DAVID KLEIN – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
David joins Canopy Growth after a long stint as 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.
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.