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 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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 $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
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.
MURRAY GOLDMAN – DIRECTOR; MEMBER OF THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Goldman, is the former Chairman of Bedrocan Canada Inc. and joined the Board of Directors when Bedrocan was successfully acquired by Canopy Growth. Mr. Goldman is the founder and Chairman of The Goldman Group, a fully integrated real estate development company that has developed and built in Canada, the United States and Israel for over 50 years. The company has a history of innovative and original mixed-use developments that have established precedent-setting neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2010, Mr. Goldman received the NAIOP lifetime achievement award acknowledging his leadership in this field. Mr. Goldman continues to serve as a director of a number of prominent organizations and is a major investor and founder of a number of innovative medical and scientific research companies.
CHRIS SCHNARR, ICD.D – DIRECTOR + CHAIRPERSON, AUDIT COMMITTEE; MEMBER OF THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Schnarr is the Managing Director of Lorian Group Inc., a strategic and capital markets consultancy. Mr. Schnarr has 25 years of experience founding, managing, and advising growth companies, including strategy, corporate finance, capital markets, corporate development, M&A, financial reporting, and governance. His functional experience across executive positions spans Treasurer, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, President, and Chief Executive Officer. His broad industry experience includes technology (hardware, software, and services), communications, agriculture, food processing and food ingredients, financial services, healthcare, and sustainability. Mr. Schnarr has 25 years of public company Board experience across TSXV and TSX listed companies, as well as extensive committee experience. He is presently on the Board of Canopy Health Innovations Inc. and VitalHub Corp. (TSXV:VHI), where he is also the Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Schnarr holds a Masters in Business Administration (finance) from University of British Columbia (1990), and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Minor in Economics, from Wilfrid Laurier University (1989). He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, and holds the ICD.D designation.