Aleafia Health Names Finance Executive Benjamin Ferdinand as New CFO

Published: August 2, 2018

Aleafia Health Names Finance Executive Benjamin Ferdinand as New CFO

Aleafia Health Inc. recently appointed senior finance executive Benjamin Ferdinand as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer.

Benjamin joins Aleafia from TMX Group, the parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange, where he led TMX’s firmwide platform initiatives as Managing Director, Platform Strategies. Previously, Benjamin served as Vice-President and Head of Finance, Strategy and Corporate Development for TMX. Benjamin will assume the CFO role on August 20, 2018, with current CFO Garry Stewart remaining in the role until that time.

Reporting directly to the CEO, he will have responsibility for the firm’s overall strategic direction, financial reporting and planning, investor relations, treasury, controller’s operations and corporate development.

Among his achievements while at TMX, Benjamin led the $930 million acquisition of Trayport Holdings Ltd., a world-leading provider of technology solutions for energy traders, brokers and exchanges, from Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (financed with a $390 million capital raise, cash and asset sales).

“It is an honour to join a company with such strong fundamentals and significant potential for growth. In a competitive marketplace, Aleafia is well-positioned to differentiate itself as Canada’s leading medicinal cannabis company and to deliver long-term value to our patients and shareholders,” said Benjamin.

His began his career in investment banking, both in Toronto and New York. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

Aleafia is also pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Bergamini as Vice-President, Public Affairs. Prior to joining Aleafia, Nicholas served as the Press Secretary and Director of Communications to the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Ontario Legislature. Previously, he served as the Press Secretary and Chief Spokesman for Canada’s Minister of Finance.