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ESG in the Cannabis Industry – Mika Unterman Leading the Charge


A global citizen, Mika Unterman has lived, worked, and studied in Israel, the United States and Canada, which has helped shape her perspective and knowledge of the cannabis industry. Before launching Apical, Mika excelled as a community manager and cannabis educator, normalizing the widespread use of cannabis recreationally and medicinally. Alpha Woman had the chance to sit down with Mika to talk about ESG mission and her inspiring entrepreneurial journey.

AW: Tell us the origin story of your company, Apical Ethical Cannabis Collective.

MU: After realizing early on in my cannabis career, that there weren’t many people who looked like me, and very little representation from BIPOC – I started a dinner series and always made sure to have 50/50 male to female representation, and racialized communities always present. Hosting these dinners for two years, I learned a lot about what has held back cannabis companies from pursuing environmental and social impact initiatives. The Apical Cohort and other initiatives were based on the lessons from this dinner series, providing access and information to resources that make social and environmental impact profitable for business.

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Leslie Andrachuk

As a bilingual pioneer in global digital publishing and marketing, Leslie is happiest when creating new things and inspiring her teams. She is passionate about changing biases that hold women back from realizing their true power and is grateful that at this point in her career she has the skills to make real change.

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