Board of Directors & Leadership
Director and CEO
Aurelio Useche leverages over 20 years of senior management experience including COO, CFO and CEO in several private and publicly traded corporations in manufacturing, mining exploration, consumer goods and entertainment. Mr. Useche is a CPA, CMA and a graduate of the executive MBA program at Queen’s University School of Business. Mr. Useche is also a graduate of the Corporate Directors program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and of the Masters Certificate program in Risk Management program at York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Director and Chairman
Andre Godin is currently Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer at IntelGenx and has more than 25 years’ experience in the Biotech-Pharma industry. He has a strong background in Capital Markets, Finance and Operations. Mr. Godin held several high level positions as CEO, CFO and Vice-President of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical Companies. Mr. Godin is a member of the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Université du Québec à Montreal.
Michel Timperio currently holds the position of President of the Cannabis business and Head of Strategic Development at Neptune Wellness. He has been employed by Neptune since 2010, and served as chairman and member of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2008. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. With a natural entrepreneurial character, he launched his own distributing business. Many years later, Mr. Timperio built a start-up venture in residential construction from 2001–2010. He has worked for large corporations, including Armstrong World Industries and Reichhold Chemicals, where he held senior management business development positions. Mr. Timperio has also retained a political career for six years.
Tina Sampalis, M.D., Ph.D., founder and President of the Agoo Children’s Health and Wellness Centers and President of Vanguard Strategic Consulting, is an oncology surgeon trained in physiology, dermatology and pediatrics. In addition to her medical career, Dr. Sampalis is also a leading researcher known for her work in the development of evidence based Nutraceuticals, including Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, where she discovered one of the primary reasons krill oil is so beneficial to human health: Phospholipids. Dr. Sampalis is the named inventor of Neptune’s composition and application patents. As the former President of Acasti Pharma Inc. she led the development of a novel patented active pharmaceutical ingredient targeting the prevention and treatment of hypertriglyceridemia and cardio metabolic-disorders.
Pierre Bertrand, President of Essilor Canada, is a senior executive with international experience in Marketing, Finance and Manufacturing, including multiple years of award-winning Marketing and Brand Management and proven track record of excellence in financial roles eye health, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. Pierre holds an MBA from the University of Windsor and a BA from the University of Concordia.
Board Advisory Team
Enrique Fidalgo, BSPC
Providing guidance and support over the sports performance segment of the business, Enrique Fidalgo is a trained Functional Movement Specialist formally trained at the University of Miami and Professional Sports Coach (BSpC), Swimming Coach, CSCS, TSAC-F. In addition to his training and athletics coaching career, Enrique worked for various non-for-profit organizations helping build national and international community centers in the goal of providing opportunities for underprivileged individuals to attain academic formations and participate in sports.
Mr. Quinn Roukema is an experienced entrepreneur with a focus on E-Commerce. Roukema began his career as brand manager for Red Bull in the Netherlands and moved to Montreal where he co-founded whopaid.it, a company that was subsequently sold to a venture firm in Texas. Mr. Roukema is currently co-founder and CEO of E-Retail Society Group (eretailsociety.com), which is a fast-growing global e-commerce. Mr. Roukema is a graduate of the Business & Innovation program from the VU University of Amsterdam. Mr. Roukema is advisor to Relevium E-Health Inc. and provides guidance over the Company’s consolidation and strategic development of its E-Commerce business.
Leena Lakdawala is a senior executive with 22 years’ experience in the manufacturing and consumer product sector. Leena has served in several senior managerial roles in private and publicly held corporations, including Director of Administration, Director of Marketing, Vice-President of Operations and most recently Executive Vice-President. Leena serves on the board of several privately held companies and serves as an advisor to an early stage business venture. Leena is a graduate Executive MBA from Queens School of Business.