Our Team

Cultivating the world-class

Management & Directors

Our management consists of several experienced Master Growers with decades of outdoor cultivation experience and we have already begun the process of gaining licensed producer status. We are currently pursuing GMP, food grade compliance standards to ensure access to European and World markets.

Arie Prins

Arie Prins

President, CEO and Director

Bio

Mr. Prins is a CA / CPA (1992) and alumnus of KPMG.

Mr. Prins has served as CFO of two TSX listed companies, including DirectCash Income Fund for which he was involved in the Initial Public Offering.

Prins has held a number of senior financial and leadership roles across several industries and has a family background of farming and horticulture.

Prins most recently spent 8 years as CFO of Elbow River Marketing, currently sits on the Board of DC Bank, and is an advisory partner to IronHub Inc.

Joel Dumaresq

Joel Dumaresq

CFO and Director

Bio

Mr. Dumaresq has an extensive background in finance and investment banking including his current tenure as Managing Director of Pashleth Merchant Capital since 2004 and previously with RBC Dominion Securities for over 15 years.

He also has significant experience in the natural resources sector, having served as President of Greenwater Forest Products for over 9 years.

Dumaresq obtained a BA degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of British Columbia. 

Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor

Regulatory Affairs and Director

Bio

Mr. Taylor currently oversees CL Cannabis’ regulatory affairs and on-site operations.

Taylor earned his law degree from the University of Dundee Law School in the U.K. and was called to the Canadian Bar in 2002.

Taylor previously worked for the Competition Bureau for over 5 years working in the Mergers Branch, and subsequently returned to private practice in 2013 to focus on corporate law.

Nicco Dehaan

Nicco Dehaan

Master Grower and Director

Bio

Mr. Dehaan currently oversees CL Cannabis’ cultivation and agricultural efforts serving as a Master Grower.

Dehaan has an extensive agricultural background, having been involved with a large, privately-held ranch in Grand Forks, BC for over twenty years.

For the past ten years, Dehaan has developed a number of unique cannabis strains under various medical cannabis licenses issued by Health Canada.

These unique strains include a number of proprietary, high-yielding outdoor cannabis strains that are suitable for commercial farming.

Dehaan successfully developed these strains while working under and complying with each of the MMAR, MMPR, and ACMPR regulations.

Timothy O'Donnell

Timothy O'Donnell

Extraction Manager

Bio

Mr. O’Donnell will oversee CL Cannabis’ processing and extraction efforts, after conducting extensive research in the industry.

O’Donnell recently sold his successful oilfield services business of 29 years to a multinational oil field service company.

Since then, he has worked as a business consultant for a number of oilfield related companies.

O’Donnell has been actively consulting in the cannabis space for several years on various extraction processes and techniques.

Steve Bowering

Steve Bowering

Master Grower

Bio

Mr. Bowering supervises CL Cannabis’ cultivation efforts serving as a Master Grower and is responsible for leading the company’s breeding and cross breeding programs.

Bowering has over 20 years of intensive experience in horticulture and has gained specialized expertise with various cultivation methods, grow facility design and operations within licensed facilities.

This experience has enabled Bowering to consistently improve cultivation yields and quality while reducing operational costs by realizing efficiencies through continuous design and process improvements.

Pinkal Diwan

Pinkal Diwan

Quality Assurance Manager

Bio

Mr. Diwan has a degree in microbiology and brings 18 years of experience in production and quality assurance roles in both the Health Care and Pharmaceutical Industries, gained from various roles with companies such as Apotex Inc. and Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd.

In particular, Diwan’s previous experience with Quality Management Systems focused upon conducting quality assurance audits to establish GMP compliance for organizations such as Health Canada, the Federal Drug Administration and the World Health Organization.

Diwan’s knowledge and skill will be instrumental in supporting our production objectives and facilitating international distribution.

Benjamin Asuncion

Benjamin Asuncion

Director

Bio

Mr. Asuncion has over a decade of experience in the capital markets and natural resources sector.

Asuncion was previously a mining analyst at Haywood Securities Inc. from 2007 to 2016 and covered companies from exploration through to production in the natural resources sector.

Prior to joining Haywood, Benjamin was involved in the management of an endowment fund at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Asuncion holds a Bachelor of Business degree from SFU with concentrations in finance, accounting and management science.  

Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen

Director

Bio

Peter Nguyen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a degree from the University of British Columbia.

He is an officer of several reporting companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and CSE with national and international operations. 

He has held senior financial positions for both public and private companies where he provided assurance, corporate finance, tax and business advisory services.