About BioNB


Meaghan Seagrave, M.Sc.

Executive Director

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  • Meaghan has over a decade of experience working with small and start-up technology enterprises across the country in a variety of roles. With a graduate degree in agricultural sciences and several certificates and diplomas in technical communications and management development, she is well equipped to act as intermediary in a challenging and technical sector like biotechnology.

    Meaghan has a strong reputation in the business community and a communication style that has helped BioNB build trust and cooperation among key stakeholders. She is passionate about the opportunities biotechnology holds for transforming this region's traditional sectors and supporting the province's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

    Wendy Yerxa

    Office Manager

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  • Wendy is responsible for all office administration duties at BioNB including records management, financial claims and travel arrangement for international guests. Wendy also assists with the quarterly meetings of BioNB’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining BioNB, Wendy held administrative positions with the Government of New Brunswick and NB Power.

    Jennifer O’Donnell, M.Sc.

    Pre-commercialization Development Officer

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  • With over 10 years of experience working with early-stage companies in the biotech space, Jennifer is committed to exploring commercial opportunities powered by bioscience and is a champion for the up-and-coming technologies of New Brunswick researchers and biotech organizations.

    Jennifer has a technical background in biomedical research, diagnostic testing for the agriculture industry, high-throughput genomics, and crop biotechnology.

    From 2006 – 2010 she set up and directed a research program in Fredericton (Targeted Growth) where her team supplied plants with new agronomic traits for use in biofuel production.  She was also the organization’s lead on technology transfer with industry collaborators.

    At BioNB, Jennifer works directly with clients on business development support. She also manages several community tools and evaluates key trends across New Brunswick to provide a resource for stakeholders and policy makers.

    Jenny Keleher

    Marketing and Communications Officer

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  • Jenny joined BioNB in 2013 after graduating from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Marketing Honours. She plans and delivers marketing and communications activities that build the profile of BioNB and New Brunswick's biosciences sector. She manages BioNB's online community by delivering news updates, connecting stakeholders, and composing original blog content on current issues and key players.

    Ryan Reid, MBA

    Business Intelligence and Support Services Manager

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  • Ryan coaches our clients on business planning and business development, market research and market validation. He has over 18 years’ experience in marketing and new venture creation. Ryan has been a key employee or founder in three start-ups, two in software and one in veterinary care. He graduated from Queen's University with a degree in history and holds an MBA from the University of New Brunswick.

    Joey Volpé

    International Business Development Officer

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  • Joey works with our clients to support them in their efforts to increase exports through market expansion and/or diversification. He has a very diverse background that has always revolved around business development and innovation. His career has led him to working in the private and public sector as well as in academia. Being a business founder and owner himself, he has a very practical and result-driven mindset. He graduated from McGill with a Bachelor in Industrial Relations and holds a Bachelor of Law and a Masters in Environmental Studies from l’Université de Moncton. Joey is very passionate about what he does and truly enjoys meeting and working with businesses of all shapes and sizes.

    Board of Directors

    Dr. Gregory S. Kealey, Professor, Department of History, University of New Brunswick
    Mr. Pat Whalen, President, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.
    Mr. David Coburn, President, WB Coburn & Sons Ltd.
    Mr. Greg Adams, Manager, Research and Development, Nurseries and Tree Improvement, J.D. Irving, Limited
    JP Astorino, Managing Director, Forest Protection Limited
    Dr. David Burns, Vice-President (Research), University of New Brunswick
    Dr. Lise M. Dubois, Associate Vice-President, Research and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Université de Moncton
    Dr. Murray McLaughlin, President, McLaughlin Consultants Inc.
    Mr. Kevin Shiell, General Manager, Complete Senergy Systems
    Dr. Jamey Smith, Executive Director, The Huntsman Marine Science Centre
    Ms. Alison Thomas, Process Improvement Officer, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
    Mr. Dino Kubik, Senior Program Officer, New Brunswick Operations, Market and Industry Services Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada