Our Advisors - G-PAK

Our Advisors

Gurparm Singh Bentley Brar

Gurparm Singh Bentley Brar is a Canadian entrepreneur who loves films, art, music and anything Batman or Bruce Lee. Bentley has been a serial entrepreneur since high school when he started his first business.

Marquee Asset Group is a private equity firm established in 2014 by Bentley. The consortium group of accredited investors evaluate market opportunities within multiple industries for an overall long term growth objective of the fund.

Marquee Asset Group is G-PAK’s lead investor.  Marquee Asset Group believes that G-PAK’s compostable Pod’s is poised for world-wide industry adoption for many of the industry leaders and coffee brands.  Marquee Asset Group looks forward to working strategically with Darren and his team to have a positive impact on the environment.

 

Mark Betteridge

Mark allegedly grew up in the UK and the US before starting university in Canada.  For the last twenty five years, he has juggled real estate and technology by being the CEO of Discovery Parks and Discovery Foundation in Vancouver, while personally investing in a wide range of tech start-up firms.  The Discovery group created two million square feet of labs, offices and space for serendipitous meetings and supported many tech industry associations to help grow early stage tech firms.  Mark was a founding director and eventually the Chair of the Board of Covenant House Vancouver, a director of the Vancouver Economic Commission and the Vancouver Aquarium and is a board member of the BC Business Council.  

His passion now lies in finding creative, trustworthy visionaries who want to work together to build great firms that do good for the world and reward investors richly. G-Pak is right up there.

 

Scott Wilson

Scott has spent the last 15 years in the online gaming industry. He's currently a consultant with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, operator of the World Series of Poker, and owner of a number of social gaming products designed for mobile phones and the desktop. Scott’s experience in creating an efficient online customer journey will be an asset to G-Pak’s B2C strategy. 

Scott is an avid poker player, angel investor and stock market junkie. If there’s something that marries odds with skill and experience, you likely will find him dabbling in it. He enjoys golf, travel, cooking, and walking the Earth in search of the next big idea.

 

Jason Fediuk

Jason has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and has held senior roles at national investment banks. Currently Jason is the principal of Swordfish Capital Inc., a private company providing corporate finance and advisory services to private and public companies across all business sectors.

Jason is an entrepreneur at heart and venture capitalist. He is a founder and financier in numerous companies in the technology, industrial, and resource space.
Jason knows a good idea when he sees it, investing in GPAK immediately after learning about the story. It is now his mission to help grow GPAK into a large disruptive sustainable packaging company.

Jason’s other full time job is a taxi driver to his two boys, shuttling them to and from fields and rinks.

Jason holds a BA in Economics from Simon Fraser University.


Merv Chia 

Merv has direct experience in the food and manufacturing industries. He started his business career in his early twenties by building a chain of five food-processing plants with over 120 employees.

He expanded into areas of energy services, electronic systems and controls, light industrial construction and real estate. Merv amalgamated various companies under NEX Industries Corp where he is President. He also serves as CEO of NEX Technology Capital Corp. 

Merv has worked in various parts of the world developing businesses and also as a technical advisor and regional Red Cross council president working in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire on sustainability projects. He is an active community volunteer, supports social ventures and chairs a municipal community grants committee. He is a former YPO member, is passionate about history and politics and the future of a sustainable world.‎

 

Mark Friesen

Mark is a principal at Beyer Brown & Associates, a company that has provided furnishings to hotels and resorts since 1978.  With offices throughout North America and exposure to all the major hotel brands, Beyer Brown is listed as one of the top companies in its field.

After growing up in Winnipeg, Mark moved to the west coast in 1991 and now spends much of his spare time with his family and two Airedale Terriers.   His passion for business is based on his desire to lead and to learn from others.  As an entrepreneur, Mark has developed a lifestyle that intertwines his business and social interests.  Mark looks forward to working alongside the G-PAK team. 

  

Neil Madden

Neil's heart is in sales.  His passion for solving customer needs lead to creating his own company, which morphed from a vending machine business in 1997 to a multi-channel retail, e-commerce and distribution company servicing Canada with a focus on single serve coffee.  Ranked in PROFIT magazine for 2 years  straight as one of Canada's fastest growing companies and having received numerous awards, Neil has always been at the forefront of seeking innovative solutions and launching them successfully by working closely with his vendor partners on strategy and branding.

When Neil isn't drinking coffee,  you can find him looking for the next sunny destination, honing his ballroom dancing skills, and spending time with his two almost grown up kids Brooke and Jack.

 

Roger Hughes

Roger is the founding Partner of Hughes Condon Marler Architects, now HCMA Architecture + Design. He is the current chair of the Vancouver Urban Design panel, an advisor to the Vancouver Development Permit Board, and has been an active guest critic at the UBC School of Architecture. He was made a fellow of the RAIC for his contribution to design excellence in 1995, and in 2015 was awarded the AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Over his career he has focused on leveraging the power of design to contribute to strong socially and environmentally sustainable communities. As a supportive leader, he cultivated a climate of dialogue and problem solving in his design studio resulting in numerous national and international awards. Roger is passionate about the power of design and believes that design principles and methods can be applied to just about everything—especially G-PAK’s technology.

Roger is an avid golfer and reluctant skier, although his wife Diana is determined to reverse his priorities in that regard.

 

John Hemeon

John is a food and coffee aficionado who’s spent his life either enjoying it, selling it, or making sure it gets where it needs to go. He spent 25 years with Sysco Food Service learning everything about the food, packaging and service needs of restaurants, institutions and quick service establishments, finishing off his career there as an Executive Vice President. He then joined Tim Hortons for seven years as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain where he learned all things coffee while leading the coffee team. In his spare time, halfway through his tenured career, John earned an MBA at the University of Guelph in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

When John isn’t boating, snowmobiling, golfing, driving fast cars, or hanging out in a warm climate somewhere (all excuses we suspect to not have to find a real job or get a haircut) he will be using his background, experience, and entrepreneurial passion to help the G-PAK team bring their vision to life.