YOUR WELL BEING
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OUR TEAM
Our team of professionals bring a new level of sophistication and capability to the industry allowing us to create unique and innovative production practices.
Mike Abbott
Mike Abbott
President/CEO
Mike's foremost priority is to provide our clients with a personalized customer service experience and to improve CannTx based on our clients' feedback. As Vice President of Sales for a major Canadian brewery, he understands the importance of cultivating excellent customer relationships. Mike has developed and implemented numerous national marketing campaigns. He regularly volunteers in the local Kitchener/Waterloo community and provides CannTx with extensive experience in regulatory compliance.
Dr. Bill Milgram
Dr. Bill Milgram
Chair of the board
Dr. Milgram is a professor emeritus of University of Toronto, with a current appointment in the department of Pharmacology. He is also the CEO and President of CanCog Technologies Inc., a contract research group that focuses on the pre-clinical models of cognition, behavior, nutrition, pain, epilepsy and aging, among others. Bill provides CannTx with direction in relation to its scientific research and development activities and experience in establishing biotechnology start-ups.
Dr. Mohammad Jalali
Dr. Mohammad Jalali
Chief Compliance Officer
Dr. Jalali possesses a PhD in Food Microbiology, a Masters in Food Safety and Quality Assurance, and an extensive list of peer-review publications. He has international experience in the development and implementation of Good Manufacturing Processes and QA/QC protocols in various industries. In addition to his private sector experience, Dr. Jalali has been involved in academia as a researcher and an instructor.
Dr. Manuel Cabrera
Dr. Manuel Cabrera
Director of Plant Biotechnology
Dr. Cabrera has received a Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology with a post-doctoral fellowship in Controlled Environment Production Technology and specialization in micro-propagation, large-scale multiplication bioreactors, and cultivation for optimal plant development and chemical phenotypes. He has international experience in the successful design and deployment of commercial tissue culture labs in various field of agriculture.
Earl Basse
Earl Basse
Director of Security
As a former RCMP officer, Earl has extensive experience in forensic investigations and corporate security. As a Risk Assessment Methodologies professional, Earl has developed CannTx security SOPs, employee vetting and training programs, and physical security environmental design.

Earl holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Buck Young
Buck Young
VP Operations
After graduating McMaster’s Bachelor of Health Science program, Buck attended Osgoode Hall Law School where he studied and worked under the leading constitutional scholar Prof. Alan Young. He prepared the evidentiary record for a proposed Charter challenge to the MMAR, and participated in Health Canada consultations in the development of the MMPR prior to joining CannTx.
Josh Gerstein
Josh Gerstein
VP Corporate Development
Josh has spent the past 6 years as Managing Director of Everfront Capital Corp., a merchant banking and strategic advisory firm, where he has worked on a variety of transactions for both private and public companies. Prior to setting up Everfront Capital, he worked in the investment banking industry from 2003 until 2010. Josh holds a JD (1999) and MBA (1999) from the University of Toronto.
Jeff Scanlon
Jeff Scanlon
Operations Manager
Jeff studied at McGill University in the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences program with a Specialization in Organismal Biology. Jeff’s work experience includes roles as a Field Biotechnician for Ontario Parks and as the Project Manager at the Kasenda Lake Reforestation Propagation Nursery.
Pat Scanlon
Pat Scanlon
Production Manager
Pat studied at McMaster University in the Bachelor of Sciences and went on to further his education at Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences Ecosystems Management Program. Pat has experience in floriculture, in a commercial greenhouse operation and as the Owner/Operator of Georgian Horticulture.