MANAGEMENT TEAM

COREY GILLON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Corey is a Senior Retail Executive and Harvard Business School graduate with 20+ years of experience in various leadership roles both domestic and internationally. Having worked with world-class brands including Walmart and Aritzia in roles consisting of business unit ownership of large-scale retail operations of more than $7 billion, international M&A + integration throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, eCommerce + Omnichannel leadership, and overall retail division ownership. This led to his current role as CEO at Choom, a publicly-traded national retail chain, in the cannabis sector in Canada. Corey is a builder with depth across all business functions including public company governance and compliance.

CHRIS BOGART, PRESIDENT

Chris has 22 years professional experience in senior management positions with public and private companies, providing expertise in capital markets, strategic planning, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory compliance. His broad industry experience includes: biotechnology, healthcare, technology, communications, agriculture, and he has been involved directly in M&A and equity financings with aggregate values in excess of $150M for both public and private companies including complex equity financing transactions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Chris was a Co-Founder of TSX listed InMed Pharmaceuticals (TSX: IN), previously as their CEO and VP Corporate Strategic; and a Co-Founder of Magnum Uranium which was acquired by TSX listed Energy Fuels Inc.

DYLAN MURRAY, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Dylan is a designated CPA, CA with over 10 years of accounting and finance experience. Most recently, Dylan was the Director of Finance at FirstService Residential BC where he led a team of accountants responsible for the financial reporting of residential and commercial properties, as well as led all accounting change management initiatives which included the automation and centralization of departmental functions. Prior to FirstService Residential BC, Dylan worked for Ernst & Young LLP in Calgary where he gained experience in both Assurance and Transaction Advisory Services.

DANIELLE HINAN, VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING

Danielle is a Masters and MBA Graduate with 14+ years of marketing experience with luxury brands such as Sweaty Betty, Lolë, and Monocle Magazine. She is focused on facilitating strategic brand and retail expansion that drives long-term business growth. She is effective at leading and motivating teams with experience in managing complex organizations and start-ups, growth and matrix structures. Danielle is driven by a passion and empathy for people, creative and consumer knowledge. She’s executed a proven track record in improving business, partnerships, creative with a passion for values-based brands.

DAPHNE KAO, VICE PRESIDENT PEOPLE & CULTURE

Daphne has spent over a decade of Human Resources experience in both corporate and start-up environments. Prior to Choom, Daphne led the HR function at leading Canadian brands such as Knix and Aritzia. Daphne’s HR experience extends beyond retail brands with time spent at large corporations such as AOL (now part of Verizon Media) and Altus Group, a global leader of commercial real estate services and software. Daphne holds an Honours BSc, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).

ERIK COLLINGS, VICE PRESIDENT STORE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Erik holds a Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree in Architecture- Project and Facility Management. Erik has worked for global retailers such as IKEA and Aritzia, where he expanded their portfolio into new and existing markets across North America. Notable projects Include an automated storage solution for IKEA, Aritzia’s San Francisco Flagship store and state of the art 225,000 square foot Vancouver distribution center. Erik has a proven track record for delivering projects on time, on budget, and with the highest quality.

 

RICK MATHER, VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS

Rick is a retail operations executive whose national career has spanned 30+ years with Walmart. He is a well-versed and respected leader with experience in HR, Finance, Operations and Merchandising. Rick has led the opening of multiple Walmart locations and has had oversight of the business ranging from $2 million to $1 billion. He has built and executed on strategies based on the needs of customers, associates and markets, all while leading a team of over 2,500 employees.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COREY GILLON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND DIRECTOR

Corey is a Senior Retail Executive and Harvard Business School graduate with 20+ years of experience in various leadership roles both domestic and internationally. Having worked with world-class brands including Walmart and Aritzia in roles consisting of business unit ownership of large-scale retail operations of more than $7 billion, international M&A + integration throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, eCommerce + Omnichannel leadership, and overall retail division ownership. This led to his current role as CEO at Choom, a publicly-traded national retail chain, in the cannabis sector in Canada. Corey is a builder with depth across all business functions including public company governance and compliance.

CHRIS BOGART, PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR

Chris has 22 years professional experience in senior management positions with public and private companies, providing expertise in capital markets, strategic planning, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory compliance. His broad industry experience includes: biotechnology, healthcare, technology, communications, agriculture, and he has been involved directly in M&A and equity financings with aggregate values in excess of $150M for both public and private companies including complex equity financing transactions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Chris was a Co-Founder of TSX listed InMed Pharmaceuticals (TSX: IN), previously as their CEO and VP Corporate Strategic; and a Co-Founder of Magnum Uranium which was acquired by TSX listed Energy Fuels Inc.

KEVIN PUIL, INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Kevin is a former fund manager and analyst with over 20 years of experience managing natural resource investments. Kevin is currently the Managing Partner of a natural resource focused private equity fund. Previously, he was the CEO of a private mining finance company, and held senior positions at several firms including Bolder Investment Partners, where he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager; Gissen & Associates as Portfolio Manager and the Encompass Fund as Senior Analyst of natural resources. Kevin currently serves as a Board Director of two Toronto Stock Exchange listed mining companies.

Kevin holds degree in Economics from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.

PETER SIMEON, INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Peter is a partner of Gowling WLG Law specializing in corporate, commercial and securities law. Peter has extensive experience as an officer and director of public companies, including as a Chairman, and his legal practice is focused on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and structure.

STEPHEN TONG, INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Stephen has been a securities lawyer for over 17 years with a particular emphasis on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters in various sectors. Stephen has served on several boards of public companies in the resources, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.