Interim Chief Executive Officer & 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.
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.
Executive Vice President, Global Accounts
A Molecular Biologist by training, Kirk Binns was a founding shareholder of MediPharm Labs. A serial entrepreneur, Kirk has spent most of his career in the North American deregulated energy markets, leading market expansions, client acquisitions and managed up to 100 reports across multiple markets. Over the last 12 years, he established and ran a multinational energy sales organization generating 7-figures annually, while also contributing to MediPharm Labs’ start-up and operations. Kirk takes on the role of EVP, Global Accounts to help MediPharm Labs realize its vision as the trusted global leader in cannabinoid-based derivatives.
Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific
Warren brings a wealth of senior leadership to MediPharm Labs Australia, having run both his own small businesses as well as achieved success in the Asia Pacific for a leading international digital marketing agency. Warren completed an Honours Bachelor Computer Science (programming) and was on the leading edge of web development and digital marketing, working first in Canada and the UK before building the Asia Pacific division of a large enterprise marketing agency, MarketOne. Over 8 years, Warren opened four offices, adding 200+ staff in Melbourne, Singapore, Bangalore and Tokyo. He boasts a 15-year history in sales and marketing, consulting to some of the biggest companies in the world.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Olga Utkutug is a financial expert with over 21 years of experience in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and accounting standards. Her expertise includes managing accounting and financial control functions and establishing financial strategies for the long-term profitable growth of organizations. Prior to joining the MediPharm Labs team, Olga was a Financial Planning and Analysis Leader for multinational technology conglomerate Cisco and a Commercial Finance Manager for GE Healthcare. With global experience spanning Canada, Western Asia and Southeastern Europe, Olga is well-versed in IFRS rules and regulations to develop, plan and execute financial plans and budgets. She possesses a Master of Business Administration degree from Koç University in Istanbul.
Vice President, Sales
Brett joins MediPharm Labs with over a decade of sales, marketing and CPG experience. Previously Brett was Vice President at Mosaic Sales Solutions – Canada’s largest sales and marketing agency. At Mosaic, Brett led accounts such as Anheuser Busch InBev, Nike, and Nestle. Recently Brett has led sales in the cannabis industry, working and consulting for some of the largest LPs in Canada. As VP of Sales at MediPharm Labs, Brett will be accountable for maximizing the sales and distribution of MediPharm’s best-in-class vape, and other innovative cannabis products.
Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications
Laura Lepore brings more than 16 years of award-winning Investor Relations, Communications and Capital Markets experience across Financial, Industrial and Mining sectors. Laura was most recently AVP, Investor Relations at Home Capital Group Inc. and led IR through two significant transactions and a governance renewal. During her tenure with TD Bank Financial Group she held various roles in IR and Corporate Banking. Previously Laura was Director of IR for Newmarket Gold and Crocodile Gold. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Economics from York University and is currently a Board Director for the Canadian Investor Relations Institute, Ontario Chapter.
Dr. Chris Talpas
Vice President, Quality and Scientific Affairs
Chris has 24 years of experience in the bio-pharmaceutical field, having been involved in all aspects of development from bench-top to commercial manufacture. After completing his BSc. and Doctorate degrees in Biochemistry, he joined Hemosol as a research scientist and then transitioned into the Process Development group where he worked on scaling up the manufacturing process to support clinical manufacturing of a haemoglobin-based blood substitute. Thereafter, he managed the clinical manufacturing plant. An expert in Chromatography, Dr. Talpas comes to MediPharm with a wealth of expertise in the qualification and validation of complex processes and equipment, as well as the development and maintenance of quality systems, having just served as the Director of Manufacturing Sciences at Therapure Biopharma.
Vice President, Associate General Counsel
Geoff brings over a decade of legal experience at top Canadian brands and on Bay Street. Most recently he held a senior position at Canada Goose, where he was a strategic legal and business advisor for the company’s first retail store openings, e-commerce expansion, supply chain initiatives, and its launch into China and Hong Kong. He also supported the business through its IPO process on the TSX and NYSE. Geoff has a strong background in marketing and intellectual property law, and ran Canada Goose’s global IP and brand protection programs. Prior to Canada Goose, Geoff was in-house counsel for Tim Hortons, and a corporate lawyer in private practice, working in venture capital and M&A.
Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain
Saravan has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 12 years in roles focusing on Engineering and Technical Services. He has led projects which included new product launches in both Manufacturing and Commercial environments, and the design of a $30M High Containment Facility for the manufacturing of Soft Gel Capsules. Previously, he was a Project Manager in the Automotive Sector. Saravan is an authentic leader of successful teams by modelling a collaborative and hands on approach, providing opportunities for shared leadership, communicating effectively and motivating teams towards shared goals. Saravan obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and recently completed his Executive MBA at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Head of Quality
A Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional (CPGP) with over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, Nigel Dewsbury brings considerable expertise in quality systems and management to the MediPharm Labs team. Prior to joining MediPharm Labs, Nigel held senior quality assurance roles with a variety of organizations, including Baxter Healthcare, Derma Sciences Inc. and Nuvo Research Inc. He boasts a successful record of hosting regulatory authorities, including Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as working with third-party auditors and ISO registrars. Nigel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt designation from McGill University.