Chairman of the Board
Mr. Harcourt is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and became Mayor of Vancouver in 1980, serving three consecutive terms until 1986. In 1986, he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature. In 1987, he became Leader of the Official Opposition.
In 1991, Mr. Harcourt was elected Premier of British Columbia - a position in which he remained until 1996. Between 1996 and 2004, Mr. Harcourt was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy where he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He served as a federally-appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner and is both the Honorary Chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities and Co-Chair of the International Panel of Advisers.
Mr. Harcourt also serves as an advisor to Translink B.C. and is an Associate Director at the Centre for Sustainability, Continuing Studies at U.B.C. He is an honorary co-chair on both the University of British Columbia's Advisory Council on Sustainability as well as the Canadian Electricity Association's Sustainable Electricity Program Advisory Panel.
Notably, in 2005, Mr. Harcourt was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. In 2008, he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award for Distinction for contributions to B.C., Canada and the world from the University of British Columbia. In 2012, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Vice-Chairman of the Board
Ms. Watson has more than 20 years of success in the retail, wholesale, digital, and direct-to-consumer industries. She most recently served as senior vice president of Petco, one of the largest pet retailers in the United States, where she was responsible for the growth of its direct-to-consumer businesses, including petco.com, unleashedbypetco.com, drsfostersmith.com, and liveaquaria.com. She also served as interim chief marketing officer, leading the creative, media, and marketing for more than 1,400 stores in the U.S. and online.
Previously she served as President, Consumer Direct, at Wolverine Worldwide where she led the transformation of a manufacturing business to a house of global direct-to-consumer lifestyle brands. She also held numerous specialty retail leadership roles at top brands, including Williams-Sonoma, Eddie Bauer, and Circuit City.
Ms. Watson has a master's degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree from Portland State University in Oregon.
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Mr. Bomford is the Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of True Leaf, a position he has held since its formation on June 9, 2014. With almost three decades of executive management experience, Mr. Bomford has a proven ability to create, lead and grow successful companies. He has extensive expertise with marketing, product development and professional manufacturing systems. Prior to forming True Leaf and its subsidiaries, Mr. Bomford was the founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Darford International Inc. ("Darford"), a former TSX Venture Exchange publicly traded company involved in food manufacturing (June 2008 - October 2012 - predecessor formed in 1987). In his years of experience with Darford, Mr. Bomford oversaw three federally inspected production plants in the United States and Canada, each with comprehensive food safety programs and third-party scrutiny in a highly-regulated industry. On leaving Darford, Mr. Bomford executed a one year non-compete agreement with the new owner Can Am Pet Treats Ltd. and left the pet food industry for the period of time. He immediately began investigating alternative business opportunities. In early 2013, he began focusing his attention on the medical marijuana industry and regulations in Canada. Mr. Bomford founded TL Medicine on July 4, 2013, after laying the ground work to apply for medicinal marijuana grower's license. Prior to this date he prepared a business plan, secured a property, identified potential business partners, and commenced the medical marijuana application process. True Leaf and its subsidiaries have been the main focus of Mr. Bomford since 2013.
Mr. Toutant has more than 17 years of experience as an executive in the beverage and consumer packaged goods industries and is a recognized specialist in retailing. He most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of DAVIDsTEA, Canada's largest specialty tea boutique, where he was responsible for the company's growth in Canada, the United States, and around the world. He also led the company's successful IPO to NASDAQ.
Previously he served as President of Keurig Canada, where he accelerated growth through a strategic alliance with Keurig Green Mountain in the United States. He also headed Keurig's operations in the United Kingdom. Before that, he joined TC Global through the acquisition of Van Houtte and served as the Chief Operating Officer of its Canadian business unit. He also served as President of Reno-Depot, a chain of Canadian home supply stores, and was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), Quebec's liquor board.