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Better Air Bulletin Special Edition
2022 – A Year in Review

Origen Air

Origen Air

Origen Air

Origen Air


We moved to a 6000 square-foot manufacturing plant and are proudly manufacturing locally in BC!

Origen Air became a certified Women Business Enterprise by the Women Business Enterprises Canada Council, Canada’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women.

Founders presented Origen Air’s solution at the Palm Springs Cleantech Forum as part of the Innovator’s Showcase “Ones to Watch in 2022”.

Origen Air joined 2022 Angels for Climate Solutions startup cohort.


Origen Air selected as one of 16 female-led companies for the Women in Tech California program.

Origen Air’s Pinnacle™ debuted at the largest HVACR event in the world, the AHR Expo in Las Vegas.

CEO, Susan Blanchet, nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

MARCH 2022

Origen Air installed units across Canada in Audi, Recycle Smart, and Ritchie Bros Auctioners.

CEO was part of the first Canadian women only virtual business mission to India.

Origen Air became a finalist for the 2022 Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in the Innovation Category sponsored by Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at UVIC.

APRIL 2022

Co-Founder, Andrew Crawford, showcased The Pinnacle™ at the BUILDEX Vancouver forum. He and the CEO presented on the mainstage.

What are customers saying about Origen Air? We received positive feedback from the staff at Alacrity Cleantech in Victoria, BC.

Origen Air was one of Douglas Magazine’s 10 to Watch Winners for 2022.

MAY 2022

Founders filmed Dragon’s Den episode in Toronto.

Origen Air won the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Innovation Business Award sponsored by Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

Origen Air began working with Brooks Corning and Ginkgo Sustainability to provide the ultimate clean, green solution for safer, healthier and more productive indoor spaces across North America.

The Pinnacle™ was installed at Brooks Corning showroom in downtown Vancouver.

JUNE 2022

Origen Air Founders, Susan Blanchet and Andrew Crawford, attended NeoCon 2022, the world’s most important event of the year for the commercial interior design industry in Chicago, Illinois.

CEO, Susan Blanchet, was selected as one of 30 finalists in the 2022 HerStory pitch competition. She attended the Inventures Conference in Calgary, AB, prior to telling HerStory to a VIP audience in Banff, AB.

JULY 2022

Origen Air was a semi-finalist in the KPMG Tech Innovator Competition.

Origen Air began BC Fast pilot project with funding from NRC-IRAP and Innovate BC at Malahat First Nation. The BC Fast Pilot program helps regional SMEs design, build and operate a pilot plant or small demonstration of their technology in real-world conditions. The program allows B.C. technology companies to demonstrate the impact of their product, measure the value of their solution, and encourage customer adoption.


CEO featured on The Chamber Chats Vodcast hosted by Bruce Williams, CEO of The Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Origen Air closed $1.5M seed round with final investment from First Inflection Business Advisors.

Pinnacle™ Lunch and Learn events hosted in Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto.


Origen Air nominated by Coast Capital Innovation Centre for SDTC Seed Fund.

The Pinnacle™ nominated for the 2022 Interior Design’s Best of Year Award.


Four Pinnacle™ units installed at Bentall Centre in Downtown Vancouver.

Origen Air’s CEO, Susan Blanchet, was a finalist for the 2022 Women Business Enterprise Excellence Awards as a WBE Rising Star.

Origen Air featured in Boulevard Magazine, a prestigious publication attracting B.C.’s most influential and aspirational readers with stories on people, places, food, wine, homes, health, technology and more.


Co-founders appeared on the 17th season of CBC’s Dragon’s Den.


CEO participated in the Women Business Mission to Japan organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. She travelled to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto with a delegation of 52 women business leaders and dignitaries from December 4-10, 2022.

Origen Air was nominated for the Victoria Tech Community Awards in two categories: Product of the Year and Startup of the Year.

In 2022 Origen Air supported 25 employees and four capstone teams of UVIC students. We hired seven co-op students from UVIC and Camosun College in engineering, software development, and business and four capstone teams from the UVIC Engineering Department and Peter B. Gusavson School of Business MBA programs.

In 2022 Origen Air brought in over $750,000 in non-dilutive grant funding to support the development and adoption of our innovative natural air purifier, The Pinnacle™.