About Bioenterprise

Bioenterprise is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing 15+ years of industry experience to help businesses Connect, Innovate & Grow! Bioenterprise uses its sector-savvy Service Partner network to offer Intellectual Property, Regulatory, Legal, Talent, Sales, Marketing, Finance and Investment advice.

Our executive team boasts more than 30 combined years of funding experience, offering feedback and coaching on acquiring public and private funding or investment from a wide variety of sources, and direct connection into those streams of funding.

The Bioenterprise Engine is a national and global network encompassing research institutions, academia, industry mentors, various levels of government, and the innovative businesses that make Canadian agri-tech and food such a strong industry. Our partnerships with corporations such as MNP, IBM Canada and Farm Credit Canada, open doors into innovative new technologies and platforms to help our businesses thrive. Let The Engine drive your own success and scale up with Bioenterprise.

Regional Expertise Nationwide

Learn more about the Bioenterprise Northern Ontario Project! Meet the team, take in the scope of advisory expertise, and learn about our priorities for Northern Ontario growth and innovation.

Discover Bioenterprise’s Science and Innovation Advisory Committee!  A nationwide group of leading researchers and industry specialists that provide critical expertise to drive industry innovation

Meet the Team

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.


  • Dave Smardon

    President & CEO

  • Italo Cerra

    Vice-President, Finance

  • Colin Farnum

    Innovation Advisor, Food Innovation

  • Denise Dewar

    Innovation Advisor, Crop Agriculture, Value Chain & Regulatory Affairs

  • Doug Knox

    Innovation Advisor, Agri-Food Equipment and Technology

  • John Pickard

    Innovation Advisor, Food & Consumer Markets

  • Neil Currie

    Innovation Advisor, Primary Agriculture, Value Chain & Governance

  • Dr. Murray McLaughlin

    Innovation Advisor, Bioeconomy (Agriculture & Forestry)

  • Richard Cloutier

    Innovation Advisor, Investment & Development Strategies

  • Michael McGee

    Director of Innovation

  • Johanne Sévigny

    Innovation Advisor, Startups, Investment & Business Strategies A+

  • Paul Richards

    Partner Advisor

  • Mike Manion

    Innovation Advisor, Agri-Business

  • Kolby Nichol

    Director, Capital Enablement

  • Thora Cartlidge

    Regional Manager, Northern Ontario

  • Dieter Valtins

    Relationship Manager, Northeastern Ontario

  • Taylor Gynane

    Business Development Coordinator

  • Carla Berquó

    Manager, Canada's Food & Agri-Tech Engine

  • Rob Kinch

    Partnership Advisor

  • Frank Dion

    Partnership Advisor

  • Alexandra Coccari

    Program Manager

  • Molly Gallant

    Project Manager

  • Sean Simpson

    Project Manager

  • Rachel Zimic

    Project Coordinator

  • Laura Millson

    Special Projects Coordinator

  • Aaron Misener

    Strategic Communications Manager

  • Alana Duval

    Media and Events Coordinator


We wanted to talk to experts in agricultural applications of new technologies; they were very obviously the best people to call.

Darren Anderson, Founder & CCO, Vive Crop Protection