Board of Directors
Australis Board Members have deep experience in capital markets, highly-regulated industries and extensive knowledge of the U.S. cannabis industry. Together, Australis’ leadership team stands alone in providing an unprecedented level of domain expertise, operational know-how and commitment to governance.
Board of Directors
Arlene Dickinson is the owner and CEO of Venture Communications, a marketing and communications company she grew from a small, local firm to one of the largest independent agencies in Canada. Her marketing firm and Venture fund are focused on helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies. She is a two-time best-selling author, accomplished public speaker, and is best known for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for ten seasons on the award-winning television series Dragons Den. Ms. Dickinson’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She is also a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee.
John Dover is CEO of NelCorp Inc., a Canada-based operations management consultancy specializing in enhancing organizational performance and/or establishing effective Supply Chain Management (SCM) Programs for small to medium-sized firms across North America. In addition, Mr. Dover has broad experience in asset-based and structured financing transactions specific to more complex supply chain strategies. An experienced and engaged investor in diverse industries including cannabis, real estate, B2B and fintech. Mr. Dover is actively involved in raising investment capital for various Canadian nascent public companies on TSX and Venture exchange through an expansive private network.
Roger I. Swainson
Mr. Swainson is a practicing lawyer with 35 years’ experience in structuring and closing complex commercial and finance transactions throughout Canada. He is a senior partner and heads the Business Law Practice Group with the law firm of Brownlee LLP, a western Canadian regional law firm headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. His areas of expertise include real estate, finance and commercial legal documentation. In his practice, Roger has acted on numerous transactions involving the creation and financing of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the development and financing of large commercial real estate projects and the acquisitions of large commercial real estate portfolios. He has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and has taught numerous courses through the Legal Education Society of Alberta on real estate and finance law and practice.
CEO & Director
Mr. Dowty has 25 years of experience evaluating companies and markets to identify key business drivers, spur rapid revenue and profit growth in competitive and highly regulated global markets. Mr. Dowty has held executive and corporate officer positions with several U.S. based NYSE and NASDAQ traded companies, and founded several successful start-up companies in North America and abroad. Mr. Dowty’s extensive operational capital markets experience in the International fintech and gambling sectors is closely aligned to the regulatory path of the U.S. cannabis industry. Scott resides in Las Vegas, NV.