Emergence’s Management Team includes individuals who are actively involved in the PEI Bio Cluster, maintaining relationships with companies, research agencies, and government partners.
With an MBA degree from the University of South Africa, Martin is an experienced conceptualiser, strategist and implementor with significant management accomplishments and international work experience who leverages strategic, marketing, communications, and business development specializations to both launch new initiatives and drive organizational growth. Martin has a track record of success building innovation hubs, developing angel investment networks, animating startup communities, and helping companies start and grow. Formerly a resident of Kelowna, BC and Peterborough, ON, in 2008, he launched the ORIC Kelowna Innovation Centre as the first best practice knowledge economy business incubator in the interior of British Columbia, and, in 2013, launched The Cube as the first technology incubation program in eastern Ontario. Martin most recently served as both President & CEO and Director of Incubation and Acceleration at the Greater Peterborough DNA Cluster, and Director of Client Services at the Peterborough Region Angel Network (PRAN). Martin is an active community member, having served as a Board Member of the Centre of Excellence for Goat Research & Innovation; the FastStart Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative; and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. In addition, he has volunteered as a design consultant to the Trent Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre; member of the management team of the Peterborough Community Innovation Forum, and member of the Trent University Business Council.
Dr. Don Ridley, Lead – Mentorship Program and Mentor in Residence
Dr. Ridley received B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Guelph. After completing a National Research Council Post Doctoral Industrial Fellowship with CIBA-GEIGY, he joined this Swiss multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company as a research scientist. Dr. Ridley held executive positions in research and development, marketing, sales and general management during his twenty-three year career with CIBA. In 1995 he left his position as Senior Vice-President in Canada to become the Managing Director of CIBA South East Asia based in Singapore. He held this position until the merger of CIBA and Sandoz to form Novartis. Dr. Ridley returned to North America and joined CanTox US in New Jersey as Managing Director and Senior Scientific Consultant. In 2008 he joined Nautilus Biosciences Canada as part-time VP Business Development. Dr. Ridley has served on the Boards of Ciba Corning, Ciba Dyes, Mettler-Toledo, BioVectra.dcl, PEI Institute of Human Health Research, and Genome Atlantic.
Jennifer Lenentine is Manager, Corporate Services and has been a valued member of the BioAlliance team since 2005. Jennifer has lead responsibility in preparing and managing core and project funding agreements including those with Innovation PEI, National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the International Business Development Agreement, and Skills PEI (Labour Market Development Agreement).
Eddie Francis, Business Development Officer
Eddie has been a member of the PEI BioAlliance team since 2015. He manages relations with existing and prospective clients and assists with the pre-incubation process, admission process and establishing service contracts. Eddie also provides support to the Emergence Mentorship Program and actively participates in the recruitment of companies to the Emergence Incubator. Eddie has a B.Sc and a M.Sc in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UPEI where his research focused on inhibiting early stage cancer progression pathways. Eddie has spent the last 15 years in the private sector in early stage companies as an owner, operator and project manager.