IBM Senior Project Manager Joins Vinzan International

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Vinzan International Inc., a global cannabis trading company
headquartered in Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of
Kelsey Barnes as Vice President of Operations. Kelsey joins Vinzan
International after a 20-year career as a senior officer in the Canadian
Armed Forces and most recently from IBM where he worked as a Senior
Project Manager, leading cyber security teams for government and
financial industry partners.

“We are thrilled to add Kelsey to our team as we continue to
commercialize our operations in Colombia and Southeast Asia,” said CEO,
Brian Armstrong “His operational experience and leadership will be an
invaluable asset during our commercialization and our 2019 initial
public offering.”

Vinzan International is building world-class pharmaceutical grade
extraction facilities in Colombia and Southeast Asia and has 280,000kg
of THC/CBD production allocated through multi-year supply agreements
with international partners. By applying a 150-year old business model
used by the world’s largest agriculture companies, Vinzan has positioned
itself to be a leader in the global cannabis market.

“I watched traditional licensed producers spend millions of dollars on
electricity to power and irrigate indoor grow facilities in Canada and I
knew there had to be a better model.” said Barnes “Vinzan International
removes those risks and overhead costs by deploying Canadian expertise
and leading-edge extraction and processing technology to the world’s
best cultivation regions.”

Prior to his time at IBM, Kelsey worked as Director of Operations at
MedReleaf Medicinal, where he was responsible for operationalizing their
Canadian growing and processing facilities. Under his leadership at
MedReleaf, the company’s valuation increased from $750mm to $3bn. Kelsey
also served in the Royal Canadian Regiment as a decorated Infantry
Officer where he was responsible for leading large teams and
operationalizing allied bases in developing nations.

“We have assembled a blue-chip team to further expand our global
capabilities.” said Armstrong “Kelsey’s experience operationalizing
military bases overseas combined with his experience in the cannabis
sector make him the perfect fit to lead our international operations.”

This hire comes just one week after Vinzan International announced the
appointment of Donald Stewart from Morgan Stanley.

About Kelsey Barnes:

As a Senior Project Manager at IBM, Kelsey led a team of cyber security
experts responsible for developing cutting edge capabilities to protect
vital information for government and financial industry partners. During
a time of rapid scaling at MedReleaf, as Director of Operations Kelsey
led their production hub and built the corporation’s capacity planning
platform as well as the implementation of lean methodologies for GMP
performance. Serving in the famed Royal Canadian Regiment as a decorated
Infantry Officer, Kelsey gave over 20 years of his life to his country.
During his military career, he carried out operational deployments to
the Middle East, Africa and Central America. Kelsey Barnes holds an MBA
from the Rotman School of Business.

About Vinzan International:

Vinzan International is a licensed global cannabis trading company with
operations in Laos, Thailand, and Colombia. These three markets were
identified because of their low cost of production, legal cannabis
framework, and ideal cultivation climate. Vinzan embraces the 150-year
old physical commodity trading model used by the world’s largest
agriculture companies. Using contract farming, Vinzan offtakes hemp and
cannabis from cultivation partners and process them in world class
facilities at above EU GMP standards. The product in extract or final
form is then shipped to top-tier international partners in key regions.
Vinzan is currently allocating 280,000kg of product through 5-year
supply agreements. Using encrypted extraction on cloud technology with
leading edge processing and extraction systems, Vinzan’s facilities are
equipped with the latest and best industrial components for maximum
through put and systems dependability. The regional cultivation partners
are provided with seeds from the Vinzan genetics program that are grown
and developed under an IP growth management plan for each country of
operation for maximum yield and consistency. With global headquarters in
Toronto, Canada, the Vinzan International team brings years of
experience in cannabis, capital markets and global physical commodity
trading. Vinzan is currently in the final stages of a first-round
capital raise and on track for an initial public offering in 2019.



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