Team Member: Cameron Mills, Co-Founder & COO
What developing future technology are you most excited about?
I don’t think I can limit myself to just one future technology. Outside of anything related to work, there are two future technologies I am most excited about. The first is vertical farming: growing plants in stacks with artificial lights and no soil. With a continually growing population, the ability to produce food sustainably is a massive problem, and I think vertical farming has real potential to solve it. Plus, I like plants, so the idea of having an entire warehouse filled with plants from floor to ceiling is quite exciting.The second technology I am looking forward to is hypersonic commercial flight. My excitement for hypersonic flight, I will admit, is mostly selfish. As someone who loves to travel, the ability to fly from Toronto to London, England in under an hour will be amazing! We just have to hope airport security can speed up so that we aren’t waiting three hours for a one-hour flight.
Is there a skill or hobby that you are interested in but have never picked up?
As I previously mentioned, I really like plants, but, so far, my collection consists entirely of house plants. A hobby I plan to pick up soon is growing vegetables with hydroponics. Hydroponics is growing plants without soil. The roots are suspended in water with dissolved nutrients, and the plants rely on artificial lighting instead of the sun. The process is extremely efficient because you can control the nutrient and lighting levels very precisely. Ever since I saw the hydroponics farm at Disney’s Epcot on a family vacation a few years ago, I thought it would be fun to build my own. I will hopefully start growing my own tomatoes and lettuce later this year and, if all goes well, I will no longer have any excuses to not eat salad in the new year.
What's your favourite element of your job at Terrene?
Being a co-founder at Terrene is interesting because it means, in a lot of ways, I get to choose the tasks I work on, and I am always working towards something that I want to build. There are obviously still aspects of my job that I don’t enjoy, but, with only a few exceptions, I like every part of my job. That said, this was still an easy question to answer: my favourite element of my job at Terrene is the team. Every task I take on, at work or in my personal life, is improved or diminished by the people around me, and, at Terrene, I am very fortunate to be surrounded by a great group of people.