Meet Brad Poulos
I’m proud to be part of the world renowned Entrepreneurship faculty at the Ted Rogers School of Management.
As a former profit 100 CEO and public company chair, Brad Poulos has taken companies from inception, through high growth, to exit. As a professor in the world renowned Entrepreneurship program at Ryerson University, his teaching practice focuses on lean startup, small business and company strategy and his research focus is the cannabis industry in Canada and abroad.
His career spans 30+ years, several continents, and a handful of industries including telecom, luxury goods, software and education.
Blending a technical background with an Ivey MBA, his unique insight and analysis are in constant demand from media, the industry and the educational community.
For fun he plays keyboards in the rock band Southpawz in the Greater Toronto Area.
Brad is available for print, TV, Radio and other media interviews about the Cannabis Business.
As both a Lean Startup and Cannabis Business Expert, Brad's Keynotes are insightful, enjoyable and informative.
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Brad Poulos writes about the Cannabis Industry, with a focus on small business and strategic issues.
Cannabis Act Focuses on Health and Safety Over Building Commercial Framework The Canadian government tabled their long-awaited Cannabis Act on Thursday. It’s no accident that they announced this on the second-best day in the calendar to bury a news story. While watching the news conference the discomfort with this file inside the liberal government was Read more about Cannabis Act Falls Short and Leaves Too Many Questions[…]
And They’re Getting a Huge Head Start! Big Corporate Cannabis is here already, and the government of Canada dragging their feet is simply providing a greater advantage to those already in the game. Canopy Growth Corp. announced that they’ll be making all of their associated brands available through a single portal, to be dubbed Tweed Main Read more about Big Corporate Cannabis Already Here[…]
Liberals Can’t See that Cannabis Branding Is Key to their Goals All indications are that the Canadian federal government’s approach to the cannabis business won’t offer nearly the cannabis branding opportunities many hope for. No doubt a blow to the big Licensed Producers (LP’s), this is even more vexing to the budding (pun totally intended!) but less well-funded Read more about Cannabis Branding Opportunities Vital for Canadian Cannabis Companies[…]
Second Licensed Producer Cannabis Recall in 2 Months Last week’s recall by Oranigram/Aurora was the second major cannabis recall in 8 weeks for the banned pesticide Myclobutanil. Technically a fungicide, Myclobutanil is ok to eat (they say!) but is nasty if ingested via combustion (smoking) – the products of combustion include hydrogen cyanide (HCN). HCN Read more about Canadian Licensed Producer Cannabis Recalls – Sign of a System Working?[…]
Recreational Cannabis in Canada still 2 Years away The local weed guy likely has about 2 years before they need to either go legit, or seriously consider a career change. What?! Yes. Don’t look for any kind of wide-ranging retail access to cannabis for non-medical users much before the end of 2018. It’s simple math. Despite Read more about No Recreational Cannabis in Canada until 2019[…]
Task Force on Cannabis Got it Mostly Right Last week’s release of the report by the Canadian government’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation largely took a public health approach, which is appropriate given both the initial terms of reference and the evidence they gathered throughout the process. It was heartening to see the government Read more about I give an A- to the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation[…]
The Canadian Government Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation just released its report titled “A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada“. Editor’s note: Interesting that they have started using the term “Cannabis” over “marijuana”. See this earlier blog post about that. Highlights of the recommendations: Limit sales to those 18 and Read more about Canadian Task Force Recommends Minimum Age for Cannabis of 18[…]
Why I Don’t Call Cannabis “Marijuana” [WARNING: There are references to historical quotations and situations that many individuals would consider offensive today. They are included to provide context and are not the words or opinion of the author. ] “As an industry professional, I eschew the use of the term ‘marijuana’ due to its pejorative, Read more about Don’t Call Cannabis “Marijuana”[…]
Cannabis Oil Rules in Texas Kill Small Business’ Opportunity Earlier this year folks were lauding Texas as one of the more visionary jurisdictions when they opened up the market for medicinal, non-psychoactive cannabis in the state, but new rules proposed in Texas aimed at recovering more of the costs of regulation will squeeze out any Read more about New Cannabis Oil Rules In Texas Will Stifle Innovation, Shut Out Small Business[…]
Why the Cannabis Industry? A lot of people have asked my whey study the cannabis industry. This is a very exciting time to be a student of business. There are so many industries that are poised to take off in the next several years. Despite any fits and starts with bitcoin, there is no doubt, Read more about Why Study the Cannabis Industry[…]