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 $425 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 subsidiaries Canopy Health Innovations and Canopy Animal Health, 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.
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.
Marc Wayne is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in starting and operating new ventures. Since leaving graduate studies at the age of 23, Marc has been involved in many new and leading industry sectors. This includes co-founding Northumberland Springs Water Company in 1989, co-founding OAM Computer Group – one of Canada’s top 100 technology resellers – in 1994, and becoming a founding investor and Board member of Lasoo.com, a leading provider of spatial software ASP services, whose technology was purchased by Yahoo in 2001.
In 2012 Marc co-founded Bedrocan Canada Inc (Bedrocan), one of the first federally licensed producers of medical marijuana and took the company public in 2014. In 2015, Marc successfully sold Bedrocan to Tweed Marijuana Inc. a key transaction that led to the formation of Canopy Growth Corporation. Canopy Growth (WEED:TSX) is now the largest marijuana producer in the world. Considered a pioneer in the medical cannabis space, Marc was also instrumental in developing the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids. (CCIC). The CCIC is a registered nonprofit organization established to promote evidence-based research and education concerning the endocannabinoid system and therapeutic applications of endocannabinoid and cannabinoid agents. Since its inception in 2007, the CCIC has become a global innovator in education and research on medical uses of cannabis. Marc is also Founding Chair of Cannabis Canada Association.
Marc currently sits on the Dean’s council at Queen’s University Faculty of Arts and Science, and is also a former Board member and Alumni President for the Toronto French School, Canada’s largest independent school.