Segra International | Management Team
Segra International is a specialist R&D company focused on Quality Management Systems and facilities for medicinal Cannabis and botanical tissue culture
Segra, Research and Development, R&D, Quality Management Systems, facilities, plant-based medicines, medicinal, Cannabis, botanical, tissue culture, specialist, Genotyping Services, Tissue Culture Production, Modular Growing Facility
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Management Team

World-class scientific team, management team, and advisory board.

Segra has assembled a world-class team that consists of an extremely well-rounded group of academics, growers/breeders, managers, advisors, and financial executives. The Company also possesses an Advisory Board comprised of leading experts in the areas of clinical research, plant science, analytical chemistry, marketing, business and engineering.

Todd McMurray

CEO, President, Director

Mr. McMurray is a business and corporate development professional with over 26 years of experience planning, financing, and promoting the strategic initiatives of public and private companies. This experience includes over 20 years as a director and or senior officer of Canadian listed companies.  During his career he has helped raise in excess of $100 million for BC-based companies. Mr. McMurray was part of the management team that developed and sold St. Jude Resources in a transaction valued at $120 million.

John Meekison

CPA, CMA, P.Log, CIM, BA, Chief Financial Officer

John Meekison, BA, CIM, – Mr. Meekison is a veteran investment banker specializing in life sciences at Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon, Haywood Securities, Dlouhy Merchant and PI Securities. As a financier, Mr. Meekison has raised equity capital for various biotechnology companies such as StressGen Biotechnologies, ID Biomedical, Acorda Therapeutics, Inex Pharmaceuticals, Xenon Pharmaceuticals, Nortran Pharmaceuticals (now Cardiome) and BioMS Medical Corp. As CFO for a TSE listed company developing a novel clinical diagnostic platform, Mr. Meekison supervised all public reporting functions, human resources, accounting and budgeting, raising equity capital, renegotiating the Company’s existing line of credit, reviewing corporate strategy, and leading merger and acquisition (M&A) discussions. Mr. Meekison sits on the Board of Directors of Pacific Cascade Minerals Inc., Ravenstar Ventures Inc., and Natcore Technology Inc. Mr. Meekison received his BA from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified Investment Manager.

Dr. John Brunstein

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Brunstein obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia in 1997, working on the molecular biology of viruses. Since then he has has worked with credible organizations including UBC as a Clinical Assistant Professor and later became the Chief Scientific Officer at the Centre for Translational and Applied Genomics. Dr. Brunstein has primarily worked through the company he founded, PathoID, as a consultant on biotechnology, molecular biology, and clinically related topics including clinical trials, assay validation methods, and quality systems in regulated industries for industrial and clinical sites in the US, Canada, and China. Dr. Brunstein has a broad exposure to biochemical analytical and molecular methods, quality systems, application of ISO/Health Canada/FDA and similar regulatory frameworks, and project management. His recognitions include the UBC Department of Pathology 2010 Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Discovery, and he has an extensive publication record including a widely read monthly serialized article “The Primer” on aspects of clinical molecular diagnostics, now in its third year of publication in Medical Laboratory Observer.

Dr. Brian Toyota

MD, CM, MSc, FRCSC, Director

Dr. Toyota obtained his Medical Degree (MD) at McGill University, completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Western Ontario and moved to B.C. in 1993. He began work at St. Paul’s Hospital before moving to Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and the BC Cancer Agency (BBCA), in 1996. He was the Residency Program Director from 1995 – 2003; Co-Chair of the BCCA/Vancouver Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program from its inception in 1997 – 2013; Provincial Chair of Neuro-oncology for the BCCA 2004 – 2013 and President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society 2012 – 2014. He is also on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Neurosciences and sits on the Royal College Specialty Committee for Neurosurgery and the Board of the American Association of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Brian D. Toyota is a world-renowned medical and cancer expert, and the current Head of Neurosurgery at the University of British Columbia.

Chris Weidling

Director

Mr. Weidling is the sole proprietor of Weid Capital, a cannabis-focused financial consulting business. Prior to forming Weid Capital, Mr. Weidling consulted on or helped finance multiple cannabis businesses in the U.S. and Canada, including 2+ years as the CFO of Theraplant in Connecticut.

Dr. Sma Zobayed

Ph.D., Director of Tissue Culture

Dr. Zobayed is a leading specialist in tissue culturing with extensive international experience. Dr. Zobayed holds two patents relating to tissue culturing and has published over 50 scientific papers related to his research in the field. He holds a Ph.D. in Plant Tissue Culture, from the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Hull (UK), and has won awards for his tissue culture work from the scientific community. He is a member in good standing with the International Society of Arboriculture, International Association for Plant Tissue Culture and the International Society for Horticultural Sciences.

Dr. Kevin Mehr

B.Sc., Ph.D., Business Development

Dr. Mehr finished his Ph.D. in Genome Science and Technology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is an expert in the fields of Microbiology and Genomics, with over seven years of research lab experience and published articles. He has overseen multiple research projects during his graduate work, including the supervision of students and lab members. His research background includes topics such as developing analytical techniques for the isolation and detection of antibiotics, protein engineering of carbohydrate processing enzymes to improve activity, developing ultra high-throughput screening techniques for detecting and isolating sugar processing enzymes from environmental bacterial libraries, and developing technology for the functional display of enzymes on viral phage particles for improving enzymatic activity. Recently he also developed a method to detect fusarium infections in Cannabis spp. plants.

Christine Thomson

Corporate Secretary

Ms. Thomson has 20 years of experience in the securities market including 12 years direct experience acting as an officer and or director providing corporate secretary services to listed companies. This experience includes working with highly active and successful companies listed on the TSX, TSX.V, NYSE and the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Ying Ng

Molecular Biology Lab Manager

Ms. Ng obtained her B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University, followed by the Registered Technologist (CSMLS) program in Clinical Genetics from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Working at BC Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) for over 12 years, she started as a clinical molecular and cytogenetics technologist. In 2011, she obtained formal certification in biobanking and led the biobanking efforts for the BC Cancer Agency and Vancouver General Hospital. In 2013 she completed her M.A. in Leadership from Trinity Western University. Most recently prior to joining Segra, her role in PHSA was as a lab manager where she oversaw facility planning of laboratory space, acquired capital equipment, and ensured proper resourcing of multiple projects.

Prabhleen Kaur

Senior Tissue Culture Specialist

Ms. Kaur is a highly technical and efficient tissue culture specialist who has studied under the tutelage of Dr. Zobayed for the past five years. She received her Diploma in Production Horticulture in 2015 from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. From there she achieved her Certification on Photoautotrophic Tissue Culture from the Faculty of Horticulture at Chiba University in Japan and Certification on Micropropagation Techniques from Nerang MDC in Australia. She began her career in 2011 as a Quality Control Technician at Lally Farms in Abbotsford, BC, and was then hired at JRT Nurseries, in Aldergrove, BC, as the Plant Tissue Culture Supervisor. She has held positions of increasing responsibility at JRT Nurseries, where she most recently held the position of Assistant Manager for the Tissue Culture Labs in Washington State and BC, that have a maximum output of 12 million plants a year for over 500 different plant species.