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The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.’s (“TGOD”) 100-percent owned subsidiary, The Green Organic Dutchman Ltd. is a licensed medical marijuana producer under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The company’s mission is to provide other Licensed Producers and patients with pharmaceutical-grade, organic cannabis. The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings is the third licensed producer to be developed and brought to market by this highly experienced financial team with excellent access to capital.
The Green Organic Dutchman’s certified fully-organic cannabis farm is located on 25 acres of agricultural land in Ancaster, Ontario. The company has implemented several environmentally sustainable practices at the farm including chemical-free grow mediums, natural supplements, solar and geothermal power generation, beekeeping and a reforestation program.
The farm currently includes a 1,000 kilogram-per-year indoor production facility with near-term revenue from wholesale sales. TGOD began planting in late 2016 and expects to begin harvesting in early 2017. The company has planned a two-phased expansion program that by 2018 will bring the farm’s production capacity to 13,500 kilograms-per-year.
Consumers prefer organic
Consumers are increasingly choosing organic foods and products, and that demand is expected to make organics one of the fastest-growing sectors. Research shows when it comes to organic products, consumers are more than willing to pay a premium—and as a medicine, cannabis is no different. Medical marijuana patients are expected to increasingly demand quality organic products over conventionally produced or irradiated products.
The Green Organic Dutchman’s commitment to producing organically-grown cannabis greatly differentiates the company from its peers while creating significant opportunities in the marketplace. The company uses small-batch, chemical-free growing principles, producing high quality yields rich in terpenes that deliver a robust flavor and aroma.
TGOD owns 36 of the highest quality cannabis strains, more than most of its LP peers.
Phased expansion plans for hybrid indoor/greenhouse operation
Using a two-phased approach, TGOD plans to expand its production from 1,000 kilogram per year capacity to annual production of 13,500 kilograms by 2018.
Phase one expansion is set to begin in Q1 2017 with the construction of a 40,000 square foot facility with a total production capacity of 5,000 kilograms per year. The company expects to complete phase one expansion in late-2017. Phase two will begin in late-2017, expanding to a 60,000-square-foot facility which will combine the use of natural light and LED lighting into a hybrid indoor/greenhouse operation.
Targeting wholesale market while building retail business
TGOD is addressing the high-level of demand for organic products from other Licensed Producers through wholesale agreements. Many existing Licensed Producers are restricted in scalability and not equipped for an organic grow operation, making the wholesale market an excellent starting place for immediate revenue generation while the company develops its retail business.
The company expects to start generating revenues from wholesale sales in 2017. Concurrently, management is developing strategic partnerships with marijuana clinic networks, pain clinics and veteran networks to increase patient acquisitions for the much more profitable retail market.
Leveraging management’s experience with structuring large joint venture transactions, TGOD is also targeting growth through opportunities with distribution partners, which could include other LPs, pharma companies, pharmacies and dispensaries, for the retail/recreational market.
- Hyper-growth potential: third LP backed by the same financial team with exceptional access to capital.
- Management has more than $3 million invested in the company.
- Experienced, passionate growers with over 8 years growing experience under Health Canada medical marijuana regulations.
- Large land package of 25 acres representing excellent scalability.
- Immediate revenue from wholesale market in 2017.
- Higher margins as quality organic product demands premium price.
- 2018 production estimated at ~13,000
Rob Anderson—CEO and Director
Rob Anderson brings 20 years of experience working with micro-cap companies in a broad range of sectors. He spent 12 years in the Canadian brokerage Industry with one of Canada’s leading independent firms. Anderson has financed hundreds of micro-cap companies he has developed a unique identification & selection process which has led to an impressive track record of success, with multiple companies reaching market valuations in excess of $1 billion. He is a strong advocate for retail shareholders, believes in working with management by developing a staged financing approach to addressing a company’s capital requirements, as well as advising on the development of business plans, recruiting management, negotiating transactions, joint ventures, and supporting management during the company’s growth cycle.
Amy Stephenson, MBA, CFA, CPA, CMA—CFO
Amy has over 20 years of executive experience in both the private and public sectors. Amy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to TGOD from her vast experience working with market leaders in a Canadian cannabis industry. Some of Amy’s previous experience includes; CFO for Branson Corporate Services where she acted as CFO of Aurora Cannabis Inc. Prior to that, Amy was the CFO at Bedrocan Cannabis Corp. and controller at Canopy Growth Inc.
Amy Stephenson is a Board member of CFA Society Toronto. She was non-member Council and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Association of Professional GeoScientists Ontario (“APGO”) for 6 years. Amy is a CFA Charter holder, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and a member of the Financial Executive International (FEI).
David Peron, M.Sc—Vice President of Horticulture
David Bernard-Perron is an agrologist and holds a Master of Science Degree in Plant Sciences from McGill University. In addition to his role at TGOD, David consults as the Chief Science Officer for Destiny Biotechnology, a company based in Vernon, BC that provides living soil systems for organic cannabis production. David began his career working in greenhouse production in 2001, then for McGill Greenhouses and Horticultural Research Centre. From there, he went on to become the lead agrologist at the Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation (WMMC), where he designed the certified organic growing program and lead the company’s facility through the organic certification process, becoming the first and only fully certified organic licensed producer of medical cannabis in Canada.
Jeff Paikin—Chairman of the Board
Jeff Paikin is the president and founder of New Horizon Development Group. In 2013 he was named RBC Distinguished Citizen of the Year for Hamilton. He is very active in the home building industry as a past president of the Hamilton Halton Home Builders’ Association and a former board member of both the Ontario Home Builders’ Association and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. Paikin is a member of the Hamilton Tiger- Cats advisory board and the Hamilton Bulldogs Community Foundation board, as well as being the current Chair of the Hillfield Strathallan College Capital Campaign and past Chair of the board of both Hillfield Strathallan College and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS.ca).
Ian Wilms is an executive with over 25 years of global, business experience leading successful entrepreneurial and corporate ventures. As an executive with IBM for 14 years, he led and managed sales and operational teams across North and South America. Wilms is a certified Client Executive from the Harvard Business School and a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton. He was appointed Chairman of the Calgary Police Commission in 2005 and elected President of the Canadian Association of Police Boards in 2006. Wilms also served 10 years with the Canadian Military as an Officer LT (N) in the Naval Reserve. Currently, he is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Energy Advantage, a leader in helping corporations become energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.
Scott Skinner—Co-Founder, Director and COO
Scott Skinner engineered, designed and oversaw the construction of the Green Organic Dutchman’s production facility. This state-of-the-art facility now houses 36 varieties of cannabis. His current ongoing projects are the research and development of LED based Light Spectrum Optimization Technology for best cannabis production yields along with the development of Tissue Culture Propagation Protocols for the rapid cloning of cannabis plants.
Dave Doherty brings over 20 years of investment and finance experience to the company. He assists with financings, identifying acquisition targets, develop strategic plans and, support operations as well as implementing exit strategies. Doherty was an investment adviser with Canaccord Capital, Canada’s largest independent securities dealer covering the North American capital markets specializing in developing, structuring and financing venture and growth companies in the Resource sector. Doherty has sat on numerous boards including Organigram Holdings and presently is on the Board of Saber Capital, to be renamed Emblem Cannabis. He holds a degree from Simon Fraser University, with a major in finance.
Jeanette Vandermarel grew up on a commercial scale fruit farm in Southern Ontario and learned about agricultural business management. She later became a Registered Nurse and worked in Paediatric Critical Care as a team leader and charge nurse. In 2012, Vandermarel completed the Case Management/Patient Advocacy program through McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. Her daughter Breanne passed away in 2003 as a result of Dravet Syndrome, a severe seizure disorder. Breanne spent most of her 8 years of life on powerful anticonvulsant drugs that did little to control her seizures and unfortunately caused serious side effects. She was never given cannabis. Around 2008, anecdotal reports began showing potential for cannabis based medicines. Vandermarel, while caring for children with severe seizures in the Paediatric ICU became aware that some children were having great seizure control by using cannabis medicines. Her passion for helping children was the basis for co-founding The Green Organic Dutchman.
Marc Cernovitch brings over 20 years of investment and corporate finance experience to the company. He studied Economics at McGill University and has focused on corporate development, funding and building companies primarily in the resource and energy technology fields. He has a strong background in corporate governance and finance. For the past 20 years, Cernovitch has been providing capital markets advisory services to companies across both public and private sectors. In this capacity, he has served as a director and advisor to numerous small and mid-cap companies contemplating and/or executing financing and M&A transactions.
Brett Allan—Vice-President Investor Relations
Brett Allan brings 10 years of public markets and corporate finance experience to the company. Prior to co-founding GEMTEC International, he served as Dir. Capital Markets for Organigram Inc. and raised approximately $13 million while helping to list the company on the TSX Venture. Allan is the Founder and CEO of Apex Capital Corp., a boutique capital markets firm which provides capital markets and investor relations services to a number of public companies and has raised in excess of $120 million since 2010.
Lola Millerman—Manager of Quality Assurance
Lola Millerman graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She started her career in the forestry industry, working in a mycology research laboratory at FP Innovations. Millerman then proved herself to be an asset to Nestle Canada, while holding the position of senior microbiologist and later promoted to the Factory Hygienist position, where she worked on compliance with CFIA regulations, as well as Nestle Quality Assurance Compliance standards of Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Laboratory Practices. Her role also included overseeing microbiological laboratory operations.