Article by LCBO Cannabis Updates
The LCBO and the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) today announced the appointment of Nancy Kennedy to the position of President of the OCS. Nancy Kennedy will assume the role of President on April 16, 2018.
As President, Nancy Kennedy will provide strategic oversight to the organization as it establishes retail operations for the safe and sensible sale of recreational cannabis in Ontario in preparation for federal legalization.
Nancy Kennedy has two decades of experience in executive leadership and management roles with the provincial government, overseeing complex and high-profile retail policy programs. Her in-depth knowledge of the provincial cannabis framework and legislation, and expertise leading public policy and regulatory strategy will play a vital role establishing and operationalizing the OCS.
The role of President was approved by the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Board of Directors.
Ontario Cannabis Store Locations Identified
The OCS has identified the following four locations for initial cannabis retail stores:
- 304 Stone Road West, Guelph
- 770 Gardiners Road, Kingston
- 2480 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
- 570 Harbour Expressway, Thunder Bay
The identification of additional OCS store locations is ongoing and more information on store locations will be communicated over the coming months.
Consistent with provincial guidelines, store locations adhere to municipal zoning by-laws, minimize proximity to primary and secondary schools and consider where illegal storefronts are currently operating. Input received from municipal officials through engagement with the LCBO on local areas of interest was also used to inform the identification of OCS store locations.
The LCBO is committed to ensuring that OCS sites are responsible partners in the communities they operate in.
Preliminary retail store designs are being developed that consider input received from municipalities, proposed federal regulatory requirements, and best practices from other jurisdictions that have legal cannabis retail stores.
OCS stores will operate with the same care and expertise Ontarians have come to expect of the LCBO’s long-standing and reputable history of responsible retailing practices and promoting moderate consumption.
OCS retail stores are being designed with a lobby area, before individuals would enter the main retail store.
Consistent with federal requirements, IDs will be checked to prevent underage access to cannabis—no one under the age of 19 will be permitted entry to the main retail store. There will be no product in the lobby, as federal requirements do not permit products be visible to youth.
The main retail space will include information about available products including accessories. There will be a focus on responsible use and product education.
As previously announced, Shopify will supply the technology to power screens throughout the stores to give consumers product and health information, following federal guidelines, to help inform their shopping decisions.
In addition to the retail store network, the OCS will also provide an ecommerce option to provide Ontarians age 19 and over with a safe and secure way to legally purchase cannabis for home delivery.
If you have any comments or questions on how a proposed store would operate within its intended community, please reach out to us through our public feedback page.
The LCBO is reading and considering all comments carefully and will consider opportunities to publish more information on store locations based on feedback received.
Community feedback is important, and the LCBO thanks the public in advance for taking the time to share their comments.
Product Call for Cannabis and Cannabis Accessories
To ensure a complete, transparent, and fair process to obtain cannabis and cannabis accessories for in-store and online in time for the anticipated federal legalization of cannabis, the Ontario Cannabis Store has issued a product call.
The product call is available to cannabis accessories suppliers, and Canadian cannabis producers licensed by Health Canada. Evaluation and selection will be complete by late spring and selected suppliers will be issued a Supply Agreement for available product.
The product call is available here.
Board of Directors:
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s Board of Directors has appointed two additional members to the board of the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation:
Virginia Cirocco is retired from Shoppers Drug Mart where she served as Executive Vice President, Pharmacy. Since her retirement, she has been a healthcare consultant and also serves as an independent Board director currently on the Board of Bayshore Healthcare.
Virginia has been active as a volunteer for many health focused not for profit organizations and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto where she also serves on a number of committees. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Toronto and holds an M.B.A. from Schulich School of Business.
Rajesh Uttamchandani has been Chief People Officer and Managing Director of Zafin, a global Fintech, since January 2016. Prior to joining Zafin, he consulted at Deloitte Human Capital Consulting, was an HR executive at CIBC and was the Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at CIBC Mellon. Previously, Rajesh has held other Human Resources leadership roles in the financial services, healthcare, retail and technology sectors.
His volunteer and community activities include being on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. He is also an adjunct Professor for the Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources (MIR/HR) program at the University of Toronto, is an appointee to the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources Advisory Committee and has been running the MIR/HR Alumni Association for over 10 years.
Rajesh holds a B.Sc. a Master of Industrial Relations, an MBA, a J.D. and an LL.M. in Employment and Labour law. He is a lawyer and member of the Bar of Ontario.