Last week Edoardo De Martin announced that he was leaving his General Manager role at Microsoft’s Vancouver HQ.
While the work isn’t finished, it never would be. There’s no perfect time to make a change. I have enjoyed every day and am proud of what our teams accomplished together. We built a solid foundation in Vancouver and I know there are big plans for the future. I look forward to continuing to celebrate their successes.
After 10 years at Microsoft, De Martin promised in his LinkedIn post that he’d be updating his network very soon on what was next for him.
This morning Vancouver’s CubicFarms announced that De Martin is joining the local chain agricultural technology company as the new Chief Technology Officer.
The move reinforces the story that CubicFarms has been telling, the future of farming is tech-driven through automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). In addition to serving as GM at Microsoft Vancouver, De Martin was the development lead for the groundbreaking Hololens.
CubicFarms has developed fully automated technology that empowers farmers to provide independent local food access, maximize crop yields, and reduce environmental costs.
As a proven leader with more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, De Martin will bring significant AI, robotics, and software expertise to support CubicFarms’ innovative growing technologies and ambitious goal to feed a changing world.
Last summer ag-tech investor Ospraie Ag Science increased its ownership stake in CubicFarms and it now owns almost 30 million common shares, representing just over 25% of the outstanding common shares. CubicFarms trades on the TSXV Exchange under the symbol CUB.
CubicFarms’ patented technology is different from other vertical farming operations, also known as rack and stack, because the CubicFarm System is in motion, following an undulating path. It eliminates the typical pathways needed for people to walk through, creating a more efficient, compact controlled growing environment that enables farmers to build locally, onsite, near or at distribution hubs.