Le is a business professional with more than twenty years of management experience and has a diverse set of skills ranging from strategic planning, business development, international trade, marketing and communications, sales strategy and event management. Le is a strong communicator and a social connector with a vast international network which has helped Nurture Growth gain international prominence.
Le is a community activist and participates in community projects to promote Vietnamese culture. In the past she has served as the Vice-President of the Vietnamese Association, Toronto and External Affairs Vice-President of the Canadian Multicultural Council of Asians in Ontario and has served on the Board of Directors for the Mississauga Arts Council, Vietnamese Canadian Professional Association, Vietnamese Canadian Voting & Advocacy Association and the Association of Conservatives Vietnamese Canadians. Le is also volunteers with VOICE Canada and helps refugees with their resettlement. In 2015, she co-spearheaded Vietnamese Canadians for Lifeline Syria which resulted in sponsoring five Syrian refugee families.
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Eric is a gradate of the Environmental Science program at the University of Toronto. Coming from the green roof and landscaping industries, he does not hesitate to get his hands in the soil. He is actively searching for new ways to learn about our agricultural systems and get involved with his local agricultural community. Eric is an avid birdwatcher and advocate for environmental responsibility.
SOCIAL MEDIA CO-ORDINATOR
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.