The Valens Company Appoints New Board Chair and Provides an Update on its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
KELOWNA, BC, May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – The Valens Company Inc. (TSX: VLNS) (Nasdaq: VLNS)) (the “Company” “The Valens Company” or “Valens”), a leading manufacturer of branded cannabis products, today announced that it has separated the roles of Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and appointed Andrew Cockwell as its new Chair of the Board, effective immediately. This decision follows the Company’s recent Nasdaq listing and its commitment to governance best practices including transparency and accountability. Tyler Robson has stepped down as Chair in full support of this decision and will remain on the Board and as the CEO of the Company.
About Andrew Cockwell
Mr. Cockwell is the Managing Partner of Ursataur Capital Management, a private equity firm he founded in 2009 that strategically invests in Canadian mid-market companies across various industries. He holds a track record of fostering value creation for both private and public companies, advising on issues such as strategic realignment, operational improvement, capital allocation, and governance. Previously, Mr. Cockwell was a Founding Partner of ReichmannHauer Capital Partners in 2006, a Toronto-based private equity firm targeting both domestic and international investments. He also served in the Private Equity and Corporate Finance practices at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which he joined in 2003 and where he advised businesses, private equity firms, and hedge funds in North America and Europe. Earlier in his career, he practiced M&A and securities law as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London. Mr. Cockwell holds a breadth of experience providing financial and legal advisory services in a variety of complex business contexts across a wide range of industries, including industrial coatings, ground support, financial services, and food and retail. Mr. Cockwell holds a Bachelor of Art (Hons.) from Queen’s University and a LL.B. with Great Distinction from the Faculty of Law at McGill University.
Tyler Robson, Chief Executive Officer of The Valens Company, said, “Andrew’s proven leadership, combined with his extensive experience in organizational transformation, capital markets and corporate governance makes him an ideal person for this role. Having worked closely with Andrew over the past two years I am convinced that entrusting the Chair to an independent Director of his caliber will deliver numerous advantages for Valens and its shareholders. This change will also allow me to dedicate more of my time to the execution of our strategy and the management of our growth. I look forward to working closely with Andrew to ensure Valens creates long term value for all stakeholders, including our employees, shareholders, and the community.”
Andrew Cockwell, Chair of the Board said “Over the last three years, Valens has made great strides in their commitment to improving corporate governance from its early days as a CSE listed company to eventually dual listing on the TSX and Nasdaq. As we look ahead, the separation of Chair and CEO combined with having a majority independent Board are critical pieces of the puzzle in delivering value not just for our shareholders but for our entire organization. While we are making this announcement today, we will continue to assess opportunities to make further improvements to our governance structure as the business continues to evolve. With this in mind, we have also been going through a governance review process to identify additional Director nominees who will broaden our existing skills matrix and further diversify the experience and contributions we currently employ. On behalf of the entire Board, I’ d like to thank Tyler for his leadership over the past three years as its Chair. I am appreciative to have this opportunity to represent Valens shareholders and I have full confidence in Tyler and the entire senior management team as they continue to execute on the Company’s strategic initiatives and capitalize on this massive opportunity to drive sustainable shareholder value.”
Further to today’s leadership and governance transition, the Company also announced today that it has been granted an extension under the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) rules to extend the timeline for its Annual General Meeting of shareholders (the “Meeting”) to no later than August 2, 2022. The Company requires the additional time to identify, attract and nominate additional qualified diverse director candidates to further strengthen the Board in key areas, including diversity, CPG marketing and branding and capital markets. This initiative continues the Company’s ongoing commitment to good governance by bringing it more in-line with benchmark public guidance from U.S national securities exchanges, including Nasdaq. The Company will provide an update on the new date for the Meeting in the coming weeks.
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About The Valens Company
The Valens Company is a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products. The Valens Company is focused on being the partner of choice for leading Canadian and international cannabis brands by providing best-in-class, proprietary services including CO2, ethanol, hydrocarbon, solvent-less and terpene extraction, analytical testing, formulation and product development and custom manufacturing. Valens is the largest third-party extraction company in Canada with an annual capacity of 425,000 kg of dried cannabis and hemp biomass at our purpose-built facility in Kelowna, British Columbia which is in the process of becoming European Union (EU) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant. The Valens Company currently offers a wide range of product formats, including tinctures, two-piece caps, soft gels, oral sprays and vape pens as well as beverages, concentrates, topicals, edibles, injectables, natural health products and has a strong pipeline of next-generation products in development for future release. Finally, The Valens Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Valens Labs is a Health Canada licensed ISO 17025 accredited cannabis testing lab providing sector-leading analytical services and has partnered with Thermo Fisher Scientific to develop a Centre of Excellence in Plant-Based Science. For more information, please visit https://thevalenscompany.com. The Valens Company’s investor deck can be found specifically at https://thevalenscompany.com/investors/.
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The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others, regulatory risk, United States border crossing and travel bans, reliance on licenses, expansion of facilities, competition, dependence on supply of cannabis and reliance on other key inputs, dependence on senior management and key personnel, general business risk and liability, regulation of the cannabis industry, change in laws, regulations and guidelines, compliance with laws, reliance on a single facility, limited operating history, vulnerability to rising energy costs, unfavourable publicity or consumer perception, product liability, risks related to intellectual property, product recalls, difficulties with forecasts, management of growth and litigation, many of which are beyond the control of The Valens Company. For a more comprehensive discussion of the risks faced by The Valens Company, and which may cause the actual financial results, performance or achievements of The Valens Company to be materially different from estimated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking information or forward-looking statements, please refer to The Valens Company’s latest Annual Information Form filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities at www.sedar.com or on The Valens Company’s website at www.thevalenscompany.com. The risks described in such Annual Information Form are hereby incorporated by reference herein. Although the forward-looking statements contained herein reflect management’s current beliefs and reasonable assumptions based upon information available to management as of the date hereof, The Valens Company cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information. The Valens Company cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements. The Valens Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Nothing herein should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell securities of The Valens Company.