Valens GroWorks Corp., a multi-licensed, vertically integrated provider of cannabis products and services utilizing proprietary extraction processes announces the appointments of Mr. Chris Irwin, Mr. Nitin Kaushal, Mr. Ashley McGrath, and Mr. Chris Buysen to the board of directors of the company. Mr. John Cullen has resigned as a director of Valens and Dr. Robert O’Brien has also resigned as a director of the company and from his position as chief science officer.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the dedicated and knowledgeable management team at Valens. I am confident that the company is in excellent hands to capitalize on the growth opportunities that are before it,” comments John Cullen.
Management and the board of directors would like to thank Mr. Cullen and Dr. O’Brien for their significant contributions to Valens GroWorks.
Mr. Irwin is a partner in the Toronto law firm of Irwin Lowy LLP focused on securities and corporate/commercial law. He advises several public companies on a variety of matters including continuous disclosure and regulatory matters, reverse takeover transactions, initial public offerings, and takeover bids. Mr. Irwin is also a director and officer of several public companies.
Mr. Kaushal serves as managing director, Corporate Finance at PwC Canada. He has over 30 years of finance and investment expertise including having held a few senior roles with Canadian investment banks as well as various roles within the private equity/venture capital industry. Mr. Kaushal sits on the boards of numerous public and private companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) degree from the University of Toronto and is a CPA, CA.
Mr. McGrath has been involved in real estate development for 14 years as the president and owner of Glencoe Developments Inc. He has overseen all aspects of the development business including land acquisition, finance and sales of over 850,000 square feet of development space. He oversees the management of a large rental portfolio of residential and commercial real estate and is a shareholder in an agribusiness operating over 400,000 square feet of indoor livestock production as well as a 23,000 acre grain farm.
Mr. Buysen has held numerous senior financial positions with reporting issuers over the past 15 years including his current role as chief financial officer of Valens. He has also held a leadership role in a multi-family office, advising high net worth families on investment, business and other financial matters. Mr. Buysen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CPA, CA.
“Given the company’s aggressive vertically integrated expansion plans, both domestically and internationally, it was a top priority to strengthen our board of directors to support these initiatives,” comments Tyler Robson, Valens’ CEO.