CanMar Recruitment hosts a virtual career day for the cannabis industry

Curious job-seekers need not worry about having familiarity with cannabis. If you have transferable talents and experience, you will be in demand


Like just about everything else these days, CanMar Recruitment's July 10 cannabis-industry career day will take place over Zoom. Photo by fizkes/iStock/Getty Images Plus


In his 15-plus years in HR, KD Khairah has attended a lot of job fairs, but never one quite like the event his recruitment firm will host on July 10. Because this is 2020 and everything is different now, this will be an online affair, with all the action happening via Zoom.

CanMar Recruitment’s Virtual Career Day will bring job-seekers together with 20 companies in the cannabis sector for a full day that also includes panel discussions on diversity and inclusion and the state of the industry.

There is no fee to attend the event. Khairah told CannCentral that CanMar is hosting the free career day out of a sense of corporate responsibility. He noted that nearly two million Canadians are out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and further pointed out that the cannabis industry has had struggles of its own, citing the 700 jobs Aurora Cannabis recently eliminated as part of cost-cutting measures.

The Vancouver-based CanMar’s aim, Khairah said in a telephone interview, was not just to assist job-hunters, but to support the industry as well, particularly the smaller players within it.

“We wanted to do something to bring everybody together, because the cannabis industry has not had good news in the last year or more,” he said. “LPs [licensed producers] don’t make the industry. It’s the smaller companies, it’s the retailers, it’s the extraction companies, it’s the micros. All of these combined together, that’s what makes the industry. Canada is known for small and medium businesses. Not everybody is going to be an Aurora. Not everybody’s going to be a Canopy.”

Khairah said that job-seekers curious about moving into this sector need not worry about having an intimate familiarity with cannabis. If you have transferable talents and experience, you will find yourself in demand.

“If you’re a financial controller at an IT company or a manufacturing company or a CPG [consumer packaged goods] company, you could become a financial controller within the cannabis industry,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that you have to smoke a joint, it just means you have to know how to run your reports and be a financial guru.”

Those whose skills were honed in hospitality and tourism—areas especially hit hard by the pandemic—should also explore the options available within the cannabis sphere.

“We can move them into retail stores, because retail stores are all about customer experience,” Khairah said. “So they can bring that rich experience from those restaurants, travel, wherever they are coming from, to the industry’s retail side.”

To sign up for CanMar’s Virtual Career Day—and connect with industry players from companies including CannTx Life Sciences, BlueSky Organics, ROSE LifeScience, Christina Lake Cannabis, NextLeaf Solutions, and CannDelta—visit the recruitment firm’s website. g

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