BOARD OF DIRECTORS & GOVERNANCE POLICIES
Executive Director, Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer
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.
Executive Director, Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Flow is globally recognized for his cannabis thought leadership and expertise in building and operating cannabis cultivation facilities. Mr. Flow was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at MedReleaf from January 2013-April 2015. Mr. Flow sits on the board and advisory committees of several cannabis-related companies.
Executive Director, Co-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
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHIEF POLICY & MEDICAL OFFICER
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 studied accounting at The Wharton School of Business and received his law degree from Duke University. Over the past five years, Mr. Miller has been the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel 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.
LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
Mr. Shah is also the Human Resources and Compensation Committee Chair, a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He is Chairman and Managing Director of JumpStart Ventures. Previous to Jumpstart Ventures, in 2006 Mr. Shah founded Outcome Health and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company which worked to improve health outcomes by serving actionable health information to chronic disease patients at the point of care. In addition to his work at Jumpstart Ventures, Mr. Shah serves on the Board of Directors of many civic organizations including Young Presidents Organization (YPO), 1871, and MATTER, a community of healthcare innovators and incubator for ideas. Mr. Shah also serves as a mentor for numerous technology start-up accelerator/incubator programs including TechStars Chicago, HealthBox and Blueprint Health in New York City. Mr. Shah has had direct oversight over compensation related matters in many of these organizations where he has made compensation recommendations to the board or served on a compensation committee.
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.
DR. J. ANDRÉ DE BARROS TEIXEIRA
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.