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Our Story

To solve the cannabis supply problem, putting people first is paramount.

We believe that medical-grade cannabis will transform patient care once companies providing it have a reliable, consistent, and high-quality supply of cannabinoids with which to create consistent and dependable medications.

In 2017, we founded Plena to deliver on this promise.

Since then, we’ve established operations in South American locations that have the ideal mix of climate, regulation, and economy to support consistent, premium seed-to-wholesale production at scale.

Along the way, we’ve kept people top of mind and at the center of our enterprise.

We’ve partnered with people who share our values of integrity, quality, and innovation.

When we acquired Colombia-based Econnabis and its 30 hectares of top-flight growing land, we were drawn to its visionary founders who had also helped establish some of the first medicinal compassion clinics in Barcelona and the first cannabis producers association in Latin America.

When we began identifying the ideal 75 million square foot growing operation in Peru, we partnered with local growing leaders who have a combined 400 years of agricultural experience.

Putting people first also means assisting patients to experience recovery, relief, and a higher quality of life. We do this by enabling our partners to provide reliable supplies of the high-quality medical-grade cannabis products that patients need

Supplying cannabis means more than health care. It means healthy communities.

Beyond benefitting patients and partners, we can raise the quality of life in the communities in which we operate. We take this opportunity seriously.

Through job creation and socially responsible policies, we’re bringing prosperity to local economies. Our employee benefits, such as medical care and family forward policies, foster economic security in small communities and provide the chance for residents to participate in the economy.

We think long term and believe that an economically-secure community today compounds into a healthier, more educated, and more prosperous community tomorrow.

Plena is becoming the world’s premier business-to-business medical-grade cannabis supplier. As we do, we want the people who live in the places we operate to benefit as much as the patients our plants ultimately serve.

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Our Vision

A world where high-quality cannabis is accessible to all patients who need it to maintain or improve their quality of life.
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Our Mission

To establish a dependable seed-to-wholesale supply chain system for high-quality cannabis raw materials so that licensed producers, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and distributors worldwide have the supply-chain certainty they need to produce high-quality cannabis products at scale for their patients and customers.
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Our Core Values

Our core values guide our actions and inform our decisions across all aspects of our operations. These are our aspirations as a global B2B cannabis supply company and what we strive to demonstrate as an industry leader.
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Quality

We consider quality to be at the heart of all of our efforts, holding ourselves accountable to the highest product and service standards.
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Collaboration

We work together, across disciplines and jurisdictions, to meet the needs of our customers, stakeholders and communities.
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Integrity

We strive for excellence in all matters of moral and ethical conduct and are diligent in our compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
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Responsibility

We bring value to customers, stakeholders and communities, and run our company in a way that upholds important socially responsible policies and practices.

Our Team

Leading the growth of Plena Global
Richard Zwicky

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Richard founded Plena Global in 2017 to organize the world’s medical cannabis trade and ensure patients have access to the medications they need. Prior to founding Plena, Richard was founder and President of analytics company Enquisite, founder of digital marketing company Metamend Software & Design Ltd., where he remains Chairman, and entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business. Richard holds a B.A. from McGill University.

Stefan Lundberg

Chief Financial Officer

Stefan joined Plena Global in 2018. Prior to Plena, Stefan was a partner at Ernst & Young where he oversaw the firm’s Technology and Financial Services groups. Stefan is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Accounting and Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.

Karl Greissinger

Chief Operating Officer

Karl joined Plena Global in 2019. Prior to Plena, Karl was Managing Counsel, Commercial at Marathon Petroleum Corporation, where he specialized in commercial negotiations, trading, governance, infrastructure support, corporate and commercial strategy, global logistics, commercial advice, and litigation. He has also held roles as Senior Counsel with Mercuria Energy Trading, Inc. and General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer with Westport Petroleum Inc. Karl holds B.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science from UCLA and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School Los Angeles.

Matthew Schechter

COO & CFO, South America

Matthew joined Plena Global in 2019. Prior to Plena, Matthew was Chief Financial Officer at Diageo Colombia. Matthew holds B.A. and Master’s degrees in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York. He also holds an M.S. in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business.

Stefan Martin Meyer

Chief Strategy Officer

Stefan joined Plena Global in 2019. Prior to Plena, Stefan co-founded Phytoplant Research SL, which was granted the first research license for medicinal cannabis in Spain. Stefan also served as Chairman of the Board of Vivacell Biotechnology España SL, a privately held preclinical stage drug development company. Stefan holds a Swiss degree in Hospitality Management and an Executive MBA from the Chamber of Commerce in Sevilla, Spain.

John Mavridis

sVP Corporate Development

John joined Plena Global in 2018. Prior to Plena, John was a securities law partner with BCF Avocats d’affaires in Montreal and founder of Newhouse Counsel, a legal services boutique providing general counsel and securities law services. He has served on the board of numerous publicly listed companies. John holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from McGill University along with an LL.B. and LL.M. from Université de Montréal.

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Kim Willey

General Counsel

Kim joined Plena Global in 2019. Kim is a corporate law and governance specialist with 15+ years of experience advising management and boards of directors, including companies listed on the TSX, TSX-V, NYSE, NASDAQ and LSE. Kim holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom along with an LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law (Toronto), and an MBA, LL.B and B.A. (Hons) from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Dr. Raquel Peyraube

Director of Public Policy and Health

Raquel joined Plena Global in 2018. She is a medical doctor dedicated to endocannabinology, board member of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and member of the International Cannabinoids Research Society. She is also the founder and Past President of the Uruguayan Society of Endocannabinology, and has been an advisor to the National Board on Drugs and the Institute of Regulation and Control of Cannabis in Uruguay. Raquel holds a M.D. from Facultad de Medicina at Universidad de la Republica.

Steve Abboud

Head of Horticulture

Steve joined Plena Global in 2018. Steve has been a medical cannabis designated grower under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) for over a decade and a medical cannabis growing consultant under Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) for over five years. Steve studied commerce at Marianopolis College and horticultural science at L’Institut de technologie agroalimentaire.

Tony Levi

Head of Construction

Tony joined Plena Global in 2018. Prior to Plena, Tony co-founded Econnabis, a Colombia-based medical cannabis company and now wholly-owned Plena subsidiary. Prior to this, Tony established the first medicinal cannabis clinic in Barcelona. He holds a B.A. in Marketing and Finance from IDC Herzlia.

Victoria Ingram

Director, Management Communications

Victoria’s experience includes the management of one of Health Canada’s first accredited laboratories for cannabis testing, the management of multiple extraction facilities, and has worked as an independent consultant for a number of cannabis businesses. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in International Business from the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business.

Dr. Xavier Nadal

Head of Extraction

Xavier joined Plena Global in 2018. Prior to Plena, Xavier was a Director of R&D at Phytoplant Research. He is a member of the Spanish Cannabinoids Research Society and the International Cannabinoids Research Society. Xavier holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Barcelona, a Master’s degree in Pharmacology, and a Ph.D. in Health and Life Sciences from the University Pompeu Fabra.

Kate Campbell

Director of Executive Communications

Kate joined Plena Global in 2019. Prior to Plena, Kate was the Global Marketing Manager at pharmaceutical companies AbbVie and Gilead Sciences. Kate holds a B.MSc. in Pharmacology from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Public Health from Lakehead University.

Mauricio Krausz

Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Colombia

Mauricio joined Plena Global in 2018. Prior to Plena, Mauricio co-founded Econnabis, a Colombia-based medical cannabis company and now wholly-owned Plena subsidiary. He also founded the Colombian Cannabis Producers Association, ASOCOLCANNA.

Ashlea Stewart

Director of Partnerships, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Ashlea joined Plena Global in 2018. Prior to Plena, Ashlea worked as Head of Partnerships at Sullivan & Stanley and was co-founder and Director of London Food Month. Ashlea holds a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Vice President, Compliance and Quality

Ron has worked more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, working in medicinal chemistry R & D, Quality Operations, and Compliance.  He has extensive experience with working in areas of GMP Compliance and with Health Agencies for products related to human health.  Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree in organic chemistry from Villanova University.

Chris Smith

Director of Partnerships, North America, Asia and Australia

Chris joined Plena Global in 2019. Prior to Plena, Chris worked as Director, Government Relations — Western Canada for Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart.  Chris holds a B.A. in International Relations and Minor in Business from the University of San Diego, where he played N.C.A.A. Division One tennis.

Alejandro González Salamanca

Director of Partnerships, Latin and South America (including Mexico)

Alejandro joined Plena Global in 2019. Prior to Plena, Alejandro worked as Key Account Manager, for Diageo Colombia.  Alejandro holds a B.A. in Marketing and Advertising and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Rafael Canovas

Director of Government Relations, Peru

Rafael joined Plena Global in 2018. Prior to Plena, Rafael was Corporate and Regulatory Manager for the Southern Cone Cluster of British American Tobacco based in Santiago, Chile. Rafael holds a bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Lima (Peru), an MBA from ESAN (Peru) and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile).