Leadership

Board of Directors

dennis fitzpatrick​Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Regina. He has held a number of administrative positions, including Vice-President of Research at the Universities of Regina and Lethbridge and was head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Manitoba for ten years. Dr. Fitzpatrick served on the executive of a number of scientific societies, including President of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies and the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences. He served as Chair of the Council of Congress for the International Union of Nutritional Sciences 16th International Congress held in Montreal. Dr. Fitzpatrick serves on several national boards, including the Biotechnology Human Resources Council and the National Research Council Committee on International Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as a number of regional initiatives. In 2010, the ASTech Foundation honoured him for his Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community.

laurier schrammDr. Laurier Schramm has led SRC to become one of Canada’s premier innovation-enabling organizations with exponential revenue growth, and a solid track-record of over seven billion dollars-worth of demonstrable economic impacts in Saskatchewan alone. Dr. Schramm has over 35 years of R&D experience spanning each of the industry, not-for-profit, university, and government sectors. He has also been a prolific contributor to the scientific and engineering literature with 17 patents, 14 books, and over 350 other publications and proprietary reports. Many of his inventions have been adopted into commercial practice. Laurie is currently focused on helping SRC to become Canada’s leading technological innovation enabler. 

kelly bode

Kelly Bode is a corporate-commercial lawyer and co-owner at WMCZ Lawyers, a full-service law firm in Saskatoon. Kelly specializes in the areas of corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, but assists clients with all of their corporate needs, including business set-up and maintenance, secured lending and succession and tax planning.

Kelly is active in the Saskatoon community. She is currently a member of the board and executive of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and is a past board member of the YWCA Saskatoon and the Princess Shop. She has volunteered and continues to volunteer for many professional and community organizations and initiatives.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. She received a Bachelor of Arts with High Honours in Political Studies in 2003 and a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction in 2006.

john crossTrained as a chemical engineer, John Cross was a founding partner, and later President, CEO, and Chairman, of Philom Bios Inc.  Philom Bios, now Novozymes, develops, manufactures, and markets inoculants which enhance fertility efficiency of crops.  Philom Bios has been the recipient of several awards, such as one of the "50 Best Managed Companies" in Canada in 2005 and 2006 and 2007.  John has also received numerous awards, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Prairie Region, in Science and Technology in 1995, and in the Health Science category in 2004.  In 2013, John was a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. A former Chair of the Saskatchewan Research Council, he serves as a Board member of  the POS Pilot Plant Corporation Inc., Genome Prairie, API Labs Inc., and MPT Mustard Products & Technologies Inc.

janusz kozinski

Born and raised in Poland, Janusz received his PhD in Energy & Environmental Engineering from the University of Science & Technology (AGH) in Krakow. After postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Janusz joined McGill University in 1994, and was appointed Associate Vice-Principal (Research & International Relations) in 2005. In 2006 he was named International Chair in Bioenergy for the Institute for Advanced Studies and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France.

Prior to joining York University, Janusz served as Dean for the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. He has also completed the prestigious Oxford Advanced Management & Leadership Programme at Oxford University, and the Executive Education Program on Crisis Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University. He joined York University as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2010. On July 1, 2012 he was appointed as the inaugural Dean of the newly created Lassonde School of Engineering.

nathan rhodesNathan Rhodes works as a Technical Product Manager at Solido Design Automation. As a Technical Product Manager, Nathan takes a leadership role in identifying great ideas, validating them with customers, and turning those ideas into wildly successful products.

Nathan joined SRC's board of directors and audit and finance committee in 2012, and has held multiple positions with the board of Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs, including chairman.

In 2015, Nathan successfully completed the Directors Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and was awarded its designation of ICD.D as one of the youngest to have ever received the designation. In 2010, he obtained his Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation from FITT, the Forum for International Trade Training. In 2008, Nathan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan with a minor in International Business.

Executive Team

laurier schrammDr. Laurier Schramm has led SRC to become one of Canada’s premier innovation-enabling organizations with exponential revenue growth, and a solid track-record of over seven billion dollars-worth of demonstrable economic impacts in Saskatchewan alone. Dr. Schramm has over 35 years of R&D experience spanning each of the industry, not-for-profit, university, and government sectors. He has also been a prolific contributor to the scientific and engineering literature with 17 patents, 14 books, and over 350 other publications and proprietary reports. Many of his inventions have been adopted into commercial practice. Laurie is currently focused on helping SRC to become Canada’s leading technological innovation enabler. 

phillip stephanPhillip Stephan previously served as a Business Unit Manager for SRC's crop testing lab and managed global business development at SemBioSys Genetics Inc. In addition to corporate management and leadership, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in agricultural biotechnology and biomedical technology. 

wanda nyirfaWanda Nyirfa is responsible for numerous functions, including communications, CSR, competitive intelligence, government relations, impact measurement, legal and risk, and major projects. She is SRC’s Privacy Officer. In addition to corporate management and leadership, she has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications; formerly working as a partner in a communications and event management company, as well as in economic and business development. 

mike crabtreeMike Crabtree holds a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and previously served as Chief Commercial Officer at Carbon Engineering Inc. in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to this, he was the founder and CEO of Oilflow Solutions Inc. and has also held various senior roles with Schlumberger. In addition to business development and leadership, he has international experience in converting research and development into fully commercial technology. Mike is recognized for driving business growth for both global leaders and start-ups in the oil and gas, green energy and environmental sectors.

joe muldoonDr. Joe Muldoon received his doctorate through the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina. His area of study was the development and evolution of the Saskatchewan uranium mining policy sector. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science (Biology) and has previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment. In addition to corporate management and leadership, he has over 30 years of experience in the environment and resource management field working within the Saskatchewan, Ontario and federal governments. 

craig murrayCraig Murray previously served as SRC's Manager of Development Engineering, and Senior Test Engineer of IBM Canada Ltd. In addition to corporate management and leadership, he has 20 years of experience in electronics and instrumentation design and development.

toby arnoldToby Arnold is responsible for safety, human resources, information technologies, facilities and security. Toby previously served as HR Manager with Nortel, Siecor and Corning Cable Systems. In addition to corporate management and leadership, she has HR expertise in compensation and organization design and the development of management systems.

ryan hillRyan Hill is SRC's Vice-President of Finance Division. He previously served as the Associate Vice-President, Finance and the Controller for SRC. In addition to corporate management and leadership, Ryan is a Chartered Accountant and has 13 years of financial management, audit and tax experience.