MARK ZEKULIN – CEO
Mark is the CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation. With Canopy since its inception, Mark has been a key driver of the Tweed and Canopy Growth vision, ensuring that patients and healthcare practitioners choose Canopy companies as their trusted source of cannabis for medical purposes. This includes overseeing medical and patient outreach strategy, driving operations and advancing corporate market strategy.
A graduate from the University of Waterloo in Mathematics, the University of Ottawa in Law, and the University of Cambridge in International Law, Mark has previously kept himself busy providing legal, political and strategic advice to high- profile local and international corporate clients, most recently as Counsel at the Ottawa-Washington international trade law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent. Previously, Mark has served as a Senior Advisor to the Honourable Dwight Duncan, the Ontario Minister of Finance, and has worked internationally at the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
MIKE LEE – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mike Lee’s permanent role as CFO will commence upon receiving Health Canada security clearance required for all Officers and Directors of the Company.
Mike brings a wealth of experience from the consumer goods & beverages industry, having worked for companies such as E. & J. Gallo Winery, PepsiCo, and recently Constellation Brands, where he served as Senior Vice President & CFO for their US$3B Wine & Spirits Division. He worked closely with Constellation Brands’ executive leadership to transform their premium Wine & Spirits business, applying financial rigor along the way with a true sense of urgency that translated strategy into action. Mike also led the business transformation agenda at Constellation Brands, focused on digital enablement and operating model design. Most recently, Mike has served in the role of Executive Vice President, Finance at Canopy Growth Corporation.
RADE KOVACEVIC – PRESIDENT
Rade Kovacevic’s role as Officer will commence upon receiving Health Canada security clearance required for all Officers and Directors of the Company. Formerly the Senior Vice President, Sales & Operations, Rade is responsible for our Canadian strategy and ensuring full coordination among our operations.
Rade began investing his savings in the Toronto Stock Exchange at the age of 8, opened an e-commerce firm at age 13, interned at a stock brokerage before he had completed high school, and operated a medical cannabis dispensary for almost a decade. He has a history of being able to bring key stakeholders together on marijuana policy, as a Co-Founder and former President of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and a Co-Founder and former Advocacy Committee Chair of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association.
Rade has long been active in his local business community with the Guelph Young Professionals Network, Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Toronto Board of Trade, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and Ontario Economic Summit having worked to develop policy to ensure Canada continues to be a supportive environment for both business and its citizens. He focused on Management Economics and Industry Finance while completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph.
PHIL SHAER – CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
As Chief Legal Officer, Phil is responsible for Canopy’s reporting obligations as a publicly traded TSX listed company as well as all the company’s other legal needs. He also leads Canopy’s human resources department and is intimately involved in business development. Phil joined Canopy in 2016 after almost a decade as General Counsel at Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. (formerly MOSAID Technologies Inc.), where he implemented key changes to its equity and shareholder rights plans, and to its corporate governance practices. While there, he was also the lead in-house attorney during one of Canada’s first proxy battles, led by a U.S hedge fund, in which an alternative slate of directors was proposed, as well as during a hostile bid which resulted in the company going private. Prior to that he worked at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Phil obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Windsor in 2000, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (with a minor in French) from Université Laval. Phil received the Ottawa Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 Award in 2008 and was a finalist in Lexpert®’s Rising Stars—Leading Lawyers Under 40, in 2011.
DAVE PRYCE – VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL MARKET EXPANSION AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
As a senior global affairs and business executive, Dave Pryce brings over 20 years of international public and private sector experience. Having lived and worked internationally, Dave understand the many challenges corporations face in the complex global business environment. Whether driving new business opportunities in emerging markets, navigating through complicated regulatory issues or developing public policy with elected officials, Dave brings a unique approach to achieving results and solving problem.
Presently, Dave serves as the Vice President of International Market Expansion and Global Government Relations at Canopy Growth Corp., a world leading, diversified cannabis company. In this capacity, Dave is responsible for taking the company into new markets, growing footprint and driving its rapid global expansion.
Prior to joining Canopy, Dave held senior positions at BlackBerry and D2L, and founded a global affairs advisory consultancy. As well, Dave has been a senior advisor to the Premier of Ontario, Ontario Minister of Finance and the Canadian Minister of Industry. Dave holds a specialized honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he also taught in the School of Business & Economics. In addition to his work at Canopy, Dave currently sits on the Board of Director of WoodGreen Community Services, the Board of Directors of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Advisory Committee; and on the Advisory Board of Sound Diplomacy, a UK based leader in music market consulting.
RU WADASINGHE – CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Ru joined Canopy Growth Corporation in September 2016 as the Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Canopy Growth, Ru was the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Professional Services at March Networks. Ru joined March Networks in 2010 as CIO, overseeing a successful business transformation and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation. In June of 2012, he assumed the additional responsibility for Professional Services which included Managed Services, Technical Support and Training. He was accountable for profit and loss for services. Prior to joining March Networks, Ru spent close to 20 years at Nortel Networks where he held leadership positions in IT, product management and operations.
Ru holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Ottawa. Ru was awarded a U.S. patent in networking in 2008.
DAVID BIGIONI – CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, RECREATIONAL CANNABIS
David is a senior marketing and sales executive with deep expertise across consumer goods. Prior to joining Canopy Growth Corporation as Chief Marketing Officer in August 2017, David served as both Vice-President, Marketing and Vice-President, Sales for Molson Coors Canadian operations. Over his time at Molson Coors, David led the marketing team to top marketing honours in 2010, 2011 and 2014 before moving to sales in 2015. Under David’s leadership Molson’s brand valuation increased by $137M over a 6-year period. David is renowned as a change agent who motivates teams through a clear vision, a collaborative leadership style and entrepreneurial approach.
David holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) with a minor in Economics, from Wilfrid Laurier University (1995). David’s career includes progressive roles with both Unilever and Venture Communications as well as having served on the board of The Beer Store. David’s passion for inspiring innovation has lead him to frequently share his insight and perspective within the Canadian marketing industry and is a frequent speaker at Canadian Universities.