Ann Barnes began her career acting as corporate counsel for several private and publicly listed companies including Manulife Financial, TSN, Cott Corporation, Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. and Insight Sports. Since leaving her legal career, Ann founded and operated numerous companies in emerging industries. She began North America’s first chia company Source Salba Inc. and owned and operated Mum’s Original which is one of North America’s first hemp and superfood companies. She has published two best-selling health and wellness cookbooks and is a well-respected public speaker. Ann has a popular Tedx Talk watched over 750,000 times and translated into both American sign language and Arabic.
Ann is the original founder, investor, and Chairperson of the world’s first legally licensed medicinal cannabis producing company: Peace Naturals Project Inc. Peace Naturals was subsequently purchased by Cronos Group Inc. and later by Altira (Marlborough) (CRON).
Ann is an active director of Red Light Holland Corp. (TRIP), a legal producer and distributor of psilocybin truffles within the Netherlands. The company intends to contribute to the advancement and awareness of psilocybin and promote its potential for further research and study.
Ann currently acts as an advisor to Oasis Adaptations Inc. Oasis is focused on functional mushrooms and adaptogens in consumer-packaged food and plant-based supplements for the millennial demographic.
Ann is currently the Founder and CEO of Edica Group Inc. (c.o.b. as Edica Naturals), a natural and plant-based supplement and topical beauty product company.
Peter Wirth has been working in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. During this time, Peter has gained experience in various aspects of the banking and trust profession.
Peter started his career in Switzerland where he also received his formal education. From 1996-1999, Peter worked in Singapore where he was heading the Bank Leu Representative Office. In 2000, Peter was transferred to Nassau, Bahamas where he ran Bank Leu and then its successor company Clariden Leu until the bank was integrated into Credit Suisse in April 2012. On December 31, 2013, Peter retired from Credit Suisse and became an independent consultant.
In November 2018, Peter joined Julius Baer Bank (Bahamas) Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas as CEO. Peter retired from this position when Julius Baer was sold in September 2020.
Non-Independent Director, Chief Financial Officer
Alex Wylie has over 25 years of business experience and has served in the role of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer for multiple public and private companies. Mr. Wylie currently serves Instadose as its Chief Financial Officer. From 2017 to May 2021, Mr. Wylie was CEO of ACT Medical Centres. ACT is an organization that owns and operates medical centres and pharmacies throughout the Province of Alberta. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Wylie was President, CEO, and a director of Bruin Oil and Gas, a private oil and gas company that was sold to Karve Energy. From 2009 to 2013, Alex was Vice-President and CFO of Renegade Petroleum, a public oil and gas company that was eventually sold to Spartan Energy. In 2009, Mr. Wylie was Executive Vice-President of Finance of Renegade Oil and Gas, a private oil and gas company that was sold to Legacy Oil and Gas. From 2005 to 2009, Alex was Managing Director and lead the Energy Investment Banking Group for Stifel Financial Corp. (formerly Westwind Partners). Mr. Wylie received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1993 and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Economics.
Richard M. Wise,
FCPA, FCA, CFF, FCBV, FASA, FRICS, CVA, MCBA (Eme.), C.Arb (Ret.)
Former Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP and MNP LLP
Richard M. Wise was a Partner in the Montreal office of Deloitte & Touche, and a Partner of MNP, specializing in business valuation and financial litigation. He has performed valuations for cross‑border transactions, tax planning, shareholder and matrimonial disputes, and economic damages qualification. Mr. Wise publishes and lectures extensively across the U.S. and Canada and has given over 200 technical conference presentations to professional organizations in both countries and Europe, including the American and Canadian Bar Associations, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and Canadian Chartered Business Valuators (CBV Institute). He is principal co‑author of Guide to Canadian Business Valuations (3 Vols.) (Thomson Reuters).
Mr. Wise was President of the CBV Institute, International Governor of ASA, and served on the Council of CPA Quebec. He has been a valuation advisor to the Canadian Justice Department, Canada Revenue Agency, Quebec Financial Markets Authority, Attorney General of Ontario, and Public Trustee of Ontario. He has given expert court testimony on numerous occasions across Canada and in the U.S., has been appointed by the courts as their valuation expert and has been awarded and recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a “Global Elite Thought Leader”, and an Expert in Financial Advisory and Valuation – Corporate Tax Expert Witness 2018‑2021.
A graduate of McGill University, Richard was designated a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in 1965 and elected a Fellow (FCA) in 1984. He also holds the designations of Investigative and Forensic Accountant (CA•IFA), Chartered Business Valuator (FCBV), Accredited Senior Appraiser (FASA), Master Certified Business Appraiser (MCBA), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.). He was Visiting Scholar at Francis Marion University, Florence, SC, Lecturer at McGill’s Faculties of Law and Management and is an inductee of ASA’s College of Fellows.
Mr. Wise was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedicated service to his profession, community and to Canada, and was recipient of the Canada 125 Medal from the Governor General of Canada for his service to the community and to Canada.
Former Leader of Largest U.N. Peacekeeping Team in Darfur, Sudan
Michael Gaouette has spent the last three decades working internationally as a public servant and entrepreneur. His career has taken him to more than two‑dozen countries in Africa, to the Middle East, South and Central Asia and the Balkans.
For the first twenty years of his working life, Michael served in the United Nations and with well‑known NGOs. During that period he acquired a wide range of experience: leading earthquake response teams in India, coordinating humanitarian assistance in Liberia, organizing care for Kosovar refugee children in Macedonia, mobilizing food aid in East Africa, designing policing interventions in Chad, evaluating UN operations in Angola, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, developing global security policy for relief workers and negotiating with senior military and government officials in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His final job with the United Nations was to lead the headquarters group that ran what was, at that time, the largest peacekeeping mission in the world, which was deployed to Darfur, Sudan.
After leaving the United Nations, Michael turned his attention to generating jobs for regular people in struggling or emerging economies. He has started two small‑scale agriculture businesses – one in the Ivory Coast and one in Tanzania. Both enterprises are run with local partners and focus on creating economic stability and steady, well‑paid jobs for working families.
Michael has also served on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he taught courses in international conflict resolution. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and has an MPhil from Cambridge University.
Professor Hélyette Geman, MA, PhD, PhD
Director, Commodity Finance Centre, Univ. of London & Research Professor at John Hopkins University
Hélyette Geman is the Director of the Commodity Finance Centre at Birkbeck – University of London and a Research Professor at John Hopkins University. She is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Mathematics, holds a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics, a PhD in Probability from the University Pierre et Marie Curie and a PhD in Finance from the University Pantheon Sorbonne.
Professor Geman has been a scientific advisor to major financial institutions and commodity trading companies for the last 21 years, covering the subjects of interest rates, crude oil, metals, and agriculture. Her books, ‘Commodities and Commodity Derivatives’, ‘Agricultural Finance’ and ‘Weather and Insurance Derivatives’ are references in the field.
Professor Geman has published more than 145 papers in top international finance Journals and counts Nassim Taleb, author of ‘The Black Swan’, among her former PhD students. Professor Geman is a Senior Fellow for the Office Cherifien des Phosphates Policy Center in Rabat and is President of the Society ‘Women‑for‑Climate’.
CEO, Project Management Resources Inc.; Honorary Consule, Rwanda
William Deluce is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and respected Aviation, Transport and Natural Resource Sector executives. In 1971, William was appointed General Manager of norOntair, the first provincial government airline in Ontario, Canada. In 1974, he along with three other family members purchased Austin Airways, the oldest continuously operated airline in Canadian history. From 1974 until 1992, Mr. Deluce built the company into the largest Canadian private airline group (including Air Ontario, Austin Airways, Air Manitoba, Air Creebec) serving central Canada and Northeastern USA.
In 1993, Mr. Deluce moved his family to South Africa and established South African Express (SAX) – a large regional carrier serving several Southern African countries. Following the success of SAX, Mr. Deluce continued to build a series of airlines across the Gulf of Guinea and Kenya over the next decade. While in the region, Mr. Deluce also developed several mining, agriculture and transport operations across Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. In March 2012, Mr. Deluce was named Honorary Consul, Rwanda due to his extensive work within the region. In 2013, Mr. Deluce was hired as CEO of Vitran Corporation, a publicly traded North American Transport Company.
Mr. Deluce has served on many boards, both public and private, including Vitran Corporation, Canadian Tire Corp., South China Industries, St. Michael’s Hospital, Canadian Air Transport Security Agency, OneXOne Foundation, Damara Gold Corp., and Canstar Resources Inc.