The $9 Billion Cannabis King
Founder of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC)
Co-founder of Tweed Marijuana Incorporated
The founder of Canopy Growth Corporation—the first cannabis-producing company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange—Bruce Linton is at the forefront of an industry that’s about to explode. His in-depth, erudite talks explore this untapped market, and reveal what businesses can learn about flexibility, policy, innovation, and growth from an industry that’s changing every moment.
Mr. Linton is the founder of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) and co-founder of Tweed Marijuana Incorporated. Canopy Growth was the first cannabis producing company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange (TSX, July 2016) and included on a major stock index (S&P/TSX Composite Index, March 2017). Bruce’s experience as a founder, CEO, and Board member across a wide variety of enterprises has influenced the positive start of Canopy Growth, which to date has enjoyed market support for capital raises of over $5.6 billion including a $5 billion CAD investment by Fortune 500 beverage company, Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ).
Bruce’s focus has been driving the Company’s overall strategy including its Canadian and international expansion efforts as well as laying the groundwork for the Company’s future move into cannabis-based consumer products including cannabis-based medicines, with the founding of subsidiary Canopy Health Innovations, and into cannabis-based beverages, through a strategic partnership with Constellation Brands. Bruce has led six M&A transactions valued over $500 million total since founding CGC. After beginning his career at Newbridge Networks Corporation, he has since held positions that include General Manager and Re-Founder of Computerland.ca, President and Co-Founder of webHancer Corp, and part of the establishing team at CrossKeys Systems Corporation. He was also part of the leadership team for the NASDAQ/TSX initial public offering at CrossKeys. He is the past Chairman of the Ottawa Community Loan Foundation past Board Member and Treasurer of Canada World Youth, past Board of Governor for Carleton University, past President of the Nepean Skating Club, and past President of the Carleton University Students Association.
Not Exactly a Pickle Factory: Embracing Disruption and Change in the Cannabis Industry
As the founder of Canopy Growth Corporation, Bruce Linton is building a massive company that’s poised to be the leader of the biggest, most disruptive industry we’ve seen in decades. In this captivating talk, Bruce dives deep into how he grew Canopy from a small company to its current valuation of more than $9 billion.
“I don’t think we’re going to build any of our businesses if we listen to the common wisdom that says you should run your business the way they run the pickle factory,” says Bruce. Instead, he focuses on collaboration, growth, customer service, and innovation. He treats his employees as allies—everyone from the cleaners to the PhDs get equity in the company—and boosts the local economies of small towns around the world by bringing industry to areas that suffered from high unemployment. It’s a disruptive way to look at a disruptive industry, and it’s absolutely fascinating.
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