WHO WE ARE

Nesta is a leading private equity firm specializing in the global cannabis industry. With over $80 million in assets under management, we employ a value approach to a concentrated portfolio of scalable opportunities in legalized jurisdictions.
Our organization has over 30 employees with offices in six cities worldwide.

CHUCK RIFICI

Chief Executive Officer

Dubbed the ‘Godfather of Weed,’ Chuck is a true pioneer of the North American cannabis industry having founded Canopy Growth (formerly Tweed Marijuana). Today Canopy Growth is worth over $20 billion and recognized as a world class cannabis producer. The talent he recruited now guides the entire Canadian cannabis industry.

  • Chairman and CEO, Auxly Cannabis Group

  • Investment Committee, Indica Strategy Fund

  • Chairman, Wikileaf.com

  • Chairman, Feather Co. Ltd

  • Former board member with Aurora Cannabis, Supreme Pharmaceuticals, Origin House and National Access Cannabis

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IAN RAPSEY

Chief Creative Officer


Ian is the leading and most sought after branding expert in the cannabis industry. He's an award winning creative director, having created the Tweed Marijuana (Canopy Growth Corp), Feather, Kolab Project and Auxly brands.

 

  • Chief Creative Officer, Auxly Cannabis Group

  • Board Member, Feather Co. Ltd 

  • Previously Creative Director with Canopy Growth Corp, responsible for the Tweed branding; lead creative rebrand of Bedrocan Canada

  • Formerly with Bruce Mau Design, StudioLab

MANOJ HIPPOLA

Chief Investment Officer


Manoj is a Nesta board
member and analyzes new investment opportunities, monitors Nesta’s portfolio companies and leads the company's asset and fund management initiatives.

 

  • Investment Committee Member, Indica Strategy Fund

  • Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Wikileaf.com 

  • Previously CFO with a biometrics technology company, leading its RTO and U.S. public listing

  • Formerly with eMerging Capital Mgt., MD Management and HP Global Services 

PATRICK LEHOUX

Chief Product Officer


Pat is a serial entrepreneur who has a proven track record of turning ideas into assets. He has patented and developed several of his own product lines, bringing quality innovations to large consumer markets.


  • Board Member and CEO, Feather Co. Ltd

  • Founder and CEO, Bottle Cutting Inc; inventor of the ‘Kinkajou’ now selling in over 50 countries worldwide

  • 16 patents granted with 3 pending applications 

  • Previously VP of Business Development for TekSaavy

We see a looming supply shortage

"After prohibition of alcohol ended in the United States in 1933, legal distillers could not meet demand for 15 years."

Chuck Rifici