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News about careers in the cannabis industry. 


Here's a round-up of college and university cannabis courses starting this fall


Interested in a career in the cannabis industry, but don’t know where to start? Canadian colleges and universities have introduced cannabis-specific programs for careers in the budding industry. Here are some to consider for the fall semester.


West coast cannabis plant comes a step closer to bringing jobs 'back home'

The government has released a planned legal cannabis production facility, promising to be the largest in the province, from further environmental assessment.

Back Home Medical Cannabis Corp., a local subsidiary of Ontario-based company Biome Grow, got the go-ahead to move forward with its Barachois Brook cannabis production facility on Thursday. 

"People in Bay St. George now have hope that there's something there, that not only can employ them, but might be there to employ their kids," said Dave Callahan, president of Back Home, which has a mission statement in its name. 

"Back Home cannabis is all about bringing people back home from away and creating work for people back home so we can stay here," Callahan said. 


Beleave will hire up to 240 workers for London pot production facility, exec says

Beleave bought the former Heritage Garden Gallery greenhouse in September, paying $6.7 million for the 34-hectare property at 6867 Wellington Rd. South.

City hall issued a building permit to the company earlier this month to begin renovations on the 23,000-square-metre greenhouse, Beleave said.

The company will spend $30 million on the operation, where up to 240 employees will eventually work, chief executive Bill Panagiotakopoulos said.

“The whole project should last throughout the year,” he said of the construction’s anticipated completion.


How cannabis is creating new careers in Windsor-Essex

There's a brick building on the southeast edge of Windsor run by someone who never dreamt she would help people consume cannabis.

Twenty years ago, Lisa Hogan started at Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH), where she worked her way into management at the family birthing centre.

"It was an amazing, very fulfilling career," said Hogan, marking it as a career goal.

But then Hogan's life changed. Her father was diagnosed with cancer and he made a decision that changed her life.

"My father used cannabis at the end of his life, and that's what changed my image and my view on the product," she said, sitting inside the education centre of the Natural Health Services (NHS) medical cannabis clinic that she runs.


AgMedica growing quickly in Chatham, prompting need to hire

AgMedica Bioscience Inc. has only be licensed to grow medical cannabis in Chatham for just over a year, and the company is already establishing strong roots for success.

The company has recently received current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) certification.

“Having that certification is a step toward getting into the international market,” said Sengkee Ahn, vice-president, investor relations and international business development.

While there are more than 100 licensed producers of medical cannabis, he said less than 10 per cent have the cGMP certification.

No other licensed producer has received EU or Canadian GMP certification as quickly as AgMedica following the receipt of the original Health Canada licence.


Red River College hosts first cannabis-centred job fair

After its first marijuana-centred course exceeded enrolment expectations, Red River College held its first job fair for those interested in joining the marijuana industry.

Three cannabis retailers were at Monday's job fair, offering information and even job applications. Among them was Garden Variety, which is hiring about 60 positions in Winnipeg for its new stores, set to open in the coming months. 

The fair, organized as part of the school's Indigenous education strategy, focused on providing students with an opportunity to apply for entry-level positions in the industry. The school also had information about its courses and bursaries available. 


Searches for cannabis jobs 4 times higher than summer of 2017

Job-seeker interest spiked ahead of legalization of marijuana

On Oct. 17 marijuana became legal in Canada, and the Canadian cannabis industry has exited the black market and is making some legal green. As hiring plans continue to evolve for companies within this industry, increased media buzz surrounding the sector has caught the attention of Canadian job seekers.


Cannabis company hopes to replace jobs lost in mill closure in small B.C. town

Arnold Meyer spent 40 years working at the Tolko Industries Ltd. mill in Merritt, B.C., but then he faced the reality of being laid off.

The 62-year-old was one of about 200 employees who lost their jobs in 2016, crippling the economy of the small town in British Columbia's southern Interior and prompting politicians to promise to restore the ailing forestry sector.

Two years later, the province's lumber industry is still facing challenges, but a new sector is revving up. A cannabis company hopes to build a grow facility in Merritt, replacing jobs, including Meyer's that were lost in the mill closure.


Canada's largest cannabis company is hosting a hiring fair in Calgary

Looking for a job?

The country’s largest cannabis company Canopy Growth Corporation has said they’ll be hosting a hiring fair in Calgary on Wednesday, November 7 in the hopes of finding some retail workers for their soon-to-be-open YYC stores.

The corporation has opened eight Canadian locations already, all situated in Eastern Canada. The hiring fair will be held at the Westin Calgary from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, and anyone looking for a gig is encouraged to arrive with resume in hand.


Leaders in Canada's cannabis industry say it's a great time for women to secure jobs

With marijuana now legal in Canada, many people are making their way into the cannabis industry, bringing their skills and training into the budding sector.

And while black market weed has typically been a male-dominated industry, female leaders in legal cannabis say there's no better time for women to get a foothold than now.

Unlike technology, finance, and science — sectors often dominated by men, especially in high-ranking positions — cannabis offers an environment that's very open to women and female perspectives. HuffPost Canada spoke to several female leaders in Canada's cannabis industry, to find out how women are being embraced and if opportunities exist to break "the grass ceiling."


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