PPO is transforming an industry that reaches everyone

Working at PPO


At PPO, we love what we do and the people we work with. We work hard every day to bring new and vital technology to an essential and complex industry: food processing.

Our vision is to transform this industry using a combination of sophisticated hardware, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Today, we’re proud to build systems for the meat processing industry. Our systems work on the line to ensure that our clients’ poultry, pork, and beef products are safe and of the highest quality.

We offer a friendly, diverse and respectful work environment.  And we’re a small team that’s scaling fast. If you’re looking for an opportunity to tackle challenging problems that affect everyone on the planet, look no further.

Picture Yourself Here 

Hear what it’s really like to work at PPO: 

One of our team members shared his experience at Communitech’s Tech Jam


Read what it’s like to work at PPO in our blog series “People at PPO.” 

One of our team members shared her experience as a Software Developer at the Vector Institute’s AI Summit & Career Fair


You at PPO

Wonder if you belong at PPO? We’re looking for people who are:


You think outside the box and contribute new ideas and solutions.

Resilient and adaptable

You pick yourself back up and learn from difficult situations.


You see mistakes and criticism as learning opportunities.

Highly motivated

You’re accountable and engaged in your work.


You think about what’s best for the customer in the work you do.


You have an emotional understanding of everyone and everything you work with.


You treat people how you’d like to be treated.

A Science or Food Fanatic

You’re comfortable working with meat products. Bonus points if you’re passionate about science, spectroscopy, and/or food and health.

Our Vision

At PPO, we believe that the food industry can be transformed through technology; our food supply can be more sustainable; and our citizens and our planet can be healthier at the same time.

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Our Mission

PPO is a food information company. Today, PPO’s mission is to help food producers make safer, higher quality food while addressing one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions: food waste.

We achieve this through our patented Smart Imaging System, which assesses the chemical properties of food products and automates quality and safety inspections; and through machine learning, which ensures our system can operate on the line in real-time. Combining the data and the AI, PPO can generate insights that our clients can use to optimize their products and their production.

Our Guiding Principles


We are creative learners who demonstrate trust, humility, empathy and respect.  We believe that work is only one part of our lives, and we perform better with a healthy balance.


We are an inclusive and resilient team that takes initiative and focuses on our customer. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for exceptional quality work, every day.


We are proud to be creating a more sustainable future together with our customers: higher quality food, reduced waste, and a healthier planet.

Perks & Benefits

You’ll REALLY love working at PPO.      Here’s why.

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Open Culture

Our culture is based on openness and trust, and that’s reflected in everything we do. We’re a very diverse team and we celebrate what we share as well as our differences.

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Work-life Balance - Really!

We believe in working hard. We also believe that work is just one part of life. We make sure you have time for activities and responsibilities outside of PPO. You also receive flex days in addition to your allocated vacation.

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Social Events

We host regular team socials every quarter. Past socials include dumpling making, axe throwing and trivia.

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Hybrid Work Model

Right now, we encourage all employees to work from home when possible. Depending on your role, you might work from home, our office or both. Our office follows stringent safety and sanitary precautions and protocols.

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Supportive Environment

You’ll be part of a positive, strong, and collaborative team. We love celebrating birthdays, work anniversaries and other special events. We also challenge each other to meet both our personal and professional goals.

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Ongoing Learning

Learning is built into our culture at PPO. You’re encouraged to expand your knowledge and education through new experiences, courses, and other learning opportunities.

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Health Benefits and More

PPO offers very competitive benefits, including health, dental, vision, enhanced benefits, and more for you and your dependents. 

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Community Oriented

You’ll have an opportunity to participate in our annual team charity fundraiser (last year we raised $12,000 for Food4Kids!). We are also proud to be part of Waterloo’s thriving Tech Hub.