INDEPENDENT ADVISORY BOARDS
Cannvas MedTech works with its independent Advisory Boards to provide a safe space for cannabis education with no pressure to purchase or consume and offer leadership on cannabis data and analytics and implementation of AI technologies.
Medical Advisory Board
DR. DANIEL BAL, MD, STAMFORD HEALTH
After earning a medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Magna Cum Laude, Dr. Bal completed his residency at Stamford Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in Family Medicine. Having also completed three years of General Surgery Residency at Stamford Hospital and SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Bal remains active in medical research, competing in many research competitions and presentations. Dr. Bal also has a particular interest in wound care, and practices at the Stamford Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center.
DR. SHIRISH PATEL, MD, MEDICAL DIRECTOR
With a passion for neurology, psychiatry, pharmacology and electronic healthcare delivery, Dr. Patel’s strengths lie in clinical research and evidence-based support for health care providers. Dr. Patel currently works as a Neuropsychiatric Intake Specialist and Counselor for a private psychosomatic psychiatry clinic in Toronto, as Medical Advisor for My Natural Living Life, a concierge medical cannabis clinic, and Medical Advisor for Trendlines Health Inc., a company specializing in remote data acquisition and analytics from wearable health devices.
STACEY PATTERSON, RN, UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK
A critical care nurse at Toronto’s University Health Network, Ms. Patterson works regularly with patients at Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals. Her specialization lies in developing relationships with doctors, caregivers and patients in neurology, medical/surgical/transplant, cardiac and critical care units. Ms. Patterson earned a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick as well as Certificates in Critical Care and Nephrology, and consistently reviews academic and medical papers and studies for evidence of cannabis’ potential effects related to health care.
AISLIN O’HARA, O’HARA & ASSOCIATES CONSULTING INC.
A Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, Ms. O’Hara has over 12 years of experience supporting seniors’ initiatives within the public sector. Founder of O’Hara & Associates Consulting Inc., providing consultation to organizations on how to best serve Canadian seniors, Ms. O’Hara also recently worked as Project Lead – Customer Experience for the Toronto Transit Commission’s Wheel-Trans program, whose customer base is vastly comprised of seniors with disabilities. Among her accomplishments, Ms. O’Hara helped develop the 2017 and 2018 Toronto Seniors Strategy and the Toronto HomeShare Pilot (in partnership with the National Initiative of Care for the Elderly).
Educational Advisory Board
ELIZABETH FEIST, MEd, TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, LEAD COPYWRITER
A 20-year veteran in the education field as a teacher, mentor, and workshop leader, Ms. Moniz has extensive experience in health education. Through intensive research and relatable lesson plans, she has helped hundreds of students thoroughly understand the implications of using a variety of substances. Ms. Moniz earned an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Post-Graduate Degree in Child Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
THOMAS LOUTSKOU, MEd, TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, LEAD COPYWRITER
Mr. Loutskou is continuing an active 17-year teaching career as an educator with the Toronto District School Board with a focus on health and physical education. He graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Science, Majors in Kinesiology and Biology and a Bachelor of Education, and also earned a Masters of Education from Nipissing University.
REMI ROY, LEAD CONTENT STRATEGIST
As the lead Content Strategist at Cannvas MedTech, Mr. Roy oversees the editorial content and direction of the digital cannabis education platform Cannvas.Me, working with a team of writers and Board members to create and curate original unbiased and evidence-based content. During his time with Tweed, Mr. Roy curated customer-facing content for the largest producer of medical cannabis in Canada at the time and oversaw several employee satisfaction initiatives. A seasoned professional communicator, Mr. Roy has led several journalistic investigations and his work has been featured on VICE, Merry Jane, Lift and Co, Civilized, XPress, Voir, the Ottawa Sun and more.
Cannabis Sciences Advisory Board
ANGELA SMITH (LEAD), PHD, SCIENTIFIC AND REGULATORY CONSULTANT
Dr. Smith is a PhD-level scientist and founder of Catalyst Life Sciences Consulting, a boutique firm providing a wide range of medical, scientific and regulatory consulting services for Canadian natural health products, medical and recreational cannabis and highly regulated food products. Dr. Smith spent 10 years in the food and natural health products industry, leading and supporting prenatal, maternal and infant scientific and regulatory affairs. In addition, Dr. Smith has a great deal of experience developing and managing medical and continuing education programs for healthcare professionals, and has also made valuable contributions to stakeholder consultations on health policies and position statements with the Canadian federal government, expert groups and industry associations.
EMMA CHASEN, CANNABIS EDUCATOR AND INDUSTRY CONSULTANT
As co-owner of Portland-based Eminent Consulting, Ms. Chasen oversees the creation and execution of educational training programs for cannabis industry professionals and enthusiasts. During her time as Director of Education at the award-winning Portland dispensary Farma, Ms. Chasen championed an evidence-based approach to cannabis education for consumers looking for alternative treatments. Ms. Chasen earned a specialized Biology degree with a focus on Medicinal Plant Research from Brown University, and her work has been featured in Newsweek, Forbes, Teen Vogue and many more publications lauding her approach to cannabis education.
Cannabis AI, Data & Technology Advisory Board
DINESH KANDANCHATHA (LEAD), DIRECTOR, PATRIOT ONE TECHNOLOGIES
Mr. Kandanchatha has over 20 years of experience in start-up and early-stage companies, having raised over $100M dollars translating into over $1B in shareholder value. He has overseen two IPOs, eight acquisitions and been part of many early stage companies. He is a founder and former President and CTO of Patriot One Technologies. Currently he is Chief Operating Officer of Macadamian Technologies one of the leading healthcare product consultancies in Canada. Mr. Kandanchatha earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Ottawa, serves as a board member with multiple organizations and has been featured in the Canadian Business Journal’s entrepreneur spotlight.
WESLEY TULSHI, DIRECTOR, HOLOLENS HW AT MICROSOFT
A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Mr. Tulshi has held positions as an analyst with Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Deloitte. In 2006, he was recruited by Marvell Semiconductor to make the move to Silicon Valley and design component chips for the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) group, which aims to bring cost-effective Wifi/Bluetooth wireless solutions to the growing cell phone and consumer electronic industries. Mr. Tulshi is currently based in Silicon Valley and serves as Director of the Hololens HW Group at Microsoft, helping develop wearable mixed reality technology powered by artificial intelligence.