Meet The Team
Bob Blink - CEO
Mr. Blink is an industry pioneer, an advocate of Prop 215, legalizing medicinal cannabis in California in 1996 and began operating as a Cultivator/Distributor since 1997. He converted a medicinal cannabis nonprofit to the recreational cannabis market in 2016, forming Lyfted Farms, Inc. Mr. Blink is also a leader in genetic development, trends and local/state government policy with deep rooted industry relationships spanning the supply chain from seed to sale.
Stephanie Wesik - President
Ms. Wesik has over 15 years of experience in private equity and venture capital. She has worked with early-stage companies in both private and public industries by strategically directing their development from incubation to maturity. She has also experienced success in working with federal and municipal governments to acquire funding. Over the past year and a half, Ms. Wesik has worked with TransCanna by planning, directing and managing the company’s various international acquisitions. Before this, Ms. Wesik acted as Director of Strategic Development for Wesley Clover, a private global investment management firm and holding company. Ms. Wesik also worked as the Executive Director of Alacrity Canada (formerly Alacrity Foundation) where she managed the foundation’s initial portfolio including Tutela Technologies Ltd. (acquired by Comlinkdata in 2019 in a large-scale private transaction). The Alacrity Global Ecosystem, has now been deployed in at least ten countries including China, India, Singapore, Mexico, France and the United Kingdom. Ms. Wesik graduated with distinctionfrom the University of Victoria, where she studied both sociology and computer science engineering.
Douglas Mason - Chairman
ouglas is currently Chairman of the Board and C.E.O. of International Bethlehem Mining Corp., Magnum Goldcorp Inc., and Canadian International Pharma Corp. From 2015 through 2019, Douglas served as a Director of Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd., a hemp processing and natural food manufacturer, and served as the Company's CEO for a 2-year period from 2017 through 2019. From 1988 through 2005, Douglas served as President & Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation, a producer of premium beverage products. During his 20 years in the beverage industry, Douglas built a reputation for innovation and has been credited as being one of the pioneers in the New Age Beverage category. Douglas is past Deputy chair of the Collingwood School Board of Trustees and a pas Chair of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and of the B.C. Sport Hall of Fame Foundation, and remains an active member of the Foundation. He is also an active supporter and recruiter of the participants for fund raising events for the Rick Hansen Institute. Douglas graduated from North Vancouver Senior Secondary and has been a North Shore resident for all of his life. He and his wife, Carla, reside in West Vancouver with their son Lucas.
Alan Applonie - General Manager
Mr. Applonie is highly skilled in operations, corporate finance, and building world class sustainable teams. He has 26 years of experience in consumer-packaged goods, an MBA from Vanderbilt University and is the former COO of a US $1B agricultural-based business.
Shawn Shevlin - SolDaze Snacks
Mr. Shevlin is a proven international executive with 25 years of experience in sales, operations and finance within Earthbound Farm, Dole and Organicgirl. He is also the co-founder of SolDaze Snacks and Handshake Farms with experience in international supply chain management and sales, with a BS in business finance.
Gary Khangura - Interim CFO
Gary is a results-oriented, hands on financial professional with over five years of increasingly responsible experience. Diversified progressive experience in the analysis of financial data supporting enterprise decision making including financial planning, internal controls, accounting, forecasting, auditing, taxation as well as providing M&A support for private equity and venture capital via financial due diligence and purchase price allocation. Dynamic communication skills instrumental to interfacing with individual clients as well as large corporations.