Meet the Planet Hatch team

Kelly Smith, 



Kelly was born and raised in Fredericton. As a true Frederictonian, she is thrilled to be contributing to the ever growing and fast paced economic development in the area. Kelly graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2015 with a Concentration in Marketing and Human Resources.

To begin her career in economic development, she spent almost 4 years at CBDC Southwest as the Youth Development Officer. She helped youth under the age of 34 gain access to financing, business plans, business counselling and tailored training. Kelly also worked closely with schools within the region to spread the entrepreneurial spirit as well as talk to students about creating their own employment through entrepreneurship and employment for others.

Kelly began working at Planet Hatch in 2019 as a Business Start-up Specialist. She worked to ensure our members and clients had access to expertise to help their companies grow through services including business counselling, referrals, coaching and business basics.

In early 2022, Kelly was promoted to the role of Director of Planet Hatch. In this new role, Kelly is responsible for the strategic vision and management of the centre. She leads a dynamic and experienced team that supports start-ups and entrepreneurs as they grow into well-positioned, internationally competitive companies through the deployment of programming, funding, mentorship, coaching, facilities and events.

Tara Leavitt,
Administrative & Client Services Coordinator


Tara was born and raised in NB.  She has a wife and 2 beautiful little girls.  She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and exploring new places.  Her focus of her 3 years in College was a mix of hospitality and administrative studies.  

After enjoying 6 years in client services as an account manager, she moved to AB to focus on expanding her administrative skills and growing her family.  She worked at Alberta Health Services as an Administrative Assistant for an addiction counselling centre and loved the mix of interaction with the clients and administrative work.  4 years later, she had her 1st child and decided to move back to NB to be with family and call Fredericton home.  Since that time, she has been doing administrative tasks for a startup company and completed her family with the birth of her 2nd daughter.

Tara's role at Planet Hatch is a perfect fit!  She loves people, new challenges and administrative duties.  Building relationships with our members and interacting with all types people while performing the administrative work required to operate our centre is how she loves to spend her day.  

Hannahbelle Weaver,
Program Coordinator


Hannahbelle came to Fredericton from Ontario in 2014 to attend Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick, graduating with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies in 2017. During her university career she focused primarily on studying leadership within the institution of healthcare and in the context of global development. Upon graduation she focused her efforts on collaborating with different community organizations that worked with understanding the social determinants of health, most recently partnering with Children in the Wilderness in Zimbabwe. 

Hannahbelle has created, implemented, and managed numerous projects and enjoys finding ways to increase awareness and education on a diverse range of subjects including female empowerment, animal conservation, healthy living, and community sustainability. With roots now established in Fredericton, Hannahbelle started working with Planet Hatch in 2019.

 As the Program Coordinator, she will be developing and delivering programs within the education, incubation, and acceleration pillars. Hannahbelle is excited to continue to become more involved in Fredericton’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and increase program opportunities for the clients of Planet Hatch.