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Our Team​

We have a dedicated and highly skilled team that believe in selfless service to all. We look forward to leading from the heart and leading by example.

Paul Morris, M.Sc.

Director General

 

 He completed his undergraduate degree at Waterloo University in biology and then went on to complete his Masters at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Those two years involved intensive greenhouse, laboratory and field research on native plants.  After receiving his degree he worked for an environmental engineering firm in Toronto where he researched sources of native plants for restoration projects. Finding a large hole in native plant material supply in Ontario he decided to set out on his own and start a native plant nursery.   As the owner of Acorus Restoration, Paul contributed greatly to the organization and vision of the company. His in-depth knowledge of native plants gave him insight into the mass production over 400 species of plants for restoration projects.  His extensive experience in wetland and Prairie restoration ecology and conservation biology makes him a leader in the design and planting of restoration areas.  In 1997, Environment Canada asked him to co-author a manual on Prairie and meadow restoration.  He has successfully run Acorus Restoration from 1995 until 2014 achieving sizeable profits since its third year.  His primary responsibilities with Acorus Restoration were as Ecological Consultant, Researcher, Planting Designer, Marketer, Graphic Designer and Horticulturist.


 

Sophia Ortiz

 Graduated in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Veracruz, Mexico.  Upon completion of his studies in agronomy, specializing in ornamental horticulture, she spent time in nature looking at alternatives to the growing demand in floriculture and her interest in research allowed her to specialize in the field of ​​biotechnology and plant micropropagation. After graduating, she was hired by a company that exported  ornamentals, which developed her skills to supervise, direct, and coordinate greenhouses, field areas and personnel. Following this, she created the concept of Green Point Applied Plant Biotechnology, a company dedicated to the development of technologies for micropropagation systems. At that time, she collaborated to direct the tissue culture lab and the area of ​​ecology for one company over 10 years. She developed all the research and protocols for rescue, propagation and management of wild species found. After that she decided to integrate Green Point area landscaping, vertical ecosystems and environmental technologies. This allowed her to simultaneously develop consultation and training in the biotechnology area and create artwork with vertical ecosystems.

M.Sc Icela Ortiz

Graduated from the University of Veracruz in Chemical and Biological Sciences with specialty in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She has a master's degree from the Technological Institute of Mérida in the area of ​​Biotechnology where she carried out studies looking at fruits and vegetables in the post harvest, using bacteria isolated from the soil as biocontrol for pathogenic fungi that deteriorate them. She holds a PhD from the Autonomous University of Yucatan, specializing in chemical and biochemical sciences, in the area of ​​marine ecology, researching the coastal lagoons of the Yucatan Peninsula, developing the first study of the diversity of the Vibrio genus in these lagoons using techniques of Molecular Biology and Ecology in which she is a specialist. She has worked as a professor at the middle and higher levels in the area of ​​Chemical Biological Sciences. She has been a collaborator in private engineering companies providing services in different areas. She has also been a self-service auditor in energy use.
 

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