Jeannette VanderMarel is a prominent figure in the Canadian cannabis industry. As one of the industry’s first female executives, VanderMarel helped build and grow some of the high-profile companies in the Canadian cannabis industry. VanderMarel co-founded The Green Organic Dutchman, one of the first companies to be granted a licence to produce cannabis by Health Canada. She was also the co-founder and president of Good & Green and former co-CEO at 48North. Most recently, she was the CEO of Beleave. She has since left that post and currently exploring new ventures.
VanderMarel is not new to the business of agriculture, coming from a family of apple growers. She has always worked to strike a balance between promoting sustainable farming practices out in the field, and good corporate social responsibility in the boardrooms. Before pursuing her passion for farming, VanderMarel worked in the health-care field as a registered nurse and a certified nurse in critical care – pediatrics.