Pauline Garrard is an advocate of Medical Marijuana and a patient since 2014. After suffering from debilitating neck pain for years, she was diagnosed with severe arthritis. She became discouraged after years of taking many different types of pain medication, because of unwanted and dangerous side effects. She finally went to her doctor to ask for a prescription for Medical Marijuana. After being turned down by her own doctor and a specialist, she went on a long journey to navigate the MMAR system (which was the system run by Health Canada before April 2014).
Two years later she was finally able to obtain a license to possess and use Medical Marijuana under the new MMPR rules. After she had her license and told people with serious health concerns about it, they all wanted help to navigate the system. That is when Canna Relief Consulting Canada Inc. was born in August 2014. The company started as a resource for patients to get assistance to access the Health Canada system by getting a prescription from a doctor. Pauline has taken many educational training including CCIC and the International Pharmaceutical Academy.
She has personally educated over 1,000 patients about medical cannabis. She holds a diploma in Sales and Marketing. Canna Relief provides up to date information which comes from their studying research and from feedback from existing patients. Their goal is to be experts in the options available for the delivery of Medical Marijuana for patients and to counsel patients in a compassionate and non-judgemental environment. In April 2017 the company opened their first Canna Relief storefront location in Mississauga, Ontario. The store sells natural hemp and other healthy products such as pain creams, probiotics, and vaporizers.
The store is also a resource for the public to learn about medical marijuana and the options available to them. Pauline is also working to promote and market the CannaRelief drink which is a CBD drink made from hemp. It is the first THC antidote on the market which reduces anxiety, nausea, and other negative symptoms which can occur from accidental THC overuse. It is being sold all over the USA and worldwide, and will be sold in pharmacies and other retail outlets in Canada when recreational cannabis legalization occurs in 2018
Kathleen Hedley is a former director of Health Canada and Environmental Approvals at Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, having spent over 30 years in the federal and provincial governments in a variety of regulatory and policy positions. Currently, she is the Vice President of a startup cannabis company called Green Amber Canada. As a Director with Health Canada, she worked briefly in the Office of Medical Marijuana. She has an M.Sc. in Atmospheric Chemistry from York University, Meteorology from McGill University and Bachelor of Applied Science from University of Western Ontario.
Jonathan has been a cannabis activist for many years and has gained extensive knowledge regarding effective, efficient and safe cultivation of cannabis. He has also been involved with other aspects of the industry, including safe consumption and storage of cannabis. As an activist, Jonathan has a diverse network of stakeholders across Canada who are also active in the industry. His experience working in a regulatory environment and Cannabis related experience are key when navigating through process and approvals.
Dr. Khoja is an elocutionist, philosopher, a visionary entrepreneur & a business savvy. He has had a distinguished professional career, within the high technology realms with strong adaptive ability in leading diverse regulatory programs combined with functional expertise in science and policy domains.
Dr. Sanjida Ahmed joined NACPT in 2016, as Director of Strategic Planning & Business Development. She attained a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research. Prior to her present position in NACPT and Validation Tech Inc., Dr. Ahmed worked as Director of Research & Business Development, in a Dubai based Biotechnology Company, Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences. She brings along 10 years of extensive experience in business development from the international market to stand out the growth of NACPT and Validation Tech.
Muaz Ahmed has over 7 years of clinical research experience and currently working in Scimega Research Inc as a Clinical Research Associate. He was the Team Lead and Clinical Research Coordinator at the Department of Surgical Oncology (Genitourinary) Clinical Trials and Genitourinary BioBanking Team, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network from 2012 to 2015. Mr. Ahmed also worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator from 2009 to 2013 in the Primary Care Lung Clinic. A B.Sc. graduate in Toxicology from the University of Toronto Mr. Ahmed completed Post Graduation in Clinical Research from Humber College, Toronto before starting his career in clinical research. His extensive knowledge and experience dealing with clinical trial regulation, standards, protocol development and monitoring make him a unique professional in the field of Clinical Research.
Joe is currently working for an extraction machine manufacturer which allows me to travel throughout the US and even the world; installing and teaching in cannabis and hemp labs. Joe runs into a wide range of laboratories and people- from the smallest, newest 3 person company; to multi-million dollar medical cannabis facilities with over 100 employees.