Niagara College partners with Canopy Growth to create new opportunities in Canada’s cannabis industry


Niagara College President Dan Patterson and Canopy Growth President Mark Zekulin toured the soon-to-be 1,000,000 square foot Tweed Farms cannabis production facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake following the announcement.

On April 17, Niagara College and Canopy Growth Corporation, a world-leader in the cannabis production industry,  announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create new experience-based learning opportunities for college students and graduates. This valuable partnership will also support the increased workforce demand at Canopy Growth facilities across Canada and generate joint research and community engagement opportunities for the Niagara region.

Canopy Growth and Niagara College will work together to foster learning in this rapidly growing industry while also supporting graduates searching for job opportunities. Internship and co-op opportunities will be available for students in the College’s Commercial Cannabis Production, Horticultural Technician, Greenhouse Technician and Business programs, particularly at the soon-to-be 1,000,000 square-foot Tweed Farms facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake, with additional placement opportunities available at Canopy Growth’s 13 other facilities across the country.

The partnership also opens the door to applied research projects in business operations, plant sciences and greenhouse technology. Canopy Growth and Niagara College will also seek joint opportunities to educate the Niagara community on the emerging cannabis industry through participation in community events and consultations.

At Tweed Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Mark Zekulin, President of Canopy Growth Corporation, Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Pat Darte, Alan Cooke, Canopy Growth Regional Manager and Niagara College President Dan Patterson announced a new partnership between Niagara College and Canopy Growth that will lead to new experience-based learning opportunities for college students and graduates.

“We’re proud to partner with such a progressive institution like Niagara College, who are leading the way in preparing their students for success in an rapidly expanding industry and build on the support the region has demonstrated since the time we acquired the site in 2014,” said Mark Zekulin, President, Canopy Growth. “As we continue our growth, it’s essential to find candidates and employees with industry-specific knowledge. We look forward to working with Niagara College to educate and invest in our future workforce as we build and define this exciting new industry.”

In September 2018, the College will launch its Commercial Cannabis Production Graduate Certificate Program, Canada’s first post-secondary credential in the production of commercial cannabis. Classes will be held at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus in a state-of-the art, fully secure facility. Students will be trained in the cultivation and practices of cannabis production and will also possess the knowledge and skills to navigate the complex regulatory framework that governs the industry in Canada.

Dustin Mater, lead hand at Tweed Farms tends to a cannabis plant in the company’s Niagara-on-the-Lake facility

“Niagara College prides itself on strong industry partnerships that allow us to offer our students exceptional hands-on learning opportunities. As an educational leader, we are always looking at emerging industries such as commercial cannabis production. We are expanding on our industry  relationships to support new education and applied research opportunities across this rapidly growing industry.” said Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College. “Partnering with a world-leading organization like Canopy Growth will open up new career and development opportunities for our students and graduates and give them a head start in this very competitive market.”


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