John Radostits brings extensive background in retail operations to deep team
CALGARY, ALBERTA – May 30, 2019 – Westleaf Inc. (TSX-V:WL)(OTCQB:WSLFF) (“Westleaf”) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Radostits of Edmonton to the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Radostits comes to Westleaf with a distinguished career in retail operations as well as more recent experience in developing cannabis retail in Canada’s legalized recreational market.
“John’s presence at the Board table will increase our senior leadership capacity, particularly around operating large-scale retail operations in multiple locations,” said Stephen Mason, Founder and Executive Chairman of Westleaf. “His experience in Western Canada complements the operational experience of the already deep Westleaf team.”
Mr. Radostits has a deep knowledge and background in scaling fast growth businesses in the retail space, having built the largest franchisee group under the Sobey’s banner in Canada, before selling it back to the national grocery giant. He is a part owner of Hudson’s Taphouse, a chain of gastropubs across Western Canada and is a founding partner and director of the largest Orange Theory Fitness group in Canada. John is also a founding partner and director in Cannabis At Work, Canada’s leading staffing firm focused on the cannabis market.
In addition, Mr. Radostits and his partner Ray Yue, built out a network of cannabis retail operations through Canndara Canada Inc. Canndara’s portfolio was acquired by Westleaf in a transaction that closed at the end of January 2019. John continues to operate the Radco Group of companies which includes Fireweed Holdings, an investment vehicle targeting the emerging global cannabis market.
John received a BCOMM from the University of Calgary and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Radostits is the sixth member of the Westleaf board, joining Chairman Stephen Mason, CEO Scott Hurd, Delbert Wapass and independent members Robb McNaughton and Kareen Stangherlin.
About Westleaf Inc.
Westleaf is a vertically integrated cannabis company focused on innovative retail experiences and engaging cannabis brands as well as cultivation, production and extraction of cannabis products. Westleaf is rolling out a national retail footprint for its retail concept Prairie Records, with stores planned for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and potentially Ontario. The retail concept leverages the instinctual tie between recreational cannabis and music and redefines the cannabis purchasing experience. The Company also has two significant production facilities under construction and scheduled for completion in 2019. For more information, please visit www.westleaf.com or www.prairierecords.ca.
Bruce Leslie, VP Corporate Communications
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