Our Team

Board of Directors

Samuel Tam

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.

Darryl tempest

Darryl brings over twenty years of experience in public policy development, business development, and political involvement, as a leading expert for health and patient advocacy in Ontario. Darryl is a founder of the Ontario Physiotherapy Clinics Alliance and is the Executive Director of the CVA. Darryl has applied his healthcare, public policy, and organizational experience to support the mission, vision, and values of the CVA and the vaping industry. 

Shaun Casey

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 director, he is also a chief advocate with Health Canada for the board’s government relations committee. Shaun also sits on many USA advocacy boards. He is CEO and 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. 

Charles Pisano

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.

Shai Bekman

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.

John Xydous

John Xydous is the CVA’s Quebec Regional Director. He is also President, Director and Project Manager at la Vapote inc. since 2015. John has successfully led initiatives to grow the business from 1 to 4 retail locations in Quebec within the first 4 years of operation. Constantly steering business activities with a laser focus on customer service and staff training to ensure the business helps cigarette smokers transition to vaping as a means of harm reduction, all while navigating a complex and constantly evolving regulatory and legal environment. 

Eden Sorrell

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.

Mike Smider

Mike Smider is the co-founder of Queen City Vapes in Regina, SK. In addition to being Board Member, he is also the CVA’s Regional Chair for Saskatchewan. After quitting a 20+ year smoking habit with vaping, Mike left his IT job in 2014 to open Regina’s first vape retailer, and has been a strong advocate for the success of vapour products ever since. Queen City Vapes has been voted Regina’s Best Vape Shop for 2017, 2018, and 2019.