Mark’s leadership abilities and considerable business experience, along with his strong track record of success as a CEO, made him an excellent candidate for the role. Mark has demonstrated throughout his career the ability to work successfully in dynamic environments across various industries, designing and executing strategies that have resulted in impressive value creation for stakeholders.
Mark has significant cannabis industry experience, including having recently been the Chief Strategy Officer of Newstrike Brands (Up Cannabis), a large licensed producer that was recently sold to Hexo Corp. in a $354 million transaction. Mark has also been the CEO of 5 technology companies, a partner at KPMG, and a partner at the pre-eminent Canadian law firm Stikeman Elliott. He has been a director of numerous private and public companies and not-for-profit organizations. He currently sits on the board of Outward Bound Canada and was previously Chair of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Toronto Chapter.
Mr. Burton holds a B.Sc. Life Sciences (with Honours) from Queen’s University and obtained his law degree (LL.B.) (with Distinction) from Western University.
Personal interests include family, hockey, mountaineering, backpacking, golf, triathlon, paddling and skiing.