Fytokem Products Inc. recently announced the appointment of Wei Guang
(Victor) Ma to the position of phytochemical isolation specialist.
“His vast experience in bioactive isolation will help us unlock the
active molecules that make our products so potent and effective, a key
in certifying their purity and potency,” said Art Hesje, president of
Fytokem researches and develops plant-based ingredients for use as
cosmetics, nutraceuticals or bio-industrial products.
Ma is expected to be responsible for the isolation, purification and
identification of the phytochemicals from natural plant extracts.
He has received a bachelor and masters degree from Yunnan College of
Traditional Chinese Medicine in Yunnan, China. Ma carried out his PhD
work at the University of Laussane, Switzerland, and came to Canada in
CIGI head to resign
Arnold Tremere, executive director of the Canadian International Grains
Institute, plans to retire May 31.
Tremere has worked as CIGI’s executive director since 1989.
He joined the organization in 1982 as director of feed technology.
Before that, he worked with Master Feeds, a division of Maple Leaf
Mills in Calgary.
Tremere noted that during the past 20 years, CIGI has undergone
“Program content is now more focussed, as well as more technical in
nature and held over a shorter time period,” he said in a News release
Since his 1982 arrival at CIGI, Tremere has seen an instant noodle line
added to the pilot noodle plant and a pilot pasta plant and test bakery
As well, there have been upgrades to the pilot flour mill and quality
During his time with the institute, CIGI’s programs have expanded
beyond wheat, barley and canola to include other crops, especially
Tremere was born in Shaunavon, Sask., and holds a bachelor of science
in agriculture and a master of science in animal science from the
University of Saskatchewan.
He also holds a PhD in animal nutrition from Cornell University in New