BlackShire Capital appoints Independent Board Members

December 12, 2018

BlackShire Capital Corp. is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Members to the company’s Board of Directors. These new Board Members join existing Directors Robert Storey, Brad Kipp and Chairman and CEO Kevin Reed.

BlackShire Capital is a principal investor and asset manager, focused on investing growth capital into private cannabis companies on a global basis. Its investment approach starts with defining a strategic investment theme and then searching for growth companies with unique products, brands, markets and / or teams that can best leverage its investment capital and active management style.

“We have been looking for the right new Board members to add further depth to our team in the areas of strategy, finance and audit as we prepare for the company’s next stage of development and growth” said Kevin Reed, Chairman and CEO, BlackShire Capital. “We are fortunate to have successful entrepreneurs like Bob, MK and Larry on board at this time in BlackShire’s journey. They have shown, through their own achievements, what is possible when you combine rigour with a passion for winning” added Reed.

Ms. Marsden is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Touchpoint Strategies, a New York and Toronto based management consulting company founded in 2009 focused on accelerating the growth of its clients in the areas of digital transformation, customer acquisition and customer experience strategies. She has served on numerous boards in Canada, the US and Japan. “It’s a privilege to take my learnings and bring them to this world class team at BlackShire. I look forward to guiding the firm’s strategic path. I’m excited about the opportunity to be a leader in this emerging market – it’s great to bring my global expertise back to Canada” said Ms. Marsden.

Mr.Goldberg served for three years on the Audit Committee of the largest uranium producer in the United States and is currently chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Compensation Committee of a TSX listed uranium exploration company, among his many board appointments. “This cannabis space is very similar to the tech space years ago. I lived through that and learned lessons that I intend to share with the team at BlackShire” said Mr. Goldberg.

Robert Storey

Mr. Robert Storey is a successful Canadian entrepreneur and businessman with business interests largely in the broadcasting and communications and sport industries in Canada and abroad. He is Chairman of a private sport consultancy that provides engineering and project management services to Olympic sport facility constructors based in Calgary. He has served as a director and / or officer of a number of private and public companies in North America and national and international Olympic Sport associations and federations. Through his consultation company, Masabe, he has provided consulting services to Olympic bids on and organizations at 10 Olympic Games on all continents. He was Chief International Strategist for the successful Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid. his involvement in Olympic sport spans more than 45 years as an athlete, international administrator, volunteer and official. He served as President of Bobsleigh Canada for 14 years and as a director / member of the Canadian  Olympic Committee (“COC”). He continues as an Olympic Supporter of COC and serves on its International Relations Committee.

MK Marsden

MK Marsden is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Touchpoint Strategies, a New York and Toronto-based management consulting company founded in 2009 focused on accelerating the growth of its clients in the areas of digital transformation, customer acquisition and customer experience strategies. She has served on the Board of the following companies: Fujitsu, Japan (2001-2003), Hire.com, Texas (2004-2006), Clear Cube Inc., Texas (2002-2005), Adcentricity, NYC and Toronto (2009-2012), and Stud Clark Entrepreneur Centre, University of Manitoba (2009-2017).

A leader in digital marketing MK served as the Head of Global Marketing and SVP of Client Solution Center at Epsilon, a NYSE-listed global marketing services company, from 2012-2015. She also served as the SVP of Sales Online Advertising, General manager and SVP Sales Digital at Acxiom, Inc, a NASDAQ-listed consumer data products and digital marketing services firm from 2005 – 2009. In addition to her current role, her extensive entrepreneurial experience in the areas of marketing, strategy, and digital transformation began early in her career, when she founded and was the CEO of Message Effect, she was Founder and Managing Partner of Mar. Com Group in Austin, San Jose and Tokyo, one of the industry’s first integrated marketing communications company servicing the high-Tech industry from 1994 – 2003. MK started her career in Ottawa in 1982 and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa.

Larry Goldberg, CPA, CA

Mr. Goldberg began his career in the early days of the software industry, as a partner in a software company focused on the property management and development industry. The company became the undisputed industry leader in Canada, grew to over 200 people, and was sold in 1995. After the sale of the company, Mr. Goldberg continued in senior financial / operational roled for early stage, fast growing software companies, before joining a publicly-traded investment company with a focus on commodities, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. During his ten years there, Mr. Goldberg acted as the CFP for the investment company and two of its investee companies, all of which were public. In addition, he served on the boards and audit committees of several private and public companies and was involved in numerous private placement and prospectus equity financings. Since leaving the investment company in 2010, Mr. Goldberg has held senior financial roles in a variety of industries, including software, energy storage, organize foods and financial services. As well, Mr. Goldberg served for three years on the Audit Committee of the largest uranium producer in the united States and is currently chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Compensation Committee of a TSX listed uranium exploration company.

About BlackShire Capital Corp.

BlackShire Capital Corp. is a principal investor and asset manager in the global cannabis sector. BlackShire’s approach to investment is based on fundamental analysis and active management, partnering with emerging dominant leaders in high growth categories.

For further information contact Jean Lépine at jean@www.blackshiregroup.com or 416 583 2501.