Our Team


Benjamin Lightburn, B.Sc., MBA


Benjamin Lightburn is president of Mazza Innovation, a world leader in environmentally friendly water-based extraction of ingredients for food and beverage, nutrition and health, beauty and personal care. Ben joined Mazza Innovation in 2014 and in 2015 was promoted to President to build and manage the company’s rapid growth with its innovative extraction platform technology. Previously, he worked for ten years at and with Radient Technologies, a pharmaceutical extraction technology firm, where he held a variety of increasingly senior positions. Subsequently, he spent two years working in Benin and Kenya, providing business skills education and developing mobile apps focused on increasing maternal health outcomes. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Lisa Ranken

VP Operations

Ms. Ranken is a P. Eng with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UNSW in Sydney, Australia. Lisa was very involved in the successful advancement of the first of its kind cellulose conversion technology at Iogen Corporation. During her career Lisa has gained a broad realm of experience including process design, manufacturing, R&D, supply chain development, marketing and human resources.



Dr. Giuseppe (Joe) Mazza

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Former Principal Food and Bioscience Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Adjunct Professor in the Food, Nutrition and Health Program at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Food Science Department, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.

Sean Hodgins, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hodgins has over 18 years’ experience working in audit and finance. Sean worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in San Jose, CA and Deloitte LLP in Vancouver in the technology audit practices. Since 2003, Sean has lead the finance departments for several high growth tech companies including QuickMobile, Radient Technologies, MedBiogene, and LumiCyte.

Tom Lightburn

President of the Board

James Pratt

Member of the Board


Dr. Giuseppe (Joe) Mazza

A renowned authority on plant-based nutrition and functional foods, Dr. Mazza was a Principal Food and Bioscience Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada before founding Mazza Innovation. A prolific contributor to the global body of plant-based research, Dr. Mazza has published more than 200 research articles, 30 book chapters, and has written 5 books. The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) named him the world’s most cited and influential researcher in Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Mazza was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his work in the area of functional foods and nutraceuticals and was elected Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST).

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Troy Rhonemus

Troy A. Rhonemus was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016.  He is currently Chief Operating Officer for ChromaDex Corp., an innovator of novel health and nutrition technologies, where he oversees the teams responsible for new technology exploration, acquisition and commercialization, as well as teams supporting ChromaDex core businesses such as operations, regulatory and analytical services.  Prior to joining ChromaDex, Mr. Rhonemus spent several years at Cargill, a provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products.  During that time he had the opportunity to lead the process technology, regulatory and operations groups which helped bring a better tasting, sustainably produced, high purity stevia to the world.

Member of the Board


Kaiming Li

Member of the Board