Stephen Ball, MSc, MBA

Regional Director, NPC-Atlantic

Stephen is a forward-thinking, strategic problem solver with over 15 years in the international innovation space.

His deep knowledge of biochemistry, coupled with extensive experience with high-tech global organizations, makes him a great asset to the SMEs, investors, research institutes, and corporations he works with on a daily basis.

He brings a diverse skill set, including marketing and sales, scale-up trouble-shooting, supplier relations, manufacturing and process management, due diligence, and business analysis. He takes a ‘no stone unturned’ approach to addressing commercialization and market challenges to ensure high-potential opportunities create valuable returns for both the entrepreneurs and investors.

Before joining Natural Products Canada, Stephen was Director of Sales and Marketing at BioVectra, a contract manufacturing company serving a global client base. There, he gained extensive understanding of various manufacturing processes such as fermentation, and their role in new product development. He was also exposed to the regulatory requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices, Environment Canada, Health Canada, and the FDA. Most importantly, he garnered a reputation for developing mutually-beneficial business relationships with clients and partners, helping the company significantly expand its market share.

Stephen was responsible for over $100 million in sales, providing extensive insight and leadership to project teams to ensure their viability. He also led corporate and academic research teams through the commercialization process, helping them manage issues in research, navigate regulatory compliance requirements, and negotiate intellectual property agreements.

Stephen has a BSc from Mount Allison, and received his MSc at Memorial University. He completed his MBA with a concentration in marketing at Saint Mary’s University.