Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network


Springboard Atlantic Board of Directors

University Members
Stephen Hartlen - Dalhousie University (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Richard Isnor - St. Francis Xavier University (Corporate Secretary)
Dr. David MaGee - University of New Brunswick
Dr. Robert Gilmour - University of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Neil Bose - Memorial University
Dr. Michael Dawson - St. Thomas University
College Member
Mary Butler - New Brunswick Community College (Treasurer)
Private Sector Members
Jake Arsenault - Private Sector
Michael Maguire -  Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers(Chair)
Shelley King - Natural Products Canada
Johannes Larsen - JSL Business Development (IM Chair)

Daryl Genge - Springboard Atlantic Inc. (President & CEO)

  • 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.

  • Richard Isnor
    (Corporate Secretary)

    Richard Isnor is the Associate Vice President, Research & Graduate Studies, St. Francis Xavier University.  Prior to joining StFX, he was Manager of the Atlantic Regional Office for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), based in Moncton, NB.  Previously, he was Director of Innovation Policy and Science at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa and also worked for three years with the National Research Council of Canada managing Biotechnology Research Initiatives and the NRC Genomics and Health Initiative.

    Richard holds a D. Phil. in Science and Technology Policy Studies from the University of Sussex, UK; a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University; and a B. Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University.  His primary interest is in science policy and the public administration of research; he has worked in science and technology policy or research administrative positions for Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Privy Council Office, as well as the Nunavut Research Institute.

  • 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.

  • Neil Bose

    Prior to his appointment as Vice-President (Research), Dr. Bose served as principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), the national institute for maritime education, training, research and consultancy at the University of Tasmania. Dr. Bose was also a professor of maritime hydrodynamics at the AMC. From 2009 to 2011 he was director of the AMC’s National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. He joined the college in May 2007 as the manager of the Australian Maritime Hydrodynamics Research Centre.

    Before his move to Tasmania, Dr. Bose was a long-standing and respected member of Memorial University’s research community. He came to Memorial in May 1987 as an assistant professor in the naval architectural engineering program. In his time at Memorial, Dr. Bose served as director of the Ocean Engineering Research Centre, chair of ocean and naval architectural engineering program and, in 2003, was named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

    He received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research in 1992.

    On Oct. 8, 2017, Dr. Bose received an honorary degree from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, the oldest technical educational institution, in Bulgaria.

    Dr. Bose obtained his B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1978 and his PhD, also from Glasgow, in 1982.

  • 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.

  • Michael Maguire

    Michael Maguire is a Professional Engineer whose career spans 3 decades in offshore energy and ocean industries. Mike has held leadership roles in Atlantic Canada and internationally in safety and certification of ships and large capital offshore energy developments, and has led innovation and technology development initiatives to support safe and sustainable business operations and growth, including establishing and managing an R&D strategy and $10+ million annual innovation portfolio for a leading Canadian integrated energy company. Mike is currently serving as Special Advisor for Regulatory Reform for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) – supporting initiatives to improve Atlantic Canada’s oil and gas industry competitiveness, and to prepare the industry for an effective transition to a pending new performance based regulatory framework.

    Mike is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering program and is professionally qualified through the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, the United Kingdom Engineering Council, and the European Federation of National Engineering Associations. He is an active member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

    In addition to serving as the Board Chair for Springboard Atlantic, Mike’s professional volunteer roles include: Chair of the Board of Directors for OceansAdvance (Newfoundland and Labrador’s Ocean Technology Cluster); Voting Member of the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Design, Construction, and Installation of Offshore Structures - including as Working Group Lead for Floating Offshore Structures; and Member of the Lloyd’s Register Offshore Technical Committee. Previous roles include Advisory Committee Chair for Memorial University’s NSERC CREATE Training Program for Offshore Technology Research; and contributing membership on: 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.

  • Johannes Larsen

    Johannes background as a public servant, business leader and entrepreneur has spanned the commercial enterprise and innovation domain for operations of all sizes. Among his many achievements, he was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs in 2001 by Atlantic Business Magazine. 

    He has acquired and applied a wealth of business expertise, gained over 35 years in public and private sectors across the globe. C- level skills include: management, business development, international sales and marketing, technology licensing and management advisory. His aptitude for networking, developing connections and relationships as well as negotiating multinational contracts at the highest level, are his strong areas of competence.

    While working at the executive level for several international firms, Johannes has: marketed technology; developed and signed licensee agreements in Japan, Singapore (Indonesia, Malaysia) Taiwan and Mexico; and established joint Ventures in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina with assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency. 

    He served as Vice President of Sales for Avis Car Rental for the Europe, Africa and Middle East Division, where he led and managed a large diverse sales/reservation staff, and in the process, established close relationships with key multinational companies in fifteen European countries and USA. 

    Johannes moves easily in government and commercial situations at all levels and with his personable ways, team working skills and integrity, he is viewed as a trusted advisor. 

  • Daryl Genge
    (President & CEO, ex-officio)

    Daryl Genge is an executive leader with over 28 years’ experience in building partnerships among academia, industry and government.  Most recently, 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.

  • Jake Arsenault

    Jake is a serial high-tech entrepreneur. His related areas of interest include design, team building and new technology creation. He supports start-ups by mentoring early stage ventures and spends time as Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Jake feels that innovation and creativity are key to new venture creation.

    Jake co-founded The Black Arcs in 2014 to address unmet needs in land-use planning. He brings people and ideas together acting as a liaison between problems, academia and new technology. He has guided a series of collaborative research projects to develop the company’s foundation, working with domain experts in land-use, big data, economics, artificial intelligence, and design.

    Jake has spearheaded the following projects: GNB Incubation of Smart Engagement with the Province of New Brunswick, Playful Planning: Citizens making sense of transit systems and impacts with UNB’s Department of Geomatics, Predictive Analytics and Data Visualization for Collaborative Multi-Stakeholder Planning of Transportation with the National Research Council and Public Transportation : Citizen Engagement & Simulator: Sackville the Game with New Brunswick’s Southeast Regional Service Commision.

  • David Magee

    A native New Brunswicker, David first came to UNB in 1978 to do a BSc in chemistry. He went on to receive a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from UNB in 1987 under the direction of Professor Zdenek Valenta. He then undertook a two-year NSERC post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Robert K. Boeckman, Jr. at the University of Rochester. In 1990, David began as an Assistant professor at UNB; in 1995 he was promoted to Associate Professor and In 2000 was promoted to full professor. From 1999 to 2007 David served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, except for a brief 6-month period from July 1 to December 31, 2005, where he served as Acting Dean of Science. From July 2008 to June 2017 David served as UNB’s Dean of Science, until he stepped into the role of Acting Vice-President Research in July 2017 for a 1-year term.

    David’s area of research is mainly in the development of new and/or simpler ways to make biologically-interesting and structurally-challenging natural products.

    In recent years David has had several research collaborations with academic (Dalhousie, Acadia, Shahid Beheshti University Tehran) government (Canadian Forestry Services, Newfoundland Department of Natural Resources) and private (JDI-Ltd, Sylvar, Agrifor, Forest Protection Limited) organizations. David has published 44 peer-reviewed research papers in numerous prestigious national and international journals and has 5 patent applications. David has presented over 66 papers at various national and international conferences and been an invited speaker on 17 other occasions. He has also served as an external examiner for numerous PhD theses. In conclusion, David has refereed over 170 papers for 34 different journals and 38 grant proposals for national and international granting organizations.

    Since joining the faculty at UNB, David has established an excellent scholarship and teaching record. He has supervised 27 graduate students: 10 completed PhDs, 15 completed MScs, and 1 MSc and 1 PhD still in progress. In addition, he supervised 67 Honours BSc students. Undergraduate and Graduate students from his group have gone on to: MSc and PhD degrees, MD studies, post-doctoral fellowships, university professorships, research scientist positions, and pharmaceutical sales. David has also been actively involved in teaching and revamping UNB courses at all levels, ranging from large first and second-year classes to small undergraduate senior and graduate courses.

    While at UNB David has served on a number of University Committees. Of recent note is his involvement on the Academic Planning Committee (both stages), the Administrative Bargaining Committee for the most recent collective bargaining, the Strategic Research Planning Committee, and the UNB Standing Review Committee responsible for reviewing all CRC, CFI and AIF applications from the institution.