Prior to joining CBx Data Labs, Chad served as Executive Director for the Office of the Premier of Ontario, where he was responsible for external relations, operations, and providing strategic advice on a broad range of issues. Previously, Chad worked as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, where he worked closely with the agri-food sector and developed relationships across the supply chain.
VP of Business Development
Peter served as Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health in the Government of Canada. In that role, Peter aided in moving key initiatives forward including; significant changes to the medical cannabis regime, the government’s commitment on legalizing recreational cannabis, landmark assisted dying legislation and the successful negotiation of a 10-year health accord agreement with provinces and territories. In addition to his role at CBx Data Labs, Peter is also a Senior Consultant with Santis Health, a consultancy firm that provides counsel and support to clients exclusively in the health care and life sciences sectors.
Founder, Own Innovation
IP Lawyer, Patent and Trademark Agent
Jim Hinton is the founder of Own Innovation and a proud supporter of Canadian technology companies. In addition to being an IP lawyer, he is both a patent and trademark agent before the Canadian IP Office, and works directly for Canadian companies with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
He is also a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where he studies IP and innovation policy and an assistant professor at Western University where he teaches engineers all about IP. Finally, he works closely with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Canada’s Innovation initiatives and Canada’s national IP strategy.
Professor of Medicine, University Ottawa
Senior Economic Advisor, Canadian Pharmacists Association
Don Husereau is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at The University of Ottawa, and a Senior Associate with the Institute of Health Economics. He is also Senior Economic Advisor to the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Don’s current research focuses on appropriate and innovative approaches to the use of evidence and economics to inform health policy. In addition to being an independent consultant for the life sciences sector, he also serves on the Ontario Committee to Evaluate Drugs and formerly served on the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) Expert Review Committee (pERC). Don received both his BSc and MSc from the University of Alberta’s faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Co-Lead, Blakes Cannabis Group
At Blakes Law Firm, Alexis focuses primarily on syndicated debt and structured financing, acting for both domestic and international financiers and debtors. He has significant experience with structuring and documenting equipment financings, leveraged financings, asset-based financings, franchise financing arrangements, margin loans, securitizations, receivables financings and hotel financings.
Alexis is the co-ordinator of the Firm’s Government & Public Sector group. He also advises on public law, political law and lobbying matters, has served as an adjunct professor of public law and decision-making at Osgoode Hall Law School, and has been a Law Society lecturer on doing business with the Canadian public sector. Alexis has served as a political strategist for several current and former senior federal, provincial and municipal public office holders.
Founder, OMERS Ventures
Co-Founder, Council of Canadian Innovators
John is the founder of OMERS Ventures as well as the co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators. In addition, John serves on several boards including Hootsuite, Ether Capital, Ontario Centres of Excellence, David Suzuki Foundation, Royal Ontario Museum, and the NHL Coaches Association. John also served as the CEO of OMERS Ventures and the Executive Managing Director of OMERS Platform Investments. Prior to joining OMERS, he was a Partner at Deloitte where he was the Global Thought Leader, the Global Tax Leader and the Canadian Industry Leader for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice and a member of Deloitte’s Board of Directors.
Founder, author and strategic advisor
Reva has a recognized track record of shifting public opinion & driving impactful conversations through story-telling that is unexpected, compelling and ahead of the curve.
Trained as a lawyer, for the past 15+ years Reva has worked with global brands & organizations as well high profile leaders to help then create & deliver high impact communications campaigns which leverage the social, cultural and political trends of the moment.
Most recently she co-founded & sold a cannabis business media & content creation platform.
From 2014 -2015 Reva worked as a Senior Advisor to current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As part of his six person public policy team, she helped establish the cornerstone platform ideas for his highly successful election platform.
Reva is the best selling author of two non-fiction books & a regular contributor to Fast Company among other publications. Her research & writing focus on life optimization, mental wellness & leadership in a landscape of disruption, rapid change & uncertainty.
Former Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
A former public servant, Deb has served in a number of senior leadership roles within the Ontario Government. This includes the role of Ontario’s first ever Chief Veterinary Officer and most recently, Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). OMAFRA is a key economic development and community portfolio for the Ontario government, overseeing Ontario’s significant agricultural sector, second only in size only to the automotive sector.
Deb is currently on the boards of the Canadian Agriculture Policy Institute, the University of Guelph, Genome Ontario, and the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. In addition to these responsibilities, Deb is also a member of the newly created organization 100 Women Who Care, Rural Wellington, and the Golden Triangle Angel Network. She also volunteers at a local long-term care facility and is an active mentor.
Deb is a graduate of the University of Guelph (DVM), and Wilfrid Laurier University (MBA).