National Director of Government Relations, Aurora Cannabis Inc.
Aurora Cannabis is a producer of medical cannabis and cannabis oils under license from Health Canada and one of the world’s largest and fastest growing cannabis companies with sales and operations in 25 countries across five continents. During her time at Health Canada, Andrea was responsible for the drafting and successful passage, through the House of Commons and the Senate, of the Canadian Consumer Protection Act, and was part of the team that brought forward the first medical cannabis regulations in Canada.
Andrea also has a long professional career in politics and government. She worked for over twenty-five years with cabinet Ministers in Quebec provincial departments of Food and Fisheries, Transport and Education, and Federal Ministers of Human Resources and Social Development, Heritage, Health, as well as with the Government House Leader.
Operations and Business Development Manager, ExCellThera
ExCellThera is an advanced clinical stage biotechnology company delivering molecules and bioengineering solutions to expand blood stem and immune cells for therapeutic use. Emil’s work involves everything from fostering potential partnerships, attending to legal matters, dealing with intellectual property questions, putting in place manufacturing strategies, structuring financing rounds, mounting financial projections, as well as general business and growth strategy for the company.
Emil has an expertise in law, business and technology, having previously practiced intellectual property, corporate and commercial law with multiple top tier law firms, with a focus on emerging technology clients. He also lead various innovation and technology initiatives within one of Canada’s largest law firms. Emil has experience in various industries and businesses, including aerospace, financial, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He is a lawyer and holds a bachelor of commerce, three law degrees and an MBA.
Richard leads a user-experience design team at LVL in media and entertainment technology.
He has worked as a designer and art director with leading clients in telecom, TV networks, and pharmaceuticals, and began his design journey in the early days of 3D animation software and the web dotcom bubble. Richard studied Design Art at Concordia and Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
Project Management Analyst at Canadian Space Agency
As a Project Management Analyst at the Canadian Space Agency, Mario accompanies project managers working on a large variety of projects to ensure their success within appropriate governance requirements.
Previously, he served as an Operations Engineer, Crew Instructor, and Systems Engineer in support of robotics on the International Space Station. Mario holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering degree from Concordia as well as a Master’s of Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg. He is a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute, and a registered engineer with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.
Anthony Nelson has served as president of Meade Willis since March 2017. In this capacity, he oversees all operational activities and the implementation of company-wide initiatives that require a global vision. He is also responsible for strategic planning and policy, including product innovation and commercialization, as well as corporate governance.
Beyond this, Anthony has 16 years of senior management experience in shop floor and cloud based supply chain solutions. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Concordia University.
Professor, Concordia's Dept. of Management
Certified Professional and Personal Coach
As a certified coach, trainer and consultant, Melanie assists individuals and teams in developing action plans that enable them to achieve their goals through skills development and high-quality motivation. Because her clientele is diversified, Melanie knows how to adapt to the needs of people.
Melanie lectures at the John Molson School of Business on topics dealing with organizational behaviour, training and development, and leadership and motivation. Melanie holds a Master of Science in Administration (M.Sc.), a Certificate in Strategic Human Resources and a Certificate in Personal and Professional Coaching (PPCC).