CEO & Director
Based on Mr. Robson’s impressive commitment and contributions to Valens GroWorks, he was appointed CEO in May 2017 after previously serving as Chief Operating Officer. Tyler attended the University of Saskatchewan on a football scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He returned to Kelowna to pursue his passion for the cannabis industry by focusing on research and development, plant innovation, and life sciences. Tyler’s main interest is the medical application of cannabis to combat ailments while preparing for the up and coming adult use recreational market.
Mr. Buysen has over 15 years of diverse financial experience working as a senior financial executive with many public and private organizations in a wide range of industries including retail, pharmacy and consumer packaged goods. During this time, he was responsible for internal and external financial reporting, strategic planning, treasury, tax, information technology, human resources, financial controls and corporate governance. Mr. Buysen’s experience enables him to manage the Company’s expected growth in the near term as the Company explores opportunities into international financial and retail markets.
CSO of Valens Groworks Corp.
Dr. O’Brien was a professor in Analytical Chemistry for over 13 years and has more than 25 years of experience in analytical chemistry. An expert in analytical instrumentation, he has set up a number of advanced analytical laboratories and has held an executive position in a number of commercial enterprises. Dr. O’Brien possesses a track record of successful commercialization of intellectual property developed from academic research. Dr O’Brien is currently a director of both Valens subsidiaries (Valens Agritech Ltd. and Supra THC Services Inc.)
In 2007, Ms. Popoff was appointed Director of Operations, then Director of Marketing for a fast-growing Western Canadian retail pharmacy chain. She was responsible for overseeing operations, financial performance, and marketing for 21 locations. The pharmacy chain’s success led to an acquisition in 2012 by Shoppers Drug Mart. In January 2013, Ms. Popoff took the opportunity to join a Canadian natural health food company for a more fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, leading the operations and marketing of a national product launch. By late 2015, Ms. Popoff and her team had gained shelf placement in over 8,000 stores, while implementing standard operating procedures, financial reporting structure and national consumer and trade marketing programs to grow the brand and prepare the company for further growth. She was promoted to President of the company in 2016.
Business Development & Investor Relations
Mr. Young’s focus at Valens is corporate finance initiatives. Mr. Young has spent the past 15 years working in the capital market sectors of Canada, the United States and Europe. Beyond this, he has extensive business development experience in Hong Kong, North and South America. He has helped finance numerous start-up companies through his networks in energy, mining, technology and biotechnology. His expertise in financing, marketing and communications help profile VGW to retail and institutional investors globally.
Head of Quality Assurance & Quality Control
Ms. Visintainer, M.Sc., has a diverse academic background in which she gained her Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and Master’s of Science in Biochemistry. After graduation, she worked in a QA/QC laboratory where she gained experience with quality management systems, such as, GMP, GLP, and ISO. Furthering her industry experience, she worked as a research scientist for a company involved in the testing natural health products. She was involved in the research and development of new testing procedures; as well as, setting up an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. She then went on to work in the Cannabis Industry where she was involved in setting up a cannabis testing laboratory to ISO 17025 standards.
Head of Production
Mr. Shiskin’s career emanates around production as a multi-ticketed Red Seal tradesman; where he worked in a variety of industries including mining, oil sands, LNG, pulp and paper, and in the construction industry. In 2015 he had the foresight to enter the rapid growing cannabis industry where he took extraction training in multiple facilities around North America. Upon gaining an in depth understanding of the specific process of extraction he began designing and fabricating a variety of high throughput extraction systems. With this ever growing knowledge of plant science and the extraction processes he is now the extraction process manager at Valens Agritech.
Mr. Smith has been involved in analytical testing for over 15 years. He has developed quality management systems that have led to ISO accreditation for laboratories specializing in the analysis of natural health products. Mr. Smith has taught numerous technical courses on analytical instrumentation to technical support staff as well as conducted specialized training for users with demanding analytical applications. In addition to his technical background, Mr. Smith also has a background in business development that allows him to better integrate and drive success of sales and supporting services. An international laboratory software vendor utilizes Mr. Smith as an integration specialist for their North American clients.
Business Development & Marketing
Born and raised in Calgary, AB, Mr. Carroll graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Law and Society. His academic career then brought him to Kelowna, BC where he earned a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Chris had the unique opportunity to specialize in cannabis under the supervision of Dr. Zachary Walsh, and through his degree has acquired a comprehensive level of knowledge regarding medical cannabis. Chris also has several years’ worth of experience working and volunteering in the cannabis field. He previously sat on the board of directors for the Students for Sensible Drug Policy and had the pleasure of working at high profile compassion club for over 2 years while managing research projects at 3 locations throughout the Okanagan.
Business Development & Controller
Ms. Mann completed her Business Management degree at the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in Accounting and played for UBCO Heat’s golf team. She went on to complete her articling and Chartered Accounting designation with a diverse experience at both big four and mid-sized firms. Ms. Mann then moved on to run a vertically-integrated agriculture company where her role comprised of, but was not limited to, accounting, finance, business development, marketing, branding, ranching operations and meat packaging/processing/distribution in the Canadian market. Her diverse capabilities currently have her shifting roles as needed as Valens continues to expand their team.
New Product Development & R&D
Mr. Sailer is a graduate from the University of British Columbia where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree focusing on plant-based sciences. For the last several years Desmond has been advancing his skills in plant extractions while working as an extraction consultant. He is now applying those skills to the cannabis industry and has developed advanced extraction techniques and innovated new cannabis products.