Marcello Leone | President + CEO
From December 4, 2014 until present, Mr. Leone has been a director and CEO of the Company. From March 26, 2012 until present, Mr. Leone has been a director and CEO of Naturo Group Investments Inc., a private British Columbia corporation that holds the Trace and Blackwater brands of nutritional water beverages. Mr. Leone is also the founder of Naturo Group. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Leone served as VP Operations and President with LEONE, an independent specialty store. LEONE is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, representing over 30,000 square feet of luxury brands. LEONE’S contemporary division known as L2 represented contemporary designers. Mr. Leone was responsible for the development of new product lines, guiding the buying team, and daily operational duties for LEONE and L2.
Brett Pawson | Senior Vice President, Retail and Operations
Mr. Pawson is an entrepreneur, executive and manager with over 15 years of sales and operations experience in the retail, consumer goods and wellness sectors. He has extensive experience in the athletic apparel space and his past experiences include successful franchise roles with lululemon athletica, The Body Shop and national distribution for pluggz Footwear. He was instrumental in establishing lululemon athletica in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as one of the top performing stores in the company and creating many new programs for leadership development, community building, out of store events and sales performance. Mr. Pawson has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Pedro Villa | CFO
Mr. Villa has been the CFO of the Company from February 1, 2016 until present. Mr. Villa is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with seven years of post‐designation professional experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Villa held controllership and financial reporting roles in three Vancouver based mining companies with operations in North America. He was Operations Controller for Huckleberry Mines Ltd. (2013-2015), Interim Manager of Financial Reporting for Minera Boleo of Baja Mining Corp. (2012-2013), Assistant Controller of Timmins Gold Corp (2012), and Senior Accountant for Baja Mining Corp. (2011-2012). Mr. Villa began his professional career at Deloitte in the audit and assurance practice serving notable Canadian public companies in the IT and mining industries for four years (2007-2011). Mr. Villa has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with concentrations in entrepreneurship and marketing from Babson College in the United States.
Alex Briglio | VP Sales + Marketing
Mr. Briglio has over 25 years of sales management, brand development and marketing experience in the sports industry with both local and international brands. He was instrumental in making Swany Canada the #1 selling performance winter sport glove in North America, taking the company from a start-up to the market leader. His previous experience includes Helly Hansen, Scarpa and Deuter, as well as developing dealer programs for Costco, MEC, Sport Chek, Sports Experts, REI, Blackcomb and The Bay, among hundreds of others.