Our Story

Hiku is focused on building a portfolio of iconic, engaging cannabis brands, immersive retail experiences and handcrafted cannabis production. With a national retail footprint led by Tokyo Smoke, craft cannabis production through DOJA’s ACMPR licensed grow, and Van der Pop’s female-focused educational platforms, Hiku houses an industry-leading portfolio that sets the bar for cannabis brands in Canada.

 

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DOJA is Canada's cannabis lifestyle brand and licensed producer based in British Columbia's picturesque Okanagan Valley. DOJA's core focus is building a cannabis lifestyle brand – "lifestyle" is where we believe the medicinal and recreational market meet.

 

Tokyo Smoke is an award-winning cannabis brand that brings sophistication and design to the fast-growing industry. With immersive experiences and design-first retail spaces selling coffee, cannabis accessories and design products, the brand has six locations in Canada, with plans to expand nationwide. Recently named "Brand of the Year" at the Canadian Cannabis Awards, Tokyo Smoke has developed an international reputation as the go-to destination for engaging content offerings within the industry.

 

Van der Pop is one of North America's most recognized female-focused cannabis brands. Founded in 2016, Van der Pop is the cannabis digest for discerning women. With an emphasis on discretion, education and style, the aim is to enhance flower-powered pleasures through a thoughtful and candid exploration of cannabis. Through an editorial platform, weekly newsletter, social sites, product line and SESSION events, Van der Pop explores cannabis and how it relates to self-care, health, wellness and socialization.

 

Maïtri is Quebec’s leading cannabis lifestyle brand with a strongly engaged and rapidly growing community. Recently nominated for “Brand of the Year” at the Canadian Cannabis Awards, Maïtri continues to evolve, building off the success of their hand-crafted line of cannabis accessories to become the go-to French focused cannabis brand in Canada.

 

Redefining Cannabis Retail 

One of Hiku’s key differentiators is our ambition and ability to create a high-quality consumer experience. We believe that a brand’s approach to attracting new customers while retaining current ones should be top of mind during every step of a store’s ideation and operations. Our brick-and-mortar outposts are a reflection of the principles that make a retail concept both iconic and lucrative: attention to design, an innovative and considered product offering, and knowledgeable staff.

Hiku is thrilled to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Tokyo Smoke, has been conditionally awarded one of four master licenses for retail cannabis sales in Manitoba. The license gives Tokyo Smoke the ability to operate legal retail cannabis stores and an online cannabis sales platform in Manitoba. Being awarded a license is a validation of our business model and vision of creating an unsurpassed retail experience for cannabis consumers. We look forward to participating in future licensing processes across the country to grow our national retail footprint and bring our unique retail experience to more Canadians.

The Grow

DOJA’s premium craft cannabis is grown in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley by a passionate team using industry-leading cultivation techniques to bring out the fullest expression of the plant's genetics. DOJA prides itself on taking a handcrafted, artisanal approach to trimming and curing its flowers, the result of which is the finest cannabis with exceptional aroma, flavour and effects. Annual licensed production capacity is currently 660 kgs per year and is expected to increase to over 5,000 kgs per year by the end of 2018 upon completion of the FUTURE LAB.

 

The Team

It’s not often you have the opportunity to lead change.

At Hiku, we are poised to lead Canada, and the world, towards cannabis normalization as the premier cannabis brand house. Our team is comprised of leaders from retail, finance, product design, content, cultivation, and technology. They have spent their careers observing and listening, directing and reshaping industries. The combination of world-class education, executive business experience and entrepreneurial spirit means our brands are growing under the guidance of unrivaled expertise. We look forward to thoughtfully and responsibly bringing cannabis to consumers, leading the industry into the next great chapter of its history.

 

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Alan Gertner

CEO, co-Founder of Tokyo Smoke

Alan Gertner, a lover of technology, design and everything in-between, most recently led a $+100M organization at Google in Asia. Alan is a proven leader in strategy and operations, including as a founding member of Google's first Global Business Strategy team while based in Mountain View, California. Alan was formerly a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman in New York and graduated Dean’s list from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada’s leading business school, in 2006. As a youngster, Alan spent every moment he could interning at wild and weird startups - from building flashy flash websites to developing and selling the garbage bin billboard.

 
 

Trent Kitsch

President, CO-Founder of DOJA

Trent founded SAXX Underwear Co. in 2007 and successfully built SAXX into a globally recognizable brand and the fastest growing underwear brand in North America before exiting the business in 2015. In 2013 Trent and his wife Ria founded Kitsch Wines in the Okanagan Valley. Trent is an MBA graduate of the Richard Ivy School of Business with a major in Entrepreneurship.

 
 
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Jeff Barber

CFO 

Jeff was the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of a boutique M&A advisory firm from 2012 to 2016. Previous to that, he held investment banking roles with Canaccord Genuity Corp, and Raymond James Ltd. Jeff started his career as an Economist with Deloitte and possesses extensive experience raising capital and advising on M&A transactions. He is a CFA charter holder with a masters degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Alberta. 

 
 
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Brian Polsinello

COO

Brian Polsinello joined Tokyo Smoke in May 2017. Prior to joining Tokyo Smoke, Brian was a Manager at Bain & Company in the firm's Toronto and London offices, where he led teams supporting strategy, performance improvement and growth efforts for a range of clients across industrial and financial services. Brian began his career at UBS Investment Bank where he worked with industrial clients on a variety of capital raising and M&A transactions. He earned an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and an Honors Business Administration (HBA) with Distinction from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

 
 
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Felicia Snyder

SVP GROWTH

Felicia  joined Tokyo Smoke in November 2017. After earning her Bachelor of Commerce at McGill (graduating with Great Distinction), she began her career as a Management Consultant and Engagement Manager at global consulting firm Oliver Wyman, advising financial services clients. Prior to receiving her MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, Felicia was a Senior Market Manager at Google. Most recently, she spent several years in Korea with Samsung, leading teams advising top executives on corporate and marketing strategy before moving to a Senior Business Development and Partnership role.

 
 
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Ryan Foreman

SVP PRODUCTION, Co-FOUNDER OF DOJA

Over 15 years developing e-commerce operations within the consumer goods space working with influential brands and industry disrupters in the lifestyle and action sports markets. Ryan brings a depth of knowledge and experience scaling for growth in highly regulated environments.

 
 
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Ria Kitsch

VP HR, Co-FOUNDER DOJA

Ria was formerly head of marketing for SAXX Underwear Co. Since then she became a top salesperson and territory manager for WaterPlaySolutions Corp, quickly identifying and executing strategies to grow in regulated markets.  Strong customer service skills and marketing focus make her a front line specialist. Ria earned a Business Honors degree from UBC-O.

 
 
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Will Stewart

VP Corporate Communications & Public Affairs

Will brings 20 years of experience to Hiku, having most recently served as Managing Principal of one of Canada’s leading high-stakes communications and lobbying consulting firms as one of Canada’s leading public affairs advisors. Over the past few years, Will has developed significant expertise in Canada’s legal cannabis space working with a variety of large ACMPR Licensed Producers and other leading companies in the sector.  He has been named as one of Canada’s top lobbyists for seven consecutive years under both the Federal Conservative and Liberal governments. Will was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian Public Policy. Prior to his time as a consultant, he was Chief of Staff to an Ontario cabinet minister serving in portfolios in both ministries and legislative branches.

 
 
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Lacey Norton

VP Retail

Lacey’s experience at Kit and Ace as a founding team member of the luxury technical clothing brand, includes opening more than 50 locations across North America in just over two years. Prior to heading up North American retail at Kit and Ace, she spent 10 years with lululemon, helping grow the company from seven stores in 2005, to an global brand with a large international retail footprint. Lacey also headed up The Lab at lululemon, a customer-facing design and ideas incubator, a passion that has influenced her most recent role as an advisor to disruptive consumer brands in the retail space.

 
 
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Berkeley Poole

Vp Creative

Born and raised in Toronto, Berkeley  graduated from York University and Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany before taking on roles at Barneys New York, V Magazine, Visionaire, Laird + Partners (working on Karl Lagerfeld and Calvin Klein), and MTV. She had also co-founded and created Adult Magazine.

Working across print, digital, video, product and environmental design, she creates functional and beautiful designs rooted in conceptual, clever, and strategic thought. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Dazed, Complex, and Flare’s "Top 30 Under 30" – to name a few.

 
 

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Hiku is publicly traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker HIKU and on the OTC as DJACF. 

 

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