Executive Director Appointed

Saint John, NB – The Global Cannabis Partnership, an international non-for-profit organization dedicated to the responsible production, marketing, sale and informed consumption of legal cannabis, is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Sheona Hurd.

Sheona brings extensive and relevant experience in helping to transform a highly regulated industry into one recognized for its social responsibility and acceptability through her leadership role as Executive Director with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

“Sheona is a passionate leader who brings more than 15 years of experience to the Executive Director role,” says Lara Wood, Board Chair, Global Cannabis Partnership and General Manager, Cannabis NB. “Her skills gained while leading policy and strategy development for Ontario’s Responsible Gaming program will directly transfer as she oversees our certification process for the Responsible Cannabis Framework to be rolled out in 2020.”

Sheona led the development and implementation of OLG’s Responsible Gaming program (certified Level 4 by the World Lottery Association) by engaging a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders, and by effectively positioning this initiative to promote responsible use. Sheona will support the Global Cannabis Partnership’s many members – spanning producers, retailers and suppliers in North and South America, Europe and the Middle East – in their efforts to build best environmental, social and governance practices. She will also act as the organization’s spokesperson. 

Hurd holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. She was awarded Best Responsible Gaming Program in the World by the Word Lottery Association in 2014 and 2018 for the program’s effectiveness and excellence. 


About the Global Cannabis Partnership:
The Global Cannabis Partnership (GCP) is a not-for-profit collaboration of leaders in the government-sanctioned cannabis industry. With representation from government, private-sector and affiliate organizations, the GCP is creating an international standard for the safe and responsible production, distribution and consumption of legal cannabis. For more information, visit globalcannabispartnership.com. 

For more information contact:
Kate Guest



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