Mr. Jim Dunphy
Mr. Jim Dunphy is the President of HPEI Inc. He is also President of J Dunphy Inc.: a company that buys and sells as well as brokers seafood products throughout Canada, the United States and South America. Mr. Dunphy has 42 years of experience in the seafood industry. J Dunphy Inc. also provides management services to the industry on a contract basis specializing in operations and marketing. Jim has extensive experience in operating fish processing plants including ten years operating Atlantic Fish Specialties, a smoked fish plant in PEI. His experience in international plant operations, fish processing and business management and marketing in the seafood sector is an important and valuable asset for the business and market success of HPEI Inc.
Dr. Gerald Johnson
Dr. Gerald Johnson is the Director of Science and is integrally involved in all aspects of fish health, husbandry and maintenance including development and implementation of process optimization, disease prevention strategies, biosecurity measures and design and coordination of research projects and trials. Dr. Johnson is a Veterinary Pathologist and Professor Emeritus at Atlantic Veterinary College at University of Prince Edward Island. He has three decades of global experience specializing in farmed fish health education and production related problem-solving. His first exposure to marine flatfish was with turbot in Scotland in 1978.
Mr. Bob Johnston
Mr. Bob Johnston is the Director of Communication & Government Relations and responsible for maintaining contact with Federal and Provincial Government Departments as well as communications activities. He has 29 years of experience working for the Federal Government including 11 years as the Area Director for the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans for PEI. In the latter capacity, he was responsible for implementing a program of aquaculture development for the Province as well the Inspection Program for fish plants in the Province. Following his employment with DFO, Mr. Johnston worked for 7 years as the Director of the Canadian Aquaculture Institute at UPEI. In this capacity, he was responsible for the organization and coordination of aquaculture training courses delivered across Canada and internationally. Besides Canada, training projects were delivered in the US, Iceland, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Juergen Krause
Dr. Juergen Krause is the Director of Business Development and responsible for project management, strategic direction and expansion as well as collaborative aspects of the business. He is the Dean of the School of Business at UPEI and has significant expertise in industry best practices and strategic portfolio management. Before moving into education, Dr. Krause spent 22 years in the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical industry. He worked 18 years for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in both the European and United States offices before joining Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, Massachusetts as Vice President of R&D Strategy & Operations. During his career in industry, he served in several different operational and strategic capacities, holding senior and executive positions in research and development, manufacturing and quality management, project management, pipeline and portfolio management and strategy development. He also successfully championed global company initiatives and a number of industry/university collaborations and led alliances with other industry partners.
Dan Paynter is the General Manager and responsible for all operational aspects of Halibut PEI including production forecasting, project management and facility optimization. Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick in 2008. His focus on Fish Biology led him to Ireland where he completed a research program with the University College of Dublin studying juvenile fish populations. Mr. Paynter then gained extensive experience in commercial fisheries of lobster and wild halibut before joining Halibut PEI as an aquaculture biologist in 2011. Dan’s knowledge of Atlantic Halibut husbandry and innate attention to detail allow he and his team to ensure that the fish have the best conditions possible for optimal growth.
Scott Travers is Director of Strategic Planning and is responsible for developing new business strategies including grow-out operations. Mr. Travers is a Mechanical Engineer by education and is a seasoned business executive. He ran heavy industry (pulp and paper) in Nova Scotia and New York for 30 years. As President of various divisions, he built environmental branding, led process improvements, product development, labour and government relations and led large $100,000,000 projects in pulp and paper and energy sectors. He also built North America’s first in-stream tidal demonstration facility. (FORCE- Fundy Ocean Resource Center for Energy). He serves on a number of economic development boards in both private and public sectors.
David Arsenault is Chief Financial Officer and has more than 35 years experience as a Chartered Accountant beginning in 1974. From 1987 until 2012, he has been Partner, Managing Partner, or Partner-in-Charge of 3 accounting firms in Prince Edward Island. From 2012 until 2017 when he retired, he was Deputy Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs for the Provincial Government of Prince Edward Island. In addition, over his working career, Mr. Arsenault has devoted a significant amount of time as a volunteer on community organizations.