Nancy Whiteman

CEO, Wana Brands; Founder, Wana Brands Foundation

Heralded as “The Queen of Legal Weed” by Inc. (May 2017) and “The Martha Stewart of Edibles” by Entrepreneur (Jan. 2019), Nancy Whiteman is co-founder and CEO of Wana Brands, a top international brand already available in more than 3,000 dispensaries across the United States and Canada.  In October 2021, Canopy Growth Corp. announced it had purchased the right–upon federal permissibility of THC in the US–to acquire Wana Brands. With proceeds from the deal, Nancy established the Wana Brands Foundation, an organization working to enhance the world by supporting a wide variety of nonprofits in Wana’s communities. Nancy leads Wana Brands’ strategic vision and has been instrumental in the company’s growth into new and emerging markets.  She also directs the development of partnerships and licensing agreements domestically and internationally. Nancy serves on the Marijuana Business Daily Advisory Board and the Benzinga Cannabis Advisory Board. She has been recognized for numerous awards including Forbes’ Most Influential People in Cannabis (April 2022)High Times 100 (April 2022)Green Market Report’s First Ever Women Leadership Award for Leading Brand (April 2022) and Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business (July 2022). She is a member of the US Cannabis Council, Colorado Cannabis Manufacturers Association, National Cannabis Industry Association, Colorado LEADS and Marijuana Policy Project. Prior to Wana, Nancy was a principal with The Whiteman Group, a sales and marketing consultancy, and previously held a range of senior-level marketing and business development positions including Vice President, Marketing and New Corporate Ventures for the Paul Revere Insurance Group in Massachusetts. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.