About Growth West

Learn about your Canadian Cannabis experts and how we successfully manage your project

Who we are

Growth West Finance Ltd is a boutique cannabis regulatory compliance and project management consulting firm headed by its President & CEO, Nigel Boast. BSc, LLB, MBA.PMP (Ret'd) The company was incorporated in  British Columbia in 2008 specializing in financing and operations in the biotechnology industry in Canada.

In the last eight years the firm has specialized exclusively in the Canadian Cannabis regulatory industry. We have successfully filed and our clients granted numerous different Cannabis Licenses Canada wide. Our firm has also capitalized on Nigel’s 35 years of writing business plans (bio tech industry and other technologies) and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, by writing business plans for the Canadian Cannabis industry, one of which helped a client raise $25M.

Nigel is also the President and CEO of Everest Biopharma International Inc, a late stage standard processing License in Kelowna focusing on ice water bubble hash processing.

Growth West's procedure to commence a project is with a written proposal settled with our client detailing the deliverables (as described below.) This proposal contains provisions for a retainer and a monthly payment instalment plan. On signature of the proposal and payment of the retainer Growth West will commence the project. In large projects a project plan is developed with the client after a kick off meeting at the proposed site of the premises.

Your Cannabis consulting expert

Nigle Boast GW

Nigel Boast - BS, LLB, MBA, PMP

Hello I'm Nigel Boast and I am the Founder and Principal Canadian cannabis consultant here at Growth West. My qualifications (B.Sc, LLB, MBA) and my experience in the cannabis market will give you the highest quality service from me and my subject matter experts.

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BIO Nigel Boast B.Sc, LLB, MBA

Has worked as a partner in a commercial law firm, for the Chairman of Deloitte's Australia, Midland Bank Australia, and co founded and managed a biotechnology company for a decade as CEO and R&D project manager, after he sourced many millions in funding to take a non-existing technology, and launched it into disruptive a mobile disinfection technology, applied in critical market segments such as the cruise and health care industry.

He is also certified in HACCP I and HACCP II standard operating procedures and (Good Production Practices) and writing SOPS. The experience gained in  product development in the biotechnology industry, and regulatory compliance  in Health Care, are directly applied to the Medical Cannabis Industry in Canada in filing for applications for a producer’s license under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”). More recently in the last number of years, Nigel has focused exclusively on the Canadian legal Cannabis industry.

Nigel’s unique combination of legal expertise with a post graduate law degree, BSc and HACCP accreditation along with his team of subject matter experts in the medical marijuana license process will give you the highest quality value for your dollar. Nigel's unique skill set has made him a cannabis licence expert.

Nigel is the designated Project Manager for all our client projects.  As the PM he personally manages all our subject matter experts (SMEs) such as the architect, security of premises, quality assurance person, third party testing lab, electrician and all other SMEs for filing an application with Health Canada. He works closely with our clients to ensure the best customer service.

Your Cannabis Security consulting expert

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Bob Weir

A resident of Ottawa – Mr. Weir is an independent security consultant who has resided in Ottawa for the past 17 years.  His work experience includes 25 years combined service in the RCMP and CSIS where he specialized in planning and execution of Special Operations and Internal Security investigations.  After retiring from the Service, he worked as a security consultant doing international contracts between 1993 and 2004.

Since the legalization of cannabis Mr. Weir has primarily been doing contracts within this industry to ensure clients meet the security standards dictated by Health Canada.  He was responsible in assisting over 40 cannabis operations to obtain their licence