Our CubicFarms leadership team
Our CubicFarms leadership team supports our customers through our expertise in propagation, cultivation, technology, engineering, manufacturing, customer experience, sales, marketing, finance, and global entrepreneurship.
Our Executive Team
OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Dave Dinesen is CEO of leading local chain AgTech company CubicFarm Systems Corp. Dave brings innovative indoor onsite growing technologies to market globally to grow commercial scale amounts of fresh produce. Through an acquisition in 2020 of HydroGreen, Dave added a division of automated fresh livestock feed technologies. Dave founded venture capital and consulting firm WideOcean Strategies in 2015 after Goldman Sachs acquired his first startup, Sterling BackCheck, a background screening company serving 15,000 corporate customers and screening millions of people globally.
John de Jonge
Interim CEO and President
Mr. de Jonge has been in the industry for over two decades, having served as a senior leader in multiple agricultural businesses, including the owner of Artex Barns Inc. through to its successful sale in 2021. He is widely respected among members of the North American farming and dairy communities, having been an instrumental part in the invention and development of the Comfort Zone FreeStall System and Big-Box dairy design.
As a former board member of CubicFarms, Mr. de Jonge was integral to the original acquisition of HydroGreen for the Company in 2019 and has agreed to return to lead the Company during its transition to focus on accelerating the growth of the Company’s Feed Division.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Michael Brendan Kyne, CFA, has over 20 years of experience in investment management and business leadership, Kyne brings a wealth of expertise to the role. As a former founder and Chief Investment Officer of Leeward Hedge Funds, and Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Driehaus Capital Management, Kyne has raised over a billion dollars in assets for the funds and firms under his management.
Amanda van Tilborg
Vice President, Human Resources
Amanda van Tilborg joined CubicFarms in 2020 and is responsible for the company’s global people strategy and operations. A senior leader with a decade of HR experience in the food processing, manufacturing, and long-term care industries, Amanda leads the company’s HR team while overseeing recruitment and retention, training and development, compliance, and various other activities for employees. As a farm owner in the Fraser Valley, she combines her passion for people with her commitment to agriculture to make a positive difference in the world with CubicFarms. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Organizational Studies, as well as a CPHR designation with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia & Yukon.
Chief Customer Officer
Jo-Ann joined CubicFarms in 2016 as one of its earliest employees, and helped build the company from the ground up, with oversight across multiple departments including farming operations, R&D and machine installation. As Chief Customer Officer, she is responsible for overall customer experience, encompassing account management and customer support. She also oversees the Company’s subscription program, which includes software updates, new crop growing protocols, optimization data, training and grower support, as well as the consumables program, which includes the supply of seeds, nutrients, substrates, and packaging to customers. Jo-Ann is one of the few people in North America to have opened and operated a vertical farming operation on a commercial scale. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing with distinction and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
CubicFarms Board of Directors
CUBICFARMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair, Board of Directors
Daniel Burns is the first certified director in British Columbia (ICD.D) and one of the first in Canada. He is a member of the Law Society of BC and the Certified Professional Accountants of Ontario. He holds MBAs from University of Toronto and St Gallen, Switzerland. He is well versed in public markets, having created a capital pool company on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Janet Wood is a globally recognized leader in the technology industry who has held roles with several major technology companies including IBM, Crystal Decisions, Business Objects and SAP. Janet has been recognized with a YWCA Women of Distinction Award the Canadian Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Women Award. She is a Board member of ICBC, Pureweb Technologies, and Junior Achievement of BC and sits on the University of Alberta Business School Advisory Committee.
G. David Cole
G. David Cole, MBA, is recognized internationally as an accomplished senior financial executive with nearly 40 years of corporate experience in building teams and businesses in a broad range of global markets and economies. As Vice Chairman of the Enterprise Strategic Client Group at Royal Bank of Canada, David has extensive expertise in strategic business growth, capital markets, financial products and client-centric sales and marketing. Known for his strong client focus, high energy level, creativity, demonstrated adaptability, and leadership skills, David is a highly respected senior executive, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and a member of multiple boards including the University of Western Ontario’s International Advisory Council and Outward Bound Canada, a registered charity committed to helping Canadian youth through experiential adventures in the outdoors.
Michael McCarthy is the Principal at McCarthy Pacific Group, consulting and advising on strategic business development, enhancing business-to-business marketing, and enabling a culture of high performance. He has extensive leadership experience in the technology sector with companies such as Telus, IBM and Silicon Graphics, where he aggressively grew the business while developing future leaders.
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