James Wagner grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario in the 1920’s and 30’s. His father was a German immigrant who worked hard to provide for his wife and sons. James was a farmer too; he spent most of his life out in his fields, growing everything imaginable in the fertile ground of his family tobacco farm near Tillsonburg.
But to us he was always Grandpa Jim, as we followed him around on the farm. When the first members of our group turned to cannabis as a medicine, it was James who offered support and advice. When our family, mostly children and grandchildren of James, formed a collective of patients and growers under the MMAR, James was there. When it became clear that we needed to take our newly developed technology and apply to become a Licensed Producer under the ACMPR, we could think of no more fitting accolade than to name our business after James.
JWC is a family business, founded on family values. Our founding members began growing their own product years ago, but our efforts quickly grew as we engaged with more patients and growers within our community. Our passion for growing was obvious in our product, and the lives of our patients. As we move forward as a Licensed Producer under the ACMPR, it is our goal to continue to help patients by providing clean, consistent medical cannabis products. It is our goal to continue to work within our community to help people access and understand Cannabis.
The JWC Team
President & CEO
Nathan Woodworth is a life-long resident of Kitchener, Ontario, although he spent many summers on his Grandfather’s farm near Tillsonburg learning about agriculture and rural life. He studied Philosophy at McMaster university, but his plans were disrupted by chronic migraines. After pursuing a variety of treatments for some years, Nathan settled on medical cannabis as the most effective therapy. He began growing his own cannabis under the MMAR and with his family he founded a collective of patients and growers in Waterloo Region. In 2012 when the MMPR was announced he and his family decided to bring their passion and unique technology to the commercial production of cannabis. By 2013 they had founded James E. Wagner Cultivation Ltd. The years since have allowed him to develop his management skills by taking JWC from a start-up to a rapidly growing, technologically advanced producer of cannabis, well on the way to becoming a major force in Canadian cannabis.
James den Ouden
Chief Financial Officer
James has spent over 20 years in the Financial Services industry and has held various executive roles in Investment Operations, Expense Management, Management Reporting and Financial Control. James served as the CFO of a Canadian Asset Management subsidiary, several Closed End Investment Funds and a family of Corporate Investment Funds.
Chief Operating Officer
As JWC’s Chief Cultivator, Adam brings considerable expertise both in terms of his academic background in plant and microbiology, as well as his cultivation experience as an MMAR producer, and GLP-certified laboratory management. Adam works diligently with our production staff to ensure the continued delivery of clean, consistent medicine, while conducting ongoing research into new cannabis strains and cultivation procedures.
Chief Administration Officer
As Chief Administrative Officer, Krysta oversees all front-end operations, departments, and staff. It is her responsibility to monitor all activities in order to ensure that projects are appropriately assigned, completed properly, and that deadlines are being met. Krysta is instrumental in ensuring that the JWC team remains organized and focused on achieving measurable results for both internal and external objectives.
Chief Compliance Officer
As our CCO, Laura works to ensure JWC’s compliance with the regulatory frameworks which govern our industry. Her dedication to developing effective and comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures, as well as her extensive knowledge of ACMPR guidelines, have been instrumental to our success in the licensing process. She will continue to play a key role in the ongoing operation of our facilities going forward.
Chief Information Officer
As CIO, Dan is responsible for implementing and supporting all external software systems to ensure proper integration with JWC’s Standard Operating Procedures, as well as overseeing all aspects of network security. His experience with inventory control and systems administration has proven invaluable towards tracking and monitoring our production and distribution from Seed to Sale.
Chief Marketing Officer
As a lifelong entrepreneur, Erik has devoted his career to helping businesses reach their full potential. With over 15 years of experience in the advertising industry, Erik now brings his knowledge and expertise to the JWC team as he works to oversee marketing initiatives, brand development, and stakeholder communications.
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, William Werth is responsible for overseeing all technological growth at JWC. Through his innovative approaches to solving real-world, data-driven enterprise problems, to cutting-edge strides in technological advancement in the global legal cannabis sector, he continues to strategically grow JWC’s position as a thought leader, and influencer in the industry.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
As JWC’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, Nicole is committed to developing and executing innovative ideas to continue driving strategic growth within JWC. Nicole’s proficiency in managing JWC’s transformation has been most valuable in achieving organizational change, utilizing new strategies that promote efficiency, providing creative business function solutions and supporting all build out transformation elements.