Marie Barnes (MSc., Queen’s University; MBA Candidate, University of Fredericton), originally a farm girl from Alberta, is a chemist by training with years of experience working for a myriad of exciting companies. Marie started her career in Pharmaceuticals working in process chemistry, optimizing API formulas at the commercial scale. She then moved into the plastics industry working at first on the R&D side and then on the corporate commercial team managing and negotiating feedstock contracts for the commercial plants. Most recently Marie worked for a benchtop NMR company where she developed and managed an international sales team to sell and export benchtop NMRs internationally. She is the process of completing her MBA and enjoys applying her business course learnings to the chemistry field. In her spare time, Marie likes to spend time travelling with her boyfriend and adventures with their two dogs Oswald and Huntress. She is also a competitive Olympic weightlifter, proudly representing team Canada in international competitions.