Our

Team

Experienced management team and
world-class scientific collaborations

Aras Azadian

Chief Executive Office, Co-Founder
Utilizing his extensive senior management experience in both financial and bio-technology sectors, Aras co-founded Avicanna with the vision of establishing a bio-pharmaceutical company with a strict focus on medical and pharmaceutical applications of cannabinoids. His expertise in corporate development coupled with his executive experience in the oncology industry have been integral to Avicanna’s thought leadership pertaining to R&D and clinical development. Since 2016 Aras has successfully led a team of executives, scientists and medical professionals across several countries with the vision of vertical integration and a strong company focus on quality controls, scientific vigour and competitive advantages. Aras holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from York University and an International Masters in Management degree from EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Setu Purohit

President & Chief Legal Officer, Director, Co-Founder
Experienced in complex corporate and legal strategy, as well as contract negotiations, Setu’s unique expertise as a lawyer and an entrepreneur have been central to Avicanna’s structure and key global partnerships. As the executive lead for Avicanna’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) process, Setu encompasses the qualities of an adaptive strategic leader equipped with market awareness, business acumen and an in-depth understanding of Avicanna’s long term objectives. With a high regard for best practices, our co-founder Setu, spearheads the company’s regulatory navigation with a vision specific to the pursuit of partnerships and commercialization opportunities. Essential to this role are his innate ability to strategically connect different regulatory frameworks that maximize our objectives along with his with knowledge of patient-focused advocacy, advising healthcare professionals, licensed cannabis producers and other corporate and regulatory stakeholders. Setu holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Dave Sohi

Chief Financial Officer
Having established a reputation for aligning financial and business metrics to support market strategy and growth, Dave has been responsible for all financial operations at Avicanna since inception. A pragmatic financial leader, Dave has wide-ranging experience in financial management, business leadership, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation services. His extensive experience with RSM Richter’s and Ernst and Young’s Transaction Advisory Practices has equipped him with the acumen and vision to deliver exceptional strategic direction, streamlined financial and procedural policies and create monitoring and accountability systems. Dave spearheads the responsibility for the complete and accurate preparation of all Avicanna teams and subsidiaries for Initial Public Offering (IPO). Dave has obtained his Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator designations and has earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

Lucas Nosiglia

President, Avicanna LATAM S.A.S.
A seasoned entrepreneur and executive with experience across Europe, North America and South America, Lucas has been at the forefront of Avicanna’s Latin America (LATAM) operations since the company’s inception in 2016. His innovative and transformative approach in navigating the cannabis industry and his former involvement in management consulting, finance and health care have been invaluable in establishing and operating the company’s Colombian subsidiaries including two fully operational cultivation projects that act as Avicanna’s supply chain. Lucas’ wealth of experience from working at Deloitte along with his exceptional management capabilities and leadership values are at the core of his success in leading Avicanna’s largest teams. Lucas graduated with an Honours degree from Faculty of Economics of University of Buenos Aires and holds a Masters degree in Finance from EADA in Barcelona Spain.

Ivana Maric

Executive Vice President, Marketing
Leading the company’s marketing operations since inception, Ivana has championed the development, launch and management of all Avicanna’s subsidiaries, brands and product lines globally. Her exceptional ability to conceptualize and evolve new concepts into fruition while identifying and capitalizing market opportunities has been the innovative force behind our company’s marketing and branding strategies. A trailblazer with significant experience in traditional and digital media platforms, advertising, brand development and awareness across several sectors, Ivana utilizes both her previous experience and her thorough comprehension of the evolving landscape of the cannabis industry, its trends and challenges. Her former experience as the Director of Marketing for Ophiuchus Consulting Group and leading numerous marketing efforts and brand launches for start-up companies has been central to Avicanna’s exponential and continued growth. Ivana has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing Management from Ryerson University.

Dr. Frantz Le Devedec, PhD

Executive Vice President, Research and Product Development
Dr. Le Devedec has over 15 years of experience in academic and industrial research in biomaterials, drug delivery platforms and purification processes of natural compounds applied to cancer therapies, pain management and infectious disease. With a strong background in biochemistry, he received his PhD in Physical Chemistry at Université de Montréal with honors and worked for Dr. Christine Allen’s Research Group (CARG) at the University of Toronto, leading several pharmaceutical projects for industrial partners and academic oriented research. He also worked at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre as a research associate where he developed new approaches for pancreatic cancer therapy. He is the first author of more than fifteen scientific publications, patents and presented in international conferences and universities. For the past 3 years, Frantz has been at the top of the R&D department of Avicanna Inc, where he has developed numerous advanced cannabinoid formulations (orals and topicals) now commercialized in North America, Latin America and finally put in place methodologies to purify cannabinoids from lab scale to industrial capacity in our cannabis cultivar in Colombia.

Aras Azadian

Chief Executive Officer
Utilizing his extensive senior management experience in both financial and bio-technology sectors, Aras co-founded Avicanna with the vision of establishing a bio-pharmaceutical company with a strict focus on medical and pharmaceutical applications of cannabinoids. His expertise in corporate development coupled with his executive experience in the oncology industry have been integral to Avicanna’s thought leadership pertaining to R&D and clinical development. Since 2016 Aras has successfully led a team of executives, scientists and medical professionals across several countries with the vision of vertical integration and a strong company focus on quality controls, scientific vigour and competitive advantages. Aras holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from York University and an International Masters in Management degree from EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Setu Purohit

President, Director and Chief Legal Officer
Experienced in complex corporate and legal strategy, as well as contract negotiations, Setu’s unique expertise as a lawyer and an entrepreneur have been central to Avicanna’s structure and key global partnerships. As the executive lead for Avicanna’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) process, Setu encompasses the qualities of an adaptive strategic leader equipped with market awareness, business acumen and an in-depth understanding of Avicanna’s long term objectives. With a high regard for best practices, our co-founder Setu, spearheads the company’s regulatory navigation across six continents with a vision specific to the pursuit of partnerships and commercialization opportunities. Essential to this role are his innate ability to strategically connect different regulatory frameworks that maximize our objectives along with his with knowledge of patient-focused advocacy, advising healthcare professionals, licensed cannabis producers and other corporate and regulatory stakeholders. Setu holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Chandra Panchal

Chairman of Board
Dr. Panchal has been the Chief Executive Officer of Axcelon Biopolymers since 2008, has authored over seventy scientific papers, holds several patents in oncology, diagnostics, biopolymers and microbiology, and is an Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Panchal currently sits on the board of directors of both an oncology company known as Medicenna Therapeutics (MDNA), and Canadian Oil Recovery and Remediation Inc. (CVR) as well as Pure Global Cannabis Inc. (PURE). Dr. Panchal holds a Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario.

Giancarlo Davila

Director
Giancarlo completed his BSc in Business Administration from Northeastern University, following which he returned to Colombia to work for his family’s business El Grupo Daabon, a company dedicated to the sustainable and organic cultivation and production of industrial scale palm oil, avocados and coffee beans. Giancarlo went on to lead a new branch of El Grupo Daabon which is dedicated to producing private label oils for national distribution in supermarkets across Colombia, and was also the director of sales within Latin American countries. Giancarlo was appointed to Avicanna’s board of directors in October 2018 and sits on Avicanna’ s audit committee.

Flavio Jose Zaclis

Director
Flavio Jose Zaclis has more than 20 years of experience in private equity, venture capital and entrepreneurial projects. After completing several investment cycles, Mr. Zaclis founded Barn Investimentos in 2012, a venture capital investment boutique, dedicated to early-stage investments in the Brazilian and Latin American markets. Mr. Zaclis is a board member of several companies and has actively participated in initial public offerings, private placements, and merger and acquisition negotiations for portfolio companies. Mr. Zaclis is responsible for fundraising, deal execution, and team leadership at Barn Investimentos.

Dr. Assad J. Kazeminy

Director
Dr. Assad J. Kazeminy is the founder and former President and CEO of Irvine Pharmaceutical Services Inc. and Avrio Biopharmaceutical LLC. Dr. Kazeminy received his doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, graduate studies in Biochemistry and completed his post doctorate at the University of Southern California (USC) Medical School, Department of Pharmacology. Since January 2014, Dr. Kazeminy has been a member of the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) Dean’s Professional Advisory Group, has served as a member of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Console of Experts 2000-2020 and has been awarded by United States Pharmacopeia a Winner for Innovative Responses to a Public Health Challenge.

John McVicar

Director
John McVicar is an experienced senior finance executive with more than 30 years of Canadian and international experience in both industry and professional services. Mr. McVicar retired as a Consulting Partner at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) where he focused on advising large corporations to drive operational excellence and to transform the performance of their finance organizations. Prior to EY, he spent 10 years in senior finance roles with several Canadian and U.S. public companies. Mr. McVicar brings significant international experience. During his career, he has served in roles based in Canada, South America, the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa. Mr. McVicar is a CPA, CA and holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.