Board

Glen Metzler

Chief Executive Officer, director, founder and key developer of the vision for API Labs. As a career, Mr. Metzler has been involved in research and market development across numerous industries in Canada and internationally: including over 20 years of experience developing and launching new products.

Jake Epp

API Labs’ board chair, has had an illustrious career as a politician and leader in the private and public energy fields. His nearly 20 years in public office saw Mr. Epp hold the esteemed positions of MP for the Provencher riding, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister if National Health and Welfare and Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources in additional to numerous cabinet committee positions. Mr. Epp has also been appointed as an Officer of the order of Canada.

John Cross

John began his career as a chemical engineer focusing on the development and commercialization of new products in the fermentation, food, beverage, dairy and animal feed industries. He is the co-founder and previous Chair of Philom Bios Inc., a Saskatoon based developer, manufacturer and marketer of novel inoculants for the agricultural industry. This trade expertise and experience has led to Mr. Cross’s residency on several boards including the National Research Council of Canada, the National Biotech Advisory Committee and the Royal University Hospital Foundation (amongst others). Besides being recognized as a member of the Order of Canada, Mr. Cross has received numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to the agriculture industry for both biotechnology and commerce.

Ryan Mercer

Ryan has been farming with his family in the Southern Alberta area since 1974. He is a second generation farmer and a partner in Mercer Seeds Ltd., a local seed cleaning and seed distributor and a past president of the Alberta Seed Growers Association. In 2010 Ryan and Annette, his wife, were recipients of the Alberta Outstanding Young Farmers Award.

Steven McDonnell

Steven is the former President of Sakai Spice (Canada) Corporation, a company that manufactures mustard flour and wasabi for export to markets around the world. Mr. McDonnell obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1978. Since 1978 he has been involved in the special crops contracting, marketing and processing industries internationally and has overseen the construction and commissioning of grain/food processing facilities.

Con Hnatiuk

Con has had a successful career of public administration and management of large organizations spanning more than 25 years. His experience encompasses public service delivery in the fields of health, education, social services and information technology and includes twelve years in the private sector. He has a strong administrative background with experience working with different levels of government, primarily with regards to inter-governmental cooperation and international development. A few highlights of Hnatiuk’s include establishing the framework for a review of the current directions for health delivery in Saskatchewan and co-chaired with the federal government and represented the provinces in the establishment of the Canadian Blood Services agency.