Tweed and our sister company Tweed Farms are wholly owned subsidiaries of Canopy Growth Corporation, traded on the TSX Exchange as CGC. We are a Canadian company licensed under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. We strive to supply a wide selection of marijuana, as diverse as the patients who trust us with their patronage.
Canopy Growth Corporation is the first multi-licensed, geographically diverse marijuana producer in Canada. Marijuana is a unique plant, some strains are grown better indoors while others react very well to natural sunlight. The ability to grow an array of marijuana is important for our customers, and operating multiple facilities allows us to do so easily and more efficiently.
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!
Tweed's exceptional quality isn't limited to our product. We pride ourselves on offering our customers an unparalleled experience, a mission that starts with our leadership team.
Bruce Linton, CEO & Chairman
Mr. Linton is the founder of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) and co-founder of Tweed Marijuana Inc. Bruce’s primary focus has been to position cannabis brands in a competitive market and to raise the capital necessary to fund such operations. 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 approximately $95 million and the distinction of being the first company in the industry to be offered debt instruments by a federal lender. Bruce has led three M&A transactions valued over $70 million total since founding CGC. In addition to his leadership responsibility at Canopy Growth, 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. He was also part of the leadership team for the Nasdaq/TSX initial public offering at CrossKeys. Bruce has been responsible for the acquisition and/or disposition of over $200 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. Bruce sat 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.
Mark Zekulin, President
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.
Kevin Furet, Master Grower
Driven by a passion for the highest quality cannabis, Kevin is a true connoisseur. With a life-long pursuit to create and sample the best marijuana around the globe, he has amassed a vast knowledge of plant breeding and developed a variety of proprietary strains and production techniques over the past 17 years.
After Business studies at University of Toronto, Kevin went on to found several successful operations, including Humber Valley Seeds and North Shore Genetics, as well as Indoor Garden Solutions. His unique expertise has led to consulting work in South America, North America, Europe, and Asia, and he is the recipient of a list of coveted awards, including 1st place wins for Grape Escape and Flower Bomb Kush.
When he’s not keeping Canopy Growth at the leading edge of cannabis cultivation and refinement, Kevin likes to get outside, and has somehow managed to find time to complete a sommelier designation, which, while quite difficult to achieve, affords him an extra set of highly transferrable skills.
Olivier Dufourmantelle, Chief Operating Officer
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 an Engagement 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, Vice President, Medical
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, Vice President, Sales & 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.
Tom Shipley, Vice President 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 Vice President of Quality Assurance.
Phil Shaer, General Counsel
As General Counsel, Phil is responsible for overseeing the Company’s legal files and helping with our business development and driving forward new opportunities. Phil joined Tweed 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 BA 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.
He also does the odd cross-fit here and there.
Martin Strazovec, Chief Creative Officer
Martin has spent his career in the creative departments of multinational agencies Wunderman, BBDO, Ogilvy, Grey, Lowe/Draft, and LoyaltyOne. As EVP, Chief Creative Officer, he helped Draft Canada win Strategy’s Direct Agency of the Year two years in a row. Martin also led the digital creative for Virgin Mobile’s launch in Canada, the most successful national launch to date, according to Sir Richard Branson (Dickie to his pals).
Some client highlights: Apple, FedEx, HSBC Bank USA, Pfizer, Sprint Canada, Macy’s, Amex, Nestlé Purina, Grand & Toy, ING Direct, Sony Store, Mercedes-Benz, HP, E*Trade, Whirlpool/Amana, Air Miles, and Canada Post. Martin is the recipient of over a hundred Canadian and U.S. awards for work he has influenced.
Martin’s adventures in higher education include Creative Writing at York University, Journalism at Ryerson, and Graphic Design & Advertising at George Brown College. In his spare time, he maintains an ever-changing guitar collection, and has even learned to play a little.