Scythian Biosciences Corp. (OTCQB: SCCYF) (TSX-V: SCYB) announced today that it has appointed Rob Reid as CEO, George Scorsis as Chairman of the Board of Directors and that it has reinstated Roger Rai to the Board of Directors effective April 25, 2018. In connection with these appointments, Jonathan Gilbert will be stepping down as CEO and will take on a new role of managing the University of Miami partnership.
“I am extremely excited to be appointed as CEO of Scythian,” said Rob Reid. “I am also pleased that George Scorsis has agreed to become Chairman of the Board and welcome Roger Rai back into the fold.” “I also want to thank Jonathan Gilbert for his stewardship of Scythian though its going-public process and I look forward to moving the company forward with our global expansion strategy with the assistance of Professor Michael Barnes.”
Mr. Reid is a leading business figure in Europe's legal cannabis industry. He is co-founder of Prohibition Partners, a company that provides market data and intelligence to investors, entrepreneurs and regulators. He is also co-founder of Cannabis Europa, a conference series that will focus on the science and policy required to shape the future of Europe's medical cannabis industry. He is a partner of European Cannabis Holdings, a private investment firm focused on building out ancillary assets across the region. Mr. Reid has served as Managing Director at Advertising M&A, a global M&A consultancy for the digital and creative sectors. Previously, he ran one of Europe's leading digital marketing agencies where he spent 14 years working across regulated sectors for clients such as Diageo, RBS and Coca-Cola. He completed a successful exit from that business in 2014.
Mr. Scorsis is currently a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Health Sciences Inc. (CSE:LHS). In his role as Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Health Sciences Inc., Mr. Scorsis leverages his extensive background in managing growth within highly regulated environments to expand Liberty Health Sciences Inc.'s cannabis-related platforms in the United States. Mr. Scorsis served as President of Red Bull Canada from July 2011 until October 2015 and was instrumental in restructuring the organization from a geographical and operational perspective, and growing the business to $150 MM in revenue. In that role, he also worked closely with Health Canada on guidelines regulating the energy drink category. Most recently, Mr. Scorsis was with Mettrum Health Corp. as President and was fundamental in shaping MettrumTM and Mettrum OriginalsTM. Under his leadership, the company was acquired for $430 million.
Mr. Rai is the President of R3 Concepts Inc., a consulting and investment company located in Toronto. Mr. Rai is also a special advisor to the Chairman of Rogers Communications, Edward Rogers, where he advises on business, revenue, partnership and talent development. Mr. Rai was previously the managing director for E.S. Rogers Enterprises from 2004 to 2018. Mr. Rai has managed and directed both private and public companies, including Sustain Co. Inc., and The Mint Corporation. Mr. Rai is the founder and a director of the ONEXONE Foundation, a charitable organization focused on global child welfare.
The Company has also announced that Vic Neufeld, Chairman and Director of the Company, and Renah Persofsky, a Director of the Company, have both stepped down from the Board effective April 24, 2018.
“In accordance with Aphria’s recently announced corporate governance policies, Renah and myself are stepping down from the Board of Scythian,” says Vic Neufeld, CEO of Aphria Inc. (“TSX:APH”). “Aphria views its approximate 9.9% equity stake in Scythian as a long term investment and to ensure best arms-length compliance as part of an expanding partnership the Aphria and Scythian Boards mutually agreed to this necessary change.”
“We thank Vic and Renah for their significant contributions to Scythian and look forward to continuing to work together with them through our continued relationship with Aphria,” said Rob Reid.
Upon resignation, both Vic and Renah have agreed to the cancellation of all of their respective deferred share units, which had previously been granted to them as part of their board compensation.
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