Meet the Nova Mentis Team

William Rascan


Mr. Rascan joins Liberty Leaf with +25 years’ experience in the investment brokerage industry, most recently as a Partner, Senior Investment Advisor with Northern Securities. Mr. Rascan’s business ranged from active international trading clients to raising capital for junior mining companies on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”). Past firms include, CM Oliver, Research Capital, Blackmont and Jennings Capital. Prior to his years as an Investment Advisor, Mr. Rascan was Vice-President, Institutional Money Market Sales with ScotiaMcleod Inc.


Jacqueline McConnell

COO & Director

Jacqueline McConnell has over twenty years of experience working for Apotex Inc., one of Canada’s largest pharmaceutical companies. She provides critical business strategy input at a senior leadership level to support an organization’s ability to achieve local and global growth and corporate sustainability. Ms. McConnell has proven experience developing and implementing programs and systems. Her key contributions include building and leading numerous successful teams to support efficient management of capital and operating activity across budget management, scheduling, quality, safety, and regulatory compliance.


Steven Feldman


Mr. Feldman has more than 25 years' experience in the capital markets. Notably, Mr. Feldman was part of the original management team of SouthGobi Resources that evolved from a $20 million market cap explorer to a $2 Billion+ market cap coal producer with senior listings on the Toronto and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. Currently, Mr. Feldman is a Social Media Consultant and a participant in the global cannabis industry. Additionally, Mr. Feldman has over six years' experience in Investment Counsel and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), Canadian Options Course (OLC) and the Professional Financial Planner Course (PFPC).

Dr. Aylia Mohammadi (BSc, MSc, PhD)

President & Chief Scientific Officer,
Nova Mentis Biotech Corp.

Dr. Aylia Mohammadi (BSc, MSc, PhD) is an experienced scientist with research expertise in both basic science and clinical translation. She is a TEDx speaker and has received awards for her work presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Mohammadi obtained her PhD in Biological Physics from the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research, and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Her graduate training was inherently multidisciplinary, integrating techniques in molecular biology, neuroscience, and genetics. For her postdoctoral research, she examined underlying molecular mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease, giving her a strong and relevant background to guide NOVA's scientific aims.

Robert W.E. Laurie

Advisory Board Chair

Mr. Laurie is an international lawyer, writer and speaker, qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and called to the British Columbia Bar as a barrister and solicitor.

After practicing law in London and New York in the areas of hedge fund formation and securities fraud litigation, Mr. Laurie founded AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2013. Mr. Laurie focuses his legal practice on issues related to cannabis, encompassing the areas of business law, family and administrative litigation, plus criminal defense. He is also a former Board Advisor to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD).

Jamie Robinson


Mr. Robinson is a Chartered Accountant, specializing in accounting, auditing and financial reporting under both IFRS and ASPE. Prior to joining Liberty Leaf, Mr. Robinson worked at Deloitte as a Manager focusing on publicly listed and private company audits as well as business reviews, performance enhancement engagements and formal restructuring proceedings. After his public practice experience, Jamie worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at Corinex Communications, performing in-depth financial analysis of currencies, commodities, and financial statements for the purpose of investment and hedge fund trading. Mr. Robinson holds a CA designation and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.

Kelly Pladson

Corporate Administrator

Kelly Pladson has provided corporate governance and regulatory compliance services to many TSX Venture and CSE listed companies since 2009. She works closely with the company’s CEO and legal counsel in maintaining corporate records, managing the day to day operations of the company and ensuring the company’s filings with the securities commissions and exchanges are accurately filed and in accordance with their deadlines. Prior to 2009, Ms. Pladson was an investment advisor’s assistant for two years.