Six Atlantic Canadian startups will present in a special East Coast panel at the annual Canadian Innovation Exchange conference to be held on Wednesday.

The CIX is a Toronto-based group that supports and promotes the country’s most promising early-stage and scaling startups. It is best known for releasing its annual CIX Top 20 during a conference held in the autumn. The conference is virtual this year and will be held Wednesday and Thursday.  You can register here.

Though no Atlantic Canadian companies made the Top 20 this year, six companies will present in the Atlantic Canada Tech Showcase, which will take place at 2:30 pm AST on Wednesday. The session will be hosted by Kathryn Lockhart, CEO of Propel.

The last Atlantic Canadian company named to the CIX Top 20 was Mysa Smart Thermostats of St. John’s, which made the list last year.

The presenting companies and the speakers on Wednesday are:

3D Planeta


Norm Couturier, CEO, President and Co-Founder

3D Planeta is building software for viewing three-dimensional maps based on satellite imagery, which it sells to organizations that require precise knowledge of an area’s terrain. And last year, it added a second product offering: a marketplace where customers can buy the satellite image data needed to run the software.



Amir Akbari, President and CEO

Anessa is a software company whose products improve the efficiency of organizations converting waste to energy. Its software supports decisions on complex project design and operating conditions for anaerobic digestion facilities. The company has two main products – Anessa AD-A, which assesses the feasibility of proposed biogas facilities; and Anessa AD-O, which helps customers optimize existing facilities.



Martin Greenwood, CEO

PhotoDynamic is developing an orthodontic oral hygiene product that allows people with braces to clean their teeth better. Its product, called PD Foam and PD Tray, removes plaque using a process that combines light and an extract from a plant that grows wild in Nova Scotia. Earlier this year, the company said it planned to enter the professional orthodontic market this fall.

Stash Energy


Jamie Davison, President and CEO 

Dan Curwin, Director of Business Development

Founded in 2015, Stash uses heating registers – systems that use opening and closing slats to control the movement of warm air – to bank heat for later use, saving energy and preventing excess warmth from going to waste. In May, Stash announced it would partner with Nova Scotia Community College, Housing Nova Scotia and Solar Nova Scotia to test four model homes using different energy-saving technologies.

Potential Motors


Sam Poirier, Co-founder and CEO

Potential Motors is working on a software product called RallyAI that it says will change the driving experience. Driving currently relies on the driver controlling how the car moves or stops through mechanical systems, but Potential is working on software that would oversee the power, steering and braking in each wheel. That means that if one wheel hits a patch of ice in the winter for example, the others will react accordingly to stabilize the vehicle.


Saint John

James Stewart CEO and Co-Founder

TrojAI aims to protect artificial intelligence platforms from attacks on training data and AI models, such as poisoning or embedded Trojan and evasion attacks. AI relies on data fed into a platform, such as a huge number of images of an object. These help the software recognize an image so it can react to what the object is doing.