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Michael Auerbach

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Chair of Corporate Governance & Compensation Committee, Audit & Risk Committee

Michael Auerbach is an entrepreneur, investor, business consultant, media producer, and private diplomat. Since 2013, he has served as the founder and managing member of Subversive Capital LLC, which is dedicated to investing in radical companies whose core missions subvert the status quo and require sophisticated regulatory strategies for success. Subversive Capital has been a pioneering investor in emerging industries, specializing in both early and late-stage investments as well as SPAC acquisitions. Since November 2021, he has also served as the managing member of Subversive Capital Advisor LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor. Mr. Auerbach served as the Chief Executive Officer of Subversive Acquisition LP, which was a publicly traded Canadian special purpose acquisition company prior to merging into Intercure Ltd., a leading Israeli cannabis company, in April 2021. Michael served as Chairman of Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp., which was a publicly traded Canadian special purpose acquisition company prior to engaging in the Qualifying Transaction and becoming TPCO Holding Corp. In his capacity as a private diplomat, Mr. Auerbach serves as Partner, Head of Business Intelligence, at Dentons Global Advisors and was former longtime executive of Albright Stonebridge Group, a part of Dentons Global Advisors, a global consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  Prior to joining Albright Stonebridge Group in November 2012, Michael founded and then sold a risk consulting firm to Control Risks – a leading global risk consulting firm. Michael started his career during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s running Panopticon Inc., a VC incubator concentrating on Internet and mobile technology. Michael was the Executive Producer of Pseudo Programs – the first Internet Television network.  Mr. Auerbach has also held senior positions at the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation, where he concentrated on issues related to U.S. Foreign Policy, National Security, and Conflict Resolution. His work has been published in a variety of national and international publications and he served as a Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research. He has also taught at the University of Cape Town and Cyprus College. 

Mr. Auerbach serves as a member of the board of directors and the lead independent director of Atai Life Sciences N.V., a Nasdaq-listed, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, since June 2021. He has also served on the board member of Tuscan Holdings Corp. II, a Nasdaq-listed blank check company, from June 2019 to December 2022. Mr. Auerbach served on the board of directors of Tilray Brands Inc., the first Nasdaq-listed global cannabis company, from February 2018 to May 2021. Mr. Auerbach also sat on the board of directors of Privateer Holdings, Inc from June 2013 to December 2019. Privateer Holdings was the leading cannabis private equity firm that founded Tilray.  Mr. Auerbach presently sits on the boards of the Theodore C. Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, the KiDS Board of NYU’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, Next for Autism, which produces Night of Too Many Stars, Finding a Cure for Epilepsy (FACES), and Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth Foundation. 

In addition to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., Mr. Auerbach is a director of the following public companies: Atai Life Sciences NV and The Parent Company (TPCO Holding Corp).