Board of Directors

Our Board

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David Williams , Chairman

David Williams is the Chairman of our Board. Mr. Williams has extensive board experience, including as chair or lead director. He is currently on the boards of Mattamy Homes Limited, Mitel Networks Corporation, President’s Choice Bank and Morrison Lamothe, Inc. and has previously served on the boards of Toronto Hydro, Aastra Technologies Limited, Shopper’s Drug Mart Corporation, Canadian Apartment Properties REIT, Centerplate, Inc., CFM Corporation and Associated Brands Income Fund. Prior to this, Mr. Williams had spent almost 22 years at George Weston Limited and its affiliates in senior executive and finance roles, including as Executive Vice President of the George Weston Group, President of National Grocers Wholesale, and Chief Financial Officer of Loblaw Company. Mr. Williams received his Certified General Accountant designation in 1972 and gained his board certification from the ICD Corporate Governance College in 2006. In addition to being our Chairman of the Board, David is also a member of both our Audit Committee and our Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee.

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Mike Pilato , Director, President & CEO

Mike Pilato is President, CEO, and board director with Jamieson Wellness, assuming these roles in June 2021. He joined Jamieson Wellness as President, Specialty Brands, in October 2018 and in February 2020, became President of Jamieson Canada with responsibility for growing our full portfolio of brands in our home country. Mike has diverse Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) experience across companies of various sizes. Prior to Jamieson, he was with The Clorox Company for over a decade, holding senior positions in Finance, Brand Management, and Sales. For four years he was General Manager and President, Canada, where he led the organization to unprecedented growth across multiple categories including household products, natural health, and personal care. Prior to joining Clorox, Mike held various cross-functional roles at Playtex Products and Kraft Foods. He has also spent time in leadership positions in the start-up space. He has been a Director at the Food, Health and Consumer Products Association of Canada (FHCP) since 2015, previously serving as the Vice-Chair and currently as Treasurer. He previously sat on the boards of the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA), Avante Logixx Inc (XX.V), and Breakaway Community Services. Mike holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University, as well as a CPA, CMA designation.

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Heather Allen , Director

Ms. Allen has served as a member of our Board and as a member of our Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee since October 18, 2017. Ms. Allen brings expansive branding and innovation experience within the consumer health category globally, including North America, Europe and Asia. As Executive Vice President for Category Development at Reckitt Benckiser plc, she led a global brand portfolio transformation and managed a team of 1200+ people across continents. In addition to her focus on growth, Ms. Allen has managed risk in areas related to future innovation, product portfolio and digital communication.

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Dr. Louis J. Aronne , Director

Louis J. Aronne has served as a member of our Board since April 22, 2014, and is a member of our Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee. He is the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research at Weill-Cornell Medical College where he directs the Comprehensive Weight Control Center, a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary obesity research and treatment program. He has been on the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine since 1986. Dr. Aronne is also CEO and a director of BMIQ, a cloud-based weight management system that is delivered by health care providers and an independent director of Myos Rens Corporation. Dr. Aronne is current Chairman of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and former president of the Obesity Society. Since 2001 he has been ranked in Castle-Connelly’s Top Doctors in NY directory as a specialist in obesity and internal medicine. Dr. Aronne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and with a Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, followed by a Kaiser Foundation Fellowship at Weill Cornell.

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Catherine Potechin , Director

Ms. Potechin has served as a member of our Board and as a member of our Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee since October 18, 2017. Ms. Potechin has spearheaded general management, sales, and marketing as Vice President in several international assignments. Her early training and career as a dietitian led to over 25 years in various health based industries including pharmaceuticals, medical/healthcare and nutritional CPGs. During her career she has helped companies, including Bristol- Myers Squibb and Mead Johnson Nutrition accelerate growth and build shareholder value through disciplined execution of strategic business plans. Ms. Potechin currently serves on four other corporate boards including Diabetes Canada, the National Diabetes Trust Corp, Food for Life Canada, and Central West Specialized Development Services.

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Steve Spooner , Director

Mr. Spooner has served as a member of our Board and as a member of our Audit Committee since October 18, 2017. Mr. Spooner began serving as the Chair of the Audit Committee in July 2019. Mr. Spooner brings over 32 years of experience negotiating, structuring, financing and integrating complex acquisitions, and has developed and executed strategies to transform companies to address business challenges and capitalize on changing market opportunities. As Chief Financial Officer of Mitel Networks from 2003-2018, he possessed global responsibility for Finance, Legal, Information Technology, M&A and Investor Relations. Steve’s prior experience includes roles as CEO, COO and CFO of both emerging and established industry players including tenures at Digital, Wang, SHL Systemhouse, CrossKeys Systems, Stream Intelligent Networks and Wysdom.

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Jason Tafler , Director

Jason Tafler has served as a member of our Board and Audit Committee since September 26, 2017. Mr. Tafler has over 18 years of experience leading business strategy, development, operations and digital within the media, marketing services, technology, and telecommunications industries. Currently, Mr. Tafler is the Chief Executive Officer at Unyte Health Inc., a Toronto-based technology company he founded in 2017 that specializes in finding effective, evidence-based solutions in the natural health world for consumers.

From 2011-2016 he was Chief Digital Officer, followed by Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, at Rogers Communications in Toronto. In these roles, he led a 500-person team responsible for enterprise-wide customer experience and digital strategy, user experience and design, customer data and intelligence, and digital channels. He also oversaw a strategic program that leveraged new functionality, cross-channel collaboration and artificial intelligence to enhance digital engagement and self-service, leading to increased customer satisfaction and significant annual cost savings. Prior to Rogers, he was Chief Executive Officer of a leading U.S.-based digital advertising technology company.

Mr. Tafler obtained an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business in 1998, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2002. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation and a member of the Innovation Advisory Council at the Baycrest Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, both in Toronto.

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Tim Penner , Director

Mr. Penner has served as a member of our Board and our Audit Committee since March 26, 2019. Mr. Penner was President of Procter & Gamble Inc. (Canada) from 1999 to 2011, when he retired after 33 years with the company. He has extensive international experience, as Vice President of P&G’s Health and Beauty Care business in the UK and Ireland, and later as Vice President of P&G’s North American Tissue/Towel business in Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently serves as a Director and Chair of the HR Committee for Intact Financial. He is Board Chair of MaRS Innovation and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee at SickKids Hospital. He is also currently a Director at Club Coffee and The Beer Store.Mr. Penner is past Chair of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, GS-1 and Food & Consumer Products of Canada. He served on the Conference Board of Canada, the Board of the Youth Challenge Fund and Career Bridge and was Chair of the United Way of Greater Toronto 2007 Campaign, after serving as Deputy Chair for 2006.

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Mei Ye , Director

Mei Ye has served as a Director of our Board and a member of our Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee since June 24, 2021. Ms. Ye is an independent corporate director and international business advisor, based in Shanghai. She is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company, and a former management consultant and strategist with more than 25 years’ experience in a variety of industries including consumer goods and retail.

Ms. Ye currently serves on the board of Bekaert, a public company in steel cord transformation and coating technology in Belgium, and on the board of Stanford Global Projects Center, an interdisciplinary research centre at Stanford University. Previously, Ms. Ye was a board member of the Shenwan Hongyuan Group, a leading investment holding public company and portfolio company of China Investment Corporation, and a director of leading securities company Shenyin & Wanguo. Prior to McKinsey, Ms. Ye was a corporate strategy manager and lead analyst at E*TRADE Financial in the United States. She has also held research analyst positions at Gartner, Social Policy Research Associates, and the President Office of University of North Carolina System. Ms.Ye has an M.P.A. in International Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Laws from Fudan University in China.