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.





STAFF

 


 

Seth Asimakos, GM and Co-Founder

seth@loanfund.ca

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.


 


 

Diane Snelgrove, Enterprise Development Officer

diane@loanfund.ca

Diane lives in Sussex and for the past five years managed the Home Hardware there. Before that she worked to launch a new land fill and its recycling programs, launched her own business, helped to scale a fitness and health foods business,  and well, she also tended sheep. That diverse experience will be put to good use as she facilitates training and coaches participants to launch their very own business.


 


 

Justin Sweeney, Manager, Social Finance and Social Purpose Real Estate

justin@loanfund.ca

Justin came back from Alberta to be with us...well and his family. He brings experience as an economic development officer, working on diverse projects from small retail start ups and social enterprises, to larger multi million dollar projects. Closer to home he worked with his wife managing a soap and bath balms store.


 


 

Dawn Belyea, Financial Officer

Dawn brings years of experience running her own bookkeeping business.


 


 

Darlene Jones, Money Matter$ Coordinator

darlene@loanfund.ca

Darlene made the move to Uptown Saint John and enjoys all the conveniences living close to work and near the city center has to offer. Her background includes insurance and financial planning with Sun Life, office management, as well as adult education. Darleneís approachable style and love for budgeting is a great asset to our team!



 BOARD



 

Terry 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



OTHER VOLUNTEERS






 

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.