Our strength is our team. Meet the people who are doing things differently.
The Qualis team has come together with a shared passion for building a supportive, creative community to disrupt industry, foster innovation, and ignite cultural change.
This unique group consists of cannabis industry professionals, serial entrepreneurs, and scientists with both domestic and international strategic experience.
Kevin T. W. Puloski
Co-Founder / President / Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of Qualis Cannabis and Northern Roots, Kevin leads the company in its strategic vision both domestically and internationally. An entrepreneur through and through, he identifies global market trends and partners with the right people to be successful. He’s had many roles over the years, including President of Pund-IT; Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Pavestone Company Inc., a Fortune 500 company; Director of Managed Services and Technical Services at Able-One; Director of Managed Services and Director of User Education at SSA Global (Infor); and advised not-for-profit, financial, healthcare, manufacturing, and digital media organizations to help them achieve their goals.
Kevin is a skilled negotiator, with a proven track record of taking projects from inception to profitability. He understands the power of a positive and happy workplace, and has built a strong culture around social responsibility, engagement, and education at Northern Roots. Kevin is also a life-long learner, dedicated to both personal and professional development, and instills this in the team. He’s actively involved in various community-based organizations and is well-versed in corporate governance, having sat on a number of governing Boards. He is a founding member and past Chair of Entrepreneurs’ Organization/EO Southwest Ontario. This breadth of experience ensures Northern Roots initiatives will achieve company objectives, and that we set the bar for quality and innovation in the industry.
Julien D. M. Morris
Co-Founder / Chief Product Officer
With over 17 years of industry experience, Julien is the resident expert in horticultural sciences, controlled climate environments, and sustainability. His graduate studies provided the basis for the scientific approach applied to our growing techniques. Julien’s professional career spans a wide range of fields, including Sales, Management, Statistics, and Geomorphology. Sustainable development and ecosystem restoration are his passions, and he is committed to furthering Northern Roots’ goals of achieving environmental, cultural, and economic prosperity.
His work with the Organic Council of Ontario assisted in the development of Canadian Organic Standards and Regulations. It’s this keen understanding of organic growing practices, and his enthusiasm for the multifaceted benefits of cannabis, that supports Northern Roots’ commitment to delivering only the best products to market.
Hyder A. Khoja, PhD MSc
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Khoja is a successful scientist, entrepreneur, and advisor. His expertise in science and policy domains has led to a distinguished career in high tech, research, and business development. Dr. Khoja has been instrumental in advising the Boards of several successful private and publicly-traded start-ups. His entrepreneurial spirit has helped him raise millions of dollars for cutting-edge projects in Health and Nutraceuticals. He has led several multidisciplinary teams of professionals, and established new R&D laboratories and research programs for universities and private business partners, all while working closely with government agencies.
His scientific works have been published in over 32 peer-reviewed journals, and in 2011 his work was honored by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Dr. Khoja’s passionate about the healing benefits of cannabis, and brings this wealth of experience and knowledge to Northern Roots.
Jim A. Laird
Chief Financial Officer/Advisor (Interim)
Jim Laird is a senior financial executive who specializes in strategic solutions, financial modeling, and corporate finance. With more than 17 years of experience in finding and bringing new business opportunities to life, Jim ensures that companies have the right amount of capital available at the right time to fulfill their growth objectives.
Jim is sought after for his leadership in the technology, industrial, and media industries advising on corporate restructuring, raising capital, M&As, and IPOs. Previous to his operational experience, he worked in Venture Capital for more almost ten years, finding strategic investments and raising millions of dollars in capital.
Chief Technology Officer
Cedric is our technology guru and a successful entrepreneur. He has the rare ability to translate vision into actionable technology strategies. Under his direction, ingenuity, security, and stability have become the cornerstones of Northern Roots’ technological infrastructure. He’s President of CCj/Clearline Inc. and CEO of Pund-IT, and has years of experience in designing and supporting systems for companies of all sizes, in various industries.
Cedric is a member of the KwartzLab Society Inc., a not-for-profit makerspace that provides a creative, co-operative environment for people to learn, teach, share, and realize their ideas. He’s served as a member of the Board of Directors, and continues to help others create their visions. Always in the know on the latest advancements in technology, Cedric drives technological innovation at Northern Roots.
Jerry J. Enns
Director of Business Development
Jerry is co-founder of Vigor Clean Tech Inc. (a solar renewable energy company) and Community Energy Development Co-operative (a solar co-op). He helped raise $10 million for the co-op to purchase solar parks which provided financial returns to its members.
Jerry is also co-founder and investor in Lucid Energy Inc., an in-pipe water turbine renewable energy company located in Portland, Oregon. His focus the last 4 years has been in the development and sale of electric drive systems globally to OEM’s and distributors within Electric Vehicle markets (e.g., e-bikes, golf cars, scooters, riding mowers, etc.).
He is a founding Director and past Board member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, South West Ontario Chapter.
Quality Assurance Specialist
Linda is the Quality Assurance expert at Northern Roots. Her education in environmental sciences includes ecology, microbiology, chemistry, botany, and soil science, giving her a deep understanding of the role the growing environment plays in horticulture – from seed to finished product. This knowledge, coupled with her professional career in implementing Quality Assurance programs and food safety systems, makes her the perfect fit for our company.
Linda ensures that our processes and products adhere to Northern Roots’ high standards, while following the Food and Drug Act and Regulations, as well as the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations. Linda’s passion for quality sets our products apart in the industry and supports our promise to develop and produce the purest, highest-quality cannabis on Earth.
Daniel R. Wright
Daniel is a member of SorbaraLAW’s Corporate and Commercial group and his practice ranges from corporate incorporation and governance, to more complex licensing, corporate finance, corporate share and asset acquisitions, and regulatory compliance matters. In addition, Daniel holds a Certificate in Negotiating and Drafting IT Agreements from Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to his legal career, Daniel was a salesman with one of the world’s largest multinational technology companies and brings with him a nuanced understanding of what makes businesses successful — whether it be a small business or a large, international enterprise.
Daniel is passionate about the success of cannabis entrepreneurship both in Canada and abroad. This ambition, and his expertise of corporate and commercial law, make him a unique advisor to Northern Roots.