Meet the Loan Fund team!

We have ideas, we help others with their ideas, and we launch stuff, real stuff that helps people create, innovate, build and make things better.







Seth Asimakos

GM and Co-Founder

Before the Loan Fund, Seth traveled

and worked in Latin America,

planted trees across Canada,

and arriving in SJ,

 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.

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!

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.







Terry Conrod, Chair

Lecturer, UNBSJ

Owner and Consultant, Conrod Strategic Business Consulting


Donna Mazerolle, Treasurer

Owner, Donna Mazerolle Chartered Professional Accountants


Tim McLaughlin, Secretary

Lawyer, McInnis Cooper


Joanna Killen

CEO, Momentum


Ries van Beek

Entrepreneurship Teacher, Saint Malachy's High School

Coordinator, Centre for Entrepreneurship Program, ASD-South


Steve Daley

Retired Product Development and Sales, Innovatia


Tanya Chapman

Principal, The Chapman Group


Stacy Darku

Case Manager, Teen Resource Centre


Shannon Penny

Events & Marketing, Civilized




Robert Boyce

Robert Boyce Architect


Donations and investments help finance skill building, enterprise development, employment creation and neighbourhood renewal.  Volunteers can help with networking, opportunity development, marketing, mentorship, accounting, strategy, and vision.