Philosophy

We are an early revenue stage venture capital firm who believe we can change the world by supporting entrepreneurs driven to build a healthier planet and live a healthier lifestyle. When we align our words and actions, everything happens as planned, by design, not by co-incidence.
 
We are a customer centric investment firm and view our investees and co-investors as partners with a common goal to serve our customers. We create value only when we deliver innovative solutions to our customers at a competitive price.

Investment Criteria

We are interested in agtech, aghealth, agri-food sectors, particularly investing and developing the hemp ecosystem, harmonizing the fragmented supply chain working from the top - end users/customers, down to the seed genetics IP, be it for industrial fibre, cannabidiol, and/or food applications.
 
We support our investees through our proprietary tax efficient, diversified investing channels from syndicated angel investing to Series "X" preferred, from private to public venture capital markets, including regulation crowdfunding.

Why Us

To our Limited Partners/ Co-investors:
We are risk managers first and manage your money like ours. Prior to investing, we allocate more resources during the due diligence process assessing risks  and de-risking the venture by advising our target investees or accelerating their fundability. Post investment, we invest even more resources while monitoring performance or KPIs of our investees. After all, this is a long term partnership.
To our Investees/ Joint Venture Partners:
Like you, we are entrepreneurs, operators, and hands on investors injecting value added services on top of financial capital. Like true partners, we work like a team, from funding to exit, ensuring we deliver as planned.

The Executive Team

  • 100 + years team experience, mission driven entrepreneurs, professional managers, and angel investors and venture capitalists.
  • Performance driven generalists and specialists (marketing/sales, finance, engineering, operations) with deep domain expertise (agriculture, health & wellness, technology).
  • Managed $100M+ treasury funds and hedging portfolio for building mines and other businesses under strict investment policies and corporate governance in public and private capital markets.

Antonio (Tony) A. Arias

Managing General Partner & CEO

  • An entrepreneur, professional manager, and investor, founded ALAMidas Capital Partners Inc. in 2016 while assessing the risks and opportunities in the hemp space (not marijuana); a strategic shift as founder of Healthy Crowdfunder Corp (2012) connecting investors and investees in the health space.
  • Solid mining finance track record involved in building four big mines ($B CAPEX 2018 dollars) in his career. As former CFO or CAO, he was instrumental to raising and managing over $400 million and $300 million, equity and debt financing, respectively, in the public and private capital markets.
  • A former professional accountant and a former corporate finance instructor and finance graduate at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, he found his true “Ikigai” as a 9-year franchisee of a national natural products company. Tony believes hemp is truly the plant that could make a healthier planet while contributing to the health consciousness of consumers.

 

Liviu Lucan, CPA, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

  • Founder of Ultimate Commodity, a fintech startup exploring big data mining and analytics applications.
  • Big 4 trained finance professional in Canada, Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.
  • Over 20 years’ experience in financial reporting, business and process modeling, and operations optimization.
  • US CPA (Washington State) and MBA graduate with University of Vienna School of Business and Economics.
  • A strong believer in data-driven decisions to grow top and bottom lines and streamline operations.

Wayne Jackson,  , BSc. Chemical Engineer, P. Eng. 

Operations Engineering & Business Development

  • 20+ year Process Engineer with domestic and international experience in industrial systems design, operation and maintenance with Talisman Energy Inc. and as a pan-industry consultant.
  • Co-founder of Cougarstone Solutions Inc. - a multifaceted technology company focused on developing innovative solutions to complex industrial problems, including automated and integrated Engineering and Operations systems, cross industrial value chains and practical applied research.
  • Strong coordinator with an extensive background creating value through strategic planning, tactical delivery and leveraging a comprehensive network of experts.
  • Developed and executed multi-million dollar construction projects including Gas Plants, Oil Batteries and full field development plans.
  • Brownfield operations coordinator during design of the $1Billion dollar Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR) project in the North Sea. (https://www.offshore-technology.com/projects/monarb-area-redevelopment-project-mar-north-sea/)

Angela Alexander, Ph. Eng. Mechanical

Human Capital Integration

  • 20+ years experience in the Western Canadian oil & gas industry: from Facility to Reservoir Engineering, with skills in organization effectiveness, facilitation, process design & improvement, change management and project management.
  • Passion for bringing teams together to work more effectively, make better decisions, be more innovative and think more strategically.
  • Led a multi-discipline team to create, document and implement a process for Execution Planning, Development Planning and Appraisal Planning.
  • Successfully facilitated and guided a newly formed team through their strategic vision development and key behavior conversations.

 

The Lead Advisors

Solid track record in corporte governance, investment banking, investment management, business development, market development, software technology, agronomy, agriculture,

James M. Saretsky, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, ICD.D

Corporate Governance & Operations

  • Expertise in corporate governance best practices.
  • Extensive experience in scaling businesses and corporations.
  • Experienced at managing corporate operations and introducing services into new markets.
  • Expertise in developing and implementing effective strategic plans including metrics.
  • Effective participative empathic leadership abilities.
  • C-Suite in-depth knowledge for capital raising, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, creating sustainable shareholder value, and regulatory compliance.

 

Dan Giurescu

Blockchain Technology

  • Founder of Terrahub, industrial blockchain education, incubator and consulting.
  • Co-founded Caledonia Solutions, a supply chain software for the dangerous goods industry, moving the industry away from paper and into digital innovation
  • Identified new market opportunities successfully; commercialized new concepts, inspired teams into action by creating an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Member of The A100 and Mentor with IBM District Ventures.

 

Andrew Lampert, MBA

Investment Banking

Accomplished capital markets executive with expertise working with banks, finance companies, mobile platforms, loan originators, institutional investors & finance innovators across industries & business sectors offering:

  • Expertise in quickly evolving markets: cannabis, mobile technology & payments/banking
  • C-Suite advisory for capital raising, investment documents, go-to-market strategy & shaping product/services design
  • Partnership evaluation, development, deal structuring & negotiation
  • New market research, SWOT analysis, strategic planning, model development & forecasting
  • FINRA licenses Series 7 & 63; Kellogg School of Management MBA

 

Francois Catellier, BSc. Agriculture

Market Development, Farmer Relations

  • Founder of Golden Meadow International Inc. offering national and international market development assistance; 30 years’ experience in research, sales, and marketing in domestic and international markets; network of agri-business contacts in over 35 countries.
  • Past Executive Director of the Canadian Special Crops Association, led to the creation of Pulse Canada, a leading model for the development of a strong Canadian agricultural sector.
  • Multi-million-dollar agreement between a Dutch company, a Quebec based company, and an Ontario based company with Dutch ownership.
  • Worked with Roquette on selecting Portage-La-Prairie, Manitoba as the site for the world’s largest pea processing plant.

 

Danny Fieldberg

Market Development, Farmer Relations

  • Founder of Finn Lake Ltd. designing and developing agriculture related programs for private and public sector clients.
  • Consults on international regional development projects requiring fully integrated trading strategies, as well as developing markets for their products.
  • A family of two generations, has been involved in farming extensively in Alberta.

 

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