Canopy breaks out Canadian operations in new unit, lays off 55

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SMITHS FALLS, Ont. - Canopy Growth Corp. says it will be breaking out its Canadian cannabis operations into a stand-alone business unit and laying off 55 staff.

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SMITHS FALLS, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corp. says it will be breaking out its Canadian cannabis operations into a stand-alone business unit and laying off 55 staff.

Brenna Eller, the Smiths Falls, Ont. pot company’s vice-president of communications, says the move is meant to help the company reach profitability.

She did not say what roles the laid off workers had or where they were located.

Staff work in a marijuana grow room at Canopy Growth's Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Canopy Growth Corp. says it will be breaking out its Canadian cannabis operations into a stand-alone business unit and laying off 55 staff. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

As part of the changes, Eller says Dave Paterson will now serve as its president of Canadian operations.

Patterson, who most recently served as chief commercial officer of cannabis producer Indiva, is expected to drive greater accountability as the company tries to find sustainable growth.

Eller says Julious Grant, Canopy’s chief commercial officer, will also leave the company “to pursue other opportunities.”

“Through the changes announced today, our executive structure and operations are now more closely aligned with the areas of greatest opportunity and reflect Canopy Growth’s resolute focus on achieving profitability in Canada,” she says, in a statement.

“Together with our recently announced strategy for fast tracking entry into the U.S., these adjustments further position Canopy Growth to realize our ambition of North American cannabis market leadership.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2022.

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