Canopy Rivers Inc., a venture capital firm specializing in cannabis, announced the formation of its Strategic Advisory Board, a group of respected business leaders that will provide guidance to Canopy Rivers’ executive team as it continues to build and strengthen the Company’s global portfolio of leading cannabis companies.
“We have assembled a group of outstanding individuals with exceptional track records as leaders in their respective industries,” said Narbe Alexandrian, President and CEO of Canopy Rivers. “The Strategic Advisory Board will play an important role in providing guidance and insight to Canopy Rivers as we pursue our global growth strategy. Together, we look forward to building the cannabis industry of tomorrow, today.”
Inaugural members of Canopy Rivers’ Strategic Advisory Board include:
John Ruffolo – Mr. Ruffolo is the Co-founder and Vice Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators. Mr. Ruffolo founded OMERS Ventures and also formed Platform Investments, OMERS’ innovation arm, where he led investments in Purpose Financial, PointNorth Capital, District Ventures, OneEleven and ArcTern Ventures. He sits on several boards, including Ether Capital, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the Royal Ontario Museum.
Meg Lovell – Ms. Lovell served as Co-Head of M&A and as Corporate and Commercial Counsel at Imperial Brands PLC, a global consumer goods company with a portfolio of next-generation and tobacco products. During her time at Imperial Brands, Ms. Lovell led a number of strategic transactions with a particular focus on Imperial Brands’ next-generation product portfolio, in addition to advising on an extensive range of matters across the organization. Prior to joining Imperial Brands, Ms. Lovell was an Associate at Slaughter and May, a leading multinational law firm.
Philip Donne – Mr. Donne is a board advisor for several companies including Greenhouse Juice, Longo’s, Nature’s Path Foods, and Valens. He is the former President of Campbell Canada, the former President and CEO of Kellogg Canada, and the former President of Cossette’s Toronto office and Co-President of the agency’s Montreal Office. An award-winning marketing strategist, Mr. Donne received the Gold Medal Award from the Association of Canadian Advertisers and a Golden Pencil Award for his contributions to the Canadian food industry.
Canopy Rivers would also like to announce that Daniel Pearlstein, EVP, Strategy, is no longer with the Company. The Company would like to thank Mr. Pearlstein for his contributions to the Company and wishes him well with his future endeavors.
Canopy Rivers is a unique investment and operating platform structured to pursue investment opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector. Canopy Rivers identifies strategic counterparties seeking financial and/or operating support.