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taiga bioactives

Taiga’s vision is to become a leading researcher and world-wide supplier of Canadian-made botanical therapeutics and personal care products.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 1993
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Taiga BioActives Inc. (Taiga) of Calgary, Alberta has harnessed the power of botanicals to produce natural topical treatments for common and intractable medical conditions. . The Company’s Natural Health Products (NHPs) will provide both consumers and medical practitioners with alternatives and complementary treatments to existing options such as antibiotics and steroids. .


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    Rick Smith

    Rick has significant senior management experience in the life sciences area including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and plant sciences, as well as several commercialization initiatives in plant biotechnology. He retired at the end of 2005 as President and CEO of Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company. Current Board positions include: Director of AVAC; Director of Commercial Solutions Inc. (TSX);

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    John Hiebert
    President and CEO

    A successful entrepreneur with a solid track record of creating and building successful businesses, having founded and run two previous start-up companies. John was named President of Taiga in 2004 and President and CEO in 2006. His leadership has enabled the development of proprietary products, the identification of opportunities for growth and development, as well as the establishment of an expert cross-functional team. John has also earned

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    Janet Hyde
    Marketing and New Product Development

    Janet brings 25 years of experience in retail management, strategic planning, marketing and marketing research to Taiga. Her experience includes developing strategy with Agricore United and Husky Energy as well as enabling the development of Alberta’s agri-value sector. Recent successes include:
    • Saponin Inc. Feasibility Study and Implementation Recommendations
    • Omega 3 & 6 Camelina Sativa Feasibility Study and Implementation Recommendati

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    Paul Heyens

    Paul is a proven entrepreneur and brings strategic leadership expertise developed through more than 15 years as CEO and President of Alberta Glass Company Inc. (AG). Paul has served on other business and non-profit boards and has extensive volunteer experience in both his local community and internationally.

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    Dr.David Cox

    David has 15 years’ experience as CEO in the biotech/pharmaceutical/Agri-food industries including Radient Technologies, TEC Edmonton, Quest Pharmatech Inc., KC Avicenna. He is currently Co-Chair of Bio Alberta and has extensive previous experience as a director with SemBiosys Genetics Inc (TSX:SBS), QuestPharmaTech Inc (TSXV:QPT), Chairman of the Board BCY Life Sciences Inc. (TSXV: BCY). David holds a PhD in Microbiology from Leeds University (

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    Fred Shaw

    Fred is President of Centra Holdings Inc., a research and investment company and brings extensive corporate and operations experience to Taiga. A chemical engineer by training, Fred has held senior management positions in several successful and well regarded engineering firms, including Colt Engineering Corp (4500 employees) where, as a Partner, Fred spent 20 plus years building the company through prosperous and challenging times. Fred is active


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    McCarthy Tetrault
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    Myers Norris Penny