The Valens Company (TSX: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) - Investor Dashboard
|Classification:||Manufacturing & Distribution|
|Employees:||209 as of 11/30/20|
The Valens Company – Management Team
Tyler Robson, B.A. & Sc. – Chair of the Board, CEO & Co-founder
Mr. Robson has worked extensively over the last decade in cannabis science, focusing on research and development, proprietary extraction processing and medical application. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree specializing in biology, before returning to Kelowna to pursue his passion for the cannabis industry. Since joining the company in 2012 and moving from the role of COO to CEO in 2017, he has demonstrated his expertise in plant genetics and extraction processes, bringing the competitive advantage to develop and operate proprietary technologies exclusive to Valens. Mr. Robson has significantly scaled operations and increased profitability at The Valens Company since taking on the role of CEO, leading to the Company’s ability to capture market share and lead the industry as a major player in the supply chain of leading Canadian and international brands.
Chris Buysen, MPAcc, CPA, CA – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Buysen has over 15 years of diverse financial experience working as a senior financial executive with many public and private organizations in a wide range of industries including retail, pharmacy and consumer packaged goods. During this time, he was responsible for internal and external financial reporting, strategic planning, treasury, tax, information technology, human resources, financial controls and corporate governance. Mr. Buysen’s experience enables him to manage the Company’s expected growth in the near term as the Company explores opportunities into international financial and retail markets.
Jeff Fallows, LLB/MBA, CFA – President
Mr. Fallows is an accomplished finance professional with over 18 years of experience working on a wide range of financial transactions in the cannabis, consumer products and industrial products industries including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, private placements, and strategic reviews both domestically and internationally. He spent the last 10 years working with a number of cannabis companies to raise capital and has advised on some of the largest transactions in the sector. Prior to joining The Valens Company, Mr. Fallows was a Managing Director at AltaCorp Capital Inc. where he was the Head of Life Sciences and Diversified Industries investment banking teams. Mr. Fallows focuses on executing on domestic and international growth opportunities, capital markets strategy and assisting with the overall corporate strategy of the Company.
Chantel Popoff – Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Popoff was appointed Director of Operations in 2007, then Director of Marketing, for a fast-growing Western Canadian retail pharmacy chain. She was responsible for overseeing operations, financial performance, and marketing for 21 locations. The pharmacy chain’s success led to an acquisition in 2012 by Shoppers Drug Mart. In January 2013, Chantel took the opportunity to join a Canadian natural health food company for a more fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, leading the operations and marketing of a national product launch. By late 2015, Chantel and her team had gained shelf placement in over 8,000 stores, while implementing standard operating procedures, financial reporting structure and national consumer and trade marketing programs to grow the brand and prepare the company for further growth, which led to her promotion to President in 2016. In 2018, Chantel was hired at Valens as Vice President of Valens Agritech, it’s cannabis processing and product development subsidiary. Through her impressive operational skills and ability to lead, Chantel was quickly promoted to COO of The Valens Company to oversee operations in all of its wholly owned subsidiaries.
Everett Knight, CFA – EVP, Corporate Development & Capital Markets
Mr. Knight is EVP, Corporate Development and Capital Markets for The Valens Company where he oversees mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and corporate strategy. Before joining Valens, Mr. Knight was a Portfolio Manager at Matco Financial Inc. where he had an impressive track record managing the Matco Cannabis Mandates and Matco Small Cap Fund which was ranked number one in its category during his tenure. Mr Knight has analyzed hundreds of cannabis companies and toured 150+ cannabis facilities globally. His investment experience in the sector began in 2013, and he has accumulated a thorough understanding of the industry, regulations, subsectors and the companies involved in this fast-paced growing space. Prior to joining Matco, Mr. Knight worked in merger and acquistions at Petrominerales and the accounting department of Petrobank Resources. Mr. Knight graduated from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business with a Bachelor in Commerce (Finance), and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Paul A. Kunynetz, J.D. – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Kunynetz practiced law at McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto prior to joining The Valens Company, where he gained extensive experience working on high-profile and complex transactions. His practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, franchise/distribution, commercial transactions and private equity with an emphasis on the automotive and cannabis industries. Mr. Kunynetz leads the legal services team at The Valens Company, and advises on all aspects of the Company’s strategic initiatives.
Significant Insider Ownership
Tyler Robson – CEO
3.2 million shares, 340K RSUs and 680K options
Jeff Fallows – President
138K shares, 106K RSUs and 960K options
Chantel Popoff – COO
330K shares, 85K RSUs and 825K options
Chris Buysen – CFO
333K shares, 63K RSUs and 895K options
Everett Knight – EVP
421K shares, 25K RSUs and 6866K options
Andrew Cockwell – Director
914K shares and 18K DSUs
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