Guan Lim, President
Results-oriented professional with over 25+ years of comprehensive experience in health/wellness management, including assuming leadership roles to oversee improvements in diversified startups. Creative executive possessing multifaceted experience and a proven ability to revitalize organizations, initiate company-wide campaigns, and capture untapped sales and marketing opportunities for growth. Results-oriented, decisive leader; adept at forging lucrative relationships with key partners, vendors, and clients.
4+ years excelling in Managing a team of scientists in different aspects of industrial hemp research; strong background in program development and quality assurance with an outstanding history of managing projects from initial conception, through development, to implementation. Record of bringing mission-critical projects in on schedule and within budget. Skilled at strategic planning, budget controls and problem resolution. From outstanding communication talents with proven ability to build and lead highly efficient teams, to training teams and executive personnel’s, and conveying complex concepts in understandable terms.
Kim Shukla, P.Ag. (Managing Director & Board Chair)
Kim is a Professional Agrologist with over 30 years of experience in Canadian agriculture. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Agriculture) from the University of Manitoba. From crop production to market analysis she has worked both nationally and internationally. In her career the Kim spent eight years as Executive Director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance and was instrumental in the dynamic growth of the organization and the hemp sector in Canada through the development of relationships with Health Canada and Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. Her knowledge and expertise of the hemp sector and the now expanding Cannabis sector in Canada puts her at the forefront.
In her career she has been President of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, member of many agricultural boards and represented many interests on various provincial and national committees. This leadership expertise will be an asset to CAG.
Kim is currently serving in many different capacities with CAG and her expertise in the Cannabis sector will provide CAG with a leading edge in the industry.
Len Sarna (Chief Science Officer)
Len has over 45 years of experience in analytical chemistry, 20 of those working with cannabis and the cannabinoids.
Len holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Chemistry) from the University of Winnipeg and is currently completing the Prairie Horticulture Certificate program through the School of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, AOAC International, the International Cannabinoid Research Society, the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, The American Oil Chemists Society, the American Botanical Council and the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance and has served on the organizing committees of two international conferences on environmental analytical chemistry.
He has authored/co-authored some 95 research publications, book chapters and both international and national conference presentations in chromatographic applications to environmental chemistry and is named on twelve patent applications in cannabinoid chemistry and biosynthesis. Three of these have been granted.
Killian Ruby, CPA, CA - Acting Chief Financial Officer
CanAscen currently outsources its accounting functions to Malaspina Consultants Inc, a company that provides accounting and regulatory reporting services to private and public companies. Killian Ruby is CanAscen’s Acting CFO and a principal of Malaspina. Mr. Ruby is a CPA, CA and former partner with a Canadian public accounting firm who specializes in financial management and reporting issuers. It is the intention of CanAscen to ultimately hire a full time CFO and internalize all financial and reporting requirements.
Killian obtained his Irish Chartered Accountancy designation in 2002, emigrated from Ireland to Canada in 2005, and obtained his Canadian Chartered Accountancy designation in 2009. Killian holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the National University of Ireland (Cork) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Treasury from the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers and Dublin City University.
Board of Directors
Kim Shukla – Board Chair
Guan Lim – President
Len Sarna – Chief Science Officer
Al Foreman has over 18 years of experience in private equity, corporate finance, and financial technology. Mr. Foreman is currently a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Tuatara Capital, a cannabis focused alternative investment manager. In this role Al is responsible for formulating Tuatara’s macro investment strategy and for the structuring and execution of portfolio investments. Al earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut where he was a United Technologies Finance Scholar, and a two-time Scholar Athlete Award Winner. Al also holds a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Mr. Foreman currently serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation where he is a member of the Investment Committee and Athletic Steering Committee.
Mr. Riiska has over 21 years of financial and Wall Street experience. His areas of professional experience include venture capital/private equity, fundraising, investor relations and alternative investment fund administration. Marc is currently a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Tuatara Capital. In this role Mr. Riiska leads financial management, operations, vendor management, and overall administration of Tuatara Capital, L.P. and its related entities; and he is also actively involved with the structuring and execution of new investments. Marc earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut.
Ross Stringer, Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair
Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics/ Commerce) and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant. Ross was a partner with Grant Thornton LLP for some 28 years, where he served a multitude of clients operating in complex regulatory systems across a range of industries. His clients, both private and public, include well known Canadian leaders in their industries, encompassing financial services, real estate development and construction and government services. His efforts encompassed advising on mergers and acquisitions, public market fund raises, regulatory regime enhancements, as well as various assurance services. Such work not only encompassed Canadian provincial and national organizations, but also included advisement to a foreign Central Bank. Ross continues to assist private and public entities in restructuring, operational enhancement leading to greater profitability and governance oversight. Ross served a term as a member of the board of Grant Thornton, as well as numerous not for profit entities in health care and housing. He continues to sit on Boards of private and public entities.