Wednesday, April 3rd • 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. • Palais des congrès • Room 517 C/D
Paul Richards – Regional Manager, Innovacorp
Paul Richards is the sector lead for Agri-technology for Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. Paul focuses on enabling knowledge-based companies to accelerate the commercialization of their technologies and to create a dynamic high-growth entrepreneur culture in Nova Scotia.
Since taking on this role, Paul has worked to establish a growing ecosystem in Atlantic Canada, capable of growing venture-grade companies for the Agri-tech sector. His portfolio of early stage start-ups has raised over $50 million dollars.
In addition, Paul servers as a Director for Bioenterprise, Canada’s leading national Agri-tech accelerator, where he advises companies from across the country on commercialization and raising investment. He is also a founding member of the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub, a public/private consortium design to transform the bio-economy.
Ketan Kaushish – CEO, Ukko Agro
Ketan Kaushish has over nine years of experience working in the agriculture industry in commodity trading with Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, and in the pesticide industry with Syngenta. Prior to founding Ukko Agro, Ketan was the global lead for Syngenta’s seed treatment portfolio for potato, cotton and all vegetable crops based at their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Ketan is an MBA from Cornell University.
Avi Bhargava – CTO, Ukko Agro
Avi is an electrical engineer with over 10 years of collective experience in designing business and technology strategies, leading complex technology implementations, and managing scaling-up operations. Prior to working at Ukko Argo, Avi was a technology consultant with Deloitte and PwC. His engagements have exposed him to the intersection of business and technology within agriculture, healthcare, banking, insurance, utilities, high-tech and many public sector divisions.
Teric Greenan – CEO, Nexus Robotics
Jad Tawil – CTO, Nexus Robotics
Nexus Robotics is a start-up company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They have built a robot prototype for pulling weeds out of vegetable crops. The purpose of this technology is to reduce the dependence farmers have on labour and herbicides for weed control. Nexus will be performing a field trial this summer at Elmridge Farm in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. Nexus is planning to offer a robotic weeding service to farmers in the near future.