Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Canopy Growth Corp. provides the leadership and oversight needed to forge an industry leader in an emerging industry. The Board is fully committed to our stakeholders and shareholders, leveraging decades of collective corporate governance experience to provide stability and growth over the long term.
BRUCE LINTON – FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND CO-CEO
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). In May 2018 Canopy was also the first cannabis-producing company to list on another major stock exchange, the New York Stock Exchange. 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 $625 million including a $245 million 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.
JOHN K. BELL, CPA, FCA, ICD.D – LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR; CHAIRPERSON, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE, MEMBER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
Bell founded Shred-Tech and grew it into a global giant in the mobile document shredding and recycling industry. After selling Shred-Tech in 1995, he purchased Polymer Technologies and grew it from a local plastics manufacturer to a global auto parts company before exiting in 2007. John also served as interim CEO and director of ATS Automation (TSX), which operates 24 global manufacturing facilities, has 4,000 employees and $700 million in sales during a time of management and board renewal in 2007. John was the lead investor and Chairman of BSM Wireless (TSX-V). First investing in 2006, he led board and management renewal leading to substantial and profitable growth before successfully exiting in 2014. John also sits on the Board of Strongco Corp, traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange as SQP and DelMar Pharmaceuticals, which is traded on OTCQX as DMPI.
PETER STRINGHAM – DIRECTOR; MEMBER OF THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE, MEMBER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
Peter E. Stringham recently retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Young & Rubicam Group Of Companies. Mr. Stringham served as the Chief Executive Officer of Young & Rubicam Brands at Young & Rubicam, Inc. since March 2, 2007. Mr. Stringham served as Group General Manager of Marketing of HSBC Holdings PLC. and HSBC Bank plc. since 2001. He served as Head of Global Marketing for HSBC Holdings plc. until March 2007. He joined HSBC in 2001. He served for 6 years at HSBC, where he was instrumental in positioning it as the ‘world’s local bank’ in a series of local advertising and marketing campaigns, and has helped build HSBC into one of the world’s most recognized brands. He consolidated HSBC’s advertising and marketing duties with a single lead worldwide marketing services group. He served with WPP Group to cover HSBC’s operations in 76 countries and territories.
BILL NEWLANDS – DIRECTOR
Bill Newlands is Constellation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Bill oversees all operating aspects of Constellation and is advancing its position as an industry leader. In addition to leading the Wine + Spirits and Beer Divisions, growth and national sales organizations, Bill leads the finance, human resource and legal functions. Bill is a member of Constellation’s executive management committee. Bill joined Constellation in 2015 as EVP, Chief Growth Officer. In 2016, his role expanded to include leadership of the Wine + Spirits Division. In 2017 he became the company’s Chief Operating Officer and in 2018 his role expanded to include president. Bill previously served as President, North America at Beam, Inc. Under his leadership, Beam became one of the fastest-growing companies in its category. Previous appointments include President, Beam Spirits U.S. (2008-2010); President, Beam Wine Estates (2005-2007); President and CEO, Allied Domecq Wines USA (2002-2005); CEO and Board director, wine.com (1999-2001); managing director, U.S. and global marketing officer, LVMH Chandon Estates (1996 – 1999). He holds a Bachelor of Science from Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
DAVID KLEIN – DIRECTOR
David Klein is Constellation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for accounting, investor relations, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, treasury, tax, mergers and acquisitions, Constellation Ventures, and information technology. David is a member of Constellation’s executive management committee. David joined Constellation in 2004 as vice president of business development. He also held roles as CFO of Constellation Europe; SVP, treasurer & controller; and CFO, Beer Division. David managed all aspects of finance for international and domestic businesses, optimized the company’s capital structure, and is a key leader in strategy development and execution at Constellation. Before joining Constellation, David held the Chief Financial Officer role at Montana Mills, where he led the transformation from private to public company and then subsequently led the sale of Montana Mills to Krispy Kreme. David also held the Chief Financial Officer role at NetSetGo, an internet and network services startup that won several business and technical awards. Prior to these entrepreneurial positions, David served as the director of mergers & acquisitions at Xerox Corporation and as director of finance & accounting for Harris Corporation. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from State University of New York at Geneseo and an MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo.
JUDY SCHMELING – DIRECTOR
Judy Schmeling served as Chief Operating Officer of HSN, Inc., an interactive multichannel retailer, from May 2013 to December 2017 and as President of Cornerstone Brands, a retailing segment of HSN, Inc. from August 2016 to December 2017. She also served as Chief Financial Officer of HSN, Inc. from May 2013 to November 2016. From August 2008 to May 2013, Judy served as HSN, Inc.’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Judy held positions of increasing responsibility within the HSN operating segment. She served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of HSN (when it was IAC Retailing) from February 2002 to August 2008; as Senior Vice President, Finance from November 1999 to February 2002; as Chief Operating Officer of international operations from January 2001 to February 2002; as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Analysis from January 1998 to November 1999; and as Director of Investor Relations and Operating Vice President, Finance from September 1994 to January 1998 (during the time when HSN was a separately traded public company). Judy Schmeling is a director of Constellation, a member of the corporate governance committee of Constellation and also serves as Chair of the audit committee of Constellation.
ROBERT L. HANSON – DIRECTOR
Robert Hanson has served as Chief Executive Officer of John Hardy Global Limited, a luxury jewelry brand, since August 1, 2014. Prior to that, Robert served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., a leading global specialty retailer of clothing, accessories and personal care products from January 2012 to January 2014. Robert served Levi Strauss & Co. from 1988 to 2011 in a variety of important leadership roles across multiple brands where he led cross-functional teams, including merchandising, product development, multi-channel operations, marketing and creative teams, in addition to a full support staff. Robert’s roles at Levi’s included serving as Global President of the Levi’s Brand from 2010 to 2011; President, Levi’s Strauss Americas/North America from 2006 to 2010; President, Levi’s Brand U.S. from 2001 to 2006; and President/Vice President, Levi’s Europe/Africa/Middle East from 1998 to 2001. He is currently part of Constellation’s Board of Directors. Mr. Hanson is a sitting chief executive officer and also a former chief executive officer of a public company and brings to the Board extensive knowledge and understanding of global operations, management, and stewardship of premium brands.