Former Surrey staffer Jas Rehal has been appointed to the position of CFO of Grow Tech Labs, a ‘cannabis accelerator.’ (Submitted photo)

Grow Tech Labs

From public safety to pot: Former Surrey staffer joins ‘cannabis accelerator’

Jas Rehal worked as Surrey’s Director of Public Safety Operations prior to leaving on March 1

Surrey’s former Director of Public Safety Operations has made the move into the cannabis industry.

Jas Rehal, who left his role at Surrey City Hall earlier this month, has joined “cannabis accelerator” Grow Tech Labs (GTL) as the organization’s CFO.

A Grow Tech Labs release notes Rehal is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 20 years of experience “leading key organizations in financial management, business development, capital investment, risk management, operations and strategic planning.”

GTL is an organization run by former city councillor Barinder Rasode, who worked with Rehal during her time on council.

“We are proud to welcome Jas to our team,” said Rasode, CEO of GTL, in a release, “as he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of financial analysis and business development. His strategic thinking and public policy experience, combined with his collaborative approach to leadership, will help advance GTL’s goals of accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship in the cannabis space.”

READ MORE: B.C.’s licensed medical cannabis craft producers launching co-op

SEE ALSO: Surrey receives nine cannabis store applications but is considering none

The company’s release says Rehal’s former role at the City of Surrey has equipped him with a “specific expertise in government relations, public policy, and financial planning.”

The Grow Tech Labs Accelerator Program was launched in association with the October 2018 legalization of cannabis in Canada. It provides support, access to capital, mentorship and licensed space to “innovate start-up” companies in the country.



amy.reid@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Amy on Twitter

Just Posted

Hands Against Racism takes over Surrey City Hall

Event included music, dance; two people received awards

Surrey couple visits the Philippines each year to give back to wife’s former village

Nissa and Bob Clarkson give toys to children, provide medical-dental missions

Surrey mom says Liberal budget falls short in helping people with autism

Louise Witt, whose son has autism, says budget provisions like ‘putting a Band-Aid on a cancer’

Upbeat White Rock concert blends ecology, history

The Wilds and Tiller’s Folly raise ‘Voices for the Salish Sea’

STRONG, PERSEVERING AND PROUD: Surrey Pride celebrates 20 years with biggest party yet

PART ONE: A special series on the past, present and future of our LGBTQ+ community

VIDEO: Vancouver fall to Seattle in Game 2 of the playoffs

Thunderbirds topple the Giants 4-1 in Langley, evening the Western Conference series one game each

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Vancouver-bound transit bus involved in fatal crash near Seattle

One man was killed and a woman injured in crash with bus purchased by TransLink

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Most Read