Today on the Alpha Woman show we welcome Kristy Skwaruk, the VP, Operations, Regulatory Affairs and People at Dynaleo.
Dynaleo is an Edmonton, Alberta-based licensed processor that is focused on manufacturing cannabis-infused adult soft-chews. Dynaleo’s purpose-built manufacturing plant contains specialized production equipment to produce precisely dosed cannabinoid infused edibles for the Canadian market. Dynaleo’s mission is to create the finest infused soft chews that enable consumers to enjoy cannabinoids, without the negative health effects of inhalation.
Respected as a credible voice in decision making and as a change champion, Kristy utilizes her passion for coaching and development to grow leaders and assist others in extending their thinking -inspiring action and driving results in all areas of the business. Her proven capability of improving capacity, growth and transformation as a seasoned People and Culture professional has made it easy for her to expand her role at Dynaleo to include Operations, Regulatory Affairs and People.
In this role, Kristy – along with the senior leadership team – has built a high potential team and led them to become the largest Canadian producer of cannabis soft chews in Canada. Kristy is a forward-thinking operations executive, with a passion for driving efficiency and accountability while ensuring the wellbeing and growth of employees.
This has enabled her to streamline processes to ensure the on-time delivery of quality product to our customers while applying analytics that drive the business forward. Committed to innovation in business operations, she challenges the product development team to continuously find new ways to stretch the limits of making soft chews using creative flavours and formulations.
Previously, Kristy held People and Culture roles in large global companies and small privately held businesses in the manufacturing, construction, utility, and hospitality industries for the past 18 years. Her passion for wellness and drive for change ultimately led her to the Cannabis industry. Her breadth of experience has enabled her to adapt quickly to the fast paced and ever-changing landscape of the world of cannabis in Canada.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Kristy and her husband Peter give back to the community through the Benny Brave Kids with Cancer Foundation. When they are not busy serving on community program boards or volunteering for their children’s activities, they enjoy travelling the world as a family.
Introduction to Kristy
Start of interview (3:28)
The difference between gummies and soft chews (8:24)
Dynaleo’s status as Canada’s largest producer of cannabis edibles (13:45)
The importance of diversity at Dynaleo and within the cannabis industry as a whole (18:34)
What Kristy is most excited about moving forward in her role (22:57)
About Benny Brave Childhood Cancer Foundation (28:46)
What does being an Alpha Woman mean to you? (32:35)
Benny Brave Foundation: https://bennybravefoundation.ca