Nichole received a BSc in Chemistry from Mount Allison University and an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from Queen’s University. She worked for twelve years in analytical chemistry lab instruction and development for the University of Victoria, including instrumental analysis. Most recently she worked at Seastar Chemicals, doing trace inorganic analysis via ICP-MS. Her duties here also included method development, validation, and quality control.

Ricardo Blanco Sanchez leads the microbiology laboratory in Bloom Labs at Perennia. His focus is on developing, implementing, evaluating, and performing microbiological testing methods in cannabis. He will also contribute to maintaining quality assurance standards for food and plant analysis at Perennia.

Ricardo received a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Guelph. He joins Perennia from Parmalat Canada, where he was a Microbiology Research Scientist at the R&D facility. He brings expertise on shelf-life studies, environmental monitoring, and pathogen control. His last role at Parmalat primarily focused on managing the environmental pathogen program, under ISO 17025 accreditation standards.

Ricardo is native to Venezuela but grew up in London, Ontario. He is excited to live in Nova Scotia and explore the Canadian Maritimes.

Ceilidh graduated with a BSc Honours in Chemistry in 2015 from Cape Breton University where she was involved in analytical and biochemistry research. She went on to receive a Diploma in Forensic Science from Saint Mary’s University in 2017. After university Ceilidh worked as an analytical lab technician at Maxxam Analytics where she did work detecting hydrocarbons in waters and soils.

Ceilidh joined Perennia from Yava Technologies where she was part of a research team developing purification procedures for coal mining by-products.

Marsha received an MSc. in Microbiology and Immunology and has provided technical assistance to life sciences and agricultural research laboratories for several years. Prior to joining Perennia BioVentures group she was a member of the R&D team of a local animal genetics biotechnology company. Currently Marsha provides technical guidance and assistance to Perennia Innovation Centre tenants and clients and Bloom Labs. She develops and validates microbiology methods for laboratory procedures. Marsha works closely with Bloom Labs to deliver quality testing results to clients.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a Major in Animal Science and a Minor in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. She worked as an analyst at Maxxam Analytics (now Bureau Veritas Labs) in Bedford for five and a half years, working with GC/MS/FID instrumentation to test water and soil samples.

She spent two years as a Quality Assurance Technician with Breathing Green Solutions, a local cannabis producer, before moving back to a laboratory environment with BloomLabs. Michelle joins BloomLabs as an analytic chemist and is looking forward to the analytical work and continuing to pioneering the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.

Dale is the Bloom Labs Microbiologist. He received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Biology, a Certificate in Science Leadership and Communication and a Diploma in Emergency Health Services Management from Dalhousie University.

His responsibilities include microbiological testing and analysis of products using European Pharmacopoeia (EP) compliant testing methods.

Prior to joining Bloom Labs, he spent four years at Agropur Dairy Cooperative, first as a Quality Control Technician and later as Operations Coordinator before transitioning back into the lab as a Microbiology Technician with Bloom Labs. As a Quality Control Technician at Agropur, Dale was responsible for completing microbiological testing and analysis on raw materials and finished products.

He also has experience working as a Laboratory Instructor and Teaching Assistant at Dalhousie University.

As a member of Perennia’s Bloom Labs team, Jay’s role as Analytical Chemistry Technician he supports the team by performing the Health Canada required tests for cannabis.

Jay received a Chemical Laboratory Technician diploma from Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario in 2020. Most recently, he worked as a Quality Assurance Technician in the cannabis industry at Atlanticann Medical Inc. He also has experience working as a Laboratory Technician in Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario.

Adèle Joyce joins the Bloom Labs team at Perennia as the Quality Assurance Coordinator. Her role includes ensuring regulatory compliance and monitoring the continual improvement of laboratory practices.

Adèle graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2015 with a BSc (Honours) in Biology with concentrations in Microbiology and Genetics. She worked with the CFIA for two years as a Microbiology Analyst testing food and beverages for microbial contamination. Most recently, Adèle was employed as the Quality Assurance Manager with a local cannabis producer.

She is very excited to be part of the Bloom Labs team and is looking forward to her continued career in a new industry.

Talia’s role at Perennia provides support for protected crop production across the province. Although the majority of her professional experience is in greenhouse tomatoes, she is expanding into all protected commodities that are grown in Nova Scotia

Originally from Southern Ontario, Talia is excited to apply her knowledge of greenhouse growing to Nova Scotia production systems. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2015 and spent the following five years working at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. She was able to gain experience in plant pathology, breeding and production, all while working in a newly constructed hydroponic greenhouse. Talia actively identifies risks and appropriate solutions to mitigate them while keeping the realities of production in mind. Understanding the production system and optimizing inputs are the name of the game for a successful crop and play a key role in creating a more efficient future.

Chelsea Meisner has experience in the development, scale-up and commercial production of new food products. She has 12 years of experience in all aspects of product development, from concept to commercialization, manufacturing and quality control. Her areas of interest are beverage development, specifically, craft alcoholic beverages and brewing and Cannabis edibles.

Chelsea completed a B.Sc. in Food Science at Dalhousie University. Her past work experience includes, QC Technician/Product Development for IMO Foods and Comeaus Seafoods before moving to New Hampshire to become the Research and Development Manager for a private co-pack manufacture of vinegar, apple juice and mustard. In this role, Chelsea was involved with all aspects of manufacturing, including QC, inventory, HACCP, developing new products and scale up to commercial production. During her time in New England, Chelsea was also the Food Scientist for a Product Development Consulting Group in Rhode Island. Here, she was able to expand her product portfolio experience by working on value-added products, vegan cheese, energy drinks, coffee beverages, protein bars and dairy-free ice cream.

Once returning to Canada, Chelsea joined the team at Canada’s Smartest Kitchen in Charlottetown, P.E.I. where she continued to develop products from bench to commercial scale level. At Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, she was able to work on several alcoholic beverage projects allowing her to gain experience in that field. Before joining the Perennia team, Chelsea worked in the Cannabis Industry, developing products for the Cannabis 2.0 launch. Her primary focus was developing soft chews and setting up an entire processing line for producing the product. She successfully had the Foray, and Kolab Soft Chew Line developed for Cannabis 2.0 launch in December 2019.

When Chelsea isn’t developing food products, you will find her enjoying her favourite hobby, brewing beer. She has apprenticed at a microbrewery in New Hampshire and won a Maritime wide Homebrew Competition, which allowed her to brew her beer with Gahan Brewery to have it canned and released across the Maritimes.