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Thrive Growing

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Sector: Cannabis.

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Thrive Growing will provide the most advanced cannabis growing technology to the industry. We will: License our Terrace Garden technology, sell equipment to build new and to retrofit existing cannabis facilities and provide management services to operate 3rd party facilities.


Via our Terrace Garden technology and CannaFactory production facility, Thrive Growing offers the most efficient growing system in the world (compared to industry-best published statistics from Aphria, May 2017):

  • Lowest operating cost: up to 2.5 times better (direct operating cost/gram produced) than industry average
  • Highest Yield: up to 770 gm (1.7 lb.) flower per square foot per year,
  • Expedited growing process produces 6 crops per year
  • Least amount of cultivation labor of any growing system
  • Saleable extract from roots unique to Thrive

1. Superior disruptive technology

Thrive Growing has patent-pending technology that deliver a much superior growing platform that both generates higher yields by a factor of 3 to 4 times and lowers operating costs relative to industry standards.


The result is a disruptive technology that Thrive Growing will continue to innovate for market dominance.


2.  Market timing

Thrive Growing is leveraging its market knowledge in Canada and the USA to demonstrate commercial ready technology in both countries simultaneously, thereby positioning the Company for rapid scale up.


Thrive’s experienced and industry-connected executive group makes this possible.


3.  Business model

Providing equipment at low cost for a significant royalty stream based on high yields and labour costs savings is a win-win for both the client and Thrive Growing, and will position us for aggressive market penetration.

1. Unique, patent pending, aeroponic terrace garden technology that increases space utilization by at least a factor of 2, with at least 6 crop cycles per year for most varieties of cannabis, which yield 3 times or more crop from the same space annually.


2. Single cola growing technique that only works on the terrace garden that decreases labor requirements for both growing & trimming

By growing single colas at various levels on a Terrace Garden, we overcome all the problems associated with conventional cannabis growing:

  • The growing of colas on the stepped levels of the Terrace Garden allows us to effectively apply both top & side lighting.
  • We use aeroponics, therefore we automatically have a cleaner environment with no risk of soil or soil-borne pathogens. Our facilities exceed FDA and other governmental standards.
  • We can maximize plant health and yields, since we are growing indoors under strict environmental controls(light intensity, spectrum and duration, temperature, humidity, water, carbon dioxide, air, nutrients).
  • We use photo-catalytic oxidation to actively remove both airborne and surface fungi and bacteria.
  • Each cola receives adequate airflow, which minimizes locally high humidity thereby reducing the risk of fungus infestation.
  • We normally can grow without pesticides because of our strictly controlled environment (unless the plant stock itself has an endogenous pathology such as powdery mildew).
  • We reduce labor to a minimum since there is little pruning required once the plant is established, unlike normal growing which typically requires at least one major pruning.
  • We substantially reduce fan leaves compared to normal growing and pruning methods.


3. Unique business model based on providing equipment at low or zero cost in return for a significant royalty stream from users

This business model does several things:

  • Essentially eliminates cost objections for our equipment to replace cheaper &/or paid for equipment with our high performance equipment
  • Increases our revenue stream by changing Thrive from being a supplier to becoming a partner


4.  Key differentiating factors

  • Highest growing density per square foot
  • Highest Yield per square foot: up to 770 gm (1.7 lb.) flower per square foot per year
  • Commercial scale equipment
  • Integrated system we call the CannaFactory
  • Lowest operating cost: up to 2.5 times better (direct operating cost/gram produced) than industry average
  • Least amount of cultivation labor of any growing system
  • Extract from roots unique to Thrive

Douglas James, Chairman and CEO

Chairman and CEO, Douglas James, is a technology entrepreneur who believes that the disciplined search for sustainable solutions creates opportunities, reduces costs and increases availability.


Douglas has over 30 years of experience, working in technology creation and commercialization, holding C roles since 1995. Douglas has been awarded several times for technical developments in photonics and awarded SDTC grant for ‘green’ agricultural development. He holds a BSc degree, MBA and a PhD


Stephen Dufresne, CTO

Stephan Dufresne is the Steve Wozniak of Thrive Growing.  His desire, determination and innovative thinking has taken rudimentary concepts developed by NASA and developed them into a fully integrated and commercially viable system for growing produce at scale, anywhere on our planet.


In 1998, Mr. Dufresne began experimenting with hydroponic growing in a garage, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Through a series of private and Canadian government funded trials, he transformed rudimentary principles of hydroponic and aeroponic growing into technologies and processes that are the cornerstone of fully developed growing systems for fruit, vegetables and medicinal plants including cannabis.


Stephen developed 3 patent pending technologies for growing greens, strawberries and cannabis with the highest yields currently known to Thrive. He holds a BA and an MBA


Charles Ramsey, President and COO

Charles Ramsey is an early pioneer in the licit medicinal and recreational cannabis industry. Mr. Ramsey is a driven leader, with over 20 years of experience managing teams and projects that shape the world around us.


Mr. Ramsey is the founder, and former CEO of Agrisoft Development Group, one of the first widely recognized regulatory compliance, seed to sale, software companies to serve cannabis licensees and government agencies. He went on to co-develop the first end-to-end, seed to bank solution for this burgeoning industry, and subsequently sold Agrisoft to KIND Financial, a Microsoft partner company, in 2016.


He is a serial entrepreneur, creating numerous tech companies, utilizing cutting edge biometric authentication solutions for the medical industry. He has been involved with sales and marketing efforts for numerous organizations including Sprint, Sony Electronics, Broadwing Communications, and Velocity Computer Tech.