About One Hershey Drive


The facility – located at 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. 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.

According to Hershey: “The Smiths Falls facility began production in 1963 with 200,000 square feet of working space capable of producing 200,000 bars a day. The products introduced at the facility were 5¢ and 10¢ chocolate bars, instant chocolate, cocoa, chocolate chips, and chocolate syrup.”

1 Hershey Drive was for years a landmark in the Smiths Falls community, attracting thousands of visitors each year to tour the chocolate factory and providing employment for hundreds of workers in the Smiths Falls region. Sadly, in 2008, after 45 years of operation, the site was permanently closed and  remained vacant until Tweed set-up operations in 2013.

Using over 150,000 square feet for its operations, Tweed will grow an unmatched selection of premium medical marijuana for Canadians who rely on the benefits of marijuana as part of their care. 



One Hershey Drive

Team Tweed

Bruce Linton

Bruce Linton, Chairman

Bruce has been a founder, CEO and board member at a wide variety of enterprises. Bruce is a member of Thermal Energy International, a TSX-V listed companies. He was the 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 led the successful entry of both CrossKeys and Clearford into the Chinese market and 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 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 currently sits as Canada’s representative on the World Bank’s Water Sanitation Program Advisory Council as well as 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 of Sitebrand Corporation, 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.



Ryan Douglas

Ryan Douglas, Master Grower

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.



Chuck Rifici

Chuck Rifici, President & CEO

Chuck is the founder of Tweed and the driving force behind the company’s vision. A consummate and creative entrepreneur, Chuck brings 20 years of financial, operational and entrepreneurial experience to this venture. As a CFO with experience in both private and public companies, he has secured over $20 million in debt and equity. Chuck has completed a dozen M&A transactions, including a TSX public listing through a Capital Pool Company reverse take-over.

Prior to founding Tweed, Chuck served as CFO for a number of companies, including Select Start Studios which was successfully sold to Shopify; Sitebrand, where he achieved a public listing on the TSX through a reverse takeover; and Cybersurf, where he led the company’s financial and acquisition strategies. Previously, Chuck was President and Re-Founder of Cyberus, which grew to become Ottawa’s second largest independent ISP, and was President and Co-Founder of Comnet Communications.

Chuck is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.



Don Gibbs, CFO

Don has a long history with Canadian companies, starting his career with Leigh Instruments and then moving to Mitel Corporation for eight years as its CFO and COO. During this period Mitel was listed as a public company, was active on several stock exchanges, and grew in sales revenue to $250 million. Later he was appointed CFO of Cognos Inc. and held that position at the time of Cognos' initial public offering. This was followed by a position as President and CEO of Gandalf Systems Inc.

He later founded Positron Fibre Systems Corporation by spinning it out of a private Montreal company. In three years Positron Fibre Systems went public on NASDAQ and was sold for US$250 million. From 2007 to 2008 Don was Chairman and CEO of Tarquin Group Inc., a TSX Venture Exchange listed company, and most recently he served as President and CEO of AirIQ Inc., a TSX Venture Exchange listed company.



Mark Zekulin

Mark Zekulin, Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Mark has an extensive background in law, policy and political engagement. He has served as a Senior Advisor to the Honourable Dwight Duncan, the Ontario Minister of Finance, advising the Minister on a diverse set of issues ranging from gaming policy to financial and securities market regulation. Mark was closely involved with the development and oversight of several provincial budgets, the organizational overhaul of the Province’s gaming and casino assets, and the funding of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.

Mark 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, coordinating, developing and presenting industry policy positions from across the OECD membership countries with respect to competition law, tax policy, public governance and computer and communications policies (including those relating to intellectual property).

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 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.



Brian Greenleaf

Brian Greenleaf, Director of Operations

Brian has a lengthy and distinguished career, primarily within the high technology sector. Most recently he has served as a mentor and advisor to a number of startup companies, providing product management, marketing, sales and financial management strategy.

Brian has led several startups and turnaround situations, including XIOS Systems Corporation, Mentor Networks and Impatica Inc. Active in industrial relations, he was a founding Director of OCRI (now Invest Ottawa) and served on the board of CATA and the Industry Consultative Committee to the Department of Communications, as well as various private sector companies.

Earlier in his career, Brian was an employee and senior executive in two rapid growth companies, and was a key contributor to their successful IPOs. Brian holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, has studied at the graduate level in Systems Engineering at Carleton University, and has completed an intensive seminar in Financial Management at the Queen’s School of Business.



Chief Medical Advisor

Dr. John Gillis

Dr. John Gillis is an emergency room and chronic pain physician practicing in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Dr. Gillis' pain practice focuses on providing comprehensive pain care utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach. This has led to an interest in the safe and appropriate use of medical marihuana in treating a variety of chronic pain conditions. This interest highlighted the importance of evaluating the best information, science, and screening tools available to allow best practice use of marihuana in the medical and chronic pain settings. Dr. Gillis will advise Tweed as a consultant to provide evidence based advice around these medical and best practice issues.

Beyond his practice, Dr. Gillis is involved in local health media as host of the cable TV program Doc Talk and does a weekly radio spot "House Calls" on News 95.7. Dr. Gillis is also an avid rugby player with the Halifax TARS and works with the Provincial and Atlantic men's rugby programs on the administrative and sports medical sides.