We're a team of skilled professionals with a history of success.
We are visionaries, brand builders, category experts, and smooth operators. And above all, we share a passion for the business of cannabis and are completely invested in its potential.
Darren Bondar, MBA
Founder, Director & CEO
Vice President Business & Ethos
Jeremy Lee, CPA
Vice President, Finance
National Manager, Retail Operations
National Real Estate Manager & Ontario GM
Christine Smith, B.Mgmt
National Manager, Marketing & Strategy
Nicki Krygier, BA
National Manager, Human Resources
National Manager, Construction
Strategic Buyer & Vendor Collaborator
Franchise Development & Compliance Coordinator
Board of Directors
Darren Bondar, President & CEO and Director
Trailblazer. Creator. Collaborator. Founder. Darren is the President and CEO of Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. and the company is led by his strategic planning, determination and creativity - not just for thinking outside the box, but for creating a whole new box! With an uncanny knack for surrounding himself with the best and the brightest, Darren has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years experience driving sales growth in both the retail and franchise industries. Prior to Inner Spirit Holdings, Darren founded WATCH IT! in 1999 which ballooned across Canada. He has been recognized with multiple industry awards including numerous Canadian franchise awards of excellence, The Alberta School of Business retail awards, Top Watch retailer award and a Top 40 under 40. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Western Ontario University and his MBA from the University of Alberta.
Christopher Gulka, CFO and Director
Christopher sits on our Board of Directors and works for our company as Chief Financial Officer. Christopher is a CPA and CFA with over 26 years of business experience. He has sat as President of Working Capital Corporation since 1999 and is a former financial analyst at the Alberta Securities Commission. In addition, Christopher founded, and was the CFO and director of Passport Energy Ltd., and the CFO of Rochester Energy Corp. Christopher brings meticulous attention to detail, a high level of oversight and a thorough understanding of IFRS to ensure accurate financial reporting.
Manjit Minhas, Director
Mrs. Minhas is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MCBSW Sales Co. (o/a as Minhas Brewery and Distillery), a producer and distributor of liquor and beer products in North America, since 1999. Mrs. Minhas is a Canadian entrepreneur, television personality and venture capitalist. She specializes in marketing with interests in branding and sales. Minhas was announced as one of the new dragons on Season 10 of the Canadian reality television series Dragons' Den in 2015 for its tenth season. According to the Dragons Den website she has "been recognized for several business industry awards such as PROFIT magazine's "Top Growth Entrepreneur", Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, Canada's Top 40 under 40, Chatelaine Magazine's "Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year 2011", Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of The Year Prairie Region and The Sikh Centennial Foundation Award 2015."
Russell Wilson, Director
Mr. Wilson has been the Vice President, Business Development of Prairie Merchant Corporation ("PMC"), a private investment company, since February 2019. From November 2016 to February 2019, Mr. Wilson was the Manager, New Business Ventures of PMC. Prior thereto, Mr. Wilson held a role with Lululemon athletica, an international athletic apparel retailer, from April 2014 to November 2016.
David B. Margolus, Director
Counsel to, and former Managing Partner of Witten LLP, David served on the boards of the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority and TSX-listed Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd., PowerComm Inc. and the XS Cargo Income Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law Degree from the University of Alberta, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. MacMillan is the Vice President, Commercial Business Development of Auxly Cannabis Group Inc., an integrated cannabis company, since June 2019. Prior thereto, Mr. MacMillan was the Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission, a provincial Crown commission that controls the purchase, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages in the Province of Prince Edward Island, from March 2015 to June 2019. Mr. MacMillan was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Edward Island Cannabis Management Corporation, a Crown corporation responsible for the regulation and sale of cannabis in the Province of Prince Edward Island, from August 2018 to June 2019.
Craig Steinberg, Director
Craig has over 10 years of experience as a private mortgage banker and corporate counsel to a private lender, and was most recently a partner in Miller Thomson LLP's banking and real estate group. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Bar Association and Real Estate Council of Alberta. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, Bachelor of Laws from Western University and a CSA/PDO from the Canadian Securities Institue.
Michael Ginevsky, Corporate Secretary
Michael is a corporate securities lawyer with experience in capital markets, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities regulatory compliance. He works with public and private companies in a wide range of industries and assists companies in all stages of the business lifecycle. Michael has been advising businesses in the cannabis industry since 2016, and has been a part of the Inner Spirit team since its inception in 2017. He holds a Juris Doctor with Distinction from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) with Honours from the University of British Columbia. Michael practices with Burstall LLP, a boutique law firm based in Calgary, Alberta.
Frank Rochon, Director
Mr. Rochon was previously Vice Chairman and Managing Partner with Deloitte. In addition, he was a member of Deloitte’s executive leadership team for over 20 years in various capacities including Regional Managing Partner roles and as Deloitte Canada M&A Executive Leader. Mr. Rochon was also a member of Deloitte’s Global Executive leadership for over eight years. During his 30-year professional career, he served many of Canada’s most iconic and emerging companies and was widely sought for his trusted counsel and experience. Mr. Rochon is recognized for his strong financial expertise, governance, market and operational executive leadership. He has been extensively involved in board leadership roles for numerous large national not-for-profit organizations and foundations.
Robert Verbuck, Capital Markets
Mr. Verbuck is a leading advisor to start-ups and emerging companies across various sectors with a focus on the cannabis industry. Rob has been involved in structuring, advising and helping fund early stage businesses across the cannabis industry, including cannabis cultivation, retail, processing, manufacturing, wellness and consumer products since 2014. In addition to his business and corporate advisory roles, Mr. Verbuck has practiced corporate and securities law for 20 years and continues to act as a key legal advisor for numerous companies both within and outside the cannabis industry, with a specific focus on capital markets and transaction structuring advice across various platforms.
Larry Wosk, Retail
Larry has been lecturing at the Sauder School of Business at UBC for over 15 years. His areas of concentration are strategic management, international business, real estate, and marketing. Larry commenced his teaching career after working for over 27 years in senior management and as President and Chief Executive Officer in several industries including, retailing, real estate development, hospitality and consulting. During that time, he ran several companies, the largest of which had over 1,000 employees.
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