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Andre Rancourt , Chairman

André Rancourt is highly experienced in management, start-up, and commercial strategies for human products. He is also a consultant on several commercial strategy committees including FIA and IRZC. He has tremendous practical experience that provided him with expertise in many fields ranging from metals to the complex area of human and animal natural health products.Over the last ten years, he worked as a consultant to re-organize the operations of companies on behalf of several venture capital investment funds. He has an important network of contacts in the human and animal commercial market in multiple countries. He studied at the Séminaire Sherbrooke from 1969 to1971 and subsequently the University of Sherbrooke (Physical Education). He also successfully completed training in Marketing WarFare. He is often asked by investors to act as a consultant/guide to Presidents of companies.

Bernard Fortier , Chief Executive Officer

Bernard Fortier is a graduate from the MBA program at l’école des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal, with over 20 years of international experience in management and business development in the biopharma, specialized medical nutrition and medical fields. Mr. Fortier spent 5 years in the USA working in the therapy and rehabilitation market, having graduated from the physiotherapy program at Laval University. His experience in the USA enabled him to work on business development and management early in his career. After completing his MBA in 2001, he joined the pharmaceutical industry with a biotechnology company. He spent 8 years in various key commercial roles at Serono Canada (now EMD Serono) in the Multiple Sclerosis field, including National Sales Manager for the Neurology business unit. In 2010, Bernard became the Country Manager for Nutricia Canada, the specialized medical nutrition division of Groupe Danone. He was recruited in 2012 to launch a new pharmaceutical company called Orimed Pharma. Through licensing deals and internal product development, the company’s portfolio grew from 3 to 10 products within 4 years.

Robert Brouillette , Director

Robert Brouillette is a lawyer, civil engineer, patent and trade-mark agent. He obtained his engineering degree at the Université de Sherbrooke and his law degree at the Université Laval. He was admitted to the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec in 1972 and to the Quebec Bar in 1977. He was then appointed trade-mark agent in 1978 and patent agent in 1980. He started his career at Ogilvy Renault in 1977. In 1992, he founded Brouillette Charpentier Fournier (now BCF). In 2005, he founded Brouillette + Partners, a lawyers, patent and trademark agents firm aiming to help builders of innovative companies. Most of his clients are entrepreneurs and a large number of them operate technology companies. He is now recognized in Canada as an expert in the direct selling field. He is also recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as an expert in the Information Technology field, and by Lexpert in the Intellectual Property field.Mr. Brouillette is a former Chairman of the executive committee of the intellectual property national section of the Canadian Bar Association. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Hydro-Québec between 1998 and 2001, Hydro-Québec Capitech and Hydro-Québec Industech between 2001 and 2007. He also serves on the Board of Directors and is an advisor at Simsmart Technologies Inc., Newtrax Technologies, Kinova, Novidev Santé, Intelia, Crowdco and other technology related companies. He is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec and member of the Board of Directors of Capital Anges Québec. He also served as an «angel investor» in over twenty startups. His professional path has not only made him an experienced lawyer, but also an entrepreneurship driven and accessible man.

Bill Cheliak , Director

Dr. Cheliak is CEO of Panag Pharma, a Canadian based bio-tech company focused on the development of novel cannabinoid based formulations for the treatment of pain and inflammation. Dr. Cheliak has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur having helped establish companies in a wide variety of life science fields, including vaccines, human genetics, oncology, neurology and anti-infective drug development and CRO services. He brings extensive deal making experience with the pharmaceutical industry. He currently serves as a Director for Solarvest (SVS). Dr. Cheliak is Vice Chair of the Government of Canada’s Networks Centres Excellence (NCE) Standing Selection Committee and Chair of the NCE Monitoring Committee.

Carl Merton , Director

Mr. Merton has over 20 years of financial and business experience, including 10 years experience as a CFO for public companies involved in the capital markets. Beginning with 12 years combined with Ernst & Young and KPMG, he transitioned from the audit stream into financial advisory work, as a Business Valuator, Forensic Accountant and Corporate Finance functions. After leaving KPMG, Mr. Merton joined Atlas Tube Inc., as Vice-President, Special Projects. After assisting in the sale of Atlas Tube, Mr. Merton became the CFO of Reko International Group Inc. In December 2014, Mr. Merton was elected by shareholders as a member of the inaugural Board of Directors of Aphria Inc. Approximately one year later, Mr. Merton resigned as a member of the Board and joined Aphria as its CFO. In his role as CFO, Mr. Merton is responsible for communication with all stakeholders and is a member of the executive management team responsible for the strategic direction of Aphria, as well as leading all acquisition discussions, budgeting, financing, financial reporting and internal controls. Mr. Merton is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (the "CICBV"). He holds a B.Comm. Hon. in Sports Administration from Laurentian University, and has served as a past Chair of both the CICBV and the International Association of Professional Business Valuators. Mr. Merton is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of Motor City Community Credit Union.