Nextleaf pioneers the development and delivery of market-validated, patented cannabis processing solutions. We maximize the return on every harvest, through innovative processes and value-added products.
Nextleaf’s vision is to set the global standard for the development of novel extraction technology. We provide processing solutions for the next generation of cannabis consumers and products.
OUR PROCESSING SOLUTIONS DELIVER AN IMMEDIATE RETURN ON INVESTMENT, RATHER THAN SACRIFICING TIME, MONEY AND QUALITY.
Nextleaf holds multiple U.S. issued and pending patents for the process of producing cannabinoid distillate, the precursor of every cannabis infused product.
Highly concentrated THC or CBD distillate is odourless, tasteless, and standardized for potency. Nextleaf’s patented process will disrupt the production of infused edibles and beverages.
Nextleaf delivers its proprietary technology at both its Centralized Processing Facility and Mobile Extraction Lab onsite at licensed production facilities.
Through a combination of extraction, refinement and purification steps we create a distillate suitable for a variety of product concepts and methods of consumption.
Our unique approach enables producers and cultivators to bring premium, differentiated products, including consumables and topicals to market safely and efficiently:
Executive Officers and Board of Directors
Paul Pedersen, MBA
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
With more than 12 years experience in starting and financing emerging growth companies (including NASDAQ: TWER), Paul has spent the last five years focusing on the cannabis space.
Consulting with a variety of industry players, including Canada’s first licensed producer, Canada’s largest extraction/processor, and Canada’s leading seed-to-sale software provider has given Paul in-depth industry knowledge. Coupled with his business acumen, Paul provides a unique perspective in this field, making him a sought-after expert and regular feature within trade publications such as Marijuana Business Daily and Lift & co.
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Through an 15+ year career in the cannabis industry, Ryan has developed deep expertise and intellectual property within extraction technology, leading to Canada’s first processing patent for cannabis extraction and distillation. Consumables and concentrates produced through the process Ryan pioneered, have been acknowledged through the Canadian Cannabis Awards, and are highly sought after by cultivators and consumers nation wide.
Born and raised in Canada’s West Coast cannabis heartland, Ryan is experienced in financing and advising cannabis start-ups who have in-turn become industry leaders. Today, Ryan’s passion lies in identifying turn-key solutions for cultivators, allowing them to scale-up and maximize revenue with ease.
CHARLES ACKERMAN, CPA, CA
CFO & DIRECTOR
Charles is a CPA, CA with extensive experience in corporate finance and financial reporting for high growth companies. Charles has successfully lead mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and private and public capital raises. He has served in a number of finance and corporate leadership roles developing and executing growth strategies, with private and public companies and family offices across Canada.
Science and Innovation
KRUPAL PAL, PhD, P.Eng
LEAD PROCESS ENGINEER
As a process engineer since 2005, Dr. Pal has worked applying fundamental chemical engineering and applied scientific principles to problems in many diverse fields, including extraction technology for oilsands operations, biodiesel processing and the petrochemical industry. Before joining Nextleaf in December 2017, Dr. Pal focused her career on process scale-up and process development in industrial research and development.
Emma Andrews, BA, NPDP, RHN
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Emma is a dynamic leader with proven expertise in building global lifestyle brands. She combines her passion for education, innovation, health sciences and marketing to deliver an “anything but average” approach to building world-class programs, products, and experiences. Most recently, Emma was a Partner, and Co-Founder of a multi-national strategic consulting company.
Through 10+ years working across the natural products, sport nutrition, and cannabis industries, Emma’s led the development of renowned education and experiential marketing programs within retail, CPG, and non-profit sectors; planned and facilitated hundreds of events for participants across North America; launched and reformulated SKU’s earning multi-million dollars in revenue across a variety of distribution channels including online, and retail.
DIRECTOR OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Taran’s successfully tripled the size of the patent and trademark portfolios for firms he’s worked with, while reducing the aggregate total IP expenses incurred. Taran has managed IP protection at major international tech companies.
Stephanie Martens, HBA, PgCert
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR
Stephanie is known for her passion and dedication to the cannabis industry, and the connections she’s made within it. She brings to the Nextleaf team over 10 years in hospitality management. She’s been a GM for a team of 60+, and gained franchise wide recognition for her location’s performance results. Steph’s incredibly organized, and honed both her analytical and communication skills through a psychology degree from Concordia, and a post-graduate certification in Public Relations.
Adel Fares, BBA
OPERATIONS, CORPORATE ADMIN & FINANCE
Adel is an integral contributor to Nextleaf’s operational excellence. He handles logistics and client enquiries for centralized and mobile extraction services, is a core liaison in financing initiatives, and represents the company in business development opportunities.
Adel is an accomplished academic, having made both the Dean’s List and President’s list at Mount Royal University, where he completed his BBA in Finance and Business Management. He’s inspired by the disruptive nature of the cannabis industry.