DIRECTORS

JOHN BARNETT, Board Chairman, Director and Chair of Governance Committee

Mr. Barnett joined the board in June 2017 and was appointed Chairman in May 2019. Mr. Barnett is the Governance Committee Chair and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. 

Mr. Barnett currently serves as a director of Clairvest Group Inc., a private equity management firm. Previously, Mr. Barnett served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Rothmans Inc. (manufacturer and distributor of tobacco products) from June 1999 until it was acquired by Phillip Morris International in 2008. Prior to his service in these roles, Mr. Barnett was an officer of Molson Breweries and its predecessor Carling O' Keefe from 1972 through 1998, acting as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer from November 1995 to November 1998. Mr. Barnett also served on the board of directors of Granite REIT (previously known as MI Developments Inc.) from 2006 to 2008, and the board of directors of Mosaic Group Inc. from 2002 to 2003. Mr. Barnett holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

DARREN KARASIUK, Director

Mr. Darren Karasiuk joined the board in May 2019. Mr. Karasiuk is a member of the Compensation Committee. 

Mr. Karasiuk is Chief Commercial Officer with Aurora where he has oversight of key customer facing functions including marketing, sales, insights and analytics, as well as customer service – and strategic linkages with product development and partnerships. Mr. Darren Karasiuk joined Aurora through the acquisition of MedReleaf Corp. where he served as Senior Vice-President and GM, Recreational where he was responsible for MedReleaf’s adult use cannabis business. Prior to joining MedReleaf, Mr. Darren Karasiuk was Vice-President, Insights and Advisory at Deloitte where he was a leader in the firm’s cannabis practice, co-authoring the firm’s study, “Recreational Marijuana: Insights and Opportunities.” Mr. Darren Karasiuk has also been the Canadian associate for the Marijuana Policy Group, a leading Denver-based economic and policy consulting firm which helped shape the regulated medical and recreational cannabis markets. Mr. Darren Karasiuk is a board member of the Canadian Cannabis Council, the national organization of Canada’s licensed producers and holds an MA from Western University as well as an MBA from Kellogg-Schulich.

PETER LYNCH, Director and Chair of Compensation Committee

Mr. Lynch joined the board in May 2014, and served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from June to August 2017. Mr. Lynch is the Compensation Committee Chair and is a member of the Audit and Governance Committees.

Mr. Lynch is a director of NYSE-listed Retail Properties of America, Inc. of Oak Brook, Illinois, a real estate investment trust; he is also Chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and member of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Lynch also serves on the Board of Advisors of Sid Wainer & Son, a private produce and specialty foods company based in New Bedford, Mass. and is a Trustee for Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. From 2004 until 2012 he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., a private, Florida-based retailer with 500 grocery stores, 150 liquor stores and 280 in-store pharmacies throughout the five southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Before that he was President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Operations with Boise, Idaho-based Albertson's, Inc., one of the largest national U.S. retail food and drug chains, comprised of 2,500 stores. Mr. Lynch graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.

KAREN PRENTICE, Director and Chair of Audit Committee

Ms. Prentice joined the board in June 2017. Ms. Prentice is the Audit Committee Chair and is a member of the Governance and Compensation Committees. 

Most recently, Ms. Prentice was a director of Matrix Solutions Inc., chaired the board of trustees of CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust and served for six years as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission. Prior to her service in these roles, Ms. Prentice served an Executive Vice President of ENMAX Corporation where she was responsible for legal services, corporate governance, human resources, facilities, environment, health and safety, government relations and corporate communication functions. Ms. Prentice holds an L.L.B. from the University of Calgary and the designation of ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

DENIS RYAN, Director

Mr. Ryan joined the board in June 2017. Mr. Ryan is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. 

Mr. Ryan's career includes serving as an investment advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy, an executive with BGH Investment Management Limited, Vice President Institutional Asset Management with Altamira, an investment banking role for Griffiths McBurney and Partners and a founding partner with Morrison Williams Investment Management Limited. Mr. Ryan's career also includes serving as Co-founder and Director of Keeper Resources Inc., as well as serving as Director of Front Street Capital. Other publicly listed past directorships include serving as a member of the Board and as a financier of Immnovaccine.