Actively believing we can change the world; that is where we start.
We have ideas, we help others with their ideas, and we launch stuff, real stuff that helps people create, innovate, build and generally make things better.
This is who we are.
Seth Asimakos, GM and Co-Founder
Before the Loan Fund, Seth traveled and worked in Latin America, planted trees across Canada, and arriving in Saint John, worked in newcomer settlement. In 1997, he learned about micro-lending and pitched the idea to key stakeholders, and the idea was launched. His passion has been creating opportunity through 'social' enterprise, building a culture of entrepreneurship, and generally striving to create positive change.
Diane Snelgrove, Enterprise Development Officer
Diane lives in Sussex and for the past five years managed the Home Hardware there. Before that she worked to launch a new land fill and its recycling programs, launched her own business, helped to scale a fitness and health foods business, and well, she also tended sheep. That diverse experience will be put to good use as she facilitates training and coaches participants to launch their very own business.
Justin Sweeney, Manager, Social Finance and Social Purpose Real Estate
Justin came back from Alberta to be with us...well and his family. He brings experience as an economic development officer, working on diverse projects from small retail start ups and social enterprises, to larger multi million dollar projects. Closer to home he worked with his wife managing a soap and bath bombs store.
Dawn Belyea, Financial Officer
Dawn brings years of experience running her own bookkeeping business.
Darlene Jones, Money Matter$ Coordinator
Darlene made the move to Uptown Saint John and enjoys all the conveniences living close to work and near the city center has to offer. Her background includes insurance and financial planning with Sun Life, office management, as well as adult education. Darleneís approachable style and love for budgeting is a great asset to our team!
Terry Conrod, Co-Chair
Owner and Consultant, Conrod Strategic Business Consulting
Rhoda Welshman, Co-Chair
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Owner and Event Cooridinator, Reaction Events
Donna Mazerolle, Treasurer
Owner, Donna Mazerolle Chartered Professional Accountants
Tim McLaughlin, Secretary
Lawyer, McInnis Cooper
Ries van Beek
Entrepreneurship Teacher, Saint Malachy's High School
Coordinator, Centre for Entrepreneurship Program, ASD-South
Retired Product Development and Sales, Innovatia
Principal, The Chapman Group
Case Manager, Teen Resource Centre
Robert Boyce Architect