Natural Fibre Technologies is a venture 20 years in the making. It all started with a simple vision to use bio-waste to make useable goods.
Natural Fibre Technologies is a continuation of TTS’s drive to create partnerships for the commercialization of its sustainable biocomposite technologies.
In 1998, Tam Tekle launched TTS—a research and development firm—with a deliberate intent to develop value-added products using by-products from forestry and agricultural production. The company quickly acquired an international reputation for technical and innovative excellence, building a list of consulting clients that include Canfor, Dieffenbacher, Domtar, International Paper, Modern Laminated Timber, Nelson Pine Industries, Schweitzer-Mauduit, and West Fraser Timber.
By 2006, the company developed a suite of green building products, and began pursuing partnerships for commercial production. The first commercial spin-off, BioComposites Group, launched in 2013 and TTS led the development of the multi-million dollar engineered fibre mat plant in Drayton Valley, Alberta.
Natural Fibre Technologies is a continuation of TTS’s drive to create partnerships for the commercialization of their remaining sustainable biocomposites technology. NFT exists to pair TTS's unique products and technology provider with agricultural and production relationships across Western Canada. This makes Natural Fibre Technologies the first vertically integrated company in the world embracing the concept of “Whole Crop Utilization”.
What we do
Natural Fibre Technologies processes agricultural material—particularly hemp—grown by food producing strategic partners across Western Canada. With a production facility in Nisku Alberta, NFT is the first commercial hemp processing plant in Alberta.
We make clean hemp hurd and fibre available for bulk sales but at the same time, we are also diverting material into the production of value added products for CBD exctraction feedstock, industrial inputs, the construction industry, and consumer products for home and office.
Natural Fibre Technologies is committed to a sustainable future. Our focus is developing products that make the lowest impact on the environment, the highest return on investment, and the greatest benefit to the communities where our plants are located.
We believe that business can create shared value: value that simultaneously yields more profit and greater social impact, resulting in powerful transformations and opportunities for growth and innovation in both business and society.
To learn more about shared value, please visit sharedvalue.org
BSc. (Honors) Wood Science
Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining
Tam is a recognized leader in bio-material research and development. For 20 years, he has been an in-demand advisor for his depth of knowledge and on-demand prototyping capabilities. Tam's personal vision is to turn what we might see as waste, and turn it into useable products.
While Tam heads up the formation of NFT, he continues to lead TTS as a research and product development firm providing a seamless R&D pipeline for success of NFT.
Vice President Venture Development
Jesse Hahn is a Professional Agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and holds a BSc in Environmental Science with a focus on Environmental Economics & Policy. Jesse is a director of several publicly traded companies and brings with him a range of experience in emerging agriculture and technology industries. As the Hemp correspondent for the Alberta Council of Technologies, he has demonstrated his ability to convene industry participants for the purposes of business development, stakeholder education and sharing of best practices.
We are currently recruiting key company leadership positions:
Corporate Development & Finance