Cannabis Industry Forum finally formally announced

| Staff

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has finally formally announced its Cannabis Industry Forum.

The long-awaited announcement, (archived here) released on Feb 21, 2024 but backdated to February 16, officially provides the names of a handful of industry executives, the majority from publicly held corporations.

The group was first formed in 2023 but the official list of names was not shared previously with the public. The members have also engaged with Morris Rosenberg, Chair of the expert panel leading the legislative review of the Cannabis Act which is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons in the coming months.

Hugo Alves, CEO, Founder and Director of Auxly Cannabis Group Inc., chairs the Forum. The membership also includes:

  • Philippe Dépault, President and Founder, Québec Craft Cannabis Inc.
  • Taylor Giovannini, President and Founder, Oceanic Releaf Inc.
  • Beena Goldenberg, CEO, Organigram Holdings Inc.
  • Raj Grover, Founder, President and CEO, High Tide Inc.
  • David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth Corporation
  • Miguel Martin, CEO, Aurora Cannabis Inc.
  • Rosy Mondin, President of Soma Labs Scientific Inc. and Director of Cannaworld Ventures Inc.
  • Tyler Robson, President of Cannabis, SNDL Inc.

François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry says the forum represents a chance for industry to weigh in on regulatory challenges. 

“For Canada to be a leader in this global economy, we require the ability to adapt to new industries and sectors that benefit Canadians. The Cannabis Industry Forum helps create innovative solutions to barriers that exist in this industry. Through active collaboration, Canada is working with industry leaders to become an innovator and leader in this changing economy.”

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