Senior Manager, Social ResponsibilityOntario Cannabis Store
Member Since February 2022
Dr. Jenna Valleriani has worked with businesses, not for profits and government sectors, with a focus on impact driven work in cannabis. She currently leads Social Responsibility at the Ontario Cannabis Store - the crown corporation responsible for the wholesale and online sales of cannabis in the province of Ontario, Canada. As part of the Social Responsibility mandate, Jenna leads initiatives such as Cannabis Made Clear, an evidence-informed education platform for Ontarians, and the OCS' Social Impact Fund, an funding program established to partner with nonprofits, charities and researchers who have aligning goals across knowledge creation and responsible use, DEI in the Ontario cannabis industry, and environmental sustainability. Formerly the Director of Social Impact & Advocacy at Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED), she led their first integrated social purpose strategy, focused on community investment activities related to social justice, medical cannabis access, and community reinvestment. Dr. Valleriani was also part of the core team which published CGC's inaugural Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) report. Dr. Valleriani’s graduate and post graduate studies focused on cannabis, and include a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of multiple academic writing awards, and has been quoted in national and international media as an expert in the field. As a former Strategic Advisor for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Dr. Valleriani has testified as an expert witness to the Senate of Canada in the lead up to cannabis legalization. Recently, Dr Valleriani was awarded a 40 under 40 award, including Best in Class for the 2021 Cohort. With over a decade of experience in cannabis, she regularly consults with governments, researchers and policy groups in Canada and internationally on sensible cannabis policy reform.
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Ontario Cannabis Store
The Ontario Cannabis Store is a Crown agency solely owned by the Province of Ontario and reporting to the Ministry of Finance. The OCS provides safe, responsible access to legal recreational cannabis for adults 19 and older. We are Ontario’s sole wholesaler to more than 1,500 Authorized Cannabis Stores. The OCS also operates OCS.ca, the Province’s online cannabis retailer which delivers to consumers in every corner of Ontario. We make sure our customers only receive legal, clearly labelled cannabis products by working closely with a diverse group of Licensed Producers authorized by Health Canada. Our online store prioritizes education and provides many opportunities for both new and experienced consumers to learn more about cannabis and responsible use. Social responsibility is something we take seriously and making every purchase a responsible one is a top priority.