Board of Directors
Dave Majeski retired in 2015 following a 47 year career with RBC Royal Bank. His career took him across Canada with assignments in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton and included over 20 years in operations and human resources with the balance in corporate/commercial banking. His last posting in Edmonton was Vice President, heading a business group focused primarily on real estate and construction services as well as serving as RBC’s regional leader. In previous roles, he worked in and headed up various other industries, including energy services banking while stationed in Calgary. In 2013, Dave was honored with a Distinguished Citizen Award by MacEwan University and awarded an Honorary Bachelor Degree. In addition, he obtained his Institute of Corporate Director’s diploma in 2013. In 2015, Dave was recognized by the City of Edmonton for his outstanding contribution to community service and inducted into the Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame. Dave is an active and dedicated community leader and builder and has previously served as a director on a number of NFP boards. In addition he is a long time chair of the Gold Metal Plates/Canada’s Great Kitchen Party gala as well as serving on a committee supporting various other charities. In addition to his ongoing support of the community, Dave currently serves as a Director of 4 active businesses, 2 of which are public companies. In addition to director roles, Dave acts as Chairman of the Board for 1 company and Chair, Finance & Audit Committee for a second. He is also honored to serve as a Trustee of the Sawridge Trusts.
Dr. Jodi L. Abbott is the President and CEO of the University Hospital Foundation, one of North America’s top healthcare foundations. From 2010-2019 Dr. Abbott was the President and CEO of NorQuest College. During her tenure at NorQuest, Dr. Abbott and her team more than doubled NorQuest’s student population, established key business relationships, led the development of the Singhmar Centre for Learning, and enhanced NorQuest’s brand recognition. Dr. Abbott is on the Institute of Corporate Directors Edmonton Chapter Executive Committee. Until recently Dr. Abbott chaired the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board where she played an integral role in facilitating progress on the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan with 13 Mayors in the region. And she was previously the Chair of Edmonton’s Health City leading the creation of a 10-year economic development strategy across the health ecosystem. Dr. Abbott also volunteers on two committees with Skate Canada; the Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee and the Recruitment and Development Committee. Dr. Abbott volunteers her time as World and Olympic level figure skating official and was an Olympic judge in 2010 and 2014. She received the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award in recognition of her international work with figure skating and for championing improved health-care services. Dr. Abbott was also named as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015 and 2018, received the first-ever District 99 Toastmaster Award in Leadership and Communication, and was named a Global Woman of Vision.
Gregory D Krischke BPE, ICD.D After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1975, Greg Krischke joined Air Canada and over the next 17 years worked in operations and sales, including Passenger Sales Manager for Northern Alberta and the NWT. In 1993 when liquor privatized in Alberta, Greg opened and operated a chain of four retail liquor stores over the next 25 years. In 1995 Greg was elected to the Council of the City of Leduc. He served for 22 years including four terms as Mayor. Greg brings to the board table a variety of skills including financial acumen from large corporation, independent business and regulatory environments, strategic planning, sales and marketing, and extensive knowledge of operating in a regulated environment. In 2017 Greg was proud to graduate from the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management, with an Institute of Corporate Directors designation. Greg has served on many community and NFP boards over the years. Presently, in addition to the Freedom Cannabis Board, he is Chair of the GO Venture Board, a presiding officer of the Municipal Government Board, Vice Chair of the Leduc Golf Club Board and a member on the Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.
Chris oversees the team responsible for Go Auto’s financial, administrative and corporate services functions including treasury, taxation, M&A, financial risk and enterprise reporting, human resources, information technology, legal services, strategic planning and budgeting. Chris joined Go Auto in November 2018 in his current role. He is a deeply experienced finance professional in the capital markets having served for almost 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer to two different TSX-listed publicly traded companies. During that time Chris raised in excess of $3.5B in aggregate through initial and secondary offerings in the commercial credit, debt and equity capital markets, as well as having closed over $750M in M&A transactions. Chris holds Bachelor degrees in Science and Commerce from the University of Alberta, a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts degree from Gonzaga University, and is a Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA), a US Certified Public Accountant (CPA, Illinois and Arizona) and a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Chris is a member of CPA Alberta, the Illinois and Arizona State Boards of Accountancy, and the former vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He is currently a Director of the Edmonton International Airport, Trustee on the University Hospital Foundation and a public member to the City of Edmonton audit committee. Previously he has served on the Boards of or in leadership positions with the University of Alberta, NorQuest College, and Goodwill Industries of Alberta, as well as other professional organizations and committees throughout his career. Chris is accredited as a Certified Director (ICD.D) by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
As a Board Director of Freedom Cannabis, Johnfrank provides operational expertise, real estate, construction, lending and procurement governance. Johnfrank has a background in lending as well as, executing dozens of real estate and construction projects. He managed one of Canada’s largest second hand retail and lending operations for over 20 years. Johnfrank is an active leader in the cannabis community, with access to knowledgable leaders in the cannabis space. Johnfrank has developed successful relationships with partner Licensed Producers that have enabled the successful B2B transactions that support Freedom’s continued operations. Johnfrank is a natural ambassador to the B2B marketplace for Freedom. John is an experienced board director with 25 years of experience leading for-profit organizations. With a history of maximizing profitability, cost controls, and generating opportunities. Johnfrank is the current Chief Executive Officer of Freedom. Johnfrank has been a board builder for Freedom, attracting skilled and competent management and governance for the organization.
As a Board Director of Freedom Cannabis, Julie provides operational, cannabis, and regulatory governance. Julie is a uniquely qualified regulatory expert in the industry that also holds a director position with a Licensed Producer. Julie is a pillar of the cannabis community and is the origin of the Freedom story and culture. A resolute collaborator that leads by example, from trimming, packaging, and quality control. Julie is an expert in the cultivation and processing workflows. Highly professional and experienced board director with 23 years of experience leading for-profit organizations. Extreme diligence and professional critic, with a history of maximizing investments, cutting spending, and increasing organizational efficiency. Strong knowledge of Cannabis Act and how to implement company procedures. Successful motivator who brings a contagious attitude to every work-day. The Responsible Person of a Licensed Producer is an individual who has responsibility for all activities conducted under the license. The Responsible Person has extensive knowledge of the provisions of the Cannabis Act and the regulations. Julie has navigated all phases of licensing under the Cannabis Act. As President of Freedom Cannabis, Julie has led the company in community outreach and talent management. Julie has been a vital part of Norquest College and Olds College Cannabis training and education programs. Julie continues to function as a training supervisor for these programs. The president is responsible for oversight of Human Resources, Security, Compliance, and Quality Control departments. Julie developed educational partnerships with Olds College and Norquest College that provide hands-on training to cannabis focused students.