NATURA NATURALS

Management Team &
Board of Directors

The board of directors and management team at Natura Naturals is comprised of experts in business, including the pharmaceutical and energy sectors. Learn more about how each one of these individuals contributes to our success.

The Management Team

Ben Nikolaevsky – President & CEO at Natura Naturals - image

Ben Nikolaevsky

President & CEO

Mr. Nikolaevsky was most recently President & CEO of Blue Goose Capital Corp., the leading Canadian brand of organic beef, fish and poultry, where he grew and developed the agricultural asset base through acquisition and internal growth.

Alex Logie - SVP International at Natura Naturals

Alex Logie

SVP International

Mr. Logie has 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, including 12 years as Executive Vice President of Citibank Canada where he was the head trader in the Global Debt Derivative group.

Ian Atacan - CFO at Natura Naturals

Ian Atacan

CPA, CMA, MBA, BSc
CFO

Mr. Atacan is a finance leader with national and international public company experience in business strategy development, valuations of M&A, debt and equity financing, divestitures and investment transactions, financial modeling, project management, competitive analysis and developing strategic investment recommendations.

Kelly Wasylyk - VP Finance & Accounting at Natura Naturals

Kelly Wasylyk

CPA, CA
VP Finance & Accounting

Mr. Wasylyk previously worked in Deloitte’s audit & assurance group and for over six years focused on public companies in oil & gas, manufacturing, automotive, wine & spirits and agriculture.

Andy Gauvin - VP Sales - Adult Recreational and Wholesale at Natura Naturals

Andy Gauvin

VP Sales - Adult Recreational and Wholesale

Mr. Gauvin is a proven Business Leader that brings 30 years of Beverage Alcohol Sales experience and most recently led Moosehead Breweries Canadian Sales Team, where he built and developed National Sales Team.

Jeff Joudrey

Master Grower

Jeff Joudrey has 8 years experience in the greenhouse industry. He graduated from Niagara College with a Greenhouse Technician diploma. Previously, Jeff worked at the Harrow Research Center and grew 50 acres of tomatoes under both glass and poly greenhouses. Jeff has worked for Natura Naturals for several years, first growing our MCM tomato and cucumber crops before growing cannabis. Jeff is experienced in all aspects of the greenhouse industry, from supervision, bio and chemical treatments, labour management, nutrient management, and climate control. He obtained his personal production licence in 2015.

Board of Directors

John-Peter Bradford - Executive Chairman at Natura Naturals

John-Peter Bradford

Executive Chairman

Mr. Bradford has served as CEO and board member for publicly listed and private companies. His assignments include: CEO, Chair and Director of an optical components company; CEO, Chair and Director of a publicly traded advanced materials technologies company; Chair of the Canadian subsidiary of a manufacturer of biometric access control systems and Director of the parent company; and Advisory Board Member, Telfer School of Management. He has also acted as restructuring advisor, strategic advisor and deal maker. He coordinated the development of the Inuit land claim that was the basis for the creation of Nunavut, Canada's newest territory.

Matthew Diamond - Director at Natura Naturals

Matthew Diamond

Director

Matthew Diamond is a thought leader in the Marketing Landscape in Canada, with over 20 years of experience. For a decade, he was a partner at a two-time agency of the year marketing firm. He purchased an agency, Hunter Straker, where along with his business partners, he successfully led the transaction to sell the agency to Mosaic, where he leads the Toronto office. Matthew is currently on the Board of Directors for the ICA, a well-respected author and public speaker within the Marketing Community, an advisor to other start-ups, and is a Lawrence G. Tapp Nominated Faculty Member at IVEY Business School teaching an MBA class on the future of Marketing.

Dwight Duncan - Director at Natura Naturals

Dwight Duncan

Director

Dwight Duncan is a Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan LLP. Mr. Duncan currently serves on the Board of Travelers Insurance Canada, The Dominion General Insurance Company, Crown Crest Trust, The Global Risk Institute, the MS Society of Canada Scientific Research Foundation, and is Chair of the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority. Prior to joining McMillan, Mr. Duncan had a distinguished career in public service that spanned close to 25 years.

David Heyens - Director at Natura Naturals

David Heyens

Director

Mr. Heyens was the global president of Softgel Technologies and president of Asia at Catelent Pharma Solutions, Inc., a $1.8 billion leading provider of development, manufacturing and packaging services for the pharmaceutical industry with 30 facilities in 12 countries and 9,400 employees.

James Richardson - Director at Natura Naturals

James Richardson

CPA, CA
Director

Mr. Richardson is a highly respected business tactician and veteran finance executive. He is currently the chairman and CEO of EnerSpar Corp. (formerly Walmer Capital Corp.) (TSX-V).

David DiCiocco - Director at Natura Naturals

David DiCiocco

Director

Mr. DiCiocco is an experienced greenhouse specialist and a veteran of greenhouse vegetable industry in Leamington, Ontario. Family owned DiCiocco Farms was started by Mr. DiCiocco’s grandfather and father in 1960s, and has since grown to a 55 acre farm. The DiCiocco family is well known within the industry in Canada and the USA as growers, packers, and shippers of the highest quality hydroponic produce.