Breakout session #2 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Delta 9 Cannabis: Sowing the Seeds of Success
Winnipeg Free Press business reporter, Martin Cash, interviews John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9 Cannabis retail chain.
|Company||Delta 9 Cannabis|
|Biography||John is the Co-Founder and CEO of Delta 9 Cannabis Inc., a vertically integrated and publicly traded Canadian cannabis company headquartered in Winnipeg. John has driven Delta 9’s growth from its original 2 founders to over 200 employees today. Delta 9 is currently expanding its production capacity of dried cannabis to over 20,000 Kg/ year and rolling out a chain of Delta 9 branded retail stores. Over 2017 and 2018 John raised over $65 Million in capital and took Delta 9 public on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol NINE, becoming the youngest CEO of a publicly traded cannabis company. John is also the President of Delta 9’s subsidiary retail chain, Delta 9 Lifestyle, he is a Director of Delta West LP, Delta 9’s joint venture partnership with West Leaf Cannabis Inc., and, is the outgoing Chairman of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council, Canada’s second largest cannabis industry association.|
|Company||Winnipeg Free Press|
|Title||Reporter / Business|
|Biography||Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news at the Free Press since 1989. Over those years he’s written through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) in fortunes of many local businesses.
He grew up in suburban Toronto in a family of seven where his siblings and friends from back in the day still don’t believe Martin has been a business chronicler all these years, never having shown a propensity for economics or high finance in his younger days.
He studied history and philosophy at the University of Toronto and journalism at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (it had not yet matured into a university).
One of his first professional reporting assignments, as a weekend reporter at the Globe and Mail, was to cover a water-skiing exhibition by a blind skier who tragically crashed into a ski-jump ramp on the lake, giving Martin his first big break.
He arrived in Manitoba to take a position at the Thompson Citizen on a frosty morning in January 1985, and, has been calling himself a proud Manitoban ever since.
A short stint covering the Manitoba Legislature some years ago firmed up his acquired taste for the more fact-based dynamic of the business world.
Martin was a finalist for a National Newspaper Award in 2001 for work he produced for the Free Press on a bitter strike at Versatile Tractors. He has recently become a go-to judge of business competitions for the city’s bustling entrepreneurial community.
He and his wife Susan Brasher have two beautiful daughters — Madi, an accomplished furniture designer, and Emma, a student at the U of W.