ABOUT US

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Active AgriScience Inc was founded in 2013 and is a leading provider of technologically advanced seed treatments, foliar plant nutrition and nitrogen management products that help improve yield potential and decrease environmental impact. Our products and intellectual property benefit farmers throughout Australia, Europe and North America.

Active AgriScience works with US and Canadian universities including the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of British Columbia to develop and test our products.

Active AgriScience head office and manufacturing facilities are located in Saskatoon, SK with its research laboratories and greenhouse space on the University of British Columbia campus. In the USA, Active AgriScience products are manufactured under license by Hydrite Chemical Company of Brookfield, WI.

Why Choose US?

While no fertilizer can fully guarantee a yield advantage, Active AgriScience does stand behind our products with a Guarantee of Quality. We use third parties to conduct product analyses and research trials. Our Guarantee of Quality is backed by an 15-month free replacement warranty*, subject to proper storage, mixing, and application procedures are being followed.

With variables such as soil conditions, weather, pests, diseases, tank mix partners, applications rates, and errors in mixing and application, we encourage all prospective customers to run trials of our products before broad acreage adoption. Please visit our Trial Protocol page to learn more.
*Improper use and/or storage, as per label instructions, voids the warranty. Product must be stored out of direct sun light within a temperature range of 5 – 35°C. Warranty is limited to the cost of the product and may be satisfied by free replacement of defective product, a credit note or refund (at the discretion of Active AgriScience Inc).

Our Process

Active AgriScience product research is conducted by selected Canadian and American Universities combined with independent third-party research groups. This process verifies the efficacy of our fertilizers resulting in innovative products that allows growers to improve production, quality and profits while reducing the impact on the environment.

Idea Generation

All of our products begin with a desire to solve a grower’s problem, or to more significantly improve production and yield.

Idea Prioritization

Our scientists are experts in the plant growth cycle at a molecular level and understand precisely how various bio-chemical elements are absorbed and utilized by different parts of the plant.

Conception

This knowledge sparks targeted ideas to solve growers’ cultivation problems.

Rapid Prototyping

These ideas lead to hypotheses that are tested using observation, measurement, experimentation, formulation, testing, and modification.

Multi-year Field Trials

Potential fertilizer products are then subject to rigorous research and thorough efficacy testing to ensure expected field performance. From this process, our team makes extraordinary new discoveries several of which hold international patents.

Nitrogen Stabilizers

Active AgriScience patented nitrogen stabilization technology inhibits both ammonia volatilization, nitrification and denitrification, potentially reducing nitrogen loss from applied fertilizer by 95%.

Our Team

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Ranil Waliwitiya, PhD

CEO, DIRECTOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

As CEO and company founder, Ranil develops new and innovative fertilizer and plant growth enhancing technologies for Canadian and international markets.

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Michael W. Micovcin

PRESIDENT

As the company president, Michael oversees all business operations. With over 25 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, general management and sales, Michael brings with him considerable expertise in leading high growth businesses.

Andrew Riseman, PhD

SENIOR TECHNICAL CONSULTANT

Andrew Riseman is a major shareholder at Active AgriScience Inc. He has the knowledge and expertise required to support growers. He is also an Associate Professor of Applied Biology and Plant Breeding at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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Maria Romero‑Peña, PhD

FORMULATION SCIENTIST

In her role as manager of the main laboratory at Active AgriScience in Saskatoon, Maria works in the improvement of current formulas for commercial crops, and assists with quality control of products.

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Nathanael Weir

Digital Brand Manager

Nathanael is the digital brand manager for Active AgriScience. His work involves website and app development, print and digital design, and social media marketing.

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Victor Bautista

Warehouse Operations Supervisor

Victor Bautista is the supervisor of warehouse operations at Active AgriScience in Saskatoon.
Darshan-Vyas

Darshan Vyas

Manufacturing Lead

Darshan Vyas is the manufacturing lead at Active AgriScience, managing the processing and packaging of materials for production.

Find a Distributor

Contact one of our global distributors in your area to inquire about our liquid fertilizers or nitrogen stabilizers.
CEO - DIRECTOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Ranil Waliwitiya, PhD
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In his role as CEO, Ranil develops new and innovative fertilizer and plant growth enhancing technologies for the Canadian and international markets. His current activities focus on formulation chemistry designed to maximize plant vigor and yield.

Ranil has over 20 years of experience in cutting-edge crop nutrition. He previously held the position of Director of Research and Development for three leading fertilizer manufacturers in Canada.

Ranil holds a PhD in Toxicology from Simon Fraser University (SFU), a MSc. in Plant Sciences from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

PRESIDENT
Michael Micovcin
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Michael is originally from Montreal where he earned a business degree from McGill University. Over the next 25 years he gained significant leadership and cross functional experience in marketing, strategic planning, general management and sales in both Canada and the United States (Kraft, Pepsi and Maple Leaf Foods).

In 2008 Michael moved to Saskatchewan to become President and CEO of Great Western Brewing Co., one of Canada’s largest independent breweries. Under Michael’s leadership, Great Western Brewing was transformed to a consumer centric business with a well-diversified portfolio of high-quality branded products. In 2011 the company launched the most successful product in its history, Original 16, as a tribute to the 16 employees who saved the brewery from closure by its previous owners.

Prior to joining Active AgriScience as President, Michael was CEO for a private equity portfolio company in the natural food space (US and Canada) where he led a successful business turnaround.

SENIOR TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Andrew Riseman, PhD
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Andrew Riseman is a major shareholder at Active AgriScience Inc. He has the knowledge and expertise required to support farmers. He is also an Associate Professor of Applied Biology and Plant Breeding at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Andrew graduated with a PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and specializes in research of bioactive formulations for enhanced agricultural production.

Andrew’s general areas of interest include plant breeding, intercrop interactions, nutrient use efficiency, root physiology, biotic and abiotic stressor resistance, and edaphic selection.

FORMULATION SCIENTIST
Maria Romero‑Peña, PhD
Maria-Romero-Pena

In her role as manager of the main laboratory at Active AgriScience in Saskatoon, Maria works in the improvement of current formulas for commercial crops, and assists with quality control of products.

Maria has experience in research, industry and academia in Ecuador and Spain. Her recent background includes research work during her PhD program at the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) about different industrial applications of emulsions and nanotechnology.

DIGITAL BRAND MANAGER
Nathanael Weir
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Nathanael is the digital brand manager for Active AgriScience. His work involves website and app development, print and digital design, and social media marketing.

In 2019, Nathanael graduated from the New Media Design and Web Development program at BCIT where he studied web development, information architecture, user interface design, graphic design, video production, web marketing and social media integration.

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