Board of Directors

University Members
College Member
Private Sector Members
Ex-officio

About our Board members

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 Commission.


Dr. Neil Bose

Prior to his appointment as Vice-President (Research) for Memorial University, 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.


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.


Stephen Hartlen

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 several 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.


Dr. Richard Isnor

Richard Isnor is the Associate Vice President, Research & Graduate Studies, St. Francis Xavier University.  Prior to joining St.FX, 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 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.


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.


Francis Leblanc

Francis LeBlanc is Associate Vice-President for Research and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the Université de Moncton since January 1st, 2017. Previously, he was Director of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the same university. Mr. LeBlanc holds a doctorate in physics from the Université de Montréal and is an active researcher in astrophysics. His research has been funded on an ongoing basis by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) since 1998. He has been an Associate Professor or Visiting Research Associate at four renowned academic institutions (Université Laval, Université de Paris VII, Université de Toulouse and Observatoire de Paris-Meudon). In 2010, he published a book at the prestigious Wiley publishing house entitled 'An Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics'. This book has been used as a textbook at more than 75 universities including Harvard, Caltech, Berkeley, Stanford, Cambridge, U. libre de Bruxelles, Tokyo, Warsaw, Montreal, Victoria and Western.


Dr. 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.

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.

While at UNB David has served on several 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.


Mike Maguire

Michael Maguire is an independent consultant and Professional Engineer with a career spanning 3 decades in the offshore energy and ocean industries. Mike has led teams of engineers in a variety of international settings to assure technical integrity and certification of high value oil and gas developments in harsh offshore environments. Over the past 10 years, Mike has emerged as a leader in advancing technology and innovation to support safe and sustainable business growth, including establishing an R&D strategy and managing a $10+ million annual innovation portfolio for a leading Canadian integrated energy company.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, the United Kingdom Engineering Council and the European Federation of National Engineering Associations, and holds professional memberships in: the Society and Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNaME); the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST); and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

In addition to serving on Springboard Atlantic’s Board, Mike’s professional volunteer roles include: Chair of the Board of Directors for OceansAdvance – Newfoundland a Labrador’s Ocean Technology Cluster; long-standing member of Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Design, Construction, and Installation of Offshore Structures (and Working Group Lead for Floating Offshore Structures); and Member of the Lloyd’s Register Offshore Technical Committee. He previously served as Advisory Committee Chair for Memorial University’s NSERC CREATE Training Program for Offshore Technology Research and has participated in several other advisory committees, including: 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.


Ken Martin

Ken Martin recently retired after 28 years of distinguished public service.  In 1991, Ken joined the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Government of Canada’s regional development agency servicing Atlantic Canada, and has held progressively more responsible officer, management and executive positions.

After six years as an Account Manager, which included a secondment with a Labrador-based indigenous organization managing the Voisey’s Bay exploration camp, Ken was appointed to the position of Manager, Commercial Programs. In 1999, he became Director, Enterprise Development, overseeing the delivery of ACOA’s core business programming in the region. In 2011, he assumed the position of Director General, Regional Operations, where he provided overall management of ACOA operations and programming in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2015, Ken was named Vice-President for the Newfoundland and Labrador region.

Ken received a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Calgary in 1989. Prior to joining ACOA, he worked as a senior commercial lender with the Bank of Montreal in St. John’s and as a financial analyst with ExxonMobil in Calgary, Alberta.

Ken and his wife, Jackie, live in St. John’s.  Spending time with their four sons; Jamie, David, Andrew and Colin and granddaughter Azriel keeps them busy.


Jeff Taylor 

Dr. Jeffrey Taylor joined NSCC as its Associate Vice President of Applied Research and Innovation in June 2016, where he is privileged to oversee thriving entrepreneurship, research, innovation, international and strategic partnership activities at all 14 College Campuses across Nova Scotia. He sits on the National Research Advisory Committee, he is a member of the Steering Committee for the Change Lab Action Research Institute, he’s on the Centre for Marine Applied Research Management Committee, is a member of the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship Senior Leadership Team, and teaches in Colleges & Institutes Canada’s National Leadership Institute. Prior to NSCC, Jeff worked in various positions in Academia at the University of Waterloo, the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is a graduate of the National Science Foundation’s Leadership Collaboratory Executive Management Program.   Jeff and his family live in Halifax.


Jeff White

Jeff White is the President and CEO of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, an independent corporation with the mandate of developing innovation and entrepreneurship in New Brunswick, where he manages NBIF’s operations, leads its investment activities and actively manages its growing portfolio of venture capital and research investments. Jeff is a technology industry veteran and corporate financing expert and the new face of NBIF.

Jeff was previously, COO of East Valley Ventures, a New Brunswick-based startup accelerator and early-stage investor. White brings a strong track record of success to the NBIF. He was a foundational member of New Brunswick startups that put the province on the world stage, serving as chief financial officer at both Radian6 and Q1 Labs. East Valley Ventures, White mentored many of New Brunswick’s recent startups and scale-ups. He also served as interim CFO for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, one of five clusters across Canada. The Ocean Superclusters is a major industry-led initiative, supported by the Government of Canada, focused on building on Canada's ocean-related research capacity, business activity and technology expertise.

Prior to joining NBIF, Jeff worked as CFO at companies like Radian6, Genesys Laboratories Canada and Q1 Labs, interim CFO at Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, and most recently co-founder and COO at East Valley Ventures, the successful New Brunswick-based start-up accelerator and early-stage investor.

Jeff is a St. Francis Xavier University graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In his time away from work, he loves to coach youth basketball.

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