We have selected agriculture as the foundation, as food is the common denominator of life. Producing food is part of the biological and cultural, as well as economic fabric of civilization.
It has been said that "What happens out in the countryside in one century consistently affects the cities in the next century". Today, the time delay between cause and effect has been reduced to the speed of thought. The massive advancement of global integration means we can no longer rely on the foundations we stand on or the defences that have kept us "safe".
Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society Co-Founder, Christopher Bush served as an Impact Designer in the 2017 XPRIZE Visioners, where his team designed a global competition to "Build a Bridge to Abundance" for clean air. The Bold Innovator (team leader) for this was the former Chief Sustainably Officer to President Obama, Christine Harada.
The Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society was conceptualized in 2006 and established in 2009 for the purpose of delivering research resources, advancing environmental and economic sustainability of agriculture. The over-arching strategy is to work closely with other industries and research facilities to create innovative solutions for addressing common farming concerns.
As a serial entrepreneur, James Irwin has always had a keen sense of opportunity. Early in his career, he led a research project that used microalgae for biofuels. The US military was intrigued and invited him to submit a project to the $100 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) competition, where his team finished in the top six out of 42. The biofuels project led to research into using the algae as a pharmaceutical resource, which led to the development of the anti-inflammatory Regenurex, and its sale to the publicly held Pond Technologies.
James’ expertise in bio-refining has made him an in-demand speaker on emerging environmental and sustainability technologies. Among other engagements, he has addressed the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and the Canada Trade Mission to China.
Seabreeze was the second commercial scale on-farm digester in BC and the home of the Trident system. It has been the host site for many R&D projects, including serving as host of the BC Bioenergy Network/Foresight Accelerator ARTIC Challenge. It will serve as the comparative analysis reference to the manure only work at the EcoDairy.
NISP Canada was established in 2016 and brought the world leading Circular Economy program to our shores. The recently completed pilot project identified a massive number of potential linkages with agriculture and agri-foods, leading to new opportunities. The NISP Synergy Software will be the guidance system used for matchmaking in the centre.