The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada changes name to Onda

The company unveiled a new name, a new logo, and a newly appointed CEO dedicated to fostering a future where sustainable aquaculture defines market expectations.

June 19, 2024

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The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada (CATC), a contract research organization dedicated to unlocking the answers to aquaculture's most pressing challenges, today announced an exciting rebranding initiative that marks a significant milestone in the company’s evolution.

At the core of the rebrand is the change in the company name to Onda, which means wave in Latin, embodying their commitment to sustainable research that creates positive ripple effects across the sector. The new logo cleverly links the letterforms in the Onda name with a subtle wave symbolizing the dynamic nature of water and reflecting Onda’s commitment to adaptability and innovation. This design creates a meaningful link between the past and future, paying homage to Onda's history while paving the way for its future evolution.

The new company name and rebrand comes on the heels of the recent spinoff from their US parent, The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), announced May 28, 2024. Onda will maintain alignment with their sister company CAT, and continue to be an integral part of the Cuna del Mar portfolio. While operating under separate governance and management structures, both companies remain focused on collaboration and delivering high-quality, industry leading service standards.

Onda’s rebrand was led by newly appointed CEO, Myrna Gillis. Gillis brings more than three decades of leadership experience in highly regulated industries including pharmaceutical, life sciences and law. Her experience with, and commitment to, sustainable aquaculture includes initiatives in fish nutrition, breeding, waste management, and bioactive organic nutrient generation. Myrna’s impressive leadership includes; a top 50 industry leaders recognition by Grow Up for exemplary leadership, innovation and commitment to the regulated cannabis industry, a business leadership award from the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and her excellence and integrity in law was recognized by her peers and governing body with her receipt of the Kings Counsel designation.

“As we look for ways to feed a growing population, aquaculture has the power to provide a sustainable solution; but it must be managed with great responsibility and care. At Onda, we’re on a mission to nurture a healthier and more sustainable world, starting with sustainable aquaculture,” said Gillis. “Utilizing strategic and collaborative research and cutting-edge technologies we are committed to answering pressing questions to better understand our ocean environments and how we can improve the quality, resilience and health of aquatic food sources.”

Located on Prince Edward Island, within the heart of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, Onda’s state-of-the-art facilities include an array of wet and dry labs equipped for custom-designed bench top and in-tank trials and challenges for a variety of species. With hundreds of years of experience their integrated team of health, nutrition and laboratory specialists collaborate with pharmaceutical companies, aquatic farms, vaccine manufacturers and feed producers to bring perspective and precision to their most important projects.

Through bespoke services, and a rich library of pathogens, and customizable models, Onda acts as your partner in product innovation, helping you navigate the currents of research and regulatory compliance. As a GMP and GLP certified, and GCP capable company, their systems and operations are built on the highest global standards, giving you peace of mind and ensuring world-class precision in aquatic care, compliance, and market impact.

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