Board of Directors
Sam Tam has been servicing the vape industry since 2013. He holds the position of Chief Legal and Compliance Officer at Pacific Smoke International. Pacific Smoke is a global distribution company with international partners and vendors in over 30 countries. He is an active participant in advocacy for the vape industry, his team lead by Sam was responsible for developing the CVA guidance document for Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations to help assist the vape industry in navigating the regulatory requirements under the Vaping Products Labelling Packaging Regulations (VPLPR). Sam’s commitment to regulatory compliance helps ensure the industry meets the regulatory standards outline by Health Canada. Sam is also a member of the standards technical panel for Underwriter’s Laboratory UL 8139 which its key responsibilities is to develop safe vaping products that meet all the electrical systems requirements for consumer safety.
Charles Pisano, CVA’s current Vice President has been a CVA member since the organization’s founding. Charles currently runs the e-liquid production facility at VapeMeet Inc. – one of Canada’s premier vaping companies with retail locations across Ontario and a GMP/HACCP/ISO 9001:2015 lab at the forefront of the industry.
Shaun Casey was the founding Director and creator of the CVA in 2014. Since then he has served the CVA as their Treasurer, Vice President and 2.5 years as President and Chair to the Board. A current elected Director, he is also a chief advocate with Health Canada for the Board’s government relations committee. Shaun has again accepted the role of board treasurer. Shaun also sits on many USA and international advocacy boards. He is North American CEO and global partner in Flavourart, the largest global flavour house specializing in vape flavouring. He lives in Niagara, Ontario with his family where his N.A flavouring manufacturing site is also located.
Shai Bekman is the Founder and CEO of Dash Vapes Inc. Dash Vapes is the leading online and Brick and Mortar retailer with 12 locations in Canada servicing more than 100,000 clients and processing 50,000 orders on a monthly basis.
“We want the government to see that our industry can be part of the solution,” says Danielle Chesney, CEO of Alt Vape. “While we can’t monitor or police anything outside of our walls and digital storefronts, and we know nothing is foolproof, there are significant steps we can take ourselves to drastically reduce exposure of our products to minors. As an industry, we should be collectively taking action to protect our businesses and our communities.”
Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Cloud Haven E-liquids and Cloud Haven Labs inc. We began our journey in 2016, when we first incorporated and began wholesaling our products to vape shops. Driven purely by our passion for vaping, as it helped us quit smoking for good and we wanted to share that experience with others as well. We began our journey in Red Deer Alberta and eventually found ourselves building our facility in Saskatoon SK, where we currently reside. Dedication to quality products manufactured in a state of the art facility, we strive for excellence in everything we do and we are passionate about advocacy and supporting responsible and reasonable regulations, to ensure that consumers have access to the greatest tobacco harm reduction products available, while keeping these products out of the hands of minors.
Eden Sorrell is the CEO and co-founder of Theravape, an
ISO9001-accredited e-liquid manufacturing company that was founded by
healthcare professionals in 2013. Theravape has two retail stores and e-commerce. Eden learned the meaning of hard work in the Alberta oil sands, and then a 180 into ICU nursing, prepared Eden for a 7-year marathon of never-ending external threats to his business in the vape industry and a crash course
in politics. Now enrolled in the Asper MBA program, he is excited to
sharpen his tools for whatever challenges lay ahead.