Many of our entrepreneurial LFS graduates have launched their own innovative businesses, providing valuable jobs and economic benefits to their communities. Visit these diverse and inspiring initiatives below––and support them whenever you can. And don’t forget to add your own business to these success stories by contacting us directly.
Please note: These profiles are for informational purposes only; LFS does not officially endorse these businesses.
Simran Panatch | BSc (Food Nutr) 2019
A pioneering regenerative farm in Steveston, British Columbia, Athiana Acres grows a huge diversity of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Produce is sold online, at their onsite farmers’ markets and to restaurants throughout the region.
DESIREE NEILSON NUTRITION
Desiree Nielsen |BSc (Food Nutr) 2006
Author, podcaster and registered dietician, Desiree Nielson is an educator and consultant focusing on plant-based nutrition as well as digestion health issues and solutions. Her plant-based cookbooks, Eat More Plants and Good For Your Gut are both bestsellers.
ELEPHANT GARDEN CREAMERY
Betsy Ng |BSc (Food Nutr) 2010
A destination Vancouver ice-cream shop loved by local treat fans, Elephant Garden Creamery pioneers unique flavours with an international twist––from HK Milk Tea to Matcha Honeycomb Nugget. The popular store is a calming oasis of minimalism, greenery and unexpected whimsy.
THE FREEMAN CLINIC
Dr. Allison Freeman | BSc (Global Res Sys) 2004
Empowering patients with proactive food and wellness strategies to achieve superior health outcomes is the raison d’etre of Toronto’s Freeman Clinic, where naturopathic doctor Allison Freeman actively incorporates her LFS background in nutrition and soil health studies.
HOT THAI KITCHEN
Pailin Chongchitnant | BSc (Food Nutr) 2007
Popular You Tube cooking show and website Hot Thai Kitchen demystifies Thai cuisine with an educational, entertaining approach accessible to all. Chef-founder Pailin Chongchitnant has also written two cookbooks and been featured in publications from Bon Appetit to the New York Times.
SIMPLY ZERO FOODS
Gloria Tsang | BSc (Dietetics) 1996
Producing a plant-based, certified organic, made-in-Canada protein powder plus two popular varieties of turmeric powder, the team of scientists at Simply Zero Foods spends countless research hours developing, improving and recipe-testing.
Alexandra Inman | BSc (Food Nutr) 2016
Stephani Dang | BSc (Food Nutr) 2016
Founded as a partnership between two registered dietitians who met and studied together at LFS, Vancouver Dieticians had grown to include a wider team of experts, each dedicated to advising and coaching on digestive health, nutrition, diet and much more.