About Us.


1 hershey Drive

1 Hershey Drive in Smiths Falls, Ontario consists of eight buildings representing over 470,000 square feet of manufacturing and distributing space situated on approximately 39.6 acres of land.

Tweed's operations occupy 180,000 square feet of this space, 168,000 of which is licensed for marijuana production.

The site was originally selected by the Hershey Company in the early 1960s to be its first plant outside of Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is said that Smiths Falls was chosen because of the plentiful supply of milk and water, as well as its ideal position between Toronto and Montreal and access to important transportation infrastructure, an advantage Tweed continues to enjoy today.

Tweed farms niagara on the lake

Tweed Farms, our sister company, is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario’s wine country in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

By using the sun’s energy and closed loop water systems, the greenhouse at Tweed Farms is an environmentally friendly operation capable of growing large quantities of natural medical marijuana.

The site currently houses 350,000 square feet of greenhouse, and as far as we know, it is the largest marijuana greenhouse in the world. Plans are already being developed for a second building at the 20-acre location to allow on-site harvesting and processing.

Originally built in the early 1990s, the site has been used to grow an array of produce for national grocery chains- tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers and most recently eggplants- there’s a chance you’ve already consumed something grown at Tweed Farms!

Team Tweed.

Bruce Linton, CEO & Chairman

As the co-founder of Tweed, Bruce’s primary focus has been to position the brand in a competitive market and to raise the capital necessary to fund such an operation. Bruce’s extensive experience as a founder, CEO, and Board member across a wide variety of enterprises lends itself well the to the success of Tweed, which to date has enjoyed market support for equity raises of approximately $52 million. In addition to his current position at Tweed, Bruce is the CEO of communications company Martello Technologies. 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.

Bruce has been responsible for the acquisition and/or disposition of over $100 million in business assets, and has established regular engagement with the World Bank and Asia Development Bank while focused on markets in India, Philippines, China, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Bruce led the successful entry of both CrossKeys and Clearford into the Chinese market. In 2009 Clearford was awarded by the Canada-China Business Council for its market entry strategy. He was also part of the leadership team for the Nasdaq/TSX initial public offering at CrossKeys Systems Corporation.

Bruce currently sits as Canada’s representative on the World Bank’s Water Sanitation Program. He has been on the Cleantech Advisory Board for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. 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.

Angus Footman, President, Tweed Farms

Angus guides a team of horticultural professionals as they produce highly effective medical cannabis in a sustainable natural greenhouse environment. A graduate of the University of Guelph, one of North Americas leading agricultural institutions, he has held leadership roles as the chairman and president of a diverse range of public and private companies in the technology, engineering and agricultural sectors. Throughout his career he has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Asia, Colorado and California. In his “spare” time Angus embraces his passion for agriculture with his family on their equestrian farms in Georgetown, Ontario and Ocala, Florida.

Mark Zekulin, President, Tweed

Mark’s focus at Tweed is ensuring that patients and healthcare practitioners choose Tweed as their trusted supplier of marijuana for medical purposes. This includes overseeing Tweed’s patient outreach strategy, driving Tweed’s operations and advancing Tweed’s market strategy. He is also Tweed’s Senior and Responsible Person in Charge under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

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 also 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) as Acting Senior Policy Manager.

Jayson Goodale, Master Grower, Tweed Farms

Jay is a Horticulturalist with more than 20 years’ experience in the commercial greenhouse industry. His experience and education drive his passion for all aspects of growing quality plant material. With a strong background in the commercial production of large volumes of ‘weekly’ potted floral and Holiday crops, Jay has produced and shipped over a million pots annually within the Canadian and US commercial wholesale floral market chains. He has worked as a Senior supervisor/ Grower, Head Grower and Operations Manager in Greenhouse facilities between 400,000 & 100,000,000 sq. ft. in size.

In 2012-2013 Jay held a Designated Growers license under the previous Health Canada Regulations – he has produced and consulted for large scale greenhouse production of cannabis, as well as indoor warehouse growing.

Ryan Douglas, Master Grower, Tweed

Ryan has worked in the horticulture field since 1998 and has more than 15 years of experience working in commercial growing operations, managing up to 700,000 plants annually. He was most recently employed as cultivation manager for Remedy Compassion Centre in Auburn, Maine, where he led the large-scale production of medical marijuana and successfully implemented early plant growth protocols to facilitate maximum production yields.

Ryan's experience includes Head Greenhouse Grower of two production facilities for Wilson Farms, where he ran a large-scale commercial greenhouse operation. Ryan has a Bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in Ohio and Horticultural certificates from the National Learning Service Center in Colombia.

Tim Saunders, CFO & SVP

Tim Saunders is a finance executive experienced with large international public companies and private equity-backed start-ups, having worked both in Canada and Europe. His leadership style focuses on business transformation and forward thinking to advance business capability and the business model. Tim joined Tweed in summer 2015 after gaining executive and leadership experience across a number of sectors including mobile, telecom, semiconductors, manufacturing and clean tech. Tim most recently led Black Canvas Consulting with assignments such as Strategic Advisor to the President's Office of Export Development Canada. Tim was previously a senior finance executive with Vodafone, Oskar Mobil, Mitel and Zarlink Semiconductor and CFO at Plasco Energy Group where he was instrumental in raising $360 million in capital during the early start-up of the company until 2013.

Tim earned his CPA, CA with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a proud graduate of Bishop’s University (Quebec) where he obtained his BBA. Tim also earned an executive certificate from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Olivier Dufourmantelle, Head of Operations

Olivier is driving Tweed operations from the grow room to delivering products to the patient. A passionate of Lean methodology, he deeply enjoys promoting efficiency, lean supply-chains and Japanese production concepts. His role also includes managing Tweed's construction projects as well as its breakthrough R&D.

Prior to joining Tweed in the spring 2015, Olivier worked a decade in various leadership and consulting roles in Asia, Europe and North America. While at Michelin tires, he delivered a large scale greenfield project in China, developed and launched new tires and managed a Business Unit in Eastern Europe. As a Project Manager at McKinsey & Company, he advised Canada’s leading companies on corporate and M&A strategies.

Olivier acquired his engineering skills studying Electrical Engineering at McGill University. He got his business skills getting an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Amanda Daley, Head of Medical Education & Outreach

Amanda is responsible for the Medical Outreach team, the Medical Advisory Board, and the creation and implementation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for healthcare professionals.

Before joining Tweed, Amanda spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry in companies both big and small. She held various positions in sales and medical education, most recently as Regional Manager, Health Education for Pfizer Canada. This experience has afforded her exposure to all stages of a brand’s lifecycle including successful product launches in therapeutic areas such as pain, mental health and cardiovascular.

Amanda’s professional passion is using science and needs-based, quality education to bridge knowledge gaps with healthcare professionals while creating opportunities to exceed corporate objectives.

Rade Kovacevic, Head of Business Development & Customer Experience

As the Head of Business Development and Customer Experience, Rade endeavors to bring our customers' wants and needs into the product development and delivery process, ensuring that Tweed is providing products and services that our customers are excited about. 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, Industry Finance, and Political Science while completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph.

Ian Rapsey, Creative Director

As creative director, Ian’s focus has been to create, execute, maintain and evolve Tweed’s brand leadership position in North America. The responsibilities under Ian’s role at Tweed range from developing the high level creative vision for the brands down to art directing and execution of all consumer, doctor and industry facing materials.

Prior to joining Tweed Ian worked at several top design and branding agencies in Toronto and Ottawa. As a senior creative lead at Bruce Mau Design he was responsible for the creative and strategic development of several projects including The Ontario Science Centre rebrand, Ask.com, The Greenbelt, LEGO, a publication series for NBBJ Architects as well as the online presentation of Skidmore Owings & Merrill Architects . Ian also led the branding and environmental design for Telus Spark (Calgary's new science centre); The Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia, and Rivers Casino in Chicago. Ian has recently finished the design of Rise of Living Architecture – a book commemorating design excellence in the living architecture industry.

Ian’s work has appeared in Communication Arts, HOW and Applied Arts magazines. His Year of the Horse Lunar Stamp for Canada Post garnered two awards at the Stamp World Cup – The Continental Cup for the most beautiful stamp in America and a winner in the World’s Most Beautiful Stamp category.

Tom Shipley, Director of Quality Assurance

From the construction of the Smiths Falls facility and sale of the first batch, to the development of Tweeds in-house laboratory, Toms number one priority has always been ensuring the safety and quality of Tweeds products.

Tom studied Biopharmaceutical Sciences specializing in Genomics at the University of Ottawa. His toxicology research, while at Health Canada, focused on the effects common materials in our environment such as printer toner, paint, sunblock, tobacco smoke and road-side dust have on DNA mutations.

Upon completion of the research, he transferred to the Center for Vaccine Evaluation of Health Canada. There he reviewed vaccine production practices and performed testing on a variety of vaccines including influenza, hepatitis, yellow fever and rotavirus. He also contributed to the development of new testing methods of vaccines to replace traditional animal testing methods.

Tom’s scientific knowledge and experience in toxicology, biopharmaceuticals, and drug regulations all contribute to his effectiveness as Director of Quality Assurance.