Our Team

Actively believing we can change the world; that is where we start.

We have ideas, we help others with their ideas, and we launch stuff, real stuff that helps people create, innovate, build and generally make things better.

This is who we are.




Seth Asimakos, GM and Co-Founder


Before the Loan Fund, Seth traveled and worked in Latin America, planted trees across Canada, and arriving in Saint John, 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.



Christina Allain, Enterprise Development Officer


Christina is a foodie. She is secretary of the National Food group and has travlled around the world learning about good food. She is also passionate about enterprise, having developed her own blog and coming from a fishing family. She loves working with individuals who have ideas and want to launch a business.



Liann Bishop, Financial Officer


Liann Bishop is a soccer and hockey mom, who also works at the Loan Fund as the Financial Officer. Besides looking after our books, she also created the community tax program for clients who need help at tax season.



Gary Flanagan, Money Matter$ Coordinator


Gary is a person who puts the principles of financial literacy in practice in his personal life. A few years ago he and his wife realized they needed to get control of their finances. They did, aggressively paying down debt and then putting away money for things they really wanted. To make it all worth while, they make sure they go somewhere to celebrate each year! Gary brings this first hand knowledge to his work as the Coordinator of Money Matter$.



Terrry Conrod, Co-Chair

Lecturer, UNBSJ

Owner and Consultant, Conrod Strategic Business Consulting


Rhoda Welshman, Co-Chair

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Owner and Event Cooridinator, Reaction Events


Donna Mazerolle, Treasurer

Owner, Donna Mazerolle Chartered Professional Accountants


Tim McLaughlin, Secretary

Lawyer, McInnis Cooper


Joanna Killen

CEO, Momentum


Ries van Beek

Entrepreneurship Teacher, Saint Malachy's High School

Coordinator, Centre for Entrepreneurship Program, ASD-South


Steve Daley

Retired Product Development and Sales, Innovatia


Tanya Chapman

Principal, The Chapman Group



Robert Boyce

Robert Boyce Architect

Help Support the Loan Fund

Donations and investments help finance skill building, enterprise development, employment creation and neighbourhood renewal.  Volunteers can help with networking, opportunity development, marketing, mentorship, accounting, strategy, and vision.