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Joseph del Moral


Joseph is a serial entrepreneur and a founder of Field Trip. He, along with Ronan, Hannan and Ryan, was a founder of CanvasRx and Canadian Cannabis Clinics, where he served as CEO. After CanvasRx Inc. was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, he joined Aurora’s board of directors and, along with his partners, led Aurora’s mergers/acquisitions and corporate development efforts. Following his time at Aurora, Joseph became CEO of Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading cannabis biotechnology company.  Prior to working in cannabis Joseph co-founded Newten Home Comfort, a fast growing home services company which was acquired by Just Energy Inc. (JE.TO) in 2012.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance and Entrepreneurship) from McGill University.

Ronan Levy


An entrepreneur and a visionary, Ronan is one the founders of Field Trip. Concurrent with his work at Field Trip, he is a partner at Grassfed Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries and is Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries. Ronan also serves on the Board of Directors of Province Brands. Prior to his current roles, Ronan (along with Joseph, Hannan and Ryan) co-founded Canadian Cannabis Clinics and CanvasRx Inc., the latter of which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, after which he served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs for Aurora. A lawyer by training, Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto.


Hannan Fleiman


Hannan is a founder of FieldTrip Ventures, Grassfed Ventures, CanvasRx, and Canadian Cannabis Clinics. He also served as President of Trait Biosciences, VP Operations at Just Energy and Sr. Business Manager of Teva Pharmaceuticals where he managed the Hospital, Animal and OTC markets. Hannan holds an MBA from McMaster University and a Medical Toxicology B.Sc. from the University of Guelph.


Dr. Ryan Yermus M.D.

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Yermus graduated medical school from the University of Ottawa and completed his residency at the University of Toronto in 2009.  Prior to Field Trip Ventures, Dr. Yermus founded the first fully compliant medical cannabis clinic in Canada.  His current practice takes on the opioid epidemic as he works with patients to overcome this addiction.   In addition, he actively invests in and advises promising new start-up companies.

Mujeeb Jafferi


Mujeeb is an experienced management professional and founder of Field Trip Ventures. Most recently, Mujeeb served as Vice President of Sales Strategy and Operations at Just Energy Inc. (JE.TO) and President of its Solar Energy division. He has held senior leadership roles in areas of corporate finance, operations, strategy and business development at Just Energy and SunEdison Inc. He serves as an adviser to Aptitude360, an innovative customer acquisition and communication startup based out of Toronto. Mujeeb received his bachelor’s in Information Technology Management from York University and a Global Professional Master of Laws from Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Barry Waisglass

Dr. Waisglass has been working in the Canadian medical cannabis industry, influencing physicians, researchers, and regulatory authorities, both domestically and abroad.  In 2014 he became the seminal physician and medical director of Canadian Cannabis Clinics.  Soon after Aurora Cannabis acquired CCC in 2016 he became their medical director.  Prior to his service in the cannabis space he was a family doctor for almost 40 years.


Dr. Sidney Kennedy

Dr. Sidney H. Kennedy is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies, and a Scientist at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kennedy is the lead investigator for a large depression biomarker initiative. He has published extensively on new drug evaluation, neuroimaging and neurostimulation therapies, personality factors in depression, antidepressant effects on sexual function and treatment guidelines for Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. Kennedy is the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Affective Disorders, former President of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the founding chair of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT).

He has published more than 350 peer reviewed publications and 11 books on depression and related topics.

Dr. John Hanlon

Dr. Hanlon is the founding Program Director for the University of Toronto Pain Medicine Residency. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and practices Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital where he is Medical Director of the Chronic Pain Clinic.


He is the past-Chair of the Chronic Pain Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society (CAS) and has a longstanding interest in pain education, neuropathic pain and the use of cannabinoids and ketamine in pain medicine.   

Dr. Robert McMaster

Dr. Robert McMaster is a Forensic Psychiatrist with a diverse practice. He works at CAMH with patients who have severe and persistent mental health diagnoses. He is also the primary consulting psychiatrist to the Ontario Court of Justice on Finch Avenue, is actively involved in outreach psychiatry, and works within the field of addiction medicine. He completed his subspecialty training at the University of Toronto and is now a faculty member. 

Sanjay Singhal

Sanjay Singhal is a Canadian Partner for 500 Startups Canada and the founder of President of the Aquanta Group, A long-term inventor, entrepreneur, VC and angel investor. Sanjay assists startups and entrepreneurs achieve success by investing in them and using his own experiences to reduce risk and commonly made mistakes. Sanjay has an Undergraduate and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and the University of British Columbia as well as an MBA from Cornell University.

Barry Fishman

Barry has 20 years of experience as a senior business leader, most recently as CEO of European-focused specialty pharmaceutical company Merus Labs.  Barry is also serving as CEO of Vivo Cannabis. Previously he served as CEO of Teva Canada and Taro Canada.

Joseph del Moral

Joseph is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Grassfed Ventures. He was the founder and CEO of CanvasRX which grew to be the largest cannabis clinic in Canada. After selling the company to Aurora Cannabis he joined their board of directors and, along with his partners led Aurora’s merger & acquisition and corporate development efforts resulting in over a dozen transactions. Prior to that Joseph co-founded Newten Home Comfort, a fast growing home services company acquired by Just Energy Inc. (JE.TO) in 2012. Prior to starting and growing Canadian Cannabis Clinics and CanvasRx, Joseph co-founded Newten Home Comfort, a fast growing home services company acquired by Just Energy Inc. (JE.TO) in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance and Entrepreneurship) from McGill University.