The Team Behind the Vision.

TextWith a combined experience of over 100 years in the pharmaceutical and cannabis industries, Materia Ventures’ team is uniquely equipped to develop the most robust, compliant and efficient cannabis manufacturing and distribution footprint across Europe.

Management Team

Deepak Anand
Chief Executive Officer
prev. Cannabis Compliance, Zenabis
  • Recognized thought leader in the global cannabis space and government relations and regulatory expert
  • Previously Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations at Cannabis Compliance Inc. and Vice President of Zenabis
  • Board member for various pharmaceutical associations across Canada, the United States and Europe
Michael Garbuz
prev. Origin House, Cassels Brock LLP

  • Early entrepreneur in the cannabis industry - as founder, management, and legal counsel for various private and public global cannabis companies
  • Extensive experience working on corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and going public transactions across international markets
Dariusz Nieciecki
Chief Financial Officer
prev. Brookfield Asset Management
  • 15+ years in investment experience across private and public markets, M&A structuring and negotiation
  • Corporate development and strategic initiatives
  • Experience across numerous industry sectors including Healthcare

Nick Pateras
Managing Director, Europe
prev. Lift & Co, Johnson & Johnson
  • Background in Fortune 500 healthcare at Johnson & Johnson
  • Previously Vice President of Strategy at Lift & Co. (TSXV: LIFT)
  • Cannabis sector representative on various policy advisory groups, including for Health Canada and the Government of Ontario
Dennis Beker
VP, Legal & Corporate Strategy
prev. Goodmans LLP

  • Extensive legal experience working for public and private companies on a broad range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, going public transactions and debt and equity financings

Greg Gorzkowski
VP, Strategy & Business Development
prev. Shopify, Ample Organics
  • Founding member of Shopify’s cannabis program
  • Previously lead international program at Ample Organics leading seed-to-sale platform
  • Extensive cannabis network and vast knowledge of the international cannabis supply chain and regulations