London Inc. Weekly 04 • 06 • 2018

Tilray to establish $10-million cannabis processing facility on Sovereign Road

Tilray’s Sovereign Road facility will process dried cannabis into a variety of finished products

B.C.-BASED TILRAY yesterday announced the creation of wholly-owned subsidiary High Park Company to produce and distribute a broad-based portfolio of cannabis brands and products, and also announced it is making an investment of up to $10 million in a new 56,000-square-foot facility located in London to process and distribute finished cannabis products.

The company says the new London facility, located at 300 Sovereign Road near Veterans Memorial Parkway and Gore Road, will process cannabis that is grown at the company’s Enniskillen Township greenhouse, to be branded High Park Farms.

“Excitement is building for the launch of the world’s largest federally legal cannabis market and High Park will be a part of history when it happens,” said Brendan Kennedy, Tilray CEO, in a news release. “We are proud that the addition of High Park will bring our total investment in Canada to more than $100 million and grow our Canadian workforce to more than 500 professionals in the next several years.”

The London facility will process dried cannabis grown at High Park Farms into finished products, such as milled blends, edibles, pre-rolls and vape oil cartridges, and is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2018. The plant is expected to employ 75 people.

Tilray and its affliates currently own and operate one of the world’s most sophisticated, federally licensed medical cannabis cultivation and processing facilities, located in Nanaimo, B.C. The facility in Enniskillen, to be branded High Park Farms, features 13 acres of greenhouses on 100 acres of property. The facility is currently under construction and is expected to begin cultivating cannabis by mid-year. 


The Don Smith Commercial Building Awards to recognize the best in ICI development

Elemex Architectural Façade Systems is among the finalists for the 2017 Don Smith Commercial Building Awards

THE LONDON AND St. Thomas Association of Realtors will host the 2017 Don Smith Commercial Building Awards on April 23, 2018, at the London Convention Centre.

The biannual reception and awards ceremony recognizes the top commercial, industrial, multi-family and community buildings across the LSTAR region. The program was named after the late Don Smith, co-founder of EllisDon, a world-renowned construction company with deep roots in London.

“The awards were established in 2009 to inspire the architectural and construction community to honour commercial building excellence across the region,” says John Geha, LSTAR CEO. “This is a tremendous opportunity to recognize the outstanding talent, innovation and design by the developer, construction and architectural businesses who create these amazing buildings across the region.”

The nominees for the 2017 awards are:

WEST 5
St. John Catholic Elementary French Immersion
Goodlife Home Office
Sobeys Plaza Oxford and Wonderland
FIMS and Nursing Building, Western University
Masonville Place Renovations
Canada 150 Pavilion at Harris Park
Villas of Wortley
LSR (London Street Railway) Power Plant
The Cube – Talbot Street
London City Centre Re-Vitalization Project
Elemex Architectural Façade Systems
Design and Construction of Mixed-Use Building Renovation
Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV), Fanshawe College
Sodecia Global Technology and Innovation Centre
London Free Press/Postmedia
MEC London
South London Community Centre
No. 11 Fire Station
Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County, Residential and Counseling Facility

This year, the program will feature a new award, the Legacy Award, which recognizes any building that is unique and/or significant to the London and St. Thomas jurisdiction. The Legacy Award nominees are:

London Life
CASO Station, St. Thomas
University College, Western Tower
St. Peter’s Basilica
Middlesex County Court House
Elgin County Court House


Four Western profs honoured with Distinguished University Professor Awards

Patrick Mahon is one of four recipients of Distinguished University Professors Awards

FOUR WESTERN UNIVERSITY professors are the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professor Awards, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers.

Honoured this year are:

 Patrick Mahon, Visual Arts, Arts & Humanities

Jin Jiang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Helene Berman, Nursing, Health Sciences

 Dale Laird, Anatomy & Cell Biology

The Distinguished University Professor Award acknowledges sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western. The award includes a citation, the right to use the title, an opportunity for a public lecture and a $10,000 prize to be used for scholarly activity at any time.

Western also selected 15 Faculty Scholars to recognize their significant achievements in teaching or research. The recipients are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities. 


Siskinds expands its auto emissions class action filings 

Siskinds has filed a proposed national class action against BMW and Bosch

LAST WEEK, SISKINDS LLP filed a proposed national class action against BMW and Bosch regarding certain BMW vehicles equipped with Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance engine technology.

The proposed action alleges that BMW equipped affected vehicles with software that allows them to defeat emissions testing. Bosch is alleged to have developed this software and supplied it to BMW. The action alleges that under common driving conditions, the vehicles emit levels of pollutants that are far higher than advertised and allowed by law.

The action seeks to advance claims on behalf of all individuals or businesses in Canada who purchased or leased a 2009-2013 BMW X5 or BMW 335d 2009-2011 vehicle equipped with Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance engine technology.

Siskinds LLP is working with U.S. class actions firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP to prosecute these claims. Hagens Berman filed a proposed class action on behalf of American owners and lessees with the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey last week.

Siskinds has similar, emissions-based active national class action lawsuits filings with Ford, Volkswagen, General Motors and Chrysler.


Ontario government rolls out new incentives for employing young talent

The Employing Young Talent Incentive provides financial incentives for businesses to hire young people

THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT has announced new financial incentives for businesses to hire youth aged 15 to 29.

The Employing Young Talent Incentive, introduced this week by Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, offers small businesses with less than 100 employees, an initial $1,000 incentive upon hiring and an additional $1,000 retention incentive after six months for each youth hired through Employment Ontario.

Business owners of any size can tap into an initial $1,000 incentive after three months of hiring, followed by an additional $1,000 retention incentive after six months, for hiring youth who face barriers to employment through the Youth Job Connection program.

With summer around the corner, young people can also join the Youth Job Connection summer program. It gives youth at least 20 hours of paid training to prepare them for the a summer job, and help to get back into school after the program ends.


Business Events Calendar

Featured Event:

Deloitte’s TMT Predictions 2018

Deloitte’s Duncan Stewart walks through the technology, media and telecommunications disruptions that will be game-changers within the next 12 months.

 

Upcoming Events:

Jack Richardson London Music Week: April 5-18, 2018

Goodwill Healthcare Job Fair: April 6, 2018

Global Student Leadership Summit: April 9-11, 2018

Job Fair Preparation Workshop: April 9, 2018

London & Area Works Job Fair: April 10, 2018

Creating Online Engagement and Results: April 11, 2018

Fanshawe College Career and Job Fair: April 11, 2018

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony: April 12, 2018

Event Professionals London: April 12, 2018

Personality Dimensions: April 17, 2018

Talkin’ Tech with Sarah Prevette: April 17, 2018

Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival: April 17, 2018

UX Talks 003: April 17, 2018

Western Accelerator Demo Day: April 17, 2018

Business Ownership & Franchise Opportunities Workshop: April 18, 2018

Munchies with Mentors: April 18, 201

Brescia LEADS Awards: April 19, 2018

Diversity in Tech Panel – Understanding Where We Are: April 19, 2018

Interview Ins & Outs: April 19, 2018

Rocky’s Harley-Davidson Ladies Garage Party: April 19, 2018

Techcellence Awards: April 19, 2018

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals: April 20-22

Don Smith Commercial Building Awards: April 23, 2018

LSTAR ESMART Economic and Smart Technology Summit: April 23, 2018

London Chamber Summit 2018: April 24, 2018

Financial Empowerment Conference: April 25, 2018

Employee Share Ownership Plans & Ownership Thinking – London: May 2, 2018

The 2nd Industry 4.0 Symposium: May 7, 2018

Deloitte’s TMT Predictions 2018: May 9, 2018

23rd Annual Manufacturer’s Recognition Night and Scholarship Awards: May 9, 2018