Michael became President and CEO of Neptune Wellness Solutions in July 2019. Michael is the founder of Random Occurrence, a venture capital and private equity firm. He invested in and co-founded Schmidt’s Naturals, one of the world’s fastest growing wellness brands, leading it from fledgling start-up to acquisition in 2017 by Unilever and onto record breaking growth in 2018. He remained CEO of Schmidt’s Naturals until June 2019, leading its rapid expansion into new and innovative products, retailers and global markets. Michael is a new breed of unconventional CEO with a personal mission to invest and scale companies globally that will make sustainable innovation and modern wellness solutions accessible to the world. He believes that natural products are the future and that every person deserves natural products that work and minimize their harm to people, the planet and animals. With Schmidt’s and other investments, Michael is looking toward future technologies, including AI and machine learning to create stronger connections and personalized products for customers. He is a passionate advocate for ending animal testing and refuses to sell Schmidt’s products in China until they end their animal testing requirements. Raised in New York, Michael’s dyslexia made school challenging, but that perspective allowed him to identify opportunities others missed. He became a technology and marketing wunderkind by his mid-teens. He rapidly gained a reputation as an innovative entrepreneur, creating $85 million in revenue by his twenties.
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 production, quality, environmental health & safety, engineering and maintenance. Prior to this, he was Vice President of 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).
François-Karl joined Neptune in 2016 as Vice President of Scientific Affairs following the acquisition of Biodroga Nutraceuticals. He was appointed to Vice President of Science & Innovation of Neptune’s Nutrition Business in 2017, where he oversees research and development, product development and quality assurance 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 degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Montreal.
Graham joined Neptune as Chief Scientific Officer in 2019. He leads the corporation’s clinical programs, research and development strategy and product development efforts to deliver high quality differentiated products to the global natural product and legal cannabis industries. Graham has twenty years of clinical research experience, including as Chief R&D Officer at Altasciences, where he was responsible for developing innovative nonclinical and clinical techniques and overseeing the clinical pharmacology study designs. He was also Chief Executive Officer at Manna Research, which he grew from a single clinical research site to the largest family practice site network in Canada. As President at Cetero Research, he was responsible for the early and late stage clinical development conducted at the Cetero facilities in Toronto and Miami. He holds a PhD in Neurology and Neurosurgery from McGill University and worked as Fellow at the National Institute of Health.
Jackie joined Neptune in 2014 as Director of Sales. With close to 20 years of combined nutraceutical and healthcare sales experience, she has been integral to the execution of global strategies and development of new markets. In 2017, she was promoted to the role of Vice President of Business Development where she plays a strategic role in commercialization of the company’s products and services. Prior to joining Neptune, Jackie has held several key positions in global companies, including 3M Canada. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal in 2001 with a Science degree specializing in Nutrition and earned a Graduate Degree in Management from HEC Montreal. She also holds an EMBA from Concordia University.
Jean-Daniel joined Neptune as Director of Corporate Affairs in November 2012 and has been acting as Secretary of the Board since June 2014. Appointed Vice President of Legal Affairs in June 2017, he is in charge of all legal and corporate law matters. A 2018 finalist as Quebec General Counsel of the year – Small/Mid Cap Companies, and finalist at the 2015 Canadian General Counsel Awards as “Leader of Tomorrow”, he holds a law degree from the University of Montreal (2005) and is a member of the Quebec Bar since 2006. Prior to joining the Neptune, 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, a non-profit organization promoting public market access in Quebec.
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 Vice President of Sales of Biodroga in 2009, where he largely contributed to the growth of the company. He studied commerce at Concordia University.
Martin joined Neptune in 2019. Martin plays a crucial role in developing and executing Neptune’s strategy to realize the Company’s growth ambition. He has 20 years of experience in capital markets and accounting; he launched his professional career in 1999 with Ernst & Young before transitioning into capital markets in 2005. In his previous role as a managing Director with GMP Securities, he provided equity research coverage on the cannabis sector since its onset in 2013. In 2017 and 2018, he ranked first amongst Canadian equity analysts for Small Cap/Special Situations research in Brendan Wood International. He was also designated top stock picker by Thomson Reuters in the Health Care sector for 2017. Martin holds the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
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, and held roles of increasing 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.
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 Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Toxicology from the University of Guelph, and her Master's of Science degree. in European Food Regulatory Affairs from the University of Ulster.
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 has held a variety of positions, including Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2000-2008 and Vice President 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 holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University.
Paola joined the company as Director of Human Resources in 2019. Her main responsibilities include the alignment of corporate structures, processes, programs and policies related to human resources, towards achievement of the company's objectives, as well as employee engagement. Paola combines more than 15 years of experience in human resources and has successfully translated corporate strategies into operational HR action plans in different industries, including aerospace and renewable energy. Paola holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1998) and has been a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec since 2003.
Stephen oversees all of Neptune’s extraction, manufacturing and packaging operations at the company’s two facilities, Sherbrooke, Quebec and Conover, North Carolina. He has over 30 years of experience in quality assurance and overseeing all aspects of pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement manufacturing operations. His wide-ranging experience includes positions with global companies, supervising over 1000 employees, managing rapid capacity expansions and holding responsibilities with several manufacturing facilities in various countries. He has also been involved with comprehensive cGMP and FDA regulatory programs and standards.