Category Archives: Moncton

NEWS RELEASE: MH Renaissance Inc. continues work to attract tenants to MH35 project to rejuvenate former Moncton High School


March 17, 2017
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The group of community business leaders behind the MH35 proposal to redevelop the former Moncton High School at the corner of Church Street and Mountain Road in Moncton remains very optimistic and enthusiastic that their project will move forward.

“We continue to receive a number of inquiries from potential tenants for all floors and the arts centre side on a weekly basis,” said Dennis Cochrane, President of MH Renaissance Inc. “While much has been said about moving the Moncton Public Library to MH35, we want to make it abundantly clear that we intend to move forward with or without the library. There is a lot of private-sector interest in the property.”

“We have always said that our preference for the City of Moncton’s contribution to the project would be relocating the library,” Mr. Cochrane said. “We have also consistently indicated that it is not a deal-breaker. We have indicated to members of Moncton City Council that their support for the project would show vision and leadership and was crucial to the redevelopment of the site, and – if they were not prepared to relocate the library – then what were they prepared to contribute to the project so that it could move forward and continue to serve the Greater Moncton community for another 82 years? We have been working with the City of Moncton for more than two years.”

The group working on the MH35 proposal includes Mr. Cochrane, a former Moncton city councillor, mayor, MP and MLA, as well as Jim Lockyer, a former provincial cabinet minister, city councillor and currently a law professor at the Université de Moncton, and well-respected property developers and construction industry leaders John Corazza and Joe Tippett. The proposal would see the former Moncton High School undergo significant internal expansion and renovations, including a renovated auditorium and space for arts groups and artists, including the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada and others.

“It’s our full intention to make the former Moncton High School a beautiful example of what can be done with a heritage building,” Mr. Cochrane says. “Our proposal is to save the entire building and enhance it. Unlike another proposal on the table, we have no intention of demolishing most of it for a parking lot and leaving the auditorium to fall into disrepair. This would be a huge tragedy for our city’s heritage. Moncton deserves better than that.”

“We have been open and honest with Monctonians since day one,” he says. “We have not worked under a cloak of secrecy. We’ve presented to public sessions of council, met with a number of community groups and stakeholders – including the Moncton Public Library Board on a number of occasions – produced videos and architectural drawings, done media interviews and been active on social media. As well, last spring, we held public information sessions. We have been open and transparent. We think Monctonians deserve nothing less.”

Currently, MH Renaissance continues to meet regularly with prospective tenants in the private sector and the arts community. It is also the intent to have the rejuvenated complex be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) certified, a rating system recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in more than 160 countries. LEED recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction and operation. Green buildings create a healthier indoor environment for occupants through better indoor air quality, less harmful products, and more natural daylight. They also reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption, and drive innovation.

“At this time, we want to sincerely thank our many supporters, including the public and many local politicians who are passionate about preserving and enhancing this heritage building. We recognize the love people have for this majestic structure,” Mr. Cochrane said. “It is heartening to know that they share our vision of the former Moncton High School.”


Media contact:

Dennis Cochrane

Moncton’s popular 4 Paws Pet Resort under new ownership


November 21, 2016
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Moncton’s popular 4 Paws Pet Resort’s new owners promise to continue kennel’s strong tradition of excellent customer service

MONCTON, N.B. – One of Greater Moncton’s most popular boarding, pet-sitting, grooming and dog daycare businesses has been sold. Sherri and Jocelyn Longpré purchased 4 Paws Pet Resort Inc. located on Zack Road off Berry Mills Road in late August from former owners Joanne and David LeBlanc, who have decided to retire.

“It’s business as usual at 4 Paws,” says Sherri Longpré, who has taken the next step as a business owner after a long career in animal care, including as an animal control officer in various locations and an employee at a local dog kennel and the Bathurst SPCA. “My husband Jocelyn and I are very excited about this new challenge and will work very hard to continue 4 Paws’ excellent reputation as a first-class dog-boarding, daycare, grooming and pet-sitting facility,” she says.

Sherri and Jocelyn Longpré along with their children Alex, Brett and Breeanah.
Sherri and Jocelyn Longpré along with their children Alex, Brett and Breeanah.

“We are pet owners ourselves,” she says. “We have five dogs and know how important pets are to their owners. They are part of the family – and we pledge to treat our furry clients as part of our own family.”

Mrs. Longpré will provide day-to-day on-site management of the facility, while Mr. Longpré will continue in his full-time senior position with a national financial institution while also offering administrative support to the business. “We will be maintaining 4 Paws’ dedicated current staff,” Mrs. Longpré says. “We are aiming to make the transfer of ownership as smooth and seamless as possible.”

“As well,” she says, “our family will be living in the beautiful home located on the property. We will be hands-on and on-site year-round.”

During the month of September, the Longprés worked with the former owners during a transition period to ensure everything went smoothly. “We look forward to meeting all of 4 Paws’ clients personally,” Mrs. Longpré said. “Joanne and David have built an excellent business model and we look forward to building on it. We wish them all the best in their well-deserved retirement.”

4 Paws’ 4,800-square-foot facility is located on 4.5 acres of a private, quiet, country setting. Designed with air exchange system, the building provides proper ventilation and fresh air for boarded dogs. There is also an in-floor heating system for the colder months and air conditioning for the warmer months. Fire and security monitoring are also set up for the safety and comfort of canine guests. The facility has four play areas over two acres for dogs to play, socialize and get plenty of exercise. Shelters are also provided for protection against the elements.

“Safety and cleanliness are key at 4 Paws,” Mrs. Longpré says. “We have video monitoring of all play areas and kennels are sanitized daily. This is a business built on trust – and we will work very hard to maintain and build on that trust with our loyal clients.”

For more information on 4 Paws Pet Resort’s services, please visit their website at or call 506-855-7297.

Info sessions being held on proposed MH35 Centre project for former MHS

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June 12, 2015
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MH Renaissance Inc. hosting public information sessions on MH35 project to renovate and restore former Moncton High School

MONCTON, N.B. – MH Renaissance Inc. will be hosting public information sessions on its proposed MH35 project to renovate and restore the former Moncton High School on Tuesday, June 14, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crossman Community Centre-Kay Arena, 99 Wynwood Dr., Moncton.

“We will be hosting hourly information sessions beginning at 1 p.m., with the last one beginning at 8 p.m.,” said Dennis Cochrane, President of MH Renaissance Inc. “Sessions will run concurrently in English and French. Depending on the number of people who attend and the wishes of participants, we may provide bilingual sessions during the day, as well.”

The sessions will be held in the Smyth and HLS Rooms on the second floor. The Crossman Community Centre-Kay Arena is a fully accessible facility. The main lobby downstairs will feature displays of drawings of the proposed MH35 Centre, including a possible new Moncton Public Library.

“We believe we have a very exciting project for the former Moncton High building,” Mr. Cochrane said. “We are proposing a beautiful new library combined with a Centre of Excellence for the Performing Arts and a renovated theatre which would be the largest of its kind east of Quebec City. We look forward to sharing our vision with the public.”

For more information on the MH35 Centre or to book a private presentation for groups and organizations, please contact Dennis Cochrane at 506-471-2861 or email

MASITEK Instruments Inc. welcomes tech leader Pablo Asiron as EVP of Global Business Development

Pablo Asiron new Executive Vice-President of Global Business Development of Moncton-based MASITEK Instruments Inc. and Tracy Clinch, President and CEO. MASITEK is the #1 global leader in virtual remote sensing technology.)
Pablo Asiron new Executive Vice-President of Global Business Development of Moncton-based MASITEK Instruments Inc. and Tracy Clinch, President and CEO. MASITEK is the #1 global leader in virtual remote sensing technology. Click on the photo for a larger version.)


February 4, 2016
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MASITEK Instruments Inc. welcomes tech leader Pablo Asiron as EVP of Global Business Development

MONCTOMMAAZZ logoN, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA – Tracy Clinch, President and CEO of MASITEK Instruments Inc., the global leader in virtual remote sensing technology, announced today that renowned technology sales and corporate development professional Pablo Asiron has joined the company as its Executive Vice-President of Global Business Development.

Headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, MASITEK offers state-of-the-art, real-time wireless detection and reporting technologies designed to immediately identify and quantify damage to fragile goods in production, packaging and distribution systems for handlers and manufacturers around the world in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. MASITEK’s innovative sensor technology helps reduce downtime, enhance product integrity and increase global scalability, productivity and profits.

With an increasing cost of goods and universal pressure to improve profitability, driving efficiencies in manufacturing facilities is a high growth market poised to explode. Large multinational organizations will invest millions of dollars to ensure they are maximizing efficiencies while reducing waste and damage to containers and fragile goods.

“Our global customer base has increased tremendously over the last several months,” says MASITEK President and CEO Tracy Clinch. “We have been very fortunate to partner with category leaders – such as Nestlé, Carlsberg, AB Inbev, Unilever and Diageo – providing the tools and support necessary to achieve their production and project objectives. MASITEK will continue to invest in new technology and key personnel to strengthen our position as the global leader in virtual remote sensing technology.”

“Due to our rapid expansion, we are very excited to have Pablo Asiron join our team as Executive Vice-President of Global Business Development to further drive our growth strategy,” she says. “His deep understanding of technology, customer-facing business approach and proven track record in development and leadership will be tremendous assets to MASITEK and our customers. Additionally, Pablo’s strategic vision aligns with our overall goal of continued growth through innovation, partnership and vertical expansion.”

Mr. Asiron joins MASITEK after a very successful term with RtTech Software, where he was responsible for more than 90 per cent of all company sales and helped the company earn a number of awards, including a BDC Innovation Award, regional and national Startup Canada Awards for Innovation, and Greater Moncton Excellence Awards in the Emerging Business and Technology categories, as well as earning the company a place on Deloitte’s prestigious Fast 50 Companies to Watch list.

“I have known of MASITEK for a few years now,” Mr. Asiron says. “After a discussion with President and CEO Tracy Clinch in August 2015, I was very impressed with how far the technology and the company had gone. So when I started looking for a new challenge, she was one of the first people I contacted. Right away, I fell in love with their patented technology and the challenge she offered me. It is a dream for a sales executive when you have a great and proven product already installed in many Fortune 500 companies, and a great leadership and technical team. As well, it is a big boost to be backed by a venture group such as Technology Venture Corporation who understands what it takes to grow a company with world-class clients from an Atlantic Canadian base. I look forward to being a part of MASITEK’s growing global reach and helping the company to scale new heights.”

Mr. Asiron has 20 years of experience in the areas of executive management, consulting, process control, information systems, business development and sales. To his new position, he brings experience in multiple industries such as mineral processing, pulp and paper, power generation, food processing and discrete manufacturing. In 2015, he was a finalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Atlantic Canada for emerging business. He has an extensive positive record of attracting capital and increasing sales.

Technology Venture Corporation, based in Moncton, is one of MASITEK’s primary investors. “We are always on the lookout for exceptional, high-quality talent,” says Susan Hicks, President and CEO of Technology Venture Corporation. “We search locally and across the world for just the right people for leadership positions in our Atlantic Canada-based companies. I’m delighted that one of our high-growth companies, MASITEK Instruments Inc., has attracted Pablo Asiron to fill a critical executive position within their organization. Mr. Asiron’s impressive track record in building and expanding companies, his relationship-building skills and his history of successful business development are a tremendous addition to the MASITEK executive team.”

About MASITEK Instruments Inc.

Founded five years ago and headquartered in new facilities in downtown Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, MASITEK Instruments Inc. ( has grown to become the global leader in virtual remote sensing technology. Its advanced quality control sensing for industrial packaging, bottling and agricultural applications – sold under its MMAAZZ and aaggrrii brands – is now installed with major companies around the world. The company is one of a number of leading tech startups in which Technology Venture Corporation of Moncton has invested.


Media contacts:

Tracy Clinch
President and CEO
MASITEK Instruments Inc.
North America: 1-800-971-7085 ext. 501
International: 1-905-233-2117 ext. 501

Pablo Asiron
Executive Vice-President of Global Sales MASITEK Instruments Inc.
North America: 1-800-971-7085 ext. 511
International: 1-905-233-2117 ext. 511

Kelley Mooney to perform at St. John’s United Church in Moncton on Nov. 13

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Charlottetown, PEI, singer/songwriter Kelley Mooney will be performing songs from her new spiritual album Still – and other previous hits – at a concert to be held on Friday, Nov. 13, at St. John’s United Church, 75 Alma St., Moncton.

Kelley Mooney headshotShe is best known for her Easter version of Leonard Cohen’s classic Hallelujah and will be performing that song and others from her current album. In 2006, her parish priest requested Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for Easter mass. While Cohen’s lyrics are brilliant, Kelley decided to write verses to reflect the Easter story. Her version has been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube and GodTube combined, and was ranked on two Billboard charts.

Mooney’s current album, Still, came about as a result of a serious illness – ulcerative colitis – which saw her hospitalized for nine weeks, including two major surgeries and a recovery of more than seven months before returning to work. Her experience led her to record a gospel album which includes standard gospel songs such as I Surrender All, Amazing Grace, and How Great Thou Art, together with original songs about her illness and other personal issues. There is a story behind almost every song — and they can be found at Her first album, Tomorrow, won the 2012 Music PEI Country Recording of the Year (it includes Hallelujah) and has been on the CD Baby top sellers’ list since May 2014. Still was recently added to that list.

Still album coverAlso joining Mooney for a few songs (including Hallelujah) is the Chorale Voce dell‘Anima led by Monette Gould, the same choir which accompanied Kelley in her famous 2010 YouTube video of Hallelujah.

Admission is $10 per person + one non-perishable food donation for the Karing Kitchen, a non-profit community kitchen operating out of the basement of St. John’s United Church. Karing Kitchen serves approximately 500 meals per day to those in need in Greater Moncton. (Please note: Admission is paid at the door.)

For more information, please contact:

Kelley Mooney