CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Dr. Dominique Bureau

Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences

  • Professor, Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph

Dr. Ronaldo Cerri

Ph.D., Food Science

  • Assistant Professor of Animal Science Reproduction, University of British Columbia

Dr. Thierry Chopin

Ph.D., Ecophysiology & Biochemistry of Seaweeds

  • Science Director, Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN)
  • Professor, Marine Biology, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Stephanie Collins

Ph.D., Aquaculture Nutrition

  • Assistant Professor of Monogastric Nutrition & Nutritional Biochemistry, Dalhousie University

Dr. Stefanie Colombo

Ph.D., Biology

  • President, Aquaculture Association of Canada, Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Aquaculture Nutrition, Dalhousie University

Dr. Mike Dixon

Ph.D., Biophysics

  • Professor & Director, Controlled Environmental Systems Research Facility, University of Guelph

Dr. Alison Duncan

Ph.D., Nutritional Science

  • Professor, Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Associate Director of Research, Human Nutraceutical Research Unit, University of Guelph

Mr. Colin Farnum

M.Sc. Food Science

  • Former Senior Director, Innovation & New Technologies, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods

Mr. Jonathan Grant

  • NSERC-Cooke Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Aquaculture, NSERC, Professor, Dalhousie University

Dr. John Kelly

Ph.D., Biochemistry

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences & Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
  • Vice-President, Life Sciences Ontario

Dr. Janice Paslawski

Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

  • Director, Risk Assessment Center of Excellence, SNC-Lavalin Inc
  • Former Sessional Lecturer, University of Saskatchewan

Ms. Joanne Liutkus

MSc. Aquaculture & Biology

  • Regulatory Affairs & Research Manager, BC Salmon Farmer
  • Policy Analyst, Aquaculture Management Directorate, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Science Advisor, Aquaculture Science Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Mr. John Pickard

  • Executive Director, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College

Dr. Nuwan Sella Kapu

Ph.D., Plant Biology

  • Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Assistant Director, Master of Engineering Leadership Green Bio-Products, University of British Columbia

Mr. Gregory Snaith

  • Independent Clean Technology Advisor
  • Former Industry Technology Advisor, NRC IRAP

Dr. Nancy Tout

Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology

  • Head of Regulatory and Biological Development, Syngenta Crop Protection Canada Inc.
  • Member, Science Review Panel, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph

Dr. Rickey Yada

Ph.D., Food Science

  • Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia
  • Professor, Food Science, University of British Columbia