CEO & Chairman of the Board
Before founding MediPharm Labs, Pat enjoyed a 15-year career in the pharmaceutical industry in top sales roles, successfully launching a wide range of medical products. He most recently worked at Jansen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson) where he led the Hospital Division for Renal and Mental Health products. Pat’s foresight in creating a business that focuses on advanced cannabis concentrates bodes well for medical research, investors and consumers alike. Pat holds an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario.
Chief Financial Officer & Director
Over the past 18 years, Chris has acted as Chief Financial Officer for several private and public companies operating in the resource, health sciences, and technology sectors. Chris is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Miriam is currently the Director of Pharmacy at Health Sciences North, Northern Ontario’s largest hospital located in Sudbury. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Pharmacology from Queens University. Her career has encompassed positions as the Executive Director of Community Development at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and CEO of the Northeastern Ontario Medical Education Corporation (NOMEC) wherein she worked throughout northern Ontario to facilitate community-based medical clinical education. She also served as Director of Planning and Development of Cambrian College, Executive Director of Cambrian Foundation, and Director of Pharmacy, Director of Rehabilitation Services and Assistant Executive Director of Therapeutic Services at Laurentian Hospital. She was Project Coordinator for the planning and construction of the Glenn Crombie Special Needs Centre, the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT), and the Northeastern Cancer Centre. She is the author and co-author of several health-related papers and studies and is very active in the community both on a personal and professional level. She has been recognized by Northern Ontario Business as a “Woman of Influence”, was the recipient of the Sudbury Business and Professional Women’s Club highest honor – the Bernardine Yackman Award, and has served on the Women’s Health Council of Ontario and Ontario Judicial Appointment Advisory Committee. Raised in northern Ontario, her strongest interest is in projects that address access to health, education, and information technology in northern Ontario.
Marufur serves as an advisor to public companies and private companies planning on going public through direct initial public offerings or reverse mergers. Marufur is one of the leaders of MNP LLP’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR) team. His principal role has been auditing these companies as well as assisting them in their going public process. He has also helped in securing financing for some of the companies in this sector. Marufur is considered a thought leader in the practical application of the IFRS biological asset standard and measurement of fair value of the assets. He has experience in the medical marijuana sector internationally and has assisted with these companies listing in Canada. Marufur has helped numerous Canadian and international companies go public in Canada. He has worked around the globe, with a special focus on Latin America and Africa and specializes in helping finance these companies in Canada, either through public or private transactions. Marufur has extensive experience working with clients in the technology, mining, pharmaceutical, and gaming sectors. He is also involved with investment funds and Exempt Market Dealers. Marufur is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2001. He currently serves on the PDAC-CPA Canada joint Mining Task Force for IFRS. He also serves as a director to several TSX and TSX-V listed companies.
President & Director
Keith Strachan co-founded MediPharm Labs in 2015, utilizing his consultancy expertise in Public Sector RFP and government contracts, compliance for government licensing and local planning, to break the mold and secure the first Health Canada Licence for cannabis oil production without first being a cultivator. A seasoned entrepreneur, Keith has applied his leadership to building out MediPharm Labs’ leading-edge facilities, launching operations and growing its workforce, while also strategically driving business development with the Company’s many supply, contract processing and white label partner LPs.
Dr. Paul Tam, MBBS, FRCP(C), FACP
With more than three decades of clinical research and medical practice experience, Dr. Paul Tam is a globally recognized expert in the field of nephrology and a pioneer in the development of continuous renal replacement therapy for acute kidney injury. In 1996, Dr. Tam founded the Scarborough Regional Nephrology Program where he is currently Medical Director of the largest community nephrology program in Canada. Dr. Tam oversees a team of thirteen nephrologists that provide renal care to over 900 dialysis patients and 4,000 chronic kidney disease patients and is also an active staff nephrologist at The Scarborough Hospital. Dr. Tam is also the Medical Quality Advisor for three major Independent Health Facilities that provide hemodialysis care. Dr. Tam has extensive and highly specialized experience in pharmaceutical development having co-founded and acted as the Medical Director overseeing operations and clinical research for a contract research organization which was ultimately acquired by the Biovail Corporation. Dr. Tam served as a Director of Biovail Corporation after the acquisition and he also served as the Medical Director of Contract Research arm of Biovail Corporation. Dr. Tam continues to be active in clinical research and participate in multi-national trials, product commercialization and is a highly respected subject matter author. Dr. Tam also leads and serves on multiple professional and executive governance committees. He is an active member and past Section Chair representing the Nephrology Specialty of the Ontario Medical Association, and active member and past Chair of the Ontario Association of Nephrologists. In the past he has also served on the Boards of Directors for pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Tam received his medical degree from The University of Hong Kong and completed further specialization at the University of Toronto, Canada.
General Counsel and Head of Corporate Development
Ahmed comes to MediPharm after having spent over a decade working in the Bay Street offices of the Business Law Group of one of the world's largest law firms and in the Corporate Law Group of a global leader in Canadian business law. His legal practice consisted of securities law, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate and commercial law. Ahmed has acted as external counsel for numerous cannabis companies and has been involved in a legal advisory role in the going public transactions of cannabis companies as well as companies in several other industries. He holds a Juris Doctor Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree with First Class Honours from the Queen's University School of Business.