- The private, plant-based extraction company boasts roster of leaders worth noting
- CEO served decade-plus in corporate leadership roles across the natural products, agriculture, cannabis sectors
- Team of qualified experts plus cutting-edge extraction technology means Pure Extracts is set for long-term strategic distribution, product innovation
If leaders are, as a Forbes article notes, “the power and intellect behind their organizations,” Pure Extract Technologies (“Pure Extracts”) is clearly a presence to be reckoned with. Led by an impressive team of individuals with decades of experience in their areas of expertise, the private, plant-based extraction company has a roster of leaders worth noting.
“Successful leaders,” the “Forbes” article states, “are the visionaries charged with steering their brand around pitfalls. They must know when to seize opportunities and how to rally employees to work hard toward their company’s goals” (http://ibn.fm/esk0O). The executive team at Pure Extract Technologies appears to do that — and much more.
At the helm of the Pure Extracts organization is CEO Ben Nikolaevsky. Nikolaevsky has garnered more than a decade of experience in corporate leadership roles across the natural products, agriculture and cannabis sectors. Under his leadership as president and CEO, Natura Naturals Inc., a private Canadian cannabis-licensed producer, was acquired by Tilray Inc. Before his stint at Natura, Nikolaevsky served as president and CEO of Blue Goose Capital Corp. In addition, Nikolaevsky has shouldered responsibilities as market vice president of national accounts at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) and as chief credit officer and capital markets manager at IBM Global Financing Canada.
As Pure Extracts founder and COO, Doug Benville has more than a decade of experience in the cannabis space, including as founder of Pure Pulls, one of the most-recognized extract brands in Canada. Highly proficient in cannabis cultivation, system operations and oil extraction, Benville has been with Pure Extracts since the company’s beginning.
Pure Extract’s vice president of business development Alexander Logie is a serial entrepreneur with 30-plus years of experience in the financial services sector. He co-founded Crane Capital and Mercury Capital, both of which were successfully acquired by asset-management firms. Most recently, Logie served as interim CFO, acting COO and senior vice president of business development at Natura Naturals Inc., a privately held licensed producer of cannabis, which was acquired by Tilray Inc. in 2019.
Andy Gauvin, vice president of sales for Pure Extracts, is an accomplished, bilingual, senior sales leader who has worked for more than three decades in the cannabis and beverage alcohol space. Most recently, Gauvin was vice president of sales at Natura Naturals, a start-up licensed cannabis producer. In that position, he built invaluable relationships with key provincial cannabis customers, created sales strategies and played an important role in product development. Previously, Gauvin served as vice president of sales, Canada, for Moosehead Breweries, where he developed a national sales strategy that leveraged unique aspects from each province and built a highly successful sales culture focused on results.
Shivani Bhatia heads up quality assurance for Pure Extracts. Prior to joining Pure Extracts, Bhatia served as a senior official at Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp., overseeing quality assurance work for two facilities. A Health Canada Security Cleared QA professional, Shivani established and enforced GPP, GMP and Quality Assurance standards. Shivani holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biotechnology and a post-graduate diploma in pharmaceutical research.
Pure Extracts, on the other hand, is ideally positioned to enter the space as an experienced producer. With a team of qualified experts and cutting-edge extraction technology, the company is set up for long-term strategic distribution and product innovation. Located near Whistler, British Columbia, the Company’s facility is built for EU-GMP certification, which allows for international sales and ensures the production of high-quality, high-purity formulations on a commercial scale.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.PureExtractsCorp.com.
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