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.
CHRIS SCHNARR – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Mr. 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 Growth (TSX:WEED) as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance and Compensation Committee, and VitalHub Corp. (TSXV:VHI) where he is also the Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. 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.