Ascent Industries Corp. Snapshot
INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Blair brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Ascent team as an investment banker with broad cross-capital structure knowledge, and many years of international experience. He specializes in helping companies define their corporate strategy then develop and execute transactions to achieve their goals. Blair holds a diverse set of expertise in the technology and life sciences arenas, but especially in finance. With his combined MBA/LLB, Blair is an expert at working with complex structures, financial analysis, and deal documentation. He was most recently Managing Director of Investment Banking at Echelon Wealth Partners Inc, previously with Credit Suisse in London, New York, Tokyo, and Securities Lawyer with Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
With a passion for delivering strategic and creative solutions for brands, Chris has over 20 years of marketing agency experience strategizing and developing brand campaigns for national and international companies including Google, Pepsi, Best Buy, Adidas, Toyota, Scion and XM Satellite Radio. Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Communications and a minor in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Internet Marketing from the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Utilizing his 25 years of experience from various parts of the life science industry, Mats will be heavily counted on to expand Ascent’s European branch. Mats brings unique international knowledge from senior management positions working with large global brands such as Nicorette, Regaine and Enfamil, as well as various start-up companies, bringing ground breaking innovations to market. Mats earned an MBA from The University of Linköping Sweden and University of Washington, in addition to a General Management Diploma from IMD Switzerland.
VP HUMAN RESOURCES
Having collected more than five years experience working in Administration and Human Resources at Aritzia, one of Canada’s leading multinational female retail clothing brands, Janet is well positioned to work in a similar role with Ascent’s growing company. With Ascent’s plans to expand into multiple jurisdictions, Janet’s skills and knowledge learned from her long tenure at a global company like Aritzia will pay dividends when securing the key personnel required to steer the ship.
VP CAPITAL PROJECTS
After graduating with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, Tobin has accrued over a decade of international project management experience in multidisciplinary capital infrastructure projects. He joins the Ascent team with a wide exposure to energy, agriculture and facility construction.
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
With 16+ years of experience in the cannabis space, operating in a variety of functions, Chris brings a diverse skillset and knowledge base to the Ascent team. Having worked for multiple cannabis companies, including Canadian start-ups, Chris’ track record for relationship building, business development and industry awareness is incredibly valuable as his expertise and talents will be relied upon as Ascent continues to grow into more global markets.
VP INVESTOR RELATIONS
Jon is a senior executive with 12+ years of successful business development, investor relations, corporate communications and capital markets experience. Jon founded the investor relations firm Steel Rose Communications in 2010 and Steel Rose Capital, a capital markets advisory firm in 2012. Jon is professionally certified in investor relations from the Ivey School of Business – 2012. Jon is a past member of the BC Chapter of CIRI, (Canadian Investor Relations Institute) where he has been a National Board Member, Chairman of the CIRI BC chapter, and spent six years as a CIRI BC Board Member.
US GENERAL COUNSEL & GENERAL MANAGER
Dan has been an intimate member of Oregon’s cannabis community as an attorney and advocate since 2010 when he began his law practice in Portland. Steering the launch of Ascent’s first US venture, Sweet Cannabis, Dan brings with him an exceptionally broad set of legal skills reaching nearly every part of the US State and Federal legal systems. Dan received his JD from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland where he graduated with a Certificate in Business Law.
After 10 years in public accounting, Liz came to Ascent in September 2017 excited to be a part of this growing industry and company. Liz worked with a wide variety of companies in her tenure as a public accountant and brings a wide range of outside industry experience to the team that will be valuable in maintaining Ascent’s high standards of detail, quality and service. She specializes in financial discovery for mergers and acquisitions, as well as inventory management and financial analysis. Operating in multiple jurisdictions for Ascent currently, Liz will be relied on to support the current and potential future US markets. Liz obtained her Certificate in Public Accounting in 2009 and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Willamette University.
DR. PRIYANTHA WIMALARATNE
EXTRACTION & FORMULATION SCIENTIST
With over 30 years experience in extraction & identification of active principles of botanical extracts, Priyantha is responsible for developing and characterizing new product formulations and determining the suitability of new extraction methodologies for commercial use. As a leading research scientist focused on natural products chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry, Priyantha is well suited to guide Ascent’s research department into the evolving cannabis space. Priyantha received his PhD (1998) and M.Sc (1993) in Organic Chemistry from Simon Fraser University.
Practicing in the areas of US and Canadian corporate finance & securities law, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate & commercial law, Karim has been involved in acquisitions, financings and reorganizations of various types and sizes. Key areas of expertise include Canadian, US and cross-border private and public debt and equity offerings, take-over bids and mergers and acquisitions transactions involving local, national and international companies. Having also advised publicly-traded companies on corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, Canadian and U.S. securities disclosure requirements, and stock exchange listings, Karim is well positioned to sit as General Counsel for Ascent. Karim received his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1994. Karim was admitted to the British Columbia Bar and the Ontario Bar in 1996, and the Washington State Bar in 2007.