We are proud that our board of directors are elected by the members to voice their diverse points of view and form them into a united voice.
Scott Treasure, Chair
My name is Scott Treasure and I would appreciate your consideration for the position of Director representing Alberta cannabis retailers on the Alberta Cannabis Council. As an owner and founder of The Local Cannabist in Edmonton, I am a passionate advocate for our industry and in particular the cannabis entrepreneurs that have followed similar passions into the retail side of this sector. As Liam Neeson might say “I have a particular set of skills…” that I feel should be valuable as we forge our way in this new, and highly regulated industry. My work history includes technology (Nortel Networks) and the insurance industry (Treasures Insurance and Excel Insurance Group) and involves a significant amount of industry volunteering. As a recent past-president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta (IBAA) and the immediate past-president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC), I feel like I am in the right place at the right time to use that experience to help fellow cannabis retailers in this province. My work with both IBAC and the IBAA has had me attending and leading hundreds of one-on-one industry specific meetings with MPs and MLA’s in their offices both here in Edmonton and in Ottawa representing insurance brokers, large and small, from coast to coast. I feel that a board position on the Alberta Cannabis Council would allow me to both leverage the contacts I’ve made and the experience I’ve gleaned from those meetings as we work with government and the AGLC to focus on the rules and regulations that really must change for our industry to be successful (for example, closing the AGLC online store ASAP).
As far as my personal history with cannabis goes, well, lets just say that we definitely go back a long way. I started using cannabis regularly in my early twenties for fun, and as an alternative to alcohol, and that evolved into use for stress and cleaner living. I have enjoyed cannabis all over the globe and experienced the plant in many legal jurisdictions, including most Canadian provinces and many major cities and towns here in Alberta. I have spent many years learning as much as I could about cannabis and its varied potential and beneficial uses as a health and wellness product (not just medical or recreational). That said, Cannabis has also helped me medically over the last number of years, as my family dealt with the deaths of my parents in 2011 and 2016 respectively. I am a passionate advocate for the normalization of Cannabis and my worlds collided in 2016 when I found myself in Ottawa (in front of Bill Blair and the gang) testifying to the Justice committee on behalf of the Canadian insurance broking industry relating to Bill C-46 (the bill implementing a blood level standard for THC upon the legalization date and the closing of a number of loopholes related to drinking and driving). On that day I was proud to represent my industry (and my passion) before the Canadian government and I would be very proud, should you choose to elect me to the board of the Alberta Cannabis Council for the current term.
Nathan Mison, Past Chair
Nathan Mison is a Founding Partner and CEO of Diplomat Consulting. He is the former Vice President of Government and Stakeholder Relations at Fire & Flower. In this role, Nathan was one of the first employees for the company from its establishment, helping to guide it through legalization and into its place as Canada’s largest independent cannabis retail company. Prior to his work in cannabis, Nathan owned Mison & Associates, a full-scale executive counsel and public affairs company and was a founding partner in EKG Entertainment Group. Nathan is the co-chair of the National Cannabis Working Group for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Chair of the Alberta Cannabis Council. founding member of NorthCanvas, an ancillary cannabis incubator, a member of the Alberta Cannabis Stakeholder Group and a founding member of the Alberta Cannabis Retailers Association. He has a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Alberta and has volunteered his time as the Past President of the Valley Zoo Development Society and is the co-founder of Politics on Tap.
Jesse Beaudry, Director
Jesse is a senior executive with more than 20 years of business experience including leading high-performance teams and creating substantial value. Jesse is responsible for leading the development and execution of Candre’s long term strategy.
Hadi Feltham, Director
Hadi is a highly present and active advocate for clean cultivation. His passion is to assist clients in designing and building sustainable pharmaceutical-grade indoor grow facilities, which will produce a consistent high-grade product.Hadi is the Owner and President of SQFT Grow Systems and the Vice President of Business Development for Pure Life Carbon.
Ryan McDonald, Director
Ryan McDonald is the CEO of Prairie Commercial Mortgage Corp (PCMC), a RECA licensed commercial mortgage brokerage based out of Edmonton, AB. Within this role, Ryan manages a team of mortgage associates servicing real estate owners & developers, in Alberta with their conventional, interim, construction & CMHC insured financing needs. Further to this, PCMC services licensed cannabis businesses with their secured financing requirements and to date, has facilitated over $20million in mortgage secured financing for the industry. In addition, Ryan serves as President of QM Asset Management Inc, a venture capital firm managing corporate assets in a variety of industries including, cannabis, technology, manufacturing and SaaS based businesses and through this role sits on the Board of Directors of All The Way Metal Drilling Ltd and Premium 5 Ltd. In 2020, Ryan founded Pinene Capital Management Inc, a secured cannabis lender and Pinene Alternative Ventures Inc, a cannabis focused private equity firm offering working capital solutions to established businesses operating within the industry. Ryan was born & raised in Edmonton, AB and currently resides in the City with his wife and three kids.
Stephanie Bach, Director
Stephanie Bach has been working in the agriculture and food industry for 15 years. Where she started with Arabidopsis, canola, hemp, and tobacco, she’s since come full circle and into the cannabis industry. Stephanie has an Honors undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology (Alberta) and a graduate degree in Plant Agriculture & Genetics (Guelph). Throughout her career, she has worked in food science, product development, conventional & organic agriculture, and is a specialist in indoor growing systems. At Dynaleo, she utilizes her skills in Project Management to expertly plan and execute projects, producing high quality cannabis confectionaries for Canadian consumers. Stephanie is excited to participate in the ACC and to bring about positive change in the legal market.
Chris Felgate, Director
My name is Chris Felgate and I’m the co-founder of Small Town Buds. We were the first store to receive a license from the AGLC and have been in this fight from day one! I am looking forward to being an active member of the ACC and seeing the positive change we can bring to this industry. If you know me at all, you know that I am very passionate about this industry and cannabis as a whole and I’m never afraid to share what’s on my mind. I look forward to meeting more members and getting to know all of you individually.
Mack Andrews, Director
Mack is the co-founder of Aylmer Nelson Cannabis. Aylmer Nelson’s flagship location is situated in the heart of one of Calgary’s most prominent shopping and arts districts, Inglewood.
Prior to transitioning into the cannabis industry, Mack spent 5 years working in the Energy Industry. Working closely with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Mack became an expert navigating changing regulatory environments.
Mack was born and raised in Calgary, AB, and he holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Julie Girard-Potestio, Director
Julie Potestio is a uniquely qualified regulatory expert in the industry, that also holds a Director position with (Freedom Cannabis) a Licensed Producer. Julie is a pillar of the cannabis community and is the origin of the Freedom story and culture. A resolute collaborator that leads by example, from trimming, packaging, and quality control. Julie is an expert in the cultivation and processing workflows.
Highly professional with 23 years of experience leading for-profit organizations. Extreme diligence and a professional critic, with a history of maximizing investments, cutting spending, and increasing organizational efficiency. Strong knowledge of the Cannabis Act and how to implement company procedures. The Responsible Person of a Licensed Producer, is an individual who has responsibility for all activities conducted under the license, possesses extensive knowledge of the provisions of the Cannabis Act and the regulations. Julie has navigated all phases of licensing under the Cannabis Act. As President of Freedom Cannabis, Julie has led the company in community outreach and talent management and has been a vital part of Cannabis training and education programs throughout the Alberta region.