Staff

Committed, dedicated, passionate.

The Ag-West Bio team is working to grow the bioeconomy in Saskatchewan. Keep us aware of your needs, so we can work for you. Knowing your challenges, we strive to keep our government informed so the sector can flourish. 

Ag-West Bio Staff:
Karen Churchill – President and CEO 
Brad Bly – Director of Commercialization
Boni Dorish – Chief Financial Officer
Erin Matthews - Communications Intern
Lana Mollard – Corporate Secretary and Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Jackie Robin – Director of Communications
Jay Robinson – Director of Agri-Food Technology
Bev Stangeland – Director of Industry Relations 
Pamela Warren - Administrative Assistant

 

Ag-West Bio Staff

  • Karen Churchill (President and CEO)

    In her role as President and CEO of Ag-West Bio, Karen continues to develop initiatives to support innovation and commercialization in the agriculture and agri-food sector. Karen also serves as a director on the boards of Agri-Food Innovation Council (AIC) and Protein Industries Canada (PIC).

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  • Brad Bly (Director of Commercialization)

    Brad manages Ag-West's Commercialization Fund, an early stage financing vehicle that can invest in Ag-bio companies with promising technology and an economically feasible plan for commercialization. In this capacity Brad works with companies, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to help get them ready for immediate and follow-on investment.

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  • Boni Dorish (Chief Financial Officer)

    Boni oversees all financial reporting, budgeting and information technology for Ag-West Bio. She is responsible for the financial reporting to the Ag-West Board of Directors.

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  • Erin Matthews (Communications Intern)

    Erin’s curiosity and passion for science has led her to pursue communications within the bioscience sector. Currently in her final year of a degree in history (with a focus on the history of medicine), Erin also has an educational background in nursing and the biomedical sciences. 

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  • Lana Mollard (Corporate Secretary and Executive Assistant)

    As Corporate Secretary and Executive Assistant to the President, Lana manages and supports the office of the president and is responsible for the oversight and management of the operations of the Board of Directors and its committees.

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  • Jackie Robin (Director of Communications)

    Jackie's role includes developing communications strategy for Ag-West Bio, media relations, website maintenance, event promotion, publication development and design, as well as membership. Her goal is to make the Ag-West Bio website the communication hub for Saskatchewan’s bioscience cluster.

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  • Jay Robinson ( Director of Agri-food Technology)

    As a seasoned successful entrepreneur, investor and past executive of multi-national agricultural companies, Jay has had the opportunity of sitting on 'both sides of table' and this has provided him with a unique combination of insights and perspectives that are of great benefit when guiding companies towards commercialization and growth, as well as designing and executing on strategies aimed to strengthen Saskatchewan's position on the global agtech stage.

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  • Bev Stangeland (Director of Industry Relations)

    Born and raised in Wadena Saskatchewan, Bev began her career in banking and commercial leasing. She left the bank to partner in a business consulting firm that engaged in numerous projects aimed at helping small and medium sized businesses grow and prosper. 

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  • Pamela Warren (Administrative Assistant)

    Pamela has more than 35 years experience in administration, and has worked in the municipal, legal and entertainment industries.

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