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Brad Marchant, Founder & CEO of Enterra Feed

March 20, 2017 — Brad got his BSc from UNB in 1977 and went on to get a master's in Mineral and Mining Process Engineering from UBC. He has recently retired from active involvement after a rich and varied career as a founder of businesses, CEO, high-level executive, and as a member of boards of publically traded companies. His latest venture is the Vancouver-based company Enterra Feed, which uses food waste as feed for maggots which are then harvested, processed and sold as feed to livestock, fish and pets.

Chris Mathis, president & CEO of Springboard Atlantic Inc

March 13, 2017 — After graduating from UNB with a BSc. in mechanical engineering, Chris went on to co-found Mathis Instruments and founded Mathis Consultants. Chris later applied his expertise back at UNB as the Knowledge Transfer Manager. With all his experience and know-how Chris only thought it right to volunteer his time to many organizations such as BioNova and StartUP Zone PEI. Chris is currently the President & CEO of Springboard Atlantic Inc and continues to volunteer his time back into the startup community.

Sandy Bird, CTO for IBM Security

Feb. 27, 2017 — In 2000, Sandy Bird and his team set out to design software to help reduce the amount of hostile attacks on the UNB computer network. The team achieved this goal in February 2001 when Q1 Labs was founded. Sandy was named CTO and co-founder of the company and helped grow the company until 2011 when Q1 Labs was purchased by IBM. Today, Sandy is the CTO for IBM Security and in 2014 was named an IBM fellow.

Paul Simmonds, CEO of Robert Simmonds Clothing

Feb. 20, 2017 — Paul Simmonds, a graduate of UNB, founded his own independent clothing business in 1998 with a flagship men's suit shop in downtown Fredericton. Paul founded Robert Simmonds Clothing on the two simple ideals: that fashion is the culmination of style and quality and service should always be the most important attribute of any industry. Since opening, Paul has expanded his business four times into different markets affiliated with the company's core business.

Adam Harris, managing director of C-Therm Ltd.

Jan. 30, 2017 — Adam has led the growth of C-Therm Technologies Ltd since its launch in 2007. Over this period it has grow to be the world's top supplier for thermal conductivity instrumentation serving a diverse range of clients worldwide including 3M, Honeywell, the US Navy and the Spaceship company. In 2012 he was selected as one of Canada's top emerging business leaders for participation in the Governor General's Leadership Conference. Additionally, he is an alumni of the New Brunswick 21Inc. program. Adam has supported clients in the pharmaceutical, petroleum, ceramics, energetics and electronics industries over the past 14 years in evaluating the adoption of thermal instrumentation for products development and process control. He has previously held executive roles with the Canadian Thermal Analysis Society and is currently a sitting member of various technical committees on ASTM related for various technical committees on ASTM related to thermal properties. Adam graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Commerce and has completed the Canadian Securities Course. He has also completed graduate courses in economics and business at Harvard University (Summer School) and the Universtiy of New Brunswick.

Scott MacIntosh, founder of SwiftRadius

Jan. 23, 2017 — Scott MacIntosh founded SwiftRadius as a one-man technology consulting company in Fredericton in 2002. As founder and CEO for more than 13 years, Scott lead SwiftRadius to success through focusing vision, strategy and innovation in all aspects of the company.

The company grew to a 40-person team by the time it was acquired by Deloitte Canada in 2015. Scott is now a partner at Deloitte Canada. In addition to his duties at Deloitte, Scott finds time to volunteer at Propel ICT as a startup mentor, helping new founders benefit from his experience.

Matt Vance, co-founder and president of Castaway Golf Technologies

Dec. 5, 2016 — Matt was involved in many sports as a child and with that there were high costs. Instead of letting himself sit out of a game, Matt set out to find a way to get himself into yet another sport, that sport was golf. With so many good balls being thrown away or forgotten Matt saw a market and opportunity. He collected the abandon golf balls in the woods and bushes surrounding the courses, cleaned the balls and sold them. Soon after starting he was able to raise enough funds to support his participation in the sport, and later on he was also able to help his friends do the same exact thing when they wanted to play also.

Matt graduated from civil engineering at UNB and went to work for an oil company prior to creating Castaway Golf Technologies. Inspired by his childhood, Matt co-founded Castaway golf. Castaway Gold Techonologies is a golf ball retrieval service offered to golf courses where the company will come in, retrieve all the golf balls, polish and clean them and offers the course split, credit or cash compensation for their golf balls.

Simptek: Asif Hasan, CEO and founder, with Keelen Gagnon, COO and co-founder

Nov. 21, 2016 — In 2014 Asif and Keelen along with Lionel Fernedas started Simptek with the goal to make a product that will address global issues. Energy is the current leading issue — whether you're a consumer or a producer, energy is on everyone's mind. Simptek is a dashboard that helps consumers understand their bill and tells them exactly when they're using the most energy so that they can predict, monitor and if they wish, reduce their energy consumption. For industries this means they will be able to see when the most energy is being used and be better able to predict peak times and answer consumer inquiries.

Kyle MacNevin, co-founder of Wear Your Label

Nov. 18, 2016 — Co-founder of Wear Your Label, Kyle MacNevin, has travel from Fredericton to Ottawa and back on his entrepreneurial adventures. With the goal of ending the stigmatization of mental health, Kyle and his partner started company. Two short years later they've created a product to help those suffering from mental health issues and unit everyone in the battle to end stigmatization.

Derek Riedle, founder, CEO & publisher at Civilized

Nov. 14, 2016 — Graduating from MSVU, Derek started his career by founding Revolution Strategy. For 11 years Derek lead Revolution Strategy as CEO to success, and later went on to be the strategic & Creative Counsel for the company. As a creative visionary he is, Derek leap into a new adventure and co-created "Real Houses of..." a television program which showcases the most interesting homes in America and the people behind them. Recently Derek has been involved with Civilized. Civilized is a lifestyle site that carters to professionals who enjoy cannabis with the goal to ultimately change the stereotypical view on cannabis use. Riedle adamantly expresses that by legalizing cannabis, Canada and more specifically New Brunswick could unlock a huge market which would aid in our currently economic difficulties much like many states have done recently. Derek will be speaking on the benefits of legalizing cannabis in Canada and how it could possibly turn our economy around.

Julie Thomas, agreement officer in the Office of Research Services

Nov. 7, 2016 — This office helps you through all stages of the research funding process, it even helps you connect with funding agencies and industry partners. Julie will be coming by to speak about navigating your way through these processes and she will also be answering questions.

Jake Arsenault, entrepreneur in residence

Oct. 31, 2016 — Jake Arsenault holds a PhD from the mechanical engineering program at UNB and the Wallace McCain Institute's ELP program. He started his career in 2004 with a venture called Inversa. He later went on to co-found The Black Arcs which is a transit simulator that is designed to be a web-based video game. Jake is also the entrepreneur in residence here at TME. Jake will be speaking on his years of experience, as well as his newest venture, The Black Arcs.

Erin Flood, COO, Hotspot Merchant Solutions

Oct. 24, 2016 — Three years ago, Hotspot Merchant Solutions was a small Fredericton startup. Today, it's growing with a major U.S. partner. Erin Flood, the company's chief operating officer, said growth is driven by prioritizing relationships and communication.

The Hotspot technology allows the remote payment of parking meters. The product produces data for downtown businesses, and allows the businesses to advertise to cumstomer through their cell phones. Come and hear about the joys and the sorrows, the learning and the growth, from someone who is in the middle of real startup life.

Raymond Fitzpatrick, investment manager, NBIF

Oct. 17, 2016 — After graduating from UNB with a BBA and certified CPA, CMA Raymond hit the ground running and became an accounting asistant. As the years went by he held other positions of increasing responsibility with different companies including Irving Oil, NBIF and Day & Ross. After being a professor at UNB for a year, Raymond took a position with NBIF as an investment manager. As an Investment Manager for NBIF Raymond evaluates start-up companies. While here spoke about their great competition, BreakThru competition and the benefits it brings. The NBIF BreakThru Competition is a competition that specifically promotes creation and development of innovative, entrepreneurial businesses in New Brunswick. Both nation-wide and provincial, the BreakThru competition in total has over $1,000,000 in prizes to give out to winners.

Caleb Grove: Harnessing the wind in rural Africa

Oct. 3, 2016 — UNB graduate Caleb Grove (BSCE Mechanical, 2015, MTME candidate) just returned from six months in Cameroon, Africa, where he was following up on his previous prototyping trip. He is now implementing a plan to use local materials and skilled labour to bring power to villagers who live far off the grid. Come and hear about the struggles and the successes, the technical challenges and the culture shock, the joy and the pain of applying your education in a way that could be transformative - for both yourself and the world around you using your head and your heart.

Simon Newby, president & owner of 6T3 Ltd.

April 4, 2016 — Born in England, Simon graduated from North East London Polytechnic with a degree in Surveying & Mapping Sciences and from the University of New Brunswick with a MScEng in Surveying Engineering. He then moved to Heerbrugg, Switzerland to work for Leica's GPS group, and has since held positions with NovAtel GPS (in Calgary and the UK), SiGEM (in Ottawa and the UK), and Terrapoint (in Ottawa and Houston, TX).

Simon has been a motor racing fan (and general petrol head) since he was a small boy. Now as President and owner of 6T3, which works within the NASCAR, Indycar, and World Endurance Championship (WEC) worlds, he finds himself in a position where his professional training and lifelong personal passions have merged and allowed him to have his dream job.

Lisa Hrabluk, founder of Wicked Ideas

March 21, 2016 — Lisa is an award-winning writer and social thinker around how individuals and communities can stay true to their core values while navigating their way through economic, social and technological change. She is the founder of Wicked Ideas, a company that works to break the logjam around complex issues by identifying the shared value proposition amongst opposing groups. For two decades she has been a leading voice in Atlantic Canada’s movement to drive social and economic change, first as a journalist and political columnist and more recently as a member of the original network of creative and passionate people who laid the foundations for New Brunswick’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. With Dr. John McLaughlin she created NextNB, the UNB-led initiative that spawned the creation of three community-led organizations; the New Brunswick Business Council, the Wallace McCain Institute and 21inc., the latter of which she was the founding executive director and today serves as its voluntary chair. In 2015 she was recognized by the international BCorp movement for her leadership in helping to build an community of business leaders and entrepreneurs that seek to use business as a force for good to solve social and environmental problems.

Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, co-founder & CEO of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada

March 14, 2016 — Susan Chalmers-Gauvin is a results-driven leader with over 20 years of management experience. Ms. Chalmers-Gauvin is the Co-Founder and driving force behind the international company, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. She has brought the Company from a start-up enterprise to an international success story with tours through-out Europe, United States and Canada. Ms. Chalmers-Gauvin has a demonstrated ability to develop a vision, inspire a broad base of support from community, private and public sector, achieve consensus and deliver results.