Directors, Officers and Advisors
Robert J. van Santen CPA, CA, CMT Executive Chairman, CEO and Director
Mr. van Santen has been a Director of the Company since August 2012 and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since October 2014. 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 as an Investment Advisor with Burns Fry (now BMO Nesbitt Burns), spent several years with Yorkton Securities’ Natural Resources Group, and was recognized as "Broker of the Year" while VP with the TSX Group’s oldest member firm. Mr. van Santen is Managing Director of Agilis Capital Corp., holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Organizational Behavior from Concordia University, a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant 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.
Annie Storey CPA, CA, BBA Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
Ms. Storey, a chartered accountant, brings over 25 years of accounting, reporting and financial management experience in such industries as oil and gas, mining and exploration, technology, entertainment, manufacturing, real estate and biotechnology, 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 has held teaching positions with the British Columbia Institute of Technology and the CA School of Business, and controllership positions in the manufacturing and entertainment industries. Ms. Storey earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University with majors in finance and international business, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.'s Practice Review & Licensing Committee, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Practitioners' Technical Advisory Committee, and regularly participates on boards of non-profit organizations.
David Gervais Director, President of Valens Agritech
Co-founder and President of Valens Agritech Ltd. Co-founder and former president of Northwest Supplements, a pharmaceutical wholesaler, subsequently sold off to private industry participants.
A. Tyler Robson Director, Director of Operations of Valens Agritech
Tyler Robson is Director of Operations at Valens Agritech Inc., a privately held biotechnology company focused on the emerging Cannabinoid market, based in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Mr. Robson 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.
Tim Tombe Director, Secretary of Valens Agritech
Secretary and co-founder of Valens Agritech Ltd. 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.
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.
Gordon J. Fretwell BCom LL.B Advisor
Formerly a partner at a large Vancouver law firm, Gordon Fretwell has been practicing securities law for the past twenty-five years, providing legal advice to companies in the process of going public and to established publicly traded companies in the resource, biomed, oil and gas, technology, and the emerging medical marijuana sectors. In addition to practicing law, Gordon is a director and officer of various companies trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange, and the NYSE. Gord has extensive experience providing corporate governance advice to public companies and sits as an independent director on various audit, compensation, and corporate governance and nominating committees. He has chaired multiple special committees on takeovers and other business combinations of public companies. Gord holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degree from UBC.