Built around a passionate founder, the High Tide team is structured to capitalize on cannabis-related growth opportunities, strengthen the company’s integrated value chain and optimize operations across its subsidiary entities, all while conducting business in a safe, sustainable and ethical manner.
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Grover is the founder of High Tide Ventures and its subsidiary companies of RGR Canada, Smoker’s Corner and Canna Cabana, while also being the co-founder of High Tide’s newest subsidiary, Famous Brandz. Raj started Smoker’s Corner in 2009 and RGR Canada in 2011 and has been operating profitably as a pioneer in the cannabis accessories industry ever since. Currently, he is a national franchisor and entrepreneur with 17 years of experience in building and selling successful companies. Mr. Grover leads the industry in manufacturing capabilities and has built the largest network of comparable retail stores in Canada. In his personal time, Raj is passionate about supporting children’s charities that benefit the underprivileged and those struggling with health issues and other life challenges.
Kevin Cornish, MBA, CPA, CMA
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Cornish has over a decade of leadership and management experience in accounting, finance, human resources and operations. Kevin has focused his career on building teams, optimizing efficiencies and positioning corporate assets for maximum performance. Previously, he also assisted entrepreneurs on a volunteer basis with a variety matters related to corporate finance. In 2013, Kevin relocated with his family to Calgary from Halifax and is currently the proud father of two young children. Mr. Cornish holds an MBA from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Matthew Dexter, MBA, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dexter is a Senior Finance Professional with more than 10 years of experience working with CGAAP; USGAAP; IFRS and Private Enterprise in accounting, reporting, planning and analytical capacities.
From 2012 until 2018, Mr. Dexter was the Associate Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at a large Canadian retailer of industrial and casual apparel. He has significant experience in short- and long-term financial planning and budgeting. Mr. Dexter has also developed an expertise in corporate financial reporting, financial analysis and providing support to senior-level decision makers. Foreign currency strategies, business development and change management have also been areas of focus in his career.
Prior to the aforementioned role, Mr. Dexter gained experience in the airline, utilities and shipbuilding industries. Educated in Atlantic Canada, he moved to Calgary in 2011.
Nick Kuzyk, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer & SVP Capital Markets
Mr. Kuzyk joined High Tide in April of 2018 and brings over 15 years of experience in investor relations, mergers and acquisitions and business development. From early-stage ventures to large cap corporations, Nick has developed a balanced expertise comprised of both qualitative and quantitative aspects rooted in strategic communications and financial analysis. Mr. Kuzyk holds both an HBA and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) at Western University, is the Treasurer of the Alberta chapter of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) and has also completed the CIRI/Ivey Strategic Management of Investor Relations Program. In his personal life, Mr. Kuzyk spends time volunteering in the community for the benefit of causes about which he is passionate.
Chief Revenue Officer
Mr. Palalas is responsible for developing distribution channels, sourcing new market opportunities and overseeing the revenue portfolio of High Tide. Andy is a business growth and sales professional with a decade of experience in implementing sales programs for established corporations and start-ups alike. With extensive experience in the loyalty marketing sector, a track record of explosive growth in franchise sales and operations, and a holistic mastery of ground-level business development through to overarching marketing strategy, Andy has most recently taken Famous Brandz from inception to one of the leading manufacturers of smoking accessories internationally. A relentless new business hunter and relationship builder, Andy is determined to fulfill High Tide’s vision of becoming the largest vertically integrated cannabis enterprise in the world.
Nader Ben Aissa
External Legal Counsel
Mr. Ben Aissa is a lawyer at Hooey and Company Lawyers in Calgary, Alberta. He specializes in commercial law with a wide range of experience in corporate governance, equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Keeping a close eye on cannabis law, he is preparing company infrastructure for the upcoming change in cannabis legislation. In 2013, Nader received his Doctor of Law (JD) from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Ben Aissa was called to the Bar and admitted as a Member of the Law Society of Alberta in 2015.