Team

Alliance Growers team is comprised of a diverse group of highly experienced professionals with the necessary skills and experience to guide us through our Four Pillars business strategy.

Dennis Petke, CA – CEO, President and Director

Mr. Petke is a qualified Chartered Accountant in Canada, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (1995). Currently serving as a director and/or senior officer for private and public companies, his responsibilities include strategic and overall corporate management for these companies. Mr. Petke has accumulated extensive experience in the area of corporate finance, including negotiating and implementing private and public company mergers, as well as facilitating private placement, preference share, convertible debenture, special warrant and debt financings.

 


Harvey Lawson – CFO

Harvey Lawson has had many years of experience in the management of public companies.  He served as CFO of Trade Winds Ventures from 2001 to 2011 until the Company was purchased by Detour Gold Corp. on December 1, 2011.  Prior to this, Harvey taught Financial Management at the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Polytechnic and the BC Institute of Technology. Harvey is an active member of several Angel Investor groups in Vancouver and the Pacific North West where he offers his expertise in reviewing the financials of companies presenting to the Angels, as well as in the Due Diligence process of companies under consideration for investment. Harvey also mentors many young entrepreneurs in the Technology sector.

 


Rupert Shore – Director

Rupert Shore has been a barrister and solicitor in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia since November 1989. Prior to this Mr. Shore attended the University of Victoria, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Geography (Resource Management) in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1988.

Following graduation from Law School Mr. Shore served as a clerk to the Judges of the Vancouver County Court. For the past 26 years Mr. Shore has practiced in both large and small legal firms and has appeared as counsel in all levels of Court in the Province of British Columbia. Since 2004, Mr. Shore has practiced law as a sole practitioner primarily in the area of commercial litigation.

During his time at Campney & Murphy, Mr. Shore’s practice focused on commercial litigation including strata property issues and was defence counsel in a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in favour of his client which established law in the area of shareholders’ remedies.

Mr. Shore views corporate litigation as involving far more than appearing in court. His goal is to resolve legal issues for clients in the most cost effective manner possible. As Mr. Shore advises clients, litigation is expensive and it is difficult to predict how a judge will rule on any given case. He has employed such things as mediation and settlement conferences before judges to resolve disputes, provide certainty to clients in the most cost effective manner possible.

 


Sina Pirooz – Director

Mr. Pirooz is a registered and practicing pharmacist and a professional member of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia since 2002, with over ten years of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy management experience.

As President of SP RX Services, an established pharmacy consulting company, Mr. Pirooz provides consulting, pharmacist and pharmacy management services to many of Canada’s largest and established drug store chains, pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies and drug stores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall Drugs, Pharmasave and Guardian Pharmacies.

He is also actively engaged in the sales, marketing and export of pharmaceuticals and OTC drugs and health supplements to the Middle East. As owner of a compounding pharmacy in Vancouver, Mr. Pirooz has been compounding and dispensing pharmaceuticals for over ten years. Mr. Pirooz will be assisting Alliance with certain product development with his expertise in compounding, sales, marketing and export of pharmaceuticals.


Ian Lambert – Director

Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in quantitative analysis and computer science from the University of Saskatchewan. His strengths are in corporate management, structuring and strategic planning, regulatory compliance with both the SEC and Canadian regulatory authorities, public financing arrangements and investor and institutional marketing activities.

Mr. Lambert’s broad exposure to a wide range of business activities includes oil & gas development, marketing, manufacturing, mobile technology, data processing operations and software development, as well as precious metals and mineral exploration and development. He is currently a director and / or officer and advisor to several Canadian public and private companies.

As CEO and a director of Trade Winds Venture Inc., a TSX Venture Top 50 company developing a 4.65 million ounce gold project in Ontario for twenty one years, Mr. Lambert successfully completed the sale of Trade Winds Ventures to Detour Gold Corporation, valued at $84 million.

In addition to serving as management of a variety of public companies, he has acted as Chair of several corporate committees, including Corporate Governance, Audit, and Compensation.

 


Charles Rendina – Regulatory and Financial Advisor

Mr. Rendina is an international business lawyer, licensed to practice law in Washington and British Columbia, with over 26 years of experience advising business clients in the USA and Canada on various cross border transactional matters. Mr. Rendina has provided advice and services negotiating mergers and acquisitions, negotiating and documenting significant loan transactions, intellectual property license agreements, private placements and other financings.

He is currently the owner of Rendina Law Firm and a principal of Fourwall Solutions LLP, a real estate development partnership, a director of Fourwall Financial Inc. and managing partner in Opportunity Northwest LLC. Opportunity Northwest is managed by highly experienced professionals dedicated to facilitating business growth and economic development in Whatcom County working with and complementing the activities of State and Local Government agencies, private sector service providers, Chambers of Commerce and other associated business organizations. Opportunity Northwest provides services specific to the needs of their clients, typically early to mid-stage companies, often considering relocation or expansion into the USA from Canada or other out-of-State locations.

Mr. Rendina’s experience in the financial services sector includes work as a licensed financial advisor for a large U.S. broker/dealer and more recently, a partner in Seedfundr.com. Seedfundr.com is one of the first business crowdfunding platforms in British Columbia that enables entrepreneurs starting new companies to raise capital from investors, customers, and friends.

 


Robert Carveth – Biotechnology and Government Relations Advisor

Mr. Carveth is a natural leader with effective networks developed in academic, business, government, and not-for-profit communities at the provincial, national and international level.

As the Director, Industry Liaison, Office of the Dean of Science from 1996 to 2002, Mr. Carveth increased awareness within the business community and with venture capitalists, facilitating industry access to UBC-Faculty of Science research expertise, facilities and technologies. In the process, Mr. Carveth facilitated the formation of a number of spin-off companies.

As Director, Science Communications, Office of the Dean of Science from 1993 – 2002, Mr. Carveth fostered relations with internal/external communities served by UBC including: other UBC faculties, departments, and administrative units; alumni, primary and secondary schools and post-secondary educational institutions, industry/business communities, government and the public sector. He developed the ongoing volunteer-based Faculty of Science Outreach Program

Mr. Carveth gained international business experience as the Director of Mexican Affairs from 2005 through 2007 for client Pacific Seafood Group, the largest seafood company in the United States, and as Business Development Advisor to Power Air Canada Corporation, a BC technology company organized to commercialize zinc air fuel cells.

Robert Carveth has been the President of Consilium Enterprises Inc. since 2002 connecting innovative technology, finance, and management, for clients in Canada, United States, and Mexico.

Mr. Carveth will act as the Biotechnology and Government Relations Advisor to Alliance, bringing his expertise in provincial, national, and international government, structure, function, processes, regulatory, and relations matters as well experience in early stage technology companies, university research and development, intellectual property, commercialization and licensing.

 


 Edmund Obasi – Advisory Board

Edmund Obasi has 14 year of relevant business experience, specializing in public companies business financing, private placements and medical marijuana related investments. Mr. Obasi is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Director of OBASI INVESTMENT LIMITED, a private investment company registered in Alberta. Edmund completed his Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo Ontario. Mr Obasi’s diversified experiences to a wide range of business activities include oil and gas, mining, real estate, Cannabis and related products. Over the past several years, Mr. Obasi has been focusing extensively on research and investments in cannabis related public companies and the cannabis sector.