A dedicated team for growth

Our management team is comprised of industry first-movers, visionaries and experts, dedicated to creating value for our partners and the cannabis industry.

Management Team

Chuck Rifici

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Chuck is a true pioneer of the North American cannabis industry having co-founded Canopy Growth Corporation (formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc.) and building it into 500,000 square feet of thriving cannabis grow capacity as its CEO. Today, Canopy Growth is worth over $1 billion and recognized as a world class cannabis producer.

Chuck is currently CEO of Nesta Holding Co., a private equity firm focused on building partnerships and brands within the cannabis space and Chairman of National Access Cannabis, a clinic chain helping patients access the Canadian federal medical cannabis program.

Chuck is a chartered professional accountant. He obtained his MBA from Queen’s University and holds a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Hugo Alves

Director, President

Hugo is a senior corporate and commercial Partner at Bennett Jones LLP specializing in complex domestic and international transactions. He has advised industry-leading Canadian and foreign clients in connection with private mergers and acquisitions, financings, public procurements, outsourcing transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances and has significant venture capital and private equity experience. Hugo is also Canada’s leading advisor in the cannabis industry representing a variety of global industry participants, including licensed producers, licensed producer applicants, licensed dealers, e-commerce platforms, seed-to-sale software developers, design and build firms, patient clinic businesses, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and cannabis branding companies. Hugo has acted as lead counsel or played a key role in a wide variety of transactions since the inception of the cannabis industry in Canada and is widely regarded as a Canadian cannabis industry pioneer. Hugo is also an adjunct professor at Western Law where he teaches “Medical Marijuana: Law and Practice”, a course he co-designed and co-developed and the first of its kind in Canada.

Hugo obtained his BA from Carleton University, where he won the Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement and his JD from the University of Toronto.

Hugo begins July 2017.

Jeff Tung, CFA

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

Jeff brings significant senior leadership and finance expertise to the Cannabis Wheaton team. He has managed more than USD$3 billion of deals in the Telecom, Banking, Insurance and Technology industries.

Prior to Cannabis Wheaton, Jeff was the co-founder of CPS Management Partners, where he led the acquisition of multiple businesses in the insurance administration industry. Under his leadership, CPS Management Partners and its portfolio companies became the largest workers’ compensation claims administrator in Canada, returning IRRs in excess of 50% to investors. Other prior work experience includes Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company, as well as various project and team management roles at SAP.

Jeff holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, graduating at the top of his class, as well as a BASc of Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Mike Lickver

Executive Vice President of Strategy

Mike is a corporate and commercial lawyer who specializes in all aspects of domestic and international commercial transactions. Mike is one of Canada’s leading advisors in the Canadian cannabis industry representing a variety of global industry participants. Co-founding the cannabis practice at Bennett Jones LLP alongside partner Hugo Alves in 2013, Mike has played a key role in a wide variety of domestic and international corporate and commercial transactions since the inception of the corporate cannabis industry in Canada. Mike speaks frequently at conferences across North America on topics related to the cannabis industry and, a frequent author to the industry, is also the Canadian Editor of the International Cannabis Law Journal.

Mike is also on the board of advisors of Stoic Advisory Inc., a consulting firm focused on providing corporate finance expertise to clients in the global cannabis industry as well as the board of directors of Summit Leaders, a not-for-profit organization that aims to help Canadian youth engage in entrepreneurship. Mike is also an adjunct professor at Western Law where he teaches “Medical Marijuana: Law and Practice”, a course he co-designed and co-developed and the first of its kind in Canada.

Mike earned Law JD and MBA degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Mike begins July 2017.

Kevin Furet

Chief Cultivation & Genetics Officer

Driven by a passion for the highest quality cannabis, Kevin is a true connoisseur. With a life-long pursuit to create and sample the best marijuana around the globe, he has amassed a vast knowledge of plant breeding and developed a variety of proprietary strains and production techniques over the past 17 years.

After Business studies at University of Toronto, Kevin went on to found several successful operations, including Humber Valley Seeds and North Shore Genetics, as well as Indoor Garden Solutions. His unique expertise has led to consulting work in South America, North America, Europe, and Asia, and he is the recipient of a list of coveted awards, including 1st place wins for Grape Escape and Flower Bomb Kush.

Kevin has recently completed his sommelier designation, which, while quite difficult to achieve, affords him an extra set of highly transferrable skills.

Kevin begins September 2017.

Ian Rapsey

Chief Creative Officer

Ian is co-founder and chief creative officer of Nesta Holding Co. Ian is actively engaged in building brands and creative strategies for Nesta’s portfolio companies.

Ian is an award-winning creative director that has worked closely with major local and international brands. He designed and implemented the brand development strategies for Canopy Growth Corporation (formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc.), positioning the brand as the undisputed leader in its market. He was also instrumental in rebranding Canopy Growth Corporation’s acquisition of Bedrocan, a joint venture with the largest producer of cannabis in the Netherlands.

Prior to his work in the cannabis industry he was a creative lead in Toronto at several world-class design and branding agencies — most notably Bruce Mau Design. While at Bruce Mau, Ian was responsible for the creative and strategic development of several branding initiatives including: SOM Architects, the Ontario Science Centre, Ask.com and LEGO’s VisionLAB. He was also the lead creative on NBBJ Architects publication series and design manifesto – Change Design.

Brad McNamee

Chief Infrastructure Officer

Brad is a second-generation mechanical contractor specializing in HVAC design and design-build services.

Most recently, Brad has focused his efforts in the cannabis industry after having been introduced to Canopy Growth Corporation (formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc.) in 2013. Brad was a key member of the original ground-breaking team tasked with pioneering a large scale indoor environmental production platform capable of delivering high yield, high quality product. Brad went on to help design and develop post-production environments for trimming and processing, drying and curing, encapsulating and storing, medical cannabis. Since then, Brad has worked alongside, and led, a group of highly qualified design and build experts in the medical cannabis industry.

Sarah Bain

Vice-President, External Affairs

Sarah is an expert communications strategist with more than 15 years combined experience in politics, stakeholder relations and public engagement. She has provided advice to cabinet ministers, the Liberal Party of Canada, federal and municipal governments, and leading corporations and associations, such as Loblaw Companies Ltd., National Access Cannabis and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.

Previously as Vice President, Public and Corporate Affairs at Hill+Knowlton she provided strategic advice regarding medical cannabis and the emerging regime of legalized cannabis. She was registered to lobby the government regarding policies and regulations relating to the distribution of medical cannabis, and helped her clients understand Health Canada guidelines and the legislative process as Canada moves towards implementation of the Cannabis Act.

Strategic Advisors

David Hyde M.Sc., CPC

David is one of Canada’s top independent security consultants. Over a 32-year career, he has advised major governments and corporations, secured some of Canada’s most iconic landmarks and built the enterprise security program for a $19 billion global corporation protecting 60 million square feet of facility assets across Canada and globally. David’s security advisory firm, David Hyde & Associates, has extensive experience and unrivalled success in security consultation within the regulated cannabis sector across Canada and internationally.

Over the past four years under Canada’s federal medical cannabis regulations, David Hyde & Associates has: (i) provided security consulting services to almost 150 MMPR/ACMPR license applicants; (ii) attended 22 Pre-License Inspections with Health Canada and; (iii) worked with 17 licensed producer sites. David Hyde & Associates recently became the first Associate Member of the Cannabis Canada Association, the industry association for licensed producers of cannabis. David sits as the only Canadian member on the Security Committee for the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards.

Rick Dykstra

Rick has spent his professional career in both the private sector as an entrepreneur, and the public sector as an elected official and senior staff member. Over the years, he has developed a thorough understanding of the development of federal and provincial policy frameworks, government relations, and strategic communications.

Starting his career as a City Councillor and small business owner, Rick went on to successfully serve as a Ministerial Chief of Staff, and Policy Director at the Ontario Government’s Management Board Gaming Secretariat leading the creation and expansion of gaming in Ontario. Rick has held senior roles in the Ontario Government under two Premiers and served for a decade as a 3-term Member of Parliament for St. Catharines from 2006-2015. Since 2016, he has served as President of the Ontario PC Party.

Rick has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a BA from Brock University.

Joshua Kappel, Esq.

Josh is a Partner at the law firm Vicente Sederberg LLC which specializes in risk-assessment for multi-national corporations and financial transactions in the highly regulated U.S. cannabis industry. Mr. Kappel was one of the drafters of Amendment 64 in Colorado which legalized cannabis for all adults. Joshua is also a founding board member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, Simplifya, VS Tech Ventures, Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation, and the National Cannabis Bar Association.

In addition to his work with Vicente Sederberg, Josh is currently the Associate Director of Sensible­Colorado, advocating for medical cannabis patient rights. Josh has testified at numerous public hearings on issues related to medical cannabis, sat on many panels at various conferences, and routinely writes articles about a myriad of medical cannabis issues. Josh’s work has been highlighted in the Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette, Westword, Kush Magazine, West Coast Leaf, and Colorado Springs Independent.

Board of Directors

Chuck Rifici

Chuck is a true pioneer of the North American cannabis industry having co-founded Canopy Growth Corporation (formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc.) and building it into 500,000 square feet of thriving cannabis grow capacity as its CEO. Today, Canopy Growth is worth over $1 billion and recognized as a world class cannabis producer.

Chuck is currently CEO of Nesta Holding Co., a private equity firm focused on building partnerships and brands within the cannabis space and Chairman of National Access Cannabis, a clinic chain helping patients access the Canadian federal medical cannabis program.

Chuck is a chartered professional accountant. He obtained his MBA from Queen’s University and holds a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Hugo Alves

Hugo is a senior corporate and commercial Partner at Bennett Jones LLP specializing in complex domestic and international transactions. He has advised industry-leading Canadian and foreign clients in connection with private mergers and acquisitions, financings, public procurements, outsourcing transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances and has significant venture capital and private equity experience. Hugo is also Canada’s leading advisor in the cannabis industry representing a variety of global industry participants, including licensed producers, licensed producer applicants, licensed dealers, e-commerce platforms, seed-to-sale software developers, design and build firms, patient clinic businesses, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and cannabis branding companies. Hugo has acted as lead counsel or played a key role in a wide variety of transactions since the inception of the cannabis industry in Canada and is widely regarded as a Canadian cannabis industry pioneer. Hugo is also an adjunct professor at Western Law where he teaches “Medical Marijuana: Law and Practice”, a course he co-designed and co-developed and the first of its kind in Canada.

Hugo obtained his BA from Carleton University, where he won the Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement and his JD from the University of Toronto.

Ian McKay

Ian is and has been the CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission since September, 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as the ­national director for the Liberal Party of Canada. A native of Penticton, B.C., he has led a distinguished career as an executive in international financial markets, as well as a political adviser to federal cabinet ministers. His career in the financial markets began in 1987 in New York when he was recruited out of UBC by Euro Brokers International. From there, he went to Japan as managing director of Euro Brokers ­Tokyo. In 1998, he was seconded to London, England, as joint managing director of Euro Brokers London. Between 2006 and 2009, he worked for ICAP ­Capital Markets as the director of ­business ­development (Canada). From 2001 to 2005, he served as senior policy advisor to the Minister of Industry under former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin. He studied political science and Asian studies at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, and holds an MBA from Queen’s University.

Brandon Boddy

Brandon has over 10 years of finance and capital market experience. He formerly worked as an investment adviser at Jordan Capital Markets and Canaccord Capital, specializing in developing, restructuring and financing venture capital companies. Mr. Boddy serves on the board of a number of public technology and resource issuers. Mr. Boddy attended the University of New Orleans, studying business administration, and finished his degree at B.C. Institute of Technology.

Troy Grant

Since 2000, Troy has held senior positions in the financial service sector, including head of corporate finance at a Canadian broker dealer, focusing on the resource sector, and more recently head of institutional European sales. He has also been instrumental in venture formation, financing and development of a number of resource, technology and agriculture companies operating globally. Mr. Grant is currently the CEO of Elcora Advanced Materials, a TSX Venture Exchange-listed graphene materials company. Mr. Grant holds a BBA, economics, from Saint Francis Xavier University.