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Board of Directors and Management

Board of Directors

Raymond Lai

CPA, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

Raymond Lai has been a certified professional accountant for over 25 years and has held key roles for public companies in the manufacturing, mining and packaging industries for over 10 years.  He has been instrumental in securing corporate financing in both domestic and international markets.

Joe Wong

M.Sc., Director and Vice President of British Columbia Operations

Joe Wong is a highly experienced horticulturalist. He has spent the last 30 years improving nursery production and growing systems. He began his career with the B.C. Ministry of Forests in 1978 and, in 1985, started Woodmere Nursery, where he managed the design and construction of a greenhouse facility with an initial crop production of 2.5 million containerized seedlings per year. Those operations have now increased to 12 million seedlings annually and Woodmere has been a recipient of the prestigious Northern Forest Innovator’s Award for its research into improving the germination of trees.

Terence Lam

Director, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Terence Lam is a member of the PBA Society of Canada. Prior to spending nine years in an accounting practice, he owned and managed a wholesale and retail business for over a decade. He has worked with employees, financial institutions, suppliers and accountants to understand the complex requirements of a productive business culture.

Greg Moline

Director

Greg Moline is President and CEO of High Brix Manufacturing Inc., based in Leduc, Alberta. For the past thirty-two years, Mr. Moline has successfully managed and operated two primary businesses. He started his own construction company in Edmonton and has operated it successfully for twenty-five years. Because of his roots in farming, Mr. Moline became involved with soil testing. Armed with soil & plant health data from this work, Mr. Moline has spent the past seven years in the global manufacturing and distribution of soil technology processes.

Naj Zada

Director

Naj Zada joined the Board of Directors with over 16 years of technology, sales, and marketing experience. Currently President of Instalogic Inc., a private company involved in 200 custom projects and over 500 ongoing accounts, he has identified strategic markets and opportunities that have led to projects such as InstaTable Inc., a restaurant reservations application and technology, IQuRe Inc., a charitable donations application and technology, and SoftAlive Inc., an internal complete project management software technology.

Daniel Larkin

Director

Mr. Daniel Larkin serves as the cofounder and manager of BLM5 Investments, LLC and for Bumblee Partners, LLC. Mr. Larkin one of the cofounders of BioNeva and is also involved in several other cannabis consulting companies. Mr. Larkin possesses extensive experience in the cannabis industry. Mr. Larkin will play an important role in the Company’s operations in Nevada as he has assisted in the development of partnerships for vertically integrated medical cannabis licenses in multiple American states. Mr. Larkin is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and earned a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in corporate and international finance and investment with a Minor in Economics.

Management Team

Raymond Lai

CPA, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

Raymond Lai has been a certified professional accountant for over 25 years and has held key roles for public companies in the manufacturing, mining and packaging industries for over 10 years.  He has been instrumental in securing corporate financing in both domestic and international markets.

Joe Wong

M.Sc., Director and Vice President of British Columbia Operations

Joe Wong is a highly experienced horticulturalist. He has spent the last 30 years improving nursery production and growing systems. He began his career with the B.C. Ministry of Forests in 1978 and, in 1985, started Woodmere Nursery, where he managed the design and construction of a greenhouse facility with an initial crop production of 2.5 million containerized seedlings per year. Those operations have now increased to 12 million seedlings annually and Woodmere has been a recipient of the prestigious Northern Forest Innovator’s Award for its research into improving the germination of trees.

Terence Lam

Director, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Terence Lam is a member of the PBA Society of Canada. Prior to spending nine years in an accounting practice, he owned and managed a wholesale and retail business for over a decade. He has worked with employees, financial institutions, suppliers and accountants to understand the complex requirements of a productive business culture.

Jameson Welbourn

Vice President of Business Development

Jameson Welbourn is a business development executive with over six years of experience specializing in the commercial real estate industry representing both tenants and landlords. He has a proven track record for identifying and capturing market opportunities and has brokered over 90 landlord-tenant lease transactions, valued in excess of $20 million. He has successfully created, lead and executed detailed sales and business development strategies. Companies represented include; FT Services, Baron Oilfield Supply, Striker Resources, Acme Energy, The Consulate of Mexico, The Historical Society of Alberta, Engineered Chemistry and the Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada. Jameson has a deep passion for the business of cannabis and has been following the industry closely since 2005.

Ken Suydam

Head of Cultivation and Cannabis Technologies

Ken Suydam was master grower at Dystinctively Different Herb Co. LLC, an award-winning cannabis grower. Before that, he served as cultivation facility construction and grow consultant at The Proving Grounds LLC. Under his tenure, Dystinctively won the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup and placed second in both the Hybrid and Indica categories. Other awards garnered under his leadership include a first place for rosin at Chalice 2015. This was the first rosin award ever given out in the United States.

Tracey Scott

CPA, Corporate Controller

Tracey Scott comes to Maple Leaf with over 20 years’ experience in accounting. Tracey has been a Controller for several corporations, most recently for Platinum Communications Corporation, a TSXV exchange listed company supplying internet to rural Alberta. She has also worked in public practice and had her own firm serving small and medium businesses in Alberta.

Kenneth Suydam

Head of Cultivation & Cannabis Technologies

Kenneth Suydam, Head of Cultivation & Cannabis Technologies, will oversee all cultivation and extraction activities for MGW.  Kenneth Suydam is a decorated grower his achievements include but are not limited to:
  • Second place Hybrid at the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup
  • Second place Indica at the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup
  • First Place Rosin at the Chalice Awards in 2015 for his work with Essential Extracts — the first-ever rosin (a solventless shatter) award given out in the world

Spenser Sydney

Cultivation Operations Manager

Spenser Sydney, Cultivation Operations Manager, is an award-winning cultivator and extractor with vast experience in Colorado’s growing cannabis market. His accolades include:
  • First place overall at the 2014 Secret Cup in Colorado
  • Best Shatter in the 2015 High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup
  • First place CBD at the 2015 High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup for a product he both grew and extracted

Josh Zirlin

Head of Extraction & Product Development

Josh Zirlin, Head of Extraction & Product Development, is a top extraction engineer from Colorado. Josh Zirlin specializes in quality control and the effective management of extraction facility build outs, process and procedure development, as well as day-to-day operations management. His awards include:
  • First Place Best Medical Concentrate, Second Place Best U.S. Hash, at the 2014 High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup
  • “Extract Artist of the Year” at the 2014 Cannabis Business Awards
  • First Place Best Concentrate at the 2016 High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup
  • First Place Solvent Extract at the 2017 Barcelona Spannabis

Denis Street Jr.

Cultivation Operations Manager

Denis Street Jr., Cultivation Operations Manager, brings a true passion for cannabis cultivation to MGW and decades of hands-on expertise. His valuable background and knowledge help produce high yields, award-winning flowers, top-notch plant nutrition, effective life cycles, unique genealogy, effective pest and disease identification and control, as well as cultivation management. His awards include:
  • First place Rosin at the 2015 Chalice Cup for his work with Dystinctively Different Herb Company (DDHC) with the TheMileHighMan
  • First place for People’s Choice Flower (Purple Dragon) at the 2015 Connoisseur Cup