Director and Senior Agrologist
BSc (Biochemistry), MSc (BioResource Engineering), PAg
Peter is a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) with over 20 years of combined experience in industrial biochemistry, microbiology, crop production and the development of bio-products and bioprocess technology for horticulture, composting, wastewater treatment and nutrient reclamation and reuse. He specializes in converting conventional agricultural operations over to certified organic systems without compromising product yield or quality. He has built a career in working within vegetable (hothouse peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes) and licensed cannabis high-tech greenhouse facilities. Peter is passionate about soil health, composting, and integrated pest management. He has overseen and written standards in organic cultivation for a range of fruits and vegetables, including the organic standards for the Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association (FVOPA) specific to cannabis. Peter has previously held positions with Salish Soils (an award-winning organic waste and recycling facility on BC's Sunshine Coast), Origin Organic Farms (the largest organic tomato producer in North America), and led the certified organic growing program for Whistler Medical Marijuana (the first federally-regulated cannabis facility to receive an organic certification) and Rubicon Organics.
Peter has worked in academic, government, and private sector settings and his projects have received several NRC-IRAP grants, BC Innovation Council awards, CRA’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credits as well the National Award for Excellence in Innovation by CIPA. He has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph and a MSc in BioResource Engineering from the University of British Columbia.