Micron Waste strengthens business development, engineering and corporate capabilities
Vancouver-based company behind Cannavore cannabis waste management system continues growth
Micron Waste Technologies Inc., a leading developer of clean technology waste management systems, has announced the hiring and promotion of key management staff to build capabilities in business development, engineering and corporate relations. Micron's food and cannabis waste treatment systems are industrial-grade organic waste processers which pulverize and render organic waste in combination with a proprietary blend of microbes and enzymes designed and developed by Micron. Importantly, as part of Micron's full-system waste treatment platform, effluent from the systems is further treated to derive clean greywater which can be reused in industrial or agricultural operation. Alternatively, the treated regulatory-compliant greywater, which meets municipal discharge standards, can be safely discharged. Active Pharmaceutical Compounds (APIs) in cannabis waste are further biologically treat to denature cannabinoids present, keeping them out of watersheds where they can bio-accumulate.
Micron's waste management systems also use advanced computer science for remote real-time diagnostics monitoring and control. The comprehensive systems have been engineered to operate on-site where needed in a contained unit which does not emit sound or smell, while exempting customers from the need to truck, incinerate or landfill methane-producing waste.
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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Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.