Andrea has worked in radio since 1990 in both research and sales, dealing with Canada’s largest advertisers and agencies. She’s currently with Canadian Broadcast Sales working with the national sales team. Andrea has been watching the rise of the Canadian cannabis industry with great interest and is fascinated by the business implications and opportunities associated with legalization.
Alan Cross is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker whose major client is Corus Enertainment. In his 35 years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music and The Secret History of Rock. He’s also written four reference books on alt-rock, recorded four audio books (all top-sellers on iTunes), written liner notes for dozens of CDs and contributed to magazines and other publications in Canada and the US. He’s also a sought-after college and university lecturer (including the [...]
Kent Hovey-Smith is a Partner and the Vice President of Corporate Affairs with Tidal Health Solutions, a medical cannabis company. Kent is a communications specialist with over 25 years’ experience in marketing and communications. Kent served as Senior Director of Public Affairs and member of the executive team for Japan, Australia and Emerging Markets with Biogen, one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. He previously served as a Managing Director of FTI Consulting, and Director of Communications at Schering-Plough Canada, where he served on the executive team.
Pelton has extensive local and international experience leading and managing operations in training and education. Before being appointed Executive Director of Continuing & Professional Studies at KPU, he was the Director, Training Delivery at the Industry Training Authority (ITA) where he worked with colleges, institutions and special purpose teaching universities to support the delivery of trades training across BC. Prior to his role at ITA, Pelton worked at SAIT Polytechnic where he held the roles of Manager, Business Planning and Corporate Training; Executive Director, Earned Revenue Transition Project; and Manager of Business Operations. In his current role as Executive Director, his responsibilities include identifying, delivering and marketing continuing and professional studies opportunities that meet the [...]
Har Grover is an entrepreneur, investor, senior executive and strategist with over 30 years of experience in healthcare, life sciences and technology. He has worked with growth companies at all stages, from start-up to commercialization, to going public and growing through the $1 billion revenue mark. Har has helped companies enter new markets both in Canada and internationally - organically and through M&A, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. He is the Co-Founder of Scientus Pharma, CannScience Innovations and Nucleus GC. Har has served on several corporate and non-profit boards including: Chair of Armour Therapeutics, Chair of Crohn's and Colitis Canada, Board Director of Medworxx, Board Director of MedcannAccess. Har has an undergraduate degree in life [...]
Mr. Engel is CEO at Organigram Inc, a leading publicly-traded licensed producer of medicinal cannabis in Canada. A senior executive with 30 years of National and International experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, cannabis and consumer packaged goods industries, Mr. Engel has led the creation, development and growth of several companies over the span of his career. An articulate and trusted voice in the burgeoning Canadian cannabis space, Mr. Engel most recently worked with a competitive licensed producer to become the first Canadian exporter of medical cannabis, as well as the establishment of several trailblazing industry standards. As leader at Organigram Inc, Mr. Engel is focused on reputational excellence through product quality and safety, expansion of [...]
Colin Webster is the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Hero Ventures Ltd., a seed and early stage venture fund focused on technology. He is responsible for the overall corporate and investment vision of the company. During his tenure both in startups and in the venture capital business, Colin has gained extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs to shape their vision into successful long term growth companies. Colin has a history of working as a minion in corporate environments, such as NCR Canada, CAST Shipping in Belgium and Hummingbird Communications; as an entrepreneur/founder with companies such as Truition, Jatheon Technologies, FirstCoverage, Dos Cielos; and as a venture investor for all the porfolio of companies at Hero [...]
Tony Asseiro is a Technical Leader with MNP’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (“SR&ED”) Services team in Vancouver. Tony works with start-ups and manufacturing companies that perform research and nonroutine engineering to help them maximize their tax credits. Tony has more than 20 years of experience in patents and research and development, including 10 years with Magna International Inc. While at Magna, Tony evaluated intellectual property related to the Ford Focus Electric car development. He also evaluated new ideas from Magna engineers, shop floor workers and external inventors, and prepared and prosecuted international patent applications for in-house inventions. Further, Tony provided legal guidance in the areas of patent licensing and litigation, contracts and trademarks. Detail-oriented [...]
Neha Tiku is the SR&ED Practice Leader for the GTA region of MNP. Located in MNP’s Markham office, Neha has over 19 years of experience providing tax solutions to her clients in the healthcare, life sciences & biotechnology, information technology, manufacturing, and food & beverage sectors. Neha works closely consulting with clients at every stage of the process in order to make tax strategic recommendations and identifying potential SR&ED opportunities. Neha’s ability to resolve complex or unusual tax-related issues makes her an asset when structuring client SR&ED activities to maximize the R&D tax credits. Neha has been involved with claims in the hundreds of million dollar range for large public companies. Notably she has worked [...]