MEET THE TEAM

 

 

CODY COULSON

Founder 

When Cody was 18 he had his first grand mal seizure. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with epilepsy and prescribed a series of daily prescription drugs. Almost immediately, he began experiencing cold sweats, insomnia and a severe loss of his emotions. Cody decided to quit his prescription and try CBD. CBD allowed Cody not only to rid himself of the negative side effects associated with his previous prescriptions, but also from having to take further prescriptions his doctors had prescribed to minimize those negative side effects.

Thrilled with his success with CBD, Cody decided to share his story throughout different communities. The more he shared, the more he noticed a need for CBD products and a lack of access. At 23 years old, Cody now holds a Plant Production and Facility Management Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He has studied the hemp and cannabis plants for over 8 years. In this time, he has written and published multiple papers on CBD and has founded his own businesses, Stop & Smell the Roses, Coulson Canadian Glassware and Coulson’s Cannabis.

CASSIE BERBERICH 

Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial Officer

Initially, Cassie did not support hemp or cannabis. However, after seeing first-hand how CBD helped her son (and our Founder) manage Epilepsy, she made is her mission to ensure everyone else could have access to both education and safe product.

Now, Cassie is our CEO and CFO. She handles all business operations, finances and oversees all of our stores. Cassie holds a degree from the Toronto School of Business. She has over 20 years experience working in finance and has a passion for entrepreneurialism.

KURTIS OHM

Chief Operations Officer

Kurtis has been following the cannabis market for years and has always wanted to find a way to help spread positive awareness about the plant and its health benefits.He knew that helping start Stop & Smell the Roses would be the perfect opportunity. Kurtis has helped build all four locations and oversees day-to-day company operations.

SHELBY ANDREWS

Director, Branding and Marketing

Shelby handles all branding, marketing and communications initiatives for Stop & Smell the Roses. She believes in the power of words and is thrilled to have an opportunity to educate and inform the public on the benefits of the hemp and cannabis plants. 

Shelby is a University of Guelph-Humber graduate who holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Arts in Media Studies and a Diploma in Media Communications with a specialization in public relations. Shelby is a communications expert who has spent years crafting her writing skills. She has an eye for visual design and a passion for digital marketing.

Please send all media, sponsorship or advertising inquiries directly to Shelby at sandrews@sastr.ca

SAMANTHA SMITH

Community Outreach Coordinator / Consultation Specialist

Samantha is passionate about health, nature and how the two go hand in hand. She has always relied on alternative medicines where possible.

Samantha holds a Marketing, Sales & Drug Development Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has been studying the effects of hemp-based wellness for over 5 years. Now, she speaks with customers in store about their ailments and which CBD solution is best for them. She also keeps up to date with industry research, and shares her knowledge through different speaking opportunities in our communities. 

GILLIAN MICHEL

Management, Port Elgin & Hanover Locations

Gillian has always been passionate about the healthcare industry. When she discovered the benefits of the hemp and cannabis plants, she knew she had to find a way to get involved.

Gillian has been researching the plants for over 5 years. She holds a Certificate in General Arts and Science (Health option) from Conestoga College. She also studied one year of Biotechnology Technician at Conestoga. Gillian maintains all day-to-day operations in our Port Elgin and Hanover locations.

BRETT COULSON

Product Delivery Manager

Brett has experienced first-hand the benefits of CBD through his brother’s Epilepsy and his own anxiety. Now, Brett ensures all four locations are stocked with product. He is eager to grow the brand and help educate our communities on the benefits of hemp and cannabis.

ABBEY COTTRELL

Co-Owner, Owen Sound Location

Abbey has had a passion for the cannabis industry and its many benefits for years, often wondering how to share that passion with the world. Suffering from anxiety and depression, she has first hand experience of what CBD can do for the brain and body! As Co-Owner of our Owen Sound location, she is thrilled to be able to aid people every day and find the comfort they need.

BEN COTTRELL

Co-Owner, Owen Sound Location

Ben is passionate about the cannabis industry, as well as helping others, but never knew how to translate it into a profession. CBD has given Ben the perfect opportunity to combine his two passions. As Co-Owner of our Owen Sound location, Ben has had the opportunity to speak with many different customers and has quickly felt how rewarding it is to see the difference CBD can make.