David Hyde is a global cannabis industry consultant with ten years of hands-on experience advising cannabis companies and government bodies on matters relating to business/licensing strategy, cannabis facility design/operations/security, regulatory compliance, cannabis public policy, transaction due diligence, and cannabis mergers and acquisitions.
David’s cannabis sector work spans twenty-one countries and includes engagements with multi-national cannabis companies, foreign governments, new market entrants, cannabis start-ups, R&D/testing companies, local/regional governments, First Nations Bands and investment groups. In addition to his advisory work, David specializes in cannabis sector mergers, acquisitions and partnerships acting as a business broker and problem solver. In this role he has facilitated numerous cannabis sector transactions globally up to a value of $38 million.
Since early 2013, David has consulted with over 750 legal cannabis businesses including large-scale and small-batch cultivators, outdoor farms and 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.
In Canada, David’s experience spans over 225 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 numerous 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 United States into twenty-one other countries across Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Oceania, and Asia.
David has 35 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.