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.

    Shawni Beaulieu

    Marketing & Communications Officer

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  • Since 2013, Shawni has been working in the non-profit ecosystem in New Brunswick. She has years of experience in event planning, marketing and logistical support having undertaken the role of project manager and chair for the annual GovMaker Conference (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) as well as the logistics chair for the 2016 Canadian Open Data Summit.

    With a background in anthropology, event planning and marketing, as well as a keen understanding of New Brunswick’s opportunities, Shawni is well positioned to communicate and promote the stories of the bioscience community.

    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.

    Board of Directors

    Mr. Pat Whalen, President, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd
    Mr. JP Astorino, Managing Director, Forest Protection Limited
    Mr. Greg Adams, Manager, Research and Development, Nurseries and Tree Improvement, J.D. Irving, Limited
    Ms. Lindsay Bowman, Director of Research, NBIF
    Mr. Chris Dickie, Senior Project Executive, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries (Observer)
    Mr. Dino Kubik, Senior Programs Officer, AAFC (Observer)
    Mr. Francis LeBlanc, Assistant Vice-President Research, Université de Moncton
    Dr. David MaGeeActing Vice-President (Research), University of New Brunswick
    Ms. Debbie McKinnon, Economic Development Officer, ACOA (Observer)
    Dr. Murray McLaughlin, President, McLaughlin Consultants Inc.
    Mr. Daniel Scholten, Director Enterprise Development, ACOA (Observer)
    Mr. Kevin ShiellFormulations and Fermentation Manager, Acadian Seaplants Limited
    Mr. Brennan Sisk, Co-Founder, Mycodev Group
    Dr. Jamey Smith, Executive Director, The Huntsman Marine Science Centre