Steve Klein

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Klein received his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University Law School and a Master’s Degree in tax law from New York University Law School. He received his Bachelor of Science in business from the State University of New York in Albany. Mr. Klein is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Core Holdings, which owns and operates hotels and event spaces, and provides seed capital to hedge funds, venture capital funds, and private equity funds. Previously, Mr. Klein was an attorney at Skadden Arps, and Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Vinay Tolia

Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Tolia attended the University of Michigan where he obtained a BA in economics and BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Prior to his role with the Corporation, Mr. Tolia was the managing member of Bengal Capital Trading LLC, a derivatives trading firm with a focus on listed equity options, and previously held roles with investment banking firms Peter J. Solomon Company and hedge fund Midtown Capital.

Dr. Lyle Oberg


Dr. Oberg received his MD degree from the University of Alberta in 1983. Dr. Oberg was a member of the Alberta Legislature from 1993 to 2008, and was the former Alberta Minister of Finance. Dr. Oberg was also formerly a medical doctor practising in Alberta.



Mr. Miller has been the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of Apple Core Holdings since its founding over 20 years ago.  Apple Core is a private investment firm that invests in a broad spectrum of asset classes including real estate (hotels and event spaces), venture capital and private equity.  An affiliate of Apple Core was the seed investor in The Flowr Corporation and remains its largest shareholder. Prior to joining Apple Core, Mr. Miller practiced law at the firm of Ware and Friedenrich in Palo Alto, Ca and left there to become a founding partner of JED Broadcasting Co., an owner and operator of radio stations in the pacific northwest of the U.S.

Mr. Miller studied accounting and marketing at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received his law degree from Duke University.



Ms. Basian is also the Audit Committee Chair, a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. She has over 25 years’ in the consumer products, financial services and technology sectors.  Karen is President of KB Capital Management Inc. (Strategy and Advisory Services). Karen also serves on the Board of Directors of goeasy (TSE:GSY) where she chairs the HR and Compensation Committee; BookJane (on-demand healthcare staffing software) where she Chairs the Audit Committee; Kognitiv (collaborative commerce) and was Managing Director of Newtopia, an innovative personalised health company. Previously, Karen was Chief Global Strategy and Business Development Officer for McCain Foods Ltd. An innovative thinker with deep financial acumen, Karen was recognized, in 2000 as one of Canada’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ for her work as the CFO & SVP, Corporate Services for 724 Solutions (NASDAQ/TSX). Prior roles include SVP Strategy for Frito-Lay North America; Manager with Bain and Company; and International Tax Specialist with Deloitte’s.  Karen’s community and philanthropic efforts include her advisory work with Baycrest, UHN, Robarts Research Institute and FINCA Canada; and the founding of the Jewish Womens Venture Philanthropy Fund.  Karen is a CPA,CA; an MBA from IMEDE, Lausanne, Switzerland and Honors Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.



Over his nearly 30-year career at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Duet ran the bank’s Technology Division, helping lead investments in emerging companies including Square, Docker and Barefoot Networks. Mr. Duet currently serves as Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and as an Advisory Board Member to Centana Growth Partners, a growth equity firm. He graduated from Marist College with a degree in Computer Science. Don is a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee of Flowr, the latter of which he is the Chair.



Mr. Duffy is the founder and was the sole initial private investor in Holigen.  He is a recognised and respected entrepreneur who combines an extensive and complex construction background to design state of the art facilities for cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis.  He has a track record of building successful businesses in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.



Dr. Teixeira has had a global career in multinationals worldwide, including Coca-Cola, Interbrew, and Campbell’s, in positions ranging from R&D to general management, including President, Coca-Cola Russia, Ukraine & Belarus, as well as an entrepreneur in startups in Europe. He was also with CSIRO in Australia. He is an executive professor of Innovation in business schools in Belgium and Switzerland, and Associate Partner of Globalpraxis, a consulting firm in Spain, and member of the board of Wine With Spirit, in Portugal. Formerly, a board member of ProLogis in the USA, EskoArtwork in Belgium/Denmark and Chairman of the International School of Brussels, where he is an honorary trustee. Guest speaker in international conferences, he is the creator of innovation and ideation techniques and a Classics-based management development program. He received his education in Philosophy, Chemistry, Food Science and Business from Reading, Cambridge and Oxford universities.



Mr. Maurice Levesque is also the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair, a member of the Audit Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. A founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Qwest Investment Management Corp. (“QIM”). Mr. Levesque is the Chairman, CEO and Chief Compliance Officer of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd., and Chairman, President and director of Heritage Bancorp Ltd. (both companies a subsidiary of QIM).

Mr. Levesque has 30 years of experience in the Canadian financial industry and is recognized for his broad knowledge, skills and experience in the venture capital industry, financial services industry and for his leadership skills in new business formation and development. Mr. Levesque is a founder and/or a director of several private and publicly traded companies which operate in a variety of industries.

Mr. Levesque graduated from The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Administration Management.



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