Board of Directors & Advisory Board
The Vencanna executives and directors have been early stage investors and founders to numerous cannabis initiatives and companies with operating experience across the value chain
Vencanna Board of Directors
Executive Chairman & CFO
18 diverse years of international investment, real estate, branding and business development experience. Founder and Managing Partner of Venexo Capital, a boutique private equity firm that raised in excess of $100 million in healthcare, hospitality and real estate. Venexo has been an early investor into the medical marijuana sector having placed over 20 investments. Currently sits on the Honorary Governor’s Council of the Vancouver Foundation, past Chairman of Hastings Crossing BIA and is an active public speaker at events such as the World Entrepreneur Forum. A Forty under 40 winner with a CPA and an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Currently President, CEO and Founder of HighArchy Cannabis Group. Former Founder and EVP of at Keirton Inc. (provider of the world’s fastest and most dependable cannabis harvesting machines. Twister Trimmer™) and a co-founder of Lift, Canada’s largest database of comprehensive medical marijuana reviews left by real patients.
Prior CEO of HIKU Brands and founder of Tokyo Smoke (HIKU recently sold to Canopy Growth for ~$300 million). A founding member of Google’s first Global Business Strategy team and was formerly a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman in New York. A graduate (Dean’s List) from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
CEO & Director
25 years of experience in the financial services and investment banking industry having participated in over $12 billion in transactions; private and public equity issues, debt placements, M&A advisory services and restructuring assignments. Held senior positions at US and Canadian financial service firms, including President and CEO of Jennings Capital Inc. and Vice Chairman of Mackie Research. David has an B.Sc. in Theoretical Physics (Hons) from the University of Guelph and an MBA from The DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.
W. Scott McGregor
20 year investment banking professional. Recently served as Executive Vice President and director of Merrco Payments, a secure payment gateway that provides a fully customizable method to regulate a direct-to-consumer cannabis mail-order system in Canada. B.Comm from Queens University and a M.B.A. from Rotman School of Business (University of Toronto).
J. SMoke Wallin
Chairman of Vertical Companies (prior to being Chairman, Smoke was President of Vertical Companies from January 2018 to June 2019) and the CEO of Vertical Wellness. He previously served as Chairman and President of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. Prior to joining Vertical, Smoke helped build National Wine & Spirits (now part of RNDC) into one of the largest distributors of beer, wine, and spirits in the U.S., with over $1 billion in beverage sales serving more than 36,000 retail accounts. He is a frequent speaker at global cannabis and CBD conferences as well as being a guest speaker at the likes of Cornell, Dartmouth, USC, and Vanderbilt. Mr. Wallin holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.
Vencanna Advisory Board
Trent is currently EVP and Co-Head of Origination at Jushi Holdings Inc. (NEO: JUSH.B), a publicly traded multi-state operator focused on branded cannabis and hemp-derived assets. Vencanna can draw on Trent’s strategic planning and strong business acquisition and development experience as we pursue our strategic initiatives. Trent formerly served as President of TGS national Holdings (an affiliate of The Green Solution), as well as COO at American Cannabis Company, where he worked with his clients to win state cannabis licenses. Trent earned his BS in finance from Miami University.