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Dr. Mara Bilibajkich
Founder
Dr. Mara graduated from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada and has been practicing family medicine for over 20 years.  In founding RxLeaf, Dr. Mara’s goal is to return power to the people, educate media on cannabis medicine, and provide vetted research-based information to the public.
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Ahmed Asghar
Product Development Manager

Ahmed is an MBA Graduate from the University of Waterloo with a focus on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. For the past 8 years he has focused his career on setting up e-commerce platforms across the globe with a number of venture capitalists.

He has worked on numerous technology projects, ranging from a marketplace for vehicle purchases, to a fashion-based e-commerce platform, to a 3D visual platform for aftermarket vehicle parts and, most recently, working with one of the pioneers in the e-cigarette market by overseeing their entire web presence.   

Jennifer Grant
Editor in Chief

Jennifer graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honors Biological Science degree, majoring in the biomedical field. She has been employed as a professional writer for almost two decades, previously working with Get Leashed Magazine and ARC Institute. Jennifer has also been a science and math teacher with the SCCDSB and TDSB.

 

 

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Eoin Weldon
Managing Editor

Eoin is an Irish editor and writer who has worked for The Irish Independent and The Daily Mail. A football fan, he happily spent most of that time in sport departments. Following a move from Dublin to Toronto he wrote and edited for Metro News Canada in a variety of roles. He then switched his focus to the cannabis industry, writing for a licensed producer. He believes in the importance of accurate and responsible public information regarding recreational and medicinal cannabis... especially edibles.

A one-time prolific traveller, he's now very settled in Toronto with his wife and child.

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Wyatt Merkley
Editor - Webinar Coordinator

Wyatt is an English major to the core; he took his Undergraduate degree at King’s University College, and his Master’s at Western University. He loves to read, write, hike, and climb, and while he’s based out of southwestern Ontario, Wyatt’s journeys have taken him worldwide and will continue to. Wyatt loves to work for RxLeaf because of the opportunity to hear, and tell, the stories of those who have benefitted from the healing properties of cannabis medicine.

Emilie Leneveu
Social Media/e-Marketing Specialist

Emilie graduated from Loyalist College with an advanced diploma in Biotechnology and a post-grad in Cannabis Applied Science. She is currently studying in her final year towards a Bachelor's of Technology. She has worked with various companies on content creation, social media strategies, and marketing. Emilie is also a cannabis blogger, and is passionate about equality and education in the industry.

Dragana Komnenov PhD
Contributor

Dragana is an assistant professor at Wayne State Medical School in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Windsor in thrombosis, fibrinolysis and hemostasis; and her postdoctoral fellowship at Wayne State Medical School in the area of sleep medicine, focusing on sleep apnea.

Her area of current research interest is the central nervous system's control of blood pressure and renal regulation. In particular, how hypertension affects the processes of nerves and renal function in the context of both systemic and renal hemodynamics.

Matt Weeks
Contributor

Matt Weeks is a writer living and working in Athens, GA. He holds a Bachelor's degree (ABJ) in journalism, and a Master's of Public Administration (MPA) in organizational theory and public management, both from the University of Georgia. His work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, websites, and professional journals. When he’s not in front of a computer, Matt plays in bands, hosts bar trivia, and drinks too much coffee.

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Francis Cassidy
Contributor

Francis is an Irish freelance writer now living in British Columbia, Canada. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering, but left the industry to pursue his passion in writing. He writes on a variety of topics with a special interest in cannabis and its mindful reintegration back into global culture. When not writing, he can be found exploring and photographing the landscapes of British Columbia. For more of his work, check out his blog: www.thestrayphotographer.com

Jessica McKiel
Contributor

Jessica McKeil is a cannabis writer focused on tech trends and advances in medical research. She graduated with honors from the University of St. Thomas, and has a Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 certificate. She is passionate about presenting the science and technology behind cannabis to society at large.

Marc Moulin, PhD
Contributor

Marc recently completed his doctoral degree at the University of Western Ontario, in the department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. His research interests are related to the efficacy of medicinal cannabis for relieving chronic pain, and future applications to various aspects of sports medicine. He is excited about being part of the RxLeaf team.

Christine Colbert
Contributor

Christine graduated from Green Mountain College with a Master's of Science degree, specializing in writing and communications. She writes from her home in the Columbia River Gorge, and when she’s not pursuing her passion for science writing, she can be found on her mountain bike, skis, or snowboard, or with her nose in a book.

Craig Conkel
Grower

Born and raised in Arizona, Craig worked in construction, as an EMT, then a medic on fishing boats traveling from the US to Siberia. He graduated from the University of Alaska with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts before working as head chef on oil rigs in the Arctic Ocean. Today, Craig lives happily in Oregon, growing CBD medical grade cannabis. He has an Oregon Grower’s Cannabis Permit, Medical Patient Card, and OLCC permit to carry cannabis across state lines. Craig is a consultant grower for RxLeaf and ready to answer any of your grow questions.

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Emily Robertson
Past Editor

Emily Robertson has been employed as a professional writer since 2011. She holds a master’s degree in literature and gender studies. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

Ken Kirkwood, PhD
Past Contributor

Ken Kirkwood is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a Medical Consultant in the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University. 

Sarah Ratliff
Past Contributor

Following 20 years in the corporate world—culminating with biotech giant Amgen in Southern California, where she worked in health outcomes—Sarah Ratliff and her husband bought an organic farm on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Today Sarah feels fortunate to call herself a corporate America escapee turned eco-organic farmer, writer, published book author, and grateful medical cannabis consumer.

Philip Ghezelbash
Past Contributor

Philip Ghezelbash is an ex-personal trainer with a science background who currently operates New Zealand's only health specialized writing studio. He is passionate about presenting complex science in an easy to digest manner and is a firm believer that cannabis has substantial potential to be used as a medicine for degenerative disease.

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Branna Zagorac
Past Contributor

Branna was born in Eastern Europe, and graduated Daytona State College in Florida, Associate in Arts and Science. She later graduated from The University of Windsor, with Honors in Biology and Biotechnology. She currently works in neuroscience, on traumatic brain injuries, drug abuse, and microbiome projects.

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Christine Kielhorn PhD
Past Contributor

Christine Kielhorn is a biomedical engineer with a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University and a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a freelance technical writer and researcher specializing in the medical field, particularly in pharmaceutical applications and medical devices.

Randy Robinson
Past Contributor

As someone who wanted to know everything but couldn’t decide on anything, Randy studied English and world history before returning to school to complete a third degree in molecular biology under renowned cannabinoid scientist Dr. Robert Melamede. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Sean Wallace
Past Contributor

A cannabis veteran of twenty years, Sean became involved in cannabis activism and medical cannabis in 2013 after a period of poor health. He quickly took matters into his own hands and got his grow on, and after a year was able to move to Barcelona, Spain, where he got a first-hand taste of the city's cannabis industry.

Sarah Hayes
Past Contributor

Sarah is an American expat living in Spain with her husband and little doggie. She comes from a performing arts and teaching background with a degree from the University of London. For the past 3 years Sarah has worked in and written about the legal cannabis industry both in Spain and the US. She cares about sharing her passion for cannabis, yoga, healthy lifestyles, counterculture, and travel, through writing and social media.

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