Our Management Team


Jodi McDonald, BSc

President & Founder

Jodi has been involved with a number of leading biotechnology companies in Alberta, including founding Keystone Labs in 2005.She started her career at the Alberta Research Council as a technologist in the Quality Control lab. It was there at the bench that the dream of starting her own lab began. Over the next 10 years, she worked with innovative teams at Chenomx and QSV Biologics in supervisory and management roles. In 2004, the dream of a contract test lab began to come together. She is now a part of cutting-edge innovation that is developing real-time testing technology. It’s what gets her up in the morning and at the end of the day she knows that we have made a real difference in the quality of people’s lives. Jodi holds a BSc in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Alberta.

Roderick Szarka, BSc,

VP, Marketing and Business Development

Rod is an industry professional with a successful track record in research and development, sales team management, business development and corporate marketing. His first 16 years of his career were in Research & Development developing pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical devices with ChemBioMed, Cytovax Technologies and Alberta Research Council respectively. Rod is an inventor on 2 medical device patents and author on 13 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Following his successful tenure at the bench, the next 13 years, Rod took on increasing roles of Business Development and Marketing at Global IQ, a CRO conducting human clinical trials, QSV, a GMP manufacturer for biologics and as VP of Business Development for Exciton Technologies, a medical device company developing silver wound bandages. He led the sales team at Exciton which developed distribution and sales across Canada, USA and the Middle East and led the company’s corporate marketing initiatives.Rod holds a BSc degree (Specialization in Biochemistry) from the University of Alberta.

Michelle Zimmer, BSc

Team Lead, Quality Assurance

Michelle has been with Keystone Labs since its inception in 2005. She serves as the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, Team Lead, overseeing Keystone’s extensive quality system and maintaining the GMP establishment license requirements. Prior to this current role, Michelle was a QC technologist for QSV, a GMP manufacturer for biologics. Michelle has over 16 years of experience in developing and directing regulatory strategy and quality systems for testing pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nutraceutical and cannabis product testing.Michelle holds a BSc degree (Specialization in Genetics) from the University of Alberta