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MEET RYAN

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My passion for horticulture began at Antioch College during the late 1990's.  I had acquired grant money to renovate our campus greenhouse and was simultaneously growing my first ever crop of cannabis in my dorm room.  Thanks to both activities, I fell in love with controlled environment agriculture and medicinal plants and thus sealed my fate as a lifelong horticulturist. 

Experience

Concerned about the illegality of cultivating cannabis at that time, I chose to pursue a career growing ornamental and edible crops instead.  I spent the next 15 years growing up to 600,000 plants annually in large commercial greenhouses across the United States.  As governments began permitting medical cannabis cultivation, I began transitioning my skills to this new industry and eventually landed a job as Master Grower for Tweed Inc. in Ontario, Canada. 

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ACHIEVEMENTS

Tweed became the flagship subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, the largest licensed producer of medical cannabis in the world.  I was critical to the early success of Tweed by directing the company's cultivation strategy from pre-license through production and expansion.  Some notable milestones included:

  • Managing operations of a 40,000 ft2 indoor facility
  • Leading a team of 50 employees, 22 specifically within cultivation  
  • Generating 70,000 plants and processing 6 tons of dry cannabis annually 

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