Aurora Cannabis Achieves Highest Cannabis Corporate Boards Ranking in 2019 Globe & Mail Board Games Report
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Aurora Cannabis Inc. (the "Company" or "Aurora") (NYSE â"e TSX: ACB), the Canadian company defining the future of cannabis worldwide, is pleased to acknowledge the Company's ranking in the 2019 annual Report on Business ("ROB") review of Corporate Boards, known as Board Games. Published in its 18th year, the ROB Board Games considers dozens of governance criteria, extending beyond those required by formal regulations. Aurora achieved a score of 67 (out of a total score of 100), representing a significant increase over the prior year, a substantially higher ranking than others in its peer group of companies.
"Aurora's improvement in the ROB Board Games was made possible by the swift and responsible actions by the collective Board and with the full support of management," said Michael Singer, Executive Chairman of Aurora. "Immediately following the 2018 Board Games report, our Board underwent a critical review of its practices, policies and disclosures in an effort to be explicitly transparent with our shareholders and demonstrate leadership through its commitment to enhancing overall governance as Aurora continues advancing as the global cannabis leader. We are very pleased with this marked improvement and yet another important point of differentiation of Aurora from its peers."
In partnership with its strategic advisors and the active participation of all Board members, Aurora was able to implement a series of important changes ahead of the close of its fiscal year, June 30, 2019.
Norma Beauchamp, Chair of Aurora's Corporate Nominating and Governance Committee, added, "I am proud of the efforts this Board has undergone in a very short timeframe and with great determination to make big and critical shifts that are akin to mature businesses. We still have room for growth and are already in the process of implementing even further adjustments that we believe are appropriate for Aurora's long-term success. The dramatic rise in ranking is a testament to the conviction of the organization."
The 2019 Board Games and complete methodology can be accessed here. Aurora's Board of Directors circular can be viewed here.
Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with funded capacity in excess of 625,000 kg per annum and sales and operations in 25 countries across five continents, Aurora is one of the world's largest and leading cannabis companies. Aurora is vertically integrated and horizontally diversified across every key segment of the value chain, from facility engineering and design to cannabis breeding and genetics research, cannabis and hemp production, derivatives, high value-add product development, home cultivation, wholesale and retail distribution.
Highly differentiated from its peers, Aurora has established a uniquely advanced, consistent and efficient production strategy, based on purpose-built facilities that integrate leading-edge technologies across all processes, defined by extensive automation and customization, resulting in the massive scale production of high-quality consistent product. Designed to be replicable and scalable globally, our production facilities are designed to produce cannabis at significant scale, with high quality, industry-leading yields, and low-per gram production costs. Each of Aurora's facilities is built to meet European Union Good Manufacturing Practices ("EU GMP") standards. Certification has been granted to Aurora's first production facility in Mountain View County, the MedReleaf Markham facility, and its wholly owned European medical cannabis distributor Aurora Deutschland. All Aurora facilities are designed and built to the EU GMP standard.
In addition to the Company's rapid organic growth and strong execution on strategic M&A, which to date includes 17 wholly owned subsidiary companies - MedReleaf, CanvasRX, Peloton Pharmaceutical, Aurora Deutschland, H2 Biopharma, BC Northern Lights, Larssen Greenhouses, CanniMed Therapeutics, Anandia, HotHouse Consulting, MED Colombia, Agropro, Borela, ICC Labs, Whistler, Chemi Pharmaceutical, and Hempco - Aurora is distinguished by its reputation as a partner and employer of choice in the global cannabis sector, having invested in and established strategic partnerships with a range of leading innovators, including: Radient Technologies Inc. (TSXV:RTI.VN), Cann Group Ltd. (ASX:CAN), Micron Waste Technologies Inc. (CNSX:MWM.CN), Choom Holdings Inc. (CNSX:CHOO.CN), CTT Pharmaceuticals (OTCC:CTTH), Alcanna Inc. (TSX:CLIQ.TO), High Tide Inc. (CNSX:HITI.CN), EnWave Corporation (TSXV:ENW.VN), Capcium Inc. (private), Evio Beauty Group (private), and Wagner Dimas (private).
Aurora's Common Shares trade on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol "ACB", and is a constituent of the S&P/TSX Composite Index.
For more information about Aurora, please visit our investor website, investor.auroramj.com
Terry Booth, CEO Aurora Cannabis Inc.
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