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.

Michael Horgan

Michael is a Senior Advisor with the law firm Bennett Jones LLP. He provides clients with advice on a range of economic, financial sector, energy and environment issues. Mr. Horgan had a 36-year career in the Public Service of Canada where he served as Deputy Minister of four Departments, including the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Indian and Northern Affairs, and Environment Canada. He retired from the Public Service in April 2014 after five years as Deputy Minister of Finance. He has also held the positions of G7/G20 Finance Deputy for Canada and Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean on the board of the International Monetary Fund. He has also served on a number of Crown corporation boards, including the Bank of Canada, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Export Development Canada. Mr. Horgan is currently a Director of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, the Gairdner Foundation, the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Ontario Brain Institute, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Horgan has a B.A. in economics from Concordia University (Loyola College) and M.A.'s in economics from Queen's University and Princeton University.

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.