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AQUAHACKING ALUMNI

There is a growing community of young water tech innovators in Canada addressing environmental issues in freshwater, and they meet here! From water pollution to water infrastructure, they make a positive impact for the health of freshwater in Canada.

 

WaterPuris

AquaHacking 2018

Kitchener, ON, Canada

Team

Robert Liang, John Persic, Norman Zhou

About the Startup

Applying cutting-edge technologies in materials science such as advanced oxidation processes and membrane aerated biofilm reactors to treat endocrine disrupting chemicals as a solution for decentralized wastewater treatment and reuse.

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Typha Co.

Lake Winnipeg 2020

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Team

Julien Koga, Alec Massé

About the Startup

Developed eco-packaging products made from fibres extracted from cattails which compete economically with plastics while maintaining a high level of environmental responsibility and help decrease impacts of eutrophication to Lake Winnipeg.

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Water Rangers

AquaHacking 2015

Val-des-Monts, QC, Canada

Team

Kat Kavanagh

About the Startup

A water testing kit made available to citizens to enable them to easily and quickly collect water quality data from samples taken from their local watercourses and share this data on an interactive online platform.

Bello Solutions

AquaHacking 2019

Montreal, QC, Canada

Team

Marc Schaal, Clément Bouland

About the Startup

Development of a water purifier that eliminates contaminants and allows for a customized re-mineralization of tap water, with the goal of increasing public perception of tap water and deterring from the use of bottled water

Particuleye Technologies

Lake Winnipeg 2020

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Team

Quinn Desrochers, Michael Beck, Waseem Jawad, Zacharie Gousseau, Ryan Tran

About the Startup

Particuleye Technologies offers a portable automatic detection device that uses machine learning to classify and quantify microplastics for use in commercial, academic and scientific settings.

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Clean Catch Baits

Atlantic Canada 2020

Halifax, NS, Canada

Team

Guillermo Villarreal De Lara, Katherine VanZutphen, Robel Berhane

About the Startup

Manufactured first-ever soft bait fishing lure out of a unique organic biopolymer solution which is 100% biodegradable and PVC-free, allowing anglers to practice their sport without worry and contributes to the safety of fish and all aquatic life.

Water Secure

Lake Winnipeg 2020

Regina, SK, Canada

Team

Noor Tajik

About the Startup

Developed a series of localized water-testing centres and an online water data map to raise public awareness and help governments identify and invest in infrastructure gaps to improve water security in remote communities.

Equator Studios

AquaHacking 2017

Waterloo, ON, Canada

Team

Rebecca Swabey, Patrick Sapinski

About the Startup

Provides open and affordable data mapping software to environmental consulting firms, students and government, which includes high-resolution topographic data and lidar surveys with centimetre accuracy.

Elite A2Z Filter

British Columbia 2020

Kelowna, BC , Canada

Team

Keyvan Khadem, Harvir Mann, Gavin Saini, Ahmed Ramadan

About the Startup

Developed a cost-effective gravity filtration system built of bio-composite materials that removes hydrocarbons, dust and petroleum contaminants from stormwater for domestic use.

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Geosapiens

AquaHacking 2018

Quebec, QC, Canada

Team

Hachem Agili

About the Startup

Developed E-NUNDATION, a web-based platform that allows for improved understanding and management of flood risks for citizens, municipalities, and companies through the simulation and prediction of flood impacts.

Above Atlantis

British Columbia 2020

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Team

Shantanu Dutt, Jay Matsushiba

About the Startup

Offers data-driven products and services for flood risk mitigation, specializing in cloud-based data analysis, geospatial modelling and consumer-focused experiences with the goal to make flood risk information more easily accessible to the public

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UniteAg

British Columbia 2020

Kingston, ON, Canada

Team

Waseem Jawad, Luke Trinity

About the Startup

Developed a simulated digital platform that provides feedback to policy makers on the effectiveness of agricultural incentives for water conservation and nutrient management to protect water quality (previously Agricultural Decision Support Tool)

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Drinkable Water Solutions

Atlantic Canada 2020

Halifax, NS, Canada

Team

Matthew Mizzi, Anita Taylor, Robert Afari

About the Startup

Developing the SIP mechanism and a service to assist private well owners with water testing to reduce known barriers and increase testing of well water quality.

ExTech MIP

Atlantic Canada 2020

St. John's, NL , Canada

Team

Ali Azizi, Fereshteh Shahhoseini

About the Startup

Offers reliable, fast, portable and convenient measurement of organic contaminants in water resources using a field deployable and inexpensive device, allowing for quick on-site sampling of well water or any other freshwater resource.

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O'land Stations

AquaHacking 2019

Montreal, QC, Canada

Team

Rachel Labbé-Bellas

About the Startup

Offering portable and sustainable water bottle refill and touchless hand-washing stations for large public spaces and events to reduce plastic pollution from single-use items.

Blue Lion Labs

AquaHacking 2017

Kitchener, ON, Canada

Team

Jason Deglint

About the Startup

Uses artificial intelligence tools to identify and track the amount of sea lice in water to allow aquaculture producers to be warned of possible outbreaks, allowing them to take preventative measures to protect their stock.

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Marine Way

Atlantic Canada 2020

Toronto, ON, Canada

Team

Devanshi Kukadia, Lisa Chen, Michael Chen, Wenzhi Guo

About the Startup

Developing an application to report lost fishing gear through a simplified lost gear reporting process for use by at-sea commercial fishers

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Clean Nature

AquaHacking 2019

Quebec, QC, Canada

Team

Anne Carabin, Claudie Ratté-Fortin, Patricia Gomez

About the Startup

Developed guIA, an innovative smart decision-making tool that allows for more efficient distribution of road salt in winter to help reduce costs and environmental impacts

Poly-Mer

AquaHacking 2017

Montreal, QC, Canada

Team

Alexis Eisenberg

About the Startup

Poly-Mer offers a mini sampler for citizen scientists to easily collect water samples while canoeing or kayaking from which microplastic quantity and type are identified and added to a digital map. The microplastics database is publicly available and contributes to raising awareness about the issue of microplastics in our freshwater sources.

PolyGone Technologies

AquaHacking 2017

Waterloo, ON, Canada

Team

Lauren Smith

About the Startup

Developed the first microfibre detection system in the world to identify if microplastics are present in liquids, working with beverage production companies to ensure there are no microplastics in their products and offering a “microplastics-free” certification

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Ozero Solutions

British Columbia 2020

Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Team

Matys Tessier, Olivier Harpin, Maxime Guay, Benjamin Farley, Christophe Morin, Olivier Liberge

About the Startup

Developed the first washing station that fully decontaminates sport boats, including internal plumbing, to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species such as zebra and quagga mussels in lakes and rivers.

WIDE

Atlantic Canada 2020

Fredericton, NB, Canada

Team

Patrick Palmer, Mudiwa Mharapara, Rachel Hudson, Ben Vesey, Nathan McNally, Grace McNally, Sochima Nnama, Waseem Jawad, Lauren Martin

About the Startup

Developed a containerized distilled water treatment system that integrates existing commercially available technologies to provide high quality, reliable water to small rural and indigenous communities in an accessible, sustainable and culturally appropriate manner (previously Water Innovators)

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LaSIR Nutrient Technology

Lake Winnipeg 2020

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Team

Meagan Smith, Bentley Turner

About the Startup

Offers NuFinder, an agronomic decision support tool for on-site soil analysis to reduce phosphorus runoff which applies ATR infrared spectroscopy techniques and the collection of multiple soil samples without the use of added reagents to reduce the cost per sample

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GAPSS

British Columbia 2020

Kelowna, BC , Canada

Team

Jacob Sol, Cole White-Robinson, Jayden Wong, Graeme Kumagai, Rudransh Kumar, Olivier Liberge

About the Startup

Offers an easy-to-install, retrofittable, and affordable stormwater decontamination product which removes hydrocarbons while promoting sedimentation in addition to the collection of real-time data using a built-in sensor unit to inform municipal monitoring networks

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CANN Forecast

AquaHacking 2016

Montreal, QC, Canada

Team

Naysan Saran, Nicolas Fortin St-Gelais

About the Startup

Developed artificial intelligence models to support municipal decision-making: InteliSwim, a tool that more reliably predicts recreational water quality, and InteliPipes, a tool to help identify water pipes vulnerable to leaks and breaks.

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O-Tech

Rivière des Mille Îles 2021

Québec, QC, Canada

Team

Alae Benguit, Yassine Ouarda

About the Startup

O-Tech developed O-Plast, a greywater treatment system designed to eliminate microplastics in water coming mainly from commercial laundry. The solution combines membrane filtration with electrooxidation which results in the complete degradation of microplastics.

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Ecotime Solutions

Rivière des Mille Îles 2021

Saint-Constant, QC, Canada

Team

Timothé Roy-Bouchard, Eddy Dureuil

About the Startup

Ecotime Solutions developed Oasis, an all-in-one rainwater harvesting and distribution system, which allows for the innovative use of rainwater in buildings and reduces the need to consume drinking water resources for non-potable uses.

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ILOS

Rivière des Mille Îles 2021

Montreal, QC, Canada

Team

Samuel Cante, Jean-Christophe Gosselin, Maël Lahmar

About the Startup

ILOS is developing a multifunctional floating platform, allowing for both new forms of ecotourism and the ability to measure water quality in real-time with the use of probes.

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Over One Thousand

Rivière des Mille Îles 2021

Montreal, QC, Canada

Team

Ysaël Desage, Philippe Scalabrini

About the Startup

Over One Thousand offers a versatile, multi-functional tool that leverages artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to improve planning, management and decision making in the context of sustainable development, such as the implementation of aquatic habitat protection and restoration of aquatic habitats.

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The SIP Project

Western Canada 2021

Kelowna, BC, Canada

Team

Elana Wood, Yosamin Esanullah, Yamen Shehab

About the Startup

The SIP Project developed a mobile filtration system in the form of a gravity filter backpack. Water goes into the top of the backpack and filters through three levels of treatment. At the spout, the water is tasteless, clear, and decontaminated.

Eledigm

Western Canada 2021

Kelowna, BC, Canada

Team

Sydney Strocen, Mikhail Ignatyev, Tarek Alkabbani, Andre Cox

About the Startup

Eledigm’s device prevents contamination in water cisterns. The device connects to a cistern lid and a water hose ensures that the water is protected from contamination during transportation and storage.

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EcoWater

Western Canada 2021

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Team

Khaled Benis, Shahab Minaei, Mohsen Asadi

About the Startup

EcoWater minimizes the release of chemicals of emerging concern into water bodies. Their EcoModel provides a treatment system with a risk analysis and helps to optimize the system to achieve the highest removal rate possible. EcoFilters, derived from agricultural residue, remove the remaining pollutants.

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DatActive

Western Canada 2021

Québec, QC, Canada

Team

Michael Osina, Emixi Valdez

About the Startup

DatActive is an innovative application that has a social media-style feed and makes water science education available and engaging for everyone. It provides a platform to find information easily and for free. It meets the needs of water experts providing a tool to reach a large audience and, it helps people to be aware of what is happening in science and the relation with their everyday life.

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Bloomshed

Western Canada 2021

Calgary, AB, Canada

Team

Trina Go Listanco, Lilian Wang Huang, Lealyn San Juan, Endre Balogh

About the Startup

ISLA O. is designing and developing aquatic + island infrastructures for bioremediation and circular economy using recycled and recyclable construction materials.

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