Our Leadership Team

Susan Blanchet
CEO & Co-Founder

Susan co-founded Origen Air in 2019. Her 14 years leading high-stakes negotiations and litigation teams while running a real-estate company prepared her well for the CEO role at Origen Air. Susan’s desire to help the less fortunate resulted in her raising funds to purchase land and build a school in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in 2018. As CEO, she has grown her team from two to 16, raised over $1.2M, filed key patents, and is now launching the North American commercialization of Origen’s first product, The Sentinel.

Andrew Crawford
CTO & Co-Founder

With a fiery entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for disruptive innovation, Andrew has been on the front lines in the development of vertical farms, living walls, electric vehicles, water filtration, waste management, and alternative energy solutions. He possesses a strong background in economics and hospitality management. He has a strong knowledge of botany, irrigation systems, and the wholesale/retail plant industry.

Ryan Lider
CIO & Co-Founder

Ryan is a software developer, entrepreneur, and cybersecurity specialist with 17 years of software development experience. He is an OSCP cybersecurity penetration tester and co-founder of XNote technologies, a SaaS company. In addition, he has a passion for innovative biotechnology and wide-range experience in gene-editing technologies. He has two degrees in Microbiology (2017) and Computer Science (2019).

Christopher Moreno

Experienced instructor and mentor with a demonstrated history of working in the start-up and higher education industry. Skilled in Operations Management, Production Management, Lighting, Sound, and Live Events. Strong education professional with a CMA focused in Management accounting from the University of Victoria

Darren Woods

Darren is a fractional CRO and investment banker with 10+ years of experience in financial services and consulting, where he worked in roles spanning research, analysis, and business development. He specializes in helping early-stage, tech-driven companies transition from the R&D stage to commercialization. He is a CFA charterholder.

Dr. Florentin Wilfart
VP Engineering

Dr. Wilfart is a passionately driven entrepreneur and strategic technology operations Leader with 15+ years of experience. He believes in developing sustainable and disruptive technology applications as a critical tool for improving sustainability and life quality. Dr. Wilfart oversees the product development, manufacturing transfer and scaling of Origen Air’s manufacturing.