Segra International | Advisory Board
Segra International is a specialist R&D company focused on Quality Management Systems and facilities for medicinal Cannabis and botanical tissue culture
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Advisory Board

Dr. Kevin Kjernisted

M.D., FRCPC

Dr. Kjernisted received his Medical Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1983. He worked as a general practitioner for five years before completing training to be a psychiatrist at the University of Manitoba. For more than a decade Dr. Kjernisted was Medical Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Director of Research at St. Boniface General Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba before relocating to Vancouver, where he is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kjernisted has acted as principal investigator in over 35 clinical trials investigating compounds for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD and weight management. His research interests also include the “mind-body connection” which involves interactions between the brain, the gut and the immune system (psychoneuroimmunology). Dr Kjernisted has lectured extensively on this topic to peers at national and international meetings. Optimal treatment in his busy clinical practice involves complementary and alternative treatments including probiotics, exercise and nutraceuticals, along with medications and psychotherapy, in order to address excessive inflammation and oxidation which contribute to psychiatric illness, chronic pain, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and dementia.

Dr. Avid Khamenehfar

BSc, MSc, MSc, PhD, Research and Development

Ms. Khamenehfar finished her Ph.D. in August 2015 in the field of Bioanalytical Chemistry at Simon Fraser University. In her multidisciplinary areas of research, she has helped develop a novel same-single-cell analysis for multidrug resistance (MDR) using microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology to improve drug delivery into cancer cells. Ms. Khamenehfar has an abundance of professional experience from her time performing research with Atra Pharmaceutical Co. and as a Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Laboratory Manager at the Polymer & Petrochemical Research Institute in Iran for four and a half years. In those years, she proved her ability as a QA/QC Manager in the management of multiple projects simultaneously and under strict time-lines. Her extracurricular activities include participation in the Society of Young Researchers in Iran to manage research projects, organize and present several chromatography training workshops, and directly assist undergraduate student’s lab work.

Barry Daniel

(LL.B)

Mr. Daniel is a retired police chief and proven leader with extensive administrative and operational experience of more than thirty-eight years in law enforcement. A former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for 25 years he served in a variety of positions across Canada retiring at the rank of Inspector. He was appointed Chief Constable for the Matsqui Police Department and later as the Chief Constable of the Abbotsford Police Department upon amalgamation of the two cities. Since retiring he has been involved in numerous private enterprises both nationally and internationally. He has held appointments such as: Director Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Chair of the Resolutions Committee for the CACP. President of the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP). President of British Columbia Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police (BCAMCP). He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virgina as well as the Executive Development Program at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.

Manjit Sidhu

C.A.

Mr. Sidhu is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Economics from Simon Fraser University, which he obtained in 1979. Mr. Sidhu previously attended the University of Leeds in the UK, where he studied history and trained to be a teacher. In the early part of his career, Mr. Sidhu held a number of positions in the accounting/finance area as a Senior Accountant and was responsible for providing accounting, auditing and tax consulting services to a wide range of private and public sector clients, such as School Boards, Hospitals and Municipalities. In 1988, Mr. Sidhu joined the BC Ministry of Health and held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of audit, budget management, reporting and funding. Mr. Sidhu was appointed an Assistant Deputy Minister in 2006 and has held this position since that time.

Manjit Claire

CCIM

Mr. Claire is a licensed real estate specialist that has been advising clients for over 22 years. He currently specializes in commercial, investment and foreclosure transactions. In 2010 Mr. Claire earned the prestigious CCIM designation, is a past president of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, and a former member of the BC Cancer Foundation. He has represented many financial institutions and private lenders in insolvency proceedings including TD Canada Trust, Vancity, Canadian Western Bank, GVC Credit Union, as well as numerous private lenders and law firms representing clients in foreclosure proceedings. Because of Mr. Claire’s extensive business, real estate, and philanthropic experience, his professional network extends far beyond Vancouver and has given Segra an incredible amount of credibility and access to many industry-leading professionals.

Armin Prahst

B.Sc., M.Sc.

Mr. Prahst is a seasoned Scientist working for over 30 years in various positions in the Food, Beverage and Natural Health Product Industry. He graduated with a M.Sc. in Food Science from the University of British Columbia in 1994 and proved to be outstanding in his field by obtaining a scholarship at the end of his B.Sc. program in 1992 at the University of Guelph, for the highest cumulative average of the 10 Food Processing classes he took. His passion is fermentation technology and food processing which he nurtured working with various companies such as Granville Island Brewing and RJ Spagnols specifically in R&D and QC Senior positions. The last 15 years he has been operating his own business, Spagomed Laboratories, focusing on developing and marketing Natural Health Products in Canada and consulting in that industry. He was one of the first individuals to successfully create a retail line of fermented and conventionally extracted botanicals in North America. The IP that he created is currently utilized by Teawolf LLC, a highly successful botanical extract company that he co-founded and helped build as Technical Director since 2009. Mr. Prahst has a wide range of practical experience ranging from the agricultural field, to the lab bench and industrial processing over to the regulatory environment in Canada and the USA. His business travels brought him to China, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, the USA and many European countries enabling him to link not only interdisciplinary fields but also intercultural ones.

Dr. Laina Geary

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada

In 2005 Dr. Geary completed her B.Sc.(Hons.) at the University of Manitoba with first class honours. She stayed at the U of M to pursue a Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Philip Hultin. As an NSERC postgraduate scholar, she studied the behaviour of trichloroethylene derivatives under palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling conditions and developed new routes to benzofurans and indoles via Pd-catalyzed C-H functionalization and earned a Ph.D. in 2010. She then joined the research lab of Prof. Michael Krische at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied ruthenium(II)- and iridium(I) catalyzed propargylation reactions. In 2011, Dr. Geary became one of the inaugural recipients of a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship through NSERC. Dr. Geary joined the University of Nevada, Reno in July 2014 as an assistant professor. A project of Dr. Geary’s aims to generate a wide array of aza-cannabinoids for the treatment of cancers. The cannabinoids will be synthesized from vinyl phenols and (homo)allylic amines via a tandem palladium catalyzed olefin bisfunctionalization/ intramolecular Diels-Alder reaction, thereby satisfying the requirement for easily accessible starting materials.