Welcome to Starseed Holdings Inc.

Starseed is a rapidly growing cannabis company with corporate operations in Toronto Ontario and production facilities in Bowmanville Ontario.

Our Premium Medical Cannabis Brand

Starseed is a medical cannabis company based in Toronto Canada.

With a deep focus on bringing premium medicinal products to market, we have developed the Starseed System designed to make medical cannabis easy by classifying Starseed strains according to the cannabinoid potency. Starting with Green Star 1 our high potency CBD cannabis strains, through to Blue Star 3, our high potency THC medical cannabis oil.

The Starseed System enables our client service representatives, health care practitioners and clients to have straightforward conversations about the right strains for the right treatment at the right time.

Starseed will help guide the way.

Our Guiding Principles

Our focus on patient care is central to the Starseed Story. We believe that cannabis is a medical revolution, not just another business opportunity. As federally legalized medical cannabis evolves and brings adult use into the mainstream, we will continue to stay focused on service through cannabis. While our story unfolds, we intend to keep it simple and straightforward. As such we will strategically align with companies and countries that see things the way we do.

Per Aspera Ad Astra

G. EDMUND KING

Chairman and CEO of Starseed Holdings, Inc.

Mr. King joined Wood Gundy in 1957 after graduating from the University of Toronto, B.A. (Econ.) and was elected a Director twelve years later, in 1969.

From 1971 to 1974 Mr. King was president of the company’s US subsidiary based in New York, then was appointed Vice Chairman in 1986. In 1988 he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. On October 1, 1992, Mr. King became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CIBC Wood Gundy Corporation. On October 31, 1995 Mr. King retired from Wood Gundy.

He also served as chairman of (WIC) Western International Communications from June 1994 to January 1998 and as deputy chairman of Rockwater Capital Corp. from January 1996 to March 2003. He served as a director of Xstrata Canada Corporation (formerly Falconbridge Ltd.) from June 1994 to August 2006 and as a director of Imax Corporation from June 1999 to June 2004

Mr. King’s other current directorships include Aurvista Gold Corporation, Highvista Gold Inc., Prince Arthur Capital Corporation and Rockcliff Copper Corporation. Mr. King is past chairman of the Princess Margaret Hospital and a former director of CAMH, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy, the Shaw Festival and the National Ballet of Canada.

Throughout his career, Mr. King has received many awards and recognitions, namely the Centennial Award from the Ontario Medical Association and the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Investment Industry Association. Mr. King is a member of the York Club, the National Club, Muskoka Lakes Country Club and the Hunt Club.

DR. HUGH E. SCULLY

A cardiac surgeon, Dr. Hugh Scully trained at Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.

He is Professor of Surgery and Health Policy at the University of Toronto and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at UHN Toronto General Hospital (TGH). At UHN TGH, he has served as Deputy Head of CV Surgery, Deputy Surgeon-in-Chief, Chairman of the Education Committee, Chief of Staff and on the Board of Trustees. Presently, he is President of the Mt. Sinai-UHN Academic Medical Organization., and is a Member of the Senate of the University Health Network.

Dr. Hugh Scully was the Founding President of the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO), ultimately leading to the formation of the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents, (CAIR). He is Past-President of the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, (CCS, all cardiac specialists of Canada]. He has served on the Councils (Boards) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the World Medical Association as well as the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Presently, Dr. Scully was the only non-American member of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group of the ACS in Washington. Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

In 2010, Dr. Scully received the CMA’s Medal of Service and the Annual {Lifetime} Achievement Award from the CCS.  Dr. Scully now chairs the Archives and Awards Committee at the CMA and also sits on the Board of the Directors for Partners in Health (Canada). He is a recipient of the Gold and Diamond Queen’s Jubilee Medals.

Since 2013, Dr. Scully has been a leadership volunteer with the Canadian Medical Foundation as Chair of the CMF’s multi-million dollar fundraising effort to raise support for physician health and wellness: The Every Physician Campaign. Presently, he is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CMF.

In the world of motorsport, he is a Founding Fellow of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability {Paris}, represents Canada as a Member of the FIA Medical Commission {Paris}, is Chairman-Emeritus and Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences {Indianapolis} and is Medical Director and Safety Committee Chair of the Honda Indy Toronto. A motor sports enthusiast, Dr. Scully has received many awards for contributions to motorsport medicine and safety and is a Member, and Chairman, of the Board of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

Dr. Scully resides in Toronto with his wife, Vanessa Harwood, former Principal Ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada.

MAJOR GENERAL LEWIS MACKENZIE

During his thirty six year military career Major -General(ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie served nine years in Germany with NATO forces and managed to avoid service in Ottawa by fitting in nine peacekeeping tours of duty in the Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Cairo, Vietnam, Central America and Sarajevo.

He is best known for commanding the military operation in 1992 that opened the Sarajevo airport for the delivery of humanitarian aid during the Bosnian Civil war.

Lew was made an Honourary Chief of the Metro Toronto Police Force in 1993. Following the attacks of 11 September 2001 General MacKenzie was appointed one of two advisors to the Primer of Ontario on counter-terrorism and emergency measures. In 2002 and 2006 respectively Lew was invested with the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada for his humanitarian work in Africa. He sits on a number of corporate boards. Lew is still active in motor racing and was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2017.

SENATOR EYTON

John Trevor Eyton is a Canadian businessman, former lawyer and retired Senator.

Mr. Eyton received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1957 and earned his Bachelor of Laws (JD) from the University of Toronto Law School in 1960. Mr. Eyton joined the law firm of Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington where he remained until 1979 when he left to become President and Chief Executive Officer of Brascan Limited, a post he held for 12 years. Mr. Eyton remained with Brascan as Chairman and Senior Chairman until 1997 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.

Mr. Eyton was appointed to the Senate in 1991 by former Prime Minster of Canada Brian Mulroney.

Mr. Eyton has served as a board member of a number of corporations, including Coca-Cola Enterprises (Atlanta), General Motors of Canada, Noranda and Nestle Canada and currently serves on the boards of Magna International, Ivernia Inc., Silver Bear Resources Inc. and Altus Group Limited. He is involved in amateur sport and philanthropic organizations including Junior Achievement, the Canadian Olympic Foundation and is Chairman of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Senator Eyton is a member of the the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Mr. Eyton is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Queen’s Counsel for Ontario, and has been awarded honorary Doctors of Laws by both the University of Waterloo and the University of King’s College at Dalhousie where he was Chancellor from 1996 to 2001. In 2000 he was awarded Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle – the highest award given to foreigners by the government of Mexico. Mr. Eyton retired from the Canadian Senate on July 12, 2009.

BRUCE CROXON

Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife and revolutionizing how people connect.

Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, and achieving revenue of just under $100 million. After its spectacular rise, he led the sale of the company for $180 million dollars.

Since that time, Bruce has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes. As an ex Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, he adds a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health and marketing.

Croxon currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage digital Canadian companies. He currently co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business and believes our entrepreneurs can hold their own with anyone in the world.

LOU SERAFINI JR.

Lou Serafini Jr. joined Fengate in 1995 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2002. During his tenure, Fengate has experienced tremendous growth by earning the trust of a growing group of institutional investors and securing $2.9 billion in capital under management.

Lou is responsible for the overall leadership and vision for the firm, investment activities and the execution of Fengate’s strategic plan. He has assembled a best in class team and led Fengate’s growth and evolution into one of Canada’s leading alternative asset management firms.

Lou spearheads Fengate’s Investment Committee and sits on the Board of the General Partners to each fund, and he has assembled a distinguished Advisory Board comprised of industry leaders. Building on Fengate’s legacy of generous community support, Lou established the Fengate Community Foundation Fund in 2010; a $1 million grant in support of numerous charitable organizations in Canada and around the world, with a focus on children and youth programs. Lou is a frequent keynote speaker for industry conferences and regular media commentator.

 

ANGELO TSEBELIS

President

As President of Starseed Medicinal Inc., Angelo Tsebelis is responsible for setting the strategic direction and commercialization of our offering to the Canadian and international medical cannabis market.

Angelo has had extensive experience in many of the key areas of pharmaceutical market and broader healthcare industry including strategic pricing, sales and marketing, market access and government affairs.

Angelo was previously with Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw Companies where he was responsible for building strategic partnerships with key pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurers, adjudicators and brokers/ consultants in the Canadian market. Prior to this role, Angelo held a series of progressive commercial roles with GlaxoSmithKline where he was responsible for securing and maintaining market access for a portfolio of vaccines for both the public and private markets.

Angelo holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a BA (Honours) from the University of Toronto.

STEPHEN NG

Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Ng is the CFO of Starseed responsible for all financial functions, corporate development and strategic planning. Stephen brings a strong background in investment banking, private equity and corporate development in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific region.

As an investment banker with Credit Suisse and CIBC World Markets, Stephen advised investors and companies in high growth and emerging industries to develop strategies and business models to successfully raise capital and grow through acquisitions. He assisted these companies in raising over $4 billion of equity and debt capital, and advised on over $80 billion of M&A transactions. Stephen also brings experience handling strategic and operational challenges as a principal investor and corporate development executive.

Stephen holds an MBA (Ivey Scholar) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and a BCom (Honours) from Queen’s University

DR. PETER M. BLECHER

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Blecher is a graduate of McGill Medical School, and completed a Comprehensive Surgical Internship at the University of Toronto.

He worked as an ER physician for 25 years, while being involved in the start-up of several biotechnology, medical device, and private enterprise companies. He currently sits on the Board of Microbix Biosystems, Inc.

Dr. Blecher has been with CPM Centres for Pain Management since 2005, Canada’s largest network of integrated pain management centres, currently with 9 clinics, where he is a Medical Director.

He is a credentialed pain practitioner with both the American and Canadian Academies of Pain Medicine.

He has presented workshops and seminars on the topic of Chronic Pain Management to health care professionals across Canada, and internationally, including educational workshops on medical cannabis. He helped develop the early educational material for the CCIC (Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids) – widely recognized as the global leader in physician-centered medical cannabis education.

C.M. (MAX) CHIPMAN

Chief Operating Officer

Max Chipman is the Chief Operating Officer of Starseed responsible for launch and growth of operations, development of standard operating procedures based on best practices, ongoing development of operating systems and human resources.

As the designated Senior Person in Charge (SPIC) Max is ultimately responsible for ensuring Starseed operates in full compliance with the requirements under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

With over 25 years in the High-Tech sector, including experience with growth of startups for acquisition by Fortune 500/1000 public companies, establishing and growing operations globally. Responsible for meeting full compliance within each jurisdiction, Max is proven Management Executive driven by; an entrepreneurial spirit, disciplined measurable LEAN processes and continuous improvement. A hands-on strategic thinker and results orientated leader that inspires team members to achieve organizational goals alongside personal growth.

Max attended undergraduate studies in Commerce/ Economics & Labour Studies at Woodsworth College – University of Toronto as well as York University –Schulich School of Business – Executive Development Division Certificate Program in Executive– Leadership, C.A.P.I.C.S  Certification –MRP, SCM, Inventory Planning & Optimization, BSI Management Training Division – ISO9001:2000 Internal Auditor Certification,  Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences – Certificate Programs for Good Documentation Practices and Record Keeping for Medical Marijuana and Fundamentals of Quality Assurance for Medical Marijuana – Good Production Practices, University of Toronto – Faculty of Medicine- Continuing Professional Development- Cannabinoids in Clinical Practice 2016

SIMON DAVIES

Chief Marketing Officer

Simon Davies is the Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for helping to build and grow the Starseed brand.

Simon began his career in advertising, at several top multi-national agencies, creating award-winning advertising for brands as diverse as Capital One (What’s in your Wallet?) Coca-Cola, Budweiser, P&G and AT&T’s Rock the Vote. In 2002 Simon co-founded MTHRTY the creators of a completely unique social media strategy called Share-Casting. As Chief Social Officer, Simon ran a group of over 80 engagement strategists, influencers and social-web types.

In 2012 MTHRTY was acquired by Engagement Labs, a TSX listed social technologies company with offices in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Montreal and Mexico City.

Simon’s programs and ideas have been covered in Mashable, RollingStone, Vice, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The National Post, and countless blogs, forums and fan sites.

Simon earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

NORMAN WRIGHT

Head of National Retail Markets

As Head Of National Retail Markets, Norman is responsible for setting the strategic direction for our offerings in the recreational market.

Norman has over 25 years of Sales and Marketing experience working for one of the largest tobacco companies globally, British American Tobacco (BAT). Throughout his tenure at BAT, Norman held various senior management roles, including Head of On-Premise, Head of Consumer Channel (Global Duty Free, Festival & Events), Key Account Management and Head of Indirect Distribution inclusive of Wholesale and CSR.

Norman’s greatest assets are his strong leadership abilities, vision, drive, and his strong relationship ties within the FMCG industry.

He is also an entrepreneur and was successful in gaining a patent for a smartphone application. Norman graduated from Seneca College in 1984 with a Marketing Management Diploma.

The Way Forward

Looking forward, we acknowledge that Canada is one of a handful of countries in the world that have a federally legalized cannabis system. As an ACMPR license holder, we can legally import cannabis from countries that can legally export. As such, we are actively developing strategic partnerships with countries that can legally export medical cannabis. We very much look forward to continuing this dialogue.

Contact us at info@starseed.ca