Tyler was raised on a 7th generation dairy farm in Wellington County. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at McMaster University in 1999, Tyler went on to obtain a PhD in microbiology/immunology from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. In 2007, Tyler completed his MBA at the University of Saskatchewan, on full scholarship from the CIHR’s ‘Science to Business’ program.
Along with two decades of farming experience, Tyler’s work experience includes R&D within the Comparative Medicine division at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; Business analysis at a biotechnology company in San Diego (Favrille Inc., MBA work term); Business Development Manager at the Saskatoon Colostrum Company; and Technology Transfer Manager and Industry Liaison Officer at the University of Guelph’s Catalyst Centre for the past six years. At the University of Guelph, Tyler was responsible for initiating collaborative R&D projects between industry and faculty, with a strong focus on the research priorities set by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Tyler has also been responsible for helping to launch two companies including a household waste recycling company in Saskatoon (Saskatoon Curbside Recycling, 2002-2012) and most recently, a green roofing company based on University of Guelph technology (Smart Green Technologies Inc., 2014).
Dr. Whale maintains an active role in his community and is a strong advocate for Canadian agriculture, the Canadian regulatory system and the opportunities Canada has in a global marketplace.
Tyler is happily married and he and his wife Julia have two wonderful young children, Ethan and Alexa.
DR. ANDREW LU
Medical & Cannabis Advisor
Andrew is a physician but also a registered cannabis patient under Health Canada's ACMPR and has followed the medical literature from a patient and physician point of view. Andrew is certified in cannabis growing and has followed the industry from the investor side as well as from the political landscape at all levels. Andrew has worked with a licensed producer and continues conversing with countless individuals involved in the industry about education and public awareness regarding cannabis.
Stragetic Advisor - India
KC is an successful business man with a plethora of experience in telecommunications, engineering, journalism, and agriculture. Trained as a professional engineer, His core competence has been in managing cutting edge communication technologies, IT, wireless and blue tooth technologies. Has successfully lead an IT company DNC Communication Pvt. Ltd and a start up Blue tooth company Sofblue India Pvt. Ltd (An ISO 9001: 2000 Company) operating from premises of IIT Delhi Incubation Center.
KC is also invovled in an initiative in the horticulture sector by promoting walnut & almonds in Uttarakhand & Himanchal & other Himalayan states. Has planted Walnut & Almonds in several villages by involving local participation at Richi- Billekh- Bayeri belt of Block Tarikhet, District Almora by arranging plants from CITH Srinagar J&K . Led a team of Walnut experts to France from 29th sep to 07th Oct 2013 to negotiate joint venture & technology transfer. Has taken initiative by organizing a National Level Seminar successfully on – Prospects of Walnut in Himalayan states- Impact on Environment & Sustainable livelihood at GBPIHED, Koshi Katarmal Almora on 24- 25 Oct 2013, at Solan, Himachal Pradesh in 2014 and at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh in 2015. The Seminar had the participation from all the Himalayan states including scientists from ICAR, central and state universities and horticulture department of the states.