A. Tyler Robson Director & CEO, Director of Ops, Valens Agritech
Mr. Robson was Chief Operating Officer of the Company until taking the reins as Chief Executive Officer in May 2017, as well as remaining Director of Operations at Valens Agritech Inc. He attended the University of Saskatchewan on a football scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree to return to Kelowna to pursue research and development, plant innovation and life sciences, with an emphasis on medical cannabis and its applications in the treatment of seizures, chronic diseases, pain control, and neurological symptoms. As a Master Grower, Mr. Robson provides consulting services on plant genetics, growing methods, and leading facility and soil grown techniques that ensures consistently produced medical marijuana of the highest quality.
Robert van Santen Director & CFO
Mr. van Santen has been Chief Executive Officer of the Company since October 2014 until May 2017, and led the company’s foray into the health science sector in 2015. He has over 30 years of investment industry and financing experience, providing financial and intellectual capital to both private business and the public markets. He began his career in 1986 with Burns Fry, spent several years with Yorkton Securities’ Natural Resources Group, and was recognized as "Broker of the Year" in 1994. Mr. van Santen is Managing Director of Agilis Capital Corp., holds a B.Comm. degree in Organizational Behavior from Concordia niversity, a Chartered Accountant and CPA designation in British Columbia, a Chartered Market Technician’s designation from the Market Technicians Association in New York, and has certifications that include the Canadian Securities Institute’s CSC (Honours), CPC (Honours), PDO and the OLC.
Dr. Rob O' Brien Director, President of Valens Agritech
Dr. O’Brien is an innovation solution provider with a strong experience base in analytical chemistry, laboratory and research team management, scientific education and corporate management. He has held leadership positions in both the private sector and academia. He is a recognized expert in analytical instrumentation design and has been working with quality control protocols for Natural Health Products for over a decade. He has taught or developed over 45 different university courses related to analytical chemistry and instrument analysis at the undergraduate and graduate level. He currently leads a comprehensive and diverse team of highly qualified experts. His LinkedIn profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/suprarob
David Gervais Director
Mr. Dave Gervais is a co-founder and CEO of Valens Agritech Ltd., and former president of Northwest Supplements, a pharmaceutical wholesale company with international import/export capabilities. Mr. Gervais has been extensively involved in the medicinal cannabis sector since 2001, acquiring a wealth of cannabis related experience, knowledge, and expertise. As a master grower, as well as an advisor and consultant, Dave has focussed his attention on developing and implementing successful growing methods and systems, necessary to ensure healthy and successful commercial scale cannabis production.
John Binder Independent Director
John Binder is the founder, President and CEO of Avmax Group Inc., a Calgary based heavy aircraft maintenance and servicing facility, as well as the Executive Vice-President for Regional Express Aviation Ltd. and Chairman of the Board and CEO of R1 Airlines Ltd. (and Regional 1's founders). Avmax owns, operates and leases over 100 aircraft worldwide. Prior to founding Avmax John was President and owner of Western Avionics of Calgary, Canada's largest aircraft avionics company, now a division of the Avmax Group. Mr. Binder is a licensed aircraft engineer with over 45 years of experience in the aviation sector, was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Prairies Regional award, and was the recipient of the Max Ward Aviation Maintenance Trophy for contributions to the aircraft maintenance industry in 2010. In addition to his work with Avmax, Mr. Binder applies his entrepreneurial expertise to various other business interests.
Timothy Tombe Independent Director
Mr. Tombe is co-founder of Valens Agritech Ltd. and a shareholder and director of Valens GroWorks. Founded Advantage Microbial Solutions in 2009 to provide microbiological materials to the viticulture industry, and a wide variety of organically certified material for the agriculture and hydroponic industry.
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Annie Storey Controller
Ms. Storey has over 25 years of accounting, reporting and financial management experience, including twelve years in public practice in the areas of audit, accounting and quality control with national (MNP) and international (KPMG) financial consulting and advisory firms. As audit partner, she guided clients through regulatory environments to meet complex cross-border reporting requirements. Ms. Storey held teaching positions with BCIT and the CA School of Business, controllership positions in manufacturing and entertainment industries, membership on CPABC's Practice Review & Licensing Committee, the CICA Practitioners' Technical Advisory Committee, and on boards of non-profit organizations. Ms. Storey earned a BBA from Simon Fraser University with majors in finance and international business.
Anderson SmithPresident & CEO, Supra THC Services
Mr. Smith has been involved in analytical testing for over 15 years. He has developed quality management systems that have led to ISO accreditation for laboratories specializing in the analysis of natural health products. Mr. Smith has taught numerous technical courses on analytical instrumentation to technical support staff as well as conducted specialized training for users with demanding anlytical applications. In addition to his technical background, Mr. Smith also has a background in business development that allows him to better integrate and drive success of sales and supporting services. An international laboratory software vendor utilizes Mr. Smith as an integration specialist for their North American clients.
Yasantha AthukoralaQPIK, Valens Agritech
Dr. Yasantha Athukorala, Ph.D. is the Qualified Person In Charge (“QPIC”) for Valens Agritech Ltd. He is an accomplished scientist with outstanding research and leadership skills and more than 7 years of experience investigating bioactive compounds from agricultural bio-resources. With a unique background of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Bioresource Technology knowledge, Dr. Athukorala brings a demonstrated record of project and publication success, credited with discovering naturally-occurring bioactive compounds using enzymatic digestion, bioassay-guided extraction and fractionation procedures with potential commercial applications in food, health and bio-resource utilization industries.