FLORA GROWTH TEAM

Flora Growth is led by a diverse team of business professionals focused on the responsible growth of the company.

Board of Directors

Responsible and experienced directors offering sound leadership and oversight.

BernieWilson

Bernie Wilson
Chairman

Bernie Wilson, Chairman

Dr. Wilson is a senior financial professional. He is the former Vice-Chairman of Price-WaterhouseCoopers LLP and is the Chairman of the Founders Board of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Wilson has served as Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce - Canada; and Member of the Canada/US Trade Committee. Drawing on his experience as Chairman of the Founders Board of Institute of Corporate Directors, as Lead Director, Mr. Wilson will work with the Board of Directors of Flora and its various standing committees to ensure effective corporate governance practices and to enhance and protect the independence of the board.

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Stan Bharti
Director

Stan Bharti, Director​

Executive Chairman of Forbes & Manhattan. Stan Bharti has more than 30 years of professional experience in business, finance, markets, operations, and more. His focus has been on the resource and technology sectors. He has amassed over $3 billion worth of investment capital for the companies that he has worked with, and for their shareholders. He is a Professional Mining Engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Moscow, Russia and University of London, England. Mr. Bharti is a director of several public and private companies.

BeverlyRichardson

Dr. Beverly Richardson
Director​

Dr. Beverly Richardson, Director

Dr. Beverley J. Richardson is a renowned psychotherapeutic practitioner whose collaborative efforts and clinical influence are reflected in some of the most compelling and effective addiction and behavioural health programs in North America which include: Sierra Tucson (Arizona), the Meadows (Arizona) and Betty Ford Centre (California). She has a Doctorate Degree in Psychology and is a B.C. Registered Clinical Counsellor, Internationally Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and EMDR Level II Trauma Therapist. Dr. Richardson has integrated her extensive experience in health and wellness with her entrepreneurial spirit to form her nutraceutical and bioscience research and development enterprises.

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Juan Carlos Roa
Director​

Juan Carlos Roa, Director

Mr. Gomez is a proven business leader with over 30 years of professional experience working for multinational public companies. He brings substantial experience in the Latin American market, across a variety of business competencies including business operations, M&A, business integration and corporate governance. For the past 20 years, Mr. Gomez served as the CEO of the Winner Group, CIRSA, owned by the Blackstone Group.  During his tenure, he was responsible for growing the company to become one of the largest 100 companies in the country through meaningful organic and M&A driven growth initiatives. This included expansion across 28 cities and more than 2,800 staff. Prior to his role as CEO, Mr. Roa served as COO for over a decade with the Winner Group, driving sustained annual revenue growth and EBITDA margin expansion.  Mr. Gomez obtained his bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Santo Tomas in Colombia.

LuisMerchan

Luis Merchan
Director​

Luis Merchan, Director

Luis Merchan is a proven executive with over a decade of experience in enterprise sales management, corporate strategy, merchandising and expense management, and customer experience. He previously served as Macy’s Inc.’s Vice President of Workforce Strategy and Operations where he managed the enterprise's multi-billion-dollar P&L expense line for the 540 store portfolio. Throughout his tenure at Macy’s, Mr. Merchan led various sales and marketing initiatives including the B2B corporate sales team that was responsible for $160 million in annual revenue. Prior to his most recent role, Mr. Merchan held various executive-level roles at Macy’s Inc., including VP of Customer Experience and Selling Support Services and Group VP of National Merchandising and Sales - Beauty, as well as managerial roles at Target Corporation. Mr. Merchan obtained his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Pontifical Xaverian University in Bogota, Colombia and his MBA from McNeese State University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management from Harvard.

Advisory Team

Engaged and well-connected advisors offering strategic solutions and new opportunities.

JuanManuelGalan

Juan Manuel Galan
Strategic Advisor

Juan Manuel Galan, Strategic Advisor

Juan Galán currently serves as a senior consultant to The World Bank. He is a Colombian politician and former senator of Colombia, serving three terms from 2006 to 2018 as a member of the Colombian Liberal Party. He is also a former professor at the University of Rosario and holds more than 20 years of journalistic, academic, governmental and parliamentary experience. During his time as a senator, Mr. Galán has been a key leader, with 29 bills and 27 debates on political control, and 17 laws to his name. The most relevant of those laws was authoring the medical cannabis law that resulted in the legalization of medical cannabis in Colombia.

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Paulina Vega
Division Founder​

Paulina Vega, Division Founder​

Paulina Vega is a renowned figure in the fashion and beauty industry. She is a former Miss Universe (2014) and Miss Colombia (2013) and a proud ambassador for Latino Americans. She has served as a TV host, a partner for fragrance brands, and as the face of fashion houses. Since making her global debut, Mrs. Vega has dedicated significant efforts to combatting HIV/AIDS through fundraising and education, as well as providing support to children and young adults fighting this disease. Mrs. Vega also holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Pontifical Xaverian University in Bogota, Colombia.​

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Laura Londoño
Division Co-Founder ​

Laura Londono, Division Co-Founder

Management Team

Passionate and dedicated entrepreneurs striving to delight customers and grow shareholder value.

LuisMerchan

Luis Merchan
President & CEO

Luis Merchan, President & CEO

Luis Merchan is a proven executive with over a decade of experience in enterprise sales management, corporate strategy, merchandising and expense management, and customer experience. He previously served as Macy’s Inc.’s Vice President of Workforce Strategy and Operations where he managed the enterprise's multi-billion-dollar P&L expense line for the 540 store portfolio. Throughout his tenure at Macy’s, Mr. Merchan led various sales and marketing initiatives including the B2B corporate sales team that was responsible for $160 million in annual revenue. Prior to his most recent role, Mr. Merchan held various executive-level roles at Macy’s Inc., including VP of Customer Experience and Selling Support Services and Group VP of National Merchandising and Sales - Beauty, as well as managerial roles at Target Corporation. Mr. Merchan obtained his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Pontifical Xaverian University in Bogota, Colombia and his MBA from McNeese State University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management from Harvard.

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Damian Lopez
VP Legal & Corporate Strategy

Damian Lopez, VP Legal & Corporate Strategy

Damian Lopez has over 10 years of experience working in the Latin American market, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and go-public transactions. Mr. Lopez is a corporate securities lawyer who has worked with various Canadian and US publicly listed companies in the technology, resources and cannabis industries. Mr. Lopez is fluent in English and Spanish and obtained a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Commerce & Finance from the University of Toronto.​

JamesWilliams

James Williams
VP Corporate Development

James Williams, VP Corporate Development

James Williams, VP of Corporate Development: Mr. Williams is a corporate finance and business development specialist who has spent the previous three years focused on driving corporate M&A and revenue opportunities within the regulated cannabis eco-system. Most recently, Mr. Williams was the Founder of Cannabis Manufacturers Guild in January 2020, a business solutions trade association for the cannabis space and has built an extensive network in the global cannabis industry. Prior to that, he worked with WeedMD Rx as Director of Capital Markets and Business Development focusing on capital raising and M&A analysis from April 2019 to January 2020. Before entering the corporate cannabis space, Mr. Williams specialized in cannabis securities at Laurentian Bank and has worked in investment banking for 10 years including time at Barclays Securities (Jul 2011 - Aug 2014) and UBS Investment Bank (Sept 2014 - Nov 2016). Mr. Williams graduated with a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a Minor in Economics in August 2011. In 2013, Mr. Williams completed his Certified Market Technician certification to become a CMT.

OrlandoBustos

Orlando Bustos
VP of Corporate Development​

Orlando Bustos, VP of Corporate Development​

Orlando Bustos has several years of diverse financial and capital markets experience. Orlando brings experience in venture capital and investments from a global private merchant bank while having worked closely with its portfolio companies on strategy and corporate development. Previously, Orlando worked in M&A for a global firm providing companies M&A, capital raising and strategic advisory. Orlando also held finance roles in large international corporations including the largest agriculture company in Canada. Orlando obtained a BBA (Finance) with a Joint Major in Economics from the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.​

DeborahBattiston

Deborah Battiston
Chief Financial Officer​

Deborah Battiston, Chief Financial Officer​

Deborah Battiston is a CPA-CGA, she obtained her BA in Economics from the University of Guelph and holds an ICD.D from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Deborah has an extensive background with over 25 years of financial management, including public companies, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and financing. She also has extensive experience with fast-paced growth companies and infrastructure creation having managed the financial teams for many successful, international and domestic companies across multiple sectors, including but not limited to cannabis, mining and technology. Ms. Battiston serves as Chief Financial Officer and director on a number of public and private companies.​

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Javier Franco
VP Agriculture

Javier Franco, VP Agriculture

Javier Franco is a master horticulturist with more than 25 years of experience in the design, implementation and management of cultivation and propagation facilities of more than 30 species of cut flowers in Latin America, mainly in Colombia and Ecuador. Mr. Franco completed his agricultural studies at Zamorano University in Honduras and later at an International Exchange Program at Ohio State University. Mr. Franco has directed technical, commercial and research groups in the cut flower, fruit and vegetable markets in Latin America and has participated in the commercial development of new technologies applied in agribusiness. He has also led the agri-management of organic crops and certifications of Good Agricultural Practices.

EvanVeryard

Evan Veryard
VP of Investor Relations​

Evan Veryard, VP of Investor Relations​

Evan served as President of Capital 10X, a digital investor relations consultancy focused on the cannabis and metals industries. During his time at Capital 10X, Mr. Veryard worked with public and private companies on their digital investor relations strategies to help them drive out more clear messaging and increase investor awareness. Mr. Veryard is also the Founder and Chairman of a national charity, Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth, where he led the organization through its first two pilot projects and the construction of two northern 4-season greenhouses. In addition, during his time as Chairman of Focus Forward, Mr. Veryard helped secure partnerships and funding from international organizations and federal and provincial governments. Mr. Veryard obtained his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from McGill University and Master’s of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada.​