meet the team

Aurelius Founders

julie armstrong
CEO / Founder

Pharmacist, Cancer survivor, top S&P 50 career refugee, elected official, equestrian.  Laser focused and relentless.  Deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and medical sciences. Skilled at navigating government and regulatory environments. I naively believe I can make everything, and everyone, better. 


As Chief Science Advisor, James is one of the most highly capable, creative and mentally flexible polymaths in the cannabis space.
James has an intimate knowledge of public health and current policy making.Coupled with an extensive background in the CPG industry, his experience perfectly aligns with our research to drive the future of consumer cannabis.His ability to execute scientific analysis is unparalleled, and his expertise is widely sought throughout the flavor, fragrance, food and beverage, CBD and cannabinoid space.

Brian Mitchell

A veteran of scaling up Silicon Valley startups, Brian has an extensive background in Ops, People, HR, and Tech.He has managed and scaled multiple Software-as-a-service, DaaS, Iaas, and Enterprise Software Solutions in the B2B space, from rounds A to D.With Brian’s expertise, our ability to execute and scale, domestically and globally, is all but assured.

Aurelius Core

rick gilchrist

Experienced founder, mentor & data solutions architect with a demonstrated history of working in the Cannabis, BioMed, FinTech, Marcom, and HiTech services industries. Skilled in C-Level Management, Investors and Partnerships, Business Development Management, Strategic Leadership, and Fundraising.

glenn harless

Visionary IT executive offering extensive experience in management and design success, leading the development of diverse data and technology projects. Long-standing reputation for analyzing technological strategies and engineering solutions that support organizational goals, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and maximize technology investment.

Peter Holzworth

Peter Holzworth
Investment Director

Traditionally trained in the financial industry by Merrill Lynch , Mr. Holzworth launched Pennington Asset Management, and founded three various hedge funds focused upon intraday algorithmic trading and lending strategies. As CIO/CFO at Biotrack THC, Peter was directly responsible for raising the round “A” of $5 million.Most recently, Peter was the Director of Cannabis Client Services at Zuber Lawler. During his at the law firm, Peter traveled to 17 foreign countries and 52 cities covering the global cannabis and hemp markets.

Leighton Smith

Leighton is an accomplished leader in the finance function. He is tenaciously performance-oriented with breadth and vision beyond the scope of core finance, enabling successful forays into the technology, business development and sales areas. He possesses deep functional skills in finance, accounting, reporting, compliance, business planning, transformation and integration (M&A) which have been honed during his 20-year career in financial and commercial roles in the Tech, Manufacturing, Banking and Telco industries. For 10 of those years, Leighton has held roles at top-management level.