For over 40 years, we’ve impacted the food, nutraceutical, cosmetics and bio-product industries all over the world under the name POS Bio-Sciences. In 2019, we decided to rebrand ourselves to better reflect who we are, what industries we support, and to better reflect our strategic move toward commercializing a pipeline of finished plant-based ingredients. Today, we are known as KeyLeaf Life Sciences, or KeyLeaf for short – the leading authority in plant-based extracts and ingredients, including hemp, cannabis, chickpeas, flax, cinnamon and others.
Our transition from POS Bio-Sciences to KeyLeaf happened at the perfect time. Our values, skills and resources are in-line with the evolving food market of the 21st century. Plant-based food solutions aren’t just a trend, they’re a mainstream part of our changing world and are here to stay, and our business model allows us take advantage of burgeoning market opportunities globally.
We work in the food, beverage and nutraceutical ingredient industries to innovate new solutions to fulfill modern needs. Transparency, non-GMO and organic processing, simplification and fewer ingredients, functionality of food, and outsourced innovation are not just among the critical trends we see – but we consider them the minimum price for entry as a supplier and change agent in the modern food market world.
Ingredient commercialization plays a significant role in what we do, and by working with plant-based ingredients, achieve ground-breaking results.
Positively disrupting the food, beverage and nutraceutical ingredient industries, creating massive advantage and value for our partners and useful innovation for consumers.
Dale joined KeyLeaf in 2011 and brings more than 38 years of experience in the value-added agri-food, R&D and bio-processing industries. He has a strong track record of business management and leadership, both from a start-up and turnaround situation. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Food Division at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). Prior to SRC, he served as President & CEO of AgraPoint International.
Dr. Rick Green joined KeyLeaf (then known as POS Pilot Plant Corporation) in 1989. As President of Technology Development for Proteins, Natural Products and Carbohydrates, his responsibilities include mentoring and coordination of the technical team for the development of new ingredient processes and technologies for the food, and health and wellness industries. His expertise includes process development in the area of extraction and isolation of proteins, fibre, polyphenol extracts, and microencapsulation.
Dr. Udaya Wanasundara joined KeyLeaf (then known as POS Pilot Corporation) in 1999. As the President of Global Ingredient Commercialization, his responsibilities include the leadership and coordination of the scientific team in their day to day responsibilities, focusing on the innovation of new ingredients. He acts as a technical advisor in managing client relationships, with expertise in industrial biochemical processes in extraction, isolation, purification and modification for lipids, proteins, and their co-products.
Grace oversees all quality aspects of KeyLeaf, ensuring regulatory requirements are met and strategic initiatives are implemented. She has over 30 years of experience in the quality/regulatory space and has completed both a certificate in Quality Management through the University of Manitoba and a Certificate in Quality Auditing through the American Society of Quality.
As the VP of Global Sales and Business Development, Justin White is responsible for increasing sales, expand international market footprints, and energizing product development. Throughout his career, he has cultivated high performance teams to launch new products/ingredients divisions and achieve aggressive goals.
As a member of the Senior Leadership Team James oversees all financial reporting, budgeting, monitor key performance indicators and Information Technology. He has over 30 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer in addition to leading facility construction and management, transportation management, strategic planning and developing a collaborative work environment with stakeholders and staff.
Ory McLelland is responsible for Human Resources, Health & Safety, and Administration at KeyLeaf. He has 10+ years of experience in HR and Health & Safety and completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.
As General Manager, Mike manages all operations at Batavia facility, including overall facility viability, operational excellence and change management, with a focus on continuous improvement. Mike has 18 years of operations management experience in sugar, vegetable oil, and medical cannabis production.
Tandra is responsible for instituting continuous improvement systems which provide effective internal management and has direct responsibility for managing and providing strategic leadership and oversight to Operations, Materials, Lab Services, and Process Development teams. Her experience includes over 15 years in food manufacturing with roles within different functional groups of the protein industry and she has recently achieved her Lean Greenbelt Certification through CME.
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