Mr. Cornish has roots all over Eastern Canada, spending most of his life in Halifax Nova Scotia where he completed his education at Saint Mary's University. He has worked in the service, hospitality, construction and cannabis industries over the course of his career. His expertise is focused in leadership, performance management, company growth and finance. He has experience sitting on the boards of both not for profit and for profit companies, volunteered with child development groups and is an advocate for mental health. Mr. Cornish has helped start up and mature companies grow in current and new markets. In 2018 he joined the cannabis industry due to having seen many people he knows positively affected by THC and CBD. Taking part in Canada's history, Mr. Cornish was part of a Cannabis company that brought recreational Cannabis to Alberta and Canada. Mr. Cornish enjoys the many challenges that come with working in this industry leading up to legalization, post legalization and cannabis 2.0. With over 15 years of leadership experience in operations and finance, Mr. Cornish continues to grow along with this industry both personally and professionally.
Mr. Dungey is a capital markets veteran, having more than 19 years’ experience in institutional asset management, institutional sales and trading, equity financings, private placements and institutional equity research. He is also a cannabis industry expert, combining his years of institutional sales and trading experience with AltaCorp Capital Inc., who was very active in the Canadian cannabis space, with his more recent role as the Vice President of Investor Relations for The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD).
Previous to joining AltaCorp and TGOD, Mr. Dungey was Vice President, Institutional Sales & Trading at Macquarie Securities, and prior thereto, Tristone Capital and AEGON Capital Management. His volunteer commitments include sitting as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Lupus Canada, Director for the non-profit South West Soccer Association and Play4Kids, a non-profit organization. Mr. Dungey holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from York University.
Mr. Stern is a respected former National Hockey League (NHL) player with an outstanding reputation as a leader throughout the Calgary community, sporting associations and numerous industries. As a business leader and entrepreneur, Mr. Stern has proven himself with 20 years of global experience in the finance, oil and gas and hospitality sectors. He brings cohesion, finance and sales experience, along with a new segment of relationships to Citation.
After Mr. Stern’s successful tenure in the NHL, Mr. Stern built a solid business portfolio focused on global sales and marketing leadership in Canada and the US. These roles have brought Citation a board member well diversified in asset/financial management, leadership of large international teams, international business regulations and sales management. In addition to his business career, Mr. Stern has volunteered with and created numerous charities focusing on teaching and mentoring aspiring athletes and business professionals.
Mr. Stern has an extensive international network in various industries attributed to his trusted forward thinking and diverse background. Mr. Stern has been motivated by and prides himself on evolving and adding value within the industries he has worked in. Mr. Stern’s past experiences as VP and Director of Sales in US, Canadian and International markets complement Citation’s plan for expanding the depth and functional experience of the Board of Directors. His Global expertise will play a key role in future growth initiatives and Citation’s corporate strategy.
Mr. Marcel LeBlanc is an independent director and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since 2005 he has been the Vice President of Operations and Co-founder of NorCan Electric Inc., (NorCan). NorCan has become a dominant force being one of the leading electrical and instrumentation providers in the oil and gas industry of Fort McMurray, employing approximately 600 employees. Mr. LeBlanc has demonstrated success by driving multi-million-dollar revenue growth and executing operational procedures and methodologies focusing on cost control, asset utilization and value creation.
Erik Anderson, B.A. (Hons), M.A.
Erik has more than 25 years’ experience running successful businesses in both the private and public spheres. The founder of a management consulting firm, he provided strategic business development and IT technical services to public sector clients in Saskatchewan (medical, education, government) before moving to Alberta in 1997. There he focused on the energy sector and diversified his practice to include quality management services and assisted more than 20 large corporations with their strategic foray into internet-based technologies. With an opportunity to divest his practice, he then spent the next six years as an executive in the Canadian telecom industry with Ericsson and Rogers Wireless.
Erik returned to his entrepreneurial roots in 2006 and established a software company focused on providing wireless (GPS) solutions for the Canadian oil patch. He sold the company in 2012 and returned to the management consulting space where he provided strategic guidance to several tech companies and helped raise capital for growth. In 2013, he began investing in early stage cannabis producers and worked with a variety of capital markets teams who eventually took these companies public in Canada.
Having made an investment in an oil and gas services company in late 2014, Erik spent the next three years leading the turn-around of the company in the face sharp declines in the Canadian energy sector. Divesting his position in 2017, he once again turned back to the cannabis space, assisting numerous cultivation operations with obtaining their ACMPR licenses and also raising funds for several cannabis players.
Erik brings a large network of long-standing business relationships into Citation Growth Corp and is excited by the task of focusing the company on a core strategy moving forward. He is energized to work with Citation’s Canadian operation to enter the market with high-end medicinal wellness products and is intent on maximizing growth in the company’s Nevada and California markets as he feels that federal US legalization for adult recreational cannabis will occur within the next few years.
Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Regina and a Masters of Arts (Interdisciplinary Studies) from the University of British Columbia. He’s an avid golfer and a competitive wake surfer. He has been married to his wife, Bridget, for 22 years and they have two active kids, Mats and Lily, who are world-class competitive wake surfers.