Our Team

The SciMar team comprises leading scientists, executives, and business development specialists deeply committed to the success of the company and the improvement of global well-being.

Executive Team


Mick Lautt

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Co-founded SciMar in 2009 to commercialize SciMar’s discoveries.

Seasoned entrepreneur; 25 years in corporate consulting across diverse industries; expert in organizational development, management, leadership, and community outreach.


John West

Chief Development Officer

Joined SciMar in 2015 to develop SciMar’s business plan into a de-risked project plan.

20-year background in strategy: consultant for world’s largest companies in big data, business analytics, e-commerce, software development, supply chain, forecasting, and growth.


Dr. Wayne Lautt

Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder

Co-founded SciMar in 2009 to bring his breakthrough discoveries to market.

Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba; Michael Smith Award-winner in scientific research; and author of 215 peer-reviewed publications.


Allison Barsewsky, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Financial planning, accounting, tax, and audit experience in public practice since 2013, serving large businesses, start-ups, agricultural producers and non-profits.

Staff and Consultants

Michael Alaniz

Founder and Owner, Client Converter

Expertise spans across 12 years with a focus on helping brands launch products using organic and paid search marketing. Michael and his team of seven are working to develop digital marketing for the NuPa brand.

Warren Brent

Manufacturing and Product Development

General Manager at PNP Pharmaceuticals, an industry leader in dry dosage formulations. With over 12 years of experience in both the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical space, he provides an in-depth understanding of research and development, manufacturing, and packaging.

Diane Chia

General Manager, NuPa Brand Development

Project management specialist with experience in government, the non-profit sector, and the advertising industry; leads SciMar’s nutraceutical unit.

Dr. Kawshik Chowdhury

Director of Preclinical Science

Registered pharmacist; exercise and nutrition expert; in vivo and molecular biology specialist.

Krista Coventry, M.Sc.

Director of Clinical Affairs and Regulatory Strategy, Source Nutraceutical, Inc.

Project manager with a passion for strategic planning in health product commercialization and broad expertise in both design and critical evaluation of evidence-based clinical research.

Bernie Desgagnes

President and CEO, Source Nutraceutical, Inc.

Chief market compliance strategist and commercialization advisor with a wealth of experience in regulatory affairs-related product development consulting.

Kristine Dorward

Licensing and Business Development Consultant, Pullan Consulting

Seasoned biopharmaceutical executive, assisting biotech clients to achieve their licensing and corporate development goals. Breadth of roles at pre-commercial and large pharma include licensing, M&A, strategic pipeline planning, marketing, market access, and sales. Public and private board director experience.

Marcel Fisette

Creative Services and Packaging Design Consultant, Director of Creative Services, Source Nutraceutical, Inc.

Packaging and compliant artwork specialist, with a specialty in large SKU count management and brand consistency. Over 20 years of industry experience.

Carolina Fleury

Finance Coordinator, Executive Assistant to the Board

Over 30 years of high-level administrative and financial experience, including positions in Manitoba, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Colombia.

Brina Gervais

Content Writer & Community Manager

Content writer, community manager, graphic designer, social media strategist, and creative communicator with experience across health care, tech, bioscience, and non-profit sectors.

Dr. Randall Gieni

Senior Research Scientist

Data analyst; cell culture specialist; mass spectrometry analytics.

Barbara Kephart

Senior Project and Program Management Consultant, Principal Activator at Reveye Systems, Inc. and Projects Pivot

Credentialled PMP Project Manager in health care, software development, medical research, academia, agriculture, mergers and acquisitions; former health care provider in medical technology diagnostics.

Wayne King

Senior Information Technology Consultant, President and CEO at InfoMedia Systems Group

Board Member, Nature Conservancy of Canada; 37-year veteran of the high-tech industry; extensive experience developing business productivity, collaboration, and information security solutions.

Charles LaFlèche

Investment Consultant

President & CEO, Golden Arrow Life Sciences; Executive Vice-President & CFO, Global Philanthropic; Founder, Momentum Healthware (where he raised $25 million in private capital).

Edwin Lau

Project Coordinator/Analyst

Seasoned IT professional with experience and a proven track record in software migration and deployment. Skilled in creating technical documentation, providing technical solutions, troubleshooting, and process improvement. Strong ability to understand business needs and advise on technology solutions for enterprises.

Melanie Lautt

Strategic Consultant, Co-Founder

Legal knowledge and experience in corporate governance, human resources, and intellectual property; Former Professor, Sociology and Criminology, University of Saskatchewan; Retired Senior Partner, Tapper Cuddy LLP.
Member, SciMar Board of Directors

Dallas Legare

Director of Operations (Laboratory)

Responsible for research, inventory, human resources, clinical trial coordination; assures compliance with regulatory standards.

Ian Lodge

Director, Technical Sales and Operations, Infomedia Systems Group

Over 20 years’ experience in technology, business processes, and IT security; lifelong community services volunteer.

Jennefer J. Nepinak

Community Engagement Consultant

A citizen of Minegoziibe Anishinabe Nation, experienced lawyer and advisor currently serving as Associate Vice President, Indigenous Engagement, University of Winnipeg, and Senior Advisor, Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Former Executive Director, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.

Dr. Igor Osipov

Advisor, International Strategy

Igor is a seasoned international strategy expert, business executive, digital transformation and philanthropic practitioner; VP International at Golden Arrow Life Sciences; founder, board member, and advisor to global and Canadian companies; PhD in social sciences (University of Alberta).

Claudia Cortes Perez

Research Assistant

Specializing in pre-clinical studies, cell culture, and molecular biological techniques and studies.

Dr. Linda Pullan

Founder, Pullan Consulting

Helps companies with partnering. She has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and over 20 years of industry experience in drug discovery and then business development, at Monsanto Healthcare, AstraZeneca, and Amgen.

Dr. Vanu Ramprasath, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs, Source Nutraceutical, Inc.

Principal investigator for clinical trials; expert in clinical trial design, execution, and reporting to enable product commercialization. Over 15 years of clinical research experience.

Laurie Sahulka

Executive Assistant to the CEO, Office Manager (Corporate)

Experienced administrator with 25 years’ experience in government, finance, law, and human resources offices.

Karen Sanders

Executive Administrator (Laboratory)

Office management and logistics; financial systems management; human resources administration.

Dr. Victoria Sid

Research Associate

Hepatic metabolism and nutrition expert; cell culture specialist; mass spectrometry analytics.

Jenn Sunnerton

Executive Producer, Broadcast You

Jenn started in journalism for Discovery Channel and other major broadcasters. She became curious about how traditional television would survive the internet. Her curiosity led her down the rabbit hole of digital marketing. Her team now helps companies grow revenue with strategic sales funnels.

Toni Tilston-Jones (she/her)

Diversity Consultant

A 2SLGBTQQIA* settler living in Treaty One territory with over 25 years’ experience in leadership and organizational development in health and social services with a focus on creating and dismantling systems to achieve equity for all. Serves currently as the Owner/Principal of Resurgence Consulting and Executive Director of Youville Clinic.

Board of Advisors

Sue Boreskie


Chief Executive Officer, Reh-Fit Centre, Canada’s First Medically Certified Fitness Facility.

Thomas Doherty


Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, ARxIUM Innovative Pharmacy Solutions.

Dr. Jon Gerrard


Clinical Research Scientist; Former MP and Minister of Science and Technology; MLA (Manitoba) and former party leader; MD and PhD.

Tom Hodgson


Vice-President Business Development, Many Nations Co-operative Ltd., Many Nations Financial Services Ltd.
Member, SciMar Board of Directors

Scott Keller


Director of Business Development, Relias Learning; Former CEO, Assessment and Intelligence Systems.

Kelly Lautt


Senior management consultant and business leader; expertise in strategy and leadership, information management, operations, business transformation, and governance; experience in utilities, resources, Retail, healthcare/biotech, and education.
Chair, SciMar Board of Directors

Dr. Paula Macedo


Professor, Metabolic Diseases Research Group, New University of Lisbon; PhD Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Dr. Bram Ramjiawan


Director of Research, Asper Clinical Research Institute; Director of Research, Innovation, and Regulatory Affairs; Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba.

Paul Vermette


Project Management and Systems; Independent Consultant: Former Chief Operating Officer, Assessment and Intelligence Systems.
Member, SciMar Board of Directors

Dr. Luke Zhang


President and Founder, China-Canada Diabetes Association: Chairman and CEO, GLG Life Technologies; PhD Pharmacy and PhD Pharmacology.

Board of Directors

Kelly Lautt (Chair)
Tom Hodgson
Melanie Lautt
Dr. W. Wayne Lautt
Paul Vermette

Our Partners in Excellence

We are grateful to work with a network of suppliers and partners who are committed to excellence and who embrace our vision.