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, grains & nuts.
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 by chemists, microbiologists, and engineers.
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.
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
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.
John Bulman • National Sales Executive
John manages the daily commercial activities focused on sales and account management. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, John was a technical sales manager for a 3rd party ISO 17025 laboratory servicing the food manufacturing industry. Additionally, he has worked in food safety, quality, and R&D departments in food manufacturing companies. John holds a degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is HACCP certified, and a SQF Practitioner.
National Sales Executive
Brett Flora • National Sales Executive
Brett manages the daily commercial activities focused on sales and account management. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, Brett was the global account manager at a food safety equipment company and was integral to the identification and development into new markets. Brett holds a Finance degree in Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University.
National Sales Executive
Amir Hamidi • Senior 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.
Senior Food Safety Scientist
Jaquilyn Holdsworth • National Sales Executive
Jaquilyn manages the daily commercial activities focused on sales and account management. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, she held many positions in sales and marketing over a 10-year time span with her recent experience being with large-scale companies in the food distribution and processing industry. She has an extensive background in building and managing customer relationships. She is a Graduate in Social Media for Public Relations from Humber College.
National Sales Executive
Rebecca Hylton • Food Microbiologist
Rebecca is responsible for the laboratory testing of new foods at Agri-Neo, including efficacy and sensory testing. She is also involved in the development and publication of external papers, presenting findings under various projects. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, Rebecca was involved in numerous research studies specific to the prevention of food borne diseases. Rebecca holds a M. Sc., Food Safety and Quality Assurance from the University of Guelph.
Al Kennedy • Food Equipment Engineer
Food Equipment Engineer
Simon Kim • Senior Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
Devin Michaud • Sr. Systems 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.
Sr. Systems Engineer
Pooneh Peyvandi • Lab Technician
Gianni Salluzzo • Pilot Plant Technician
Gianni is responsible for the safe, timely and effective operations of our facility and more
specifically our pilot food plant. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, Gianni was working in a global
Inventory and data collection company where he gained experience in Inventory management.
Gianni holds a BA (Honors) in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from Trent University.
Pilot Plant Technician
Fernanda Sanchez • Senior Food Microbiologist
Fernanda is responsible for the laboratory testing of new foods at Agri-Neo, including efficacy and sensory testing. She is also involved in the development and publication of external papers, presenting findings under various projects. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, Fernanda was involved in numerous research studies specific to the prevention of food borne diseases. Fernanda holds a Ph. D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Alberta.
Senior Food Microbiologist
Daniel Soerensen • Pilot Food Plant Supervisor
Daniel manages the overall facility at Agri-Neo, responsible for pilot food plant scheduling, safety, inventory management, and operational project management. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, Daniel held a number of positions where he gained valuable experience supervising plant facilities, and managing equipment and supply projects. Daniel holds a Biotechnology Industrial Microbiology advanced diploma from Centennial College.
Pilot Food Plant Supervisor
Ali Sohani • Junior Engineer
Ali is our Junior Engineer and works in designing the equipment (Food Safety System), focused specifically on the Dryer. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, he was a Product developer for KMS Telematics focusing on development of a consumer-facing telematics product. He has a strong technical background in equipment design and development and co-founded a venture in East Africa previously which focused on the development of an Ultra-heat treatment plant. Ali holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McMaster University.
Priya Verma • Office Manager
Priya is our office manager and bookkeeper. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, she held many managerial positions in the Financial Industry and have 5 years of experience in Administration, Bookkeeping and Human Resources. She holds a bachelor’s with a Major in Information Technology from Chitkara University, India along with Advanced Diploma in Information Technology from George Brown College, Toronto.
Sa Rang Woo • Business Development Manager
Sa Rang is our Business Development Manager and leads the commercial activities focused on Sales and Marketing of Neo-Pure. Prior to joining Agri-Neo, he was a National Accounts and Marketing Manager of a global food and beverage specialty company where he oversaw account management and marketing efforts for Canada. He has a strong background with developing new accounts in conventional and non-conventional channels within the food industry. Sa Rang holds a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Concordia University.
Sa Rang Woo
Business Development Manager
Dylan Wright • Senior Operations 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.).
Senior Operations Manager
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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
Neal has over 30 years of experience in the Food Processing industry. He has spent the past 13 years as President of Wing’s Food Products, providing leadership in Operations, Logistics and Research and Development Under Neal’s leadership the company experienced annualized double digit growth and added two additional operating facilities. In 2015 Neal lead the divesture of Wing’s Liquid Products Business to a US based Strategic Buyer. Neal has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Food Engineering from the University of Alberta.
Our world faces major challenges. There may be no bigger challenge than the need to feed our rapidly growing population, but in a safe, secure, and sustainable manner. To feed more people in the past, we moved from local subsistence farming to global food production. This transformation achieved its goal of increasing yields and food production, which led to massive growth in population.
But this transition has threatened the safety and security of our food, and the sustainability of our world. Food safety is one of the challenges our global food system is facing with food poisoning, toxins on food, and food allergies grabbing news headlines regularly. Every year, foodborne diseases result in:
- 420,000 deaths worldwide; 1/3 of those being young children under the age of 5
- 600 million people fall ill from foodborne diseases globally (e.g. Salmonella, Listeria, and E. Coli); 48 million of which are in the U.S. alone
Agri-Neo wants to help. We want everyone to have enough to eat, without compromising safety, security, and 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 have a growing impact. We do this by solving critical problems that have an impact on the world and by dedicating our careers to building a great company that is on a mission
To start achieving our mission, our vision is to set new food safety standards, initially with Neo-Pure for seeds, grains, and nuts. All milk is pasteurized, lettuce is sprayed with chlorine, but nothing is done for food safety for most dry foods because these conventional solutions do not work. As a result, outbreaks and recalls due to food poisoning from dry foods are numerous and can be severe, and the industry is in search of a standard solution. With the U.S. FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) being implemented, this is only accelerating the pressure on dry food processors to act.
Neo-Pure can solve this problem and set a new standard for food safety. It harnesses the power of oxygen to control pathogens like Salmonella on seeds, grains, and nuts. Unlike pasteurization, Neo-Pure keeps food raw, organic, and viable, just as nature intended. Neo-Pure is a liquid solution that is applied onto food in its Food Safety System as a validated intervention step at food processing sites. It pays off with its low upfront cost, and by mitigating the risk of recalls while improving food quality to increase sales for dry food processors.
Beyond Neo-Pure, there are many opportunities within food safety to set new standards given the trends towards raw food and increased food safety regulations. Agri-Neo intends to be a leading food safety company that launches new food safety products to help safely feed the world.