Sustainable Solutions for Feed, Food & Personal Care
Botaneco is committed to innovating solutions that improve the natural performance of our customer’s products, ultimately bringing greater value and benefit to those people who use them. At Botaneco, our novel processing platform enables a whole seed utilization approach that reflects our culture of sustainability and value creation.
Our team seeks to reimagine convention and seek out solutions that add value and performance for our customers. We are committed to establishing and maintaining a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility by our staff, supply chain, and broader stakeholders.
Situated where the prairies become the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains, our headquarters are located in Calgary, Alberta, and include our research and development teams.
We are biochemists, engineers, food scientists, technicians and business innovators working together to harness the value within oilseeds.
At Botaneco we strive to produce healthful, sustainable and valuable products that support innovation and the growing demand from aquaculture, plant-based foods and personal care markets.
President, CEO & Director
James gained his expertise by leading innovation-focused organizations through every stage of their development to successful exits. He previously worked with PwC, assisting domestic and international accounts with various matters, including mergers and acquisitions. James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and CPA-CA designation.
James Szarko President, CEO & Director
COO & Director
David has over 30 years of experience with Dow AgroSciences and Corteva, where he was the Commercial Director of Grains and Oilseeds. David developed significant expertise in business development across the food ingredient and value-added feeds space, as well as a deep knowledge of the global oilseed industry. David holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture, is a past Chair of the Canola Council and is a current board member of Protein Industries Canada.
David Dzisiak COO & Director
Enman has over 15 years of experience in accounting and financial management, and held management positions at several companies, including PwC. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Peking University.
Enman Ma VP, Finance
Kent has over 18 years of experience in process design, research and development, supply chain and production management, and project management. He was in charge of production innovation with oleosomes and proteins at the pilot stage and building the current manufacturing facility at Botaneco. Kent earned a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary.
Kent Shafer Operations Lead
Jason is a leading expert in oleosome technology with over 14 years of experience in organic chemistry. At Botaneco, he has designed and overseen 100+ pilot plant experiments to optimize the extraction of oleosomes and proteins from various oilseeds. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of York and an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham.
Jason Hargreaves R&D Lead
Engineering Lead Facilities
Trevor has over 22 years of experience in food ingredient manufacturing, operations management, and executive leadership. In the last seven years, he contributed to and led multiple engineering and grain processing optimization ventures, as well as construction projects. Trevor earned a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Manitoba.
We believe in order to achieve our vision we must select and sustain a team that shows initiative, courage, passion, pride, drive, and altruism. We are looking for teammates who push boundaries to drive success.