Bill Chaaban | President & Chairman of the Board
Mr. Chaaban has over 30 years of experience in the nutrition industry, including, retail, online and wholesale sales, and design and manufacturing of dietary supplements. Mr. Chaaban served as the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Edge Nutrition, Inc. from April 2012 until December 2014. Mr. Chaaban was the founder of Edge Nutrition, which operated retail nutrition stores in the USA and Canada. Mr. Chaaban is a licensed attorney in the USA and Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta; a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Windsor; a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy; a Master of Laws degree from Wayne State University; and an Honorary Doctorate from the International Personnel Academy.
Joseph Byrne | Chief Executive Officer
As a municipal councillor and later as Deputy-Reeve and County Councillor, he served on and chaired all major municipal and county committees including, but not limited to Finance, Roads, and Government Restructure. Mr. Byrne is a long standing member and Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Windsor Essex Economic Development Commission until 2015. Joseph Byrne has also written and published five books, including two hockey stories, The Magic of Hockey (White Snow Blackout) and award winning The Jim Mahon Story, and three books in the Farm Culture series, Senses of Autumn, Of Great Character and Wheatfields. Mr. Byrne is a successful, resourceful, results-driven lawyer, lifelong farmer and author. His diverse career and experience in the political and private business sector is complemented by significant farming and community involvement. Joseph is a highly effective communicator and leader, adept at articulating a compelling vision of strategic focus. Mr. Byrne holds a BA and MA in Geography from the University of Windsor and Bachelors of Laws from the University of Windsor.
Richard Boswell | Senior Executive Vice President & CFO
His vast array of experience includes multiple industries, such as financial services, automotive, information technology, retail, and consulting. He has held key positions overseeing different functions such as information technology, investment analysis, financial planning, process improvement, sales and technology evaluation. Since February 2011 Mr. Boswell has been providing consulting services to clients through his Company BITS Group Inc. BITS Group Inc. provides business consulting and interim or outsourced executive services. Since January 2014, Mr. Boswell has been providing financial and business services to the CEN Biotech through his company. Mr. Boswell holds BBA and MBA from Northwood University. Mr. Boswell also did post graduate studies in strategy and innovation management at Lawrence Technological University.
Brian S. Payne | Vice President & Secretary of the Board
Mr. Payne is a business and community leader with over 25 years’ experience in domestic and global supply chains, trade and government relations, change management and manufacturing, primarily in the food and agriculture sectors. Brian began his career in the international trade arena, catering to automotive and heavy manufacturing companies like General Motors, John Deere, and NaviStar. In 1996, Mr. Payne worked for PepsiCo Global Restaurants, responsible for Project Management across the Pizza Hut brand. In 1999, Mr. Payne served as Director of Distribution. In 2002, Mr. Payne served a supply chain function for the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group. In 2005, Mr. Payne led the supply chain and regulatory compliance functions for Pizza Pizza Ltd. In May 2012, Mr. Payne started his own consulting firm, IMS, which specialized in consulting and outsourced executive functions related to manufacturing, supply chain, trade, regulatory and finance areas. Mr. Payne’s client base includes Caesars Entertainment (Las Vegas, NV), Blueline Food Service Distribution (Detroit, Ml), The Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation (Windsor, ON), the Unified Purchasing Group Canada (Toronto, ON) and Thomas Canning (Maidstone) Limited. Mr. Payne is active in his community of Windsor Essex where he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, and a Director of The Lakeview Montessori School and the Hospice of Windsor Essex. Mr. Payne holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Windsor.
Usamakh Saadikh | Director
Dr. Usamakh Saadikh, age 53, is a member of our Board since June 2018. He is the Vice President of International Business Development. Dr. Saadikh has many government and business contacts throughout the Middle East and Europe that are important for CEN Biotech’s international development strategy. Dr. Saadikh holds a PhD from Moscow Institute of Applied Biotechnology.
Donald W. Strilchuck | Member of the Board
Mr. Strilchuck began his career in law enforcement as a cadet in 1979, promoted to patrol officer and was accepted to the Emergency Service Unit, where he became proficient in weapons and tactical response. Mr. Strilchuck served on a joint drug task force, which invests domestic and international occurrences, involving U.S. and other foreign agencies. Mr. Strilchuck was promoted to a supervisory position and oversaw a team of officers specially trained to deal with street violence and victim assistance. Mr. Strilchuck holds a Law Enforcement Certification from the Ontario Police College.
Harold Aubrey De Lavenu | Member of the Board
After joining the British Royal Navy in 1983, pursuing a vocation as a Mine Clearance Diver (Navy Seal), Mr. Aubrey De Lavenu was trained to work as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Specialist.
Alex Tarrabain | Member of the Board
Between 1991 and 1995, Mr. Tarrabain later served as the Senior Accountant for the County of Strathcona in Sherwood Park, Alberta. In August 1995, Alex opened his own practice, Tarrabain Accounting, and has been operating in the Edmonton and surrounding area for the past 23 years, through the present. Alex is a frequent speaker at financial functions and has served on many boards including Prostate Canada, NW Zone Hockey Association, Whitemud West Hockey Association and the Canadian Athletic Club in Edmonton. Mr. Tarrabain earned a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Alberta.
Ameen Ferris | Member of the Board
Mr. Ferris built a multi-million dollar company with limited resources, and establish a thriving Canadian retail chain with warehousing, a full line of private label supplements including, sports nutrition, ailment specific herbal supplements and vitamins. He also co-branded the Healthy’s concept in department stores such as The Hudson Bay Company, Eatons and in select grocery chains. Healthy’s was acquired in 2006 by the publicly traded corporation, Planet Organic. In 2005, Ameen also established the Low Carb Store, one of Canada’s premier specialty food locations. Ameen founded Natural Choice Distribution, developing and distributing leading natural supplements, diet products, sports nutrition and therapeutic herbal health supplements. Specializing in brand development, Mr. Ferris entered into an exclusive contract through his own company, Brandrouse, in 2008 through May, 2017 by the biotechnology company LivCorp Inc. ( a division of Delivra Inc.) with the task of developing their OTC topical product on a start-up budget. From a white label, he established the market orientation and strategy for the brand LivRelief™. His contributions included, strategy, segmentation, targeting and positioning of the brand, involvement and guidance with product development, refinements and extensions, package design of all LivRelief consumer products in Canada, development of LivRelief’s image as a customer-centric brand, marketing and advertising of LivRelief products In May 2017, Mr. Ferris founded the brand consulting firm Brand Rouse.