Accelerating the transition from traditional to autonomous farming
It’s predicted that by 2050 there will be an additional 2 billion people to feed on our planet. That increase in population, combined with a shrinking land base, is providing one of the greatest agricultural complexities the human race has ever faced.
At Verge, we are playing a key role in facing this challenge by pushing the boundaries of traditional farming practices though enabled, optimized and autonomous farming operations, all while staying focused on keeping the grower connected to the land.
Using our technology, we have created proven and successful solutions for:
A lack of skilled manpower in key regions around the world has created an urgent need for technology to create efficiencies that can reduce time spent on operations.
There is a greater need to run more efficiently than ever, in order to reduce wasted production and excess resource usage.
Inefficient and unnecessary operations lead to increased tillage and mechanical compaction, both of which continue to reduce the productive capacity of our land while increasing the environmental footprint of production.
All of these foreseeable challenges must be addressed in order to produce our food smarter, faster and more sustainably. Verge is continuously building the ecosystems and tools that will help to address production challenges around the world.
MEET THE EXECUTIVES
We are a team of entrepreneurs, rocket scientists, programmers, farmers, data scientists and deal-makers whose mission is to fundamentally reshape how we produce food by using technology, data and artificial intelligence to drive profitability and sustainability in agriculture. With a firm foundation in technological solutions and deep roots in agriculture, we believe in extremely simple solutions that help our partners produce more, sustainably.
President & CEO
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Commercial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Johnson, President & CEO
Ryan holds both a Bachelor and a Master degree in geography from the University of Lethbridge. In 2000 he started a small geomatics company in Lethbridge that, through his leadership, grew to the third largest imaging company in the world – BlackBridge Geomatics. He was the founding president of the U of L Graduate Students’ Association and in 2005 was inducted into the U of L “Alumni Honour Society.”
In 2005 Ryan was recognized by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of 13 leaders of the next generation and again in 2012 as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential people.
Godard is the Chief Technology Officer of Verge and oversees the technology and operations functions of Verge’s products. He received his Ph.D, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto. He has over 10 years of leadership and strategy execution experience specializing in program management.
Prior to joining Verge, Godard served as the Vice President, PMO for the BlackBridge group of companies for 4 years. He was responsible for managing BlackBridge’s project portfolio and future space systems program.
Wilson Acton, Chief Commercial Officer
Wilson is the Chief Commercial Officer at Verge. Wilson brings an extensive background in law and multi-generational experience in agriculture to the Verge team. As a transactional lawyer, Wilson assisted a wide range of businesses across a host of matters from seed capital raises to strategic acquisitions, including some of the largest and most complex M&A and corporate finance transactions in Canadian history.
Matt Mendes, Chief Financial Officer
Matt is the Chief Financial Officer at Verge where he brings 15 years of experience in corporate development, finance, strategy, risk management, trading and business development. He joins Verge from one of North America’s largest infrastructure companies, where he spent his time in the corporate development group responsible for materially expanding the core infrastructure business through M&A activities totaling over $100 billion. Matt also worked to build and partially monetize one of the world’s largest renewable energy businesses with assets across North America and Europe.
First Pass is growing and changing all of the time and there is never a dull moment. Our team is extremely knowledgeable and focused on growth, with a lot of fun. I look forward to coming to work each day knowing that each member of the team is listened to and valued. First Pass is more than just a company or a job for me - it’s a business that I believe in and I’m thankful for the support I have been given here to grow my career.
The best part of working for First Pass is the friendly and brilliant people that have a shared dedication to introducing modern and advanced technology to the world of agriculture. Our executives are always approachable, support excellent work-life balance, and to top it off, we share a beautiful and open office space!
First Pass is a truly exciting project that pushes the limits of agriculture technology and allows us as developers to challenge our strengths and knowledgebase. It’s invigorating, educational and fun to be working on something that has the ability to impact a global industry. This project has brought many very talented people together and I am very excited for the future here.