ABout US

Our Mission

Our Mission is to accelerate the growth of Nova Scotia’s low-carbon Bioeconomy, leading to increased environmental and economic prosperity for all Nova Scotians. We create and promote best-in-class, investment-ready conditions for the success of Bioeconomy firms and projects to execute this mission.

Innovation

Promoting and supporting innovation within Nova Scotia’s small and medium enterprises

Resilience

Advancing renewable feedstock supply chain efficiency

Collaboration

Fostering strong collaboration among all stakeholders

Development

Capitalizing on opportunities created by the growing global demand for low-carbon products and processes

Our Team

Our Team

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Rod Badcock

Rod is passionate about the Bioeconomy. He spent the beginning of his career in operational roles with Alberta Pacific Forest Industries and Bowater Mersey Paper Company where he specialized in forest management.

In addition to an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, Rod holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Rod is also an entrepreneur and has been involved in the launch of several firms including a consulting business that supports product and process innovation in the forest industry.

Rod Badcock

Executive Director

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Greg Maloney

Greg Maloney is a founding partner of BioApplied, a lead consulting organization specializing in the commercialization of new innovation in the bio-resource sector. Greg has worked extensively in the field of nano-cellulose material technology, building industrial partnerships and supporting joint ventures for application and commercialization development. Prior to BioApplied, Greg held senior marketing, product development, and project management positions with Whirlpool Corporation and Domtar Inc.

Greg serves as an advisor to several companies developing or deploying new cleantech products and technologies. He is also a director on the board of BioIndustrial Innovation Canada, and serves on the audit and finance, and investment management committees.

He is a graduate of King’s College, at Western University, and continued studies at Indiana University through Whirpool Corporation’s management development program.

Greg Maloney

Strategic Advisor

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Ryan Duff

Ryan is constantly striving to combine business with environmental sustainability, and he does this by helping to bring products made from renewable resources to market. He has over 10 years of experience in a variety of fields, including banking, economic consulting, environmental non-profits, and renewable resource product and business development.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from Dalhousie University, as well as a Master of Development Economics degree in Environmental Economics, also from Dalhousie.

Ryan Duff

Program Manager

Our Board of Directors

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Julie Towers

Julie Towers, Chair of the Innovation Hub, is the Deputy Minister of Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree from University of New Brunswick in biology. Julie Towers has extensive experience in natural resource management, both within government and with the private sector. After beginning her career as a wildlife biologist in the private sector, she joined government and has held various senior roles in the departments of Environment, Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, and Immigration.

Julie Towers

Chair

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Allan Eddy

Allan Eddy joined Port Hawkesbury Paper in August 2018. At Port Hawkesbury paper he is responsible for business development, community and government relations and strategic forestry issues.

Previous to this position, he has served in senior executive roles in four Nova Scotia government departments including Assistant Deputy Minister in the departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Fisheries & Aquaculture.

As a graduate in Natural Resource Management in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick, Allan has worked for both Federal and Provincial levels of government as well as the private sector over the past 39 years

Throughout his career, Allan has been involved with various aspects of policy development, sector issue management, and stakeholder liaison activities. In the last several years he has been deeply involved in change management and sector transition, with a significant focus on innovation.

Allan was a driving force in the establishment of the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub and believes strongly that the emerging global bio-economy presents a significant opportunity for Nova Scotia’s renewable bio-resource sector and by extension rural economic development.

Allan Eddy

Vice-Chair

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Paul Owens

Paul has worked for various Departments and Agencies of the Government of Canada for the past 17 years. Currently he is the Manager of Resources for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) a Federal economic development agency for Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces.

Between 2011 and 2014 he held the position of Consul and Trade Commissioner with the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles. His primary responsibility was investment attraction (both inbound and outbound) from Canada.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles from Halifax, Nova Scotia in August of 2011 to join the Consulate, he held various positions with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency including: Manager of Client Services, Manager of the Canada-Nova Scotia Business Service Centre, and Senior Account Manager.

Prior to joining the Government of Canada most of Paul’s career was in public accounting including in Edmonton, New Zealand, and Australia and eight years as owner/operator of his own business consulting firm.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, and is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Canada and former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand.

Paul Owens

Treasurer

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Beth Mason

Dr. Mason currently manages the Verschuren Centre Inc (VC), an independent research and demonstration centre, helping industry adapt and new companies develop their sustainable technologies. The centre’s focus is around biotechnology and renewable thermal energy. Beth came to Nova Scotia five years ago to build the bio-processing program at the centre, after working in alternative uses of dairy derivatives with Saputo Dairy Products Canada for 11 years, and running her own by-products logistics business. Her background brings a mix of industry, research, government and business approaches to problem solving in the Agri-food and marine industries, specifically by-product value extraction and production of functional ingredients for animal, human and plant health. The program activities range from bench through pilot bio-transformations and aims to assist companies with product development, process optimization and commercialization in the marine, aquaculture, and agri-food sectors. As CEO of the VC for the last three years, Dr. Mason and the energy team have expanded the VC engagement in renewable energy, specifically electrification of thermal demand, thermal energy conversion, recovery and storage. The VC is unique in its capacity to bring together large industry and community partners toward development and demonstrations of innovative clean tech solutions, and currently engages with companies involved in bioenergy, bio-oil, depolymerizations, polymer chemistry, carbon transformations, and the bioeconomy.

Beth Mason

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Anne LeBrun Ruff

Anne is the Atlantic Provincial Leader for FPInnovations where she leads and secures new opportunities for partnerships with regional players, regional federal development agencies and existing and potential members. Anne is also the regional lead to deliver the FPInnovations Indigenous Forest Program. She is a Registered Professional Forester with over 20 years of experience in project management and forest operations, she provides hands-on applicable solutions to key endeavours. Anne has been active in the NS Innovation Hub since its inception and now represents FPInnovations on the Board. FPInnovations is proud to be part of this great team where the focus is on transformation and diversification of the Bioeconomy sector. The NS Innovation Hub benefits from FPInnovations’ Canada-wide expertise which offers full value chain solutions, from forest management to consumers.

Anne LeBrun Ruff

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Jolene MacEachern

Jolene MacEachern sits as the Dalhousie University representative on our Board of Directors. Jolene is well versed in issues relevant to the board’s mission including the role of Agriculture in the Bioeconomy and the opportunity for innovation in the province’s rural communities. Her day job is as a Manager in the office of Industry Liaison and Innovation at Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus, but she also runs a dairy farm with her husband and three kids in the Debert area of Colchester county.

A long-time advocate for research and development, Jolene believes the intersection of the province’s resource sectors will contribute greatly to new ideas and sustainability. By increased understanding and investigation of the scientific and economic opportunities that lie in our province’s resources, she feels initiatives like the Innovation Hub are key to augmenting Nova
Scotia’s potential.

Jolene MacEachern

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Peter Vinall

Mr. Vinall is a seasoned industry executive having started his career as an Electrical Engineer with Australian Paper in 1982. With over 30 years in the forest products and bio-energy industries he has held leadership positions in all continents except Africa and has practical experience across diverse functions within the forest products industry.

In the period of 2005 to 2012, Mr. Vinall led the transformation of three commodity pulp mills to specialty products. Two of these mills had been shuttered and today all the mills are operating and profitable in an otherwise challenging industry.

Significant prior roles include CEO for Fortress Specialty Cellulose in Quebec, Canada, President of Sateri Specialty Cellulose in Brazil and Singapore, President and CEO for AV Group in New Brunswick, Canada and VP Global Manufacturing for Norske Skog in Norway.

In 2013, Mr. Vinall founded Sustane Technologies Inc. to complete development and successfully commercialize a disruptive new technology that allows for complete separation of municipal solid wastes that are destined for landfilling. Mr. Vinall also acts as President of Sustane.

In addition to his engineering degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Mr. Vinall has an MBA from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA with distinction.

Peter Vinall

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Paul Richards

Paul Richards is the sector lead for Agri-technology for Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s early-stage venture capital organization. Paul focuses on enabling knowledge-based companies to accelerate the commercialization of their technologies and to create a dynamic high-growth entrepreneur culture in Nova Scotia.

Since taking on this role Paul has worked to establish a growing ecosystem in Atlantic Canada capable of growing venture grade companies for the Agri-tech sector. His portfolio of early-stage start-ups has raised over $50 million dollars.

In addition, Paul servers as a Director for Bioenterprise, Canada’s leading national Agri-tech accelerator where he advises companies from across the country on commercialization and raising investment.

Paul Richards

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Bruce Chapman

Bruce is the General Manager of Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation. He joined the Pictou mill operations as a Process Engineer in 1996, held a number of progressively responsible management positions, and was promoted to the position of General Manager in October 2014.

As GM, Bruce is responsible for the entire mill including operations, maintenance, engineering and other services, as well as timberlands operations.

Bruce received his BSc, Chemical Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick and his MSc, Materials Engineering from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Northern Pulp, Bruce was employed at Stone Container Canada in Processing Engineering, Quality Control.

Bruce Chapman

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Shawn Connell

Shawn Connell is the Director of Customer Solutions for Nova Scotia Power and is responsible for providing new and innovative products and services that meet the evolving needs of Nova Scotia Power’s customers. Shawn has more than 25 years of experience in finance, consulting, and the utility industries and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Acadia University.

Nova Scotia’s low carbon economy holds exciting possibilities — more wind and solar generation, world-leading tidal energy, battery storage, electric vehicles, and Shawn believes the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub will play an important role in enabling access for the province’s Bioeconomy.

Shawn Connell

Our Investment Attraction Team

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Suzanne Fraser

Suzanne is an Investment Attraction Executive with Nova Scotia Business Inc. focused on attracting international businesses to Nova Scotia, Canada. Her areas of focus include the clean tech and life sciences sectors. Since joining Nova Scotia Business Inc., Suzanne has been responsible for connecting international companies with potential partners in Nova Scotia. Those partners include academic institutions, local industry players and funding partners. Creating these connections serve as the foundation for NSBI’s business development efforts. Suzanne has a passion for Nova Scotia that is evident by her enthusiasm and willingness to lead business development initiatives to ultimately improve the economy of her home province. Suzanne is looking forward to connecting with anyone interested in exploring Nova Scotia, Canada as a place to grow their business!

Suzanne Fraser

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Paul Richards

Paul Richards is the sector lead for Agri-technology for Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s early-stage venture capital organization. Paul focuses on enabling knowledge-based companies to accelerate the commercialization of their technologies and to create a dynamic high-growth entrepreneur culture in Nova Scotia.

Since taking on this role Paul has worked to establish a growing ecosystem in Atlantic Canada capable of growing venture grade companies for the Agri-tech sector. His portfolio of early-stage start-ups has raised over $50 million dollars.

In addition, Paul servers as a Director for Bioenterprise, Canada’s leading national Agri-tech accelerator where he advises companies from across the country on commercialization and raising investment.

Paul Richards

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Blake Mann

Blake Mann is the Senior Industry Development Officer with the Atlantic Energy Office of ACOA. He has been with ACOA since 2004 fulfilling various positions in programs and policy. He spent four years on federal interchange with the Province of Nova Scotia as Director Trade and Investment at the Department of Economic Rural Development & Trade.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University and a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University. He is volunteer firefighter with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency and holds the rank of Captain.

Blake Mann

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Rany Ibrahim

Business Strategy, International Trade and Global Affairs Professional, Public Servant, Professor, Entrepreneur, and a Columnist. He is The Director of Economic Development and Trade with the Department of Lands and Forestry, as well as, The Chair and Project Manager of the Nova Scotia Interdepartmental Wood Heat Initiative Task Group. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub Investment Attraction Working Group. Rany is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP/FIBP)®, as well as, in Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP)® and have international business experience in Private, NGO & Public Sectors strategic management with focus on International Trade, Investment Attraction, Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Economic Development, and Government Relations. He worked as a Consultant with several Provincial and Federal Government Departments and Corporations as an expert on International Trade. His work experience includes working in an international diplomatic environment with IFI's and the World Bank Group. He also serves on various academic, community, and professional boards. He served as an Advisor on the Minister of Immigration Council, Governor on Cape Breton University Board of Governors, Senator on Dalhousie University Senate, Trustee on the Halifax Regional Library Board, Advisor, The Canadian Business Strategy Association, as well as, The International Institute of Marketing Professionals. He was involved as a freelance Columnist, Writer, Reporter, and Analyst and did interviews with CNN, BBC, CBC, Global and CTV and published articles with a variety of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle Herald, and Cape Breton Post. As an academic and part-time University Faculty, he teaches International Business Strategy, Strategy Formulation, Strategy Implementation, Global Marketing, and Managing People at Dalhousie University to BCOM, BMGMT, MBA, MPA, and MEC. He presented a wide range of academic papers at international conferences and served as a guest speaker and panellist on Economic Development, Politics, Public Policy, and Immigration topics. Rany received several awards for leadership and entrepreneurship and selected as a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He’s among Atlantic Canada’s 50 most inspiring entrepreneurial leaders under 40, Volunteer of the Year Award from both the Province of Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax and is a Top Canadian Immigrant Awards Winner. He is also recognized by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for his various contributions and community involvement. He is passionate about immigration, human rights, freedoms, and democracy.

Rany Ibrahim

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Blair Clark

Blair Clark CPA, MBA, BSc has over 20 years experience of starting, growing and operating businesses. This has been done across a wide range of industry sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, nutraceutical and transportation and in varied roles including sales, finance and operations. Consistently, Blair uses innovation and technology to help commercialize start-up enterprises and expand existing companies in regional, national and international markets. While enjoying collaborating with his strong network of contacts within business, university, intergovernmental and international trade organizations, Blair is able to enhance his unique mix of strategic, financial, marketing and operational leadership strengths to add value to organizations.

Originally from Cape Breton and currently living in Halifax, with his wife and two sons, Blair has been heavily involved in community through charity and athletic organizational volunteering and especially enjoys offshore sailing/racing. Blair now works with the Department of Lands and Forestry as Manager, Innovation and Business Development.

Blair Clark

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Rod Badcock

Rod is passionate about the Bioeconomy. He spent the beginning of his career in operational roles with Alberta Pacific Forest Industries and Bowater Mersey Paper Company where he specialized in forest management.

In addition to an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, Rod holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Rod is also an entrepreneur and has been involved in the launch of several firms including a consulting business that supports product and process innovation in the forest industry.

Rod Badcock

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Greg Maloney

Greg Maloney is a founding partner of BioApplied, a lead consulting organization specializing in the commercialization of new innovation in the bio-resource sector. Greg has worked extensively in the field of nano-cellulose material technology, building industrial partnerships and supporting joint ventures for application and commercialization development. Prior to BioApplied, Greg held senior marketing, product development, and project management positions with Whirlpool Corporation and Domtar Inc.

Greg serves as an advisor to several companies developing or deploying new cleantech products and technologies. He is also a director on the board of BioIndustrial Innovation Canada, and serves on the audit and finance, and investment management committees.

He is a graduate of King’s College, at Western University, and continued studies at Indiana University through Whirpool Corporation’s management development program.

Greg Maloney

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Ryan Duff

Ryan is constantly striving to combine business with environmental sustainability, and he does this by helping to bring products made from renewable resources to market. He has over 10 years of experience in a variety of fields, including banking, economic consulting, environmental non-profits, and renewable resource product and business development.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from Dalhousie University, as well as a Master of Development Economics degree in Environmental Economics, also from Dalhousie.

Ryan Duff

About our Stakeholders

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is committed to building a stronger economy – together, as they work to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive. ACOA works with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.

The Nova Scotia Innovation Hub is working closely with Dalhousie University’s Office of Industry Liaison and Innovation. The office manages and facilitates collaborations between companies and university researchers, commercializes research, and assists in the creation of spin-off ventures.

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their strategic focus has been consistent for nearly 15 years— to safely deliver cleaner, affordable and reliable energy to our customers. Emera’s environmental priorities are fundamental to our strategy as they are driven to use less coal and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Innovacorp finds, funds and fosters innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Their target industries include information technology, clean technology, life sciences and ocean technology.

The Department of Agriculture supports the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s rural and urban communities.

The Department of Lands and Forestry has broad responsibilities relative to the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources, and the administration of the province’s Crown lands.

Port Hawkesbury Paper strives to deliver the highest quality and most efficient super-calendered paper production in North America. Their goal is to provide long term sustainability and natural biodiversity for many ecological, social and cultural values while providing a stable and long-term wood supply and economic viability for both Port Hawkesbury Paper, local wood suppliers and sawmills.

Sustane Technologies imagines a future with fewer landfills. The clean-tech company is focused on waste transformation, having developed a set of disruptive processes to transform municipal solid waste streams into high-value fuels and recyclable materials.

Northern Pulp is committed to building an environmentally and financial sustainable business in Nova Scotia. Through innovation and adaptability, Northern Pulp provides cellulose-based products at the lowest possible cost while enhancing the sustainability of their manufacturing operations and the well-being of the communities in which they operate.

The Verschuren Centre (VC) at Cape Breton University is an industrial solutions, development and deployment centre, advancing sustainable resource management in our key fields of expertise – Renewable energy, Bio-processing, Aquaculture and Nano materials. They are directly engaged with, and responsive to, industry and economic development needs, providing opportunities for process and product development, technology improvement, and enhancements in sustainability.

FPInnovations is a private not-for-profit R&D organization that specializes in the creation of solutions that accelerate the growth of the Canadian forest sector and its affiliated industries to enhance their global competitiveness. Their expertise spans the pulp and paper industry, forest operations, wood products, and bio-sourced products sectors, with the forest industry at heart.