Mr. Swainson is a practicing lawyer with 35 years’ experience in structuring and closing complex commercial and finance transactions throughout Canada. He is the managing partner of Swainson, Miki and Peskett 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.
Mr. DeMott has over 30 years of experience in the U.S. investment community and is a long-time operator and investor in the cannabis, media, sports and entertainment industries. Mr. DeMott is based in New York City and is the Executive Chairman of Proper, a content-driven e-commerce business for branded cannabis products, as well as a founding investor of Columbia Care, a leading multi-state operator. He serves on the advisory board of KinState and is an active investor in the cannabis space. He is the co-founder of Raptor Ventures I LP, where he has been a General Partner since February 2011. In that capacity, Mr. DeMott is a member of the Board of Directors of SecurityPoint Media and Ticket Evolution. Mr. DeMott serves as founder and managing partner for Hamerle Investments, a family investment company, focused on cannabis, music, and entertainment companies. Prior to co-founding Raptor Ventures, he served on the Board of Directors of Pandora Media, Inc. from 2006 through its IPO in 2011.