B.Sc., LLB, MBA
President | CEO | Co-founder
Mr. Boast is a Director and co-founder of Everest. Nigel is a Canadian Citizen and a resident of Kelowna for the last 23 years. Nigel has the following academic qualifications: BSc., (zoology and biochemistry), LLB, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Business and a certified US Project Management Professional (Ret). He is a British Commonwealth Attorney and Trademark Attorney.
He was a partner in a Law Firm and worked for Deloitte’s Australian and Midlands Bank in Australia. He also has qualifications and certifications in the Canadian Food Safety and Enhancement Program (pre-requisite programs) BCIT, and Hazard Critical Control Points Planning HACCP (NSF). Nigel is also certified as a CBD consultant and CBD extraction specialised with the US CBD Industry Association. These various qualifications, along with his legal training are required in the Canadian Cannabis industry for quality control and regulatory compliance.
He is also President and CEO of Growth West Finance Ltd, Kelowna BC., a firm that specialized in financing technology start-ups since 2002. More recently in the last 6 years his company has specialized in consulting to the Canadian Federal Government Cannabis Industry in licensing, regulatory compliance and Business Plans for funding of legal cannabis operations.
His company filed the original dealer’s licence and obtained the “Confirmation of Readiness” for Everest in nine months and is continuing to process to license to grant.
COO | Co-founder
Mr. Hatch is a Director and co-founder of Everest. Robert, a resident of Kelowna for the last 13 years, graduated with a BSc. (Hons) Technology (Major) with Marketing (Minor), from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. His work experience includes military service in the Royal Air Force, Supply Squadron, Logistics, Manual and (early) Computerized stock control systems based in the UK and Germany over 5 years. After that time, he worked as a Senior Inventory Management Specialist for British Aerospace (Now BAE Systems) Trainer to Royal Saudi Air Force personnel, based in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia in all aspects of military supply procedures such as Cargo manifests, Customs, Stock & Batch control, Computer systems.
From 1993 to 1998 he also worked as a Senior Manager and advisor to Guardian Royal Exchange (Now AXA insurance) in the UK and was an Independent Financial advisor in Kuwait. After that time from 1999 to 2001, Rob was the International Sales Manager in developing a global distribution network for new Satellite Communication systems on the manufacturer of Military spec equipment and software, with a high-level security clearance. During this time, he also set up large global distribution channels for reselling the equipment. Later, after acquiring and selling a successful hotel chain in the UK, Rob and his family immigrated to Canada in 2005. Since that time, he has founded and successfully ran several businesses culminating with several condominium rental properties in Big White.
The Company has employed an experienced and highly qualified Analytical Chemist, Mr. Braden Job, who is a Bachelor of Science-Chemistry graduate from UBC and who lives locally. He has many years of analytical chemistry experience in managing laboratory staff in the natural products industry. Previously, he has experience working for Factors Laboratories Ltd. A company based locally in Kelowna, B.C., a leading manufacturer of vitamins and health food supplements. Here he worked with strict deadlines in the quality control laboratory, chemically analyzing raw materials and finished products. He will oversee all manufacturing operations within the processing facility. He will be the head of the Quality Department, responsible for ensuring that all material complies with the Cannabis Regulations, for Health Canada purposes. He will manage all extraction operations and enforce all SOPs to ensure government compliance (GPP and Cannabis Regulations) and ensure that the highest product quality is consistently maintained.