Beeler Consulting Inc.

Providing Solutions For Your Life Sciences Business


Byron Beeler, President

As company founder and president, Byron brings his broad management and consulting experience to the table. With a B.Sc. (Agr.) degree from McGill University and a MSA from University of Toronto, his career path has included positions as director of the Soils and Crops Branch of the Ontario Department of Agriculture, general manager of Stewart Seeds, vice-president of Ciba-Geigy’s agricultural division and president of Novartis Animal Health. A fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, Byron has played a key leadership role in many of Canada’s professional agricultural associations through his volunteer activities. Since establishing the consulting firm Byron Beeler & Associates Inc., in 2001, he has worked with government and with local, national and international companies. The expansion of Byron Beeler & Associates Inc. into Beeler Consulting Inc. brings together a group of outstanding professionals who can offer an extended range of consulting advice to the Life Sciences Industry.

Business development; executive coaching; mergers and acquisitions; mediation

Anna Hobbs, Partner

After teaching – at the high school level and at the University of Guelph – Anna formed her own consulting company which, in turn, led to a career in the publishing sector. Her comprehensive journalistic experience includes 25 years on the editorial staff of Canadian Living magazine, as a section editor, associate editor and director of communications. More recently, as a freelance journalist, Anna has written for over 40 national and international publications. She has served on the board of several organizations, including the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Breakfast for Learning Foundation. Her interest in nutrition, food and food safety stems from a science degree in home economics from McGill University.

Corporate communications; surveys and focus groups

Bill Koornstra

As a partner at RLB LLP, Bill leads a team of dynamic results-oriented accountants who have a passion for helping clients realize their business goals. With his established connections to local law firms, Bill works with a diverse group of lawyers, client advisors and RLB team members in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, financing and corporate reorganization and tax and estate planning.

The growth of this specialty practice has been based on his combined accounting and income tax backgrounds, along with his keen interest in business, and, propelled by his passion for converting client problems in solutions and opportunities.

Bill is both a Chartered Professional Accountant as well as a Chartered Director. He currently has over ten years of director experience in the areas of healthcare, regulated and non-regulated utilities, project management and private club operations.

Mergers and acquisitions; financing and corporate reorganization; tax and estate planning

Berna Magnuson

Upon earning a master’s degree in toxicology and a PhD in nutrition and food science from the University of Saskatchewan, Berna was awarded a fellowship to undertake post-doctoral studies at the Saskatoon Cancer Research Centre. Later she joined the faculty of the University of Idaho where her research focused on nutrition and cancer prevention and where she provided adult education on toxicology issues. Then, at the University of Maryland, she continued research on cancer prevention and food toxicology and taught research methodology. Berna joined Cantox Health Services International in 2008, consulting on food regulations and the safety assessment of food ingredients and dietary supplements. For the past year she has been consulting on an individual basis while teaching courses in food regulations and nutrition toxicology at the faculty of medicine, University of Toronto. She is a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.

Food and dietary supplement ingredient safety, efficacy and regulations; safety and regulatory assessment of nanomaterials

Earle Nestmann

One of Canada’s leading toxicologists, Earle joined the faculty of York University as an assistant professor, immediately after receiving a PhD in biology (genetics) from York. For the next three years, he was involved in teaching and research. During the following nine years, he worked at Health Canada in research and regulations in genetic toxicology and recombinant DNA technologies. Earle joined the corporate world as regulatory manager for the Crop Protection division of Cyanamid Canada, before joining Cantox Health Sciences International where he worked for 23 years, becoming a co-owner in 1990, and president in 2006. A freelance consultant since 2011, Earle brings an enviable reputation and extensive experience to Beeler Consulting Inc.

Pesticide regulation; toxicology and risk assessment; expert witness

Gail Pauling

Gail is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and received her MSc from the University of Saskatchewan. After working in veterinary practice, she worked for Janssen Animal Health and Elanco Animal Health in the mid-1990’s where she served in various regulatory, technical-service and marketing roles for companion-animal and food-animal products. Armed with in-depth knowledge of Canadian regulations relative to product registration, Gail formed her own business as a regulatory consultant to animal health and agribusiness and has served these industries for several years. Recognizing the need for a wide variety of animal- health and animal-feed products for both producers and pet owners, she is keenly interested in creating and implementing regulatory reform to bring new technologies to market.

Animal pesticide, feed and health-product registration; technical-service veterinarian

Fabio Rupp

Fabio obtained a PhD degree in molecular biology/immunology from the University of Zurich and followed that up with post-doctoral fellowships in immunology at the University of Toronto, and in neuroscience at Stanford University. He spent eight years as a faculty member in the department of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University school of medicine. He then took his expertise in molecular biology, immunology and neuroscience to the biotech industry. He currently acts as scientific advisor in the development of cancer and antiviral therapies to an Alberta biotech company and to a Swiss biotech firm with programs in pain and muscle wasting. Fabio serves as a director on the board of several international biotech companies.

Research, scientific and regulatory management

Dan St. Mars

In the 20 years since graduating with distinction from the honours degree program in mathematics at the University of Waterloo, Dan has provided IT product and data warehouse management, reporting and automation and LAN and WAN infrastructure management to key animal and human life science corporations. With a focus on developing data base applications, designing custom reporting solutions, implementing and maintaining network infrastructure and providing IT leadership in project management service delivery, information security and disaster-recovery planning, he is infinitely qualified to assess business requirements, and provide IT strategic planning, data analyses along with IT purchasing and budgeting to the clients of Beeler Consulting Inc.

IT Management; data warehousing