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our team

 

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KEY partnerships

leaders with a history of success are making history again.

 

As you’d expect, our team at Maricann has some of the most respected names in the cannabis industry. But what makes this team truly unique is these leaders are joined by professionals from healthcare, pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution and global entrepreneurship. Each has earned a record of respect within their industries. And each brings their highly sought-after skills, insights and experience to this dynamic new sector. Every one of them is passionate about the power of cannabis, how it can advance healthcare and help real people. It’s a team like no other. 

 
 


 

executive team

 

BEN WARD

CEO, President, & Director

Ben leads all facets of the company’s operations, including its strategic direction and execution, finance and industry relations. He brings extensive domestic and global experience in business development, infrastructure development and capital markets to his leadership of Maricann. Ben holds a BA (Honors) and an MBA from Bradford University School of Management (England), the latter with a dual concentration in Operations and Finance.

Terry Fretz

COO

A long-time pharmaceutical executive, Terry was integral in establishing and running two privately held generic pharmaceutical companies. Under his leadership, both organizations were recognized as the fastest growing pharma companies in Canada. Both companies were subsequently acquired by publicly traded multinationals. Terry served as President and General Manager of Watson Pharmaceuticals – Canada before assuming his responsibilities as COO at Maricann.

Jeremy Blumer

CFO

Jeremy is the former Head of Accounting of BlackBerry Ltd. where he led all global reporting and compliance for operations in over 50 countries worldwide. He also oversaw all quarterly and yearly reporting to the SEC. Jeremy brings over 20 years of finance experience in complex accounting and reporting, operational finance, planning and analysis, and international modeling in public and private company environments. Jeremy holds a CPA, CA designation, as well as a BComm from Queen’s University.

 

DR STEVEN Bennett

Scientific DIRECTOR

Dr. Steven Bennett is a molecular biologist with a background in transdermal drug delivery. As Maricann’s Scientific Director, he sources and develops new products, ensuring their scientific and technical rigour. Steven holds two patents and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. He earned a B.Sc. in biochemistry from Eckerd College, and received his Ph.D. in molecular biology – with an emphasis on neuroscience – from The University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Alexandre Sibilev

VP Regulatory Affairs

Alex has worked in the pharmaceutical sector for over 20 years, with experience in quality control, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and compliance. Alex ensures quality medication is provided to patients that is consistent, reliable and safe for consumption. Alex holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Moscow State University.

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Bill Tyler

VP Marketing

Bill has more than 30 years of domestic and global experience in driving the success of brands in consumer packaged goods, prescription and OTC pharmaceuticals and nutritional products. He held progressively senior marketing and sales positions with companies such as Schenley, Catelli, Dow Brands and Bristol Myers Squibb. Prior to joining Maricann, Bill was Executive Vice President of Jamieson Laboratories, leading the company’s growth in a highly competitive sector. Bill has a BComm from Concordia University.

 

Shawn Alexander

VP Investor Relations

An experienced capital markets professional, Shawn has worked for years with Ben Ward in raising capital for small-cap private and public companies. Shawn brings his expertise in financial and management controls, supply-chain management and investor relations to his Maricann responsibilities. Prior to working in the capital markets, Shawn spent many years recruiting and retaining physicians, registered nurses and other medical staff for a large multi-disciplinary medical clinic in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe area. Shawn earned his business diploma from George Brown with a major in marketing, and he holds a Canadian Securities Course credential.

 
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Neil Tabatznik

Chairman & Director

Chairman of Genpharm Pharmaceuticals Inc. between 1993 and 1999, Neil then created Arrow Canada and was Director of the Arrow Group of Companies,consisting of Oryx Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Cobalt Pharmaceuticals Inc. Neil is Chairman of Blue Ice Capital and Blue Ice Pictures, founder of the Blue Ice Hot Docs Documentary Film Fund, and owner of The Bloor-Hot Docs Theatre.

 

 

Peter Saunders

VP Sales

Peter has held progressively senior management positions in the pharmaceutical and health-care industries over the last 29 years. He was a founding member of Oryx Pharmaceuticals prior to its eventual sale to Sepracor. Peter also has extensive government experience, leading the adoption and implementation of Telehealth Ontario. Peter was President of Touchpoint Pharmacy prior to joining Maricann.

 

directors

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raymond Stone

Corporate Secretary & Director

Raymond founded Futuremed Healthcare Products, a healthcare distribution company, in 1985. Futuremed was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2006 and Raymond served as CEO until its sale in 2012 to Cardinal Health, a global healthcare corporation based in the USA. Raymond currently consults to the healthcare industry and sits on various boards.

PAUL BECKER

SENIOR DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS

Paul brings 20+ years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience to his responsibilities at Maricann’s Langton facility, in addition to similar international roles he plays. Paul held increasingly senior positions in process development, project management and operations management for Patheon and Apotex, two Canadian-based, global pharmaceutical companies – before joining Maricann. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Western Ontario and an MBA from Wilfred Laurier.

 
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Dr. Eric Silver

Director

With extensive experience using medical cannabis to treat chronic pain, Dr. Silver co-founded L.E. Medical in 2002, a nutraceutical and natural health supplement company. Dr. Silver is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Teacher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, with a focused practice in interventional pain management.


"let's make cannabis part of a healthy lifestyle embraced everywhere!"


Terry Fretz | Maricann Founder

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