Focus On: Cultivation at Scale
October 18, 2023 at
Moderator: Adam Clarke, CEO, Stratus Designs Ltd.
- Genevieve Newton, Head Grower & Director of Cultivation, Stewart Farms
Adam Clarke, CEO, Stratus Designs Ltd.
Adam has provided planning and design services on over 40+ cannabis/hemp cultivation and processing facilities in the last seven years. For over 14 years he has worked on the mechanical and HVAC design of facilities for: cannabis cultivation, processing & packaging; ice rinks; pharmaceutical manufacturing & packing facilities; high-end food production & packaging.
Stratus has been involved in facilities, covering: outdoor cultivation, indoor cultivation, drying, processing, extraction, storage, bottling and packaging, etc.
Adam brings to the team an experience reviewing many facility business plans, standard operating procedures as well as full controls and reporting compliant to Health Canada.
Genevieve Newton, Head Grower & Director of Cultivation, Stewart Farms
Genevieve is an East Coast transplant from Alberta. She grew up around southern Saskatchewan, moving to Edmonton in 2003 to finish her social work studies at U of A.
After retiring from social work in the summer of 2018, Genevieve completed a 4-month cannabis cultivation course in Olds, Alta. 2018-2019 and jumped right into the newly forming legal cannabis industry. She discovered that all her social work skills were easily transferable to the cannabis industry: crisis management, relationship building, positive leadership, project development, strong communication and so many more secret skills.
Today she is successfully managing the Stewart Farms organic living soil facility in St. Stephen, N.B. as well as three partnered micro-cultivation sites in New Brunswick, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
Genevieve has won multiple awards for her craft cannabis in the past five years. Most recently, placing 2nd with her Stewarts Farms team, in the New Brunswick Cannabis Cup. This cut of Daily Grape was chosen after a yearlong pheno-hunt, also winning 3rd place in the first ever legal Canadian Cannabis Cup in 2022. Genevieve is a previous Cup winner at Hempfest Canada 2020 & 2021 for growing the highest CBD flower, highest THC flower as well as placing 1st for Top Female Grower.