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Gregory Kalinin | Shifting Consumerism to More Sustainable Farming Practices with Biodynamic Coffee




Gregory is a serial entrepreneur and corporate executive with a track record of developing and implementing new business ideas across multiple industries in start-up, turnaround and rapid change environments.

After completing an MBA from McGill University in 1995, Gregory co-founded a high-tech startup that achieved a successful IPO on the Canadian stock market. The company was recognized by Canadian Business Magazine as one of the hottest software companies and by Profit Magazine as one of the country's fastest growing companies.

In 2001, Gregory was recruited by Bombardier Aerospace to launch a new business unit called Flexjet in the Asia-Pacific region. Executing on a pioneering development strategy allowed the business to surpass growth targets using a fraction of the allocated budget. Flexjet Asia-Pacific became the region's #1 business aircraft charter network by attracting ultra high net worth individuals, political leaders and Fortune 100 clients. For his work, Gregory received a special bonus from the Bombardier Board of Directors for having "achieved exceptional results, with an exemplary level of perseverance".

In 2008, Gregory led the turnaround of an aerospace manufacturer where he increased sales by 680%, diversified the customer base and rebuilt the Company’s reputation. Emergia Aerospace became the #1 supplier of production line tooling in Quebec with customers ranging from Bombardier to the Canadian Air Force and Bell Helicopter Textron.

Currently, Gregory works with several companies including a talent assessment and performance management company; Holistic Roasters, a Demeter USA certified roaster and distributor of biodynamic coffee; and MiX Café, a private café for employees and their guests.

Links:

Rodale Institute - Farming Systems Trial

Kiss the Ground

Film: Common Ground

Clip: “Everyone asks me, ‘Well you can’t eat #regenerative food cause it costs more.’ No, I can produce regeneratively grown grains, fruits, vegetables, and pastured-proteins at a lower price than the conventional.”

- Gabe Brown, Co-Founder of

Biodynamic Coffee

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