Trait Biosciences is a biotechnology research company.

Our team of scientists and USA/Canada collaborators are developing cannabis/hemp specific products which provide for:

- RNAi crop protection specifically designed to reduce use of pesticides and fungicides and reduce accumulation of fungal toxins - patent pending.
- Production of water-soluble full-spectrum cannabinoids for enhanced product formulations, controlled release and greater bioavailability - patent pending.
- Novel technology to substantially increase cannabinoid production and accumulation - patent pending.

Management Team

Joseph del Moral

Chief Executive Officer
  • Joseph was the co-founder and CEO of CanvasRx, the largest cannabis clinic company in Canada, which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis in 2016
  • He joined the Board of Directors of Aurora where he helped lead M&A efforts, resulting in over a dozen transactions. Prior to the cannabis industry Joseph co-founded Newten Home Comfort, a services company acquired by Just Energy Inc. (JE.TO) in 2012

Dr. Richard Sayre

Chief Scientific Officer
  • Former Level 6 Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Recognised by Nature Journal, as one of the top five crop researchers who could change the world
  • Author of over 130 biotechnology papers and patents, with over 7000 citations
  • Received over U.S. $100 million in grant funding for various projects   

Hannan Fleiman

  • Hannan was the co-founder and COO of CanvasRx, the largest cannabis clinic company in Canada, which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis in 2016
  • After the acquisition he helped lead M&A efforts, resulting in over a dozen transactions
  • Prior to the cannabis industry Hannan was Vice President of Operations of National Home Services, a subsidiary of Just Energy Inc. (JE.TO) and a Senior Business Manager at Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc. where he managed the Hospital, OTC and Animal Care divisions.
  • He holds an MBA from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph  

Ronan Levy

Chief Strategic Officer
  • Ronan is co-founder of Grassfed Ventures Inc., a private equity and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotechnology industries
  • Prior to joining Trait, Ronan served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs at Aurora Cannabis Inc., which he joined after Aurora acquired CanvasRx Inc. in 2016, a company Ronan co-founded
  • Ronan also serves on the Board of Directors of Province Brands

Erik Briones

Chief Operating Officer

  • 20 years experience in the horticulture and marijuana industry, within the commercial growing and retail space
  • Founder and CEO of New Mexico's leading and largest medical marijuana dispensary and grow operation (Minnerva Canna)
  • B.Sc. in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

David Smalley

Chief Legal Counsel
  • David Smalley has 17 years practicing corporate and securities law, providing legal services for financing private and public companies
  • David is a director of a number of Capital Pool Companies listed for trading on the TSX-Venture Exchange in Canada
  • David advises CEOs on their financing and business strategies; provides corporate, commercial and securities legal services

Eugene Hodgson

Chief Financial Officer

  • Accomplished senior executive in both private industry as a banker, financial and public policy advisor
  • Experienced negotiator with First Nations groups and strategic board member for a number of business and community associations
  • Director and Audit Chair of Pebble Labs Inc., Maxtech Ventures Inc., Rover Metals Inc, and Red Fund Capital Corp

Kimberly Harrison

Chief Development Officer
  • 25 years experience as an entrepreneur across industries
  • Experienced in strategy, product development, VC funding, patents, distribution/licensing and government relations
  • Served on numerous international product certification and standardization committees

Dr. Anne Lo

Director of Strategic Development
  • Dr. Anne Lo trained as a veterinary surgeon and worked in a number of clinical positions
  • She subsequently joined management consulting firm Bain & Co in London, before moving to a strategy role with WorldPay
  • Dr. Lo was most recently with Horizons Ventures based in Hong Kong, where she primarily covered science and healthcare investments
  • Dr. Lo received her BSc and BVM&S degrees from the University of Edinburgh and PhD from the University of Cambridge

Dr. Rick DeRose

Director of Product Innovation

  • Over 25 years’ experience in Ag Biotechnology at Syngenta and Bayer developing innovation strategies for R&D projects
  • Co-inventor of the first commercialized Roundup Ready Corn varieties
  • Awarded the ASPB 2017 Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology for successfully translated discovery research into demonstrable, real-world outcomes on Global Agriculture

Edward Cheung

Director of Business Development
  • Edward Cheung has over 20 years experience in global investment banks including JPMorgan, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, advising on equities and derivatives to institutions, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds
  • Edward is experienced in setting up new businesses including a trading division at a US bank and board member of several startups
  • He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from University College London and a Masters degree in Property Valuation & Law from London Cass Business School

Scientific Team

Scientific Advisory Board

Board of Directors