Women en­trepreneurs a force in a grow­ing in­dus­try

The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) - - CANNABIS REPORT -

Master grower Agnes Kwas­niewska over­sees all as­pects of plant pro­duc­tion and green­house op­er­a­tions at HEXO, in­clud­ing strain se­lec­tion, seed ger­mi­na­tion, nour­ish­ment, light­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and cul­ti­va­tion. She’s in charge of the com­pany’s num­ber one aim: pro­duc­ing the high­est-qual­ity cannabis, with un­com­pro­mis­ing stan­dards.

As a woman lead­ing the cannabis in­dus­try for­ward, she is far from alone. In April, HEXO hosted the key­note event at Women Grow Toronto, which at­tracted more than 200 fe­male en­trepreneurs. Key­note speaker Ar­lene Dick­in­son shared lessons from her en­tre­pre­neur­ial jour­ney as well as her in­sights into the fu­ture of the cannabis in­dus­try in Canada.

HEXO was also a key part­ner of the 2018 Busi­ness­women of the Year Awards, as well as the an­nual River­keep­ers Gala in sup­port of sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives around our wa­ter­ways.

Not­ing the lead­er­ship roles that women play at HEXO – in­clud­ing on the board – vice-pres­i­dent of sales So­nia Is­abel says, “We believe in pay­ing it for­ward. It’s al­ways in­spir­ing to see so many women come to­gether to de­velop this new in­dus­try.”

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