Pond Technologies was founded in Toronto, Canada on May 2007. Our mission is to use microalgae, the original superfood and the planet’s first carbon storage technology, to solve some of the largest problems facing the world today.
Pond is a nutrition company, using our technology to make algae superfoods. The health benefits of algae have been recognised for hundreds of years, and used by ancient tribes in both South America and Africa. Today, microalgae are recognized as an excellent source of nutrients, including essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. One algae, Spirulina, is widely recognised as one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth. The United Nations and the World Health Organization have both considered Spirulina as a potential solution to global malnutrition in the fact of a rising population.
Pond is also a carbon capture company. Algae is the original carbon storage system – it is estimated that close to 1,000 gigatonnes of carbon are stored in the ocean’s surface waters by various algae species. This is about twice as much carbon as is stored in all of the plant biomass in the world. Much of this algae sinks to the bottom of the ocean, where it can remain for millennia. Our fossil fuels are the result of this process, and are algae biomass subjected to high temperatures and pressures for long period of time.
Steven was Senior Scientist for EXFO Photonics Solutions, a $1B public company involved in developing class leading optical fibre test and measurement. Steven worked with Intel, Nortel, JDS Uniphase on advanced design and engineering solutions. Steven also held the position of Senior Research Associate in the Stephen C. Wallace research group at the University of Toronto and is the author of numerous published papers on energy, innovation, photonics and optics.
Steven is also past Director of the Jeffrey Skoll MBA Program offered through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to gifted young engineers, and was is a former Director of the Professional Development Centre in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He has also held the position of Director of the Centre for Advanced Microelectronics and was the founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Engineering Technologies at George Brown College.
Steven holds an H.B.Sc. in Chemical Physics and a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Toronto.
Thomas is a hands on CFO with global financial, audit, and regulatory reporting experience in Canada, China, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Thomas has worked with Goldman Sachs & GE in venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and for both Ernst & Young and Price Waterhouse in audit and corporate recovery. Thomas brings with him a strong understanding of the mining, construction, manufacturing, technology, and e-commerce industries.
Peter has extensive experience helping both public and private organizations develop a strategic response to climate change, helping clients understand the cleantech market, develop emissions inventories, create and execute energy and carbon management plans, and understanding emissions trading and carbon markets. Peter works with governments and industrial clients to help them understand the potential and opportunity of Pond’s technology.
Previously, Peter worked as a management consultant, holding the position of Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ sustainable business practice. Peter also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor on climate change with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, where he helped develop Ontario’s greenhouse gas emission policies and programs for transitioning to a low carbon economy.
Peter received his Masters of Environmental Studies degree from York University, and a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Contemporary Studies from the University of Kings College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Emidio has comprehensive experience in high volume manufacturing environments, managing several areas of operations such as production, quality assurance and maintenance. Emidio’s portfolio also includes extensive Engineering experience in areas of program management; from receipt of order to steady state production by managing the design, validation process, production launch, and in-house/customer production process validation.
Nita is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Victoria College Charles Earl Auger Entrance Scholarship, Canada Scholarship, Lillian Massey Treble Gold Medal (awarded to the student with the highest graduating GPA in Life Sciences), and the University of Toronto SGS Open Scholarship.
Jaime holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Management from ITESM in Mexico, and M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Jaime also holds an MBA from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Jaime is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario.
At Pond, Tony leads the development and integration of new technologies into our bioreactors, with a particular focus on LED lighting, developing and designing optical solutions to enhance algae growth. Tony is an honors graduate from the mechanical engineering technology program at Sheridan College.
Punyama holds a B.Sc in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka) and a Master of Engineering from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her Master’s research focused on process development for bio-oil/biofuel recovery from fish processing plant effluents. Prior to working at Pond, she worked as a Research Engineer for various biomass-to-biofuel conversion projects. Punyama is a licensed Engineer-in-Training with the PEGNL.
Shailendra received a Masters of Engineering with specialization in Industrial Automation from the University of Western Ontario, with specialization in instrumentation and process control, with an emphasis on P&ID development, instrumentation sizing and DCS/PLC control narrative development.
Shailendra received his bachelor of engineering from Pune University in India, and has previously worked as an automation and controls expert in India, China, and Canada.
In addition, she is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the progress of the Company’s competitors, tracking media and trends, and she has responsibility for public relations on behalf of the Pond Biofuels.
Tim has also achieved a green belt in Lean 6 Sigma. Most of his experience comes from the automotive industry working in the production and quality departments, involving metal forming and welding as well as rubber and silicone molding.
Tim is the Site Manager for the St. Mary’s Cement and U.S. Steel pilot facilities and is responsible for new equipment installation, testing and maintenance as well as algae growing production and validation.
After completing her undergrad, she attended Niagara College to obtain her Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment. Previously Hillary has worked with St. Marys Cement Group to develop strategies for progressive rehabilitation of their limestone quarries.
Currently Hillary is working towards a Certification in Project Management at Fanshawe College. Hillary is excited to be a part of the growing algal industry as the Pilot Plant Laboratory Technician of Pond Biofuels’ St.Marys Cement location.
She has previous work experience researching the ecological integrity and water quality of Andean streams with the purpose of giving recommendations to regulatory agencies on how to manage watersheds.
She is in charge of researching, developing, and testing new methods to grow algae and optimize CO2 sequestration.
Ray is also Secretary to the Board of Directors.