Narbé Alexandrian is the CEO of Canopy Rivers, venture capital firm in Canada specializing in investing capital to help grow sustainable cannabis businesses. Narbé providing insight into what the firm looks for when investing in cannabis companies and how that strategy has changed during the pandemic. Narbé also goes into detail about the Wave Theory, projecting the future of the cannabis industry from the present to the next 2-5-10 years. We discuss implications of what the consumer wants in a product vs. what companies are providing and ways companies can stand out amongst their competitors in order to be successful in the future.
Prior to joining Canopy Rivers, Narbé was a Venture Capitalist at OMERS Ventures, one of the most prominent technology venture capital funds in Canada. During his tenure, Narbe helped fundraise for two funds ($520M of capital), sourced and led multiple debt/equity financings, and acted as a Board Observer for several portfolio companies. Prior to OMERS Ventures, Narbé was a Senior Strategy Manager in TELUS’ Internet of Things (IoT) group where he helped launch operational go-to-market strategies to TELUS’ executive leadership team. Prior to TELUS, he held roles at Firmex Inc., a leading virtual data room company based in Toronto, and Deloitte LLP, where he held roles in Financial Advisory and Consulting (fka Monitor Deloitte). Narbé is currently a Sessional Instructor at the Schulich School of Business, teaching technology entrepreneurship and venture capital within the undergraduate and MBA programs. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.