Emerald Health Therapeutics Appoints Robert C. Hill, CPA, CA as Chief Financial Officer and Promotes Cheryl Evans, CPA, CA to Vice President Finance

Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA

VICTORIA, B.C., Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. (TSXV:EMH) (OTCQX:EMHTF) (“Emerald”) today announced the appointment of Robert C. Hill, CPA, CA, as the Company's Chief Financial Officer and the promotion of Cheryl L. Evans, CPA, CA, to Vice President Finance. Together Mr. Hill and Ms. Evans will be responsible for leading Emerald’s financial operations and organizational functions to facilitate the significant anticipated expansion of the Company’s business with the expected legalization of adult use cannabis in Canada by July 2018. Sandy Pratt, CPA, CA, has resigned as Chief Financial Officer to pursue other opportunities. 

“We welcome Rob to Emerald’s executive team. His experience in strategic planning, financial and operational management, and building collaborative, high-performing organizations will help us further advance our mission to be a leader in the global cannabis industry,” said Chris Wagner, Chief Executive Officer of Emerald.

“Cheryl has been impactful since starting as Emerald’s controller earlier this year. We will benefit from her expertise in internal and external financial reporting, budgeting, controls and software systems to support our rapid growth. We also sincerely thank Sandy Pratt for her dedication and valuable contributions to Emerald’s growth over the past two years.”

Mr. Hill brings over 20 years of accounting, finance, and senior leadership experience to Emerald as a seasoned manager of private and publicly traded technology and financial services businesses in Canada, USA, and Asia. Prior to joining Emerald, Mr. Hill was the Chief Financial Officer of Tokyo-based Minkabu, a technology company advancing sophisticated stock market intelligence and financial data solutions. Before that, he held financial leadership positions at Haywood Securities in Vancouver, and Vignette Corp. and Trilogy Software in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and his certification from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, Canada while articling with KPMG LLP.

Mr. Hill has been granted an option to acquire up to 250,000 common shares vesting over three years.

Ms. Evans has almost 20 years of management experience in the accounting, finance and treasury functions of publicly listed and highly regulated private companies. Prior to Emerald, she held various roles including Director, Regulatory Compliance and Director, Finance at AscendantFX Capital Inc, an international foreign currency payments provider, and VP, Financial Operations at Partners Real Estate Investment Trust.

Ms. Evans achieved her Bachelor of Commerce in international business, with distinction, from the University of Victoria. She articled at Grant Thornton LLP for her CPA, CA designation, and subsequently worked with publicly listed companies at KPMG LLP. 

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About Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc.

Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (TSXV:EMH) (OTCQX:EMHTF) operates through Emerald Health Botanicals Inc. ("Botanicals"), a wholly owned subsidiary and Licensed Producer under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. Botanicals is authorized to produce and sell dried medical cannabis flower and medical cannabis oil. It currently operates an indoor facility in Victoria, BC, and is building a 150,000 s.f. hybrid greenhouse on 32 acres in Metro Vancouver, with the potential to expand this facility to 1 million s.f. to address the needs of the legal Canadian recreational cannabis market. Botanicals has also entered into a partnership with Village Farms to convert an existing 1.1 million s.f. greenhouse in Delta, BC from growing tomatoes to growing cannabis. Emerald’s team is highly experienced in life sciences, product development and large-scale agribusiness. Emerald and Botanicals are part of the Emerald Health group, which is broadly focused on developing pharmaceutical, botanical and nutraceutical products designed to provide wellness and medical benefits through interacting with the human body’s endocannabinoid system.

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