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ALLPA is a hydroponic microgreen company with a focus on giving back

The three university students from three different countries serendipitously crossed paths while working part-time at a local hardware store. Little did they know, their common interests for business, tech and sustainability would result in the launch of ALLPA Vertical Farms in 2019, a hydroponic microgreen company located in Calgary, Alberta. ALLPA is named after Mama Allpa, in South America’s Inca religion and empire, the goddess of the Earth and fertility, responsible for fruitful harvests. Their civilization was one of the first to grow vegetables in water and this inspired us deeply. They contribute to the local economy by buying their compostable containers and seeds from Canadian companies. The thing that really makes them unique is that every one of their microgreen packages has a donation built into it! They carry four products: Arugula, Radish, Sunflower and Broccoli.


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What farmers & consumers need to know about a global nanotechnology producing better food!

Nanotechnology allows Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to work. Imagine where we’d be without that technology! In a similar fashion, nanotechnology is used in farming & and agriculture to help primary producers move beyond 30-year old more dangerous, less effective techniques to enrol precision chemistry to produce smarter, faster, better results in farming and food production.

In this podcast, learn: i) what Canadian AgTech entrepreneurs at Vive Crop are doing to help plants get more of what they need, while supporting farmers to boost their efficiency in food and crop production; ii) about agriculture innovations that food consumers should be aware of now more than ever, iii) how Canadian and global leaders can connect with Vive about 4-10x their agriculture return-on-investment.

Dr. Darren Anderson is a co-founder and CEO of Vive Crop Protection and serves on its Board of Directors. Darren is passionate about using technology to improve the sustainability of agriculture while creating quantifiable results for growers. Darren is on the Board of CropLife America, the trade association for the pesticide industry in the USA; a member of the Advisory Committee for CHLOE, an organization committed to increasing STEM learning through agriculture and natural resources; and a founding member of ElectSTEM, a non-profit encouraging people with STEM backgrounds to run for political office.

Under Darren’s leadership, Vive has raised over $43M CAD of equity and debt, launched the first nanotechnology-enabled pesticide products that are approved by the EPA, and doubled its commercial business annually for the last 4 years. Dr. Anderson is the inventor on 13 issued patents and 44 pending applications. Dr. Anderson earned his PhD from University of Toronto as an NSERC doctoral fellow.


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Bill Collins discusses the longevity superfood: why & how to farm it, champion it, and consume it!

Join Host, Angela Faye on Canada’s Podcast speaking to Bill Collins about seaweed as a longevity superfood, plus how you can get involved in farming it, championing, and consuming it!

Dying is not good for business! Living a healthier, active lifestyle by farming and consuming SEAWEED is a value proposition poised to help accelerate Canada to the Global Top 3 Best Sustainable Fish & Seafood Producers by 2040. Helping lead the movement is Bill Collins, Founder of Cascadia Seaweed where they are helping human and planetary wellness happen from their basecamp on Vancouver Island, BC Canada.

Pressures on the ocean are intense and growing. Most community leaders are increasingly concerned about food security and stable job creation. Mounting fear around the preservation of coastal communities around the world. And the dire need for major transformations towards a lower-carbon food future.

All of these have mobilized Bill Collins to harness his experience as a “Master of Science’ in geology, military/government salesmen for leading-edge sonar systems, executor of sound businesses, and promoter of Vancouver Island as a unique global Foreign Trade Zone, to co-Found Cascadia Seaweed.


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Erin Crane Discusses the Unique Factors That Make Lethbridge a Great Place for Entrepreneurs!

Erin Crane, Director, Investment Attraction for Economic Development Lethbridge, talks about the unique factors that make the southern Alberta city a unique place for businesses and entrepreneurs and the key initiatives the organization has championed, including Brighter Together, to support those efforts.


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Brett Annable, Owner of Millionaires Row Cider Company, Is Helping Keep the Essence of Canada’s Rich Entrepreneurial History Alive!

Armed with the dream of a family farm, finance experience and theological training, Brett Annable and his wife Janet purchased a 10-acre apple orchard in Summerland, British Columbia, discovered a rich history on their land, then launched ‘Millionnaires’ Row Cider Company. Brett & Janet combined their skills and together tapped into their entrepreneurial spirit to become a couple and ‘product’ of note in the Okanagan Valley. Brett and Janet, through their ‘cider’ making, tasting, distribution and storytelling – are helping to keep the essence of the ‘Millionnaire’s Row’ story alive as part of Canada’s rich entrepreneurial history. Three of the ‘Millionnaires’ were national bank presidents – ultimately knighted for their contributions to Canada – responsible for providing much of the initial capital to finance western Canada’s timber, mining, transportation and utility industries; and whose benevolence later extended to helping establish the ‘Okanagan’s notoriety as a ‘fruit’ growing/manufacturing mecca, and a destination of choice to experience local farms, markets, stores, restaurants, wineries, breweries and more.

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Regula Estermann

Regula Estermann est graduée du Collège MacDonald (McGill University) en gestion d’entreprise agricole en 2010 et détient également un baccalauréat en administration, mineur en économie de l’Université Bishop’s depuis 2013. Elle est co-propriétaire depuis 2016 avec son frère Martin de Ferme Estermann Inc.

Ferme Estermann Inc. est une entreprise laitière de 320 kg de quota et de 500 acres en cultures. Régula est responsable de la gestion du troupeau, de la gestion des ressources humaines et de la gestion financière de l’entreprise.

Regula parle couramment, anglais, français, allemand et espagnol et a un intérêt pour les voyages elle est aussi la maman de Léonie 1 an.