Lyofresh Technologies2018-06-27T14:42:04+00:00

Project Description

Who We Are

This start-up is developing an innovative food preservation technology which can process food for long term storage more efficiently and affordably than existing technologies and aims to increase food security and reduce the economic, social and environmental impacts of food waste across the food system.

Lyofresh Technologies has recently been selected as one of the ventures to participate in LaunchYU’s AccelerateUP program, and has also been selected as one of 8 ventures from across Ontario to participate in the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing’s Social Venture Accelerator: Food Security.

Our Team


Nicholas SteelePresident and CEO
Nicholas Steele has 20 years work experience in information technology, human resources, banking, and commodity trading. In 2014 he then decided to go back to school. Nicholas is currently nearing the end of his tenure earning a Masters of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University. Before that, he graduated magna cum laude in the undergraduate Disaster and Emergency Management program at York University. Nicholas has always been passionate about food security, food science, and related technologies. As a result, he is constantly experimenting with food. From his experiments and education, Lyofresh Technologies was founded to develop exponential technology to end world hunger by making freeze drying technology accessible to all.
Shane GuignardCTO, Software and Technology Integration
Shane Guignard has 9 years of experience as a technologist and consultant in the fields of industrial manufacturing, electronics integration, and electronics development. Shane earned an Advanced Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Automated Systems from Georgian College. He went on to become a sales consultant for one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automation sensors before leaving to pursue a Bachelors of Art in Information Technology at York University. Shane has always been passionate about sustainability through waste reduction; Lyofresh Technologies represents a solution to that problem and a new era of innovation directed towards real, sustainable impact.


Cameron BoyceEngineering
Cameron is currently in his final year of Electrical Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering. He has several years of experience in software development, most recently implementing a novel MRI preprocessing and analysis software for the CANN Lab at York University. He is a former President of Engineers Without Borders Lassonde Chapter, a student organisation devoted to addressing social inequalities through international developmental initiatives and local cooperatives.


Atefeh RezaieMarketing
Atefeh Rezaie is a Bachelors of Commerce student at York University. She is specializing in the Management stream with the goal of attending the Schulich School of Business for her Masters of Business Administration. She is passionate about her position at Lyofresh Technologies, as she believes in the company’s ability to make a positive impact by creating the technology required to assuage the forces of world hunger.
Daniela Loria-CascheraSocial Media
Daniela has two years experience starting viral marketing campaigns for companies in the Toronto area, and hopes to take her marketing skills to a new level with Lyofresh. Being a part of a company with a purpose, she believes that her undergraduate degree from York University will be put to good use working to create a more equitable food system.

Current Status

prototype validation

Contact Information

Nicholas Steele (President and CEO, Lyofresh Technologies)