President & CEO
Mr. Rascan brings +30 years’ experience in the investment brokerage/capital markets industry, currently as President & CEO of Nova Mentis Life Science Corp (formerly Liberty Leaf Holdings) and previous to that, as CEO of Weststar Resources. During his tenure at Liberty Leaf, Mr. Rascan oversaw all aspects of the business which included a fundamental change of business into the cannabis sector, successfully shepherding its Health Canada cultivation and processing license and growing the company to +$100mm mkt cap.
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.
Chief Science Officer & Director
Dr. Stephen Glazer began practicing medicine in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at North York Branson Hospital in 1994, and since then has been practicing as a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine in Ontario. He has become specialized in pre-operative risk assessment, has worked in the areas of cardiology and diabetes, and is recognized as a specialist in sleep medicine.
He is a national leader and specialist in bariatrics, the branch of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of people living with obesity. In 2010, Dr. Glazer became the Medical Director for Bariatrics at Humber River Hospital in Toronto. He sits on the board for the Ontario Bariatric Network, as well as on multiple committees. He is also the President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons.
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).
Strategic & Regulatory Advisor
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).
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 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.