Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Better Plant Sciences Inc.
Mr. Drezdoff has served on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of the Better Plant Sciences since July 2020 and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer since December 5, 2022. Mr. Drezdoff is also a director and member of the audit committee of Neonmind Biosciences Inc. Mr. Drezdoff has a background in social media, sales, investor relations and business development and has completed four years of full-time accounting and marketing courses at Toronto Metropolitan University at the Ted Rogers School of Management.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO for the company, Mr. Huang manages the accounting and financial reporting for Better Plant Sciences and its subsidiaries and oversees the provision of accounting and bookkeeping services to other companies. He has served as a CFO for publicly traded companies for more than a decade, managing all aspects of finance, banking, compliance, accounting, reporting, internal control, admin, and supporting the board of directors in financial oversight. Previously, Mr. Huang served as CFO of Hanwei Energy Services Corp. (TSX: HE) from April 2007 to May 2018 where he has managed all aspects of finance, banking, compliance, accounting, reporting, internal control, admin, supporting the board of directors in financial oversight. He also has supervised all aspects of accounting for various subsidiary companies in Canada, China, and Kazakhstan and consolidations under IFRS. He has worked on investor relations activities, roadshows, AGM preparations, and licensing agreements. He has led various public equity financing projects raising funds of up to $90 million and leading acquisitions of up to $80 million. Rick has engaged in negotiations for international joint ventures, including drafting shareholders’ agreements, establishing international legal entities, and asset transfers. Rick’s experience also included various finance and marketing roles with large international companies like the Pepsi Bottling Group (Canada), Schering Plough Canada, and Coca-Cola China. Rick also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee for Datable Technology Corp. (TSXV: TTM) from 2015 to present and he has been the Chief Financial Officer of Better Plant Sciences Inc. since 2018, working with the CEO to raise over $12 million. He was previously Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee of Poydras Gaming Finance Corp. (TSXV: PYD) from 2012 to 2014. Rick has been a designated CPA and CGA since June 2005. Rick completed his Bachelor of Arts at Shanghai International Studies in 1991 and his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario in 2001.
Director of Corporate Finance and Corporate Secretary, Better Plant Sciences Inc.
Heather Williamson joined Better Plant two years ago and is our Director of Corporate Finance. Heather led the completion of over $10 million in financing for Better Plant and spearheaded all aspects of an initial public offering and successful listing of common shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange for our related company, NeonMind Biosciences Inc.
She works closely with our stakeholders and brokers to ensure efficient finance closings, warrant re-registrations and warrant and option exercises. Heather has over 20 years experience in the legal industry working as a paralegal and built a strong skill set focused mainly in corporate and securities law.
Heather has also worked as an in-house paralegal for other publicly listed companies such as Boston Pizza International Inc. and Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. where she gained experience in other areas of law such as franchising, contracts and trademarks. Heather also serves as our Corporate Secretary.
Director, Better Plant Sciences Inc.
Spiros Margaris, is a Venture Capitalist (founder of Margaris Ventures) and thought leader in the FinTech, InsurTech and AI industries. He holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Spiros is the the first international influencer to achieve ‘The Triple Crown’ ranking - he was ranked the international № 1 FinTech, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) influencer by Onalytica. He regularly appears in the top three positions of established global industry influencer rankings. He is a speaker at international FinTech, and InsurTech conferences and gave a TEDxAcademy Talk. Spiros published an AI white paper, “Machine learning in financial services: Changing the rules of the game,” for the enterprise software vendor SAP.