Dr Washer was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1998 to 2013. He was educated at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1970 with degrees in medicine and surgery. He was a general practitioner before entering politics & established a number of prominent medical centres in Western Australia. Mal was also past chair of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. He has extensive experience in agricultural and horticultural activities and currently operates a commercial avocado plantation in Western Australia bringing highly relevant medical and horticultural expertise and experience to AusCann.
Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Microbiology, Honours in Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Laws. Previous roles have included as a lawyer with top tier corporate law firm Clayton Utz, Media and Communications Officer for an Australian Federal Member of Parliament, and Managing Director and Senior Winemaker of Aquila Estate Winery where she was an award winning wine-maker and also involved in international business development and marketing in territories including Singapore, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Elaine is currently investment director of Biologica Ventures Pty Ltd which provides investment opportunities as well as project and clinical trial management for digital health and biotechnology companies.
Mr Karelis is the founder of Titan Capital Partners - a privately held investment group involved in a range of projects. He graduated from The University of Western Australia with Bachelors and Honours in Science majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology as well as a Masters in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute in the United States.
Prior to establishing Titan, Mr Karelis worked in the financial services industry with roles in financial analysis and funds management both in Australia and overseas including extended periods at Hartley Poynton (now Hartleys) and Challenger Group. He has in excess of 23 years diversified experience in the financial services sector including fundamental analysis, funds management and private equity investing. He has considerable cross-border experience and has acted as a Director on several public and private companies in Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Cheryl was the former Attorney-General for Western Australia and Minister for the Environment. Cheryl was most recently Executive General Manager for External Affairs, Government Relations and Approvals at Hancock Prospecting-a company associated with one of Australia’s wealthiest individuals.
Cheryl has extensive experience of successful negotiations to ensure that critical primary agreements and government approvals are obtained in a timely fashion. Such agreements and approvals include the Roy Hill Rail State Agreement and the Special Railway Licence; Port Lease and Licence; Native Title Agreements; Environmental Approvals, State and Federal; and many other critical approvals for Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd and Roy Hill Iron Ore and Infrastructure.
Mr Bruce Linton is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical cannabis companies. Canopy Growth, through its subsidiaries Tweed and Bedrocan Canada, is the world’s largest producer of legal cannabis, and recently entered into a strategic partnership with AusCann.
Bruce has more than ten years of senior executive experience in the high-tech sector as a founder, executive and board member. He has a proven track record of international success, working extensively with the World Bank and the Asia Development Bank. Bruce enjoys a high profile in the global medicinal cannabis sector and has a demonstrable track record of raising the capital required to build large scale cannabis business.
Bruce is a highly experienced senior executive and independent company director with a background in the life sciences industry focussed on finance, operations, business and investment management and strategic planning.
In addition to AusCann, Bruce is a non-executive director of Adherium Limited, an ASX-listed digital health technologies company; he is Chairman of the Animal Ethics Committee of the child health research organisation, Telethon Kids Institute, and undertakes corporate consulting activities.
Bruce previously served as the Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations and Director of Strategic Projects with the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia. Prior to joining the Institute, Bruce was based in London as an Assistant Director at Rothschild Asset Management in the Bioscience Unit, a life sciences private equity group investing in early stage biotechnology, healthcare and agribusiness companies. He co-founded two Institute spin-outs including publicly listed drug discovery company, Phylogica Limited, and has held a number of other non-executive director positions in biotechnology and not-for-profit healthcare organisations.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Susan has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate finance industry. She is founder and managing director of consulting firm Hunter Corporate Pty Ltd, which specialises in the provision of corporate governance and company secretarial advice to ASX listed companies, and has previously held senior management roles at Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Bankwest, both in Perth and Sydney.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd.
She is currently company secretary for several ASX listed companies.
Troy has strong experience in management consulting, providing services in corporate governance, management and as a corporate accountant to both large and small to medium enterprises. He has a track record in delivering financial results and has 30 years’ experience in dealing with a range of stakeholders.
Troy is a Director of the Aboriginal Family Law Service and Deputy Chair of the Western Australia State Council at Governance Institute of Australia.
Stewart has 20 years of CEO and Board experience in medical technology, biotech and agrifood companies. He is currently the Chairman of Orthocell Ltd (ASX:OCC), a regenerative medicine company dedicated to providing innovative treatments for people suffering from tendon, cartilage and soft tissue injuries; Chairman of Cynata Therapeutics Ltd (ASX:CYP) who are developing stem cell therapies; and Chairman of Minomic International Ltd who have an accurate non-invasive test for prostate cancer.
Stewart was previously the CEO of Calzada Ltd (ASX:CZD), the founding CEO of Phylogica Ltd (ASX:PYC) and before this, he was CEO of Celentis and managed the commercialisation of intellectual property from AgResearch in New Zealand with 650 Scientists and $130m revenues. He was also a founder of a NZ$120m New Zealand based life science fund and Venture Partner with the Swiss based Inventages Nestlé Fund. He is currently Investment Director with Bioscience Managers.
Stewart has held a number of Board positions in the past as the Chairman of iSonea Ltd (ASX:ISN), Resonance Health Ltd (ASX:RHT) and Hatchtech Pty Ltd, a Director of iCeutica Pty Ltd, Immuron Ltd (ASX:IMC) and AusBiotech Ltd. He was also a Senator with Murdoch University and is currently the Chairman of Firefly Health.
Melinda holds a doctorate in biochemistry with postdoctoral research experience in molecular biology. She has over ten years’ experience, and has held several senior roles, in research and development management, with a focus on governance frameworks and operational processes, including the development of bespoke research management systems, contractual frameworks and risk assessment of research activities, including clinical trials.
John is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with extensive commercial, financial and operational experience gained over 25 years in a number of varied roles.
Previous roles as Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer within the oil and gas industry means John is experienced in all aspects of managing a publicly listed company in a highly regulated environment. He is experienced in strategy development and execution, marketing, research and development, supply chain management, operations, contract negotiation and management, capital raisings, investor and public relations, corporate governance and company secretarial practice.
John has also acquired customer, stakeholder, and joint venture relationship and management skills gained from working across international jurisdictions whilst employed with Norwest Energy, Woodside Energy, National Australia Bank and KPMG.