John Hyshka joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Currently, he is the President of Hyshka + Associates and is a consultant. He works with clients in the corporate finance, corporate development and strategic management areas, mainly in the life sciences sector. Mr. Hyshka is also currently the Chairman of the Board of Defyrus Inc., a life science company that develops anti-viral drugs and vaccines.
Prior to this, he was the Director of Economic Development of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) for six years and was directly involved in the development of the agriculture biotechnology and manufacturing cluster. He was also a founding Board Member of the Saskatchewan Nutraceutical Network. After leaving SREDA, he joined Performance Plants Inc. as Chief Financial Officer with a focus on raising capital and selling technology.
In 2000, he co-founded Phenomenome Discoveries Inc. (PDI), a human health research company. The company launched COLOGIC®, a simple test to help assess risk for colorectal cancer. In 2015, he left Phenomenome and started his consulting firm.
Mr. Hyshka holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Hyshka has sat on two venture capital advisory boards in Canada, was on the Board of the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Chambers of Commerce, and the Business Development Bank of Canada. He has also been an adviser to Working Ventures for a number of years.