Board of Directors

Stéphane Gagné, M.Sc.

President & Chief Executive Officer – Ovensa Inc.

Co-Founder of Ovensa and three other companies, Mr. Gagné holds 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical (anticancer drugs and drug delivery), cosmetics and nutritional supplements industries. He was instrumental to the growth of Aeterna-Zentaris, a company that was developing an angiogenesis inhibitor for non-small cell lung cancer. He was also a co-founder of Constab Pharmaceutical, a company developing a drug delivery system using alpha-fetoprotein. Mr. Gagné also contributed to the international expansion of Atrium Biotechnologies and several Canadian private and public companies. He is recognized for his leadership, for building teams, growing sales and for his negotiation skills. He holds 2 bachelor degrees (Economics and Multidisciplinary), has a Master Degree in Business Administration and speaks several languages.

Steven Splinter, Ph.D.

VP, Technology & Licensing – Ovensa Inc.

A science entrepreneur with over 18 years of corporate, strategic and operational experience (13 years in Executive or Senior Management roles).  Successfully founded, raised investment rounds and led initial corporate and all technical development for an agri-based bio-innovation company. Experienced in strategic planning, technical assessment and development of process technologies, business leadership, and engineering project management.

Christophe Goffoz

President – Divergent Capital & Lead Investor – Anges Québec

A Chemical / Process Engineer and holder of a Master’s Degree in Marketing from HEC Paris, Christophe spent the first part of his professional life in the pharmaceutical industry in Europe and then in Canada. He explores various therapeutic areas in which he works as much on the marketing side of innovative products as on the commercial development of existing drugs. In January 2016, a new chapter opened for him with the creation of Divergent Capital, a private investment fund dedicated to impact investment.  As the founding president of Divergent Capital, Christophe now supports start-up entrepreneurs by providing them with the financial and mentoring support they need to succeed.

Passionate and dynamic, Christophe shares his experience and creativity in business with his network and the entrepreneurs he coaches. Competitive by nature, he also practices high-level sports both individually (tennis) and collectively (volleyball).

Priyum Koonjul, Ph.D.

Director – Aligo Innovation

Priyum joined Valeo Management in 2006 as director of commercialization in life sciences and has remained in this role with Aligo. She is in charge of the commercialization of technologies ranging from biotech to nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. She worked as a sales representative for 5 years for Biometra (Cape Town, South Africa) – a company specializing in laboratory instruments – where she dealt largely with molecular biology instruments. Priyum has also worked in the management and transfer of intellectual property as a commercialization agent at UQAM. She holds a double major in Biochemistry and Microbiology and a BSc (Hons.) and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. She was a post-doctoral fellow in Human Genetics at UCT and in plant biochemistry at IRBV (University of Montreal). In 2006, she completed an internship with Réseau Interval.

Neil Klompas, CA

Chief Financial Officer – Zymeworks

Mr. Klompas is Chief Financial Officer for Zymeworks, a prosperous biotechnology company based in Vancouver.  Neil brings over 20 years of healthcare and biotechnology experience. Prior to joining Zymeworks Inc. in March 2007, he worked with KPMG LLP in Canada and the United States, most recently (from 2005 to 2007) with KPMG’s Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Medical Device M&A Transaction Services practice in Princeton, New Jersey, where he advised on numerous transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2005 Mr. Klompas worked with KPMG’s Canadian Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals practice in the fields of assurance, valuations and taxation. Mr. Klompas is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Klompas also holds a degree in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of British Columbia and serves on the faculty advisory board for Biotechnology and Chemistry for Camosun College and as a Director for the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation.