David Hyde is a global cannabis industry consultant with seven years hands-on experience providing expert guidance to cannabis companies and government bodies on matters relating to business/licensing strategy, regulatory/policy approaches, cannabis facility design/operations, corporate due diligence and risk governance. David’s cannabis sector work spans sixteen countries and includes engagements with multi-national cannabis companies, foreign governments, cannabis start-ups, R&D/testing companies, local/regional governments and investors.
David’s experience in the cannabis sector is both unique and unparalleled. Since early 2013, he has consulted with over 550 legal cannabis businesses including large-scale and small-batch cultivators, outdoor farms and cannabis nurseries, processors and extractors, packagers and distributors, research and testing labs, and cannabis retail outlets. On the public sector side, David has worked with local and regional governments, as well as federal licensing bodies, on regulatory policy, licensing and compliance strategy, enforcement tools, inspector training and guidance documents for industry.
Over almost seven years in the cannabis sector, David has advised some of the world’s largest cannabis brands, new entrants into the sector (e.g., Pharma, Food, Beverage, CPG, NHP, Tobacco) and a number of local / regional / foreign governments in countries around the world. He started in Canada, working with about two-thirds of all (200+) federal cannabis license holders on regulatory compliance, security and licensing.
David’s experience spans over 150 cannabis facility build-outs and extensive interaction with the regulator, Health Canada. David’s input was sought out by the regulator as Canada worked through three iterations of federal cannabis regulations between 2013 and 2019.
David has also consulted on a number of cannabis projects across the United States. As more countries have followed the early-movers in setting up legal cannabis regimes, David’s input has increasingly been in demand within foreign jurisdictions, bringing the many lessons learned from Canada and the U.S into other countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Oceania and Asia.
David has 34 years of business and leadership experience, working from both Canada and the UK. Before entering the cannabis sector, David was a Corporate Director for a $17 billion global corporation managing a department of 550 Front-Line Staff, with forty Managers and five Regional Directors.
David holds a Master of Sciences Degree (M.Sc.) from the University of Leicester, UK where he studied regulatory theory, compliance strategy and security risk management. David also holds a Certificate in Security Management from the University of Calgary. He is a graduate of the Wharton School Development Program for Security Executives, is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and is also a Certified Advanced Level Crime Prevention (CPTED) practitioner.