The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) (FRA: 53S1) Announces Key Operational Hires for Fast-Expanding Business

December 17, 2019 14:00:28
  • Newly appointed SPRWF COO John Griese brings decades of CPG industry experience and aims to create the most effective supply chain in cannabis industry
  • SPRWF appoints seasoned operations manager to oversee standout 7ACRES brand
  • SPRWF gains regulated operations expertise with the addition of Sándor Wolkensperg as General Manager of the Company’s new Kitchener facility

The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) (FRA: 53S1) continues to attract top talent in the competitive cannabis space with the recent announcements of several key operational hires. Joining Supreme Cannabis is John Griese as chief operating officer; Dan Sippel as general manager of 7ACRES, the company’s 440,000 square foot cultivation facility; and Sándor Wolkensperg as general manager of Supreme Cannabis Kitchener, the company’s new 107,000 square foot manufacturing and packaging facility. Together, these operations experts bring significant experience to the SPRWF team as the company continues to expand its product forms and enhance its operations.

Supreme Cannabis Company announced the appointment of John Griese as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). Griese brings over 30 years of valuable consumer packaged goods (CPG) experience to the company at a time when it is focusing on becoming a leader in the cannabis CPG space. Griese previously served at the executive level with brands such as Nestle and Pepsico and brings unique operational experience from his tenure as COO for California medical and recreational cannabis companies Creso Pharma Limited and Bloom Farms ( Supreme Cannabis Company CEO Navdeep Dhaliwal spoke passionately to the depth of experience Griese brings to the company.

“It is a privilege to welcome John Griese to our maturing leadership team…[h]e has over 30 years of CPG, supply chain, and cannabis experience in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe with companies such as Nestle and Pepsico,” Dhaliwal said in a news release. “His diverse experience, which includes recent cannabis industry experience with Bloom Farms and Creso Pharma, makes him a valuable asset as we scale and optimize our 7ACRES facility, ramp-up oil production at Blissco, and add to our focused suite of best-in-class operating assets. Looking forward, John’s vast business experience in the U.S. cannabis industry will be valuable as we plan for future growth.”

Griese echoed Dhaliwal’s excitement about the appointment and spoke to the company’s potential. “I am proud to be joining Supreme Cannabis as it enters its next stage of growth,” Griese added. “I look forward to working with the teams behind Supreme Cannabis’ impressive infrastructure, award-winning brands, and consumer-oriented products. My decision to join the [SPRWF] team was simple. I wanted to work alongside the most passionate people at a company that was shaping the industry.”

In his new role, Griese will work closely with Supreme Cannabis Company’s general managers at the 7ACRES, Blissco and Truverra facilities, as well as the general manager for the company’s newest facility in Kitchener, Ontario., to ensure a cohesive, efficient operational strategy that can respond to market trends. “I look forward to creating the most effective supply chain in the cannabis industry with the agility to adjust quickly to [the industry’s] dynamic nature,” he said.

Two such general managers recently joined the Supreme Cannabis Company team as well. Dan Sippel joined SPRWF as the General Manager of 7ACRES. Previously, Sippel worked as a plant manager for Natra Chocolate America, Export Packers Seafood Limited, and Sofina Foods. Sippel has consistently delivered impressive results throughout his career, and Supreme Cannabis officials are excited to welcome him for him to join the SPRWF team ( The new managerial addition of Dan Sippel brings a wealth of relevant expertise to the table; specifically, 7ACRES will draw on his experience with bringing new products to market, increasing productivity and improving the scalability of operations.

Through 7ACRES, Supreme Cannabis has built a reputation for producing top-quality cannabis flower at scale. With a strong position as one of Canada’s leading cultivators of high-quality commercial cannabis, the company looks to expand is operational expertise down the value chain. SPRWF has brought in top talent to manager its newest operating asset, Supreme Cannabis Kitchener, a facility dedicated to manufacturing, processing and packaging internal and third-party cannabis inputs.

The Kitchener Facility will be led by Sándor Wolkensperg, an operations professional with over 30 years of operations experience that includes senior roles at a Fortune 500 company and over ten years of operational leadership positions in the regulated food and tobacco industries, including roles at Maple Leaf Foods and Imperial Tobacco Canada.

Supreme Cannabis CEO Navdeep Dhaliwal was delighted to welcome this individual to the team. “Sándor brings diverse experiences to this new role having previously led food processing, tobacco manufacturing and commercial packaging operations,” Dhaliwal noted. “Our Kitchener Facility will benefit from Sándor’s expertise in regulated operations, experience working on brown-field facility start-ups and track record of successfully leading large teams through transformational periods of growth.”

With a strong team, new expertise from three experienced operations professionals and leading cannabis infrastructure, Supreme Cannabis is well positioned to maintain a competitive position in Canada’s cannabis market.

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