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

Our Staff




Seth Asimakos

GM and Co-Founder


Before the Loan Fund, Seth traveled

and worked in Latin America,

planted trees across Canada,

and arriving in SJ,

 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.

Darlene Jones

Money Matter$ Coordinator


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.

Darlene's approachable

style and love for

budgeting is a great asset

to our team!




Diane Snelgrove

Enterprise Development Officer


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.                                           

Guillermo Marroquin


Financial & Project Analyst 



Before coming to Canada

Guillermo worked for the

local government of

Quito in Ecuador on affordable

housing projects. He moved to the

National Development Bank,

financing housing projects. 

He believes in continuous learning

and is devoted to sustainable

development, energy, and housing.




John Kennedy

Social Finance Officer

John brings the Loan Fund
banking experience
from Vancity Credit Union,
and policy experience from two
years with Vancity Community
Foundation—where, among other
projects, he worked on theFostering
Change campaign to add success
to youth aging out of government
care. That latter work has helped
guide the ‘priority youth’ type of
investment John now champions.     


Justin Sweeney

Manager, Social

Finance and Social

Purpose Real Estate


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 bombs store.



Niall Harney

Social Purpose Real Estate Analyst

Originally hailing from Winnipeg,
 Manitoba, Niall is a master’s
student in economic geography
 at McGill University in Montreal.
 For the last two years, Niall has
 been studying long term trends in
 income inequality across Canadian
 cities. Now he is looking to
apply some of that knowledge
 to his work with the Social Innovation
 Academy and Saint John Community
 Loan Fund. This summer,
 Niall is doing research to help scale the Social
 Purpose Real Estate and Microloan programs.


Valerie Chiu


Valerie is a fourth-year undergraduate student

pursuing a degree in Economics and

 Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto.

 She is passionate about sustainable

development and enjoys exploring the multidisciplinary

nature of sustainability. In particular,

she became interested in impact investing and social finance

ever since she was introduced to

the concepts of ESG (environmental, social and governance) and

SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) investing, during her first

 internship at an investment management firm

 in Hong Kong. She is currently the

SDG Coordinator of the University of Toronto, and founded

 the SDG Student Hub with a group

 of peers, as part of the student program by the Sustainable

Development Solutions Network for Youth.

Previously, she was a student analyst at Good & Well,

a boutique impact investing firm in Toronto.


Nihma Hussain

YES Program Coordinator

Nihma is a summer student from Saint John High School and will be the coordinator for the YES program at the Loan Fund. She lives in Saint John and will study at Western University to pursue the Ivey HBA business degree. Aside from her henna business, she is passionate about creating awareness around the severity of concussions and improving or creating protocols to better the system. She is currently building a contract for coaches/supervisors to ensure they are adequately trained regarding treating and preventing concussions.


Abigail Reinhart


YES Program Facilitator

Graphic Design & Communications


Abigail brings a background in

visual arts, design and marketing.

She is a freelance artist and

our very own chalk mural artist


Eric Cuenat

Project IT & Property Maintenance Assistant

Eric is returning to the Loan Fund
 for his second year as a project IT.
He is currently starting his second
year of Software Engineering at UNB Fredericton.
 Ray Hachey

Property Maintenance Manager

Born and raised in Saint John Ray comes with many years of facility maintenance and property management. He is the guy who can fix, organize or build anything the Hub needs done, and started with a splash by building the beautiful new deck on the Hub roof, among other new additions. He enjoys a good challenge and helping others.




Terry Conrod, Chair

Lecturer, UNBSJ

Owner and Consultant, Conrod Strategic Business Consulting




Tim McLaughlin, Secretary

Lawyer, McInnis Cooper


Joanna Killen

CEO, Momentum


Steve Daley

Retired Product Development and Sales, Innovatia


Tanya Chapman

Principal, The Chapman Group


Stacy Darku

Case Manager, Teen Resource Centre


Shannon Penny

Events & Marketing, Civilized




Robert Boyce

Robert Boyce Architect