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Circulus Agtech is based in Montreal Canada where all the founders studied at McGill University in different programs within the Faculty of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences. While working on a Poultryponics project for their Masters and PhD, David and Peter studied the use of chicken manure to produce liquid organic fertilizer for hydroponics. Inspired by Aquaponics, the team created the company Cannafish, to produce liquid organic fertilizer for the greenhouse industry.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Our Awards and Recognitions

McGill Dobson Cup 2019

Cannafish wins 3rd place at the McGill Dobson Cup - Innovation Driven Enterprise track.

Climate LaunchPad 2019

Cannafish is a finalist at the Climate LaunchPad 2019

AU/Lab Grant

Cannafish wins the “Circular economy in urban agriculture” grant from AU/Lab at the Coopérathon 2019

l’Esplanade Impact 8

Cannafish is incubated at l’Esplanade Impact 8 in December of 2019

Mitacs R&D Support

David receives support for Mitacs supports Cannafish to pursue R&D in February 2020

X-1 Accelerator

Cannafish joins X-1 Accelerator in the Summer of 2020.

Ecofuel Accelerate

Cannafish joins Ecofuel Accelerate, where it becomes Circulus Agtech in September 2020

Our Team

Our Talented Team

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David Leroux

CEO

David Leroux CEO is a Polytechnique Montreal Alumni 2017 BEng. in chemical engineering and McGill Alumni 2020 MSc in Bioresource Engineering, specialized in organic waste management, beer brewing and controlled environment agriculture. Within the Biomass Production Lab at McGill, he studied plant factories, innovative northern food systems and vermicompost-based nutrient solutions. Valorising waste for biomass production is his main topic of interest and the business idea is inspired by his past and present research projects. His engineering background, communication, and leadership skills are key for the business success.

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Nicolas Martel-Bouchard

CFO

Nicolas Martel-Bouchard CFO is a McGill Alumni 2018 BSc. AgEnvSc majoring in Agricultural Economics from McGill. He works for an agribusiness consulting firm. Nicolas has been involved in many student organizations, he has great communication and management skills. As an agronome, he has experience and a network in the agriculture business sector.

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Peter Tikasz

CSO

Peter Tikasz CSO is a McGill Alumni 2013 BSc. AgEnvSc, 2016 MSc in Forestry and 2019 Ph.D. in Bioresource Engineering. For his PhD he developed a nutrient monitoring tool for manure extracts using ion activity. David and Peter worked together on research projects, to convert chicken manure into hydroponic fertilizers. Peter’s experience and knowledge of the technology used are key factors to the success of our business. Peter also works as a data analyst and has experience in farming microgreens.

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Mohamed Debbagh

CTO

Mohamed Debbagh CTO is a McGill Alumni 2017 BEng., 2019 MSc. in Bioresource Engineering as a member of the Precision Agriculture and Sensor Systems (PASS) research team. He is a sensor and embedded systems developer with projects completed mainly in the domain of precision agriculture. He is dedicated to applying modern deep learning and sensor fusion techniques toward solving real world problems. He works alongside David and Peter, applying his technical skillsets towards developing our unique fertilizer nutrient sensing and brewing solution.

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Vincent Desaulniers Brousseau

Team Member

Vincent Desaulniers Brousseau, is a UQAM alumni 2015 BSc in Biological sciences, UdeM alumni 2016 MSc in Molecular and Cellular Medicine,McGill alumni 2019 BSc AgEnvSc and McGill PhD candidate in Bioresource Engineering. Passionate about hydroponics, Vincent studies the use of our technology to create optimized fertilization plans. He links specific ion readings to different factors influencing plant growth, such as bacterial activity. The new generation hydroponic systems he develops could reduce negative environmental impact linked to fertilizer usage. Trained in agronomy, he tries to explain the link between organic fertilization and the synthesis of secondary compounds with beneficial properties for human health.

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Ricardo Alvarez

Team Member

Ricardo Alvarez is an Information Systems and Computer Science student at McGill University. He is passionate about using data science to solve social and technical problems alike. He specifically studies machine learning and the business impact of emerging technologies. In his free time, he likes to run , read and watch soccer matches.

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Vincent Desaulniers Brousseau

Team Member

Vincent Desaulniers Brousseau, is a UQAM alumni 2015 BSc in Biological sciences, UdeM alumni 2016 MSc in Molecular and Cellular Medicine,McGill alumni 2019 BSc AgEnvSc and McGill PhD candidate in Bioresource Engineering. Passionate about hydroponics, Vincent studies the use of our technology to create optimized fertilization plans. He links specific ion readings to different factors influencing plant growth, such as bacterial activity. The new generation hydroponic systems he develops could reduce negative environmental impact linked to fertilizer usage. Trained in agronomy, he tries to explain the link between organic fertilization and the synthesis of secondary compounds with beneficial properties for human health.

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Ricardo Alvarez

Team Member

Ricardo Alvarez is an Information Systems and Computer Science student at McGill University. He is passionate about using data science to solve social and technical problems alike. He specifically studies machine learning and the business impact of emerging technologies. In his free time, he likes to run , read and watch soccer matches.

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Vincent Desaulniers Brousseau

Team Member

Vincent Desaulniers Brousseau, is a UQAM alumni 2015 BSc in Biological sciences, UdeM alumni 2016 MSc in Molecular and Cellular Medicine,McGill alumni 2019 BSc AgEnvSc and McGill PhD candidate in Bioresource Engineering. Passionate about hydroponics, Vincent studies the use of our technology to create optimized fertilization plans. He links specific ion readings to different factors influencing plant growth, such as bacterial activity. The new generation hydroponic systems he develops could reduce negative environmental impact linked to fertilizer usage. Trained in agronomy, he tries to explain the link between organic fertilization and the synthesis of secondary compounds with beneficial properties for human health.

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Ricardo Alvarez

Team Member

Ricardo Alvarez is an Information Systems and Computer Science student at McGill University. He is passionate about using data science to solve social and technical problems alike. He specifically studies machine learning and the business impact of emerging technologies. In his free time, he likes to run , read and watch soccer matches.

Our Partners

We have received support from numerous organizations.

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