Micron's Cannavore waste system was engineered based on proven technology used by the Company in its food waste digester unit, which can be used for large-scale food waste processing by municipalities, Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) and supermarkets. The Cannavore's design and development resulted from a collaboration with Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSE:ACB) to develop a clean technology solution to process waste generated from the cultivation of cannabis.
Micron's Cannavore Digester and Organic Waste Digester units has been awarded an Industrial Design Certificate of Registration from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), with patent pending in the United States.
Micron recently announced that Surj Uppal has joined the Company as Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Uppal brings over 20 years of experience as a marketing and demand generation professional with some of Canada's top employers including Save-On-Foods, McDonald's Canada, the BC Lottery Corporation and the Jim Pattison Auto Group, leveraging growth, rejuvenation and optimization strategies depending on the business need. Mr. Uppal brings his proven leadership in the Grocery, Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Food Service, Gaming and Automotive industries to help guide the Micron's growth. Mr. Uppal was previously the Director of Marketing for the 23-dealership, 12-brand Jim Pattison Auto Group. Prior, he was Regional Marketing Manager, Western Canada, for McDonald's, as well as holding senior positions in the grocery and gaming industries.
"Micron is pleased to welcome Surj to the team at this key moment in the Company's development, as we pivot to commercial production of our cannabis and food waste processing systems," said Micron President Alfred Wong. "He brings proven leadership in building business relationships which support sales, marketing and strategic partnerships. We also welcome his expertise in the grocery and QSR industries, which are both key markets for Micron."
Micron also announced that Ziba Hajizadeh, P.Eng, has been promoted to Vice President, Engineering from Lead Process Engineer. Ms. Hajizadeh is a professional chemical engineer specializing in wastewater process design. She has extensive experience in multiple industries, including water treatment, beverage, oil and gas, and pulp and paper. Prior to joining Micron, Ms. Hajizadeh was a Production Engineer II at Linde North Americas in New Jersey, where she was a process and production engineer in charge of beverage grade CO2 and USP grade product for a global beverage company. While at Micron, she has focused on development of the Cannavore™ cannabis waste treatment system.
"Ziba has been instrumental in bringing the Cannavore from concept to commercial-stage," said Dr. Bob Bhushan, Micron's Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer. "Her leadership capabilities and depth and breadth of industry expertise will serve the company well as we explore unmet waste processing needs in industries such as food and beverage, oil and gas, and pulp and paper."
At the corporate level, Karen Lauriston has been promoted to Vice President, Corporate, overseeing communications and investor, community and government relations. Ms. Lauriston began her career as a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen and Winnipeg Free Press. She served as Legislative Assistant to the Hon. Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, M.P. at the House of Commons, and was Manager of Communications and Acting-Director, Government and Public Affairs, for the Canadian Pharmacists Association. She was Account Supervisor for the Toronto office of Fleishman-Hillard Inc. before becoming a partner in Health Strategy Group, a health care management consultancy.
"Karen's experience and skills have been a valuable asset in the articulation of Micron's vision," said Mr. Wong. "Across a wide variety of audiences, she has enabled us to communicate the benefits of our innovative, clean technology. In her expanded role, she'll continue to provide support for our teams as we enter commercialization, expand our R&D capabilities and increase shareholder value."
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