SciMar Ltd. Executive Team


Mick Lautt

Chief Executive Officer

Co-founded SciMar in 2009 to commercialize SciMar’s discoveries and seek investors across Canada.

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


Dr. Wayne Lautt

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

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 200 peer-reviewed publications.
Member, SciMar Board of Directors


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.


Allison Barsewsky, CPA

Finance Manager

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


Carolina Fleury

Executive Assistant

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


Laurie Sahulka

Executive Assistant to the CEO

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

Scientific Team

Dallas Legare

Director of Operations

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

Dr. Kawshik Chowdhury

Director of Preclinical Science

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

Dr. Randall Gieni

Senior Research Scientist

Data analyst; cell culture specialist; mass spectrometry analytics

Dr. Victoria Sid

Research Associate

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

Karen Sanders

Executive Administrator

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

Claudia Cortes Perez

Research Assistant

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

Board of Advisors

Sue Boreskie


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

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

Thomas Doherty


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

Paul Vermette


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

Dr. Paula Macedo


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

Dr. Luke Zhang


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

Dr. Jon Gerrard


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

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

Scott Keller


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

Tom Hodgson


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


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)

Melanie Lautt

Legal Consultant
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

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)

Norm Dupas

Product Development Consultant
President & CEO at nivå10 corp; Territory Manager, Abbott Laboratories; Founder, entrepreneur, and senior leader of several successful businesses


Barbara Kephart

Senior Project Management Consultant
Founder and Principal Activator at Reveye Systems, Inc.; credentialled PMP Project Manager in health care, software development, medical research, academia, agriculture, mergers and acquisitions; former health care provider in medical diagnostics

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

Stu Slayen

Communications Consultant
Strategist, writer, editor, and trainer with 30 years’ professional communications experience; former
magazine editor; former publishing lead at international sustainable development research institute

Diane Chia

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