Paul Pedersen is co-founder & CEO of Nextleaf Solutions, a provider of cannabis processing solutions including its patent pending refinement & distillation technology and modular extraction labs. Paul has 12 years’ experience starting, growing and financing emerging growth companies. He has founded several startups over his career, including a media company acquired in 2007 by Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER). In 2013, Paul co-founded Greywood Partners, a corporate finance advisory firm specializing in equity financings, acquisitions, and minority and majority share sales. Paul was one of the first professional advisors in Canada to focus on the cannabis industry, and has worked with a variety of cannabis industry clients, including licensed producers, processors, technology providers, and Canada’s leading Seed-to-Sale software company.
Paul holds a MBA in Finance from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University – where he served as a Fellow at the Center for Venture Capital Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance – and a Bachelors of Commerce Degree from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. Having grown up around his family’s dairy farming business, Paul understands the relentless work ethic and personal sacrifices that go into building a sustainable business. Paul lives in Vancouver with his fiancée – who has practiced cannabis business law since 2013 – and their two dogs.