Directors and Senior Management

Derek Burney, Chairman, Director

Mr. Burney joined the board in June 2017. He currently serves as the Senior Strategic Advisor to Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, a global law firm, and is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Garda World Security Corporation. Mr. Burney served as Chief of Staff to Canada’s Prime Minister from 1987-1989, and as the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative from 1990-1992. He was also the former Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America from 1989 to 1993. In 1993, Mr. Burney was named Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Public Service of Canada’s outstanding Achievement Award. Mr. Burney was appointed as Chairman and CEO of Bell Canada International in 1993, and later served as President & CEO of CAE Inc., a leading independent provider of commercial aviation training from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Burney has also served as a director of Quebecor World, Canwest Global Communications Corp., Teleglobe Inc., Bruncor Inc., Moore Wallace Inc., TransCanada Pipelines Limited, and Rio Algom Limited, as well as on the advisory board of Paradigm Capital Inc.

John Barnett, Director

Mr. Barnett joined the board in June 2017. Mr. Barnett currently serves as a director of Clairvest Group Inc., a private equity management firm. Previously, Mr. Barnett served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Rothmans Inc. (manufacturer and distributor of tobacco products) from June 1999 until it was acquired by Phillip Morris International in 2008. Prior to his service in these roles, Mr. Barnett was an officer of Molson Breweries and its predecessor Carling O'Keefe from 1972 through 1998, acting as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer from November 1995 to November 1998. Mr. Barnett also served on the board of directors of Granite REIT (previously known as MI Developments Inc.) from 2006 to 2008, and the board of directors of Mosaic Group Inc. from 2002 to 2003. Mr. Barnett holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

Neil Belot, Director

Mr. Belot joined the board in May 2018. Mr. Belot has been the Chief Global Development Officer at Aurora Cannabis Inc since March 2017, where he focuses on developing business opportunities that drive Aurora's international growth. Prior to this, he held the position of Chief Brand Officer at Aurora since September 2015 with operational oversight of brand, sales, marketing, client care, and digital technology. Mr. Belot has been deeply involved with Canada’s medical cannabis industry and community for more than seven years. Prior to joining Aurora, he was the Executive Director of the trade association for commercial licensed producers known as the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association since February 2015. Before joining the industry association, he managed one of Canada’s largest programs for the legislated bulk trading, pricing, hedging, transporting, and supply of energy to a portfolio of over 40 municipal corporate clients with over 15,000 points of distribution since January 2013. Mr. Belot earned an international finance-focused MBA while studying at Dalhousie University and Copenhagen Business School.

Terry Booth, Director

Mr. Booth joined the board in March 2018. Mr. Booth currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Cannabis Inc, which he co-founded in 2013. Prior to founding Aurora, Mr. Booth has been in the industrial permitting and governmental regulatory sector for over 20 years and has served as President/CEO of six other businesses. Mr. Booth is a supporter of many charitable organizations dedicated to ending family violence and violence against women, including the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” campaign, Kids Up Front, WINGS and WIN House.  

Bernadette Kollman, Director

Ms. Kollman joined the Board in 2018. She brings over 30 years of experience from various roles with IBM Canada Ltd., including being the Vice President, Public Sector, Alberta and Senior Location Executive for Edmonton. She also founded and Co-Chaired the IBM Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies. She is currently the Board Chair of Travel Alberta, serving on its Board since 2013. Additionally, she is a Board member of United Way, Alberta Capital Region; a Board member of Edmonton Global; Chair of a MacKay CEO Forum; an Advisory Board member for Arrkann Trailer and RV Center; and serves on the Board of Compute Canada. Ms. Kollman is also an Executive Committee member for the Edmonton Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a member of the International Women's Forum. She was formerly a Board member and Chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and also Chair of the 2007 United Way campaign.

Peter Lynch, BSc, Director

Mr. Lynch joined the board in May 2014, and served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from June to August 2017. He is a director of NYSE-listed Retail Properties of America, Inc. of Oak Brook, Illinois, a real estate investment trust; he is also Chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and member of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Lynch also serves on the Board of Advisors of Sid Wainer & Son, a private produce and specialty foods company based in New Bedford, Mass. and is a Trustee for Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. From 2004 until 2012 he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., a private, Florida-based retailer with 500 grocery stores, 150 liquor stores and 280 in-store pharmacies throughout the five southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Before that he was President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Operations with Boise, Idaho-based Albertson's, Inc., one of the largest national U.S. retail food and drug chains, comprised of 2,500 stores. Mr. Lynch graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.

Karen Prentice, LLB, Director

Ms. Prentice joined the board in June 2017. Most recently, Ms. Prentice was a director of Matrix Solutions Inc., chaired the board of trustees of CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust and served for six years as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission. Prior to her service in these roles, Ms. Prentice was an Executive Vice-President of ENMAX Corporation, where she was responsible for legal services, corporate governance, human resources, facilities, environment, health and safety, government relations and corporate communication functions. Ms. Prentice holds an L.L.B. from the University of Calgary and the designation of ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Elise Rees, Director

Ms. Rees joined the board in August 2018. Ms. Rees currently sits on the Boards of Enmax Corporation of Calgary; Great Panther Silver Limited, currently serving as Chair of the Audit Committee; Westland Insurance Company Ltd.; and the Armstrong Family Governors Board. After a distinguished 35 year career at Ernst & Young LLP, she retired as Senior Partner (BC) Transaction Tax and Private Mid-Market in 2016.  While at Ernst & Young LLP, Ms. Rees advised boards and senior management on complex issues for global corporations as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds. Ms. Rees brings to Alcanna Inc. a breadth of experience in a large variety of industries with specific focus on, retail and distribution, technology, real estate, mining, infrastructure and transportation. Ms. Rees holds a BA (Hons) from Strathclyde University in Scotland and is a Fellowed Chartered Accountant and Fellowed Chartered Professional Accountant. Ms. Rees holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Denis Ryan, Director

Mr. Ryan joined the board in June 2017. Mr. Ryan's career includes serving as an investment advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy, an executive with BGH Investment Management Limited, Vice-President Institutional Asset Management with Altamira, an investment banking role for Griffiths McBurney and Partners and a founding partner with Morrison Williams Investment Management Limited. Mr. Ryan's career also includes serving as Co-founder and Director of Keeper Resources Inc., as well as serving as Director of Front Street Capital. Other publicly listed past directorships include serving as a member of the Board and as a financier of Immnovaccine.

James Burns, Vice Chair, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Burns joined the board in June, 2017, and management as Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer in December 2017. He is a former private equity investor and former Partner at Gordon Investment Corporation based in Toronto, Ontario where he was responsible for the investments including: Specialty Equipment Ltd., Sound Warehouse Inc., Empire Realty Credit Corp., ConCap Equities Inc., Windmill Bakeries, and Shepherd Manufacturing Ltd. Previously, Mr. Burns was the former Managing Director at CIBC Wood Gundy and served as the director and CFO of Scott’s Restaurants located in Markham, Ontario. Mr. Burns also served 12 years to the Federal Government where he was the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.

Paul Reid, President, Chief Operating Officer, Liquor

Mr. Reid joined Alcanna in April 2018. and is responsible for leading the Company's liquor division. Mr. Reid most recently was Vice President, Corporate Retail Operations at FGL Sports, a subsidiary of Canadian Tire, where he was responsible for $1.2 billion in sales from 216 corporate retail stores and 13,000 sales associates for the Sport Chek, Nevada Bob’s Golf, Atmosphere, and Hockey Experts banners. Mr. Reid started with Sport Chek as a part‐time associate while pursuing his post‐secondary education and progressed up the organization over 27 years. He was involved with all aspects of retail excellence including Field Operations, Marketing, Store Operations, Customer Service, Communications, Business Analytics and Digital Store Experience.

David Gordey, CPA, CA,  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gordey assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services in April 2018. Mr. Gordey previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Liquor from July 2016 to April 2018, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from May 2014 to July 2016, after joining Liquor Stores in March 2012 as Vice President Finance. He is a Chartered Accountant, formerly of KPMG LLP (Edmonton) where he was a Senior Manager in their public company audit group leading multi-functional teams and supporting clients with their securities transactions.