- City View Green Holdings, formerly Icon Exploration on the TSX Venture Exchange, is entering the Canadian Securities Exchange with an emphasis on new leadership
- CVGR will focus on seed-to-sale verticals in the cannabis industries as Canada’s expanding opportunities through nationwide legalization become apparent
- Highlighting the company’s potential, a master grower and founding partner of WeedMD will lead CVGR’s cultivation plan
New Canadian Securities Exchange listing City View Green Holdings Inc. (CSE: CVGR) is rapidly building an experienced leadership team as part of its aggressive efforts to become ascendant in the medicinal and adult recreational use cannabis industries.
“The cannabis space is very synergistic with the alcohol and beverage market,” CEO Rob Fia stated in a news release about the company’s team-building plan (http://ibn.fm/5nQGi). “In the end we are confident we can impress executive talent to join CVG as we set out to be a truly vertically integrated cannabis operation from seed to sale. They will see the company as the best opportunity to achieve the potential inherent in the Canadian cannabis market.”
City View Green Holdings opened on the Canadian Securities Exchange last week after moving the company, formerly known as Icon Exploration Inc., from the TSX Venture Exchange. City View Green’s new leadership includes the following:
Mario Meek, Master Grower
Mario Meek brings 10 years of networking, growing and cultivation experience in the medical cannabis industry to the City View Green team. Mario was an original founding partner of WeedMD, one of the federally licensed commercial facilities in Canada. He is currently president of 420 Consulting and has provided consulting services to Shoppers Drug-Mart, Canada’s largest pharmacy network, as well as providing numerous award-winning medical cannabis strains to licensed commercial cannabis producers. He is an experienced master grower in hydro gardens, aquaponics, aeroponics, flood and drain, ebb and flow techniques, organic grow methods and pest management techniques. He is licensed as a designated producer under the current legislation with Health Canada. Meek is experienced in every aspect of growing marijuana from seed to the finished product and has a deep understanding of the art of growing great medicinal cannabis.
Michael Hagopian, COO, Extractions
Michael Hagopian is an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry within the United States and Canada. For the past three years, Hagopian served as COO at Dose Oil, a licensed processor of cannabis extracts located in Seattle. During those years, Hagopian was responsible for building-out the facility and producing cannabis extracts that are currently available in licensed retail stores throughout the state. Hagopian developed standard operating procedures and implemented best practices for sales and production employees while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of a CO2 extraction facility in the state-regulated industry. Sales increased rapidly for Dose’s products, and it has become known for high quality and customer demand.
Prior to his relocation to Seattle, Hagopian was employed in the communications industry for 15 years as an account executive, market development representative, sales engineer and sales manager. He was employed by Comcast Communications and Time Warner Cable in South Carolina and Florida.
Yan Hai, Quality Assurance Specialist
Yan Hai is an accomplished quality assurance professional with 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, medical cannabis and natural health product industries. She holds a master of applied science degree in chemical engineering and applied chemistry & biomaterials and biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto. Hai has experience as a senior quality assurance consultant, quality assurance manager/specialist, quality control analyst, R&D chemist and data reviewer. She has thorough knowledge and extensive experience in quality and compliance; cGxPs; regulatory standards, including Health Canada and FDA drug, cannabis and medical device regulations; and ISO standards.
Hai currently holds a position as a senior quality assurance consultant at Innova Medipharm Inc. In her role as a senior quality assurance consultant, she carries out quality system development and improvement, auditing, inspection readiness, ACMPR/CTLS application, batch record review, deviation and complaint investigation and method validation. She has successfully conducted a GMP auditing project for ABcann Medicinals Inc. — a well-known licensed medical cannabis producer. Yan brings with her many transferrable skills, such as experience with quality systems, auditing, batch record review, method transfer and validation, microbiology, chemical testing and sampling techniques.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.CityViewGreen.ca
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