This article originally appeared in the March 2017 print edition of Cannabis Business Times. To subscribe, click here.
Slightly more than a month after Cam Battley assumed the executive vice president role at Aurora Cannabis Inc., the company announced plans to build an 800,000-square-foot cannabis production facility at the Edmonton International Airport in Alberta, Canada.
Aurora, which earned $9.9 million in calendar year 2016, expects to benefit from services available on site, including bonded warehousing, ground transportation access and air cargo connections across the country after construction is completed in the second half of this year. Production is expected to begin before the year’s end.
The move is part of the company’s plans to meet rapidly growing demand driven by the medical market and pending legalization of recreational use in Canada.
Aurora received its medical sales license in November 2015 and is one of 38 licensed producers (LPs) across Canada, and the only one located in Alberta. Aurora's wholly-owned subsidiary, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises, Inc., is a licensed producer of medical cannabis. It currently operates an expandable production facility in Mountain View County, Alberta.
As executive vice president, Battley plays a key role in Aurora Cannabis’ growth efforts. He has worked for more than 15 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors and also serves on the board of directors of Cannabis Canada, the trade association for licensed producers of medical cannabis. Battley recently spoke with Cannabis Business Times writer Jonathan Katz about the forthcoming Aurora Sky facility, his company’s goals and leadership experiences.
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Photo courtesy of Aurora Cannabis, Inc.