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Job Posting: Logistics Coordinator, LuminUltra

Fredericton, New Brunswick Jenny Keleher June 19, 2017

Company Overview

Headquartered in Fredericton, New Brunswick, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. is changing the way that the global water sector views microbiological testing solutions through a combination of easy-to-use testing products and powerful cloud-based decision-support software.  As an 8-time recipient of the Fastest Growing Companies in Atlantic Canada award, an Atlantic Canada Top 101 company since 2013, and the 2012 New Brunswick Exporter of the Year, our solutions are used around the world in a wide range of industries, including the municipal, manufacturing and energy sectors.  Armed with dedicated ownership, a talented team, best-in-class partners and a solid foundation, LuminUltra is looking to add new, talented ‘A players’ that can help to write the next chapter in our rapid growth trajectory.

Job Description

As a key member of LuminUltra’s Customer Service Team, reporting to the Customer Service & Logistics Manager, the Logistics Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:

  • Prepare documents for shipping, including customs documents.
  • Research trade and logistics requirements for entry into new countries.
  • Assist with processing orders received via email or telephone.
  • Prepare invoices to be sent to customers.
  • Maintain/update Free Trade Agreements and create origin verification documents.
  • Manage export permit applications.
  • Manage CARNETS applications.
  • Maintain/update all regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, TSCA, FCC, IATA.
  • Manage Chamber of Commerce origin documents and applications


  • Minimum 1 year international shipping experience or equivalent (including freight forwarding, FedEx, UPS, etc.).
  • In-depth knowledge of WCO Customs Tariff classification system.
  • CITP, CCS, or CTSC designation is required. Equivalent training, education, or certifications may be considered.
  • Knowledge of Free Trade Agreements and experience preparing origin certificates and verifications.
  • Experience with CARNETS and other regulatory requirements (ex. FCC, FDA, TSCA).
  • Intermediate Excel skills required, advanced Excel skills an asset.
  • Experience using Sage50 an asset.
  • Must be customer service oriented, prior experience in customer service a strong asset.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Group benefits, above-industry standard vacation time and performance bonus program upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Application Process

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity apply now! Please submit your resume and cover letter to and reference the job title Logistics Coordinator.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for interview will be contacted.


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2017 Atlantic Biorefinery Conference Highlights Biotech Innovation

Biotech site visits and expert presentations drew the biggest BIOCON crowd ever Jenny Keleher June 19, 2017

The 2017 Atlantic Biorefinery Conference wrapped up recently on Friday, June 9th, after a very busy and successful 3 days. Researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and funders descended on Fredericton, New Brunswick to learn about the latest tech and policies around biofuels, bioenergy, bioproducts, and biorefining.


Not only was BIOCON17 the best attended BIOCON ever, it was also the most social: energy was high and guests set aside time for productive B2B meetings. This means a lot to us as organizers, because it means more collaborations, more new projects, and more sharing of ideas. This is important for a growing sector like biorefining, and we’re honoured that so many professionals use BIOCON as a means to make connections.


Pictured: Ryan Reid (BioNB) and Katie Kushner (Springboard) getting an ocean view of Cooke Aquaculture’s salmon site.

Pictured: Broodstock tanks at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews



The first day of BIOCON kicked off with the Technology Tours. 2 tour buses, 5 stops, and 90 people experienced a full day showcase of New Brunswick-based biorefining companies and research centers. We could TALK about biotechnology all day, but what better way to drive the point home than smelling the earthy soil at Envirem Organics or feeling the salty sea air at Cooke Aquaculture’s salmon site?



Pictured: Mike Doucette (CCNB) at Envirem Organics. Envirem makes nutrient-rich soils and fertilizers from recycled material.

Pictured: Forest Protection Limited uses aircraft like this one to fight fires and pests.



What made BIOCON17 so successful? It depends who you ask, but we  think it is because of the amount of new people to the biorefining community (70% of attendees were BIOCON first-timers!). The Organizing Committee worked hard to include a variety of presentations that would attract people with backgrounds in technology, business, and economic policy (click here to learn about the speakers). These different perspectives gave a full picture of the state of biorefining in Atlantic Canada, and what sort of technologies and practices we can adopt from around the world. (Get in touch with us if you would like access to the presentation slides.)


Pictured: Jussi Manninen, VVT Technical Research Centre in Finland, addressing BIOCON audience.


For the first time, BIOCON17 included a keynote that was open to the public. Jussi Manninen helped write Finland’s Bioeconomy Strategy, an ambitious plan for their economic development that could serve as an excellent model for Atlantic Canada. “We’re Not So Different, You & I: Comparing Bioeconomies in Finland and Canada” was delivered to a packed audience at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre. Policy-makers and natural resource stakeholders learned what Finland is doing to add value to their forestry resources, and what steps Canada needs to take in order to mobilize governments, businesses, and the public around a shared vision. The days of clear-cutting and selling raw material are over. Canada can manage its forests sustainably, while creating and exporting a variety of higher value products like pulp, fiber material, energy, and biochemicals.


Pictured: Packed audience at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre


We hope this presentation will represent a step toward a comprehensive bioeconomy strategy in New Brunswick, and Canada as a whole. Click here to view Jussi’s presentation slides.



Pictured: Mike Doucette (CCNB) at the 2017 Atlantic Biorefinery Conference


Jussi’s message was a great way to tie together all of the biorefining innovations that were showcased at BIOCON. A biorefining business cluster needs access to biomass and a supportive political and business environment in order to flourish. Atlantic Canada is home to ambitious researchers and business professionals who are developing technologies for the bioeconomy future. The Government of Canada is putting the pieces in place to support these innovators. Canada’s Clean Growth Framework and the Atlantic Growth Strategy have identified innovation, clean growth, and solutions for a low-carbon economy as priorities for economic development.

If you are an entrepreneur, civil servant, researcher, student, or a curious New Brunswicker looking to learn more about the bioeconomy, clean growth, or biorefining, BioNB wants to hear from you!

Please contact us:



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Job Posting: New Brunswick Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Position

Jenny Keleher May 12, 2017

This coordinator is responsible for establishing, coordinating and managing NB Ag in the Classroom Pilot Program. The Ag in the Classroom coordinator reports directly to the Agricultural Alliance of NB (AANB) Chief Executive Officer and works in close collaboration with the NB Ag in the Classroom Steering Committee, stakeholders, provincial departments and partners.

Term: Contract position, start as soon as possible until March 31st 2018 with a potential extension

Location: To be determined, possibility of home office based

More info.

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Job Posting: Research Scientist, Wood Science and Technology Centre at UNB

Fredericton, NB Jenny Keleher May 12, 2017


This position reports to the Director of Wood Science and Technology Centre (WSTC), supports the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products (NBIRC-AWP), and conduct research in wood-based products.
Representative Responsibilities
·Develop in-house and contract research projects: develop research proposals as required to meet the Centres’ and/or clients’ research mandate, and solicit support from funding agencies for clients and the Centre’s research projects.
·Execute research projects: develop work plans for projects, conduct research projects, ensure overall quality of technical work, and prepare and review reports.
·Market the services of the Centre: visit mills, companies and other organizations, and represent the Centre at technical conferences, seminars and other public forums.
·Assist NBIRC-AWP: advise undergraduate and graduate students to conduct thesis projects.
·PhD degree in wood technology / wood engineering is required.
·Minimum of three years working and/or PDF experience in a research centre is required.
·Knowledge on finite element analysis and statistics is an asset. Ability to write proposals, reports and papers in a scientific manner.
·Efficient communication, both verbal and written.
** To be given consideration for this competition, you must demonstrate how, when and where you acquired the requirements outlined for this position. Your resume must present education and work experience in chronological order, with work experience detailed in both months and years, and whether it was part-time or full-time**



For more information, please contact:

UNB Fredericton
Human Resources Room 102
Physics & Admin. Building
Fax: 506-453-4611

UNB Saint John
Financial & Admin. Services
Room 114/115, Oland Hall
Fax: 506-648-5714

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Job Posting: 2 Positions at the Research and Productivity Council (RPC)

Fredericton, NB Jenny Keleher May 12, 2017

Part Time Aquatic Toxicology Lab Assistant

RPC has an opening for a laboratory assistant in its aquatic toxicity testing laboratory located in Fredericton, NB. Previous experience and or education in a biological discipline or working within a laboratory setting will be an asset. The primary responsibilities of the position will the feeding and maintenance of organism cultures that include rainbow trout, Daphnia magna and Ceriodaphnia dubia.


More info.


Bilingual Business Development Professional

The Business Development Professional’s goal is to expand RPC’s market position, identify market opportunities, develop and analyze market data, retain and anticipate needs of current clients, and ultimately achieve sales revenue growth.


More info.

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Job Posting: 2 Technical Positions at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre

St. Andrews, NB Jenny Keleher May 12, 2017

Aquaculture Research Technician

The Huntsman is looking for a highly motivated, dynamic individual who works well both individually and with a team of technicians and research scientists to conduct a diverse set of confidential research contracts for commercial, government and university. Research largely focuses on broodstock development, environmental toxicology and fish health.


More info.



Sampling Data Technician

The Huntsman is looking for a highly motivated, dynamic individual who works well both individually and with a team of technicians and research scientists to participate in project sampling events and contribute to data oversight associated with a diverse set of confidential research contracts for commercial, government and university. Research largely focuses on broodstock development, environmental toxicology and fish health.


More info.


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A Better Test for Lyme Disease

Zecken Labs is developing a test that detects more forms of lyme disease Jenny Keleher May 10, 2017

It’s New Brunswick Innovation Week May 4 – 12, so BioNB and our partners are promoting innovation by telling entrepreneurship stories like Zecken Labs. Zecken is an early stage biotechnology company based in New Brunswick. Kami Harris is the founder and research scientist who is developing a diagnostic for Lyme disease. We spoke with Kami to learn about her technology and entrepreneurial journey.



Tell us about your product/technology


At Zecken Laboratories, we are devoted to improving Lyme disease diagnostics.  Currently, the diagnostics available are unable to detect the disease in all its forms – meaning the majority of Lyme disease cases are going undetected and, in turn, untreated.  Many of the bacterial types that current tests fail to detect are readily found in nature – right here in New Brunswick and around the world.  We are developing diagnostics that will be able to detect many more types of the Lyme-causing bacteria with improved accuracy.  Reliable detection of disease will mean far fewer people suffering from Lyme disease.  Additionally, the ability to identify the specific type of bacteria causing the disease will provide invaluable information to physicians and other medical professionals when designing a treatment plan for an individual.

What has been your major challenge while trying to start/grow your business?


The biggest challenge we have faced while trying to start this company has been time.  Like so many entrepreneurs, our team at Zecken all have full-time obligations apart from this venture.  However, our collective passion and devotion to this company means sacrificing to find the time needed to develop this business to its fullest potential.  It’s a balancing act that I believe all entrepreneurs struggle with.  I am so thankful I have a team I can rely on, regardless of the challenges we’re facing.


What do you think led you to becoming an entrepreneur?


I’ve spent the better portion of my research career devoted to Lyme disease.  In working closely with the Lyme community through various research projects, I was constantly confronted by the need for better diagnostics.  In seeing that gap, I began to realize it was a product and service I had the ability to deliver.  For me, it’s about bringing these diagnostics to the individuals who need them and helping restore a quality of life diminished by such a debilitating and underdiagnosed disease.


How did you build the Zecken team?


I participated in a Business of Science workshop put on by Mount Allison this past fall where I had the opportunity to work with other students and business leaders to develop my business idea.  During that workshop, I received such positive feedback and encouragement from professors, BioNB, Springboard Atlantic and other participants that I started to really considering the Breakthru competition.  I had a couple of people in mind for my team – Kyley Harris for his marketing and communications experience and Patrick Scanlan for his familiarity with my project and the financial plan.  Once I saw how excited Kyley and Patrick were to be on board with this project, we decided to take a chance and apply to Breakthru.  We thought it was the perfect opportunity to jumpstart our business and really learn from all that NBIF had to offer. We made it to the semi-finals and are grateful for the experience.


What lessons have you learned along the way?


The major lesson I’ve learned is the importance of surrounding myself with the right kind of people.  I’m becoming an entrepreneur from a research background so the learning curve is steep when it comes to starting a business.  With that in mind, I believe the composition of our team truly plays to our individual strengths.


Asking for guidance, listening to and following the advice we’ve been given along the way has been a major factor in our progress so far. The tremendous support we’ve received from professors at Mount Allison, and organizations like BioNB, Springboard Atlantic, and NBIF has been invaluable.


What are your main goals for the next few months?


My personal focus will be on the continued research and development of Zecken’s blood test – a critical component of our diagnostic suite.  As a company, Zecken Laboratories will turn our efforts toward securing venture capital.  Achieving that goal will represent a huge leap toward to the launch of our product line and ultimately, the reliable detection of Lyme disease.


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Chinova Bioworks Co-founder David Brown Awarded 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Award

Jenny Keleher May 5, 2017

Press Release


[Fredericton, May 5, 2017] – Earlier this morning in Ottawa the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency David Johnston, announced the recipients of the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards, and our COO David Brown is one of them!

David, along with 5 other innovative Canadians, was chosen for these prestigious awards by the Governor General and a selection committee comprised of distinguished individuals with expertise in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

The award ceremony will take place May 23rd at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The following day the Public Policy Forum of Canada is hosting a panel discussion on innovation in Canada.

David is a passionate and energetic scientist with a long list of innovations. His accomplishments include winning the iGEM championships at MIT in 2013, co-founding the biotechnology company Mycodev Group, co-founding the foodtech company Tudo, and recently co-founding the biotech company Chinova Bioworks. He has received patents for his inventions, authored scientific journal papers, and won multiple awards for innovation and startups.

In 2016 David started the initial research on what is now Chinova Bioworks. For him the research and development of natural preservative ingredients was important work given the health implications of the rampant use of synthetic preservatives in foods, beverages and cosmetics.

During David’s work he has sited many different groups as being crucial supporters including, Futurpreneur, BioNB, NBIF, ONB, the University of Alberta, the iGEM foundation, Ignite Fredericton, the Pond Deshpande Foundation, and the National Research Council of Canada.

David’s passion for innovation is driven by his aspirations of making an impact on society through biotechnology and entrepreneurship.

We’re very glad to have him as our co-founder and COO at Chinova Bioworks, and want to congratulate him on being awarded this honor!


Natasha Dhayagude, CEO


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Business Award Winners Tell the Story of New Brunswick

Jenny Keleher May 2, 2017

By Jenny Keleher


If you think “knowledge industry” is synonymous with “information technology” then you would be wrong. In recent years, the KIRAs (Knowledge Industry Recognition Awards) have been a platform to showcase the breadth of innovative technology that make up New Brunswick’s knowledge industry. Any organization whose activities rely on intellectual capital, such as the value of their workers’ knowledge, is a member of the knowledge economy.

Case in point: this year’s KIRA nominees. 21 finalists in 7 categories represent some of this province’s coolest projects and smartest people who are challenging the status quo in their respective industries. We think these stories need to be told, so over the past few years we have done our part by submitting as many nominations as we can muster.

Of our 14 nominations this year, 7 made the list of finalists. We’re proud of our “bio-bias” because bioscience is an inclusive category that comprises innovation in natural resources, medical devices, life sciences, brewing, and even IT platform applications that transform these industries.

We think this year’s KIRA finalists are a great representation of the knowledge industry in New Brunswick given the talent and innovation happening across all our sectors. We invite you to take the time to read up on these organizations, and learn a bit more about how New Brunswick-based teams are changing how the world treats cancer, tracks insect outbreaks, catches criminals, and even prepares our forests for climate change.



2017 KIRA Finalists

(Click on the names for more info. Or you could, y’know, Google them)

Innovation Champion

Most Innovative Start-Up

Most Innovative Product or Service

Innovation Through Technology

Economic Impact Through Innovation

Premier’s Award for Innovation (Private Sector)

Premier’s Award for Innovation (Public Sector)


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Hire an Intern and Receive Funding Through the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

Jenny Keleher April 26, 2017

Canadian producers and organizations can receive funding to hire an intern to help them implement environmentally beneficial projects. The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative is designed to hire youth aged 15 to 30 for internships up to 12 months. The program has been approved for a 2 year period; applications start April 26th, 2017.

Who qualifies?

  • Producers operating farms
  • Agricultural organizations, including watershed groups and companies providing environmentally beneficial services
  • Research organizations

This is an opportunity for Canada’s agriculture sector to explore environmentally beneficial projects. This program removes the risk of hiring skilled staff so that groups can take on ambitious projects that contribute to a sustainable bioeconomy.

For an application form and more details on the program, please visit: Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative.

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