Board of Directors
President and CEO
Mr. Villazor has more than 20 years of experience in Corporate Affairs including communications, public relations, business development, regulatory affairs, government relations, philanthropy and public policy. He has held numerous senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry working extensively in government regulated aspects of commercial operations including formulary/market access, pricing compliance, price controls, manufacturing grants, regulatory approvals and shaping federal and provincial government policies. Mr. Villazor has been a director of Organic Garage Ltd. (TSXV:OG) since 2016 and serves on its Audit Committee, Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. He has worked for a number of large pharmaceutical companies including SmithKline Beecham, GlaxoSmithKline and Biovail Corporation as well as with the industry’s national trade association based in Ottawa. In addition, Mr. Villazor also spent more than decade in the sports and entertainment industry including having served as an Alternate Governor and advisor to a National Hockey League franchise. His Board experience spans the academic sector, not-for-profit sector and publicly-traded companies.
Ms. Hemmeter has over 20 years of experience leading and advising public, private and VC-backed health and wellness companies with a commitment to sustainability. She currently serves on the Board of Wilbur-Ellis and was recently the CEO, President and Director of Landec Corporation (NASDAQ: LNDC). During her ten-year tenure at Landec, she led the turnaround of the Curation Foods business from a commodity vegetable company to a branded natural foods company and the acquisition of Lifecore Biomedical and its subsequent organic growth into adjacent markets. Prior to Landec, she served as Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development at Ashland Chemical, was an executive at two successful software companies that were later sold and held additional positions in strategy, marketing, engineering and operations at a number of leading chemical, pharmaceutical and consumer product companies within the U.S. Ms. Hemmeter holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Varma brings with him over 17 years of experience in cross border commercial banking, and corporate finance roles with some of the largest financial institutions in Canada as well senior management and executive roles with some of Canada’s largest agricultural companies. Mr. Varma has worked in both large private and public companies and has been responsible for sourcing, developing, and maintaining new and existing relationships with strategic financial partners to ensure the long-term availability of adequate sources of capital including equity and debt required for the ongoing operations, trade finance, cash management, covenant compliance, planned capital expenditures and the funding of the company’s strategic initiatives including possible mergers and acquisitions. Throughout his career in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Varma has successfully delivered several billion dollars in operating loans, term debt, subordinated debt and equity financing.
Mr. Wesley has a decade of experience in the development, implementation and operational handover of some of the largest commercial greenhouse operations in North America. He has delivered over $400 million dollars of agricultural, office, industrial and other green field construction. Mr. Wesley has extensive multi-national experience leading Development efforts and Regulatory compliance from the local City level to Federal agencies. He has experience in both private company and advisory Boards. Mr. Wesley holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration in Executive Management with a Specialization in Management Consulting, a Masters Certificate in Project Management, and Certificate in Business Administration.