Seven Leaf of Akwesasne, ON has become Canada’s first Indigenous owned and operated producer of
cannabis licensed by Health Canada.
Located in the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory on Cornwall Island, Ontario, the company is led by an
experienced team from the Akwesasne community with diverse expertise in law enforcement and
the law, horticulture, business administration and pharmaceuticals.
Seven Leaf applied to become a Licenced Producer of medical cannabis in 2014. Since then, it has passed
the tough security screening of its key executives and received approval for its business plans which
includes re-purposing a former water bottling plant in Akwesasne.
While thousands of companies and individuals have applied for a licence to produce cannabis, just a
small percentage have been successful in meeting the strict requirements for safety and security
following thorough inspections of each step of planning and development.
Seven Leaf is already employing many local people in the construction trades. At operating capacity,
Seven Leaf expects to hire 75 people. It will complete its next phase of hiring within 6 months. Seven
Leaf aims to have products available for sale in Spring 2019.
The Seven Leaf team is deeply rooted in the Akwesasne community and its success to date lies in the
people behind the company. They include:
The president, Lewis Mitchell, is the former Chief of Police for Akwesasne. Having grown
up around the herbal medicine traditions on the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, Lewis
has passionate views of the healing benefits of cannabis.
The Chief Compliance Officer is Lorraine M. White. She was the youngest female ever
elected to serve as a chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and is a renowned attorney.
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