Hill+Knowlton Strategies Experts Available to Comment on the First Anniversary of Cannabis Legalization

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Experts Available to Comment on the First Anniversary of Cannabis Legalization

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Omar Khan appointed National Cannabis Sector Lead

TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Ahead of the one-year anniversary of cannabis legalization, and the impending legal sale of cannabis edibles, topicals, and extracts, Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) announces new National Cannabis Sector Lead and experts available to comment.

Widely recognized as an industry leading expert in the field, Omar Khan has been appointed to National Cannabis Sector Lead. With a deep understanding of the audiences and stakeholders that make up the cannabis landscape, he will continue to provide strategic counsel to H+K’s growing number of cannabis industry clients as they navigate a rapidly shifting federal and provincial regulatory landscape and look to build brand awareness and public profile to drive revenue growth. He will also be responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan to ensure H+K’s cannabis practice continues to grow and thrive as the industry evolves.

Omar will be available to comment on successes and failures in the first year of legalization, global market opportunities and recent industry trends including a shift in focus from production to consumer-focused brands as the sector evolves.

Pascal Chouinard who recently served as cannabis policy advisor to Quebec’s Minister of Health, and Dessy Pavolva, who specializes in cannabis consumer marketing tactics and regulations are also available for comment. 

These H+K experts are well versed and extremely knowledgeable in the Canadian cannabis industry and can provide insight on a variety of related topics including:

  • The impact of legalization of illicit market sales
  • Lessons learned from the various provincial cannabis retail frameworks
  • The economic impact of the industry and global market opportunities
  • Emerging consumer trends
  • What the impending legal sale of cannabis edibles, topicals, and extracts means for consumers and investors

Omar Khan, National Cannabis Sector Lead (Toronto)
Over the past four years Omar has provided strategic counsel on Canadian and international regulatory frameworks, media relations and strategic communications to several licensed cannabis producers, the world’s largest cannabis website and other companies within the broader cannabis space. He has been widely quoted on issues related to the cannabis sector in most major Canadian news outlets. He served as Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care where he was responsible for, among other things, providing insights and counsel on emerging issues, strategic decisions and policy development to the Minister, Premier’s Office and other Cabinet members. Omar was an early member of Ontario’s cannabis legalization steering committee. He has also served as a Senior Advisor to an Ontario Attorney General.

Pascal Chouinard (Quebec City)
Until joining H+K, Pascal was a special adviser in the office of the Minister of Health and Social Services. As such, he was also responsible for the Pharmaceutical Policy and medical marijuana file. He advised the minister on issues associated with the pharmaceutical industry and the positioning of the life sciences component. Pascal currently provides strategic counsel to several Quebec based licensed cannabis producers.

Dessy Pavola (Toronto)
Dessy brings over a decade of experience in drug policy and the cannabis industry. She specializes in consumer marketing of cannabis brands and thrives helping organizations navigate new, complex regulations. She brings her experience in digital marketing, product development and education to H+K’s clients.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K) is a communications consultancy providing services to local, multinational and global clients from its eight offices across the country. 

The firm works with clients to solve complex communications challenges and deliver award winning campaigns and is focused on continued innovation for the industry. H+K offers deep sector knowledge and breadth of public relations and public affairs expertise including specialists in health + wellness, technology, government + public sector, energy + industrials, consumer packaged goods, financial + professional services, food + drink, retail + leisure and sports.

Globally, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has offices in more than 40 countries as well as an extensive associate network; and it is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.

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Del Hebert joins Airworthy’s Cabin Solutions Division as General Manager

Del Hebert joins Airworthy’s Cabin Solutions Division as General Manager

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HUDSON, Wis., Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Airworthy Inc., Global Provider of World-Class interior solutions, is pleased to announce and welcome Del Hebert as General Manager for the Cabin Solutions Division located in Anaheim, CA.

Airworthy Inc. New Logo (PRNewsfoto/Airworthy, Inc.)

Del Hebert joins Airworthy from Ducommun, a provider of manufacturing and engineering services for the aerospace, defense and industrial markets where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the bonded component solutions strategic business unit. Prior to joining Ducommun, Del served as General Manager for EnCore Aerospace, he also held management positions at Talsco JVR, Zodiac-Driessen Interior Systems, Composite Technology Corporation and United Testing Systems.

“Airworthy is uniquely positioned to provide interior solutions to the aviation industry and has a proven record of anticipating and exceeding customers’ needs. I am excited to join Airworthy and to contribute to the company’s continued success,” said Hebert.

“We are thrilled to have Del join our team. His vast experience in the aviation industry will significantly increase our knowledge and experience base. Del will be instrumental in leading our company through its expected growth phase, and will play a major role in delivering our strategic plan,” said Jim Rouleau, CEO, Airworthy Inc.

About Airworthy Inc.

Founded in 2000, Airworthy provides world-class interior solutions, including flooring solutions, aircraft monuments, interior repair and overhaul, and galley cart repair and maintenance. Airworthy, a licensed FAA repair station is recognized in the aviation industry for its outstanding quality, quick turnaround and commitment to support their customers’ success.

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Cognibox President Becomes First Canadian Member of U.S. National Safety Council

Cognibox President Becomes First Canadian Member of U.S. National Safety Council

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Chantal Trépanier brings nearly 20 years’ experience to the National Safety Council board of directors

MONTREAL, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Cognibox is pleased to announce that Chantal Trépanier, President and Chief Strategy Officer, has been named to the National Safety Council (NSC) board of directors.

Logo: Cognibox (CNW Group/Cognibox)

As a Francophone Canadian, Trépanier brings a unique perspective to the NSC board. Trépanier has led Cognibox as CEO for close to 20 years. Earlier this year, she shifted roles to President and Chief Strategic Officer as she spearheaded a new partnership with Georges Karam (a seasoned entrepreneur who has made his mark in the information technology field), BDC Capital, Fondaction and W Investments Group. This shift was part of a new mission to fuel the growth of Cognibox in the international market and assert it as a world leader in risk management and contractor compliance.

For Trépanier, the opportunity to contribute to the North American health and safety community as part of the NSC board is important. “I look forward to using my experience at Cognibox to serve the goals of the National Safety Council,” says Chantal Trépanier. “A focus on safety is integral to what we do at Cognibox, which is why I am looking forward to joining the NSC board. Together we will promote and advocate for safety at work, on the road, and at home.”

Chantal Trépanier, M.Ed, is a celebrated business executive, having won the Entrepreneure, grande entreprise category in the 2013 Prix Femmes d’affaires du Québec awards, and the Investissement Québec 2015 CEO of the Year Award. She launched the technological shift that led to the creation of Cognibox software, the main driver of SIM’s growth.

“We are very pleased that Chantal is joining the NSC board,” said Lorraine Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Chantal’s contributions to health and safety, both at home in Canada and throughout North America, are well known. Her expertise in teaching adults safety excellence, combined with her knowledge of health and safety, make Chantal a great choice. The NSC team is excited to learn from and work alongside Chantal.”

“While the NSC has been in operation for more than a century, this is the first time we will have a Canadian sit on our board of directors,” said Andrew Johnson, chairman of the National Safety Council board of directors. “We are quite excited that Chantal will bring this valuable perspective to our board.”

Trépanier’s term began on September 8 and will be in effect until October 10, 2021.

Leader in risk management and contractor compliance, Cognibox offers one of the most flexible and comprehensive solutions on the market. Over 250 customers in North America use Cognibox to manage contractor risks specific to their sector of activity. The company’s solution provides a combination of expertise, software and training, as well as a full spectrum of outsourcing services and administrative support. Our recently published white paper offers an in-depth insight into the Cognibox solution and details best practices for managing contractor compliance in an efficient, secure and cost-effective manner. The Cognibox community currently boasts over 200 000 members, contractors and employees of contractors, enabling hiring organizations to work with top industry contractors and suppliers in areas such as workplace health and safety, the environment, sustainable development, quality and regulatory compliance. More information is available at www.cognibox.com.

For over 100 years, the National Safety Council has been the nation’s leading safety advocate, helping make workplaces nearly ten times safer than any other place we spend our time. Today, the National Safety Council works to reduce risk at work, in homes and communities, and on the road. Through leadership, research, education and advocacy, and with support from our members, volunteers, donors and community partners, the NSC’s mission is to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime. The National Safety Council also stewards the Campbell Institute, the global center of excellence for environmental health and safety. www.nsc.org/

Cognibox President and Chief Strategy Officer, Chantal Trépanier, has been named to the National Safety Council (NSC) board of directors. (CNW Group/Cognibox)

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