Executive Team

PATRICK WITCHER - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  • Most recently served as Chief Operations Officer at MJardin Group.
  • Previous multi-national and senior executive positions within the cannabis sector include President, Global Operations at MJardin; President and Chief Compliance Officer, Buddy Boy Brands; and Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships, GrowForce.
  • 20+ years experience in law enforcement, including service as Special Agent within the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

EDWARD JONASSON – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

  • 25+ years of financial, operational and strategic business experience in public and private companies.
  • Previously served as Vice-President Finance and Group Corporate Controller for The Stars Group Inc.
  • MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and BA from the University of Western Ontario.
  • CPA, CA, CPA (IL).

JEANNETTE HARKIN – SVP, CHIEF OF STAFF

  • 15+ years of experience leading strategic initiatives including process optimization, PM office start-up and execution, IT strategy and organizational design.
  • As a Director at Bridgewater Associates, the world largest hedge fund, she led the formation of the Dalio Family Office and Foundation.
  • Graduated from Emory University with a degree in Economics.

ERIC GATTONI - SVP, NA WEST/CENTRAL

  • 10+ years of experience building and leading operational teams from 5 to over 1,000 people in the automotive, technology and service industries as well as 5+ years of P&L management experience.
  • Eric previously served as Vice President, Operations for FirstService Residential, one of Canada's largest property management companies.

BEN FRANZ - SVP, CULTIVATION

  • Developed MJardin’s proprietary fertilizer blend, which increases plant performance and reduces labor and consumable costs.
  • Holding a B.S, in Biology with a concentration in Botany, Ben is a multidisciplinary plant scientist dedicated to commercial cannabis cultivation. Ben has course work completed for his M.S. in Horticulture with a concentration in Floriculture.
  • Previously designed and managed a commercial cultivation facility in Denver.

CHRISTINE HALEF - SVP, ATLANTIC CANADA OPERATIONS

  • Founder of AtlantiCann Medical Inc. (AMI), a Health Canada licensed Cannabis Cultivation & Extraction Facility in N.S.
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University and Practising Pharmacist since 2007.