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Olga Boiko

Canopy Growth Corporation, a diversified cannabis and hemp company, has appointed Hilary Black its Chief Advocacy Officer. In this position, Black will focus her attention on driving patient advocacy efforts on a global scale, all the while carrying forward the company’s global corporate social responsible strategy. Black will also lead Canopy’s “implementation of best practices for diversity and inclusion.”

Prior to this appointment, Black served as Canopy’s Director of Patient Education & Advocacy. In this role, Black is credited with spearheading initiatives like a $2.5 million donation to the University of British Columbia to establish the Canopy Growth Professorship of Cannabis Science, held by Dr. M-J Milloy. Black also worked to secure and facilitate patient consultations for the Federal Government’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, as well as Health Canada.

Black also worked on a partnership with Parent Action on Drugs and Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, as well as a separate partnership with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada.

Prior to joining Canopy Growth, Black founded Canada’s first medical cannabis dispensary, the British Columbia Compassion Club Society in 1997. Black is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award.

“My unconventional path to the executive level speaks to Canopy Growth’s respect for the trailblazers that for many decades fought for legal cannabis access,” said Hilary Black, Chief Advocacy Officer, Canopy Growth. “For my entire adult life, I have broken down barriers so that patients could access cannabis. Being with Canopy Growth has exponentially amplified these efforts. I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility and privilege to build on this legacy of compassion and carry out a mandate that will improve the lives of patients around the world.”

“As Chief Advocacy Officer, Hilary will further advance our mission to positively impact the wellbeing of neighbours, customers, and communities globally,” commented Mark Zekulin, President & Co-CEO, Canopy Growth. “Today’s announcement marks a significant step forward in our efforts to scale our corporate social responsibility initiatives and advocacy efforts on a global level.”

In a recent CannabisOfficials article, Canopy Growth was named one of the Canadian cannabis stocks to watch in 2019.
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