QuantoTech is a supplier of LED and Ag-Tech Systems based in Vancouver, Canada that specializes in integrating LED light systems into a traditional grow environment.
As a member of BC’s Cleantech Supercluster, QuantoTech strives for environment friendly solutions. LEDs are the most efficient and environment friendly lighting available on the market thanks to their long lifespan and efficient energy consumption and minimal heat waste.
The company has patents pending on vertically staged grow systems for horticulture and has developed Wi-Fi enabled plant monitoring and tracking for all of its grow systems. The solution was originally developed for northern latitude or challenging grow sites but can be applied to any grow situation. QuantoTech’s hydroponic shelving system takes a traditional grow layout and makes it vertical, optimizing the growing area inside of greenhouses and increasing output. The shelving has a water and nutrient distribution systems that can integrate with an existing control system.
QuantoTech works closely with local Canadian universities, researching solutions to further minimize electrical and thermal waste, to test plant monitoring systems, and to run controlled experiments. QuantoTech also hosts practicum students.
Alycia van der Gracht
Alycia is an entrepreneur. As a founding member of QuantoTech, she oversees supply chain management, client services, research and analysis, and day to day operations for the QuantoTech team.
Before QuantoTech, Alycia worked at several companies and technology start-ups such as the Alacrity Foundation, CarrotLines, and Media Touch in roles ranging from recruitment to marketing. In her personal life, Alycia had become increasingly interested in knowing where her food came from and how to grow it herself. As her interest developed, her research led her to the conclusion that LED grow lights and systems were the future of horticulture. In 2012, Alycia decided to pursue her research professionally and founded QuantoTech where she engineers solutions to combat food insecurity.
Alycia earned a B.A. at the University of Lethbridge with a Major in Sociology. Her continuing professional development activities include attendance at a variety of conferences and events including the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) at the World Trade Centre, the International E-Commerce Essentials program at the World Trade Centre, and attending finance bootcamps with Women Tech Founders association.
CTO Lighting Technology
Gary has a diverse background in technology management and product commercialization. With over 25 years of high-tech industry experience he has launched 10+ product lines representing more than 75 products under his leadership.
At Philips Lighting/TIR Systems Inc., As VP of Engineering, Gary led multiple teams to successfully commercialized solid state lighting (SSL) products. He managed the introduction of disruptive technologies within short product development cycle times, implemented design and documentation control systems, reduced product cost by 50%, and provided leadership and problem solving in multiple disciplines including mechanical, thermal, electrical, software, optical, and manufacturing engineering.
At Sierra Wireless Inc., he led a project teams of over 50 engineering staff members for multiple wiresless product launches, and followed with line activities that reduced costs and enhanced software. Most recently, Gary served as VP of Engineering at Webtech Wireless where he managed a diverse multi-site engineering team that deployed cloud based software with mobile android terminals for the commercial transportation and government service industries.
Gary holds a management degree from Simon Fraser University and a technology degree with Honours from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is certified by the Illumination Engineering Society of North America.
Peter van der Gracht
Chairman and Founder
Peter van der Gracht is a successful start-up veteran, with over 30 years’ experience as a corporate executive and serial entrepreneur, as a founder, CEO, investor and director of technology companies in a broad range of industries, including cable television, telecommunications, broadcasting, information technology, mining, agriculture and automotive leading companies through multiple financings, operational build-outs, acquisitions, mergers and buy-outs. Co-founder of Nexus Engineering, a supplier of CATV equipment which grew to the number two market position serving customers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia before selling it to Scientific Atlanta. Throughout his career, Peter has identified, funded, designed and launched hundreds of innovative technology products and has been responsible for all aspects of corporate operations.
Peter is currently chairman, director, consultant or investor of Ocean Floor Geophysics, a deep ocean mineral exploration company, Quick Mobile a personalized mobile marketing company, WiMatek, a developer of LTE wireless technology, Wurldtech, wireless security supplier sold to General Electric, Counterpath a supplier of SIP-based products, Tutela Technologies, a wireless service provider with analytic network reporting from the perspective of actual customers, Encepta Corp., a provider of a unique computer-aided outside plant data tracking and assessment service, Mojio, the world’s first open platform so anyone can write an app for a car, OckCorp., the world’s first keyless padlock system, MinAcore Engineering, providing M2M sensors and services for the energy industry and TCM Technologies, simplifies and automates the management of remote terminal units (RTUs such as power plants, telemetry equipment) for large network operators.
Peter is a founding board member of Entrepreneurship@UBC, a University of British Columbia seed-stage investment fund and program, a board member of the Alacrity Foundation, a not-for-profit start-up foundation, Chairman of Wavefront, a business accelerator for the mobile industry, connecting wireless companies with resources and partners and a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council.
Peter holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Applied Science from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia. He is the recipient of numerous awards for entrepreneurship and innovation, including several Canada Awards for Business Excellence.
Advisor, Plant Biology
Christia Roberts has more than 25 years of business development and consulting experience working on national and international projects with private companies and public agencies. Her areas of expertise are technology review, market analysis and communications. She performs market feasibility studies and competitive assessments, conducts strategic analyses of industry sectors, facilitates corporate communications, and prepares compelling professional reports and presentations.
Christia has advised, conducted technical due diligence, and managed projects on behalf of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, SunOpta Distribution, BC HotHouse, Alberta Advanced Education & Technology, Canadian Nursery & Landscape Association, Western Economic Diversification, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Her clients include manufacturing and technology companies engaged in the food and beverage, green materials and chemicals, and consumer goods industries.
She began her career with The University of British Columbia as an Industry Liaison Manager where she founded innovation councils for industry associations, conducted applied research, lectured at conferences, and published papers in Canada, Europe and the United States. On behalf of the National Research Council Canada she consulted to more than 50 technology companies.
Christia has a BSc with Honours and an MSc from The University of British Columbia specializing in new product development in life science industries.