Ron Keefe, CPA, CA

Ron is counsel to Stewart McKelvey, a leading Atlantic Canada law firm. He is engaged in business start-up and funding, providing capital and mentorship to early stage businesses. He is a director of several companies, including Halibut PEI, ScreenScape, and Handyman Labs, and provides mentorship to emerging companies like Somru Bioscience, Pfera Inc., and Nutracelle.

A member of Island Capital Partners and the president of Regis Duffy BioScience Fund Inc., Ron volunteers with a number of institutional and not-for profit entities. He is a governor of the University of Prince Edward Island and chairs its finance and audit committee. He also chairs Synapse Inc., the technology transfer entity at UPEI. He is a director of Genome Atlantic and the PEI BioAlliance, a board member of the Holland College Foundation and the chair of Communities 13 Inc.

Ron is the former CEO and president of Diagnostic Chemicals Inc. and BioVectra Inc. He has chaired the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Maritime Electric Limited (a Fortis subsidiary) and the PEI BioAlliance. He has been a director of the Bank of Canada, BIOTECanada and many other entities.

Ron’s numerous business and personal honours include a gold leaf award from BIOTECanada for his contribution to biotechnology in Canada; volunteer of the year award from the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce for contribution to the advancement of the PEI economy; and being named a Top 50 CEO from Atlantic Canada.

He has a business degree from UPEI as well as a law degree and MBA from Dalhousie. He also has a corporate director designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.