Team

Headshot of Krystle van Hoof.Managing Director and CEO
Krystle van Hoof
krystle.vanhoof [at] mcgill.ca

Over the past two decades, Krystle has held a variety of leadership positions within the non-profit sector, the federal government and the United Nations—most recently as Assistant Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Gender and Health. She has been recognized for her skills in change management and team building and has a wealth of experience defining strategic goals and guiding day-to-day operations, including the administration of complex financial systems in the health research environment. An expert in knowledge translation, Krystle has led communications departments for two Canadian associations—work that has been recognized with national awards. As Managing Director and CEO, Krystle is responsible for carrying forward the strategic vision of the HBHL initiative while overseeing the ongoing implementation of a set of complex, high-profile funding programs and innovation partnerships within the neuroscience and related communities at McGill, in Canada and beyond.

Headshot of Kim Reeve.

Administrative and Events Officer
Kim Reeve
kim.reeve [at] mcgill.ca

Prior to joining HBHL, Kim held the position of Administrative Officer in Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures and East Asian Studies. Kim has worked in the non-profit sector and has over 15 years of marketing and administrative experience and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Major from Concordia University.

 

Headshot of James Mehta, wearing a blue suit and red tie.

Associate Director, Stakeholder Relations
James Mehta
james.mehta [at] mcgill.ca

James Mehta holds a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University and graduated from McGill University in a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he completed the microprogram in Surgical Innovation McGill, creating a novel medical device and a subsequent start-up.

Previously, as a Program Manager at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), he managed all aspects of the program’s strategic, business, administration, scientific and marketing objectives. In particular, he managed and helped launch the MUHC’s first MedTech Incubator: The Clinical Innovation Platform. Before this, he held roles in the engineering industry at Bombardier Aerospace and Velan Inc.

Headshot of Andrzej Tereszkowski.Program Officer, EDI and Training
Andrzej Tereszkowski
andrzej.tereszkowski [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Andrzej Tereszkowski graduated from Western University with a PhD in Music Composition before spending several years as a Learning and Development Professional working for Health, EdTech and Arts organizations. From August 2016 to February 2019, they served as Artistic Director of the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions (WRCMS) and developed the program with a strong focus on professional development and under-represented voices in contemporary concert music. Andrzej is a passionate educator and administrator with experience designing and delivering university level courses, implementing internal training programs, customer training solutions and professional development programs.


Funding and Reporting

Headshot of Jing Liu.

Associate Director, Funding and Reporting
Jing Liu
jing.liu2 [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Jing Liu graduated from McGill University with a PhD degree in genetics/genomics, followed by postdoc training at Harvard University. She joined HBHL with extensive experience in project management, business development and operation, acquired in academic institutions and biotech companies.

From April 2015 to July 2017, Dr. Liu was the Manager of the Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health (IDIGH) Program at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) where she managed all aspects of the program’s activities, including financial, scientific, business, administration, outreaching, and training. Before this, Dr. Liu worked as a group leader, manager, director and consultant in various academic institutions including the Clinical Proteomics Platform and Systems Medicine Program, the McGill Life Sciences Complex High Throughput Screening Facility and biotech companies (PhageTech and New World Laboratories). She has a proven track record of competency, productivity, vision, creativity, and networking.

Headshot of Alex Iugan.Senior Advisor, Metrics & Reporting
Alex Iugan
alex.iugan [at] mcgill.ca

Alex joined the HBHL team from the Desautels Faculty of Management, where he worked as Schedule Administrator. Prior to becoming a member of the McGill community in 2020, Alex held various roles in the financial services industry, focusing on employee development, training and continuing education.


Communications

Headshot of Chris MaskellSenior Communications Officer
Chris Maskell
christopher.maskell [at] mcgill.ca

Chris has held various positions as a communications professional—before joining the HBHL team, Chris worked as a Senior Communications & Production Coordinator at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. He has also been a freelance writer for CBC Music and the Ottawa Citizen JazzBlog, and has acted as a freelance assistant producer with CBC Music.

Headshot of Dara O'ConnorCommunications Associate
Dara O'Connor
dara.o_connor [at] mcgill.ca

Dara holds a BSc in Biology from McGill, a Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, and a BA Hon in English-French-Spanish Translation from the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa. Her background is in neuroscience and cell biology. She worked in preclinical testing at Charles River Laboratories and Ambrilia Biopharma, and in fundamental research as a Research Assistant working on the pathobiology of retinal ganglion cells at the University of Montreal and on the neurodevelopment of the inner ear at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, in Toronto. Prior to joining the Communications team at HBHL, she was working as a technical/scientific translator and copywriter.

Headshot of Roberta Santangelo.Communications Associate
Roberta Santangelo
roberta.santangelo [at] mcgill.ca

Roberta is a communications specialist with 10 years of experience in public relations, publishing and communications. She holds a Master's degree in Publishing and Journalism from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy), and she has completed a specialized training program in Marketing and Digital Communication at "Il Sole 24ORE" (Italy). Roberta worked for six years in public relations agencies in Italy, building expertise in event organization, content creation, media relations and social media management.


NeuroSphere

Headshot of Xavier LinkerAssociate Director, Business Development
Xavier Linker
xavier.linker [at] mcgill.ca
514-267-4135

Xavier Linker graduated from the Toulouse National Institute of Applied Sciences with a Diplôme d'Ingénieur (Master of Science in Engineering) in Biochemistry, and from the Toulouse Business School with a Specialized Master's degree in Biotechnology Management. Xavier joins HBHL with 14 years experience in business development, first in France and, since 2012, in Canada. He has held leadership positions in the biotech industry, including with Charles River Laboratories, Biospective (preclinical Contract Research Organizations) and Lallemand Health Solutions (manufacturer of probiotic strains).

Headshot of Adrienne Crampton.Business Development Advisor
Adrienne Crampton
adrienne.crampton [at] mcgill.ca

Adrienne Crampton graduated in 2021 from McGill University with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science (focusing on mild traumatic brain injury). Prior to this, she completed her Master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Ottawa (’17) and her BSc in Kinesiology at McGill University (’15) while competing as a varsity athlete for the latter. Adrienne has worked for both non-profit and for-profit organizations spanning various fields, such as kinesiology, human performance, neuroscience and brain health. Throughout her PhD, she developed a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as for creating conduits between research and industry.

Headshot of Sara GuizaProgram Officer
Sara Guiza
sara.guiza [at] mcgill.ca

Sara Guiza graduated in 2016 from the University of Grenoble-Alpes (France), with a Master’s degree in Corporate Communication. She completed her Master’s degree with an internship as Program Coordinator at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. She worked for two years at the University of Grenoble-Alpes as Administrative Project Coordinator before moving to Canada in 2019.

Headshot of Laurent BalenciNeuroSphere Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Part-Time)
Laurent Balenci

Over the last 15 years, Laurent has held various executive roles in business development, management and operations in the biotechnology industry. He built his own consulting practice advising entrepreneurs, start-ups and mid-size companies in terms of business, product development, asset management and financing strategies. Laurent has been involved in multiple startup creations and has managed successfully over 35 different development programs ranging from ideation to late-phase clinical trials in both drug and medical device sectors. He helped raise $70 million in public and private transactional events for his clients. Laurent has run multiple due diligence assessments on diverse business opportunities for investor groups. He is also a regular commercialization grant reviewer and business mentor for many organizations. In 2019, Laurent received the DL. Patrick Commonwealth Innovation award for his mentoring contributions in the Boston biotech ecosystem. Laurent holds an executive MBA from the University of Washington and a PhD in Neurobiology from University of Grenoble-Alpes (France). 

Headshot of Osman Ahmed.Industry Partnership & Technology Transfer Manager (Part-Time)
Osman Ahmed
osman.ahmed2 [at] mcgill.ca

Osman Ahmed graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelor in Genetics and Biotechnology. Before joining McGill, he completed his MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University. Osman has over six years of experience working in different tech transfer offices and commercialization centers. He previously worked at Centre for Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics, UHN – Tech Development and Commercialization office and Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners.

As the Tech Transfer and Industry Partnerships Manager, Osman is responsible for managing HBHL’s technology transfer activities, planning management and execution of major and complex funding and partnerships agreement related to innovation and inventions at McGill.


HBHL-Affiliated Staff

Headshot of Noha GergesDirector of Business Development - Mitacs Program
Noha Gerges
ngerges [at] mitacs.ca

Noha received her PhD from McGill University where she studied the genomics and proteomics of several rare and fatal pediatric brain tumours. She was the first Program Manager of the Child Health and Human Development (CHHD) Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center. Currently, Noha is the Mitacs Director of Business Development and Team Lead for Quebec, which covers part of McGill University and includes everyone who falls within the HBHL umbrella. Her role consists of liaising between academic and external partners to help set up and fund collaborative projects between both parties.

Headshot of Sarah Kaderabek

Awards Officer
Sarah Kaderabek
sarah.kaderabek [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Sarah Kaderabek received her MA and PhD in Russian (Language and Literature) from McGill University. She taught at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and served for two summers as the Resident Director in Moscow for the American Councils for International Education Contemporary Russia study abroad program. From 2008-2017 Dr. Kaderabek worked in the Office of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, in McGill’s Faculty of Arts. In 2017, she joined the Office of Sponsored Research as a member of the Awards Management team, where she oversees award activation for the HBHL project, Canada First Research Excellence Fund grants, Genome Quebec and Genome Canada funding.

Headshot of Louise Schratz.Financial Officer
Louise Schratz
louise.schratz [at] mcgill.ca

Over the last 30 years, Louise has held various accounting and administrative positions both in the private sector and at McGill University. She brings to the HBHL team her extensive experience in overseeing large scale grants gained from administering CFI, Genome and MDEIE grants to name a few. Louise’s collaborative approach in coordinating with both internal and external clients serves to ensure the integrity of the financial reporting. As the HBHL Financial Officer, Louise is responsible for the preparation of the financial statements for the HBHL grant as well as fund(s) activations, monitoring spending of funds and ensuring compliance with sponsor guidelines.

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