Supreme Cannabis acquires fellow cannabis company Blissco
Canada’s Supreme Cannabis has announced the closure of its acquisition of compatriot cannabis company Blissco.
Receiving a final order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the plan by which Supreme Cannabis is to acquire all outstanding shares of Blissco was approved. The arrangement was intended to close on July 12.
"With the closing of this acquisition, Supreme Cannabis will expand its portfolio to include a consumer focused brand that specializes in products for the premium global wellness category," said Navdeep Dhaliwal, CEO of Supreme Cannabis. "In addition to gaining an established wellness brand, Supreme Cannabis will acquire Blissco's facility built to EU GMP standards that has been extracting oils for the Canadian market since August 2018. Blissco's scaled capabilities allow for Supreme Cannabis' high-quality inputs to be processed in-house, creating a near-term large-scale extraction opportunity to serve multiple brands under the Supreme Cannabis umbrella. As we integrate Blissco's operations, we continue to identify strong synergies between our businesses to create long term value."
A previous vote on the arrangement by Blissco shareholders passed with 99.28% in favour. Blissco shareholders will receive 0.24 Supreme Cannabis shares per Blissco share.
In its July 11 press release, the company said that the incorporation of Blissco’s wellness brand would extend its product portfolio to include CBD and THC wellness products and pre-rolls. The acquisition will also provide the company with in-house extraction capabilities thanks to Blissco's production facility in Langley, British Columbia.
"Operating as Supreme Cannabis' wellness brand will allow Blissco to focus its operations and effectively pursue opportunities in the premium wellness space," said Damian Kettlewell, CEO of Blissco. "We look forward to working with Supreme Cannabis' management team and benefitting from the Company's shared corporate services model, including best-in-class processes, commercialization experience, regulatory, marketing and brand building expertise."
How innovation is transforming government
According to Washington Technology’s Top 100 list, Leidos is the largest IT provider to the government. But as Lieutenant General William J. Bender explains, “that barely scratches the surface” of the company’s portfolio and drive for innovation.
Bender, who spent three and a half decades in the military, including a stint as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has seen action in the field and in technology during that time, and it runs in the family. Bender’s son is an F-16 instructor pilot. So it stands to reason Bender Senior intends to ensure a thriving technological base for the U.S. Air Force. “What we’re really doing here is transforming the federal government from the industrial age into the information age and doing it hand-in-hand with industry,” he says.
The significant changes that have taken place in the wider technology world are precisely the capabilities Leidos is trying to pilot the U.S. Air Force through. It boils down to developing cyberspace as a new domain of battle, globally connected and constantly challenged by the threat of cybersecurity attacks.
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That partnership relies on a shared understanding of delivering successful national security outcomes, really understanding the mission at hand, and Leidos’ long-standing relationship of over 50 years with the federal government.
To look at where technology is going, Bender thinks it is important to look back at the last 10 to 15 years. “What we’ve seen is a complete shift in how technology gets developed,” he says. “It used to be that the government invested aggressively in research and development, and some of those technologies, once they were launched in a military context, would find their way into the commercial space. That has shifted almost a hundred percent now, where the bulk of the research and development dollars and the development of tech-explicit technologies takes place in the commercial sector.”
“There’s a long-standing desire to adopt commercial technology into defense applications, but it’s had a hard time crossing the ‘valley of death’ [government slang for commercial technologies and partnerships that fail to effectively transition into government missions]. Increasingly we’re able to do that. We need to look at open architectures and open systems for a true plug-and-play capability. Instead of buying it now and trying to guess what it’s going to be used for 12 years from now, it should be evolving iteratively.”