EXECUTIVE TEAM AND BOARD
ROBERT WILSON, CEO AND DIRECTOR, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE COMPANY (EVERGREEN PACIFIC)
Robert Wilson worked in global investment banking and capital markets, as well as management consulting for 20 years before forming his privately-held professional advisory services company in Toronto, Canada. In addition to having served in numerous senior executive management roles, Mr. Wilson has served as director and strategic advisor for public and private companies in countries throughout the Caribbean Basin, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Southeast Asia. Education: Bachelor of Commerce (Queen’s Smith School of Business), M.B.A. (The Wharton School).
PAUL LAVERTY, CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE CORPORATION
Paul has worked as a consultant and advisor in the Insurance and Financial services industry for more than twenty-five years. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies developing risk mitigation strategies, marketing initiatives, operating foreign insurance entities and developing new products in the life insurance and property and casualty insurance sectors both onshore and offshore. Mr. Laverty has created and worked on steering committees and business projects related to the integration between distribution channels and the insurance industry. He has established insurance facilities in the offshore market.
JOSH GOLD, INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE CORPORATION & DIRECTOR, BUYWELL.COM
Josh Gold serves as a Director of Evergreen Pacific and Founder/Director of BuyWell.com leading online health and wellness marketplace. Josh is also currently the CEO of Vonality.
Josh brings 20 years experience in digital marketing, digital strategy, building online businesses and online commerce. Josh's companies have managed more than half a billion dollars’ worth of ecommerce transactions and have served over 100 million-plus users. Josh has led the development of customer facing, e-commerce platforms, loyalty platforms and customer lead generation campaigns for clients such as United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, eBay and more. Josh's companies have been recognized (twice) by Profit Magazine as one of the Top 50-Fastest Growing Company. Josh also sits on the Board of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, one of the top 5 Cancer center's in the world and sits on the board of the Adath Israel Congregation.
DR. HANY DEMIAN, INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE CORPORATION
Dr. Hany Demian is an emergency room physician who has been practicing emergency medicine for over a decade in Canada. Dr. Demian completed his medical degree in 2000 and graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Having worked in over 35 of the largest emergency departments in Canada, Dr. Demian has spent many hours assisting patients in dealing with incidents of sudden and/or acute pain often associated with chronic pain related conditions. This eventually sparked his interest as to how he could assist patients in managing chronic pain proactively as opposed to reactively. Dr. Demian has explored this special interest, on a large scale, and has undergone extensive training in pain management. He has successfully added the specialized focus in chronic pain management by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dr. Demian is considered an expert in medical, interventional and unconventional pain management.
Dr. Demian is actively licensed in the provinces of Ontario , Alberta , and Nova Scotia. To compliment he is further licensed in Egypt and New Zealand. He is currently a staff member at Norfolk General Hospital, Brantford General Hospital, and assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster university.
Dr. Demian is known amongst the medical community for pioneering the use of bedside ultrasound (ultrasound use at point-of-care) within the emergency department in Canada. He has been teaching bedside ultrasound for over six years to physicians across Canada, and has been instrumental in raising awareness of this highly useful method of practice. He is considered an expert in ultrasound guided interventional pain management.
During the last few years, Dr. Demian has further specialized, and has recently been recognized for his proficiency in headache and chronic migraine. Over the past several years, Dr. Demian has been helping hundreds of chronic migraine patients as well as chronic pain patients to lead a healthy pain free life.
As a leader in this area of expertise and one of the pioneers in the therapeutic Botox ® therapy, Dr. Demian travels nationally to lecture on the topic of chronic migraine care.
SANJAY JOSHI, GENERAL COUNSEL & INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE CORPORATION
Sanjay Joshi is a Partner at DLA Piper LLP (Toronto, Canada) and practises securities law, principally focused on public and private corporate finance transactions and public company mergers and acquisitions. He has advised on numerous significant Canadian and cross-border financing transactions in various industries and sectors. Along with his corporate finance experience, Sanjay often advises boards and special committees of boards on various and multifaceted matters regarding corporate governance. This includes executive compensation as well as confidential board and special committee matters. Sanjay was an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University for several years where he taught Advanced Securities Law. Sanjay serves as Corporate Secretary of Evergreen Pacific.
SENIOR OFFICERS - EVERGREEN PACIFIC
JEFF BOTNIK, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE CORPORATION & PRESIDENT, BUYWELL CORP.
Jeff has run and built several start-up companies in the digital marketing space. Most recently Jeff has built a digital marketing company that went public in 2016 with a current market cap of over $30 Million. Prior to mPire, Jeff held executive positions with Sears as their Vice President of digital marketing, CX Digital a division of Cyberplex as their Vice President of Business Development and Date.com a senior media buyer.
GORD FORSTER, VP CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE COMPANY
Gord’s career has spanned executive roles with national and international communications and government relations consulting firms, and ten years on the leadership team of a TSX 100 public company, Dofasco Inc., responsible for all aspects of corporate communications in Canada, the US and Mexico. Gord has led communications and GR for major corporate transactions, including some of the largest and most complex in Canadian corporate history. Gord has worked with global and domestic sector-leading clients in energy, mining and metals, steel, Innovation, agriculture and commodities, infrastructure, financials and private equity, healthcare, forest products, associations, public and private sectors. He has served as Chair and a Director of corporate Boards, and by appointment to government task forces and panels. He is currently Partner in Forstner Group Inc., and Magnetic North, a national consultancy.
DR. IRA PRICE - MEDICAL DIRECTOR, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE COMPANY
Dr. Ira Price is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine through the Department of Internal Medicine at McMaster University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons trained in Emergency Medicine, with a Fellowship in Sports Medicine. For the past five years
Dr. Price has been a leader in the clinical application of cannabinoids. In 2011, Dr. Price founded Synergy Health Services, the first clinic in Ontario dedicated solely to evaluating patients for the use of Medical Cannabis. Synergy is now leading the way in wellness, providing patients and clients natural alternatives to opioids and other pharmacological therapies. Dr. Price then founded the Medical Cannabis Journal Club of Hamilton; the first accredited Medical Cannabis Journal Club in Ontario.
Dr. Price has strategically partnered his clinics with Evergreen Pacific Insurance Company (EPIC) to further the education, accessibility, and advancement in opioid reduction, and affordable treatment programs for patients. The result is a unique ecosphere including Buywell, and The Alternative Health Association of Canada (AHA!). He is an internationally known lecturer and industry consultant, who has educated countless numbers of physicians and patients on the use cannabinoids. Dr. Price’s medical interests lie in the development of protocols for the clinical application of Cannabinoids and the safety of Cannabis in the public domain.
HEATHER GRAY, DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS, EVERGREEN PACIFIC INSURANCE COMPANY
Ms. Gray has been in the medical industry for 15 years, with various roles in patient care and management. Since 2014, her focus has been on the medical cannabis industry, leading the way in patient process, operations, education and infrastructure through the clinical model. Founding and working with some of the first patient aggregators and clinic models, her consistent pursuit for better patient outcomes and maximizing full treatment plans have sparked industry recognition.
Ms. Gray's strategic operational project planning and execution has lead to national and international consulting opportunities. Expanding her repertoire into prescription compounds, hemp and cannabis product production, Ms. Gray continues to push forth in opioid reduction and access to alternative health solutions.
KLAUS ZABEL, CPA, CA, PRESIDENT, MARKERS INSURANCE
Klaus has returned to work in the insurance industry after owning and operating several businesses including Jacox Harley Davidson. Prior to this, Klaus owned and operated Marketing Concepts Group, a distributor of insurance and investment products in Canada. He also served previously as EVP & CFO of Federated Insurance Companies of Canada, and VP Finance of Zurich Life Insurance Company of Canada.
SWEENY D’SOUZA, MBA, GBA, VICE PRESIDENT RIS
Sweeny has been with RIS since its inception and takes pride in servicing clients from every sector of the market. She focuses on two aspects to win the trust of her clients: customer service and education. Sweeny has a strong background in business and financial management with experience in consulting, customer service, human resources, and project management. She translates the knowledge she acquired, in her MBA degree and her Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation, in servicing plans and forging new paths within the industry.
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