This summer, Toniic members from both North America and Europe met in Victoria, Canada to hear from leading companies focused on solutions for restoring the health and sustainability of our oceans. We are pleased to provide you with an opportunity to hear from each of these companies yourself. We hope that they inspire you to take action with your own investments!

Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund that invests in sustainable aquaculture businesses generating investment returns while creating positive social and environmental impact. The fund invests in small to medium enterprises that are working towards the production of safe, accessible aquatic life, such as fish, shellfish and plants, in a way that does not harm the health of the planet, and brings a high economic return.

Podcast with Elizabeth Pederson from Aqua-Spark (7:27 minutes)

Elizabeth Pederson is the General Counsel at Aqua-Spark. A lifelong social change advocate and former Peace Corps volunteer, Elizabeth founded the nonprofit Ms. JD and served as the President of the Board of Directors for six years, creating programs such as the Global Education Fund, which enabled women in Uganda to receive legal educations. Elizabeth holds a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School, where she graduated Order of the Coif with Pro Bono Distinction, a M.P.A. from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

Katapult Ocean is finding, investing and scaling great startups with a positive impact on the ocean. We do this through an accelerator program, building a global ecosystem for ocean impact tech and creating awareness through the Katapult Ocean Prize. Katapult Ocean is part of a leading impact investor organization based in Norway (Nordic Impact/Katapult).

Podcast with Maren Hjorth Bauer from Katapult Ocean (7:28 minutes)

Maren Hjorth Bauer is CEO and Co-founder Katapult Ocean. Her previously held roles include VP Business Development Orkla, Head of Strategy and Finance Wallenius Wilhelmsen (global shipping company) and consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Blue Tide Aquaculture Corp. (“BTA”) is North America’s first investment vehicle focused exclusively on sustainable aquaculture. In partnership with Ocean Wise, BTA is focussed on expanding the sustainable aquaculture industry while contributing directly to the restoration and conservation of the world’s marine ecosystems.

Podcast with Jason Carter from Blue Tide Aquaculture (7:59 minutes)

Jason Carter is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Tide Aquaculture, North America’s first investment vehicle focussed exclusively on sustainable aquaculture. He has responsibility for the overall strategic direction and performance of the Company, as well as negotiations with prospective investment companies. Prior to Blue Tide, Jason established a background in wealth management and capital markets working with one of Canada’s largest banks. After this, he helped found Europe’s first diversified royalty finance company, pioneering the finance method with European institutional investors and completing the first three diversified royalty transactions in Europe. In 2017, he was instrumental in raising £35 million for the £3 million shell company, with the company’s top five institutional investors collectively managing >US$1 trillion.

Oceaneos is a Vancouver-based bluetech company with a unique Ocean Seeding technology that restores ocean life and brings collapsing fish stocks back to historic levels.

Podcast with Michael Riedijk from Oceaneos (10:24 minutes)

Michael Riedijk is Founder & CEO of Oceaneos. An experienced serial entrepreneur who has founded and invested in several successful green/clean tech and software companies. Michael brings extensive knowledge about bringing technology companies from start-up to fruition. Michael’s companies have been awarded the ‘Obama Champion of Change’ Award at The White House in 2011, the ‘Red Herring Top 100 North America 2012’, the list of 100 most innovative tech companies in North America,, the ‘Deloitte Technology Fast 500’ several years in a row and the PROFIT 500 Canada in 2017. Michael was the co-founder & CEO of Green Valley, a Dutch developer of knowledge management software which was acquired in 2015 and PageFreezer Inc., a Vancouver-based SaaS company. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

At Zyba, we’re creating a world where ocean waves are transformed to protect coastlines, grow artificial reefs and generate renewable electricity. We’ve developed an ultra-light-weight wave energy converter, called CCell, which moves back and forth with the waves and generates electricity. We use some of this electricity to run an electrolytic process called “Biorock” (pioneered by our partners, the Global Coral Reef Alliance) which enables us to grow artificial coral reefs from sea water minerals using a small, safe electric current. The reefs grow to provide long-term coastal protection and have proven to successfully enhance coral growth in tropical areas. Any excess electricity can be used to power micro-grids or for other off-grid applications. In a single affordable solution, we can offer: (1) Beach protection and nourishment for hotels, governments or private properties; (2) Enhance marine ecosystems with coral reefs, which also promote tourism; and (3) Generate renewable electricity.

Podcast with Will Bateman from Zyba (5:02 minutes)

Dr. Will Bateman is the founder and CEO of Zyba Ltd, a clean-tech company focused on delivering marine renewable energy and growing artificial coral reefs at accelerated rates. He is the main innovator behind Zyba’s core technology, “CCell”, an ultra-light-weight wave energy converter, which has been under development since 2012. CCell stems from his PhD on the numerical modelling of extreme ocean waves from Imperial College London and his degree in Civil Engineering. Will has over 17 years’ experience in management and engineering roles in some of the world’s leading engineering companies including General Dynamics in Canada, Risk Management Solutions and Lloyds Register in London.