Executive Team

Experienced Team with Medical, Educational and Industry Expertise

Rob Tyrie

Rob Tyrie

General Manager

Rob is head of the FoliEdge Academy team and is responsible for leading the division. He has over 30 years of experience in the software industry with expert roles in both large and small software companies that focus on enterprise solutions for blue-chip insurance and financial services firms. His specialty is bringing leading technology to market, delivering on revenue growth and cost saving objectives for clients. Prior to joining Aleafia Health, Tyrie lead Professional Services at Bolt and was the global lead for insurance at Salesforce.com. He has also held executive positions at NexJ Systems, Camilion and Siebel where he led large-scale engagements with companies such as Allstate, AIG, AXA and ACE Insurance.
Tyrie has a B.S. in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Western Ontario.

Dr Mike Verbora

Dr Mike Verbora

Chief Medical Officer

Michael is an internationally recognized expert on medical cannabis, having spoken to the European Union parliament and other leading institutions. Michael earned an MBA from the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business in 2009 and an M.D. from Schulich School of Medicine at Western University in 2013, before entering a Family Practice residency at the University of Toronto. A member of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, Doctors for Responsible Access and the Canadian Pain Society, he has completed over 4,000 cannabinoid therapy consultations, and has presented many talks in community and hospital settings while serving as student health physician at Seneca College and Medical Director, Canabo Medical Clinic. Dr. Verbora also recently joined the McMaster University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.

Trevor J. Newell

Trevor J. Newell

Chief Marketing & Technology Officer

Trevor has experienced and lead exponential growth at both the enterprise and start-up level, building disruptive strategies and executing them with analytical passion.

Prior to joining Aleafia, Trevor was co-founder and President of SHOP.CA Network Inc. (SHOP.CA), Canada’s first eCommerce Marketplace, creating a national brand with over 15 million products across 5,000 brands from 1,500 suppliers. Trevor lead the establishment and growth of all operations within SHOP.CA throughout the idea, launch and growth phases. Trevor’s career experience also includes: GE where his global enterprise experience lead to him earning his master black belt of six sigma within GE’s Information Management Leadership Program, and Oracle within Financial Services as head of global product strategy for capital markets and wealth management

Dr Graham Merry

Dr Graham Merry

Head of Medical Research

Dr. Merry leads Aleafia Health’s ongoing medical cannabis research. These efforts are aimed at developing evidence-based, proprietary treatment methods and products for chronic illnesses including pain, insomnia, anxiety and eating disorders. Dr. Merry graduated in Medicine from The Royal London Medical College in London, U.K and is the founder of Photospectra Health Sciences Inc. which focuses on the research and development of treatments for Age-related Dry Macular Degeneration, a common eyesight disorder. He has instigated, been a principal investigator and published clinical trials internationally.

Dr Taylor Lougheed

Dr Taylor Lougheed

Cannabinoid Physician & Speaker

Dr Lougheed is a physician in family, sport, emergency, and cannabinoid medicine. He is passionate about primary care, medical education, global health, and quality improvement. Taylor is also the Lead Physician at the Canabo Medical Clinic Ottawa location and is frequently invited to give talks regarding medical cannabinoids and has presented to a variety of audiences including patient groups, physicians, and healthcare institutions. He currently practices predominantly in Ottawa and the surrounding region.

Dr Matt Cooper

Dr Matt Cooper

CANNABINOID PHYSICIAN & SPEAKER

Dr. Cooper has practiced medicine since 1998, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Science as well as his Doctor of Medicine degrees from McMaster University. He completed additional training in advanced Cardiac, Paediatric and Trauma Life Support, as well as Emergency Department Ultrasonography. Dr. Cooper has been granted Diplomate status from the Canadian Academy of Pain Management, and has advanced training in pain management, low back pain assessment and treatment, and optimizing pain relief. He is certified with CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) as a Safe Opioid Prescriber, as well as with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for prescribing medicinal marijuana.

Dr. Cooper has spent a decade working as a family and emergency physician in rural Australia, British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic. Currently, he works as an emergency physician at the Georgetown Hospital, along with his work at Burlington Pain Care in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain.


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