Cam Battley, 49, chief corporate officer of Vancouver-based Aurora Cannabis Inc., calls Air Canada home (he flew 150,000 miles in 2017) but spends his exceedingly rare days off in the Toronto area. He sat down with Postmedia at Aurora’s Vancouver office on Thursday ahead of the Lift Cannabis Expo this weekend to talk legalization, expansion and the battle to be No. 1 in the Canadian market.
Q. On Jan. 6, Aurora celebrated two years since selling its first gram of cannabis. What has been the company’s biggest achievement in that time?
A. We have been the fastest-growing Canadian cannabis company in terms of registered patients, revenues and the generation of shareholder value. We have more than caught up to the companies that were so far ahead of us because we received our licences 18 months behind what are known as the “Blessed 13” first 13 companies to receive their licences from Health Canada. So we’ve more than caught up and we’ve surpassed all but one (Canopy Growth Corp.) — and we have our eyes on that position as well.