Our Team

Farmer, Biologist, Entrepreneur, Tomato Enthusiast, Public Speaker, Forty under 40, Award-winning Researcher, Food Activist. PhD in Chemical Ecology and two decades of experience in Agriculture / Horticulture, Representing BC at the United Nations SDG forum.

Dr. Saber Miresmailli

Founder & CEO

Engineering Physicist, M2M and IoT expert, Avid Software Developer and System Architect, Platform Designer, Tomato Lover, Firm Believer in-process and smooth operation of an Engineering Machine. Former Engineer at Sierra Wireless. Stock trader. 

Maryam Antikchi

Founder & CTO

18+ years of experience in project management in clean tech and environmental industry. formerly the manager of CleanTech projects at Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Years of experience in government consultancy, a fearless motorcyclist. 

Sven Riemer

Chief Operating Officer

20+ years of experience on protected agriculture.  Engineering background with multiple studies in Canada, USA, Mexico, and Colombia. Tripled the size of sales revenue of Ludvig Svensson Inc in America and led the opening of a subsidiary in Mexico.

Served the board of NGMA (National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association) and received the Charlotte City Award for philanthropic efforts with the city's schools. 

Mauricio Manotas

Chief Revenue Officer

14+ years as a public company CFO with strategic and operational expertise. Proven success in finance, M&A, strategic partnerships, restructurings and risk management. Broad sector experience including biotech and forestry.

Michael Liggett

Chief Financial Officer

16+ years of experience as a Senior Engineer Manager. formerly managing a team of 100+ engineers at AWS Market Place, Exan and Active Networks. A serious biker with a deep passion for clean food.

Matthew Cox

VP Engineering

13+ years of experience combined in various industries including tech and PwC. Change catalyst who strategically provides oversight of financial matters and business planning activities to successfully navigate the evolving business landscape. A good standing member of CPA, Canada and a fellow of ACCA, UK

Hazel Joomratty

VP Finance

Robotics expert with a focus on plant health and agriculture automation. Versatile engineering and product skill set, always looking for ways to empower people with tech. Scuba diver, horseback rider.

Dr. Patrick Wspanialy

Director of R&D

16 + years of experience in the greenhouse industry. Deep Roots in traditional farming in Ontario and Vice President and grower of Lee and Marias where he grows and promotes farm to table service. A BBQ, wine and cheese lover.

Mike Mastronardi

Director of Field Operations

Agricultural technologist with experience designing, building, and operating controlled environment systems. Previously managed a large scale plant phenotyping greenhouse and plant tissue culture facility. Passionate about working with growers to adopt new technology. Farmer, mountain biker, and lover of tall prairie grasses.

Gavin Schneider

Director of Customer Success 

15+ years of professional experience in advanced control technologies, data analytics, and machine learning. Formerly a Senior Research Engineer at Honeywell.


Always looking for practical ways to bring emerging technologies to market. A member of the Professional Engineering Association of British Columbia. Tennis player and seasonal runner.

Dr. Adrian Fuxman
Data Science Team Lead

8+ years experience across the gamut of product design and technology development in the consumer electronics industry, including Senior Research Engineer at Dyson; Understanding complex problems and leveraging research & technology to solve them. Nationally ranked UK street luger enjoying the extreme sports in beautiful British Columbia.

Steve Humpston

Sr. Product Design Manager

Plant Enthusiast, Environmental scientist, Greenhouse aficionado and the most organized Product Manager on planet earth! Bryana is one of the original members of Ecoation from earlier days. 

Bryana Ginther

Product Manager

Managing partner of Pallasite Ventures. Investors and advisor in more than 55 companies in MedTech, FinTech and business optimization SaaS. AI expert and Neuroscientist. Impact investor. 

Dr. Christopher Bissonnette

Investor and Board Member

Investor, advisor, and board member at portfolios of companies. Managing partner at Baringa Partners, a firm that was recognized by Financial Times as the best place to work in the UK for three consecutive years and was among top-10 mid-size companies for 10 years.

Mohamed Mansour

Investor and Board Member

Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, board member and speaker. In addition to his investing and entrepreneurial efforts, Jonathan has been active with several non-profit organizations. Jonathan is a sought after speaker on the topics of crypto currency, angel capital investing, accelerators/incubators and entrepreneurship.

Jonathan Bixby

Investor and Board Member

CEO of Biobest, the most reliable supplier of pollination and biological crop control solutions providing sustainable biological solutions to growers of high value crops worldwide.

Jean-Marc Vandoorne

Investor and Board Member

30 years of experience in Crop Protection, COO of Biobest, the most reliable supplier of pollination and biological crop control solutions, reaching out growers as a global player with 24 subsidiaries and more than 120 distributors in almost 70 countries.

Karel Bolckmans

Investor and Board Member

20+ years of experience in the industry. Director of Sales of Viscon Group NA., Director of Sales of FormFlex Canada., Senior Director Agribusiness Agri-Food,  Farm Credit Canada. A Farm Owner, Beer Master, Business Guru and the "Cool Banker".

Aaron Bickell

Strategic Advisor

Investor, advisor, and entrepreneur with a successful background in finance and investment banking, raising tens of millions for public companies. Founder and CEO of Foodee, a Vancouver-headquartered food-tech company serving 4000 corporate clients across 12 major North American cities. Investor and partner in scaling the west coast's beloved Tacofino to nine locations.

Ryan Spong

Advisory Board Member

10+ years experience in controlled environment agriculture. Expert in greenhouse automation and growing systems. Former CEO of FormFlex Canada Inc, partner in Viscon Group NA. Skilled customer relationship constructor and tactful negotiator. Father, Husband, Drummer/home brewer.

Albert Pinto

Strategic Advisor

15+ years of experience in fast-paced sales environments. Deep roots in farming in Manitoba and background in agriculture economics. A trained Chef, A BBQ master and a Wine enthusiast. 

Jean-Claude Lachance

Strategic Advisor

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