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CAN (BC): Hydropothecary appoints former Health Minister as VP
He is joined by Pierre Killeen, who is appointed as the company's Vice-President of Corporate Communications and Government Relations.
As the former Minister of Health for British Columbia, Terry Lake managed the implementation of the province's public health response to the fentanyl opioid crisis. His leadership and vision were rewarded with the Canadian Public Health Association's National Public Health Hero Award in May 2017, as well as the Provincial Public Health Officers' Award of Excellence in Public Health.
He was deeply involved in British Columbia's recreational and medical cannabis initiatives and policy advances. His knowledge of the cannabis industry from the political frontlines will play a key role in Hydropothecary's corporate social responsibility efforts.
"It is exciting to be part of a company at the forefront of change in public policy. My prime objective is to ensure that the initiation of the framework around recreational cannabis is done in a way that, above all, protects public health, especially as it relates to young Canadians," he said.
Trained as a lawyer and fluently bilingual, Pierre Killeen joins Hydropothecary from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where he pioneered its digital advocacy practice. He brings a leading-edge knowledge of public affairs, strategic communications and public engagement to the Hydropothecary team.
"Cannabis legalization is the biggest public policy issue this country has dealt with since free trade. My job is to help Hydropothecary tap into the public dialogue and support decision makers at all levels of government, as they bring recreational marijuana into their communities. I'm also very proud of my Quebecois heritage, so the opportunity to work with the only licensed producer in Quebec is personally significant to me," he said.
The addition of such prominent thought leaders to the Hydropothecary team is part of Hydropothecary's ongoing commitment to leadership and innovation in the cannabis industry.
"We are delighted with the addition of Terry Lake to our team. Having one of the highest profile politicians moving across the country to join us is yet another sign of confidence in the Hydropothecary story. And hiring Pierre Killeen, a dynamic player at Hill+Knowlton, one of Canada's top public relations and public affairs firms, only strengthens our front bench," said CEO and co-founder, Sebastien St-Louis.
The appointments of Dr. Terry Lake and Pierre Killeen are subject to customary approvals of the TSX Venture Exchange.
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