Nathan studied Philosophy at McMaster University, however his plans were disrupted by chronic intractable migraines. After pursuing a variety of treatments for several years, Nathan settled on medical cannabis as the most effective therapy. He began growing his own cannabis under the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR) and with his family he founded a collective of patients and growers in Waterloo Region. In 2012 when the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (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. Nathan also sits on JWC's Board of Directors.
Adam graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours BSc in Biology. Adam began growing medical cannabis under the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR) and it was during this time that he decided to shift his focus; so together with his brother, he began experimenting with cultivation methods to perfect the production of cannabis. Adam brings extensive expertise in plant and microbiology, years of cultivation experience as a producer of medical cannabis under the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR) and his certification in Good Laboratory Practices to his many roles at JWC. He works diligently with JWC's production staff to ensure the continued delivery of clean, consistent cannabis and he continues to innovate JWC's GrowthStorm™ cultivation platform through ongoing analysis of production practices. In addition, Adam performs research that is critical to JWC's strain development and production optimization.
Krysta graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo where she earned a B.A in fine arts and a minor in psychology. Krysta's intricate and analytical focus in her arts degree have contributed significantly to her role as CAO. Krysta is responsible for all front-end operations of JWC, including cross-functional management and strategic headcount planning. She continues to drive the business forward with her unique approach to departmental management and organization. Krysta is responsible for ensuring that the core functions of JWC are working cohesively and she is instrumental in defining, measuring and achieving JWC's internal and external objectives.
Laura first graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in psychology following which she pursued a formal certification in chef training at George Brown College. After her education was complete Laura explored several avenues where she applied her same critical thinking, quick learning and unique approach to problem solving. In 2009 Laura decided to join the budding family business and quickly immersed herself in the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). In her role as CCO, Laura applies her extensive knowledge of the ACMPR to ensure JWC's compliance with the strict regulatory frameworks that govern the cannabis industry. She is dedicated to developing effective and comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures and she continues to be an asset as JWC navigates legislative changes in the cannabis industry. Laura also sits on JWC's Board of Directors.
Dan attended McMaster University and studied Mathematics and Computer Science. During his career, Dan has held several roles in Information Technology or Information Security positions. Dan joined JWC in early 2017 as CIO and as part of his role Dan is responsible for implementing and supporting all external software systems to ensure proper integration with Standard Operating Procedures. Dan is also responsible for overseeing all aspects of network security and IT infrastructure. His experience with inventory control, systems administration and integration has proven invaluable towards tracking and monitoring the production and distribution at JWC.
James den Ouden
James graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Economics. He then continued his education becoming a CPA/CMA while working for Manulife Financial, where he spent more than 22 years. James started as a junior accountant working on the Confederation Life acquisition and progressed through several roles with increasing responsibility including spending 5 months in Japan when Manulife Financial entered the country through a joint venture. James was responsible for the Canadian Division expense management during the John Hancock Group and Maritime Life acquisition, before moving to the Corporate Division as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Division expenses. During this role James was responsible for the company's management reporting during the 2008 Financial Crisis, keeping senior leadership informed on the impacts to Manulife Financial's businesses. James later became the Chief Financial Officer of Manulife Asset Management Ltd. and was then responsible for the financial management of the Canadian Investment Funds including being involved in the Standard Life acquisition and the launch of Manulife Financial's first Exchange Traded Funds. James joined James E. Wagner Cultivation Ltd. as Chief Financial Officer in October of 2017.
William began his career in the military as a Combat Engineer, during which time he was awarded the Sacrifice Medal in recognition for his injuries sustained while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. In 2013, after a medical release from the military, William decided to take his engineering skills and apply them to another area of focus; technology. After completing his education, William held positions in several technology focused companies where he applied his innovative approaches to solving real-world, data-driven problems to develop programs and meet the needs of various clients. Since joining JWC, William has been responsible for overseeing all technological growth, including integration and optimization of the GrowthStorm™ cultivation platform. He continues to strategically grow JWC's position as a thought leader and influencer in the industry through his development of cutting-edge partnerships and high-tech advancements.
Nicole began her career at BlackBerry Inc, formally Research In Motion (RIM), while she was still studying at Cape Breton University. Prior to joining JWC, Nicole held a variety of positions with BlackBerry and Sun Life Financial that have contributed to her ability to adapt to new environments, learn quickly and manage change effectively. She has an extensive project management background that lends her a keen eye for managing the details and performing risk assessments. As the leader of the Strategic Initiatives department she is responsible for managing JWC's transformation to a global leader in the cannabis industry through organizational change, implementation of new strategies, promoting efficiencies and providing creative business solutions. In addition, Nicole acts as the main point of contact for JWC's 2nd facility expansion project.
Board of Directors
Philip has spent over 45 years in the financial service industry starting his career with Lloyds Bank in the United Kingdom. Philip emigrated to Canada in 1975 and since worked as a senior executive for two Canadian Trust companies. In 1987 Philip became an investor, partner, CEO and member of the board of Altamira Investment Services Inc., an investment company with $15 billion of assets under management. Altamira was sold to National Bank in 2000. In 2003 Philip was a founder, CEO, and board member of Jovian Capital Corporation, a public company that invested in the asset and wealth management sectors. Jovian grew to oversee $13 billion in client assets and was sold to IA Insurance in 2013. Philip currently serves on the boards of Torrent Capital, Maret Resources, and Smart Employee Benefits, all public companies. Philip is the Chair of Richardson GMP Family Office Oversight Committee. He is also a director of several other private companies. Philip has served as Chairman of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada and The Mutual Fund Dealer's Association, an SRO. In addition, he served on the board of the Ireland Fund of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company. Philip holds a BA (Law) Hons. from the School of Law at Manchester Polytechnic, UK.
Raymond L. Alarie, P.Eng. ICD.D.
Ray Alarie was founder & CEO of Paragon Engineering Limited 1979-1997. Following the Paragon/Stantec merger, Ray served in
senior executive capacities until formal retirement in 2006. He holds BASc and MASc Civil Engineering degrees from
the University of Waterloo, and accorded recognition by winning the Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal in 2000.
Ray received the ICD.D designation in 2005 as an early graduate of the Institute of Corporate Director's Education
Ray has served as Director on several Boards, including SEC-registered Turbosonic Inc. (industrial air handling), Paragon Engineering (consulting engineering), PSM Consultants (consulting engineering), PrinterOn Inc. (IT specialist in remote wireless printing), Kitchener's St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, Waterloo Standard Condominium Corporation #541, Ontario's Griffith Island Club, Manitoba's Sagemace Country Club and was founding Chair/President of Kitchener's Deer Ridge Golf Club. He is the Independent Director of Toronto's R.V. Anderson Associates (professional services). He is experienced with Audit, Governance, Compensation and Special Committees.
Peter, CPA, CA, has a long track record as a financial executive with several Canadian public companies. Peter is currently the CFO of DionyMed Holdings Inc, a California based cannabis branding and distribution company. Peter was the Chief Financial Officer of Mettrum Health Corp., which was acquired by Canopy Growth Corporation in early 2017. Previously, he was involved with several start-up businesses in renewable energy including Threshold Power Trust, Riverbank Power Corporation and Oneworld Energy Corporation and also the held the position of Vice President Finance with Superior Energy Management and Chief Financial Officer of Algonquin Income Fund where he led and supported debt and equity capital raising.