THE CATALYST BC TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
Ian Miller is a serial entrepreneur whose professional, educational and personal experiences have helped shaped his career and positioned him as a striking leader in the cannabis industry. His journey to and through the cannabis space began with his formal education, having completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Design, with a concentration in accounting, and went on to complete his Master of Science degree in Building Construction, both from the University of Florida. Ian also co-created the Molecular
Chief Operating Officer
Michael who currently serves as Director of Cultivation for Pipp Horticulture and Chief Operating Officer for Catalyst BC is a legacy licensed cannabis operator and pioneer in vertical farming. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a focus in Biology and Neurology, Michael worked as a consultant for Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals for 8 years coaching and mentoring newly diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis patients. Recognizing the medicinal benefits of cannabis, Michael relocated to Denver,
Chief Marketing Officer
With over a decade of owner-operator experience working with plant-touching and ancillary businesses in both the public and private sectors, Leif Olsen has become a seasoned and globally sought-after cannabis application & licensing advisor, operations expert, and a seasoned entrepreneur with 18+ years of management leadership focusing on retail, wholesale, service, and manufacturing operations. Leif began his career in the cannabis industry in 2008, when he co-founded, operated, and later sold Kind
Andy Schnack currently serves as an Operations Advisor and Project Manager for Catalyst-BC. Andy graduated from The University of Alabama in 2009 where he majored in Criminal Justice and was a member of the Crimson Tide Swim team. After graduating from Alabama, Andy attended Valparaiso University School of Law but struggled to treat nerve complications that had developed from a swimming injury. After diligent research and support from his doctor, Andy made the life changing decision to leave Law
Director of Genetics & Breeding
With over 20 years of cultivation experience, Eric Forington brings an immense amount of ingenuity, expertise, and passion to the Catalyst BC team in his role as Director of Genetics & Breeding. Eric has successfully bred cannabis varietals for over a decade, with over half of that time focused on developing genetics for state-licensed medicinal and recreational markets. In 2011, Eric founded 303 Seeds, one of the first legally-licensed seed companies in his home state of Colorado. At 303 Seeds, Eric has focused
Laura Anderson began her professional career in the electronic discovery legal field, where for nearly a decade she progressed from providing project management for hundreds of internal projects to the document management of numerous cases for law firms nationwide. While seeing to the operational needs of the Denver location where she worked, Laura was additionally training managers for various other locations, including Phoenix and Portland. Laura received multiple awards of excellence
ROY CANTRELL, PH. D.
With almost four decades of experience as a plant breeder in both the public and private sectors, Roy Cantrell brings immense expertise and sought-after specialty to his role as Scientific Advisor at Catalyst BC. His career began on his family farm in Texas and has taken him around the world. Through international experience, he has gained insight and diversified expertise in plant breeding, international and digital agriculture, environmental science and sustainability. As a published writer, Roy has co-authored 5 book chapters and 77 scientific papers on various aspects of plant genetics and breeding. He has also assisted in the development and public release of 15 cotton varieties, 11 cotton germplasm lines or genetic stocks, and three wheat cultivars.
High-level inventory control and seed to sale tracking are imperative to maintaining compliance in the heavily regulated cannabis industry. The professionals at Catalyst BC have worked hand in hand with Trellis clients to successfully train employees and customize standard operating procedures that maximize efficiency and ensure compliance through every step of the supply chain. The Catalyst BC team is a great resource for operations looking for assistance managing inventory control and compliance – Trellis highly recommends their services to licensees who need training or assistance in developing more robust inventory control procedures.