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03 Aug

Paula Minnikin

Paula’s 30 year career in Governance, Technology, Strategic Assessment and Planning, Program and Project Management has benefitted organizations from tech startups to publicly traded international organizations.   She knows how to strike the appropriate balance between avoiding risk and embracing opportunity through the appropriate use of people, process and technology.  She currently serves on the boards of a Tech Incubator in Bermuda, a privately held company and a community organization.

Some of the companies she has worked for in the past include xwave, Bell Aliant, Jacques Whitford, Pictorius, Prograph, and she has served on the boards in the educational sector such NSCAD University, the public sector such as the NSLC, professional associations such as Digital Nova Scotia,  Community organizations such as the German Heritage Language School.  

An ardent supporter in the art, sailing, skiing, basketball and music communities, Paula volunteers with a number of organizations committed to supporting and growing Atlantic Canada.

03 Aug

Franziska Broell

Dr. Franziska Broell is the CEO of Motryx. Franziska co-founded the company as Maritime bioLoggers during her PhD research in oceanography at Dalhousie University when she and her co-founder Andre Bezanson developed a device to measure marine animal behaviour. She successfully translated her research into a start-up and in 2018, after spending 8 years in the ocean field as a researcher and entrepreneur, completing research projects in Alaska, Scotland and the Arctic, the company recently shifted focus into the medical field. When receiving interest in their animal sensors from hospitals to monitor blood sample transport, Maritime bioLoggers re-branded as Motryx to pursue opportunities in the health care sector and is currently operating in Halifax with 9 employees.
03 Aug

Colleen Rollings

Meet Colleen Rollings, P.Eng., PMP – an Engineer who lives by the adage that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  Ms. Rollings has spent over 25 years designing and installing infrastructure to ensure public safety.  From natural gas pipelines to hospital patient safety systems, the public we serve makes it worth the hours of effort.  Colleen has taken her corporate experience in project and people management and applied it to building a small company, H3R Inc.  Expanding her commitment to innovation and technology, Colleen also works part-time in the Dalhousie Faculty of Engineering as an Engineer in Residence, providing a liaison between the students and industry.   Colleen is also contributing her regulated utility experience to the Halifax Water Board of Directors.  For Colleen, the best part about being an Engineer has been applying her skills to help community-based groups with their initiatives including playground reconstruction, building maintenance, and youth sports club development. You can follow her success at:
03 Aug

Anindita Gupta

Anindita Gupta has her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the US and second Masters degree in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Canada. She has more than ten years’ experience in biological sciences and business development, the ideal combination to help companies develop new partnerships and expand into new markets. Anindita has delivered complex technical support, training and client support in the laboratory and across the biotech industry and has led projects for several major healthcare brands.

In her most recent job, she is the business development manager with Sona Nanotech, a high growth life science company out of Halifax, NS, Canada wherein Anindita is responsible for market research, lead generation, developing business strategies that have led to successful ongoing collaborations and partnerships with companies in North America and from across the world. Anindita previously was the director of business development with Neck Tronics, a life science start-up company from Canada.