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OCS Announces New President and CEO

September 5, 2019 – The Ontario Cannabis Store today announced the appointment of Cal Bricker as interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Cal Bricker was chosen for his extensive experience in leadership positions in both the private and public sectors,” said Hanoz Kapadia, Chair (Acting) of OCS’s Board of Directors. “The Board is confident that Mr. Bricker has the ideal experience for the job and will lead OCS forward as it works toward launching new product categories, supports the continued roll out of private retail stores and combats the illegal market.” 

Mr. Bricker joins OCS from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) where he was the Senior Vice President, Horse Racing. A driven and seasoned executive with 30 years of experience, Mr. Bricker brings extensive expertise in regulated industries, communications and consumer packaged goods. He previously served as Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications for Canada with Waste Management, a global waste services company as well as President and Chairman of the Ontario Waste Management Association. Prior, he held increasingly senior public affairs and government relations roles with Labatt Breweries and Molson Breweries.

Mr. Bricker will commence his duties effective September 6, 2019, while a search is conducted. He is taking over from current President and CEO Patrick Ford who will retire after a transition period.    

“Patrick’s leadership was critical in launching the OCS and leading the creation of wholesale operations in support of the Province’s private retail store model. The Board would like to thank Patrick for his service and express its gratitude for his efforts in getting the OCS off the ground and building its leadership team,” added Kapadia.


About the OCS

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) operates the largest legal and centralized wholesale cannabis organization in the world. We provide Ontario adults aged 19 and older with safe access to tested and traceable recreational cannabis products. As a Crown agency solely owned by the Province of Ontario, the OCS is mandated to provide a competitive alternative to the illegal market, champion a socially responsible cannabis industry and return its profits to the people of Ontario. Our mission is to enable a vibrant cannabis marketplace through great customer experiences, rooted in selection, service and quality. For more information, visit OCS.ca and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn

Legal Recreational Cannabis

Under Health Canada’s regulations, licensed producers must have all products tested for harmful and banned substances, and each regulated product requires a Certificate of Analysis (COA) and a Statement of Attestation (SOA) traceable to the product lot number. These regulations also require legal cannabis products be sold in child-resistant packaging and to be packaged in ways that do not appeal to children and youth.

Media Contact

OCS Communications, communications@ocs.ca

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