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.


Judy Schmeling was appointed Chair of the Board on January 22nd, 2020. Previously, she has 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.


David Klein is the Chief Executive Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation. Formerly, he served as 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.


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, (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.


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.


Jim Sabia is Constellation’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, reporting to Bill Newlands, president and chief executive officer. He is responsible for leading the marketing strategy across Constellation’s diversified beverage alcohol portfolio, and is a member of the executive management committee. Jim joined the company in 2007, leading the marketing efforts of the spirits business. In 2009, he joined the Beer Division as chief marketing officer where he has played an integral role in helping drive the success of the beer portfolio. Jim previously served as vice president of marketing + media at Molson Coors Brewing Company. Please note, Mr. Sabia is an observer of the board until he receives Health Canada approval.


Ms. Yanofsky has extensive experience working with big-name retailers and is respected for her strategic leadership and disciplined approach to driving revenue. She most recently served as the Senior Vice-President, General Manager of Sephora Canada. Prior to joining Sephora, Ms. Yanofsky worked at L Brands where she was the country manager for Bath & Body Works Canada. She brings over 30 years of experience working with rapidly growing big-name global retailers.


Mr. Lazzarato’s impressive career includes senior executive positions with Alliance Atlantis Communications, Allstream, Bell Canada and CAE.  He also has extensive Board experience and currently serves as The Star Group’s Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Lazzarato brings to the Board a demonstrated commercial and financial acumen to assist businesses going through pivotal inflection points.