Sponsors of the NHPRS Annual Conference



Plenary Speakers

Professor Raymond Andersen
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Plenary Lecturer – Natural Product Chemistry

Dr. Raymond Andersen is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS). Prof. Andersen holds a PhD from University of California at San Diego. His laboratory has published over 300 papers on the chemistry and bioactivities of natural products. He has been awarded the Chemical Institute of Canada medal, Research Achievement Award from the American Society of Pharmacognosy, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has launched several biotechnology companies that develop natural products. His laboratory currently is investigating natural products that have roles in health and disease treatment.


Professor Leroy Little Bear, DASc
University of Lethbridge, Canada
Plenary Lecturer – Traditional Knowledge

Dr. Leroy Little Bear is a pioneer in Indigenous education and was a founder of Departments of Native American Studies in several Alberta Universities. He is an advisor on Aboriginal matters at provincial, national and international levels, and with his spouse, Amethyst First Rider, has played an integral role in breaking boundaries between traditional Indigenous and western sciences. He has received numerous awards: key to the City of Lethbridge, Urban Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctor of Arts and Science from the University of Lethbridge, Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Northern British Columbia and was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence. Most recently, Dr. Little Bear was named into the Order of Canada 2019.



Dr. M. Angela A. Meireles
Professor of the Graduate Program in Food Engineering
Partner and Director of Innovation at Bioativos Naturais

Employed for close to 34 years at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Meireles began her journey in higher education following the completion of her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. Beginning as an assistant professor in the School of Food Engineering in 1983, she has since become a professor. Dr. Meireles has supervised 50 PhD dissertations, 30 MSc theses, and approximately 72 undergraduate research projects and has coordinated scientific exchange projects between UNICAMP and European universities in France, Germany, Holland, and Spain. She served as the head of the department, as associate dean for undergraduate studies of food engineering, and as associated director at the Chemical, Biological, and Agricultural Pluridisciplinary Research Center. Dr. Meireles’ expertise has led her to serve as the coordinator of Food Science for the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) between 2014 and 2018. She is partner and the innovative director for Bioativos Naturais, Ltd. She is also an independent consultant for LASEFI, a partner and innovative director for Bioativos Naturais, Ltd., and a current invited professor at the school of food engineering at the University of Campinas.

Past Conferences

  • Innovation at the NHP/Food Interface (Guelph, ON, 2018)

  • Beyond Tradition (Vancouver, BC, 2017)

  • From idea through commercialization: Filling the gap in Natural Product Research and Development (Charlottetown, PEI, 2016)

  • Convergence, Multi-Sector Integration for Advancing Transdisciplinary NHP R&D (London, ON, 2015)

  • A Shifting Cultural Landscape of Natural Health Products (Kelowna, BC, 2014)

  • The Best of Both Worlds – Tradition and Modern Approaches (Windsor, Ontario, 2013)

  • Reflections (Kelowna, BC 2012)

  • Multidisciplinary Approach to Modern therapeutics (Montreal, 2011)

  • The Next Wave (Halifax, 2010)

  • Gateway to Wellness (Vancouver, 2009)

  • Science Across Borders (Toronto, 2008)

  • Tradition to Technology (Saskatchewan, 2007)

  • Natural Health Products in Clinical Practice – A Scientific Symposium (Edmonton, 2006)

  • From Concept to Consumer (Toronto, 2006)

  • Integrating Basic & Clinical Research (Vancouver, 2005)

  • Building Bridges Between Government, Academic & Industry NHP Researchers (Montreal, 2004)