AHI Team

Members
Acadia Harvest Inc.® came to life in 2011 with a vision of building a new kind of land-based fish farm for marine species, making use of a highly sustainable production environment. The company has been championed by three diverse and broadly experienced leaders -- experts in growing successful companies in the marine biology, aquaculture, and life sciences sectors. The company continues to grow thanks to a very strong team and innovative fundraising efforts.

Principals

Chris Heinig

Chris Heinig

President

Chris Heinig is a marine biologist and founder of MER Assessment Corporation, a marine biology consulting firm based in Brunswick, ME which provides much of the environmental monitoring services to federal, state and private entities along the Maine coast. Prior to forming MER, Chris gained extensive experience farming algae, mussels, European oysters and steelhead trout. He has established oyster hatcheries for clients in France and Morocco, the latter a multi-million dollar venture. Chris received his BSc in biology from Nasson College (magna cum laude).

Taylor A. Pryor

Taylor A. Pryor

Chief Scientist

Tap Pryor is a marine biologist who has won two international awards for innovation in aquaculture. He founded Sea Life Park and the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii, the latter entirely devoted to aquaculture research. He was a Hawaii State Senator and was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to a Commission that wrote the National Ocean Program that led to the creation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He has been a principal investigator in DARPA- and ONR-funded research at the Duke University Marine Laboratory and University of Hawaii’s then-Eniwetok Marine laboratory. Tap has experience growing fish, algae and oysters in a land-based integrated system and was awarded a patent for his innovation. He received his BA in English from Cornell University and completed graduate studies in marine biology at the University of Hawaii.

Edward Robinson

Edward Robinson

Chairman and CEO

Ed Robinson has long been active in developing and commercializing products, services and processes in the life sciences. In one case, as President of Lonza Biologics, he led the growth of the business from $35 million to more than $100 million in sales within 3 years. Ed brings executive experience in a range of technologies including fine chemistry, mammalian and tissue cell culture, industrial enzymes and photography. The focus for most of his career was in contract research, development and manufacturing in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical markets. Ed has experience in 40 countries, including assignments in England, Mexico, Singapore and Australia. He was educated at Clarkson University (BSc in management and marketing), Rochester Institute of Technology (MBA) and Pennsylvania State University (Executive Management Program).

Board of Directors

John M. Pavan

John M. Pavan

Non-Executive Director

John is a value creator in entrepreneurial environments for companies at growth stage or inflection points, focusing in niche market and limited-entry sectors. He creates value through capital, market and operational strategies. In these activities he serves as advisor, co-investor, director and/or in corporate management roles. The majority of John’s career has been in structuring, capitalizing, and managing entities, primarily in real estate development and related operating ventures. John’s principal-based initiatives are primarily in partnerships between entrepreneurial and institutional capital – both as a principal or senior officer of the owner and as asset manager of private equity funds. John was the CEO of a $30 million vertically-integrated development company, and as an entrepreneur co-founded and ran the development function of 2 companies which each developed and operated multi-site, service-enriched senior housing portfolios of over $125 million. He has had bottom-line performance responsibility for dozens of initiatives as well as several vertically-integrated operating companies.

Des Fitzgerald

Des FitzGerald

Non-Executive Director

Des FitzGerald was born in Washington DC in 1951. Des graduated from Harvard University in 1975 and attended a year of graduate school at the University of Washington, College of Fisheries, in Seattle. He moved to Maine in 1978 and founded Ducktrap River Fish Farm the following year. In 1999 Des sold a portion of his company to Continental Grain and a year later was named CEO of ContiSea a holding company made up of Ducktrap River Fish Farm and Atlantic Salmon of Maine. ContiSea had 200 +/- employees with over 50 million in annual sales. Des sold his remaining shares in ContiSea and left the company in 2002. He worked as a management consultant with Brimstone Consulting for 2 years and co-taught a class on “Leadership for the 21st Century” at the University of Maine, Orono Business School through 2007. In 2006 he co-founded Dirigo Wind, a regional land based wind development company, along with 4 other partners and was also the co-founder and CEO of BlueMarvel Inc., an HD video company. In December of 2008, Des became the VP of Business Development for Principle Power Inc. a deep-water wind technology company based in Seattle Washington. Currently Des is working part time as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Maine Venture Fund (MVF). Des has had a long running interest in the role of leadership in successful enterprises and has been involved in many start ups as a partner, founder, employee and consultant.

Commercial/Business Advisors

Dr. Nick Brown

Dr. Nick Brown

Retained Advisor

Nick Brown has over 25 years of experience in the aquaculture business, both in the commercial sector and in R&D. He earned his Masters and PhD in Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, Institute of Aquaculture in Scotland. His commercial production experience includes rainbow trout, European turbot and Atlantic halibut in the UK, Canada, and the US. Nick was the Director of the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research 2001-2014. The CCAR is both a business incubation facility and a center for applied aquaculture research, development and demonstration. Projects at CCAR included land-based halibut aquaculture, cod farming, sea urchin farming, polychaete worm production, seaweed culture and integrated aquaculture systems. Nick has designed and overseen construction of many of the facilities at the CCAR including the 24,000 SF marine hatchery building and over 40 purpose built marine recirculation systems for a wide variety of invertebrate and vertebrate species from egg through market size. Nick also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board.

Tony Barrett

Tony Barrett

Sales & Marketing

Tony Barrett grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts, went to college in Chicago, and after completing degree requirements in the geophysical sciences, he worked for a short while with the U.S. Geological Survey. Mr. Barrett then obtained an MBA in Finance/International Business from the University of Chicago. He joined Amoco Production Company as an Economic Analyst in Chicago in 1977, and held various financial positions in North America as well as assignments in Australia and Papua New Guinea. After 1982 Tony was involved with international exploration and production, primarily contract and investment analysis involving Amoco’s operations in Africa and the Middle East. In 1988 Tony became Vice President of Negotiations, responsible for securing exploration and production rights with countries and other companies in Africa and the Middle East. In 1992, he joined Amoco Egypt Oil Company and moved to Cairo, Egypt. In 1995, Tony assumed the position of Vice President - Middle East, Amoco Natural Gas responsible for Amoco’s natural gas business development and gas marketing efforts in the Middle East. Since his retirement from Amoco, Tony has focused his efforts on advising small businesses and environmental organizations in Maine.

Alan Shaver

Alan Shaver

Corporate Secretary and SCORE Advisor

With a career as a corporate attorney and officer, Alan Shaver has extensive experience in general corporate legal work, including acquisitions and mergers, corporate organization and governance, franchising, major international transactions, securities, joint ventures and similar major contract work. Since retirement he has been half-owner of a multi-unit franchised auto service business, where he provided both legal guidance and financial management. With nearly 14 years as a SCORE mentor he has extensive skills in teaching others how to write business plans and to develop the financial projections necessary for such plans. Alan regularly leads a workshop on Funding a Business, which focuses upon the various sources of funding a new business may require. With a BA degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Yale Law School, Alan is admitted to the practice of law in five states, including Maine.

Marguerite Kelly

Marguerite Kelly

Treasurer & Accountant

Marguerite Kelly provides financial accounting services to Acadia Harvest Inc. Marguerite is a former senior manager with Deloitte & Touche, where she gained significant experience with publicly-reporting companies, including initial public offerings. She earned a Masters degree in Business Administration at the University of Chicago and has passed the CPA examination. For the most recent ten years, Marguerite has worked in municipal finance.

Richard Clime

Richard Clime

Board Observer

Dick Clime is the Working Waterfront Project Developer for Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI). He received his B.A. in Biology from Cornell University and his M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Maine. Dick is responsible for generating new projects that preserve Maine’s commercial fisheries access to coastal properties by purchasing the development rights and placing restrictive covenants on their future use (Maine’s Working Waterfront Access Protection Program). He also seeks ways that CEI’s business development services and financing group can stimulate small business development in fisheries and aquaculture, including seafood harvesting, processing, distribution, marketing, water access infrastructure, and related marine industries, from boat manufacturing to tourism. While at CEI, Dick was a consultant for the EDA in Louisiana following the Gulf Oil Spill, and more recently in response to the economic dislocations caused by the implementation of the Northeast Groundfish Management Plans. Current projects include the integration of Maine seafood with New England’s agricultural food distribution system, and the transfer of investment capacity to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Dick owned and operated a commercial oyster farm for over 30 years in the Damariscotta River, Maine until its sale in 2008. As a former CEI employee (1976 and 1977), he co- founded the Maine Aquaculture Association, and the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center (R&D) affiliated with the University of Maine, at times serving as President, Director and Board Chair. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of a coastal land trust and the University of Maine’s Sea Grant Program.

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Barry Cost-Pierce

Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce

Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce is the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor and Chairman of the department of marine sciences at the University of New England, also Director of their Marine Science Center. He has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. His previous position was Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program at the University of Rhode Island. Barry received his PhD in Oceanography at the University of Hawaii, his MSc in zoology at the University of Vermont and his BA in zoology at Drew University. His expertise ranges from ecological aquaculture and marine ecology, to sustainability science and social-ecological systems, and seafood value chains.

Dr. Jean-Paul Cadoret

Dr. Jean-Paul Cadoret

Jean-Paul Cadoret is the Managing Director for Green Seas Systems of Montpelier, France. Previously he served as the Director of the laboratory of Physiology and Biotechnology of Algae from 2004 to 2014 at the "Institut Français de Recherche et d'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)". From 2001 to 2004 he served as a Researcher at IFREMER in the Laboratory of Production and Biotechnology of Algae in charge of the Biology Unit. From 1992 to 2001 he was a Researcher at IFREMER in the "Unité Mixte de Recherche 219 DRIM (Défense et Résistance chez les Invertébrés Marins) Université de Montpellier II, IFREMER/CNRS" laboratory. Jean-Paul's focus was the characterization of the defense mechanisms of commercially important marine bivalves aimed at the control of diseases. He has also done research on genetic transformation to increase understanding of gene regulation mechanisms at the developmental level, elucidation of defence mechanisms, and the pattern of reproduction.

Staff

Jennifer Fortier

Jennifer Fortier

IMTA Lead

Jennifer completed her Masters in Marine Biology through the Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Maine under the supervision of Dr. Ian Bricknell in 2014. During her program she studied host-pathogen interactions between juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and the marine bacteria Vibrio anguillarum by analyzing host mortality, histology and immune gene expression. While in the Bricknell laboratory she assisted with disease trials concerning viral and bacterial pathogens of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and Atlantic cod in Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA). She also received BSc degrees in Marine Science and Microbiology from the University of Maine in 2009. Jennifer is a native of Ellsworth, Maine and is excited to be on board with Acadia Harvest.

Dr. Kevin Neves

David Noyes

Operations Manager

David is a recent addition to our CCAR Team and is currently in-charge of completing the plumbing of the IMTA Black sea bass RAS portion of AHI’s NSF IMTA Phase II. David has a BS in marine biology from the University of Maine where he worked for the aquaculture research institute, and UMaine animal health lab as a research assistant, and performed his own research on Arctic Charr, Salvilinus alpinus, innate immunity and quantifying fillet yield for brood stock selection. David has experience in building, designing, and troubleshooting a wide variety of aquaculture systems, and has worked on projects for NOAA, USDA, Pfizer, Merck, and Fish Vet Group. After leaving the ARI David worked for Jackson laboratories Transgenic genotyping services lab, and Genetic repository. David is also an Iraq war veteran and is currently serving his 13th year in the 133 Engineer Battalion in the Maine Army National Guard. He serves as a Platoon Sergeant supervising multi-million dollar community service projects, and disaster relief missions while training his platoon for combat readiness.

Jennifer Fortier

Michelle “Shelly” Curtain

Production Lead

Shelly received her BA in Theater from the University of Maine (Orono), but she made her living in science first as a Technician then as a Research Assistant at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. She switched from working with mice in biomedical research to saltwater fish and invertebrates when she joined the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research as a Research Assistant Specialist. She is excited to now be a part of the AHI team and still performs on the stage in her spare time.

Brian Kennedy

Josh Sturtevant

Aquafeeds Operations Manager

Josh received an honors BSc degree in Geology from Bates College in 2014. During his undergraduate studies, Josh focused on field-based research ranging from the coastal geology of Maine to the deep waters of the central Pacific Ocean. His work included research for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the ME and NH Geological Surveys, and the Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, MA. A Maine native, Josh has spent a lifetime living and working on the water, most recently as an expedition-based outdoor educator and sailing instructor with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Josh has also worked in the oyster farming industry with Maine Oyster Inc.

Kenneth Lamothe

Kenneth "Ken" Lamothe

Systems Technical Assistant

Ken has been a tradesman in the plumbing field for the past 30 years, he started as a parts delivery driver then moved to sales eventually earning his Master Plumber license and later owned and operated a plumbing and heating repair business. He is a former Paratrooper with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and a Grenada Invasion Force veteran, he enjoys spending his free time skydiving and is licensed with the U.S. Parachute Assoc. Ken also enjoys the outdoor sports especially bowhunting and fishing. Ken looks forward to bringing his mechanical abilities to the AHI Team.