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Industry Experts

Adastra has employed a team that makes them unique and gives them a competitive advantage. Plenty of new companies are preparing to step into the ring but this team has either been actively involved in or eyeing the industry for years. Read below to meet the team behind the most influential new Canadian cannabis company.

Leaders

Michael Forbes

Bsc. Pharm, MBA | CEO

Mr. Forbes comes to Phyto Extractions Inc. with a background firmly rooted in medicine, cannabis production and entrepreneurship. Demonstrating his knowledge and experience in the cannabis industry, Mr. Forbes has founded five cannabis medical clinics, under the Concord Medical Clinic umbrella, built Clarity Cannabis and Honeycomb Cannabis to over 10 locations, and has also founded the cannabis licensed production facility, Sitka Weed Works, in Canada.
Having medical experience of over 16 years, Mr. Forbes has also built and operated pharmacy chains across British Columbia and Alberta, and founded a dozen medical clinics, including 3 methadone clinics in order to protect the public from drug diversion and increase accessibility to medicine.
Mr. Forbes graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2002 with a BSc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, also achieving additional certification in Hormone Restoration, Age Management Medicine, and more recently, Cannabis Plant Production and Facility Management from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Michael also has his private pilot’s license from Mount Royal Aviation College and was elected to attend the Ivey School of Business for Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2017 where he received an honorary MBA.

Donald Dinsmore

M.Sc | COO

Donald is a professional plant biochemist with a background working with successful research groups at the University of Calgary where he earned his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Plant Biochemistry. He was Operations Manager for Heart Rock Mountain Farms, CA, USA cannabis growers.

Steve Brohman

CPA, CA | Chief Financial Officer, Director

Steve has extensive experience as CFO and Director of various public and private companies in Canada, the U.S. and Europe focusing on CSE, TSX-V and OTC listed companies. He has led public and private capital raises, acquisitions and executive management committees.

Georges E. Routhier

Director

Georges is the CEO at PipeDreemz Inc., a premier cannabis licensing regulations consulting company responsible for the successful licensing of nearly 30 percent of cannabis Licensed Producers across Canada over the past six years. He had a lengthy and distinguished career within the high technology sector.

David Kolby

Vice President of Marketing

David is founder and CEO of Vancouver based custom software firm General Internet Inc. In addition, his extensive business experience includes his current position as president and founder of Precision Hygienics Inc., an antimicrobial application business and he has served as Principal and Interim CEO of a national insurance business Beck Insurance, which he exited in 2018. David has overseen projects ranging from start-ups to enterprise level national deployments

SCIENTISTS

Kyle Boniface

Ph.D

Kyle is a professional chemist with a demonstrated ability to communicate technical and complex information to peers, industry and academic collaborators, students, and the general public. He has proven cannabis industry experience directing programs for cannabis extraction, product development, and R&D. He is also the named inventor on 2 patents related to polymer and materials science.

Priyanka Nalawade

Ph.D

Pri is a senior research and development chemist with extensive experience synthesizing and characterizing novel high performance polymers obtained from renewable sources. She earned her Bachelor of Technology in Polymer Engineering at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India and Ph.D in Polymer Engineering at University of Akron, Ohio.

Thu - Thuy T. Dang

Ph.D

Thuy serves as an Assistant Professor at the UBC Chemistry Department and is part of the UBC Cluster of Research Excellence in Agricultural Technologies and Bioproducts (CREAT-Bio). Formerly a Post-doctoral research fellow for the European Molecular Biology Organization at John Innes Centre, UK. Ph.D & M.Sc in Plant Biology from the University of Calgary

Key Advisors

Quinn Martin

CPA, CA | Financial Advisor

Quinn has an extensive background in financial reporting for public companies in a variety of industries. He specializes in complex accounting and financial reporting matters for public companies and private companies completing go public transactions.

Brian O’Neill

J.D., B. Comm | Legal Counsel

Brian provides corporate and securities law services for Canadian and U.S. companies, focusing on CSE, TSX-V and US OTC listings, securities reporting requirements, corporate finance and general corporate matters. Called to the Nevada State Bar in 2009, the Washington State Bar in 2010 and the British Columbia Bar in 2012.

Stephanie Martens

Marketing Strategist

Steph has over a dozen years experience as a marketing and brand development strategist. She is the Co-Founder of Root Creative a collaborative agency specializing in brand strategy, content creation, business development and experiential marketing. Steph has expertise in sales and digital marketing strategies at a variety of companies.

Rudy Pospisil

Retired Fire Captain & Cancer Cannabis Advocate

Rudy is a retired Vancouver area Fire Department Captain with 30 years experience. He is a twice Cancer survivor and staunch advocate for cannabis products use for pain relief and treatment for cancer victims. As an endurance cyclist with multiple world records, he has cycled completely around the world for cancer research.

Let's Connect

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