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John Moretz

Chairman of the Board and Director

Mr. Moretz currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Moretz Marketing, LLC and is Managing Director of Kathy Ireland, LLC. In addition, he is the Managing Director of various real estate entities, including LaMoe, LLC and Moretz Mills, LLC. Mr. Moretz spent 39 years in the hosiery industry. He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gold Toe Moretz Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries prior to its acquisition by Gildan Activewear Inc. in 2011. Mr. Moretz also founded Moretz Marketing in 1987 to create and manage lifestyle brands and licensing opportunities.

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Jim Hamilton

President and CEO

Jim became Neptune’s President and CEO in 2015. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Human Nutrition and Health, North America, and President of DSM Nutritional Products USA. He also served on the global management team of DSM Nutritional Product's Human Nutrition Business, an organization with over $2 billion in sales and operations in more than 40 countries. During the course of his over 30-year career, Jim has played a leading role in nutritional ingredients for the dietary supplement, food, animal-feed and personal-care industries. Mr. Hamilton's industry knowledge and innovative approach have made him a valuable contributor to several trade associations. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of CRN, the dietary supplement industry's leading trade association. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Vitamin Angels, a not-for-profit organization that provides life-changing vitamins to children in need. He has also been an invited speaker to numerous industry and governmental events in the field, including to the United Nations General Assembly to present on “The role of partnerships in the implementation of the UN’s post 2015 development agenda”. Mr. Hamilton is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal and has attended numerous business and leadership programs at the London Business School and INSEAD.

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Hélène F. Fortin

Director

Hélène F. Fortin FCPA, FCA, ICD.D-IAS.A has been practicing public accounting for more than 30 years. A member of CPA Québec, she lectured in Accounting and Auditing during more than 20 years at many universities in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was actively involved from 1982 to 2015 with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CPA Canada), on the Interprovincial Board of Evaluators, and with the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board during which time the 36 international standards of auditing were adopted in Canada from 2006 to 2009. She has been serving on boards of directors of large public and private corporations since 2003 which provides her with exposure to the best practices within a wide range of organizations, including Loto Québec, a Crown Corporation of the Province of Québec, as Chair of the Board of Directors, UBS Bank (Canada), Institute of Corporate Directors/Quebec, VoiceAge Corporation, and the federal department audit committees of the Public Service Commission and of Agriculture/Agrifood Canada. Former positions include the following Boards: CBC/Radio-Canada, Hydro-Québec, Infrastructure Québec, Concordia University and Bellus Health. She is also actively involved with asset management and financing/funding strategies in her role as trustee/advisor for large pension plans, estates, and foundations.

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Katherine Crewe

Director

Katherine Crewe is a strong, proactive leader with a proven track record of identifying and maximizing manufacturing and business processes. She has spent 30 years in the medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing space for companies with sales and distribution networks spanning the globe. During her career, she has held several executive positions in various operations and quality management positions. Most recently, Mrs. Crewe was Managing Director, Canadian Operations at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, prior to which she was Vice President, Operations at Cryocath Technologies. Mrs. Crewe is currently Chair of TEC-Canada, where she works with entrepreneurs, executives and business owners to understand current challenges and opportunities, and she helps set objectives and goals in order to meet new milestones. Mrs. Crewe holds a Master of Engineering (Biomedical) from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) from Queen’s University.

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Dr. Ronald Denis

Director

Dr. Ronald Denis is Chief of Surgery and Director of the Trauma Program at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur and Centre Intégré universitaire de santé et des services sociaux in Montreal. Dr. Denis is also the Medical Co-Director of the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Dr. Denis sits on several scientific boards and management committees.

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Rick Schottenfeld

Director

Mr. Schottenfeld is the founder and Chairman of Schottenfeld Group holding, the parent company of Koyote Capital which is a proprietary trading firm in New York City. He has also served as the general partner of Schottenfeld Associates and the Schottenfeld Opportunity Fund. Mr. Schottenfeld is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with degrees in both Economics and Government. Mr. Schottenfeld has been a frequent guest on CNBC and other business news programs.

Management Team
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Jim Hamilton

President and CEO

Jim became Neptune’s President and CEO in 2015. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Human Nutrition and Health, North America, and President of DSM Nutritional Products USA. He also served on the global management team of DSM Nutritional Product's Human Nutrition Business, an organization with over $2 billion in sales and operations in more than 40 countries. During the course of his over 30-year career, Jim has played a leading role in nutritional ingredients for the dietary supplement, food, animal-feed and personal-care industries. Mr. Hamilton's industry knowledge and innovative approach have made him a valuable contributor to several trade associations. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of CRN, the dietary supplement industry's leading trade association. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Vitamin Angels, a not-for-profit organization that provides life-changing vitamins to children in need. He has also been an invited speaker to numerous industry and governmental events in the field, including to the United Nations General Assembly to present on “The role of partnerships in the implementation of the UN’s post 2015 development agenda”. Mr. Hamilton is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal and has attended numerous business and leadership programs at the London Business School and INSEAD.

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Etienne Villeneuve

Head of Operations and Technical Services

Etienne joined the Company as Head of Operations and Technical Services in November 2016. His main areas of focus are the Sherbrooke plant and laboratory management including the production, quality, environmental health & safety, engineering and maintenance. Prior to this, he was Vice-President, Operations for a contract manufacturing organization in the pharmaceutical industry. Etienne combines more than 13 years of operational experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and food businesses. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke (2004) and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Quebec (Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec).

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François-Karl Brouillette

Vice President, Science and Innovation - Nutrition

François-Karl Brouillette joined Neptune in 2016 as VP of Scientific Affairs following the acquisition of Biodroga Nutraceuticals. He was appointed to VP of Science & Innovation of Neptune’s Nutrition Business in 2017, where he oversees product development, quality assurance and research & development programs. He began his career in 2001 as a Research Chemist for a Quebec-based pharmaceutical company. In 2005, he transitioned into the Natural Health Product industry as the Director of Scientific Affairs for Biodroga and later on as Vice President, where he was instrumental in the company’s growth. François-Karl holds a Master’s in Organic Chemistry, from the Université de Montréal.

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Jacqueline Khayat

Vice President, Business Development

Jackie joined Neptune in 2014 as Director of Sales. With more than 15 years of combined nutraceutical and healthcare sales experience, she has played a key role in the execution of global strategies and development of new markets. In 2017, she was promoted to the role of VP of Business Development where she plays a strategic role in commercialization. Prior to joining Neptune, Jackie has held several key positions in global companies such as 3M Canada. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal in 2001 with a Science degree specializing in Nutrition. She has also earned a Graduate Degree in Management from HEC Montreal and is now completing her Executive Masters of Business Administration at Concordia University.

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Jean-Daniel Bélanger

Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary

Jean-Daniel joined the Company as Director Corporate Affairs in November 2012 and has been acting as Secretary of the Board since June 2014. Appointed VP Legal Affairs in June 2017, he is in charge of all legal, corporate governance, human resources, information technology and securities law matters reporting directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer. A finalist at the 2015 Canadian General Counsel Awards as “Leader of Tomorrow”, he holds a law degree from the Université de Montréal (2005) and is a member of the Quebec Bar since 2006. Prior to joining the Corporation, Jean-Daniel was a partner in a Montreal boutique securities law firm, where he practiced in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, and general corporate and commercial law. He is also a member of the Board of Québec Bourse.

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Marc Vaugeois

Vice President, Sales - Nutrition

Marc joined the company in 2016 as Vice President of Sales following the acquisition of Biodroga Nutraceuticals. In 2018, he became responsible for the global sales of Neptune’s Nutrition Business and now oversees the entire nutrition sales team. His career in the health and nutrition industry began over 25 years ago in consumer health brands. He also has experience working with Bioriginal Corporation and an ecommerce company specialized in omega-3. Marc became VP of Sales of Biodroga in 2009, where he largely contributed to the growth of the company. He studied commerce at Concordia University.

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Mario Paradis

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mario became Neptune’s Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Prior to this, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Atrium, which was acquired in 2014 by Permira funds in a transaction valued at over $1.1 billion. Prior to this, he held roles of increasingly authority at Aeterna Zentaris, most notably as Vice President Finance and Administration & Corporate Secretary. Mario began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he successfully held senior positions primarily in audit and tax. He is a member of the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, with a specialty in Accounting, from the Université du Quebec at Trois-Rivières.

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Melody Harwood

Head of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Melody joined Neptune in 2015 as Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs. With over 18 years of experience in the food and dietary supplement industries, her current contributions to the Neptune team include overseeing regulatory initiatives and leading scientific research and innovation. Prior to joining Neptune, Melody held Director positions in the multinational nutritional products and ingredient manufacturing companies, Herbalife and Aker BioMarine, and gained pertinent expertise in toxicology and global regulatory affairs during her 10-year role as a consultant to the food and nutrition industry. She has published in well-respected scientific journals, and has served on Boards of Directors and chaired and participated in various committees for several industry trade associations. Melody earned her B.Sc. in Biomedical Toxicology from the University of Guelph, and her M.Sc. in European Food Regulatory Affairs from the University of Ulster.

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Michel Timperio

New Ventures

Michel plays an essential role in helping position the company in business segments characterized by larger size and growth. During his 16-year career at Neptune, he held positions of chairman of the Board of Directors from 2000-2008 and VP of Business Development where he was instrumental in the company’s early development and growth by helping create a new nutrition products category, omega-3 krill oil. His entrepreneurial drive lead him to build a start-up venture in residential construction components. He previously worked for large corporations, including Armstrong World Industries and Reichhold Chemicals, where he held senior management business development positions. Michel also had a political career; he was active as alderman for 20 years for one of the largest cities in Quebec. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce at Concordia University.