Who we are
Amanda Hachey - Director
Amanda’s strengths are in facilitation, public engagement, systems thinking, sustainability, and process design. She believes that in order to solve our biggest problems we need to 1) understand them from diverse perspectives – to see the whole system, 2) we need to listen to each other with curiosity and an open mind and 3) we need to experiment. NouLAB is the convenor of the processes to dig into root causes, innovate lasting solutions, and the change the way we tackle big problems.
She has spent the last 12 years working in community economic development with projects in the US, France, Panama, Vietnam, and Sweden. She returned to New Brunswick with a renewed passion to help Atlantic Canada realize its potential. Amanda has worked as a consultant with co-operatives, businesses, and communities on strategic processes to integrate sustainability. Recent clients include: Town of Riverview, City of Moncton, Province of New Brunswick, Pratt & Whitney, Genuine Health, Picaroons, Co-operative Enterprise Council of NB.
Amanda has Bachelor of Business Administration from University of New Brunswick Saint John and a Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Sweden.
Bethany Deshpande - Facilitator
Bethany has more than a decade of experience in facilitation, teaching, and entrepreneurship. Throughout a wide-range of entrepreneurial experiences, Bethany has honed her skills in real-world innovation, product development, design methodologies, and more. She was part of the leadership team of the SHAD summer program at Université Laval from 2008 to 2015, and a member of the organizing committee of StartUp Weekend Quebec City in 2013. In 2014, Bethany was part of a global scientific-planning initiative to improve global collaboration efforts for permafrost and climate-science researchers working in the Arctic.
Bethany completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biology at Université Laval. Her research brought her to remote, northern communities where she studied the impacts of the changing climate on permafrost aquatic ecosystems. Bethany also holds a B.A. (Bilingual double honours) in Mathematics and Health & Environmental Studies from the Glendon campus of York University. Bethany Deshpande joined the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network as the Community Engagement Coordinator in June 2016.
Nick Scott - Facilitator/Leadership Council
Nick Scott is the Executive Director at the NB Social Policy Research Network and co-founder of NouLAB; a public and social innovation lab facilitating collaborative problem-solving across sectors and disciplines. Nick is also an Alumni of the 21inc program, and was the co-chair of the 2016 Canadian Open Data Summit. He holds a Master of Arts in Sociology, for which his studies focused on organizational studies and social movements, and a certificate in social impact analysis.
Bill McKenzie - Facilitator/Leadership Council
Bill MacKenzie has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He joined the New Brunswick Public Service 30 years ago. The first 14 years were with the Department of Agriculture. Over the 14 years he worked on market research projects, trade policy and free trade agreements, industry competitiveness, supply management and strategic planning. He spent 13 years at Social Development first as the Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Relations and later on the Senior Management Committee as the Executive Director of Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance. At Social Development his policy experience included poverty reduction, housing, homelessness, child welfare, early childhood development, long-term care for seniors and supports for persons with disabilities.
Since September 2013, Bill has been the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network.
Nicholas Clermont - Facilitator
Nicholas is a designer and business strategist. He is a graduate of mechanical engineering with a specialty in entrepreneurship. After gaining some experience in the private sector, he returned to Université Laval where he completed his MBA. He spent the past decade teaching design methodology and helping youth to build their creative confidence. He has significant experience coaching, mentoring and consulting on entrepreneurial projects and enjoys spreading his passion for design and process. Nicholas recently move to New Brunswick to join the Pond-Deshpande Centre.
Karina LeBlanc - Leadership Council
Karina LeBlanc is the Executive Director at the Pond-Deshpande Centre. With a passion for supporting the growth and development of passionate change makers, Karina is invested in inspiring our youth with the possibility of entrepreneurship so that they can become opportunity creators in lieu of job seekers, fuelling the growth of the Impact Economy in Atlantic Canada and the Business for Good ecosystem. NouLAB is a core component of the Impact Economy providing us with a framework for citizen-driven problem-solving that marries research, policy and entrepreneurship. New Brunswick is now poised to be able to take a leadership role in innovation and experimentation by building on our strengths of smallness, connectivity, collaboration and a values-based culture.
Heather Boyd-Kinnie - Leadership Council
Heather is the Funding Program Manager and Program Coordinator of the Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a passionate leader and active member of New Brunswick’s startup community. Heather provides coaching and mentorship for entrepreneurs, manages PDC finances, develops innovative entrepreneurial programs, and manages events.
Heather has a background in the legal, business, education and non-profit sectors. She has had a 30-year career that has spanned the fields of law, professional development, sales & marketing, facilitation, communication, and project and office management. She also has extensive experience within the university community. She has worked within several UNB Departments coordinating complex research projects and Institutes with local, national and international staff, students, partners, and associates. Heather earned a Law Degree from Dalhousie University and was admitted to the Newfoundland & Labrador Barristers’ Society in 1986.