Dr. Michael Munzar, M.D.
Chairman of the Board
Our clients can count on our commitment to science thanks to our medical director, Dr. Michael Munzar.
Over three decades as a licensed physician, Dr. Munzar has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, managed medical facilities, and designed and conducted pre-clinical studies and clinical trials, all while working in areas spanning health care, from geriatrics to psychiatry.
The quality of production and direction of our research programs depend upon Dr. Munzar’s leadership.
Sébastien St. Louis
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Sébastien brings sharp insight into what’s needed to create and build successful businesses. First as a regional manager at EDC and then as a senior account manager at BDC, Sébastien provided advice to hundreds of businesses across almost every industry.
He also served as CFO for a manufacturing firm, doubling sales to $10 million in a single year while preparing it for public sale. Sébastien is fluent bilingual and comfortable speaking in English or French with health professionals, business leaders and government officials.
Sébastien holds an MBA, finance from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa.
Co-founder & Chief Brand Officer
For nearly a decade, Adam’s arena has been the world of media, both old and new. Adam is the co-founder of iPolitics.ca, Canada’s premier online political newspaper.
Nearly every major publisher in Canada has at one time called on him to create and implement media strategies. Adam uniquely combines business acumen with tech savvy and a knack for getting things done.
Through his leadership, Hydropothecary continues to tap the latest technologies, exploiting traditional and online media to grow the brand and the company.
Jason is a corporate director who was the co-founder and the former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Fountain Capital Corporation from 2003 until October 2017. Jason was a market analyst with A&E Capital Funding Inc. and Bradstone Equity Partners Inc. between 1998 and 2002 and Vice President of Quest Investment Corporation between 2002 and 2003. He has experience with bridge financing, financial analysis, quantitative modeling, equities trading and mergers and acquisitions. Jason holds an economics degree from McGill University. Jason is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in Canada and a Director for the non-profit Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation, which provides financing and strategic guidance to entrepreneurs.
Vincent Chiara, President and sole owner of Group Mach, began his career in 1984 as a lawyer specializing in real estate transactions and corporate litigation. In 1999 he stopped practicing law and focused on the acquisition and development of property through Group Mach, a private holding company.
Mach and its controlled corporations hold significant investments representing more than 6.5 million square feet of office buildings located in Montreal and in the province of Quebec, including the Stock Exchange Tower, the CIBC Tower, the Sun Life Building and the University Complex.
In the Montreal area, Group Mach has developed and renovated more than 1 million square feet of office space, owns shopping centres in the Montreal region with a leasable area of over 2.5 million square feet and 7 million square feet of industrial space, development properties and land for development.
In 2016, Group Mach’s portfolio, including co-owned properties exceeds 16 million square feet and more than 2,000 rental units.
Chief Financial Officer
During Ed’s eighteen years working within high growth companies, he learned a thing or two about Corporate Financing and Governance.
Ed was actively involved in due diligence and integration of six acquisitions worth a total of $378 million. He led the financial integration of a $220 million acquisition and developed a global finance organization to meet the needs of the new company.
Ed helped Corel raise $480 million in debt and equity while managing an SEC registration statement for a cross border IPO on both the NASDAQ and TSX.
Ed oversees the day-to-day financials of Hydropothecary, as well as the journey towards a potential IPO.
Dr. Shane Morris
Vice-President, Quality Assurance and Scientific Affairs
Dr. Morris joined Hydropothecary as Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations and Scientific Affairs in July 2015. He took over responsibility for Quality Assurance in November 2016 and became designated under the ACMPR as the senior person in charge (SPIC) in September 2016.
Prior to joining Hydropothecary he held various senior positions with the Government of Canada since 2005, including most recently serving as Director, Policy Leadership and Reporting at the Major Projects Management Office at Natural Resources Canada.
Dr. Morris has fifteen years of experience at the science-policy interface working on high profile risk issues within the Canadian public service. He has held senior positions and executive appointments at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Treasury Board Secretariat where he advised cabinet on regulatory issues. Dr. Morris holds a doctorate from the National University of Ireland in biotechnology and publishes/lectures widely in the area of regulation, risk and policy.
VP, Business Development
For 19 years, James has traveled the world as a sales, marketing and business development leader whose expertise led to exceptionally strong results for a range of high performing technology firms.
With a strong background in market development and OEM engagements, James’s focus is on establishing excellent relationships and creating steady market expansion.
James uses his extensive background in sales and business development to firmly establish and expand Hydropothecary’s place in the Canadian market.
Director of Operations
In his role as Director of Operations, Arno Groll is responsible for all operations on site.
Arno started his career as an industrial engineer at Lam Research Corporation, where he spent 10 years and gained experience in progressive roles in Austria and Singapore, ending as a Director of Global Business Operations.
Most recently, Arno was Quality and Process Excellence Manager for one of the largest global suppliers of technology for food processing and other process industries, GEA Refrigeration Canada. In this role, Arno directed procedures and delivered high-caliber support for sophisticated production methods, while ensuring operational alignment with all local and global regulations.
Agnes is Master Grower for Hydropothecary, where she has overall responsibility for the quality of our medical marijuana, produced to uncompromising standards.
Formerly a researcher at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and an assistant researcher and field monitor at PRISME Consortium, Agnes has over nine years of progressive experience in Agriculture, Environment and Research roles. In her most recent role as Assistant Grower at Flora Plus Inc. Agnes oversaw the production of 1,000,000 sq feet of flowers including propagation, environmental systems, integrated pest management and R&D.
Agnes holds a Masters of Science Degree from McGill University and has authored specialized research on integrated pest management.
Director of Client Services
As Director of Customer Experience, Max leads a team responsible for delivering Hydropothecary’s best-in-industry customer service, and ensures Hydropothecary’s strict adherence to guidelines set out by Health Canada related to patient access of medical marijuana.
Max is the former Supervisor for the MMAR Police and Client Services at Health Canada, where he oversaw a team of over 20 officials responsible for communicating and policing various aspects of the Marihuana Medical Access Program and Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), as well as the 24/7 police services hotline.
In his role as Controller for Hydropothecary, Edward is responsible for the company's financial and accounting functions.
Edward began his career as an auditor / accountant at KPMG and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Since then he has had seven years of progressive industry experience working at Allen-Vanguard, Momentous and Drytech International in corporate services roles. Edward is a CPA, CMA and has a Bachelor of Commerce form Carleton University.