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Jacqueline Shan and Peter Pang

Dr. Jacqueline Shan

Jacqueline Shan and Peter Pang, the developers of COLD-fx, both emigrated from China. Although both also have their PhD in Physiology, it was their knowledge and belief in traditional Chinese medicine that helped them to develop their remedy against the common cold. COLD-fx is made from American ginseng and boosts the body’s immune system without interfering with prescription drugs or causing serious side-effects. Currently, COLD-fx is one of the top-selling cold and flu remedies in Canada. Shan studied Physiology at the University of Alberta, where Pang was Head of the Physiology Department. Pang was killed in a traffic accident in China in 2005. Shan is currently President and CEO of CV Technologies Inc., the company they formed to produce and market their ginseng-based drugs.

Marty Chan

Marty Chan was raised in Morinville. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA and began writing. Much of his work has dealt with being a Chinese-Canadian, including his signature play, Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl, and his CBC commentary series, The Dim Sum Diaries. His play won an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best New Work and had a successful Off Broadway run in New York City. Chan has also been the playwright in residence at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre and has received the Arts Achievement Award from the City of Edmonton.

Ho Lem

Ho Lem came to Canada from Canton, China, in 1901 and settled in Calgary. He was convinced that Gold Mountain, the name Chinese immigrants gave to Canada, would bring him success, and he worked hard to achieve his dream. Lem got a job washing dishes at a hotel. As the years passed, he earned enough money to start his own restaurant, the Belmont. Lem also played an important role in developing Calgary’s Chinatown, helping to build the first building in the area. Lem later went into other forms of business, starting his own company and then finding work as an insurance salesman. Once in Canada, Lem converted to Christianity and funded and placed the cornerstone of the Chinese United Church in Calgary. Lem was strongly involved in the Chinese community until his death and worked to promote racial harmony. Even today, the best ethnic community float in the Calgary Stampede parade receives the Ho Lem Award.

Lingyun (Lily) Wu

Lingyun (Lily) Wu received her medical degree in China and practised medicine there until she came to Canada in 1987. She earned her MSc in Physiology from the University of Alberta and completed her PhD at the Université de Montréal. Wu is currently an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where she conducts research on heart disease, specifically on issues relating to high blood pressure and strokes. Her research is ground-breaking and has even been published in Time magazine in an article titled “Eat your Sprouts”. The article states the importance of eating green-leafy vegetables, especially broccoli sprouts, in lowering blood pressure and the likelihood of strokes. Wu has received numerous awards, including the New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Alumni Award of Excellence from the University of Alberta. She has also received the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award in the science, technology, and research category.

Steven Aung

Dr. Aung’s grandfather was a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner who wanted one of his grandsons to work to integrate the best aspects of eastern and western medicine. Aung took this challenge as his goal and studied traditional Chinese medicine in China and his native country of Myanmar. He studied western medicine in Canada and then began to practise a combination of the two types of medicine. In 1991, he founded Canada’s first Certificate Program in Medical Acupuncture, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Aung is a professor at the University of Alberta and performs acupuncture for people at clinics throughout Alberta, including for members of the Edmonton Oilers and Eskimos sports teams. Aung travels around the globe, serving on international medical organizations and giving seminars and lectures about his integrated approach to medicine. Buddhism is an important part of Aung’s life, and he spends time every day meditating. Among the numerous awards Aung has received are the Physician of the Century Award from the Alberta Medical Association, the Alberta Order of Excellence, and the Order of Canada. Aung currently lives in Alberta with his wife and children.

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