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Marketing Team Update May 18, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Further development with the Cambridge Bay pilsner bottle. Contact with Saxco and discussion with new producer to get the "tapered" body on the Bottle. Color discussion for the bottle - trying to determine what is possible.
  • Discussion about the can also with Saxco. Printed or sleeve? Is it possible to make more refined colors?
  • Also do we need to change label due to marketing text.
  • Further work on the Cambridge Bay brand guidelines.
  • New short bussiness plan

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Cambridge Bay bottle - What is possible and doable in production? Getting closer to decision.
  • Create the brand guide for Cambridge Bay
  • Start Cambridge Bay bold process. There are a lot of restrictions that we have to overcome!

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Text feedback on the labels
  • Ping-pong with the regulations and warning texts.
  • Help from Ryan in the bottle production process
Product Team Update May 18, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We prepared and hosted two television news networks at Loyalist for interviews with Province’s CEO and the college president
  • We revised the Product Team organizational chart and planned the Product Team hiring strategy
  • We agreed to partner with CNETE and Shawinigan College to study ethanol removal from beer, and we will apply for an Engage (CCI) grant
  • The negotiations for leasing a building in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia for our brewery location are going well and expected to continue

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Recruitment for two positions will begin
  • Continue with procurement of plant equipment
  • We will complete the application and apply for the Engage grant with Shawinigan College and CNET, Quebec
  • We will get hemp beer shipped for analysis at various labs

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Help finding a good employment recruiter for technical positions in the Nova Scotia area
  • Help to find a way to germinate hemp seeds and bring to Loyalist College
  • Help with finding used brewing equipment
Business Development & Fundraising Team Update May 18, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK’S UPDATE

  • Continued to raise Series A with great traction from both individuals and investment banks
  • Met with potential partners and investors in New York at the 2nd Annual Cannabis Conference held by Canaccord Genuity
  • Finalized the terms for a potential lease agreement
  • Were filmed for another video article by CBC, increasing the media traction we have been receiving lately

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Look for the right bank to lead the going public process. We have set meetings with three investment banks
  • Continue raising Series A
  • Preparing for conferences in Tel-Aviv and London
  • Second visit to the potential facility we are looking to lease
  • Invited to talk at Canadian Brewing Awards & Conference

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Extending our network of brokers, who can introduce us to new investors
  • Introductions to potential partners and investors in Tel Aviv or London
Productivity Team Update May 18, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We set a hiring plan for the Product Team through the end of 2018.
  • We held our first follow-up interview for the role of Process Engineer and scheduled another for this coming week.
  • We were saddened to learn that we’d be losing Dooma’s assistant Hanna, but respect her choice to decide to accelerate her schooling. We spent much of the week finding a short-term replacement and prioritizing the search for a new assistant.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We’ll be developing job descriptions for three new members of the Product Team.
  • We’ll be conducting trainings with the lab technicians at Loyalist and our new intern who will be temporarily covering Dooma’s scheduling.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • If you know a great Executive Assistant ready for a new opportunity with an ability to relocate, reach out to caitlin@provincebrands.com
Team Member Spotlight / Carte Blanche May 18, 2018
 
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Ernesta Redi, Advisor, Director

Ernesta Redi is a biomedical scientist and a serial entrepreneur.

She brings extensive experience in message development, international campaigns, media and investment strategy.

Additionally, Ernesta works with clients to create brand-distinguishing thought leadership as well as to promote breakthrough scientific projects.

Ernesta frequently advises governments, heads of state, and corporate clients in public and business diplomacy, investment promotion, and communication strategies.

Currently, her main entrepreneurial targets are on sustainable well-being, scientific research on Cannabis and the use of blockchain technology. Ernesta is an advisor and an angel investor to several start-ups.

Ernesta is a member in the leadership circle of the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. A graduate of Imperial College London Ernesta is fluent in five languages.

Productivity Team Update May 11, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We set interviews for the new role in the Product Team.
  • We developed a list of priorities for the Legal Team to use when reaching out to contract brewers.
  • We built out preliminary hiring plans for the Marketing Team and Product Team for 2018-2019, and shared them with those team leaders for feedback.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We’ll be scheduling follow-up interviews for the top candidates for the new role in the Product Team.
  • We’ll be finalizing a hiring plan for the Product team through the end of 2018.
  • We’ll be completing some materials required to apply for additional government funding opportunities.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We’re looking for a part-time summer intern for the Productivity Team – great for someone interested in HR or Project Management. If you know any current students who would be excited by this opportunity, reach out to caitlin@provincebrands.com. The job description is below: 

Our Intern, Productivity Team will support the Director Human Resources and Organizational Development and the larger Productivity Team at Province. The Productivity Team at Province both oversees Project Management for the entire company and HR. This will be a research/writing/data entry heavy role. Responsibilities include:

  • Helping to clean up Province’s project management software.
  • Researching Kanban and Agile work systems.
  • Helping to draft HR documents.
  • Pitching in to support other Province teams with research projects.
Business Development & Fundraising Team Update May 11, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK’S UPDATE

  • Continued to raise Series A with great traction from both individuals and investment banks
  • Responding to follow up questions as part of the due diligence process by a VC firm from New York that is interested in joining as a key investor in Province
  • Completed first reach out to new investors and partners we met at both Arcview - Vancouver and Cannabis Private Investment Summit.
  • Signed an agreement with another investment bank. We now have three banks assisting
  • Negotiated terms for a new potential lease agreement and visited the site

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Look for the right bank to lead the going public process. We have set meetings with three investment banks
  • Continue raising Series A
  • Continue due diligence with the VC firm

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Expanding our network of brokers who can introduce us to new investors.
Product Team Update May 11, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Last week we hired two part-time laboratory technicians and research is progressing well at Loyalist College
  • Interviews were held last week for a process engineer to join the Product Team
  • The pilot hemp extract was concentrated, wort was produced, and fermentation is now underway
  • We expect to hear back from the real estate office on the Grimsby location for a brewery Monday or Tuesday next week. The landlord was reassessing expenses for modifications to the building.
  • Two new potential brewery locations were found, and we are ready to submit offers to lease if Grimsby is not moving forward. Negotiations on the Aqualitas location in Nova Scotia is still ongoing

LOOKING FORWARD

  • On Wednesday, our CEO will take part in two exciting interviews in Belleville at the lab, one with the CBC.
  • Progress is being made on procurement of plant equipment (i.e. bioprocessing of Cannabis, ethanol removal from beer, marijuana oil extraction, etc.)
  • Next week we will start bioprocess optimization in the new lab reactor
  • Next week we will start an analytical research project with Shawinigan College and CNET, Quebec for analysis of our cannabis beer identifying unique plant components

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Help with obtaining germinated, non-viable hemp seeds for brewing
  • Help with finding used brewing equipment and a brewery location
Marketing Team Update May 11, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Further development with the Cambridge Bay pilsner bottle - artwork and 3D
  • Discussion with Legal regarding what is possible and not. Also discussion on whether we need to change label due to marketing text
  • New 3D on bottles has been made ready to print. Waiting for legal if we need to do changes.
  • Started on Cambridge Bay brand guidelines. Had many discussions about what the brand is and how to develop it for the future.
  • Waiting for Saxco for further requirements for the can for Cambridge Bay pilsner.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Cambridge Bay bottle, What is possible and doable in production.
  • Create the brand guide for Cambridge Bay
  • Start Cambridge Bay bold process. There are a lot of restrictions that we have to overcome!

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Text feedback on the labels
  • Ping-pong with the regulations and warning texts.
  • Help from Ryan in the bottle production process
Team Member Spotlight / Carte Blanche May 11, 2018
 
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Andrew Del Fatti, Intern

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I’m Andrew Del Fatti, a Business Development Intern here at Province Brands. I’m currently in the process of completing my MBA at Rotman School of Management, a program which requires its students to seek out an internship prior to graduation. As I explored potential opportunities across various industries, I was introduced by my career coach to Elad, who is an ex-student of hers and leads the Business Development team at Province. We had several productive conversations about the emerging cannabis industry and Province’s potential place therein.  Ultimately, Province’s potentially disruptive products along with a chance to be involved in the growth of an exciting new industry had me eager to join the Province Brands team.

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Though I’m now a business school student, my academic background is in science, particularly biophysics. Professionally, my previous experience is in the manufacturing industry working for a start-up called NeoCast. Having worked at NeoCast from R&D through scaling and successful launch, I excel in fast-paced environments where the best is expected. I see this in the team here at Province and am certain that the future holds great things.

Personally, I’m an avid musician and a travel enthusiast. By extension, I love immersing myself in foreign cultures and feeling the new sounds and experiences that stem from their music. Having played instruments from a young age, I’ve made a conscious effort to ensure music stays a part of my life. 

Legal & Finance Update May 4, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATES

  • This week I went on a tour of the science facilities / CROs that we have been working with to brew beer. It was pretty inspiring to see all of our lab scale projects scaling up to the investor tour.
  • Licensure is the main focus for the team and we have hired a security consultant to help with the cannabis licensure. While we feel confident that the team could handle this on our own in most normal circumstances, we decided to work with a consultant because Health Canada is used to working with consultants and is very familiar with their forms. We believe the consistency with past applicants will work in our favor for approval. Also, we know that time is of the essence and we don’t want to risk having the process take longer as we navigate a steep learning curve. As such we had our consultant review the top brewery location and there were no red flags.
  • We also have been working on securing a partnership to establish a license to sell our products in the EU – initially Greece.
  • We have updated our patent for final submission and revised portions of our strategy.
  • With respect to going public we are getting quotes for any specialists that we need to advise the CPC transaction. We have nearly finalized our options valuation / Black Shoals model.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We are looking forward to securing a lobbyist firm. We believe the firm will help us secure meetings with government officials as they finalize the rules on cannabis beverages.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are looking to bring on a finance intern let us know if you have any young people who would be interested in working with a startup.
Business Development & Fundraising Team Update May 4, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK’S UPDATE

  •  Completed the first stage of the due diligence process by a VC firm, from New York, that is interested in joining as a key investor in Province
  • Had a great success in both Arcview - Vancouver and Cannabis Private Investment Summit. Met many potential partners and investors.
  • Signed an agreement with another investment bank to assist in closing the round
  • Met with two more investment banks that are interested in joining this round
  • Continued to raise Series A

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Follow up with all of the investors we met last week at the Arcview conference
  • Site visit at potential LP partner for a facility, white label, and cannabis supply
  • Continue due diligence with the VC firm
  • Look for the right bank to lead the going public process

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Potential bankers that can take Province public
Product Team Update May 4, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Last week the product team was busy helping to host an investor group at our CRO Quebec facilities and the research lab
  • Still waiting to hear back from the real estate/landlord on the Grimsby location after the final sign back was submitted. Negotiations were started last week on the Aqualitas location in Halifax N.S. and will continue this week
  • The hemp extract produced in Quebec was analyzed and we concluded that high sodium was the cause of the high conductivity (and osmotic pressure). To eliminate this, next time we will use on-line pH control instead of a buffer system.
  • The hemp extract fermented successfully in lab testing. We will investigate flavor and alcohol enhancement by xylose utilizing brewing yeast  

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We will follow up on the Grimsby offer, negotiate the Nova Scotia opportunity and investigate other options for a brewing location
  • The hemp extract will be concentrated in glucose at CNETE using reverse osmosis and sodium will be removed using diafiltration on Monday. It will then be shipped back to Belleville on Tuesday and wort produced Wednesday with fermentation to follow

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Help with obtaining germinated, non-viable hemp seeds for brewing
  • Help with getting two employment contracts for our part-time technicians at Loyalist College
  • Help with interviewing and hiring a process engineers for the new position on the Product Team
Productivity Team Update May 4, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We placed a posting for interns and look forward to seeing what responses we get.
  • We’ve started getting resumes for our new role in the Product Team.
  • We split our Alcohol Licensure Gantt Chart into three separate charts for better clarity.
  • We helped the Fundraising Team plan a trip for a potential investor.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We’ll be working with the Product Team to build out a list of interview questions for the new candidates we’ll be interviewing.
  • We’ll be working on building out some company-wide HR plans for implementation of the new bonus plan.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We’re looking to form relationships with a few good temp agencies to help bring in temporary help for crunch periods. If you’ve worked with any firms you’ve loved, reach out to caitlin@provincebrands.com
Marketing Team Update May 4, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Further development with the Cambridge Bay pilsner bottle as well as development with the artwork and 3D on the bottle.
  • 3D prints have been made on the bottle. Also the label has been changed due to the legal requirements. Next week a new bottle will be printed to check updates.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Cambridge Bay bottle
  • Create the brandguide for Cambridge Bay
  • Start Cambridge Bay Bold

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Need full text for back and front for Cambridge Bay pilsner
  • Ping-pong with the regulations and warning texts.
  • Help from Ryan in the bottle production process
Team Member Spotlight / Carte Blanche May 4, 2018
 
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Meghan Lenko, Intern

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My name is Meghan Lenko, and I’m interning for the summer at Province Brands in Business Development and Fundraising. I’ll be entering my fourth year of study at the University of Toronto in September. I study Public Accounting and Economics in the Rotman Commerce program. I’m very excited to broaden my horizons this summer and explore the field of Investor Relations!

As I was scrolling through our careers portal looking at potential opportunities for the summer, Province immediately caught my eye. I was excited at the prospect helping a promising startup company grow. I also find the concept of making a profit whilst bettering people’s lives very attractive, and Province embodies that. Our product will disrupt the market in an entirely new way as a healthier alternative to traditional alcohol consumption. 

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In my spare time I like to do all things active. Growing up, sports were big in my family. To this day my dad quizzes me on NFL quarterbacks. In the past, I played basketball at a high level for about 9 years. Now I mostly stay active by doing yoga and running, although I remain an avid Toronto Raptors fan. 

Legal & Finance Update April 27, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATES

  • We are almost solely focused on our LP application and preparing for our alcoholic beverage licenses. This practices takes up all of our time because it is one of the most important tasks for our whole company right now. We selected a new consulting firm for the application.
  • We selected a CPC and are now full steam ahead on our plans to go public.
  • We received word from our auditors that we should be able to wrap up our audit within a few weeks. This allows us to breathe a sigh of relief. After getting the CPC, obtaining audited financials is the next big hurdle we will face in our path to go public.
  • We finalized a lease agreement for our new office space.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We are planning to sign a deal with a bank to help with fundraising.
  • We plan to work on the lease for our new facility.
  • If you missed the call we held to help investors navigate the Shareworks / Solium platform, you are in luck. We plan to hold another call soon. If you still haven’t signed up or need help logging on please contact Krina Merchant at krina@provincebrands.com.

 

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are looking for a cannabis lobbyist firm.
  • We need some help from someone who may have experience with contract brewing facilities. We would love some practical advice about the contract brewing process.
  • We really need help finding a low cost software for tight version control for our Word/Visio documents and Delta View Change Pro software system.
Marketing Team Update April 27, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • A new version of the business plan for May has been done - both short and long.
  • Power point for Arcview fundraising event is now finished
  • Further development with the Cambridge Bay pilsner bottle - further development with the artwork and 3D on the bottle. Renderings and color testing. Green for the pilsner and brown for Cambridge Bay Grand is the idea so far.
  • A lot of effort to redo the crest to fit and be doable in production.
  • Next week we will 3D print the bottle to get a more detailed idea about the general feel and have look at the size of the label.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Cambridge Bay bottle
  • Create the brandguide for Cambridge Bay
  • Start Cambridge Bay bold

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Need full text for back and front for Cambridge Bay pilsner
  • Ping pong with the regulations and warning texts.
  • Help from Ryan in the bottle production process
Productivity Team Update April 27, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We built out a Gantt Chart to track all our expanded HR needs moving forward.
  • In preparation for the upcoming conference we helped the Fundraising Team update our profile on Breeze, Arcview’s portal for investors to research companies pitching at the conferences, and trained the new members of the Fundraising Team on the portal.
  • We helped the Product Team think through their future hiring needs and began putting a plan in place to address those needs.
  • We worked with the Legal Team to get some questions answered for the final build-out of the Alcohol Licensure Gantt Chart.
  • We held one of our first intern interviews.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Due to some unexpected HR and fundraising needs, we didn’t complete all our postings for interns, but we’ll be prioritizing that this week.
  • We’ll be helping the Product Team post for at least one new position.
  • We’ll be building out a roadmap for the next 6 months of Product Team hiring.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We’re looking to form relationships with a few good temp agencies to help bring in temporary help for crunch periods. If you’ve worked with any firms you’ve loved, reach out to caitlin@provincebrands.com
Product Team Update April 27, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Last week we “signed back” the sign back offer to lease the Grimsby location and we are still pursuing other locations and an opportunity in Nova Scotia.
  • The hemp extract was processed after enzymatic hydrolysis to separate solids from liquid in a continuous centrifuge pilot unit at INRS in Quebec City and was brought back to Loyalist College for characterization
  • For the hemp extract, we are in the stages of performing analysis and characterizations (HPLC for compositional, further second stage enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation testing). Brewing has been delayed so we have time to understand the product at this point and ensure we can optimize the process
  • We are working with contract research organizations to perform some specialized analytical services for unique plant component identification

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We will follow up on the Grimsby offer, seek to submit offers on any potential properties as good as or better than Grimsby and send a team member to negotiate the Nova Scotia opportunity
  • The team will host potential investors and a take them on a tour in Quebec of the CROs and the Loyalist lab
  • We will complete the analysis of the hemp extract and decide on how to concentrate, if needed

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Finding a location to build our brewery
  • Looking for an exceptional Process Engineer/Design Engineer (Chemical Engineer) with industrial experience