Management

Meet Our Team

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Rick Brar

Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Brar is an experienced business leader in the cannabis, nutraceutical, beverage, food, agriculture, and land development and construction sectors. He is experienced in sales and marketing, with demonstrated success in corporate sales growth, new market penetration, new product development, and long range planning. He is a proven senior manager with excellent communication and leadership skills and a reputation for team building, strategic planning, new market development and the implementation of tactical sales and marketing initiatives. Mr. Brar was previously the Chief Executive Officer of International Herbs Limited, where he led one of the largest herb companies in North America for 10 years.

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Leo Benne

Chief Growing Officer

Mr. Benne serves as Vice President, General Manager, Secretary, and a Director of Bevo. He is currently the General Manager of Bevo Farms Ltd., the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary. Leo Benne gained advanced knowledge of modern horticultural methods at Rijks Middlebare Tuinbouwscholl in Holland. With experience in the application of computer technology to the production of healthy, high-yield plants, he has been a key figure in the development of Bevo Agro. Leo Benne is a hands on vice-president, overseeing every stage of the company's operations, from planting to shipping. Leo Benne has been with Bevo for 10 years.

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John Hoekstra

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hoekstra graduated from Redeemer University with a degree in Business Administration, and is a CPA. John is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Bevo Agro Inc. Prior to joining Bevo he worked at Air Liquide as Supply Chain Manager.

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John Kondrosky

Chief Operating Officer

John is an accomplished senior executive with over 25 years of experience leading complex global medical life sciences organizations in the US and Canada. Prior to joining Zenabis, John served as VP and General Manager of one of Canada’s largest generic drug manufacturers. John brings very relevant operating experience within highly regulated market environments as well as proven success in general management, commercial strategy, global market development, R&D and new product development.

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Dr. Natasha Ryz

Chief Science Officer

Natasha has over 15 years experience as a health and nutrition researcher, speaker and educator. She has a PhD in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Science degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree, specializing in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba. She has published seven first author peer-reviewed publications, two first author reviews, and co-authored eight peer-reviewed publications. Natasha is also cofounder of Ryz Rémi Skincare & Therapeutics, and she designs topical products for pain and inflammatory conditions as well as beauty.

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Karen Parent

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

Karen has been involved in the regulated cannabis industry since its inception and brings experience and knowledge to all aspects of the industry from seed to sale. She has expertise in quality assurance, facility management, production and sales, as well as research and evaluation. Karen holds Masters degrees in Epidemiology and Public Administration as well as a Project Management Certification. Prior to working in the regulated cannabis industry, she was on faculty at Queen's University conducting research and teaching.

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Mike McGinty

Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. McGinty has extensive experience in large-scale coordination and planning. Prior to this role, Mike served as the Head of Risk and Security for UBC Okanagan. He was also a post-graduate tutor in leadership and planning for senior government and military staff from Canada and over 25 allied nations worldwide. Mike was a senior officer in the British Army and served widely overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was responsible for more than 1,000 people with $2bn in capital assets. Mike remains an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces.