Management & Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Pels 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, Mr. Pels 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Gutte specializes in providing corporate finance, financial reporting, consulting, taxation and other accounting services to both small businesses as well as public companies in various industries. She also assists in many aspects of clients' administration, corporate compliance and other activities.
Ms. Gutte earned her bachelor's degree of computer engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Brandenburg, Germany. She holds the professional designation of chartered professional accountant (CPA, CGA) and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and Canada. Ms. Gutte has had extensive experience as a controller and chief financial officer of numerous publicly traded and private corporations in several industries.
Dave has over 25 years of experience assisting companies in structuring transactions, accessing capital, and corporate governance. Dave has been involved as an officer and director of many private and public companies. Dave has been involved in various industries, including daily fantasy sports, digital media contests, and consulting services companies.
Mr. Lowenstein joined Fric Lowenstein in 2015 after completing his law degree at Bond University in Australia. Before law school, Mr. Lowenstein spent more than 10 years in the construction industry in various positions ranging from a laborer, foreman, and superintendent up to a project engineer for a large heavy civil construction company. Mr. Lowenstein 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. Mr. Lowenstein is focusing his practice on real estate and matters relating to construction, including contracts, litigation, and dispute resolution. Mr. Lowenstein also recently joined the ADR Institute of Alberta and is working toward becoming a qualified arbitrator.
Mr. DeJong is a lawyer in the Business Law Group in the Calgary office of the international law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, practicing law primarily in the areas of securities regulation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. deJong acts and advises on going-public transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, public disclosure and stock exchange requirements. Mr. deJong sits as a director and officer of public, private and not for profit corporations.