President & CEO, Emblem Corp.
Mr. Dean is the former CEO of KBS Canada, a fully integrated and award-winning creative advertising agency with offices in Toronto and Montreal. From 2010 to 2017, he led the company through two mergers and a number of substantial client wins, resulting in significant bottom and top-line growth. Mr. Dean earned his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and holds his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Toronto chapter and is a mentor for Futurpreneur Canada.
COO, Emblem Medical
Mr. Saperia joined the Emblem team in 2014, stepping into the role of President of the GrowWise Health education vertical. Under his leadership, the division has become one of Canada’s leading providers of medical cannabis education services. As a trusted voice in the emerging cannabis industry, he is a regular commentator on television and radio. Mr. Saperia is a passionate philanthropist and serves as the Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of National Service Dogs. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
President, Emblem Medical
Mr. Stewart is former President and CEO of Purdue Pharma Canada (1991-2006) and Purdue Pharma USA (2007-2013), one of the largest privately-held pharmaceutical companies in the world. John launched 11 new products, including Ms Contin, OxyContin and Biphentin. John has extensive experience in formulation development, clinical trials and medical communications.
Mr. Stojanovic joined Emblem as Director of Finance in August, 2017. Previously, he held several senior finance positions in Barrick Gold Corporation and Teranga Gold Corporation, including an assignment in Chile overseeing the finance team on a multi-billion dollar construction project. Mr. Stojanovic has extensive experience in external reporting and compliance, business planning, capital markets activities, internal controls, corporate governance and team development.
COO, Emblem Corp.
An experienced operational and financial leader, Mr. Saperia has served as Emblem’s Chief Operating Officer since the company’s founding. He also held the role of President and Chief Operating Officer for a leading Ontario specialty pharmacy. Prior to joining Emblem, Mr. Saperia served for 15 years as President and Chief Financial Officer for two leading international manufacturing firms. Mr. Saperia is an ardent supporter of his community and is actively engaged in several philanthropic initiatives, including DANI, a Toronto-based not-for-profit that creates opportunities for adults with special needs.