Myrna Gillis, QC is a lawyer, mediator and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in business. As a labour and employment lawyer, she has advocated for persons with disabilities and represented public and private sector employers in the vulnerable persons sector, providing advice on regulatory compliance, corporate governance, human rights and leading industry standards and practices. She is peer-rated for practice excellence and high ethical standards. She has experience raising exempt market capital in Canada, and has led initiatives in research and development and innovation, including projects with grant funding from provincial and federal funding agencies. She has reliability security clearance and training through the federal Industrial Security Program. Myrna has served on the executive of various boards, including DASC, a social enterprise employer supporting persons with disabilities; For A Dream’s Sake, an endowment fund for women with terminal cancer; Dalhousie Law Alumni Association; Boys and Girls Clubs of Nova Scotia and Canada; and the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service Board of Trustees. She is a member and supporter of Women Grow, an organization supporting cannabis leaders in the sector. She also served on the Nova Scotia labour management review committee and received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2014 for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. Myrna volunteers with the debate program at Halifax Grammar School and enjoys wilderness camping and travel.
Michael O’Keefe is a senior financial executive with more than 20 years of experience in both public and private companies including acting as Chief Financial Officer of mineral exploration companies listed on the TSX venture exchange. With many years in private industry, as well as experience directing a finance department for a multi-national company, he has demonstrated strong public company experience including continuous disclosure reporting as well as reporting relating to business acquisitions, take over circulars and prospectus filings. He was part of the senior management team for one of the “50 Best Managed” private companies in Canada before joining Aqualitas. He has a MBA from Saint Mary’s University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
He is active in the local whole food community and in the promotion of renewable energy. He serves on the board of Nova Leap Health Corp. (TSXV:NLH) and previously Chebucto Terence Bay Wind Field Limited.
Barbara Darby provides legal advice to clients regarding corporate matters, workplace and human rights law, civil litigation, estates and family law. She taught literature and writing at the University of Lethbridge, Queen’s University, Dalhousie University, and Mount St. Vincent University, and taught the law of succession at Schulich School of Law. She was the recipient of two university gold medals. As an elected member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, her duties involved regulatory analysis, governance and equity committee work and attention to the Society’s role in ensuring legal professionals serve the public interest. She is a second-term Department of Justice appointee to the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, where she also works on the Commission’s Strategic Planning, Operations, and Appeal Committees. She is a member of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia Professional Conduct Committee that reviews regulatory disciplinary matters and was a legal representative on the Research Ethics Board for a provincial Health Authority. Barbara values doing pro bono legal work and governance work with volunteer boards. She is runner, gardener, bee keeper and occasional cello player. Originally from Alberta, Barbara has lived in Nova Scotia for over 20 years.
Dorothy Easy has a work history that includes multiple, relevant skills including certificates in Good Manufacturing Practices and WHMIS; quality control and oversight of products and kits; quality control for incoming manufacturing goods; quality control and maintenance of laboratory equipment; batch quality control, maintenance of documentation; control of product inventory; stability studies, management of a recall program, control of labelling, and preparation of certificates of analysis, material safety data sheets, Standard Operating Procedures, and product instructions. Dorothy is familiar with Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) International Shellfish Sanitation Conference and Health Canada regulations. Her work as quality control personnel has been completed using Health Canada’s good manufacturing practices. She has a testing background for bio-toxins and water as well using CFIA approved testing methods. Dorothy resides in Chester, Nova Scotia, and is avid outdoor enthusiast and gardener. She enjoys kayaking and hiking.
Adrian Murray obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. in chemistry from St. Francis Xavier University. Heading up and working in chemistry laboratories based in industry and academic research facilities, Adrian has extensive research, teaching and Good Manufacturing Practices experience. He has conducted research and analyses in industrial operations, product and process development, quality control, environmental control, biotechnology, nanotechnology and other applications. He has also applied theoretical, experimental and applied research into basic chemical and biochemical processes to create or synthesize new products and processes. As a postdoctoral researcher, he researched anaerobic digestion, bio-solid treatment, and OpenCEL product development; ran pilot testing; analysed waste water samples, and did product development. He also worked in the process chemistry group that investigated customer complaints, identified problems and provided solutions within a large international manufacturing company. Adrian has served as a chemistry department visiting research scientist, graduate teaching assistant, and graduate and undergraduate research associate in Germany, Alberta and Nova Scotia. He instructed introductory chemistry (general and introduction to organic chemistry), as well as supervised undergraduate and Master’s student research projects. He has published peer-reviewed work and is a member of the Canadian Society of Chemistry and American Chemical Society and is a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Ambassador. In his spare time, Adrian makes craft beer and is a multi-category award-winning brewer.
Jake Ward has training and experience in aquaponic cultivation and aquaponic system construction in Canada and the USA. He is certified by dicentra in Good Production Practices and is a research assistant for Finleaf Technologies Inc.
Nancy Stapleton has a background in not-for-profit promotion and marketing. She is an advocate for safe and responsible cannabis use, particularly in family environments, and has personal experience with the relief cannabis provides for inflammation and pain.