. Here is What Excites This $280 Million Cannabis Venture Capital Firm
October 31, 2019 at 4:45 pm
Exclusive article by Carrie Pallardy
Exclusive Interview with Canopy Rivers President and CEO Narbe Alexandrian
Over the past year, cannabis-focused venture capital firm Canopy Rivers (TSX: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) has seen more than 1,500 different pitches. President and CEO Narbe Alexandrian spoke to New Cannabis Ventures about how the firm vets opportunities, current portfolio companies and what sectors of the industry are priorities for future investments. The audio of the entire conversation is available at the end of this written summary.
The Canopy Rivers Team
Alexandrian has nearly 10 years of experience in the venture capital space. Before joining Canopy Rivers, he was with OMERS Ventures, focusing on technology companies. He saw cannabis unfolding much in the way that the technology industry did in Canada 10 years ago. Cannabis is ripe for a traditional venture capital model, which is the thesis behind Canopy Rivers, according to Alexandrian.
The Canopy Rivers Team Other important members of the Canopy Rivers team include COO Olivier Dufourmantelle, CFO Eddie Lucarelli, General Counsel Matthew Mundy, and Director of Business Development Mary Dimou. Dufourmantelle previously served as the COO of Canopy GrowthÂ (TSX: WEED), (NYSE: CGC). Lucarelli comes from a background in M&Aâ€“he also worked with Alexandrian at Deloitte. Mundy has expertise in corporate M&A and worked on a number of cannabis projects before joining Canopy Rivers. Dimou has a Masterâ€™s degree in nutritional genomics and brings expertise in life sciences.