Leadership

Our management team brings together world-class leadership across mucosal delivery sciences, molecular research, IP and legal management, marketing, distribution and financial services.

Board of Directors

Dennis Hancock

President & CEO, Mountain Valley MD - Board of Directors

Dennis Hancock is a senior sales and marketing executive with over 25 years of experience spanning automotive, tech, telco, retail and financial services sectors. Dennis spent more than 12 years in a leadership role at one of North America’s leading performance improvement and Loyalty providers, Maritz, who works with 70% of the world’s Super 50 companies. Dennis led publicly traded ZENN Motor Company as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. As a senior officer at ZMC, Dennis drove the establishment of ZENN – (Zero Emission, No Noise) as one of the most recognized “green tech” brands in North America. Dennis has several startups established, including PerformanceSPARK, an agency that works with leading organizations to identify and deliver on the key elements necessary to drive measurable performance growth, and co-founder of CrowdSeating Inc., an innovative social concert platform that provides fans with a conduit to crowdfund their favourite artist for a unique concert experience.

Kevin Puloski

Kevin is an entrepreneur and visionary. With over 26 years of executive experience, he has developed an astute ability to identify global market trends and partners with key people and organizations to ensure success in all his endeavors. Kevin currently spearheads genetic development as well as strategic land acquisitions in India and Uganda for the hemp and cannabis industry. He also maintains his position as president and CEO of Pund-IT; an IT business technology firm that is focused on helping to bring technology solutions to a wide variety of industries. Most recently, the company has moved into the cannabis space giving Kevin the opportunity to combine two of his passions. Kevin’s love of collaboration and networking has led him to hold board positions in not-for-profit, financial, healthcare, manufacturing, and digital media organizations. He is a founding member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) of South Western Ontario and continues to play an active role in the chapter.

Paul Lockhard

Paul Lockhard is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur and digital marketer. Over 35 years Paul has built a strong foundation in consumer goods and digital marketing for such brands as Trident Gum, Energizer Batteries, Ford, Lenscrafters, Labatt Breweries and Guardian Capital. He has founded 4 successful businesses, and helped 200+ startups over the past 19 years. He is a co-founder of Virtacore, a values-based organization of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, dedicated to helping other entrepreneurs launch and grow successful enterprises. Paul is currently President and CEO of Colour, a digital marketing agency with offices in Toronto, New York and Halifax. In the past 2 years, Paul has lead client engagements with cannabis companies such as Aurora (licensed producer), Cori (retail) and Embark (extraction) covering brand development, go-to-market strategy and digital marketing.

Nancy Richardson, BA, BSc

Nancy Richardson is a veteran of the pharmaceutical and agency world, developed continuing medical education for physicians, pharmacists and nurses for over two decades. Together with her business partner, Nancy ran a successful multi-million-dollar medical communications agency for twelve years, bringing numerous drugs to market, overseeing accounts, generating sales and managing daily operations. She is an experienced pharmaceutical marketing strategist, facilitator and project manager, who conducted countless advisory boards across the globe. Nancy successfully sold her business in 2017, and is now acting as VP of Client Service for LWT Communications, a localization agency with offices in North America and Europe. Nancy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Cultural Affairs Canada, an organization that brings leadership and facilitation expertise to communities in need all over the world. Nancy is also the Local Chapter Leader for the Monroe Institute in Toronto - an organization that delivers workshops and seminars on human consciousness.

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management Team

Dennis Hancock

President & CEO, Mountain Valley MD - Board of Directors

Dennis Hancock is a senior sales and marketing executive with over 25 years of experience spanning automotive, tech, telco, retail and financial services sectors. Dennis spent more than 12 years in a leadership role at one of North America’s leading performance improvement and Loyalty providers, Maritz, who works with 70% of the world’s Super 50 companies. Dennis led publicly traded ZENN Motor Company as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. As a senior officer at ZMC, Dennis drove the establishment of ZENN – (Zero Emission, No Noise) as one of the most recognized “green tech” brands in North America. Dennis has several startups established, including PerformanceSPARK, an agency that works with leading organizations to identify and deliver on the key elements necessary to drive measurable performance growth, and co-founder of CrowdSeating Inc., an innovative social concert platform that provides fans with a conduit to crowdfund their favourite artist for a unique concert experience.

Aaron Triplett

CFO, Mountain Valley MD

Aaron Triplett is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), and has accumulated over 15 years experience in the field of financial management and accounting, specializing in forecasting, compliance and risk management, and the development and monitoring of control systems. Most recently, Mr. Triplett served as CFO of Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSXV: BUS), a Canadian manufacturer of mid-sized multi-purpose transit vehicles for sale in Canada and the United States. Aaron was instrumental in the Company’s financial growth initiatives, securing a $20 million and $5 million revolving credit facility with major Canadian banks. Prior to that, Mr. Triplett served as the CFO of Angkor Resources Corp. (TSXV: ANK), a mineral exploration company with operations in Cambodia. Mr. Triplett’s work experience also includes audit and assurance manager for a mid size public accounting firm.

Antonina Szaszkiewicz

Legal Counsel, Mountain Valley MD

Antonina Szaszkiewicz (nee Chmielowski) is a lawyer and owner of ECS Law, specializing in Entertainment, Corporate and Securities law. Antonina represents both private and public companies, and individuals, with experience in a wide variety of contractual and transactional work. She specializes in business start-ups and ongoing operations for both private and public companies: including compliance with corporate and securities regulatory requirements, shareholder meetings, financings (debt, equity), M&As, business sales and acquisitions (share or asset purchases), reorganizations, share splits/consolidations, amalgamations, going public transactions, stock exchange listings, change of business, etc. Antonina is a licensed member of the Ontario and BC Law Societies.

Richard Sharp

Senior Vice President, Product Development

A serial entrepreneur, Richard has co-founded three companies in the hemp/cannabis space. Through this start-up experience, Richard has developed hands expertise across the hemp & cannabis supply-chain including; cultivar breeding, cultivation, processing, cannabinoid science, product formulation, manufacturing, delivery platforms, regulatory, marketing and retail. Since 1989, Richard has been providing strategic consulting services for organizations working in and serving the broadcast, government, digital technology, health and wellness and cannabis industries. Former clients include: MTV, Government of Canada, Obama Campaign, and Price Waterhouse Coopers, Since 2009, Richard has published The Hemp News, an online publication covering developments in the medical cannabis and industrial hemp industries.

Mike Farber

Director of LIFE Sciences

Utilizing his background in biochemistry, Michael Farber began his career in research and development doing polymer research for container-packaging company Consolidated Bathurst in Montreal. Farber has focused his attention primarily in the area of novel delivery systems for both nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. This work over the last two decades has led to his authoring over a hundred patents (both pending and approved). The main focus of this work has been to improve the bioavailability of compounds to enhance effectiveness, efficiency and convenience. The most important recent development is the patented direct-to-mouth desiccated liposomal delivery system. This proprietary, patented delivery system can be manufactured into high loading multilamellar liposomes that are desiccated onto either active or inactive substrates then placed into easy to use stick packs, thin film strips and compressible chewing gums. These robust liposomes simultaneously deliver both lipophilic and hydrophilic active molecules more effectively than traditional oral delivery using powders, drinks, capsules, tablets etc.

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Key Advisors

Azhar Rana, MD

Azhar Rana, MD, is the President of Integrated Medhealth Communication (IMC) North America and is a trained general medicine practitioner with a clinical background and has held a number of senior medical positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novo Nordisk and most recently at AstraZeneca.

Evan Clifford

Evan Clifford has over 18 years of extensive experience in entrepreneurial start-ups both in the private and public sector. Evan has earned a platinum record as the manager of one of Canada’s most successful pop music artists, played a leading role in building one of the world’s foremost electric car companies, and branched into the restaurant business as founder of the world’s first 100% sustainable Ocean Wise certified sushi restaurant. In 2015, Evan played a primary role in the introduction of the sustainable consumer water brand Boxed Water, into the Canadian market, and was a speaker at the world renowned IdeaCity Conference. In 2016, Evan orchestrated the IPO of Organic Garage (TSX-V:OG), successfully raising over $5 million for the company, and in 2018 co-founded Flower One Holdings Inc. (CSE:FONE), which raised over $80 million and owns assets in the cannabis sector including the largest licensed greenhouse in the state of Nevada. 

Jeffrey Dignard

Jeff has served as a strategic advisor in the development of the medicinal cannabis market for over 12 years and is recognized globally as a leading financial and cultivation expert across the industry. A seasoned entrepreneur, Jeff’s knowledge and expertise is steeped in 20 years of hands-on executive experience in diverse and dynamic markets including the restaurant and entertainment industries, advertising, global sales and financial investment profiles. A big-picture thinker, Jeff leverages his global connections to rapidly identify and advance business opportunities. His keen sense of vision are anchored in practical strategies focused on execution and financial success.

Lucie Letellier

Lucie Letellier is a financial professional with specialization in finance and accounting having spent over 25 years in public accounting. From 2005 to 2010 Lucie was the CFO of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. (NYSE/TSX: PZG) having contributed to the development of the company from a private enterprise through private capital raising and 2 public listings overseeing $30 million in equity financing. Paramount Gold was later acquired by Coeur Mining (NYS: CDE) for $200 million. She was also the CFO of Crestwell Resources (CSE CER) up to acquisition by Organic Garage Ltd.. Most recently, Lucie was CFO of Everton Resources Inc. (EVR: TSX-V) and Albert Mining Inc. (MJX: TSX-V). Lucie also recently acted as interim Controller for North Las Vegas Organics in connection with its acquisition by Flower One Holdings (CSE: FONE). Her work experience also includes credit and loan officer and controller for private enterprises. Her skills include financial reporting for US and Canadian pubic companies, tax compliance, corporate governance and continuous disclosure requirements.

Michael Monaco

Michael Monaco brings over 25 years of experience in the investment industry working for some of Canada’s top schedule A banks in the areas of risk, portfolio and wealth management. In the late 90’s Michael became one of the founding partners of a fixed-income focused market neutral international hedge fund. Since his exit out of the hedge fund industry, Michael has taken an active role in the acquisition and development of real estate and businesses in the small to mid-market space.

Monica Gomez

Monica Gomez launched The Concierge Club in 2011. Since then it has grown to become one of Canada’s top events and staffing agencies, generating over $10,000,000 in revenue in 2018. As a savvy businesswoman and entrepreneur with over 10 years of event planning experience, Monica has garnered the attention of high profile clients including Ciroc, GUESS, Rockstar Energy, Harry Rosen, Freedom Mobile and Hershey’s. Monica has positioned The Concierge Club as the curator of unparalleled experiential events. Leading up to the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, The Concierge Club promoted eight TIFF events during the first weekend, attracting A-list celebrities and Toronto’s most exclusive crowds. They also organized the season 11 premiere launch event for the CBC show The Dragon’s Den, hosted cosmetic brand Guerlain’s 30th anniversary soirée and Jeremy Bieber’s engagement event in the Bridle Path.

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