Using AI to reduce
environmental & biological threats.

Addressing global climate challenges & providing sustainable food and water for all.


Harmful organisms, such as algae, are causing billions in damages and losses in aquaculture, public health, real estate and tourism / recreation.

Plankton AI

Our Plankton AI software can automatically identify phytoplankton in a live water sample in real-time.

Leadership Team

Jason Deglint

Founder & CEO

PhD in Systems Design Engineering

Katie Thomas

Co-Founder & COO

PhD in Aquatic Ecology


James Vandersluis

Principal Software and
Machine Learning Architect

Bharat Shankaranarayanan

Principal Cloud and
Machine Learning Architect

Komal Chandiramani

Machine Learning
Operations Engineer


OTAQ is a marine technology group which is developing technologies to support the future of sustainable food production.

HATCH is an global accelerator which invests capital and mentorship in aquaculture based start-ups.

Next AI is a NEXT Canada program that delivers world class founder development to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs.


We are grateful to have the past and current support of the following organizations:

Start-Up Yard is an incubation facility that helps early stage companies commercialize their ocean technologies and succeed in the global marketplace.

NVIDIA Inception is an acceleration platform for AI, data science and HPC startups, providing critical go-to-market support, expertise, and technology.

The Ocean Startup Challenge supports innovators who are developing technologies that can be applied to large ocean problems.

Mitacs links industry and post-secondary institutions, driving collaborations to develop projects which solve business challenges, and develop the nation’s innovation capacity.

WatSolve is a pro-bono consulting group led by Science and Business students from the University of Waterloo to provide practical, innovative, and lasting solutions to real-world issues.  

AC JumpStart is an Ontario innovative seed funding and mentorship program, aimed at helping technology startups establish and grow.

Concept is a student-facing entrepreneurship program at the University of Waterloo which provides guidance for the entrepreneurially curious.

AquaHacking is a family foundation that hosts a yearly hacking challenge on issues faced by Canadian watersheds and their communities.

The University of Waterloo is intensely entrepreneurial by nature, surrounded by tech sector icons and startups dedicated to innovation, and developing new technologies with global impact.

Waterloo Office

295 Phillip Street
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3W8

Halifax Office

Start-Up Yard at COVE
27 Parker Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 4T5

Victoria Office 

Victoria, British Columbia
V8P 5C2


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