Aphria Inc. Recognized for Executive Gender Diversity by Globe and Mail’s Women Lead Here Benchmark and Provides an Update on COVID-19
March 27, 2020
Aphria Inc.’s female C-Suite composition cited as main driver for recognition
Leamington, Ontario – March 27, 2020 Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX: APHA and NYSE: APHA), a leading global cannabis company, today is pleased to announce it has earned a spot on the Globe and Mail’s inaugural Report on Business Women Lead Here (“Women Lead Here”) list, an annual benchmark of executive gender diversity in corporate Canada. Launched in 2020, Women Lead Here uses proprietary research methodology to rank Canadian companies that have achieved or are nearing gender parity in executive ranks.
In 2019, Aphria set a goal for its Executive Officers and Board of Directors to be comprised of 30 per cent females by 2021. As of November 2019, two years ahead of time, the Company’s C-Suite is comprised of more females than males and it has met its Board of Directors goal.
“To be recognized by the Globe and Mail in its inaugural Women Lead Here Benchmark report is truly an honour,” said Irwin D. Simon, Chief Executive Officer. “It goes without saying there is a lack of women in leadership positions at corporations large and small, which is why this award is so important. Today, and every day, we are proud to celebrate the infallible and unflappable women that make up nearly 60 per cent of Aphria Inc.’s C-Suite and 30 per cent of our Board.”
To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Mr. Simon published a piece on the gender leadership gap – highlighting the fact that it’s not reflected in Aphria C-Suite.
In late 2019, Report on Business conducted a journalistic analysis of the 500 largest publicly traded Canadian companies, evaluating the ratio of female-identifying to male-identifying executives in each of the top three tiers of executive leadership. The resultant data was applied to a weighted formula that also factored in company performance and other variables. In total, 74 corporations earned Women Lead Here title this year, with a combined average of 44% of executive roles held by female-identifying individuals.
The full list of 2020 Women Lead Here honourees can be found in the April issue of Report on Business magazine, out now, and online at tgam.ca/WomenLeadHere.
Aphria Inc. continues to closely monitor and respond where possible to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The Company remains committed to providing best in class care and service to our valued patients and customers – facilities are currently open and operational with heightened measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of employees, vendors, partners and their families. The Company is committed to enhancing these measures and implementing other necessary practices as the situation warrants.
About Aphria Inc.
Aphria Inc. is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to our people, the planet, product quality and innovation. Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria Inc. has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of high-quality cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, Aphria Inc. is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market. The Company’s portfolio of brands is grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. Rooted in our founders’ multi-generational expertise in commercial agriculture, Aphria Inc. drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion.
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