Meet the team

Meet the team

Dihan Chandra, Managing Director

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What inspired you to start this business?

As a nature and animal lover, I’ve always been drawn toward sustainability given its fine balance between people, planet and profit.

The initial spark was exploring whether my dog’s poo could be used to generate energy to power my house instead of having to pick it up. As it turns out, the answer is no — poo doesn’t produce enough energy. But I became fascinated with finding value in what other people consider waste.

A short while later, I had the privilege of working on a funding application in Sri Lanka that was a response to a United Nations call for practical solutions to deal with plastic ocean pollution. The range of creative solutions that were proposed, including some that made revenue from plastic pollution, was truly inspiring. It cemented my belief that reasonable, practical solutions to reducing waste while generating profits are within our reach.

Then, one night at my local pub talking to the brewery manager, I asked the question we’ve all been too shy to ask: What happens to all the grain used to make beer?

After learning that most spent grain, especially from smaller breweries, ends up in landfills, The Spent Goods Company was born.

What is your background?

In 2006, I started my first social enterprise, Organic Lifestyle, an ecommerce site based on my interest in offering alternative solutions to everyday toxin exposure. It has been profitable for the past 7 years.

Prior to that, I spent 18 years working as an IT Solutions Architect at IBM, where I project-managed teams, created global offerings, managed C-suite stakeholders to achieve buy-in, and met deliverables within specific timeframes.

Core team

Justine Geroche – Sales

Marcella Tomas – Operations

Ai Morishita – Graphic Design

Yukari Watanabe – Packaging

Chan D Park – Copy Editor

Miniature Massive – Brand Strategy

Natalia Pereira – Sustainability Consultant

Katrina McGuire – Researcher

Friends of The Spent Goods Company whose guidance and support we couldn’t do without:

Henderson Brewery Co

Drake Commissary

Toronto Environmental Alliance

City of Toronto, Unit for Research, Innovation & a Circular Economy

Marc van Beusekom, co-Founder of St John’s Bakery

Paul Cohen

Ecotone Software Consulting

Evergreen

Green Belt Markets

Building Roots

Summerlunch+

ZooShare

Just Be Woodsy

Dream Zero

Second Harvest

Good Foot Delivery

Kendal Hills Farm

Carrot Cache

For the Record Productions

Centre for Social Innovation Climate Venture’s Accelerator

Ryerson Social Venture Zone

Food Share

Organic Council of Ontario