BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards

 

$325,000 for BC innovation in aquaculture!

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ABOUT THE EVENT

On May 5, we'll announce two $150,000 prizes at our BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards. You'll hear pitches from the Top 10 innovations and listen to industry influencers on why innovation in aquaculture is important. You'll also vote live on the fan favourite award, worth $25,000.

Top 10 pitch at the event AND get direct access to our Customer Advisory Group, a select group of potential buyers hand-picked and ready to hear your pitch at the event. 

The award event will be of interest to:

  1. Buyers & stakeholders in the aquaculture industry, looking for innovative solutions.
  2. Aquaculture companies & innovators interested in learning how they can benefit from our programs.
  3. Investors and funders looking for solutions in aquaculture.

The B.C. government and Innovate BC are showcasing BC’s best innovations for the aquaculture industry. We're encouraging sustainable growth, competitiveness and adaptability of the aquaculture sector in BC by funding innovations that solve challenges faced by aquaculture.

AGENDA: May 5, 4:00-5:30PM

  • Introduction
  • 5 of Top 10 Pitches
  • Industry Influencer Discussion
  • 5 of Top 10 Pitches
  • Awards Announced
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MEET OUR CUSTOMER ADVISORS

Todd-Cook-Customer-Advisor

Todd Cook

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER
ELANCO CANADA LTD.
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Marilyn Hutchinson

DIRECTOR OF INDIGENOUS & COMMUNITY RELATIONS
GRIEG SEAFOOD BC LTD
Customer Advisor - Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
ISLAND SEA FARMS LTD.
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Brock Thomson

INNOVATION DIRECTOR
CERMAQ
Wendy-Vandersteen-Customer-Advisor

Wendy Vandersteen, PhD

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
TAPLOW VENTURES LTD.
Jennifer-Woodland-Customer-Advisor

Jennifer Woodland

CEO
NUU-CHAH-NULTH SEAFOOD LP

All applications will be reviewed by our judges. Judges select the Top 10 & grand prize winners.

 

Top 10 will pitch to event attendees to compete for fan favourite.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Eligibility Criteria:

  • BC based company
  • Solution/innovation is for aquaculture
  • Have a prototype, proven manufacturability, ready to market, or commercial product
  • Available for a 30-minute coaching session on your pitch
  • Agree to follow presentation template to ensure time and consistency
  • Attend the BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards, 2021

Applications CLOSED Mar 8, 2021 at 12:00PM PT

 
All applications will be reviewed by our judges.
Top 10 submissions will pitch at the event. All registered attendees will hear the pitches, including our customer advisory group, potential buyers of your aquaculture innovation.

 

Top 10 Finalists

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AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy Inc.

AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy Inc. patented wave energy technology generates large volumes of compressed air which feeds the oxygenation and pumping needs for closed containment fish pens. Other applications include desalination and electricity generation. AOE currently holds six patents and operates out of Victoria, BC.

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Brian Pasquill, BComm, MBA, CEM

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Asens Technologies

Asens Technologies is a start-up in Vancouver, developing image-based sensors and biosensors. The key focus is on the development and commercialization of a device that transforms any smartphone to a water quality monitoring sensor.

Fariborz Taghipour

Fariborz Taghipour, CEO

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Bioform

Bioform has developed a novel 3D extrusion printing platform that manufactures 100% home compostable films derived from seaweed and wood pulp fiber. Our products are cost competitive to fossil fuel-based plastics and are ideally suited for the agri-food sector by providing optimal oxygen and moisture barrier properties.

Jordan Mackenzie

Jordan MacKenzie, Co-Founder + CEO

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Fanny Bay Oysters

Fanny Bay Oysters has been a quality shellfish producer in the Baynes Sound for over 30years. Family owned and operated by the Taylor's, Fanny Bay Oysters provides some of Canada's finest seafood from the west coast.

Alex Munro

Alex Munro, Farm + Processing Director

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Freshline.io

Freshline's eCommerce and fulfillment software is the best choice for suppliers selling perishable foods direct to consumer. For the first time, suppliers can sell their food products direct to consumers while accounting for catch-weight, multiple modes of delivery & pickup and for unique business rules that apply in the perishable foods industry.

Robert Kirstiuk

Robert Kirstiuk, CEO + Co-Founder

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Industrial Plankton

Industrial Plankton develops and produces algae bioreactors for live feed production in aquaculture hatcheries. Founded in 2010, Industrial Plankton's technology is currently used in 20 countries, primarily in shellfish and shrimp hatcheries. Industrial Plankton is located in Victoria BC, with a 15 person team experienced in developing biosecure automated systems to produce live organisms for aquaculture hatcheries.

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Robert Roulston, CEO

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Plantee Bioplastics Inc.

Plantee’s mission is to replace non-biodegradable and harmful plastic fishing gear with innovative, biodegradable, environment and aquaculture-friendly fishing gear.

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Praphulla Tiwary, Co-Founder + CEO

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Poseidon Ocean Systems

Poseidon is a Canadian aquaculture clean-tech start-up based in Campbell River, BC. Poseidon is a global leader in aquaculture infrastructure and life support systems—helping to reduce the environmental impact of farming and assist in the production of nutritious, sustainable protein sources to feed the global population.

 

Matthew Clarke

Matt Clarke, Co-Founder

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Sawmill Bay Shellfish Company

Sawmill Bay Shellfish is based on Quadra Island British Columbia supplying oysters and clams from its farms direct to restaurants in BC, Alberta, US, Hawaii and Asia

Stephen Pocock

Stephen Pocock, CEO + Co-Owner

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ThisFish Inc.

ThisFish Inc. is a global leader in seafood traceability software and artificial intelligence that enables seafood processors to digitize workflows in realtime using tablets and IoT devices. Their Tally software cuts costs, strengthens compliance and enables real-time monitoring.

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Eric Enno Tamm, CEO + Co-Founder

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MEET OUR JUDGES 

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Shirley Choi

REGIONAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR
DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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Nadine Diner

Director, Programs
INNOVATE BC
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Richard D. Moccia

DIRECTOR, AQUACULTURE CENTRE
DEPT. OF ANIMAL BIOSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
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Astrid Niemann-Zajac

SENIOR MANAGER, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND PARTNERSHIPS
FIRST NATIONS FISHERIES COUNCIL OF BC
Judge-Maria-Pacella

Maria Pacella

PARTNER
PENDER FUND
Judge-Myron-Roth

Myron Roth, Ph.D., P.Ag.

TEAM LEAD, AQUACULTURE & MARINE FISHERIES
BC MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD & FISHERIES
Judge-James-Street

James Street

SENIOR MANAGER FOOD AND BEVERAGE PROCESSING
BC MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND FISHERIES
Judge-Sandra-Wear

Sandra Wear

VP MARKETING + COMMUNICATIONS
INNOVATE BC