We partner with independent farmers who are passionate about cultivating healthy, sustainable crops that promote the health of families globally and also preserve our ocean’s ecosystems. Working closely with our trained agronomists, they strictly follow our Crop Assured 365® system, a promise that your omegas are naturally authentic, from soil to oil.
Our NCI team is passionate about what we do and why we do it. Our “why” is simple. Ahiflower is a balancing force in nutritional health, ocean abundance, and agricultural stewardship. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to be a part of something that is so inspiring and fulfilling.
Drawing on some of the best health, environmental, agricultural and scientific experts, we have established breadth and depth of wisdom, life experience and professional expertise on our advisory team. This group assures that we are supplying you premium value ingredients from the plants that we cultivate under contract.
Dr. Marc E. Surette, PhD. Dr. Marc Surette is a professor of Biochemistry at Université de Moncton, Canada. Dr. Surette earned a BSc and MSc from Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia, and a PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He did post-doctoral training at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université Laval in Québec City, and at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. Dr Surette spent nearly 5 years with a biopharmaceutical company in North and South Carolina as Director and then as Vice-President of Research and Development, before returning to Canada as a Professor and Canada Research Chair at Université de Moncton. In 2015 he was named the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Biosciences.
Dr. Surette and his team conduct biomedical health research in the field of cellular lipid metabolism. His research program encompasses both fundamental discovery as well as applied research projects that include the development and testing of new pharmaceutical agents and the investigation of sustainable sources of omega-3 fatty acid from agriculture. Dr. Surette is the inventor on 4 issued patents, has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and has presented over 100 Conference and invited communications.
Dr. Mary McNiven grew up in Southern Ontario and was involved with 4H Dairy and Equine Clubs for a number of years. Keen to continue in the field of agriculture, she attended the University of Guelph. After completing her degree, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, she moved to Uppsala, Sweden, to pursue a Doctorate in Animal Nutrition. In addition to intensive Swedish language instruction, she milked research cows, entered research data, and did chemical analysis until her research project commenced. Her area of study was the maintenance energy requirements of fat and thin animals, and she had the opportunity to conduct one of her major trials at the Queen's University of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. After the completion of her doctorate
degree at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, she was offered a research position at the Agricultural University of Norway in Ås for three years.
Upon her return to Canada, she worked at McGill University as an Assistant Professor in Montreal until she took up her position as Professor of Animal Science and Nutrition at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. For the past 25 years, her research program has included evaluating novel feeds and feed byproducts for use in ruminant and monogastric diets, and lipid metabolism in meat and milk production. She has published numerous research papers, and has supervised many MSc and PhD graduate students.
Dr. McNiven also works with a clinical psychologist using equine-assisted psychotherapy under the EAGALA model for PTSD and trauma clients. In addition, she does animal therapy at the palliative care unit with horses and dogs. She has a small farm on PEI, has a couple of Norwegian Fjord Horses, and she raises and races Standardbred horses.
Dr. William Harris holds a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. Since 1980, his research has focused on omega-3 fatty acids and human lipid metabolism, platelet function, cardiovascular and neurocognitive disease. He has been on the medical faculties of Kansas University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is currently at the University of South Dakota. He has been the principal investigator on 5 omega-3 related NIH grants and has published over 200 papers on omega-3. As of December 2016, Dr. Harris was the most published omega-3 researcher in the world. In 2004 he and his colleague Dr. Clemens von Schacky proposed that the “Omega-3 Index” (RBC EPA+DHA) be considered as a new risk factor, for not only cardiovascular but also neurocognitive diseases. In 2009, he founded a company (OmegaQuant Analytics, LLC) to offer the test to researchers, healthcare providers and consumers. Dr. Harris is the President of OmegaQuant Analytics.
Dr. Alexandra Richardson is best known for her research into how nutrition (and particularly fatty acids) can affect behaviour, learning and mood, although her work also involves several large-scale collaborative programmes that include studies of epidemiology, genetics, brain imaging, biochemistry and nutrition as well as physiological and psychological functioning. Her current research centres on the role of fatty acids in relation to both normal individual differences and developmental and psychiatric disorders such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism, depression and schizophrenia. Recent and ongoing work includes controlled treatment trials to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation with fatty acids in relation to features of these conditions, experimental studies of possible underlying mechanisms, and collaborative investigations of the epidemiology and genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Alex has more than 80 research publications in peer-reviewed journals and academic books. She is also the author of They Are What You Feed Them - a widely-acclaimed book written for parents and professionals that explains how and why children's diets can affect their behaviour, learning and mood, and offers easy-to-follow practical advice based on the latest scientific evidence.