Diane Jang, CEO
Diane is an experienced business executive, specializing in strategic planning for sustainable success, growth and profitability for companies. With over 27 years of business experience in the Consumer-Packaged Goods industry in premium foods and plant-based protein, she has a proven track record in strategic planning, increasing profitability and leading companies to become market leaders in their industries. Previously, Ms. Jang led successful companies as President at Sunrise Soya Foods and General Manager at Earth’s Own Food Co Inc.
Diane also serves as a Director of Aurora Cannabis Inc. and as a Director of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. Ms. Jang holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
CHARLES HOLMES, PRESIDENT
Charles grew up in a hard working, blue-collar family in Winnipeg MB, where he was an honour student, president of his class and an accomplished athlete. Working alongside his father, Charles discovered his love for entrepreneurship. Together they developed property, construction contracting and ran hydroponic greenhouse operations on Vancouver Island.
Motivated by failing health and the desire to regain it, Charles became involved in formulating and marketing health products and set out to discover the ultimate vegan protein source for humans – and he found it in the mighty hemp seed. 15 years pioneering the now burgeoning hemp seed food industry finally resulted in vertically integrated Hempco and several innovative processing and product firsts such as: hemp protein powder, hemp protein concentrate and hempmilk. Charles continues to serve as the company visionary with the intent to help Hempco lead the world in hemp functional and nutraceutical foods.
ANGELA HOLMES, Coo
Angela also brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Hempco. Her career began in retail and real estate sales, bookkeeping, management and the development of a number of pioneering online marketing ventures. She also comes with a deep understanding of how plants and food can be the key to a healthy life. When faced with her own health challenges she sought to learn more about the healing arts and she became a Dominion Herbal College chartered herbalist and clinical practitioner. This greatly assists her meet the needs of Hempco® customers. She plays a key role in the growth of Hempco® while managing the office, logistics and operations.
SYMENTHA HOLMES, Marketing & Education
Symentha is the passionate little sister with the big heart. On a mission to inspire and empower the world by sharing her own journey from sickness to wellness, her vision is big and bold. Similar to her her family’s vision, Symentha strives to help heal the world with hemp.
After years of being a model, recording and performing artist, an actor and professional bartender, Symentha’s health took a turn for the worst. Suffice it to say, hemp came to the rescue.
Going from slinging bar drinks to sharing hemp shakes, she followed the lead of her big brother, took her health into her own hands and did a health make-over. She became a certified Hatha Yoga instructor, a Hypnotherapist, studied Taoism and Qi gong and became a health coach. Today, she works closely with her family and the PlanetHemp team to share her story, knowledge and healthy cooking prowess—using hemp food, of course!
Symentha recently launched her booklet, “Bringing Hemp Home”, is soon launching her second booklet, “Hardwired for Hemp”, and started an online hub to support those who would like to use hemp food products to ignite their own health transformations.
John Charles Ross, CFO
MBA, CPA, CA
John, a financial management professional comes to Hempco® from Bay Street in Toronto with 28 years of private and public company experience, 17+ years working with high growth and early stage companies on worldwide projects. Demonstrated ability to streamline business operations that drive growth and increase efficiency, as well as bottom-line profit. Strong qualifications in the implementation and development of financial controls and processes. Possessing solid leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. Working the most recent 9+ years as a self employed consultant.
John is presently consulting to:
U3O8 Corp., Xtra-Gold Resources Corp., South American Silica Corp., Vertichem Corp., Niagara Ventures Corporation.
Don has worked in the capital markets for 30 years, specializing in Venture Companies. He started his career at Union Securities Ltd in Vancouver where he was introduced to the public markets, trading stocks listed on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. In 1998, Don went to work for a company called Napier Environmental Technologies, remaining with the Company until 2004.
In 2004, Don started a business called B & D Capital Partners. The business funded Venture Companies in all sectors of business, mining, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, etc. Don works as a liaison between Hempco and the market professionals that advise their clients on day to day investing as well as marketing to investment funds.