Board of Directors

Ecosynthetix building

Susan Allen

Audit Committee Chair & Independent Director

Ms. Allen was elected to the Board of Directors of EcoSynthetix and appointed as the Chair of the Audit Committee in May 2018. Ms. Allen also serves as Trustee or Director and Audit Committee Chair on the boards of Richards Packaging Income Fund and Triple Flag Precious Metals Corporation, each TSX listed companies, and serves as a Director of Conavi Medical Inc., a private Canadian medical device company.

Ms. Allen has over 10 years’ experience with executive board roles held in various not for profit entities, and previously served on global and Canadian boards of PricewaterhouseCoopers. As a former PricewaterhouseCoopers assurance partner with 34 years’ experience, she has extensive international business, audit, board and governance experience and has advised companies on valuations, acquisitions, carve-outs, going public and internal control systems. With both the Women’s Executive Network (‘WXN”) ‘Diversity 50’ Champion distinction and the ICD.D designation, Ms. Allen has also served on numerous board committees. Ms. Allen is author of “Count Me In – A Trailblazer’s Triumph in a World not Built for Her” to help professional women in business. She is the recipient of Catalyst Canada’s “Business Champion” award and was named one of WXN’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” for her leadership role and impact on diversity initiatives. Ms. Allen is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and holds both her U.S. CPA and Canadian FCPA (FCA) designations.

Sara Elford

Independent Director

Ms. Elford was appointed to the Board of Directors of EcoSynthetix in July 2021. Ms. Elford worked in capital markets for over twenty years as both an investment banking and equity research analyst. As a result, she followed an extensive range of industries and companies in the small to mid-cap range and clean technology space.

Ms. Elford is currently a member of the Board of Directors of BioSyent Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, and BQE Water Inc., a water treatment company, both TSX Venture Exchange listed companies. Ms. Elford is also a member of the Board of Directors of Xebec Adsorption Inc., a renewable gas equipment and service company. Ms. Elford previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Hydrogenics Corporation, a hydrogen technology company, Carmanah Technologies Corporation, a solar LED technology company, TSO3 Inc., a medical device sterilization technology company, Pure Technologies Ltd., a pipeline leak detection technology company, and WeCommerce Holdings Ltd., a TSX Venture Exchange listed ecommerce software company. Ms. Elford earned her CFA designation in 1997 and graduated from Bishop’s University with a Finance Major and Economics Minor in 1994. Ms. Elford also completed the directors’ education program with the ICD in 2015.

Paul Lucas

Chair of the Board of Directors & Independent Director

Mr. Lucas was elected to the Board of Directors of EcoSynthetix in May 2015, and subsequently appointed Chair of the Board in June 2016. Mr. Lucas served as President and CEO of GlaxoSmithKline Canada from 1994 until he retired in 2012.

Mr. Lucas previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors for Vivo Cannabis Inc., TM Bioscience, Life Science Ontario and Canada’s Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D). Mr. Lucas also previously served as a member of the Boards of Biochem Pharma, the Toronto Regional Research Alliance, Montreal inVivo, AllerGen and the Ontario Genomics Institute. In addition, he was a member of the Principal’s Advisory Council of the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University. Currently, Mr. Lucas is a member of the Board of Directors of Rna Diagnostics Inc. and is Chair of Induran Ventures Inc. Mr. Lucas received his BSc (Honours) in Biology and Chemistry from Queen’s University and obtained his Chartered Directors designation (CDir) from the Directors College in 2009.

Jeff MacDonald

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. MacDonald was appointed the Chief Executive Officer and to serve on the Board of Directors in May 2015. Mr. MacDonald initially joined the Company in April 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. MacDonald came to EcoSynthetix with more than 15 years of executive leadership experience in a variety of roles, including operations, business development, and marketing.

He spent the majority of his career at Husky Injection Molding Systems, a leading manufacturer of equipment and services for the plastics industry, with more than $1 billion in annual sales. At Husky, Mr. MacDonald led the establishment of new businesses, introduced a number of new products to market and led key initiatives that had a transformational impact on overall business performance. Mr. MacDonald holds a Master of Business Administration degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and previously served on the Board of Intrinsyc Technologies Corporation.

Jeffrey Nodland

Independent Director

Mr. Nodland was appointed to the Board of Directors of EcoSynthetix in January 2016. Mr. Nodland has an extensive track record of executive leadership within the specialty chemicals, industrial manufacturing and consumer products sectors.

Mr. Nodland served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of KIK Custom Products from February 2008 to January 2019, a manufacturer of national and retailer brand consumer products throughout North America, and a leader in manufacturing of both chemicals for the pool and spa markets and antifreeze to the North American automotive industry. Mr. Nodland previously served as President of Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.’s Coatings & Inks Division from 2005 to May 2006, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Resolution Specialty Materials from 2004 to 2005. In addition, Mr. Nodland served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Resolution Performance Products from 2001 to 2004, CEO and President of McWhorter Technologies from 1999 to 2001 and held several management roles for The Valspar Corporation from 1977 to 1994. Mr. Nodland currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for McBride Plc., a leading European supplier of private label household products listed on the London Stock Exchange, is a Board member of Augsburg University, a non-profit University located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serves on the Board of privately held Pioneer Recycling Services, LLC, based in Washington State, USA, which operates Material Recovery Facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Nodland previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of California Products Corporation, TPC Group, and MPM Holdings Inc.