Agri-Neo's mission is to help safely feed the world. To start accomplishing this, our vision is to set new food safety standards, initially with Neo-Pure for seeds and grains.
We were founded in 2009, and have invested significant resources from private investors and grants into our R&D. Agri-Neo is headquartered in Toronto where it assembles its Food Safety Systems for Neo-Pure, and conducts food safety science done by chemists, microbiologists, and engineers.
Jon Brenzel • Vice President Finance
Jon leads the finance activities at Agri-Neo and is responsible for capital raising, investor relations, accounting and financial planning. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, he was Vice President, Investment banking at Credit Suisse where he advised companies on capital raising and M&A activities. Over his 8 years at Credit Suisse, he completed many successful transactions in the Oil & Gas, Forestry and Engineering & Construction sectors with combined values over $10 billion. Jon holds an Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario as well as a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Electrical) from the University of Western Ontario.
Vice President Finance
Fadi Dagher • Biochemistry Director
Fadi is a co-founder of Agri-Neo and manages the chemistry formulation, regulatory, and intellectual property. He has over 15 years of experience working in chemicals, both as a successful entrepreneur and with a multinational corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University, a Masters in Applied Microbiology from INRS, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Concordia University.
Nick Dillon • CEO
Nick is a co-founder of Agri-Neo and oversees its strategy, organization, and product development. Prior to Agri-Neo, he spent most of his career as a management consultant with Bain and Company in Europe and North America. During that time, he worked mainly with global food companies to improve their product innovation and marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.
Amir Hamidi • Food Safety Scientist
Amir manages laboratory testing at Agri-Neo, including efficacy and sensory testing. He is also involved in defining the cleaning protocols for our equipment and identifying new food safety technologies. In the past, Amir conducted various research projects in food preservation field utilizing novel non-thermal technologies and mild heat treatment. He also worked in high-risk food (chilled food and baby food) production facilities establishing and improving their quality assurance, quality control, GMP, and sanitation programs. Amir holds a Ph.D. in Food Manufacturing and Automation with a focus in Food Microbiology from the University of Lincoln, UK, a MSc in Food Production Management from the University of Nottingham, UK, and a BSc in Food Science and Technology from the University of Tabriz, Iran.
Food Safety Scientist
Dulcey Hoffman • Office Manager
Dulcey is our office manager and bookkeeper. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, she spent 15 years at yconic Inc. where she had various responsibilities including, executive assistant to the CEO/president, office manager, bookkeeper and human resources. She holds a BA with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in English from the University of Western Ontario.
Johannes Mathieu • Testing Manager
Johannes manages large scale food testing, customer training, and all field trials. Before joining Agri-Neo, he conducted research at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell as a Human Frontiers in Science Long Term Fellow. He holds a Masters in Biology from Hohenheim University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Tuebingen University, both in Germany.
Devin Michaud • Equipment Design Engineer
Devin leads the design of equipment (Food Safety System), focused specifically on the Dryer. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, he was a product development engineer for Rapid Micro Biosystems, a pharmaceutical device company based out of Boston, MA. During his time there he designed the consumable product line for sterility microbial quality control testing, of which he holds the patent. Devin holds a Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree and a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Equipment Design Engineer
D. Ross Munro • VP Equipment Engineering
Ross leads and oversees the equipment engineering development (Food Safety System) and their installations at Agri-Neo Inc. A professional engineer licensed in Ontario and Quebec, Ross holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master's degree from Queen's University in Chemical Engineering for fermentation. Prior to Agri-Neo, Ross worked at Saputo Inc., leading key strategic, multi-million-dollar capital projects across multiple Canadian facilities. He has been a key member of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Industrial Committee, revising and writing Canadian Dairy Regulations for the Dairy Equipment Inspection Manual. With more than 18 years of relevant food industry experience both with Saputo Inc. and with Hershey Canada prior to that, Ross, has ensured that capital projects were on time, on budget, and compliant with all Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (“HACCP”), food safety (GMPs, CCPs, SQF, BRC) and personal safety requirements.
D. Ross Munro
VP Equipment Engineering
Rob Wong • President and COO
Rob is a co-founder of Agri-Neo and leads its commercial activities focused on sales and marketing. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, he was a management consultant at Bain and Company, where he focused on working with companies to create strategies to launch products into new markets. He also worked at a start-up where he advised enterprises on maximizing their social and financial impact. Rob holds an Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
President and COO
Dylan Wright • Product Manager
Dylan manages the Neo-Pure whole product offering to deliver food safety solutions that meet the needs of current and future customers. In this role, he bridges all departments that touch the product, from sales and marketing to engineering and operations. Additionally, by managing the brand and relationships with external customers and partners, Dylan oversees the delivery of the current product, identifies new opportunities, and ensures product improvements are launched successfully. Prior to Agri-Neo, Dylan worked at Genentech Inc., a pioneering biotech company that manufactures bio-pharmaceuticals for the treatment of human diseases. At Genentech, he led technology improvement teams and cell culture process development for multiple early stage products. Dylan holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).
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Warren has over 30 years of experience in the agricultural chemicals industry. He held several senior positions at Ciba-Geigy Canada, and also served as President of Novartis Crop Protection Canada and President of Syngenta Crop Protection Canada. He is also a proven entrepreneur, helping to grow Engage Agro into one of Canada’s leading crop protection suppliers to specialty markets.
Neil was most recently the COO at Aston Hill. Prior to joining Aston Hill, he was President & CEO of Connor, Clark & Lunn Capital Markets Inc. from 2003 to 2013, when the firm was acquired by Aston Hill. Prior thereto, Neil was EVP and Portfolio Manager at AIC Group of Funds. Neil joined AIC in 1994 when the firm managed only $150 million in assets and was instrumental in the growth of AIC to over $15 billion as one of the three principals of the business. Neil received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Toronto, Master of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Rocco has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He spent the majority of his career advising clients on foreign exchange transactions. Rocco is the founder and owner of Denarius Financial Group, one of the pre-eminent corporate foreign exchange companies in the province of Quebec.
P. David Simcox
Trained as a biochemist, David has over 20 years of experience in developing agricultural products. He was the head of global R&D for agricultural products for FMC, a large multinational crop protection company. He also has held various senior posts in business development, including head of FMC’s global pharmaceutical division.
P. David Simcox
Our world faces major challenges. There may be no bigger challenge than the need to feed our rapidly growing population, but in a sustainable and safe manner. To feed more people in the past, we moved from local subsistence farming to global food production enabled by fertilizers, pesticides, equipment, GMO seeds, monoculture farming, and global distribution. This transformation achieved its goal of increasing yields and food production, which led to massive growth in population.
But this transition has threatened the sustainability of our world. With over population now looming, we need to increase yields without compromising our environment, human health, and natural resources.
Agri-Neo wants to help. We want everyone to have enough to eat, without compromising sustainability. We want our food to be safe, healthy, and do not want to risk harming our environment. Our mission is to help safely feed the world. We are passionate about this because we want to solve critical problems and dedicate our careers to building a great company to accomplish a mission.