IT STARTED WITH A STEVIA LEAF…
AND GREW INTO A REVOLUTION
GLG Life Tech Corporation was founded in 1999 on a quest to overcome common health issues of our times – among them, obesity and diabetes.
Dr. Luke Zhang’s Stevia Story
GLG’s corporate values are rooted in Dr. Zhang’s vision to bring healthier, natural, zero-calorie sweeteners to the world. As a clinical practitioner, Dr. Zhang gained experience in treating chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Through his clinical work and research, he came to believe that diet had a significant influence on both the spread and treatment of these chronic diseases. Indeed, a diet rich in sugary foods has proven to be linked to these diseases.
As a concerned Canadian citizen in the 1990s, Dr. Zhang began studying the stevia plant and its potential as a zero-calorie natural sweetener that could be used to promote his vision for a healthier society. Dr. Zhang’s goal is to develop stevia and other natural sweeteners, such as luo han guo, as mainstream, healthy ingredients for the global food and beverage marketplace in order to reduce the amount of sugar in our diets.
Dr. Luke Zhang’s Biography
With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Luke Zhang is a recognized individual in the business, medical and academic communities in both North America and Asia. He has successfully built and managed a number of firms in the health and food industries, and medical and software development industries.
He holds a Ph.D in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in the United States, a Masters of Finance in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Shanghai University in China, and a Bachelor of Medicine from Shandong Medical University in China. His expertise in the medical field has helped fuel the company growth, as well as set foundational principles in research and innovation. In addition, his vision and strategic direction have enabled the company to maintain a leading edge in the global community.
Brian Meadows - President and CFO
Mr. Brian Meadows joined GLG in 2002. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years in both North America and Europe, including positions with TELUS and EnerTel. In addition, he has held senior financial and business development roles in several start-up companies in Europe as well as worked with large public companies in Canada in both financial and operational roles. His expertise in finance and operations has helped GLG effectively position itself for continual growth and profitability.
Mr. Meadows obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1987 and International MBA from the University of Glasgow in 1995. He also holds both the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as well as the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.