Management team
Darren Anderson PhD • CEO

Dr. Darren Anderson is a co-founder and CEO of Vive Crop Protection and serves on its Board of Directors. Darren is passionate about using technology to improve the sustainability of agriculture while creating quantifiable results for growers. Darren is on the Board of CropLife America, the trade association for the pesticide industry in the USA. Under Darren’s leadership, Vive has raised over $43M CAD of equity and debt, launched the first nanotechnology-enabled pesticide products that are approved by the EPA, and doubled its commercial business annually for the last 4 years. Dr. Anderson is the inventor on over 13 issued patents and 44 pending applications. Dr. Anderson earned his PhD from the University of Toronto as an NSERC doctoral fellow.

Jordan Dinglasan PhD • VP Product Development

Jordan Dinglasan earned his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto where he helped develop Vive’s patented Allosperse® technology. Dinglasan is one of the co-founders of Vive Crop Protection.

Dan Bihlmeyer VP Sales and Marketing

Dan Bihlmeyer leads the Sales and Marketing team at Vive and is responsible for introducing new fertilizer-compatible products to the marketplace and growing the FC business.

 

Dan has many years of sales and marketing experience in crop protection, seed, biotechnology and the coatings industry from work with BASF and Syngenta in the US, Canadian and global marketplaces. He grew up on a dairy farm and holds a B.Sc. in Agri-Business Management from Michigan State University and an MBA from Kenan Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina.

Barbara Hopper CPA, CA • CFO and VP Operations

Barbara is responsible for finance, operational efficiency, production and logistics. She has diverse experience in project management, strategic planning, business transformation, financial management and mergers & acquisitions from working at Canada Goose, Soroc Technology, TIM-BR Mart, Household Financial and Sony Canada. Barb is a CPA and received her BA in Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Jeffrey Buchholz JD • Senior Counsel

Jeff Buchholz covers all legal and intellectual property matters as Senior Counsel at Vive. He was previously an IP lawyer at Choate, Hall and Stewart and is admitted to the Massachusetts and U.S. Patent bars. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a JD from Cornell University.

Board of Directors
Keith Thomas Chair

Keith Thomas is a proven entrepreneur and was most recently CEO of Vive Crop Protection during its startup and initial rapid growth phase. Previously, Keith was CEO of Vector Innovations, which was backed by a number of well-regarded venture firms and successfully exited. He has led a number of large-scale projects, restructuring companies in 3 countries at New York-based Tandon Capital, managing strategy and operations projects at Booz Allen & Hamilton and completing corporate finance transactions at Citibank in the US and Europe. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a Governor of the University of Toronto. He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. in Economics and a B.A.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Toronto.

William Lambert Director

Bill Lambert is a former Partner at Birch Hill Equity Partners (TD Capital), a private equity partnership that has $1.7 billion in capital under management. Birch Hill is a leader in mid-market buyout private equity in Canada. Bill has sat on the boards of several companies including Marsulex Inc., a Toronto-based environmental services company, BIOX, a biofuels company and Ag Growth International, a leading manufacturer of grain handling, conditioning and storage equipment. He has 22 years of experience in the private equity and merchant banking industries, and ten years experience in consulting.

Warren Libby Director

Warren Libby has over 30 years experience in the chemicals industry. He held several senior positions at Ciba-Geigy Canada starting in 1976, and went on to serve as President of Novartis Crop Protection Canada then as President of Syngenta Crop Protection Canada. Starting in 2001 he helped grow Engage Agro into one of Canada’s leading suppliers of chemicals to the specialty crop markets. In 2003 he sold his share in Engage to create a new company called Evergreen Bio-ceuticals Inc. Mr. Libby is currently President of Evergreen Bio-ceuticals Inc. and co-owner of Wellington Agribusiness Developments Inc. He has also served as past Chairman of the Crop Protection Institute of Canada, Vice-Chair of the Agricultural Leadership Trust, and a member of a wide variety of industry committees and industry boards.

Paul Thomson PhD • Director

Paul Thomson, with over 30 years in the Ag Business was most recently VP Product Development at Vive Crop Protection. Dr. Thomson held a variety of R&D and Business Development positions at Chemtura Corporation and Arysta LifeScience. He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry and an M.B.A. from McMaster University.

Darren Anderson PhD • CEO

Dr. Darren Anderson is a co-founder and CEO of Vive Crop Protection and serves on its Board of Directors. Darren is passionate about using technology to improve the sustainability of agriculture while creating quantifiable results for growers. Darren is on the Board of CropLife America, the trade association for the pesticide industry in the USA. Under Darren’s leadership, Vive has raised over $43M CAD of equity and debt, launched the first nanotechnology-enabled pesticide products that are approved by the EPA, and doubled its commercial business annually for the last 4 years. Dr. Anderson is the inventor on over 13 issued patents and 44 pending applications. Dr. Anderson earned his PhD from the University of Toronto as an NSERC doctoral fellow.

Joe Dales Director | Strategic Advisor

Joe Dales has extensive business and corporate governance experience with over 35 years serving in various leadership, agri-marketing and management roles in the agriculture industry. He is the co-founder of The RH Accelerator Inc., a value adding investment company that mentors early stage innovative startup companies. He was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Farms.com Ltd. and Agcareers.com. Joe has worked for and with many of the leading multinational crop protection and seed businesses in North America and played a pivotal role in launching several biotechnology innovations including Herbicide Tolerant Canola. He holds an Honours B.Sc. and an MBA.

Amy Yoder Strategic Advisor

Ms. Yoder is President and CEO of Anuvia Plant Nutrients. Prior to joining Anuvia in 2015, Ms. Yoder served as CEO and President of Arysta LifeScience North America. Prior experience includes positions as a senior advisor to Atlas Advisors, LLC; President of the United Industries division of Spectrum Brands, Inc.; VP and General Manager for Biolab of Chemtura, Inc.; VP of the turf and specialty division of Nufarm Ltd.; President of the UAPTimberland division of United Agri Products; and North American brand manager and national sales manager at Monsanto. Ms. Yoder currently serves as a director of Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and Compass Minerals.

Franck Hivert Strategic Advisor

Franck Hivert has over 25 years of senior leadership experience including 10 years with Manulife Financial in their Canadian and US Division. At Manulife, he was on the leadership team that executed the integration of John Hancock that Manulife acquired for $10.3 billion. Subsequent to Manulife, Franck held the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer position at 2 prominent software companies. Most recently, he build Oculys Health Informatics, an innovative healthcare software company that delivered software to hospitals to improve performance. Oculys was the recipient of numerous national and global awards and was selected by Lazaridis Institute as 1 of 10 most promising emerging technology companies in Canada. Franck sold Oculys at the end of 2019 to a public traded company. Franck is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an international MBA, and a bachelor of commerce degree and in 2015, he was nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the year.

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