Leadership Team

Nick Brusatore CEO, Affinor Growers Inc.

Nick is a design expert in the commercial production of plants using vertical growing technology. Nick was nominated for the award of excellence in Canada for agriculture in 2012 and was an early pioneer in the vertical farming space back in 2000. He is the initial funder and founder of Affinor Growers (AFI.CN).

Rick Easthom Director, Chairman of the Board, Affinor Growers Inc.

Mr. Easthom has been an advisor to Affinor since June 2014. He was Director of Corporate Brands for the Overwaitea Food Group, and Manager of Retail Development for Choices Markets. Rick has extensive produce retail experience and developing products, packaging, launching and merchandising at retail.

Sarj Dhaliwal CFO, Affinor Growers Inc.

Sarj is involved in strategic planning to grow the company's top line, managing funding requirements, currency exchange exposure and investing excess funds to ensure protection of capital with reasonable rate of return. She ensures appropriate reporting to federal, provincial and state governments.

Dr. Alan Boyco Director, Affinor Growers Inc.

Alan has been an investor in vertical growing technology and director of Affinor Growers for many years. He is the official optometrist to the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Giants and Vancouver Grizzlies. Alan is a member of the BC, Alberta, Oregon and California Colleges of Optometrists.

Craig Farlinger BSc, CEO Vertical Designs BC

Craig worked with Nick Brusatore to craft a cost efficient, financially optimized and quick to implement cannabis strategy for Affinor Growers. He brings strategic business expertise and experience acquired over a 38 year career in public markets, technology startups and the cannabis industry. Craig worked at Canaccord Genuity in 2018 and 2019, sitting in on capital markets presentations and acquiring extensive contacts in the cannabis industry. He has spent the last 6 years consulting to startups optimizing business processes and working in the software sector implementing new IT systems. Prior to Canaccord, he worked with about 80 different public companies over a 25 year career in public markets. Craig expertise and contacts ensure micro-cultivation licensing without delay, genotype selection to grow the right cultivars for medical and recreational markets, documenting of Affinor’s phenotype quality assurance processes, marketing and business development.

Tom Baumann, Advisor and Associate Professor of Agriculture at UVF

Tom Baumann has two master’s degrees in plant science with a berry specialization (UBC, JLU). With more than 35 years of horticulture experience, Tom is passionate about agriculture and teaching the next generation of farmers. He has specialized in growing berries and has a particular interest in greenhouse design and function, greenhouse crop development, specialty crops, and plant growth regulators, and fertility management. He leads a consulting business, providing expertise to fruit, vegetable, greenhouse and nursery growers in the Fraser Valley. His areas of research are primarily on food production, as well as herbs, tropicals and novel crops, including medicinal.

Bo Slack – Advisor & Chairman, Highbush Blueberry Council

Bo has over 30 years of experience in all facets of Innovative Agricultural Operations, Marketing, Food Safety and Sustainability. Appointed by the USDA to the United States Highbush Blueberry Council, he serves as Chairman of the Industry Relations Committee.

Ben Hogervorst – Advisor & CEO, Britespan Building Systems Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Britespan Building Systems Inc. Ben formed Britespan Building Systems Inc. in 2010. It has become an industry leader in providing innovative building solutions, expanding into markets across North America, including the agricultural, commercial, and public works sectors.

Pat Carey – Advisor & CEO, Wallace & Carey Inc.

Pat Carey is a third-generation leader of Canada’s largest, independent distributor. Headquartered in Calgary, Wallace & Carey serves more than 7,000 customer locations through their expansive distribution network, which services every postal code in Canada.

Bruce Kahkesh – Advisor & CEO, Nation Capital Corp

Bruce Kahkesh is the founder & CEO of the Nation Capital Corp. Bruce is CEO of Nation Capital Management Corp / An authorized Exempt Market Dealer in BC, Canada. Bruce provides enterprise leadership to develop and execute strategies to create value for clients and shareholders. He has ultimate oversight over all investments made by Nation Capital. Bruce has 22 years of experience in mortgage lending and real estate investment in Canada. Prior to establishing the Nation Capital companies, Bruce worked at two large Canadian Charter banks, CIBC and RBC. During his career, he has structured and placed more than $1 billion in first and second residential, commercial and construction mortgages. Bruce pursues investment strategies to generate consistent, above-average returns for shareholders. He served two terms as Director of CMBA / Canada Mortgage Brokers Association.