• Management Team

    Michael Ruscetta

    CEO & Director

    Mr. Ruscetta has over 20 years of direct investing experience in public and private equities, credit, distressed situations and various corporate restructurings across many industry sectors. Prior to Trichome, Mr. Ruscetta founded and managed the RCM Special Situations Fund and led the Canada Special Situations Group (CSSG) at Goldman Sachs Canada. Previously, he served as Managing Director at Amaranth Advisors (Canada) and Director at CIBC Merchant Banking.

    Marc Lustig

    Co-Founder & Director

    Mr. Lustig is the founder and CEO of Origin House. He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co. In 2000, he started his capital markets career in institutional equity research in the Life Sciences sector at Orion Securities. For the next 14 years, Mr. Lustig worked as a senior producer at GMP Securities L.P. and as Head of Capital Markets at Dundee Capital Markets before becoming Principal at KES 7 Capital. Mr. Lustig founded Cannabis Royalties & Holdings Corp. in early 2015.

    Aaron Salz

    Co-Founder & Advisor

    Mr. Salz is the founder and CEO of Stoic Advisory Inc., a leading boutique corporate finance advisory firm focused on the global cannabis industry. Prior to launching Stoic Advisory, he served as an Investment Analyst at Interward Asset Management and played active role in capital allocation including investments in the cannabis sector. Previously, Mr. Salz spent 4 years at Dundee Capital Markets (now Eight Capital) as an analyst covering medical and recreational cannabis companies.

    Karl Grywacheski

    CPA, CA Interim CFO

    5+ years of experience at Deloitte working from staff accountant to Manager in Audit and Advisory department. Joined Origin House as Director of Corporate Finance and now serving as Interim CFO for Trichome Financial. Experience with companies in the high-tech, manufacturing, and cannabis sectors; including four of Ottawa’s ten largest public companies. Expertise with acquisitions, complex equity and debt transactions, as well as a strong track record of management, accounting, operations and leadership experience.

    Kevin Jarrett

    VP Investments

    Mr. Jarrett has over 6 years of investing experience in public and private companies. Prior to Trichome, he served as VP Investments at Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp. where he co-led due diligence on $70 million of late stage venture and growth stage investments, and took the lead in closing over 60 investments.

    Michael Yasny

    VP (Pending) ABL

    Mr. Yasny has 18 years experience in factoring and asset based lending, initially with Morrison Financial and then as the President of Fleet Street Financial Corporation until 2010. In 2012 he started Money Consultants Ltd. providing one stop financing for new, growing and distressed businesses with factoring, purchase order financing, business loans, private mortgages and turn-around financing.

    Jeffrey Bennett

    Associate

    Mr. Bennett has over 5 years of banking and private debt experience. Prior to Trichome, he served as an associate in the Leveraged Finance group at CIBC responsible for the origination, structuring, underwriting and syndication of senior and subordinated debt financing solutions for Canadian and US private equity sponsors.

    Brishan Rowjee

    Associate

    Mr. Rowjee has over 4 years of banking and private equity experience. Prior to Trichome, he served as a private equity analyst at Old Mutual Investment Group responsible for due diligence and detailed financial analysis on a diversified portfolio of investments. Previously, Mr. Rowjee served as an analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Barclays, in South Africa, structuring debt financing solutions for private equity sponsors.

  • Board of Directors

    Michael Ruscetta

    CEO

    Mr. Ruscetta has over 20 years of direct investing experience in public and private equities, credit, distressed situations and various corporate restructurings across many industry sectors. Prior to Trichome, Mr. Ruscetta founded and managed the RCM Special Situations Fund and led the Canada Special Situations Group (CSSG) at Goldman Sachs Canada. Previously, he served as Managing Director at Amaranth Advisors (Canada) and Director at CIBC Merchant Banking.

    Marc Lustig

    Chairman

    Mr. Lustig is the founder and CEO of Origin House. He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co. In 2000, he started his capital markets career in institutional equity research in the Life Sciences sector at Orion Securities. For the next 14 years, Mr. Lustig worked as a senior producer at GMP Securities L.P. and as Head of Capital Markets at Dundee Capital Markets before becoming Principal at KES 7 Capital. Mr. Lustig founded Cannabis Royalties & Holdings Corp. in early 2015.

    Howard Steinberg CFA

    Mr. Steinberg has 25 years of experience in private credit, private equity and real estate investing, having served as a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group, President of The Rose Corporation, Senior Vice President at GE Capital, and Managing Director with RBC Capital Partners. He currently sits on numerous boards aside from running his own real estate funds.

    Marissa Lauder

    Ms. Lauder is the CFO of Street Capital Group. She has more than 18 years experience in the financial services sector in Canada.

    Prior to Street Capital, Ms. Lauder spent 5 years as a Senior Specialist at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada and earned her CPA, CA designation with Ernst & Young.

    Jonathan Page

    Mr. Page is the Co-Founder of Anandia Labs and Adjunct Professor in the Botany department at The University of British Columbia.

    Mr. Page has directed a lab at the National Research Council’s Plant Biotechnology Institute and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC).

    Tim Diamond

    Mr. Diamond is the CEO of Whitehall Apartments Corp. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior roles in the financial industry focusing on raising capital, lending and asset management. Mr. Diamond has also co-founded two mutual fund companies and has over 10 years of experience serving on the board of leading financial institutions.

    Christian Sinclair

    Mr. Sinclair is Onekanew (Chief) of the Opaskayak Cree Nation (OCN), one of the most progressive First Nations located in The Pas, Manitoba. Mr. Sinclair serves on the board of National Access Cannabis (TSX-V: META), in which OCN is both a significant shareholder and lender. He has previous corporate development experience for hydro, mining, O&G, and major natural resource development projects in Canada and the United States.

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