Management Team

Meet the WeedMD Management Team

Keith Merker – CEO

Keith has been instrumental in guiding the company from the start-up phase through to today’s successful operation. He has a history of entrepreneurship and over 15 years of experience working as a finance professional.

Angelo Tsebelis – President

Over a decade of pharmaceutical and broader healthcare experience, including strategic pricing, sales and marketing, market access and government affairs. Previously with Shoppers Drug Mart and GlaxoSmithKline.

Nichola Thompson – CFO

Over 15 years in senior finance and financial reporting roles; previously held management positions at Discovery Air, Deloitte & Touche, and Siemens.

Stephen Ng – Chief Strategy Officer

Brings over 15 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and corporate development in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific region. Previously held management positions at Credit Suisse and CIBC World Markets.

Dr. Peter Blecher – Chief Medical Officer

Over 25 years as an ER physician, while being involved in several biotechnology, medical device, and private enterprise companies. Currently Medical Director of CPM (Centres for Pain Management) and board member of Microbix Biosystems, Inc.

Derek Pedro – Chief Cannabis Officer

With over 25 years of experience in cannabis design, cultivation and production, he has introduced over 55 live strains into Canada’s legal cannabis cultivation system.

Josephine DesLauriers – SVP, People

Over 15 years of experience in a variety of HR-related functions. Widely recognized in the industry for her work in seniors’ housing. Previously with Centric Health.

Dr. Alexandre Sibilev – VP, Quality Assurance & Global Regulatory Compliance

Brings over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience, regulatory affairs, and compliance oversight. Alex holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Sechenov First Moscow Institute of Medicine.

Marianella delaBarrera – VP, Communications and Corporate Affairs

Over 15 years leading communications strategies on numerous international matters in highly-regulated environments. Previously senior spokesperson with Bombardier Aerospace.

Jeff Keyes – VP, Operations

A seasoned leader with over 30 years of management experience in the areas of manufacturing, continuous improvement, food safety, and quality, including Aleafia and Maple Leaf Foods.

Tricia Symmes – GM, CX Industries

Over 15 years of pharmaceutical experience, having brought over 20 pharmaceutical products to market. Previously Chief Operating Officer of Acerus Pharmaceutical and VP, Sales & Marketing at Novartis.

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