M&A Club Ottawa January Meeting
Monday, January 27th, 2020, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Sponsor: Gowling WLG
Topic: Benefits of Growth Through M&A
Bruce Linton, Executive Chairman, Vireo Health Int’l, Inc.
Tim Saunders, Former EVP & CFO of Canopy Growth Corporation
Bruce Linton has a passion for entrepreneurship and making a positive difference in the world. He brings a
wealth of experience in building strong technology driven companies, developing world class teams and
positioning his companies to deliver exceptional customer value and service.
Bruce joins Vireo Health Int’l, Inc. (CNSX: VREO; OTCQX; VREOF), as Executive Chairman and will serve and be actively involved on the company’s board of directors. Vireo a leading physician-led, science-focused, multi-state cannabis company. Bruce is Executive Chairman with GAGE Cannabis Co., GAGE is innovating and curating the highest quality cannabis experiences possible for patients in the state of Michigan and bringing internationally renowned brands to market. Special Advisor with Better Choice Company – (BTTR), BTTR is an animal health and wellness cannabinoid company that acquired TruPet LLC, an online seller of ultra-premium, all-natural pet food, treats and supplements, with a special focus on freeze dried and dehydrated raw products. And Director with MindMed – MindMed is assembling a drug development pipeline of psychedelic inspired medicines planning or undertaking FDA trials.
Bruce is also an Activist Investor with SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CNSX:SLNG) is a leading global cannabis consumer packaged goods company with a robust portfolio of renowned brands distributed across 2,600 stores in 12 U.S. states. And with OG DNA Genetics Inc. (“DNA”) – DNA has built and curated a seasoned genetic library and developed proven standard operating procedures for genetic selection, breeding, and cultivation.
He is the Founder and Former Chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC/WEED), Co-Chairman and past CEO of Martello Technologies. He is Co-founder of Ruckify & Better Software.
Tim Saunders, FCPA, FCA – Retired CFO
Tim is a finance executive with approximately 35 years of international experience in public companies and private equity-backed start-ups. More recently, Tim was the EVP & CFO of Canopy Growth Corporation from its early days to May 2019 when he decided to retire. Over Tim’s career, he has managed multiple financings that have raised over $8 billion and directed almost 40 M&A transactions, and led historic listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), including rankings on the S&P/TSX 60 Index and the number one position on the TSX30. Prior to joining Canopy Growth, Tim held executive finance positions at Mitel, Zarlink Semiconductor, Vodafone (UK/Czech Republic), Oskar Mobil (Czech Republic) and Plasco Energy Group.
Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Institute of Canada (FCPA, FCA) and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Tim also serves on the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and Elmwood School board of directors and finance committees.
Tim earned his CPA 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 and is currently enrolled in the Rotman School of Management’s (University of Toronto) Directors Education Program leading to an ICD.D.
Please note that the two first meetings (January and February) will be free of charge.