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.
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.
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.
style and love for
budgeting is a great asset
to our team!
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 participantsto launch their very own business.
Financial & Project Analyst
Before coming to Canada
Guillermo worked for the
local government of
Quito in Ecuador on affordable
housing projects. He moved to the
National Development Bank,
financing housing projects.
He believes in continuous learning
and is devoted to sustainable
development, energy, and housing.
Social Finance Officer
John brings the Loan Fund
from Vancity Credit Union,
and policy experience from two
years with Vancity Community
Foundation—where, among other
projects, he worked on theFostering
Change campaign to add success
to youth aging out of government
care. That latter work has helped
guide the ‘priority youth’ type of
investment John now champions.
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.
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Social Purpose Real Estate Analyst
Originally hailing from Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Niall is a master’s
student in economic geography
at McGill University in Montreal.
For the last two years, Niall has
been studying long term trends in
income inequality across Canadian
cities. Now he is looking to
apply some of that knowledge
to his work with the Social Innovation
Academy and Saint John Community
Loan Fund. This summer,
Niall is doing research to help scale the Social
Purpose Real Estate and Microloan programs.
Valerie is a fourth-year undergraduate student
pursuing a degree in Economics and
Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto.
She is passionate about sustainable
development and enjoys exploring the multidisciplinary
nature of sustainability. In particular,
she became interested in impact investing and social finance
ever since she was introduced to
the concepts of ESG (environmental, social and governance) and
SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) investing, during her first
internship at an investment management firm
in Hong Kong. She is currently the
SDG Coordinator of the University of Toronto, and founded
the SDG Student Hub with a group
of peers, as part of the student program by the Sustainable
Development Solutions Network for Youth.
Previously, she was a student analyst at Good & Well,
a boutique impact investing firm in Toronto.
YES Program Coordinator
Nihma is a summer student from Saint John High School and will be the coordinator for the YES program at the Loan Fund. She lives in Saint John and will study at Western University to pursue the Ivey HBA business degree. Aside from her henna business, she is passionate about creating awareness around the severity of concussions and improving or creating protocols to better the system. She is currently building a contract for coaches/supervisors to ensure they are adequately trained regarding treating and preventing concussions.
YES Program Facilitator
Graphic Design & Communications
Abigail brings a background in
visual arts, design and marketing.
She is a freelance artist and
our very own chalk mural artist
Project IT & Property Maintenance Assistant
Eric is returning to the Loan Fund
for his second year as a project IT.
He is currently starting his second
year of Software Engineering at UNB Fredericton.
Property Maintenance Manager
Born and raised in Saint John Ray comes with many years of facility maintenance and property management. He is the guy who can fix, organize or build anything the Hub needs done, and started with a splash by building the beautiful new deck on the Hub roof, among other new additions. He enjoys a good challenge and helping others.
Terry Conrod, Chair
Owner and Consultant, Conrod Strategic Business Consulting
Tim McLaughlin, Secretary
Lawyer, McInnis Cooper
Retired Product Development and Sales, Innovatia
Principal, The Chapman Group
Case Manager, Teen Resource Centre
Events & Marketing, Civilized
Robert Boyce Architect