Management

Management

Board of Directors

MikeWithrow

Mike Withrow

Chairman, Director

Mr. Withrow is a successful natural products and technology entrepreneur with over 30 years in public markets who has an in depth knowledge of corporate governance matters. Deep knowledge of compliance, news dissemination, Investor relations do’s and don’ts. Sat on several Audit Committees. Comfortable as early stage Investor, restructures public companies by cleaning up issued capital and financials, bringing in proven and connected management matched with technologies that have high growth potential. Specializing in applied science technology and health and wellness using extracts from medicinal plants. Familiar with the patent and IP protection Process. He has an extensive business network covering Canada, US, Panama, Columbia, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Scott McDermid

Director

Mr. McDermid is the proprietor of Rocky Mountain Investments, a real-estate investment company. Scott’s experience in land development and real estate management extends over 20 years.

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Nils Rehmann, Ph.D

Chief Science Officer, Director

Dr. Rehmann received his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences Fresenius, Germany. His academic work focused on extraction and purification of natural products. Dr. Rehmann consults for Health Canada and other government bodies.

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Guy Dancosse

Icd.D, CIRC Director

Mr. Guy Dancosse has extensive experience in arbitration, negotiation and mediation, nationally and internationally, in many areas of business and the public sector. He has undergone post-graduate training in mediation and arbitration, successfully completed the Director’s Education Program and is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Human Resources Committee at the Royal Canadian Mint.

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Leo Ford

Director

Leo Ford, BSc, began his career in the U.S. Army after his schooling as a distinguished U.S. military graduate working as a Commander (NATO Nuclear/Special Weapons Detachment). Mr. Ford held executive positions with two of the largest financial institutions in the world. He has financed business that has grown from $2-million in revenue to $200-million. Mr. Ford has a vast network of high-ranking officials in Africa, Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. He has an in-depth knowledge in international banking.

Mr. Ford has significant relevant experience in the cannabis sector specifically. A few highlights include:

Entered negotiations with various countries in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and Africa for cannabis-/cannabidiol-related industries; these are in various stages of progress, with the exception of Africa; Conducted due diligence and advised on a hemp business involving the State of Colorado, private universities and the Ministry of Agriculture (Brasil); Researched licensing in California, Colorado and Florida.

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Mike Withrow

Chairman, Director

Mr. Withrow is a successful natural products and technology entrepreneur with over 25 years in public markets. His international trade and regulatory experience has been essential to the companies he has structured.

StephaneMaher

Stephane Maher, B.A.

Business Development, Quebec

Mr. Maher has 15 years of Sales and Marketing experience and success in the Natural Products and Food Industry. He holds a B.A. in Communications and Law Certificate from Laval University.

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Scott McDermid

Director

Mr. McDermid is the proprietor of Rocky Mountain Investments, a real-estate investment company. Scott’s experience in land development and real estate management extends over 20 years.

NilsRehmann

Nils Rehmann, Ph.D

Chief Science Officer, Director

Dr. Rehmann received his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences Fresenius, Germany. His academic work focused on extraction and purification of natural products. Dr. Rehmann consults for Health Canada and other government bodies.

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Guy Dancosse

Icd.D, CIRC Director

Mr. Guy Dancosse has extensive experience in arbitration, negotiation and mediation, nationally and internationally, in many areas of business and the public sector. He has undergone post-graduate training in mediation and arbitration, successfully completed the Director’s Education Program and is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Human Resources Committee at the Royal Canadian Mint.

Advisory Board

Jean Marlowe
Ngo, M.Sc

Is well-versed in the different areas of the pharmaceutical industry and has a strong background in Pharmacy, Drug Development and Biobusiness.  Key areas include pharmaceutical research, i.e., the use of Schisandra chinensis fruit extract called Biphenyl Dimethyl Dicarboxylate (BDD) as hepatoprotectant and antioxidant for liver pathologies and as intravenous macronutrient preparation in surgery; international regulatory guidelines, i.e., ICH E2D, EMEA GVP, ISO 13485, medical device classification; intellectual property, i.e., patent search and analysis, patent examination; and marketing, i.e., CME operation, medical and scientific content for marketing materials.  Research papers include “Cancer vaccine: the current therapeutic potential,” “Choice of disease endpoints in drug studies,”  “Applications of Acapulco extract,” among others. Current endeavors include understanding the mechanism of action of Cannabindiol on different receptor groups and possible applications in neurology and cancer.

Dr. Adrian P. Wade 
Ph.D., C.Chem., MRSC, MCIC, MCSC

Dr. Wade is an analytical chemist and computer scientist who is currently the Chief Science Officer of Alternative Extracts Inc. He has published over 50 scientific papers, including work in automated chemical analysis, flow injection analysis, automated extraction methods and chromatography. He is Co-owner and Manager of Ursa Technologies Ltd. (founded 1994), which provides chemistry consulting services and undertakes research and development in process analytical chemistry and methods development. He taught analytical chemistry at University of British Columbia (1987-94) and was a Visiting Research Associate at Michigan State University (1985-87). He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Wales in 1985, and his B.Sc. from University of Southampton in 1981. He serves as a Director and Officer for Alternative Extracts Inc. where he is responsible for science and methods development. Since 2005 he has served as a Director of Goknet Mining Company Ltd., where he provides scientific and technical expertise relating to their projects in Ghana. He recently joined the Board of UC Resources Ltd as an independent Director. He is a resident of British Columbia.

Dr. Christina Juneau
 

Is the Scientific Director at TransBIOTech and she holds a B.Sc in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Food Science, both from Université Laval.  Dr Juneau has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, more specifically in the conception and development of therapeutic products, in the manufacturing processes, in the regulatory aspects related to oral and topical drugs and natural health products development, as well as in the intellectual properties and market introduction aspects of various compounds. She has an extensive experience in the design and management of applied R&D projects and she is the co-author on more than 20 patents and peer reviewed scientific articles.

Dr. Shabtai Bittman
 

Dr. Bittman is a principal research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Agassiz, BC, and previously in SK and NS, specializing in crop production.  He studied and taught Plant Ecology at McGill University and Crop Physiology (water stress) at the University of Saskatchewan. His research has been focused on minimizing environmental impacts of food production with advanced cropping and nutrient management practices.  Recent efforts include the reduction of emissions of nitrogenous gases and particulates to the atmosphere and the improvement of water quality through strategic manure use. Dr. Bittman developed the Canadian Agri-Environmental Health Indicator for Atmospheric Ammonia and co-chairs the UNECE Expert Panel on Mitigating Agricultural Nitrogen. He has won national and international awards for his research accomplishments. He founded and operates the website farmwest.com.

Advisory Board

Jean Marlowe
Ngo, M.Sc

Is well-versed in the different areas of the pharmaceutical industry and has a strong background in Pharmacy, Drug Development and Biobusiness.  Key areas include pharmaceutical research, i.e., the use of Schisandra chinensis fruit extract called Biphenyl Dimethyl Dicarboxylate (BDD) as hepatoprotectant and antioxidant for liver pathologies and as intravenous macronutrient preparation in surgery; international regulatory guidelines, i.e., ICH E2D, EMEA GVP, ISO 13485, medical device classification; intellectual property, i.e., patent search and analysis, patent examination; and marketing, i.e., CME operation, medical and scientific content for marketing materials.  Research papers include “Cancer vaccine: the current therapeutic potential,” “Choice of disease endpoints in drug studies,”  “Applications of Acapulco extract,” among others. Current endeavors include understanding the mechanism of action of Cannabindiol on different receptor groups and possible applications in neurology and cancer.

Dr. Adrian P. Wade 
Ph.D., C.Chem., MRSC, MCIC, MCSC

Dr. Wade is an analytical chemist and computer scientist who is currently the Chief Science Officer of Alternative Extracts Inc. He has published over 50 scientific papers, including work in automated chemical analysis, flow injection analysis, automated extraction methods and chromatography. He is Co-owner and Manager of Ursa Technologies Ltd. (founded 1994), which provides chemistry consulting services and undertakes research and development in process analytical chemistry and methods development. He taught analytical chemistry at University of British Columbia (1987-94) and was a Visiting Research Associate at Michigan State University (1985-87). He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Wales in 1985, and his B.Sc. from University of Southampton in 1981. He serves as a Director and Officer for Alternative Extracts Inc. where he is responsible for science and methods development. Since 2005 he has served as a Director of Goknet Mining Company Ltd., where he provides scientific and technical expertise relating to their projects in Ghana. He recently joined the Board of UC Resources Ltd as an independent Director. He is a resident of British Columbia.

Dr. Christina Juneau

Is the Scientific Director at TransBIOTech and she holds a B.Sc in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Food Science, both from Université Laval.  Dr Juneau has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, more specifically in the conception and development of therapeutic products, in the manufacturing processes, in the regulatory aspects related to oral and topical drugs and natural health products development, as well as in the intellectual properties and market introduction aspects of various compounds. She has an extensive experience in the design and management of applied R&D projects and she is the co-author on more than 20 patents and peer reviewed scientific articles.

Dr. Shabtai Bittman

Dr. Bittman is a principal research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Agassiz, BC, and previously in SK and NS, specializing in crop production.  He studied and taught Plant Ecology at McGill University and Crop Physiology (water stress) at the University of Saskatchewan. His research has been focused on minimizing environmental impacts of food production with advanced cropping and nutrient management practices.  Recent efforts include the reduction of emissions of nitrogenous gases and particulates to the atmosphere and the improvement of water quality through strategic manure use. Dr. Bittman developed the Canadian Agri-Environmental Health Indicator for Atmospheric Ammonia and co-chairs the UNECE Expert Panel on Mitigating Agricultural Nitrogen. He has won national and international awards for his research accomplishments. He founded and operates the website farmwest.com.

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