Meet the team of diverse experts at Bioenterprise

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.


Learn about our advisory committees that offer their expertise to our network of scaling start-ups.

Science and Innovation Advisory Committee 

Northern Ontario Advisory Committee


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Colin Farnum

Chairperson and Innovation Advisor, Food

James Meddings

James Meddings

Board Director

Rickey Yada

Dr. Rickey Yada

Board Director

Olga Pawluczyk

Olga Pawluczyk

Board Director

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Nevin McDougall

Board Director


Selena Basi

Board Director

Keith Thomas

Keith Thomas

Board Director

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Dave Smardon

President & CEO


Denise Dewar

Innovation Advisor, Crop Agriculture, Value Chain & Regulatory Affairs

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Doug Knox

Innovation Advisor, Agri-Food Equipment and Technology

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Neil Currie

Innovation Advisor, Primary Agriculture, Value Chain & Governance

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Dr. Murray McLaughlin

Innovation Advisor, Bioeconomy (Agriculture & Forestry)

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Richard Cloutier

Innovation Advisor, Investment & Development Strategies

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Michael McGee

Director of Innovation

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Johanne Sévigny

Innovation Advisor, Startups, Investment & Business Strategies A+

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Paul Richards

Partner Advisor

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Italo Cerra

Strategic Advisor

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Mike Manion

Innovation Advisor, Agri-Business

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Terry Clark

Innovation Advisor, Animal Health Technology

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Donna Reddy

Innovation Advisor, CPG Retail


Mike Williams

Innovation Advisor, CPG Products and Specialty Pet Food

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Guillaume Béland

Director of Projects


Justin Mackie

Director of Finance


Alexandra Burdett

Director of Programs


Aaron Misener

Director of Strategic Communications

Molly Gallant

Molly Gallant

Senior Program Manager

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Alexis Dempsey

Program Coordinator


Liza Knill

Program Coordinator


Carla Berquó

Director, Canada's Food & Agri-Tech Engine

Braden Kemp

Braden Kemp

Partnership Engagement and Development

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Sean Simpson

Innovation & Sustainability Manager

Emily Nanne

Emily Nanne

Regional Manager, Northern Ontario


Rachel Zimic

Membership Services Lead


Michael Richardson

Membership and Events Coordinator


Andrew Sharp

Digital Communications Specialist


Jordan Sidsworth

Marketing Specialist


Laura Millson

Office Manager