Karn Manhas

CEO and Founder of Terramera, Karn Manhas is a leader in the AgTech industry, pioneering the application of revolutionary technologies that transform how we grow food and solve other world-scale challenges. A biotechnologist, entrepreneur and environmentalist, Karn’s mission is to reduce global synthetic chemical loads in agriculture by 80% while improving global farm productivity by 20% by 2030.

Karn was inspired to start Terramera after winning a friendly argument over whether pests like bed bugs could be controlled using non-toxic, natural ingredients. What started as curiosity-fueled research in the summer of 2009—exploring how a natural extract he’d read about, neem oil, could be used to control insects — evolved into a new area of science and the beginning of Terramera and their Actigate™ Targeted Performance technology. Today, Terramera is pairing its Actigate technology with AI, data science and machine learning, to allow natural alternatives to become more effective, reduce global synthetic chemical loads, and revolutionize agriculture in the process.

Karn is an accomplished public speaker who has appeared at TEDx Vancouver, Unreasonable, and Singularity University. He is also a former MLA in the B.C. Legislature in the riding of Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. Karn holds Bachelor of Science in Biology from McGill University and a law degree from the University of British Columbia.

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Work Smarter//

Why Workplaces Should Start Offering “Resilience Perks”

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Can Farming, Food and Agtech Help Unlock the Public Health Crisis?

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Why Is No One Talking About Agriculture as a Solution to Climate Change?

by Karn Manhas
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Wisdom//

What I Had to Unlearn to Build a Successful Business

by Karn Manhas
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Thriving in the New Normal//

How The COVID-19 Pause Could Save The Planet

by Karn Manhas
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What If We Could Eat Our Way to a Healthier Planet?

by Karn Manhas
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Well-Being//

Plant-based Diets Could Be Key to Saving the Planet — But Only If We Clean Up How We Grow Our Food

by Karn Manhas
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Mission Statements are Meaningless — Your Company Needs a Core Question Instead

by Karn Manhas
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Wisdom//

The Next Hot Tech Career? Farming.

by Karn Manhas
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