An Open Letter to the Leamington Community, on behalf of Irwin D. Simon, CEO of Aphria Inc.
July 10, 2020
To our Leamington Neighbours,
The health and safety of Canadians continues to be a top priority for all during these challenging times. At Aphria Inc., we take our responsibility to protect the safety of our employees, patients, consumers, vendors, and the communities we call home to heart. This commitment is unwavering and remains a founding principle of our company, demonstrated daily in our focus on providing a safe workplace for our employees globally. We have never taken this responsibility lightly, nor have we ever been so focused on ensuring it continues as we are now.
From our state-of-the art greenhouses to first-class laboratories and processing facilities, Aphria is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality medical and adult-use cannabis. During the recent Public Health and Ministry of Labour audit of our local facilities, Aphria One and Aphria Diamond, the inspectors were complementary of the steps we have taken to provide for a safe environment for our team, which is a testament to our commitment to the well-being of our full-time, part-time and temporary team members, as well as the surrounding communities. We will continue to be vigilant in maintaining a safe environment for our teams.
We work closely with governing bodies to ensure Aphria and our subsidiaries Aphria Diamond, Broken Coast Cannabis and Avanti Rx comply with all laws and regulatory requirements in place by our governmental authorities. We’re continuously reviewing and enhancing operational procedures and facilities both proactively and in response to routine inspections. I can say with confidence that Aphria is intently focused on ensuring and maintaining its regulatory compliance for its employees, patients and consumers.
As the global situation continues to change, we, together with our partners, continuously review our COVID-19 protocols and procedures to ensure that they exceed governmental guidelines. Heightened measures are in place to protect the health and safety of employees, vendors, partners and their families and we are committed to enhancing these measures and implementing other necessary practices as the situation warrants.
As our community has been experiencing uncertainty and hardships over the past four months, our team developed a support line service to help resident within community to gain access to everyday needs such as groceries, home supplies and more through a delivery program. The support line remains open seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and will continue as long as there is a need and an ask from you. Additionally, we’re proud to support Erie Shores Health Foundation as a community partner. In collaboration with our partners Double Diamond, we joined their fight against COVID-19 by contributing to their response fund.
As we look to the future and continue to navigate these challenging waters, we remain committed to ensuring we continue to deliver on protecting the health and safety of our employees and the communities which we call home.
In closing, I would like to personally thank our team members and their families for their flexibility, hard work and perseverance during these trying times. Thanks to their dedication and passion, we’ve been able to continue delivering as an essential business providing Canadians with high quality cannabis products. A heartfelt thank you goes out to each of you for allowing Aphria to be a member of the growing and vibrant community of Leamington.
Irwin D. Simon, CEO, Aphria Inc.