James Tjan

Food Science Advisor

James Tjan is the President and CEO of Mindful Snacks, a provider of healthy snacks and beverages servicing some of the GTA and southwestern Ontario’s most notable companies, including Google, LinkedIn, Nike, and many more.

Tjan founded Mindful Snacks following four successful years with Freshii, first as Director of Operations, and later as Vice President, Purchasing and Product Innovation, where he managed over $10 million in global purchasing annually.

In his time with Freshii, he led menu development and franchising, and oversaw the rebranding of the company, helping it to grow from eight to 50 locations in cities in Canada, the US, Austria and Dubai, with pre-sales of 300 franchises that will open over the next decade.

James graduated from Ryerson University’s Hospitality program in 2003. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Alice.