Gerald Major (President)
Max Monahan-Ellisson (VP & Director of Strategy & Communications)
Deepak Anand (Director)
Trina Fraser (Director)
Vijay Sappani (Director & Interim Treasurer)
Peter Thurley (Director)


Deepak Anand  (Director)

Deepak is the Founder and CEO of Matteria Ventures,  a strategic supplier and distributor of high-quality medical cannabis and CBD products to the burgeoning European market.  He is the former Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations with Cannabis Compliance Inc. with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the cannabis industry. He is a public speaker and engaged with Canadian and international media on all subjects related to the cannabis industry.

He is a recognized thought leader in the Canadian cannabis space and brings 15 years of leadership experience in the health, charitable/non-profit and private sectors in Canada.

Within the global cannabis sector, Deepak has worked with senior government officials, politicians, policy makers, health professional organizations, clinical practitioners, educators, investors, patients as well as producers. He has also served on the boards of various pharmaceutical associations across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Trina Fraser (Director)

Trina is co-managing partner at Brazeau Seller Law and is an effective problem solver and trusted advisor to her business clients. While having a broad business law practice, Trina’s area of expertise is cannabis law. As head of BSL’s CannaLaw® group, Trina has emerged as a leading practitioner in cannabis law and is often called upon for comment and opinion.

In addition to acting for licensed producers of medical cannabis in Canada, she advises various other cannabis industry participants such as clinics, software/application providers, investors and capital funds, as well as those seeking entry to the soon-to-be legalized consumer (recreational) cannabis market.

Community involvement is very important to Trina. She sits on the board of directors of The Snowsuit Fund and provides legal services on a pro bono basis to several local not-for-profit organizations, including the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana

Gerald Major  (President)

Gerald Major is a medical cannabis patient, a staunch chronic illness advocate and an arthritis survivor. Gerald started showing symptoms of inflammation in both knees at the age of 14. He was diagnosed at 23 with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis both inflammatory arthritis that ends in fusion in the back and peripheral joints. Gerald was very active when growing up so Arthritis was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. “Arthritis affects all ages but somehow remains the invisible illness.” Gerald has had 9 surgeries in the last 8 years to repair  or replace damaged joints. He struggles with many comorbidities related to Spondyloarthritis. “I’ve had a very difficult journey and I feel giving back to others by advocating, educating and supporting will make things much better for everyone.  No one should have to go through the struggles of chronic illness alone, I’ve been there.”

Gerald is the President of the Canadian Spondylitis Association, board member and consumer group chair of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada, Best Medicine Coalition board member and member of Ontario Best Practice Research Initiative patient advisory committee. Gerald is frequently invited to share his story of Spondyloarthritis, Mental Health and Medical Cannabis by the health care community.  Gerald joined CFAMM in 2016 as he noticed the barriers to medical cannabis access for patients.  Gerald has eliminated sleeping pills and significantly reduced his opioid prescriptions by way of medical cannabis. “I worry about those people who can’t afford to make a safer choice and I worry about our current opioid crisis and the people dying daily.” “I will not stop advocating until we have Universal Pharmacare inclusive of Medical Cannabis and no Canadian is left behind.”  “We can do better together.”

Gerald’s Arthritis took him out of work 7 years ago where he was Senior Vice President of Operations for Citibank Hedge Fund Services North America. Gerald has a very supportive wife (Anna) and daughter Tessa.

Vijay Sappani (Director)

Vijay is the CEO of Ela Capital Inc, a boutique cannabis investment and advisory services firm. Vijay is known in the cannabis industry as the founder and former Chief Strategy Officer of TerrAscend, a publicly traded Canadian Cannabis company. He has been a speaker and panelist at many conferences and is a strong an advocate for patient rights.

Vijay has over 15 years of multinational experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, government and security.  He has served as Senior Special Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care and was a member of the board for the ministry’s Pharmacy Council. Currently he serves on the board of the MacDonald Laurier Institute, CDG Canada rare disease group and has previously served on the boards of over a dozen community and national organizations.

Peter Thurley (Director)

In October 2015, after the removal of a 25lb desmoid tumor and the repair of burst bowels, Peter Thurley turned to cannabis to help with pain relief, nausea control and appetite stimulation. After discovering the extent to which cannabis has led to a reduction in opioid use and a vastly improved quality of life, Peter became an ‘accidental advocate’ for medical patients in Canada.

A writer and communications professional based in Kitchener, Ontario, Peter Thurley brings 10 years of non-profit experience to the CFAMM team. You can find his cannabis bylines in the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, The Growth Op and on CBC Opinion Online

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