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Mr. Naprawa brings extensive institutional capital markets experience to the Company. Prior to joining Khiron, Mr. Naprawa was Partner at Sprott Capital Partners, Head of Equity Sales at Macquarie Canada, Head of Equity Sales and Trading at Dundee Securities, and Managing Director at Primary Capital. He was also previously founder and CEO of Startcast Solutions, a company successfully sold to a large telecommunications company. Mr. Naprawa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University.
Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) with more than 30 years of experience in technology, consumer, retail, cannabis, private equity and venture capital. An experienced Audit Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, corporate governance and CEO and board succession planning.
Deborah currently leads and serves as a Corporate Director for Lift & Co.(TSX-V: LIFT) as Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee. Deborah recently served on the board of MedReleaf (TSX:LEAF) as the Chair of the Audit Committee (acquired by AuroraCannabis (TSX: ACB) in July 2018), as well as chaired the Audit Committee for NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ), and was on the board of Sears Canada (TSX: SCC). Deborah is the Founder & CEO of Women Get On Board, a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. Deborah has been selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate and was recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category.
Mr. Torres has over 15 years of experience in the Latin American market, including infrastructure projects and project finance, management strategy, team development, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Torres was previously head of business development for SNC-Lavalin, Colombia, and was instrumental in growing the company from two people to more than 2,000 people in Colombia over the course of three years. Mr. Torres has overseen the development of projects totaling over $1 billion in capital expenditure, including the development and construction of Colombia’s tallest skyscraper. Mr. Torres holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Georgetown University.
From December 2000 to November 2006, Mr. Fox was the 55th President of Mexico. Prior to his presidency, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Coca Cola Latin America. Mr. Fox is the Founder of Centro Fox, a non-profit foundation dedicated to serving communities in Mexico and Latin America. Through his various business and community interests, Mr. Fox has been highly vocal and is a well-respected advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis throughout the Latin American region. He currently serves on the board of directors of a US based cannabis publication advocating for cannabis legalization.
Mr. Yañez has over 15 years of commercial and legal experience in Colombia and internationally. In the last five years, Mr. Yañez has served as Legal Manager of Pacific Exploration and Production, the largest independent oil company in Colombia and as Partner of his law firm Yañez & Associates. Upon engagement with the Resulting Issuer, Mr. Yañez will execute standard non-competition and non-disclosure agreements. Mr. Yañez has a law degree from Universidad del Rosario and an LL.M in corporate law from Instituto de Empresa.
Juan Carlos Echeverry is a Colombian economist and a recognized advocate for medical cannabis as an economic catalyst for the region. Mr. Echeverry served as Colombia's Minister of Economic Planning from 2000 to 2002 and was the representative for Colombia before the Inter-American Development Bank (BID). From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Echeverry served as CEO and President of Ecopetrol, Colombia’s largest Corporation and the fourth largest Latin American oil and gas producer included in Fortune Global 500. Having steered the company through a period of high volatility, Mr. Echeverry is credited with achieving efficiencies in costs and production, while developing production, reserves, and international partnerships.