everyone shares the same vision + values
to helping restore our planet
to having a healthier future
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Michel has been involved in various developing countries since 1997 in Africa and the Caribbean and holds a patent for an innovative hand pump design. Founder of Grogenics and Quorum Inoculants, a NextGen Agriculture biotech company involved in the production of microbial solutions set to revolutionize the plant industry.
Michel is passionate about helping ocean conservation, poverty communities and regenerative agriculture.
Over the past several years, he has supported numerous research projects in Canada with IRBV, University of Montreal, McGill University, Laval University, Biopterre, Merinov and Agrinova.
Michel sat on the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Buildings, Maintenance and Security Advisory Committee for more than 30 years and holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Montreal Polytechnique.
DR. MOHAMED HIJRI
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
Mohamed is a full professor of soil microbiology with a focus on mysorrhizal symbiosis research at the department of biological sciences at the University of Montreal, where he has established The Hijri Lab at the Plant Biology Research Institute. Mohamed initiated over $30 M in research grants, including a large-scale project funded by Genome Canada and Genome Quebec, and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in high impacted journals. Mohamed obtained a BSc, MSc and PhD in Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Burgundy, Dijon France, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Molecular genetics and genomics with Dr. Ian R. Sanders at the University of Basel and the Sanders lab at the University of Lausanne.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
After graduating from Economics, I started my career as a marketing director at a Montreal downtown shopping centre, and then worked as a foreign relations project representative on a two-year contract. But my initial love for creativity brought me back to work in marketing.
In my new executive marketing employment, I was able to develop and introduce entire advertising campaigns in financial, medical and manufacturing sectors, develop web sites and corporate images, design logos, brochures and copyright publicity for magazines.
In recent years, I have been volunteering on several committees, including the marketing and the board of governors at a private school in Montreal.
DR. TIMOTHÉ CROTEAU
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Disciplined and passionate about working the land and preserving the environment, Timothé founded in 2011 a small scale organic farm in Quebec, named Les Jardins d’Inverness, which was quickly recognized as a model of efficiency and profitability. An outstanding educator, Timothé has developed a training component in order to transmit his knowledge and skills to market gardeners from all backgrounds wishing to succeed in making a living with bio-intensive market gardening or simply improve their home garden. Since 2015, Timothé has also developed a partnership with Argentinean market gardeners in El Bolson, Patagonia (Rio Negro province), in order to help them develop more efficient farming practices and better their life standards. As a team member at Grogenics, Timothé will be establishing his methods in DR. Timothé holds a PhD degree in physical chemistry from the University of British Columbia.
FIELD OPERATING OFFICER
Since 2018, Jhanny has worked at Fundación Tropicalia first as a project assistant, from where she collaborated in the activities of the different programs carried out by FT, then she became responsible for the Productivity area, where she is in charge of the execution and monitoring of the programs corresponding to this area. Jhanny is an Agricultural Engineer from the Higher Institute of Agriculture University (UISA), in Santiago, DR; has a diploma in Social Entrepreneurship, and certifications in Development Project Management, Inclusive Agri-Food Systems, Controlled Environment Production and Organic Production. She is originally from Miches and was a beneficiary of FT’s scholarship program. She is now officially part of Grogenis's team and will not only be with us, but will be participating in her own garden.
FIELD + TOURISM OFFICER
After graduating with a Bachelor in Business Administration for Tourism at the University in Santo Domingo (UAPA), I joined Fundación Tropicalia as an Administrative Manager, reporting directly to the Executive Director of the foundation. My love of managing community projects, as well as having a relationship with suppliers, credits and payments have taught me the importance of developing a positive and healthy community surrounding me. Some of my skills also involve digital photography, video editing and computer technical support. This passion has lead me to this position with the SeaGreen project for Grogenics.