A community of experts

PurCann Pharma is managed by a multidisciplinary team, composed of recognized professionals in each of their fields of expertise.


Hugo St-Laurent,
P. Eng., ASC.

President of PurCann Pharma, cofounder of Groupe SiliCycle

Graduated from Quebec’s Laval University in Chemical Engineering, and Certified Company Administrator. Hugo cofounded Groupe SiliCycle in 1995. He has nearly 30 years of experience in R&D, technology manufacturing, global marketing, finance, HR and growth management.


Réal Adams, B. Ing, MBA

General Manager

Réal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke, a degree in Management from McGill University and an M.B.A. from HEC Montréal. After working for several pharmaceutical companies, he joined SiliCycle in 2019 as plant manager, then became general manager of PurCann Pharma in 2022.


Jean Dubé, B.B.A.

Vice-President – Finance

Graduated from Quebec’s Laval University in Administration and Management. SiliCycle’s head of finance from 1997 to 2019.


Francois Gendron, ing

Director of operations

Graduated from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in Chemical Engineering, François had previously worked for several chemical companies before joining SiliCycle in 2021 as Director of Chemical Production. He then became Director of Operations for PurCann Pharma in 2022.


Pierre Plante, P. Eng.

Vice President – Operations & Business Development

A Polytechnique graduate in chemical engineering, has more than 30 years experience in managing international pharmaceutical companies.


Vicky Roy, B.Sc.

Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in Biology, concentration in Microbiology, Vicky has nearly 25 years of experience in quality control, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and laboratory management. Before joining Groupe Silicycle in April 2022, she worked for food companies and for a medical equipment company.


Éric Proulx, CRIA

Human Resources Director

Graduated from Laval University in Industrial Relations. Eric has nearly 10 years of experience in  human resources in manufacturing companies.


Raif Kadri

Vice President – Global Sales

Active in sales to the global pharmaceutical industry for the past 25 years, Mr. Kadri, a biochemist by education, has been in charge of sales at SiliCycle Inc. for the past 15 years


André Gosselin, Ph.D.

Vice President – Procurement and Scientific Affairs

Member of the Ordre National du Québec, recipient of the Prix du Québec en Innovation, has co-founded several private companies and research institutions.



Chief Scientist, Research and Development

A graduate of École Nationale de Chimie in Montpellier, Simon has nearly 10 years of experience in R&D in the field of chemistry for medical applications.


Layla-Vanessa Fadous, B.A.A.

Marketing Director

A graduate of Laval University in Business Administration, Layla has 10 years of experience in strategy and marketing within multinationals, and also a few years of academic mentoring at HEC Montreal.



Vice President Sales Canada

With a career in the cannabis (Neptune, HEXO) and wine & spirits industries, Greg has over 15 years of experience in business development, strategic leadership, brand development, product distribution and supply chain management.


Hugo Tremblay PhD, MBA

Production Manager

Graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in biochemistry (BSc), chemical engineering (MScA), biology (PhD) and administration (MBA). Before joining PurCann Pharma, Hugo worked for 9 years for Neptune technologies.


Jimmy Pelletier, Eng

Operations Manager

Graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in chemical engineering. Jimmy has 27 years of experience in the industry, including 18 years at the current site in Sherbrooke where he worked on the plant conversion to cannabis in the last 4 years.

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