Gaia Grow Corp is built on the shoulders of industry experts and the best at what they do in their profession. Let us introduce you to our Management, Operations, and Advisory team below.
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR
Frederick has honed his keen entrepreneurial skills, vast background in finance, contacts throughout the business community and experience within the industry since 2013. Prior to stake-horsing the seed investment in GAIA, Frederick oversaw the establishment and expansion of the Green Room as a leader in medical cannabis supply, industry best practices and education about the cannabis industry itself. Leading by example, he plans to continue to prioritize public safety and work with all levels of government as they navigate how to regulate the growing and sale of cannabis both domestically and internationally.
JAMES C. TWOREK
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR
Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, James has worked in Banking and Finance for the past 20 years, having started in commercial banking in 1998, then working as a partner in a mortgage brokerage and in a small-cap commercial development fund for 7.5 years brought about a solid repertoire with corporate finance, mezzanine funding, equity-based lending and business start-up activities. His experience in raising capital on a global basis has brought James success in structured finance and working with family offices, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms alike. James has always been an avid athlete. His participation in martial arts, track and field and snow sports led him to incorporate CBD-based products into his recovery regime and has turned him into an avid proponent of cannabinoid therapy. He was given the opportunity in 2016 to work on corporate finance contracts in the Canadian Medical Cannabis sector and it has given him the experience to take on the early-stage development financing and capital raising for clients in every aspect of business. James strives to uphold open communication, honesty and integrity with all teammates and stakeholders.
Natalia Samartseva is a designated chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) with over 12 years of experience in financial reporting, compliance, valuations and budgeting, and corporate tax. Natalia has obtained her CPA (CA) designation in 2009 while working with a small public practice assurance firm in Vancouver. From there, she joined a mid-sized practice, where she worked primarily in public company audits, taxation and consulting on "go public" transactions. Natalia has an extensive background in dealing with complex financial reporting and compliance matters. She assisted multiple Canadian companies as well as companies with operations overseas and emerging markets. Industry sectors of experience include healthcare and pharmaceutical, biotechnologies, R&D, cryptocurrency mining, exploration and mining, and oil & gas. Natalia has extensive business advising experience combined with strong leadership and project management skills.
John LaGourgue joined Gaia Grow in 2019 and brings with him over 20 years of management, sales, financial and investment experience in public and private companies. John has served in senior management and directors’ roles for public companies since 2009. He has served as President and Director for several companies in mining, oil and gas and in executive positions covering sales, financing options, purchasing and logistics, operational and technical solutions for clients across North America. He is currently VP Corporate Development and serving on the board of Grande West Transportation Inc., and is an avid micro-cap investor and MicroCapClub member. Mr. LaGourgue has an investing and capital markets career with 20+ years of management, sales, financial and investment experience in public and private companies. Mr. LaGourgue has served in various management and directors’ roles in micro-cap companies from 2009 to present. Mr. LaGourgue graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, with honours
DIRECTOR & BOARD MEMBER
Marc A. Lowenstein joined Fric Lowenstein in 2015 after completing his law degree at Bond University in Australia. Before law school, Marc spent more than 10 years in the construction industry in various positions ranging from a labourer, foreman, superintendent up to a Project Engineer for a large heavy civil construction company. Marc has also worked as a National Construction Safety Officer and consultant where he built, implemented and supervised health and safety programs for companies in the construction industry. Marc is focusing his practice on real estate and matters relating to construction including contracts, litigation and dispute resolution. Marc also recently joined the ADR Institute of Alberta and is working towards becoming a Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb.).