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Jackie Khayat; When building a new industry you need to make bold decisions and take risks


Neptune Wellness Solutions is a company at the heart of the upcoming cannabis product offerings; extraction. I had the chance to interview Jackie Khayat, who is part of the team that pivoted Neptune from exclusively producing krill oil, to extracting and producing cannabis products for their customers. Jackie is now VP Business Development at Neptune, and is charging ahead, forging exciting deals with major producers and technology providers, ensuring Neptune is at the forefront of the global cannabis extraction industry.

LA: Tell us a bit about your career journey.

JK: My journey into cannabis is a result of a business pivot from Neptune. We’ve always been a b2b natural products company, helping well known brands in the natural ingredients space create concepts. We have a manufacturing plant in Sherbrooke Quebec, and about 2 years ago we were producing exclusively krill oil out of that factory. It was a very competitive, low growth market. We were seeing a lot of competition coming out of Asia so we looked at opportunities to divest and we saw cannabis as a significant opportunity for us.

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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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