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Corporate Overview – Structured for success


Devonian is a Canadian, publicly-traded (TSXv:GSD), late stage botanical pharmaceutical corporation with novel therapeutic approaches targeting worldwide unmet medical needs. Devonian’s core strategy is to develop prescription botanical drugs which could be from plant materials, algae, macroscopic fungi, and combinations thereof. This strategy is supported by FDA set of regulatory guidelines, favouring a more efficient drug development pathway for prescription botanical drug products.

Botanical Drug: Source of new products for the pharmaceutical industry

➢ Faster and Less Costly Drug Development from Pre-Clinical to Proof-of-Concept study (Phase 2);

➢ Superior Risk Management;

➢ Botanical drugs are cleared for specific indications just like a regular drug;

➢ Botanical drugs are coded and accessible for medication reimbursement plans;

➢ Marketing exclusivity for up to 5 years even in the absence of patent protection;

➢ ‘’Copy-cat’’ proof.

cGMP extraction facility in Canada

➢ 1,625 square meters facility

➢ Full scale facility with custom designed equipment

➢ Pharmaceutical-grade production facility meeting Cleanroom Standards

➢ Scalable extraction platform

➢ Expect to seek good manufacturing practice (cGMP) validation prior to Ph. 3 clinical trials

Several products at commercial level within the next year

Commercial operations generating revenues

➢On Feb 1st, 2018, Devonian acquired Altius Healthcare inc, a specialty pharmaceutical company with a primary focus of acquiring and in-licensing safe and innovative medicines and healthcare products (


Management Team


André P. Boulet, Ph.D.
President & CEO

Dr André Boulet has a vast experience in drug development, regulatory affairs, market access, financing and restructuration in the pharmaceutical and biotech fields. A seasoned entrepreneur, he stands out by combining his strengths in applied science, business and finance.

Since 2005, he has been leading the development of the technology and products own by Devonian Health Group. He raised more than $40M in private/public equity, completed phase 1 and phase 2 ulcerative colitis clinical program for the company`s flagship product Thykaminetm as well as a complete line of patent-pemding anti-aging products for women.

Prior to this endeavour, he was a managing partner of SIPAR’s biotech unit, a $400M private investment firm. Prior to SIPAR, Dr Boulet was partner at BioCapital III LP (« BioCapital ») (1996-2002), a Canadian biotech venture capital company. At BioCapital, he was responsible for investment strategy, deal development, analysis, valuation and negotiation of selected investments. BioCapital had substantial success during his association with the fund: from 1997 to 2001 (when the fund was wound up), the fund generated a 19.75% IRR (net) to each unitholder.

Throughout his career, Dr Boulet acquired an international expertise in drug development, regulatory affairs and health economics within Hoechst Marion Roussel, Marion Merrell Dow Canada and Laboratoires Nordic ( Sanofi-Aventis).

Dr Boulet is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dairy, Veterinary & Animal Research. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research and of MOJ Autoimmune Disease.

Dr Boulet holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Biology from University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, a Master’s Degree in experimental medicine/immunology-immunochemistry as well as a PhD in physiology-endocrinology from Laval University in Quebec City. He also did a post-doctorate training at University of Pennsylvania (USA) in biochemistry-biophysics and a training program in Health Economics at York University (UK).


Colette Laurin, CPA, CA
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Devonian in 2015, Ms. Laurin was a corporate and corporate finance consultant and, for over 16 years, acquired experience in a wide range of banking sectors. She has held a number of positions at the National Bank of Canada, including Business Credit Manager, Business Center Director, and has managed to integrate and support the administrative tasks of nearly 35 bank branches, management responsibility of more than 120 employees. She has also held the position of Director of Development of the Inspection Department and Internal Audit. Prior to this, she held the position of auditor at Raymond, Chabot Martin Paré (now Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton).


Martin Moreau, M. Sc. Fin., CFA
Vice-President Finance

Mr. Moreau is a renowned leader in the field of entrepreneurship, business management and finance. He holds a Master Degree in Finance from University of Sherbrooke, as well as the CFA professional certification. Mr. Moreau started his career with CDP Capital Technologies, a venture capital firm, where he acted as Investment Analyst in the industrial and biotechnology sectors. From 2003 to 2010, he is appointed Director of Finance at Life Corp, an antimicrobial technology and infection prevention company. He is part of the team who has raised more than $80 million in new fundings, in addition of proceeding to the financial analyses of several projects, as the opening of a production facility in Asia. He subsequently (co)founded 3 seniors’ residences, these housing projects totalling more than $150 million. He also acquired Marchand Entrepreneur Électricien in 2012, and successfully developed the company to the point of making it a recognized industry leader, by means of 7 acquisitions and mergers of his competitors. In 2021, he acquired Fixations Shur-Fast, a leading North American manufacturer of precision nails and staples, in business for over 50 years. Mr. Moreau serves on various boards of directors, business development groups and investment committees.


Nathalie Boucher, Ph.D.
Director, Research and Intellectual Property

Nathalie Boucher holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, a master’s degree in biophysics, and a Ph.D. in environmental science (with a specialization in toxicology). She has many years of experience in both private and university research centers and stands out for her expertise in plant physiology, plant cell extraction, and enzyme stabilization. She has also contributed to the writing of numerous patents and scientific articles.




Dr André P. Boulet, Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer


Guy P. Dancosse, Q.C., Icd.D., Circ – Director 2

Guy has extensive experience in Commercial Arbitration, both nationally and internationally, in many areas of business, including the public sector. He is part of the International Chamber of Commerce’s {ICC Paris) Canadian Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, and has pleaded before all Canadian Tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Further, he has headed Task Forces and Inquiry Commissions in Canada on matters regarding naval pilotage in the St-Lawrence river and Native Land claims. He also presided on international missions for World Bank, inter alia in Tchad, and in Tanzania. Guy is intricately familiar with the Cannabis legal framework and commercial environment in Canada, and good corporate management therein. He also sits on the Board of Directors of numerous private and public companies and has extensive experience as a Corporate Director.


Sybil Dahan – Director

Biochemist by education, Mrs. Sybil Dahan began her career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1989. She held many positions in Sales and Marketing in Canada. She spent most of her career with Abbott Laboratories (now AbbVie) which lead her to work in the USA and Latin America, and then in Sweden as General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Abbott Scandinavia. Mrs. Dahan became one of the first foreign General Managers in Sweden to become an elected Board member of the Swedish Pharmaceutical Trade Association (LIF). She returned to Canada in 2008, but soon thereafter leaves Big Pharma to explore the world of small to medium size businesses. She joined Triton Pharma Inc. as President, and following the sale of Triton Pharma Inc. to Paladin Labs Inc. in December 2013, Mrs. Dahan embarks on the third phase of her career’s journey – entrepreneurship – to become co-owner of Aspri Pharma Canada Inc. and more recently Altius Healthcare; importer and distributor of pharmaceutical products managing over thirty million dollars of annual sales.  Mrs. Dahan is recognized by her peers as being a visionary and energetic senior level leader who effectively manages all aspects of commercial operations.


Louis Flamand, PhD, MBA – Director 1,2

Louis Flamand, PhD, MBA, is a full professor and vice-chair of the department of microbiology-infectious-disease-immunology at the Faculty of medicine, Université Laval and senior researcher in the division of infectious and immune diseases at the CHU de Quebec research center. Before joining Laval university, Dr Flamand obtained his PhD at the University of Montreal and post-doctoral training that the National Institutes of Health and at the Institute of Human Virology (Maryland, USA). He received his MBA in pharmaceutical management from Université Laval.  Since 2008, he is President of the biohazards risk committee at Université Laval.  He is also member of the HHV-6 Foundation scientific advisory board since 2006. Dr Flamand has experience in pre-clinical development. Throughout his career, Dr Flamand has received several competitive scholarship awards and continuous funding support from several funding agencies for his work in virology. Dr Flamand is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and is lead Editor of the book “Human Herpesviruses HHV-6A, HHV-6B & HHV-7: Diagnosis and Clinical Management” 3rd edition.


Terry L. Fretz –  Director 2

Terry L. Fretz is a seasoned executive whose career has been primarily focused in the Canadian pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.  Participation in international initiatives including Europe, Asia, and South American markets provide a global perspective to his approach in driving growth and seizing opportunities. During its formative period, Terry provided leadership in several key executive roles at Wayland Group (Maricann), an emerging Canadian licensed producer of cannabis.  Prior to establishing his consulting firm LongGrass, Terry served as President and General Manager of Watson Pharmaceuticals – Canada.  Since the mid-nineties, Terry participated at the executive level in establishing two privately held generic pharmaceutical companies.  Under his leadership, both organizations were recognized as the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in Canada, and both companies were subsequently acquired by publicly traded multinationals. Terry is recognized as a “builder” and a “fixer”.  He gravitates to situations requiring objective input, resulting in substantive change or growth and yielding more positive results.  These skills have been demonstrated repeatedly in various business initiatives, as well as in Terry’s contribution to various boards and non-profit organizations.


Martin Moreau, M. Sc. Fin., CFA


Erick Shields, B.A.A, M.B.A

Holding a BAA in marketing and an Executive Masters, Mr. Erick Shields has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical industry in the Canadian market.

He has held various key positions in sales, marketing, market access and in charge of developing and implementing Canadian commercial operations. He has worked in the health system in community and hospital level, worked with patient associations / healthcare professionals as well as governments to facilitate access to products for patients. He has worked in large companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Schering Plough (now Merck), Teva Innovation Canada, Roche in various therapeutic fields as well as with biotechnology and nutraceutical companies. This led him to occupy the position of General Manager for Nutricia Canada resulting in a change of business model, resulting in the biggest sales growth in its history. These skills have been demonstrated time and time again in various initiatives.

He is recognized as an inspiring, honest, committed, dedicated leader keeping a great interest in collaborative work with a common goal which is the success of business operations.

1) Audit Committee member
2) Member of Human Resources Committee

Clinical dermatology advisory board



Dr. Hanna trained in medicine and completed specialty training and board certification in the US before returning home to Canada.  As the clinic director of a large single specialty dermatology group in downtown Toronto, Dr. Hanna enjoys his “blended” dermatology practice combining Aesthetic, Medical and Investigational Dermatology.

Dr. Hanna is past secretary of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Board of Directors and sits on the CDA Membership and Awards Committee as well as the Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee.  He is the immediate past President of the Toronto Dermatological society.  He is a member of the Dermatology Association of Ontario and of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Hanna Received the CDA President’s Cup award for volunteerism in Dermatology in 2016. His research interest is in cosmetic dermatology, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne and rosacea.



Dr. Ian Landells graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School in 1988. Practiced two years Family Medicine in St. John’s, NL, then went on to study Paediatric Medicine at Memorial University, and Dermatology at the University of British Columbia. He graduated from University of British Columbia in 1995 and went on to do a fellowship training in Paediatric Dermatology at Northwestern University and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, USA. Dr. Landells practiced Adult and Paediatric Dermatology in St. John’s, NL since 1996. He is currently Division Chief Dermatology at Eastern Health, Clinical Associate Professor, Disciplines of Medicine and Paediatrics-Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Medical Director Dermatology at Nexus Clinical Research, St. John’s, NL. Dr Landells was President (2010-2011) and Past Vice-President, Secretary and Regional Director of the Canadian Dermatology Association. He also was President (2003-2004) of the Atlantic Provinces Dermatology Association. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Dermatology, the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, Dermatology Times of Canada, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and Latin American Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. He has participated in over 100 clinical trials.



Dr. Jaggi Rao is a double board certified dermatologist (Canada and USA) and a certified cosmetic surgeon. In 1995, he received a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with high distinction from the University of Toronto, followed by his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from McMaster University in 1998. He then completed his 5-year specialty training in dermatology at the University of Alberta. This was followed by the completion of an accredited fellowship with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in Southern California. Dr. Rao is a full Clinical Professor of Medicine and served as the Program Director for the Dermatology Residency Training Program at the University of Alberta from 2009 to 2014.
Dr. Rao has won several accolades for writing, presentations, research and teaching, including the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Teacher of the Year Award. In 2011, he was the recipient of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Award. He has authored over 50 scientific papers and textbook chapters and has been an invited speaker for over 500 lectures worldwide to physicians, other professionals, industry and the general public. Dr. Rao is a popular instructor for a number of dermatology-related courses and educational projects. He continues to lend his expertise as a consultant to various organizations including the government (such as the Canadian Standards Association), medical device and pharmaceutical industry, healthcare provision businesses, and professional sports teams.

Clinically, Dr. Rao has been a practicing dermatologist for over 10 years, and is the founder of the Rao Dermatology Centre, a popular medical & cosmetic derma surgery facility in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta. He has developed several innovative treatment protocols and techniques that have been adopted by other healthcare professionals. Dr. Rao is the creator and visionary behind ConsultDERM™, Canada’s largest teledermatology service, which uses modern technologies to allow healthcare providers gain timely access, regardless of distance or location, to dermatology assistance for patients with skin-related problems. Dr. Rao continues to volunteer with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief (CPAR).


Jerry Tan MD FRCPC Dermatology

Dr. Tan trained in internal medicine at the University of Toronto and in dermatology at University of British Columbia and University of Michigan. He has a general dermatology and aesthetic practice in Windsor Ontario Canada since 1991 and conducts research with Windsor Clinical Research, a clinical trials site in dermatology. Areas of research include acne, rosacea, hidradenitis suppurativa. Additional interests include dermatology outcome measurements and aesthetic dermatology including scar correction. He is the chair of the working group on clinical practice guidelines of the Canadian Dermatology Association and co-chair of the rosacea international consensus group (ROSCO) and the acne core outcomes network (ACORN).

Scientific Advisory Board on Pharmaceutical Cannabinoîds


Dr Louis Flamand, PhD, MBA

Louis Flamand, PhD, MBA, is a full professor and chair of the department of microbiology-infectious-disease-immunology at the Faculty of medicine, Université Laval and senior researcher in the division of infectious and immune diseases at the CHU de Quebec research center-Université Laval. Before joining Laval university, Dr Flamand obtained his PhD in virology from the University of Montreal and post-doctoral training that the National Institutes of Health and at the Institute of Human Virology (Maryland, USA). He received his MBA in pharmaceutical management from Université Laval.  He is also member of the HHV-6 Foundation scientific advisory board since 2006. Dr Flamand has experience in pre-clinical development. Throughout his career, Dr Flamand has received several competitive scholarship awards and continuous funding support from several funding agencies for his work in virology. Dr Flamand is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and is lead Editor of the book “Human Herpesviruses HHV-6A, HHV-6B & HHV-7: Diagnosis and Clinical Management” 3rd edition.


Dr Suha Jabaji, Ph.D.

Dr Suha Jabaji, PhD. is a molecular plant pathologist. She obtained her PhD from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. At the rank of full Professor in Plant Science, McGill University, her scientific contributions are recognized at the national and international levels. She has published 90 plus-refereed scientific reports and delivered more than 200 scientific presentations at scientific conferences. The creativity, relevance, and significance of her research results impacting sustainable agriculture is recognized by invitations to speak in symposia and conference presentations at scientific meetings, and serving on national and international editorial boards and grant panels. Her research expertise focuses on functional genomics and metabolomics of plant fungal pathogens and beneficial microbes that boost the plant’s immune system against biotic and abiotic stress has attracted International researchers to spend time in her lab for training. Her research program is funded by provincial, federal grants as well as industrial collaborative grants and contracts. She has mentored more than 100  graduate and postgraduate students in the field of Plant-microbe interactions. Among her current research themes is the development of effective antimicrobials for the hemp and Cannabis industries, and understanding their mode of action in order to increase their efficiencies. Between 2005-2015, she was appointed as the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES), McGill where she oversaw the research activities of more than 90 staff at FAES. She currently serves as Past-President of the International Rhizoctonia Subject Matter Committee whose mandate is to coordinate international effort towards effective communication among scientists working on the economic soilborne fungal pathogen Rhizoctonia and promote exchange of resources and ideas among scientists.


Prof François Malouin, PhD

François Malouin is professor (microbiology) at the Department of biology at the Faculty of sciences of Universite de Sherbrooke since 2000.  He is a microbiologist that has more than 30 years of academic and industrial experience in drug discovery for use in humans and food-producing animals.  He was recently appointed to the Comité d’experts scientifiques sur la résistance aux antibiotiques de l’Institut national de santé publique du Québec (2011-2015), a committee that is providing recommendations to the provincial government on the matter of antibiotic resistance.  Currently, he is a member of the scientific committee for the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network (2015-2019) and member of the executive committee of the strategic FRQNT research network for optimal milk quality (Op+Lait) in Quebec.  He is also the external member of the scientific committee of the Laboratoire International Associé en Bioproduction d’Antimicrobiens Naturels (LIAAN).  LIAAN is a joint research effort between INAF (Université Laval, Québec) and the Laboratoire régional de recherche en agroalimentaires et biotechnologie of Institut Charles Viollette (Université de Lille, France). Prof Malouin was a member and president of the institutional patent committee at Université de Sherbrooke from 2009 to 2017.

Prof Malouin obtained a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Medical Sciences (Medical Microbiology) at the University of Calgary (1988) and did postdoctoral training in the anti-infective research group at Lilly Research Laboratories (Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, USA) from 1988 to 1990.  Prof Malouin was also Assistant professor of microbiology at the Faculty of medicine of Université Laval in Quebec City where he had a Fellowship from the Medical Research Council of Canada (1990-1994). He was then recruited by biotechnology companies, first Microcide Pharmaceuticals, Inc., then a sister company, Iconix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Silicon Valley, California, USA) from 1994 to 2000, where he was Associate Director of technology development for the discovery of new therapeutic targets and antibiotics. He was also a co-founder of Ulysses Pharmaceuticals (Sherbrooke, QC).

Currently at Université de Sherbrooke, his research projects aim at exploiting virulence genes for the development of new antibiotics, vaccines and non-antibiotic alternatives for applications in human and animal health. He is co-author of >100 scientific publications and co-inventor of more than 20 patents (delivered or pending).


Dr John Trant, PhD

Dr. John Trant received his PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2012 in making antifreeze glycopeptides under the supervision of Dr. Robert Ben. After postdoctoral work with Dr. Tomas Hudlicky (natural product synthesis, Brock) and Dr. Elizabeth Gillies (polymer and nanoscience, Western) he began his own group at the University of Windsor in 2016. The Trant group is focused on bringing the tools of synthetic chemistry to bare on unsolved problems in biomedicine and materials science. The group has active research in molecular and microbiology, natural product and peptide synthesis, and computational chemistry and biochemistry. The group conducts interdisciplinary research with collaborators from around Canada and the World in drug development, analytical chemistry, computational chemistry as well as leading research programs in undergraduate research pedagogy, and laboratory safety. The group has attracted over $2 million in research and infrastructure funds in the first three years of the lab, and currently comprises seven post-doctoral fellows, five graduate students and thirty-one undergraduate researchers.


Dr George G. Zhanel, PhD

Dr. Zhanel received his Ph.D. in the Department of Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. He is presently Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, College of Medicine; Course Leader, Infectious Diseases Teaching, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba; Coordinator of Antibiotic Resistance in the Departments of Medicine and Clinical Microbiology, Health Sciences Centre;  and Research Director of the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Alliance (CARA). Dr Zhanel is the founding and Chief Editor of the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Alliance (CARA) website (

Dr. Zhanel has published over 1000 papers, chapters and abstracts in the area of antimicrobial resistant infections. He has presented over 1000 lectures as an invited speaker at international, national, and local meetings speaking on the topics of antimicrobial resistant infections as well as treatment and prevention of infectious diseases in Canada, United States, Central and South America, Western and Eastern Europe including Russia, Australia, Southern and Northern Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

As research director of the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Alliance, Dr. Zhanel’s research interests include understanding the prevalence, epidemiology and spread of antimicrobial resistant infections, describing the clinical relevance of resistant infections, identifying and developing rapid diagnostic methods to rapidly diagnose infections, investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of resistance, assessing activity of investigational antimicrobials and agents with antimicrobial activity (eg. preservatives, antiseptics, disinfectants, sterilizers) as well as discovering novel antimicrobials (holder of several patents) and assessing the properties, efficacy and biological evolution and influence of select vaccines. Research using pharmacodynamic modeling and Monte Carlo analyses to provide optimal treatment and prevention of infections is occurring. Both community-acquired and healthcare-acquired infections and pathogens are of interest including respiratory infections (including Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterial infections and influenza virus infections), urinary tract infections, skin/soft tissue infections, intraabdominal infections, nosocomial infections in hospitalized patients as well as in intensive care units, bacteremic infections, Extended Spectrum -lactamase (ESBL) producing  and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) including community-associated CA-MRSA, vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), Clostridium difficile, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and antifungal resistant infections. Assessing the medical and economic outcomes of infections as well as studying the relationships between antimicrobial usage/stewardship including in dermatology, as well as vaccination and the development of antimicrobial resistant infections is also a priority.

Dr. Zhanel has been involved in treatment guideline development for a variety of infectious diseases and is also interested in antimicrobial usage/resistance in humans, animals and food (one health) and the impact of antimicrobial exposure on human and animal microbiomes. Dr. Zhanel has received or been nominated for 57 teaching awards and is a member of the Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education (WWMSE).