Lighting the Future of Horticulture

Peter van der Gracht

9053PeterVanDerGracht_486Peter van der Gracht is a successful start-up veteran, with over 30 years’ experience as a corporate executive and serial entrepreneur, as a founder, CEO, investor and director of technology companies in a broad range of industries, including cable television, telecommunications, broadcasting, information technology, mining, agriculture and automotive leading companies through multiple financings, operational build-outs, acquisitions, mergers and buy-outs.   Co-founder of Nexus Engineering, a supplier of CATV equipment which grew to the number two market position serving customers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia before selling it to Scientific Atlanta. Throughout his career, Peter has identified, funded, designed and launched hundreds of innovative technology products and has been responsible for all aspects of corporate operations.

Peter is currently chairman, director, consultant or investor of Ocean Floor Geophysics, a deep ocean mineral exploration company, Quick Mobile a personalized mobile marketing company, WiMatek, a developer of LTE wireless technology, Wurldtech, wireless security supplier sold to General Electric, Counterpath a supplier of SIP-based products, Tutela Technologies, a wireless service provider with analytic network reporting from the perspective of actual customers, Encepta Corp., a provider of a unique computer-aided outside plant data tracking and assessment service, Mojio, the world’s first open platform so anyone can write an app for a car, OckCorp., the world’s first keyless padlock system, MinAcore Engineering, providing M2M sensors and services for the energy industry and TCM Technologies, simplifies and automates the management of remote terminal units (RTUs such as power plants, telemetry equipment) for large network operators.

Peter is a founding board member of Entrepreneurship@UBC, a University of British Columbia seed-stage investment fund and program, a board member of the Alacrity Foundation, a not-for-profit start-up foundation, Chairman of Wavefront, a business accelerator for the mobile industry, connecting wireless companies with resources and partners and a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council.

Peter holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Applied Science from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia.  He is the recipient of numerous awards for entrepreneurship and innovation, including several Canada Awards for Business Excellence.