Keith Merker is the CEO of WeedMD and member of the Company’s board of directors.
Prior to joining WeedMD, Keith spent over 15 years in financial and business development leadership roles – working with mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings, and business valuations across a broad range of industries.
Since joining WeedMD, Keith has taken the company from the start-up phase to a leading provider of medical-grade cannabis products in both the medical and adult-use markets. Previously CFO, Keith was responsible for building the finance and business support functions of WeedMD. Taking his experience in financial reporting and corporate governance, Keith was the driving force leading the Company’s successful initial public offering in 2017 along with various capital market and business development initiatives.
Appointed CEO in 2018, Keith spearheaded WeedMD’s major production capacity expansion at its 158-acre facility in Strathroy, Ontario, allowing the company to bring quality production online faster and more cost-effectively than any other Canadian licensed producer (LP). More recently, WeedMD made history in Canada by kicking off a fully-operational and sustainable outdoor cultivation platform that is the benchmark of the industry. He’s negotiated multiple distribution agreements across Canada, and the Company is one of the few LPs supplying medical cannabis to Shoppers Drug Mart, a leading Canadian pharmacy chain. Under Keith’s leadership, WeedMD was the first LP to join TruTrace Technologies’ proprietary strain authenticity program with 40 of its strains mapped and included in the verification database.
Keith is often invited to opine about the cannabis industry and has been featured in various media outlets including Bloomberg, the Globe and Mail, Postmedia network, CTV Bellmedia, BNN, Business Insider, MarketWatch, Cheddar TV and Midas Letter.
Keith earned a Biology degree from the University of British Columbia and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
A native of the Toronto-area, Keith currently resides in London, Ontario with his wife and two young daughters. Based in WeedMD’s London corporate office, he divides his time between its production facilities in Aylmer, Ontario and Strathroy, Ontario and is often in the Company’s corporate office located in downtown Toronto.