Senior Leadership

Dedicated experts with a proven record of success. 

 
 
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Gregg Curwin
Founder, President & CEO

Bio

Currently the Founder, President & CEO of TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture, Gregg is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in health-care innovation industries, including medical devices, biologics, and health-related retail. He has consulted hospitals and governments in the broad area of health design, with a recent focus on the role of food production in disease prevention.

Gregg was recognized as a 2017 Manning Award finalist in Atlantic Canada. In 2016, Gregg received the Clean50 award by Delta Management Group.

Gregg holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

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Jeff McKinnon
CFO, VP Operations

Bio

Born and raised in Halifax, Jeff has over 15 years of senior leadership experience. Jeff completed his Masters of Business Administration and the Certified Management Accountant program and is currently a CPA.

Jeff has extensive experience in strategy, finance and operations while working as the CFO of a large credit union for three years. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of roles including a senior finance role with a rapid growth, publicly traded company, and in an executive role within a growth phase entrepreneurial environment.

 
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Tasha Richard
Director, Strategic Growth

Bio

Tasha joins TruLeaf as the Director, Strategic Growth, bringing 15 years experience with corporate strategy, branding and new product development experience. Tasha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Triple Major in Marketing, HR and Entrepreneurship, as well as an MBA in Strategy. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Management with a focus on rural entrepreneurship research.

Tasha’s previous roles include working as a Brand Manager with Johnson & Johnson Consumer. She also worked with T1 where she led planning for blue-chip clients including Bell Canada, Johnson & Johnson, Right to Play and Coca-Cola.

As Director, Strategic Growth, Tasha plays a dual role with TruLeaf and GoodLeaf, focusing on Strategic growth with TruLeaf, including the strategic planning process and R&D strategy support, while also supporting GoodLeaf with strategic planning and process documentation.

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Krilen Ramanaidu
Director, Horticulture

Bio

Krilen Ramanaidu is a Professional Agrologist, joining TruLeaf as the Director of Horticulture. Krilen comes with 10 years experience in horticultural science and controlled environment production systems, including 5 years leading researching teams at the academic level and 3 years leading research teams with TruLeaf in a previous role. Krilen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science degree in Agribiology from Dalhousie University. He is also currently completing his MBA from Saint Mary’s University.

In his role at TruLeaf, Krilen’s primary areas of focus include: plant functionality improvement (yield, nutritional quality), growing condition optimization and refinement, controlled environment agriculture innovations (development of new lights, new seed breeds and irrigation recipes), and the development of more sustainable growing practices that still maintain high system performance.

 
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Trevor Grandy
Director, Engineering

Bio

Trevor is a Professional Engineer, joining TruLeaf as the Director, Engineering. Trevor brings over 20 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, operations management and continuous improvement in the household & personal products, electronics, and aerospace industries. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. As Director, Engineering, Trevor is responsible for leading all aspects of TruLeaf’s facility and product design, process and data engineering activities.

 
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Dalia Dajani
Director, Human Resources

Bio

Dalia Dajani has 10 years of experience in strategic human resources, employment relations, people development and change management experience attained from leading, developing, and navigating HR related matters in the industrial world.

Dalia is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), holds a Master of Employment Relations from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a major in Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations and a minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Human Resource Management all from Saint Mary’s University.

As Director, Human Resources, Dalia will be supporting both GoodLeaf and TruLeaf and collaborating between both teams to ensure consistency and flow in all HR related matters.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of leaders in Canadian industry. 

 
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Mike Durland
Board Chair

Bio

Mike is the former Group Head and CEO, Global Banking and Markets for Scotiabank. During his tenure, Mike was responsible for the overall management of the trading and capital market activities for the bank worldwide.

Mike retired in March of 2016 to pursue a variety of business, philanthropic and academic interests. Mike is currently the CEO of Melancthon Capital, a Professor of Practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of DeepLearni.ng, a founding principal in Cabot Links, and a member of several other boards.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University, a PhD in Management from Queen’s University and an honorary Doctorate in Commerce from St. Mary’s University.

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Jeff Watson
Director

Bio

Jeff Watson is President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Apotex. He has been the lead in growing Apotex’s North American market presence and sales revenue through strategic alignment of the Canadian and U.S. commercial marketing operations. As the VP Business Development for Shopper’s Drug Mart, he took the lead in the successful 2001 to 2003 acquisition strategy initiative to complement in the growth of the SDM network of pharmacies.

He has been an active and serving Executive Member of the Canadian Generics Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA) since 2008 and serves as the Governor of the Board, for the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (CSHOF) since 2004, making contributions in building networks and partnerships. Most recently he became involved as a board member for The Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research in the U.S. that serves as the knowledge partner of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA).

 
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Neil Murdoch
Director

Bio

Mr. Murdoch is an active investor and has served on the boards of many private and public companies, including his current portfolio of businesses. He is the former President of Aston Hill Asset Management, having retired in December 2015.

Mr. Murdoch has a strong track record of leadership and execution in the retail investment world. In late 2003 Mr. Murdoch founded Connor, Clark & Lunn Capital Markets Inc. where, as CEO and President, he raised over $2.5 billion in new assets before Aston Hill acquired the firm in 2013. Prior thereto, he was Executive Vice-President and Portfolio Manager at AIC Group of Funds. Mr. Murdoch joined AIC in 1993 when the firm managed only $150 million in assets and was instrumental in its growth to over $15 billion as one of the three principals of the business. The funds he managed were the winners of numerous investment awards.

In addition to his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, Mr. Murdoch also received a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Mr. Murdoch is a member of the McGill Faculty of Management Faculty Advisory Board and a judge in the Dobson Cup start up competition. He is also active in the community, having co-founded Operation Guardian Force and having been a Governor at Appleby College and on the board of Gold Medal Plates (Olympic athletes).

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Gregg Curwin
Founder, President & CEO

 
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Barry Murchie
Director

Bio

Barry Murchie has been with McCain Foods for 24 years and currently serves as VP Commercial Operations, North America.

Barry joined McCain Foods in Tokyo, Japan in 1994 in a continuous improvement role focused on logistics. Barry transferred to McCain Argentina in 1997 to assist in the start-up of a new production facility and in the development of our grower programs.

In 2000 Barry transferred to the Othello, Washington production facility to manage our export business into Asia. In 2001 Barry transferred to our US head office in Oakbrook, Illinois to manage our logistics unit.

In 2003 Barry assumed responsibility for our Special Markets sales division, which handled K-12 schools, Deli, C-Stores and Industrial sales. In 2007 Barry transferred to Tokyo, Japan as Country Manager and in 2009 he also assumed responsibility for our South Korean business.

In 2011 Barry transferred to Singapore as Managing Director of our business in Asia. In 2013 Barry transferred back to our US head office as VP Sysco Business Unit and in 2014 Barry transitioned to his current role of VP Commercial Operations, North America.

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Jeff Delapp
Director

Bio

Jeffery J. DeLapp, is the Regional President of North America, Korea, and South East Asia, Japan and Taiwan at McCain Foods Limited since July 2015 and served as its President of North America from June 2, 2014 to July 2015.

Jeff has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the food industry and has a track record of aligning sales and operations for profitable growth. Prior to joining McCain, Jeff spent 16 years with Lamb Weston, an independent operating company of ConAgra Foods. He joined the company in 1984 and served in a range of positions in Operations, Quality Assurance and Sales through 1990. He later re-joined in 2001 as Vice President, Strategic Development. One year later, he transitioned into the President’s role.

Under Jeff’s leadership revenue improved by $1 billion. Notably the company experienced strong growth internationally as well as the pioneering of the Sweet Potato French Fry category. The latter was supported by the construction of the first LEED Platinum Frozen Food Factory in Delhi, Louisiana. The overall plant network also grew through seven strategic acquisitions in the U.S. and Europe. The company had approximately 4 billion lbs. of production through nine plants in the U.S. and three in Holland.

From 1999-2001, Jeff served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Bruss Company (later acquired by Tyson Foods). His direction contributed to the doubling of business growth, while a more sustainable model of operation was implemented.

Between 1990 and 1999, Jeff was at Sara Lee Bakery starting as a National Account Manager, responsible for sales to six of the eight largest Food Service division national accounts. In 1993 he became Operations Category Manager for the Batter Category. Under his management, over 300 products were successfully commercialized for retail, foodservice, bakery-deli, and export marketing channels, he was later promoted to Senior Manager, Contract Manufacturing.

Jeff holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois and an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Oregon.

Core Team

 
 

Laura McCarthy
Controller

Maureen Russell
Senior Accountant

Ben Schulman
Farm Design and Process Engineer

Shauna Cater
Executive Assistant

 

Jennifer Hart
Market Analyst

Devon Chisholm
Business Analyst

Christian Weisenburger
General Counsel

 

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