Charmaine’s key role is to help people understand the economic and social benefits of genomics. She brings a strong communications background to Genome Atlantic, using her knowledge and experience to convey the impact of genomics in agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries, energy, the environment, forestry, mining and human health.

Charmaine directs our sector outreach, ensuring companies are introduced to the potential of genomics through presentations and meetings with visiting genomics experts. She is also responsible for Genome Atlantic’s engagement with the research community, organizing workshops, seminars and other opportunities for researchers to share their science with their peers, students and the broader community.

Finally, Charmaine manages our Genomics in Society program which is focused on balanced and informed discussion and evaluation of ethical, economic, legal and social issues arising from genomics.

Charmaine is an accredited public relations professional with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island. She has extensive experience leading communications projects and teams in research, corporate and R&D environments. In 2019 Charmaine was named Nova Scotia Communicator of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society (NS). Charmaine serves as Communications Advisor to the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, and serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Public Relations Society (NS).