Dr. Robert Pastore is a scientist in the fields of nutrition, biochemistry, nutrigenomics, bioinformatics, and nanomedicine. His professional memberships include the American Society for Nutrition and the American College of Nutrition. As Chief Science Officer, Dr. Pastore leads the R&D and product development function of Vitalere.
Dr. Pastore is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). His private practice had the distinction of counseling some of the world’s greatest professional athletes from the MLB, NFL, NHL and the world of endurance sports, including professional cycling as well as Ironman competitors and marathon runners. During this period, he frequently lectured and counseled CEOs and other top executives of many Fortune 500 and Forbes List companies. He retired from private practice in late 2013 to start Vitalere. In addition to his history in practice, he is a proven health product inventor, having commercialized several products and co-founded several companies.
Raymond Stone has served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Futuremed since its inception in 1985; he founded the company following a study of the Canadian Long Term Care sector while working at a Canadian financial institution. Prior to founding Futuremed, Mr. Stone worked for eight years in various accounting and management positions in the financial industry. In 2011 he oversaw the acquisition of Futuremed by Cardinal Health, a global leader in the health care industry.
Mr. Stone currently consults to the Canadian healthcare industry and sits on various boards, including Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Big Life Foundation.
Tony Melman is Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acasta Capital. Tony provides leadership across all of Acasta’s businesses. He was previously a partner and Managing Director of Onex Corporation where he spent 22 years, having joined in 1984. Tony led or was involved in many of the major acquisitions that Onex undertook in that time period, and most of those investments created substantial value for Onex shareholders. Tony also played a key role in structuring Onex’s bids for Labatt Breweries and Air Canada, and arranging substantial and innovative related financings.
Prior to Onex, Tony was head of global project and acquisition financing at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Tony is the Executive Chair of Baycrest Global Solutions. Tony previously served as a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of CP Rail, having joined with Bill Ackman/Pershing Square and the ‘Directors for Change’. He was previously on the Board of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Celestica Inc.
Andrew Black is the Founder of BrandProject, which builds, buys and makes seed stage investments in disruptive consumer brands. BrandProject provides both consumer business-building expertise and investment equity to all its partner companies. BrandProject has invested and helped build innovative new brands including Chef’s Plate, Freshly, Daily Harvest, Awake Chocolate, The Coveteur, Owlet and SurfEasy.
Andrew has a wealth of experience helping to build some of the world’s leading consumer products and consumer technology companies. His expertise spans six different industries and includes building and transforming businesses in highly competitive markets. He has launched over 100 new products and services for global icons including Nike, Virgin, LEGO, Cadbury Schweppes, and Colgate Palmolive.
Andrew has strong operational and leadership experience, having been President Americas at LEGO, General Manager for the US Equipment Business at Nike Inc., and VP Marketing-North America at Cadbury Schweppes/Dr Pepper 7UP.
Ms. Thorsen joined Apollo Global Management in July 2008 and is currently a Principal managing institutional client relationships across North America focused on private equity, credit, natural resources and real estate. Prior to that time, Ms. Thorsen was a member of the Capital Introduction Group at Bank of America where she managed General Partner fund raising strategies with a focus on introducing them to investor relationships.
Previously, Ms. Thorsen was with AIG Global Investment Group in the Private Equity Funds Group where she invested balance sheet and pension money into private equity. Ms Thorsen began her career working at the White House working for the "Drug Czar". Ms. Thorsen graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Finance.
Currently, David Cynamon is Executive Chairman of K2 Pure Solutions, which manufactures water purification and disinfection products using safe, environmentally sustainable technology. Previously, as Chief Executive Officer, David Cynamon led KIK Corporation (later KIK Custom Products) since 1995, taking the company from a single product manufacturer in one plant, to a $1 Billion+ network of 21 plants and 4 distribution centres across North America.
In 2001, he was recognized as one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40" by the Globe and Mail and in 2002 as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Canadian Manufacturing sector. Serves as a director of a number of corporate and charitable organizations including the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and the Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Trust, a private family foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for those suffering from brain tumours.