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CAN (QC): Hydropothecary expands management team

The Hydropothecary Corporation announced the addition of three new members to its management team. Roch Vaillancourt (General Counsel), Sonia Isabel (Vice-President of Sales), and Jocelyn Racine (Vice-President of Finance) bring decades of management, financial, business, and legal experience to Hydropothecary as the company strengthens its leadership in the lead-up to the legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis.

“As we prepare to supply 20,000kg of cannabis to the Société des alcools du Québec and to expand into Ontario and other strategic markets, Roch, Sonia, and Jocelyn will play important and timely roles in the execution of our business strategy,” said Sebastien St-Louis, Hydropothecary’s co-founder and CEO.

Roch Vaillancourt brings almost 25 years experience in business and legal practice to his role as Hydropothecary’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. A graduate of Ottawa University (biomechanics and civil law), Roch is a member of the Barreau du Quebec as well as the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations. He has been involved in several successful business ventures, both as an executive and legal advisor, most recently serving as General Counsel at Iovate Health Sciences International. Roch’s leadership and legal expertise have earned him a solid reputation among his peers, culminating in his inclusion as one of Canada’s top 100 General Counsels (Legal 500 GC Powerlist - 2016) and his inclusion in Legal Era Magazine’s London book release; “World’s Leading General Counsels - 2017-2018”.

As Hydropothecary’s General Counsel, he will play an integral role in crafting all aspects of the company’s business and legal strategy, including contract negotiations, ensuring regulatory compliance, managing legal and regulatory issues, and supporting management and the Board of Directors in all legal issues.

Also joining Hydropothecary’s management team is Sonia Isabel, Vice-President of Sales. Sonia’s track-record as a business development leader, as well as her entrepreneurial spirit, make her an invaluable member of the Hydropothecary team. She brings more than two decades of experience in various senior sales and marketing roles with the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) to the Hydropothecary team. As Vice-President of Sales, Sonia will play a key role in Hydropothecary’s success by leading the development and execution of the company’s sales, customer acquisition and customer retention strategies, focusing on the Quebec market and other markets across Canada and abroad.

Rounding out the most recent additions to Hydropothecary’s management team is Jocelyn Racine, Vice-President of Finance. Jocelyn brings three decades of financial management experience to the role, including in several executive level positions in the construction and telecommunications sectors. As Vice-President of Finance, Jocelyn will be responsible for the company’s day-to-day financial operations while providing senior management with financial insight. His expertise in financial, legal, operational, sales and human resources matters will be invaluable assets to Hydropothecary.

“I want to welcome Roch, Sonia, and Jocelyn to the Hydropothecary team,” said CEO Sebastien St-Louis. “The addition of a General Counsel, Vice-President of Sales, and Vice-President of Finance is another decisive step in securing our position as Quebec’s cannabis leader and supporting our expansion into Ontario and other markets.”

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Publication date: 3/14/2018



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