Aphria Shareholders Elect Four New Directors

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LEAMINGTON, ON, Nov. 5, 2018 /CNW/ – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company“) (TSX: APHA and NYSE: APHA) today announced the results of the shareholder resolutions considered at the Company’s Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders (the “Meeting”) held on November 2, 2018.

The Scrutineers’ report recorded that an aggregate of 96,889,862 common shares were represented in person or by proxy at the Meeting.

The following table summarizes the matters which were considered and voted upon, at the Meeting and the outcome of the vote in respect of each matter:

Matters Voted Upon at the Meeting Votes in


% Votes


1.  Election of Directors
Vic Neufeld 35,529,109 93.2 2,609,924 6.8
Cole Cacciavillani 37,170,710 97.5 968,323 2.5
John Cervini 37,145,762 97.4 993,271 2.6
Renah Persofsky 36,301,536 95.2 1,837,496 4.8
Shawn Dym 37,358,403 98.0 780,630 2.0
John M. Herhalt 37,448,085 98.2 690,948 1.8
Michael Serruya 37,351,779 97.9 787,254 2.1
Shlomo Bibas 37,356,762 98.0 782,271 2.0
Tom Looney 37,420,066 98.1 718,967 1.9
2.  Appointment of Auditors – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 86,836,563 98.6 1,226,288 1.4
3.  Approval of an Omnibus Incentive Plan 30,236,822 79.3 7,902,2111 20.7
1 The votes identified represent votes against not withheld

In addition to the re-election of Mr. Neufeld, Mr. Cacciavillani, Mr. Cervini, Ms. Persofsky and Mr. Dym, shareholders elected each of the following new four (4) directors:

John M. Herhalt
Mr. Herhalt is a FCPA (FCA) and a retired partner from KPMG and has over 39 years of experience providing a wide variety of advisory and audit services to a range of clients. He has worked across several industry sectors including automotive manufacturing, consumer products, infrastructure, power and utilities and the public sector.

Michael Serruya
Mr. Serruya serves as Managing Director of Serruya Private Equity Inc. (“SPE”). Mr. Serruya began his career at age twenty, as one of the co-founders of YogenFrüz®. He also co-founded CoolBrands International Inc., where he served as Chairman and CEO. CoolBrands was a leading consumer packaged goods company, which included brands such as Weight Watchers, Eskimo Pie, Tropicana and Godiva Ice Cream.

Shlomo Bibas
Mr. Bibas joined Celestica’s executive team in September 2018 as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer with the mandate to drive the digital agenda of the company. Prior to joining Celestica, Mr. Bibas served as Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Chief Information Officer for the Apotex Group of Companies since 2012. In this capacity, he had global accountability for all IT operations, risk management, customer care, innovation, business enablement, legal services, business services, and indirect procurement functions.

Tom Looney
Mr. Looney recently retired as President of Diageo US Spirits & Canada. In this position, he was responsible for the growth and development of the company’s spirits business in the United States & Canada including brands such as Smirnoff, Crown Royal, Baileys, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan and Ketel One. He was also a member of Diageo’s North American Executive Team.   Prior to his current role, Mr. Looney held the position of President, Diageo Beer Company overseeing US sales, finance, marketing and innovation teams. Prior to that, he was Chief Commercial Officer where he oversaw the pricing strategy, business analytics and commercial marketing functions across spirits, beer and wine for North America.

In addition to Ms. Persofsky, and Mr. Dym, Mr. Herhalt, Mr. Serruya, Mr. Bibas and Mr. Looney are considered independent directors within the meaning of National Instrument 52-110. Following the election of the directors, the Company’s Directors determined it was prudent to break the existing Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee into two separate committees, creating a Compensation Committee and a Nominating and Governance Committee. Further, the Company confirmed the composition of the sub-committees of the Board:

Audit Committee
The Audit Committee will be comprised of John Herhalt, Shlomo Bibas and Tom Looney with Mr. Herhalt serving as committee chair.

Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee will be comprised of Michael Serruya, Shlomo Bibas and Tom Looney with Mr. Serruya serving as committee chair.

Nominating and Governance Committee
The Nominating and Governance Committee will be comprised of Renah Persofsky, Shawn Dym and Michael Serruya with Ms. Persofsky serving as committee chair.

The Company also confirmed that Vic Neufeld will serve as Chairman and John Herhalt will serve as Lead Director.

“I want to welcome Michael Serruya, Shlomo Bibas and Tom Looney to the Aphria board of directors. They each bring a rich set of skills and deep experience in areas that will be complementary to the Company’s global growth strategy,” said Vic Neufeld, Aphria’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I also want to thank our returning directors, Renah Persofsky, Shawn Dym and John Herhalt for their continued service, and to extend a special thanks to Dr. Philip Waddington who has stepped down from the board after serving for almost four years. He was our last remaining independent director from when we first went public in December 2014,” added Mr. Neufeld.

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