Our Team

Mohamed Hage

Founder & CEO

Mohamed Hage is a young entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of success and over 10 years of experience running software and real estate companies. He has a talent for inspiring passion in employees and an incredible knack for forging connections with experts from a diverse range of specialties. He conceived of Lufa Farms in the early 2000s based on his childhood experiences with agriculture and fresh produce in a village just outside of Beirut.

Lauren Rathmell

Greenhouse Director, Founding Member

Rathmell, a trained biochemist, started working with Lufa Farms as a researcher at McGill’s MacDonald campus. She played a large role in the development of the plant science and growing science that Lufa eventually implemented, including the NFT and drip irrigation systems, the use of biological pest controls, the microclimate and crop rotation systems, and the selection of crop varieties. Rathmell currently supervises all greenhouse operations as well as research and development.

Yahya Badran

Director of Engineering, Founding Member

Badran joined Lufa during the initial studying phase for the prototype greenhouse. He is a graduate of the Université Technique de la Construction de Bucarest, and previously worked on projects in Romania and Lebanon before settling in Montréal and founding FDA Construction. Always in search of new challenges, Badran has headed a number of residential and commercial projects for different clients. At Lufa, he oversees all planning and construction stages for new rooftop greenhouses.

Kurt Lynn

Founding member, Advisor

Lynn, a Toronto-based entrepreneur best known for the ListenUP! Canada hearing-healthcare chain. He was founder or senior executive of a half dozen North American enterprises including Kolvox Communications, NEBS Computer Products Division, OpenComputing, VisiCorp Personal Software, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Lynn joined Lufa in 2009 as a founding member, and contributes his expertise in sales and marketing.

We're now a team of 60 and growing. Here are just a few of the people who are crafting our vision and working to make it a reality.

Dave Furneaux

Chairman

Furneaux has more than 20 years experience founding, financing, and growing companies operating in an array of sectors. He has been involved with more than 100 businesses and founded two different investment firms: Furneaux Capital, his personal investment holding company, and Kodiak Venture Partners, a venture firm with $670 million under management. Several of the companies he helped start have emerged as industry leaders including Skystone (acquired by Cisco Systems), Philsar (acquired by Skyworks), Aironet (NASDAQ IPO & acquired by Cisco Systems), Channel Advisor (NYSE IPO), Watchfire (Acquired by IBM) and WHERE (acquired by EBAY). Furneaux plays an integral role in Lufa Farms, helping Hage to determine the strategic direction of the Company. He also assists with team development, strategic growth, and financing.

Mohamed Hage

Founder & CEO

Mohamed Hage is a young entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of success and over 10 years of experience running software and real estate companies. He has a talent for inspiring passion in employees and an incredible knack for forging connections with experts from a diverse range of specialties. He conceived of Lufa Farms in the early 2000s based on his childhood experiences with agriculture and fresh produce in a village just outside of Beirut.

Lauren Rathmell

Greenhouse Director, Founding Member

Rathmell, a trained biochemist, started working with Lufa Farms as a researcher at McGill’s MacDonald campus. She played a large role in the development of the plant science and growing science that Lufa eventually implemented, including the NFT and drip irrigation systems, the use of biological pest controls, the microclimate and crop rotation systems, and the selection of crop varieties. Rathmell currently supervises all greenhouse operations as well as research and development.

Jean-Michel Vanier

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Vanier joined Lufa in 2012. He is responsible for optimizing the company’s financial operations. This includes the implementation of financial and administrative processes designed to support the company’s aggressive growth plans. As head of human resources, he also has the task of attracting, developing and retaining talented individuals. Before coming to Lufa, Vanier was assistant controller at SNC-Lavalin. He is a graduate of HEC Montréal and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Nicolas Delanos

IT Director

Claudette Torbey

Chief of Staff

Ahmad Khattab

End-User Fulfillment Manager

James Rathmell

Corporate Development Manager

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