Our Investment Portfolio
Poseidon Ocean Systems
Poseidon Ocean Systems is a global leader in the design, development and deployment of critical aquaculture infrastructure.
Poseidon’s engineers have developed revolutionary aeration systems which cut fuel costs and reduce emissions. These environmentally disruptive technologies help make salmon farming more efficient, easier, safer and more sustainable ‒ with increased profitability.
The company’s list of clients includes the largest multinational fish farmers in the world: MOWI, Grieg, Cermaq, Cooke, Creative Salmon, Tassal and Huon. On a global level, aquaculture is a $250 billion industry, which gives Poseidon lots of room to grow.
For more information, please visit the Poseidon website.
Farm Health Guardian
Farm Health Guardian (FHG) offers services and equipment to help hog and poultry farmers protect the health of their animals through real-time disease-monitoring.
FHG provides a complete disease-spread-mitigation platform. Using digital biosecurity technology, a virtual perimeter is created, allowing the customer to digitally track and record all movement occurring on the farm or agri-business. When a disease outbreak happens, an alert system is triggered. All points of contact within the network are quickly notified. This enables the operator to lock down movement and contain disease spread within minutes of the first alert.
FHG recently merged with US-based NoveTech. This amalgamation will strengthen the FHG product line and improve access to the US industry. The combined company will continue to operate under the Farm Health Guardian name and will have offices in Guelph, Ontario and Omaha, Nebraska.
For more information, please visit the Farm Health Guardian website.
SomaDetect is a leading machine-learning and artificial intelligence company in dairy. Founded in 2016, it provides real-time, automated, first-of-its-kind analysis of milk quality.
By measuring certain compounds in raw milk, dairy farmers can identify cow health problems, deal with milk quality issues, manage reproduction, reduce antibiotic usage and ensure that only the highest-quality milk makes it into bulk milk supplies.
For more information, please visit the SomaDetect website.
Founded in 2016 in Almonte, Ontario, Dairy Distillery began by building a craft distillery to make vodka from a waste product called milk permeate, a sugar-rich by-product created by milk-processing plants.
The company produces a vodka brand called “Vodkow” and several flavours of “Vodkow Cream” liqueurs. Sales of these spirits are quickly increasing.
Dairy Distillery is also moving into the ethanol business. The company has partnered with the Michigan Milk Producers Association, a large US dairy cooperative, to build an ethanol plant at that company’s processing facility in Constantine, Michigan. The plant will utilize the permeate by-products, creating fuel from waste which would otherwise have to be disposed of at a cost. It is anticipated that this project will be the first of several more partnerships and ethanol plants to be built in the US, Canada and possibly in other countries as well.
The ethanol fuel produced by Dairy Distillery will have a very low carbon intensity, putting the company on the path to leadership in the North American clean energy sector.
For more information, please visit the Dairy Distillery website.
P&P Optica (PPO) is a proven leader in automated inspection and data insights for the meat industry, with a mission to help processors make safer, higher-quality products while addressing harmful food waste.
PPO’s patented Smart Imaging System uses physics to understand the chemistry of food, working on the line and in real time to find foreign contaminants like plastic, rubber and bone while simultaneously assessing quality measures like composition, tenderness and freshness. Combining hyperspectral imaging, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics software, PPO saves millions for their large and mid-sized meat processing customers through improved product quality and safety.
For more information, please visit the P&P Optica website.
Ukko Agro is a leading-edge ag-tech enterprise, bringing adaptive, integrated and actionable insights to crop farmers and agricultural retailers.
Ukko works simultaneously with farmers, agricultural suppliers and agronomists. The company builds sensors and algorithms to help farmers become more efficient with their crop input management, receiving guidance on the timely application of disease-control and pest-control products.
Ukko’s models can be used to treat late blight and early blight in potatoes, fusarium head blight in wheat, white mold in soybeans and more. The Ukko sensors and algorithms can improve crop yields and production volumes while managing input costs in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.
For more information, please visit the Ukko website.
BarrelWise supports winemakers by optimizing the production of their best quality wines. The BC-based company applies technical expertise to complex winemaking problems, offering winemakers a degree of control which has never before been possible.
With the company’s systems, wineries know more about their production chain, log less manpower hours and produce superior wine. One primary tool is a sensor which measures SO2 in wine, inside the wine barrels. The company is also working on measuring volatile acidity in wine.
Customers include some of the best-known wine-making brands in North America. BarrelWise gives winemakers the tools to better practice their art.
For more information, please visit the BarrelWise website.
Founded in 2010 by Dr. Thomas Koch, eQcell Inc. is the product of 15 years of scientific stem cell research from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).
eQcell is the first company to be authorized by Health Canada to perform clinical testing of MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells) for the treatment of equine arthritis. The eQcell team provides stem cell therapy services to Canadian veterinarians and researchers, successfully treating horses with joint, tendon and ligament injuries.
A major focus of eQcell is the development of an “off-the-shelf allogenic stem cell product,” which would enable high-quality osteoarthritis solutions in the equine industry (and potentially the companion animal health industry) accessible for all.
For more information, please visit the eQcell website.