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Marketing Team Update March 15, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Calls and meetings with both PR firms regarding strategy

  • Dagga Brand Guide

  • Confirming Yandi packaging changes with legal

  • Cambridge Bay packaging and dry goods design and updates

  • New press, see the news section of the website

  • Coordinating press for London trip

  • Graphics for London meetings

  • French translation for website

  • Photo editing and social media scheduling

  • Received sample can ends for child proof testing

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continued work with Legal Team on marketing strategies along regulations

  • Call with Product Team to problem solve packaging

  • Working on Rokt brand guide and packaging

  • Finalizing packaging for Yandi and Dagga with the legal team

  • Meetings with PR companies

  • Continued research on childproof qualification

  • Finishing Dagga brand guide

  • Creating new social media content

  • Finalizing videographer to film at Innotech beginning of April

  • Call with copywriter to write Yandi and Dagga stories

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Continued guidance regarding proposed Health Canada regulations for marketing

  • How to license packaging for child resistant standard

  • Growing social media platforms

Productivity Team Update March 15, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We finished a three-year hiring plan and presented it at a meeting with a local MP.

  • We collected almost all of the reviews forms for 2018 bonuses and began calculating final bonuses for the team. We hope to finalize calculations this weekend as soon as the final reviews come in.

  • We conducted two in-person interviews for President and planned a visit for a third candidate this weekend.

  • We held a meeting with Product, Productivity and Legal to get on the same page with goals for our build-out strategy and production plan.

  • We completed a total overhaul of Business Development and Fundraising’s Investor Tracking Sheet. (Julia will one day forgive us.)

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We pushed the visit with our bioprocess candidate by a few weeks to coincide with a large investor tour, allowing him to meet more of the Product Team during his stay.

  • We’ll be hosting a third candidate for President on Sunday and Monday.

  • We’ll be getting new computers up and running and out to the team.

  • We have several key decisions to make in our lobbying efforts.H

  • opefully we’ll have both our Smartscreen and LED screen installed in the conference room.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • If you have any recommendations for the positions below, please let us know.

Product Team Update March 15, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Finalize agreements and schedules with Innofiber and FPI for the next pilot scale trial.

  • Meeting with Ehvert to finalize the lab finishes. Waiting for feedback from Elfi

  • Obtained construction estimates of the mezzanine and HVAC.

  • Continue working on FIFCO samples.

  • Review drainage layout with Ehvert and Fengate/Liuna

  • The quote for used packaging equipment is due this week. Evaluate the options and submit a recommendation.

  • Receive the Andola equipment.

  • Obtain 3D drawings for the Alfa Laval equipment and incorporate these into the design.

  • Continue development of the pre-treatment plant.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Receive, summarize and report out on Glen Falls trials and schedule 2nd pilot run if required.

  • RFQ for the air, chiller and automation are due. These will be reviewed the following week and recommendations will be submitted to the board.

  • Submit the recommendations for the air system, chiller and automation architecture.

  • Submit lab design to tender.

  • Finalize HVAC design and submit recommendation to the board.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We have yet to secure financing and appreciate any help sourcing this.

Product Team Update March 8, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • This week Travis is working to install the Rocket Rotovap at the Grimsby office.

  • The Loyalist team is finalizing the samples for the next FIFCO tour. Both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beer will be available for the tour.

  • The team at Loyalist is also working on eliminating the acetic acid flavour from the beer.

  • RFQ/RFP have been issued for the air compressors, chillers and automation controls.

  • The permit for the lab construction was submitted last Friday. We are now waiting for comment from the town.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalize agreements with Innofiber and FPI for the next trial run, starting in late March, early April.

  • Finalize the flooring and drainage specifications/drawings for the brewhouse.

  • Finalize the specifications/drawings for the lab

  • Continue FIFCO samples

  • Source used packaging equipment

  • Receive Andola Equipment

  • Continue working on sourcing financing

  • Continue developing pre-treatment design, expediting pulping/washing and enzymatic hydrolysis.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We have yet to secure financing and appreciate any help sourcing this.

Legal & Finance Update March 8, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK’S UPDATE

  • Now that all of our cannabis applications have been submitted we are turning our attention to the next stages of our alcohol licensure. In the last few weeks, we received our alcohol manufactures’ license, so the next step is our excise license. Thanks to our insurance agent, Andrew Mangialardi, we now have our bond that is required for this license. 

  • We are in the midst of the finalizing the audited financials. This a huge milestone for the department this will be our first year completing these documents for a full years financials after actually raising capital.

  • We received some supplemental requests for additional information from HC related to our commercial hemp license. We submitted responses back this week. 

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We are looking forward to doing additional due diligence on potential mergers with partners who have a cannabis license.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need help with finding additional financing for equipment. 

  • We are in the process of speaking with our local MPs, if you have any tips or contacts in the local Grimsby area please share. 

  • We are in the processes of hiring someone in a compliance role if you know anyone that would be a good fit please let us know. 

Business Development & Fundraising Team Update March 8, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK’S UPDATE

  • Cash continues to come in for our current funding round. Now more than $2 million raised.

  • We’re working on a distribution agreement

  • We’re just starting work drafting a new strategic alliance – this one with a large multi-billion dollar company from Asia.

  • Reminder to check our Instagram for the latest progress photos on the brewery etc.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Dooma is planning a trip to Europe and Mexico to meet with prospective investors on the 3rd and 4th week of March. Let me know if you know anyone we should meet in London, Denmark or Mexico City – who might want to invest.

  • Dooma will be in Montreal for a business development meeting in early march. If you know anyone there Dooma should meet please let us know.

  • Important visit with a large multinational, multibillion dollar beer company scheduled for first week of April. This is their second visit and they seem very interested.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Looking for help with equipment financing. Please send any recommendations my way.

  • Looking for an investment bank to help with our fundraising efforts. Please send any recommendations to Dooma@provincebrands.com.

Productivity Team Update March 8, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • This week we welcomed our new Business Development and Fundraising Team Intern, Aydan. We did a day-long training with her and helped coordinate the Fundraising Team’s internal training. Welcome to the team, Aydan!

  • We ordered extra laptops for the office.

  • We met with the installation team for our new internet solution and are working through a few technical issues with the building before scheduling the install.

  • We helped build-out plans in Smartsheet for several lobbying efforts and have been doing daily touch points to make sure those initiatives are moving forward quickly.

  • We helped Legal finish updating their Gantt Chart for Alcohol Licensure.

  • We held the company-wide presentation on 2018 bonuses. There are definitely improvements we can plan for next year, but hopefully it was helpful for all involved.

  • We conducted several promising follow-up interviews for President.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Hopefully our Bioprocess candidate will be visiting.

  • We have a meeting set with a local MP and need to make sure we have all our supplemental materials ready to be presented.

  • Much of the week will be focused on calculating 2018 bonuses and getting sign-off on those amounts.

  • We have a long planning call set for team leaders to review important milestones for 2019 product goals to make sure everyone is aligned on deadlines, strategy, and possible risks. After that meeting we’ll need to build out any important initiatives identified.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • If you have any recommendations for the positions below, please let us know.

Marketing Team Update March 8, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Continued revisions on Yandi and Dagga as per regulations

  • Revisions to Cambridge Bay packaging as per brewing schedule

  • Yandi logo redesign

  • Communication for Golin and Duet regarding press strategies, including both releases and mentions on other media

  • 360 reviews for team members

  • Photo editing and social media scheduling

  • Received printed booklets for business plan

  • Coordinating video shoot and photography in one of our hemp facilities

  • Started social media strategizing for Cambridge Bay

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Waiting for specialized can ends delivery so that we can run tests for child proofing

  • Continued work with legal department on marketing strategies along regulations

  • Call with Product Team to problem solve packaging

  • Working on Rokt brand guide and packaging

  • Finalizing packaging for Yandi and Dagga with the legal team

  • Meetings with PR companies

  • Continued research on childproof qualification

  • Finishing Dagga brand guide

  • Creating new social media content

  • Finalizing videographer to film at Innotech beginning of April

  • Complete final version of story for Yandi

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Continued guidance regarding proposed Health Canada regulations for marketing

  • How to license packaging for child resistant standard

  • Growing social media platforms

Marketing Team Update March 1, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Continued work with legal on packaging regulations, we moved far with Dagga and now working on Yandi.

  • Redesigning Yandi logo

  • Communication with testing labs for child resistant packaging

  • Receiving samples of can ends for testing 

  • Photo editing and social media scheduling

  • Civilized magazine interviewed Dooma, see in the news section of the website  

  • New business plan sent to printer  

  • New versions of brand guides

  • Coordinating video shoot and photography in one of our hemp facilities 

  • Started social media strategizing for Cambridge Bay   

  • Updated business plan 

  • Printed the new updated business plan

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continued work with Legal Team on marketing strategies along regulations

  • Call with Product Team to problem solve packaging

  • Finding a solution for foil top application

  • Continued research on childproof qualification

  • Progress on Rokt brand guide

  • Continued work with Dagga brand guide

  • Creating new social media content

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Continued guidance regarding proposed Health Canada regulations for marketing

  • How to license packaging for child resistant standard

  • Growing social media platforms

Productivity Team Update March 1, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • This week we went out with an offer to a Bioprocess Scientist that we’re very excited about. This likely won’t be a quick close as he’s not from Ontario and will want to visit and tour the facility. While we work through the process with him, we are still pushing forward several other promising candidates.

  • We finalized a contract with a new intern for the Business Development and Fundraising Team. We also coordinated several interviews with interns for the Product Team.

  • We got out the job description for a new Business Development and Fundraising Manager. If you know of anyone who might be a good fit, please let us know. Remember there is a $5,000 Referral Bonus for any friend of Province that refers someone who ultimately fills an open role.

  • We got G-Suite up and running for the Productivity Team and are making plans to roll it out to other teams in the near future.

  • We held the final meeting with company leadership to review final plans for calculating and rolling out 2018 bonuses. We also scheduled a time next week to do a company-wide presentation on the plan.

  • We completed revisions on our Smartsheet Forms for submitting POs, invoices and receipts and rolled them out to the team.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We need to plan a visit for our bioprocess candidate.

  • Due to inclement weather we needed to delay the installation of our new internet solution to this coming week.

  • Dooma found an amazing deal on an LED screen for our conference room, and now we need to figure out how to get the beast of a monitor installed.

  • We’ve been discussing several lobbying efforts, and have decided to prioritize updating our 3-year hiring plan to better represent how we can bring jobs and opportunities to the region. We hope to at least have a first, rough a dirty edit of that completed by early next week.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • If you have any recommendations for the positions below, please let us know.

Business Development & Fundraising Team Update March 1, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK’S UPDATE

  • We received inbound investment interest from another global beer brand. Trying to arrange a meeting with their team in the coming weeks.

  • We are advancing discussions with Great North about distribution.

  • We are making great progress on a deal with a major global health and nutrition company

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Planning a trip to Europe mid to late month. Let us know if there are investors there we should meet.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Looking for investment banks to help with our raise. If you know anyone let us know.

Team Member Spotlight / Carte Blanche March 1, 2019
 
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Aydan Büşra Çelik, Business Development & Fundraising Intern

Hello! My name is Aydan Büşra Çelik, and I am an intern on the Business Development & Fundraising Team here at Province Brands. I am currently on a gap year from Princeton University and will graduate in 2022. Some of my activities include design (I run a gen z consulting and design firm called ughnest), social justice (I run a club called Woke Wednesdays, focusing on life at campus specifically for POC), helping my parents run their restaurant (I have had experience working at the restaurant for nearly 10 years), and coding (check out some of my work on my website). I aim to serve as a voice for my generation, and I tend to be a leader in almost all activities I participate in. 

My goal during this year is to invest myself into the marijuana industry. Why, you ask? Well, as a teenager involved in social justice and entrepreneurship, I believe that marijuana is the future. While America is years away from legalization and controlled regulation, I know that marijuana has the potential to shake up multiple industries and change millions of lives. I want to get involved in the industry now, at prime time, before legalization.

I reached out to Dooma from the Princeton alumni network and was in awe by the work Province Brands was doing. I was fortunate enough to get a spot on the team and I look forward to learning how to work with a professional team and learn the in and outs of the cannabis industry.  

Business Development & Fundraising Team Update February 22, 2019
 
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Firstly, allow us to apologize for not being around to deliver these updates for the past two weeks. Over the past two weeks, we have been touring two multi-billion dollar, multinational beverage companies through our facilities. They’ve seen the work we’re doing in Quebec City, Point Claire, and Bellville. They have also seen our facility in Grimsby. One of them brought their master brewer to our facility – and he loved our beer. In both cases we are in continuing negotiations about a CAD $30 million investment. In one case the CEO and chairman of the board of the company are planning a trip here to see our facility. In the other case, the recommendation was made to the chairman to fully fund our business, but he came back with additional questions which we now must answer. Our Business Development and Fundraising Team is hard at work on next steps for these two opportunities. Aside from this potentially exciting news, below are our updates.

THIS WEEK’S UPDATE

  • We have attracted the interest of another multinational, multibillion dollar beverage company thanks to Leonard Meloff’s hard work. This marks the 10th potential strategic investor we are in discussions with.

  • We have more than $1.5 Million in the bank for our current Series B thanks to the hard work of Julia, Fran, Jessa and Andrew.

  • We have another $4 Million in commitments we are working to close.

  • We are in discussions with various banks about helping us close our funding round.

  • Lauren and Jessa are in Florida right now presenting at the Kahner Global Private Investment Summit

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We will be in London on March 20th for a few days for investor meetings. Please let us know if there’s anyone we should be meeting at that time.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are looking for a bank to help us close the round.We are looking for help with debt financing.

Legal & Finance Update February 22, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK’S UPDATE

This week has been huge! 

  • Beer Store Application - We have worked with the Marketing Team to finish their portion of the Beer Store Application. 

  •  Expense Policy Overhaul - We have the first draft of the new policy finished. We are working to get initial feedback next week.    

  •  Comment Period - Health Canada initiated a 60-day comment period on Dec. 22, 2018, when it published draft regulations for the manufacture and sale of edible products containing cannabis in the Canada Gazette. On Oct. 17, 2018, Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana and said it would allow the sale of edible products within approximately one year. We submitted statements to Health Canada about the proposed regulations on behalf of Province Brands. 

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Audited Financials - We are working with our auditing firm to prepare our audited financials. We plan to have these ready by March 31st. It takes quite a bit of time.

  • Potential M&A Transaction - We have a potential target that we have been approached by. We plan to draft an LOI next week.

  • Marketing Packaging Review - We plan to draft new guidelines for packaging to aide the marketing team with their current design process. 

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We could use advice from anyone who has experience with childproof packaging. 

  • We are looking for a lobbyist to help with the proposed regs and our license. If you know any lobbyists with experience working with Health Canada please let us know.

Productivity Team Update February 22, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • The second investor tour went well.

  • We booked the installation of a new internet solution for the Grimsby office.

  • We got a Bioprocess candidate through final interviews.

  • We got in resumes for several internship positions.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We need to get an offer out to the Bioprocess candidate.

  • We need to finalize a contract with a new intern.

  • We need to finalize the job description for a new member of the Business Development and Fundraising Team.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • If you have any recommendations for the positions below, please let us know.

Marketing Team Update February 22, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Still working closely with legal on packaging regulations

  • Considering gift with purchase packaging

  • Continued work with can design

  • Communication with testing labs for child resistant packaging

  • Photo editing and social media scheduling

  • PB hats are now available for purchase on website

  • New press in Toronto Life and FoodBev Magazine

  • New Business plan

  • New versions of brand guides

  • Created and printed itinerary for tour earlier in the week

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continued work with legal on marketing strategies along regulations

  • Call with Product Team to problem solve packaging

  • Receive pricing info for can foil tops

  • Continued research on childproof qualification

  • Progress on Rokt brand guide

  • Continued work with Dagga brand guide

  • Creating new social media content

  • Continuing to strategize brand executions according to proposed regulations

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Continued guidance regarding proposed Health Canada regulations for marketing

  • How to license packaging for child resistant standard

  • Growing social media platforms

Product Team Update February 22, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Continue updating the financial and forecasting models.

  • Work with Ira to source and secure financing.

  • Submit the purchase recommendation for packaging line, contingent on financing.

  • Resubmit the Alfa Laval recommendation with the revised pricing.

  • Continue production of samples at Loyalist. Samples will now be produced EOW.

  • Size the Glycol system requirements

  • Schedule the arrival of the Andola equipment

  • Develop/submit RFP for automation/controls platform

  • Meet with DMM to discuss packaging equipment.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Submit permitting for the construction of the Lab.

  • Work with Ehvert to start development the tender documents.

  • Continue developing the contractor matrix for construction.

  • Continue with the pre-treatment design

  • Greg will be away in Cuba from the 28th – the 11th. He will have limited access to email.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Financing is the current road block. We are in a position now where any purchasing delays will have an unrecoverable impact on the timeline.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update February 15, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • The big focus this week is the FIFCO tour.

  • The product team has been working spending a significant amount of time answering the technical questions asked by the FIFCO team. As part of this analysis, we have been working to update the operational costs. All revisions will be sent to Ira to be added to the financial model.

  • The Lab scale trials at Glen Falls are continuing, we anticipate seeing results towards the end of next week.

  • The Alfa Laval recommendation has been submitted to the board for approval. I have a follow up call with John Nemanic to review the recommendation.

  • The initial cost estimates for the lab came back higher than anticipated, so we are redesigning the lab to fall within a budget of $2.5M. New renderings should be received later this week.

  • The filter press trials were completed at FPP this week.

  • Working with Ira to secure financing for equipment

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalize the lab drawings layout and begin the tender documents.

  • Submit tenders for lab HVAC.

  • Submit RFQ for the automation and controls.

  • Organize the shipping of the Andritz equipment to Grimsby.

  • Receive the Andola equipment.

  • Submit the line design and cost to the board for approval.

  • Continue production of samples through Loyalist.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need an engineering student to help us the design documentation

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Marketing Team Update February 15, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Working closely with legal

  • Redesigning Dagga packaging according to proposed regulations

  • Recreated 3D renders for Dagga cans and bottles

  • Beginning the process to validate XO can ends for child resistant qualifications

  • Finishing application for The Beer Store and location selection

  • Finishing up test batch video with Herb

  • Social media scheduling

  • Setting up Province Brands hat sales on the website

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Call with legal to follow up on regulations questions

  • Call with Product Team to problem solve packaging

  • Receive pricing info for can foil tops

  • Continued research on childproof qualification

  • Progress on Rokt brand guide

  • Continued work with Dagga brand guide

  • Creating new social media content

  • Strategizing brand executions according to proposed regulations

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Continued guidance regarding proposed Health Canada regulations for marketing

  • How to license packaging for child resistant standard

  • Growing social media platforms

Productivity Team Update February 15, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We have another tour for potential investors coming up this week, so we made all necessary plans while the Fundraising Team worked on making sure last week’s tour ran smoothly.

  • We brought on a new contractor for the Business Development and Fundraising Team. We hoped to have an offer out as well, but were not able to connect with the individual as they were out on vacation.

  • We brought on a new recruiter to focus on Formulation Chemists.

  • We began testing G-Suite.

  • We had a discussion with Finance about reviving some applications for government funding.

  • We completed new Smartsheet forms for submitting POs, Invoices and Receipts.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We need to plan and carry out on-boarding for our new contractor.

  • We need to roll out our new Smartsheet forms to the team.

  • We need to book installation of a new internet solution for our Grimsby office.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • If you have any recommendations for the positions below, please let us know.