Meet our team

Our experienced leadership team has one defining goal - to ensure Canadian consumers have access to small-batch, high-quality BC Bud.

Michael Forbes

Co-founder and CEO

Michael is a dynamic and driven entrepreneur with a background in medicine. Graduating from Kamloops at the top of his class, he then attended the University of British Columbia on a swimming scholarship, graduating in 2002 with a BSc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Michael has obtained additional certification in Hormone Restoration, Age Management Medicine, and more recently, Cannabis Plant Production and Facility Management from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  Michael also has his private pilot’s license from Mount Royal Aviation College and was elected to attend the Ivey School of Business for Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2017 where he received an honorary MBA.

Over the course of 16 years, Michael has created and operated a chain of pharmacies throughout BC and Alberta. Michael’s innovative nature led him to create the Ageless Living brand, which includes Ageless Living Wellness Centre. In 2014 he launched the first Ageless Living Expo and opened Canada’s first Biohacking Centre, to help people increase their workout efficiency and recover quicker from illness and injury.

Michael’s company, Forbes Group, operates a diverse group of businesses and real estate across Western Canada including: Salt Spring Island Ales, Casino Royale Rentals, Bubble Soccer, Island View Care, West Coast Super Storage, Sitka Weedworks Inc, Forbes Pharmacy, and Clarity Cannabis. 

Ian Laing

Co-founder and COO

Ian is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of WEEDWORKS, having successfully led the application, zoning, and full construction of the Company’s Sooke, BC processing facility, which was approved by Health Canada as a Licensed Producer of Cannabis in 2018.

Ian has had a focus on cannabis opportunities over the last 5+ years having founded Earth to Sky Cannabis Company with 4 provincially licenced cannabis retail locations and now open and operating.

Over the last 21 years Ian has specialized in real estate development, zoning, and construction with projects ranging from custom homes to subdivisions, breweries, hotels, apartments, and other commercial and industrial buildings. His projects have culminated in many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of transactions. Prior to that, Ian attended the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia, majoring in Urban Land Economics.

Since 1998, Ian has consistently proven his ability to build and grow multi-million dollar projects from the ground up. Whether he’s renovating a heritage building or developing a condominium, Ian’s boots are on the ground from conception to completion, and his dedication and passion for his work is unmistakable.

Stuart Leith

Quality Assurance

Stuart Leith is the Quality Assurance Manager at WEEDWORKS. Stuart has spent the last 2 years working in the cannabis industry as the General Manager and QAP of Evergreen Medicinal Supply Inc. He amassed over 29 years of Quality Assurance and Operational experience in the food and beverage industry. Stuart served as the lead QA / HACCP Manager of Thrifty Kitchens (Thrifty Foods) for 9 years, he held positions of various responsibilities for companies such as Devro Canada (Johnson & Johnson), T.J. Lipton (Unilever Canada), Sparkling Spring Water Company Ltd, ClearWater Ltd and FreshXtend Technologies.

John Henney

Legal Advisor

John Heaney brings over 20 years of combined experience in private legal practice, government counsel, and public service. Most recently, John was the Chief of Staff for the Government of Alberta, where his role was paramount to ensuring the government was in touch with the needs and wants of Albertans. John has been a key official in developing the Alberta government’s energy royalty review and climate-change legislation. He also worked at several law firms in British Columbia, most notably as a lawyer at Heenan Blaikie LLP.

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