Co-Founder and President, Business of Cannabis
Jay Rosenthal has a 20-year career at the intersection of media, business, politics, and policy — especially as it relates to heavily regulated industries. He is the Co-Founder and President of the Business of Cannabis, Canada’s authoritative source for news and analysis of the cannabis industry. As President, he provides context and insight into this dynamic and ever-changing Canadian sector.
A sought-after media commentator on cannabis related issues, Jay has appeared on CBC Radio, CBC News Network and CBC’s Metro Morning, The Globe and Mail, BNN Bloomberg and Breakfast Television. He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post. In April 2019, he was nominated as the 2018 Cannabis Person of the Year at the O’Cannabiz Awards.
With a background in government, Jay launched several successful consultancies and start-ups before launching Business of Cannabis. He began his career in the US Capitol, working for United States Senator Barbara Boxer. Moving to the Bay Area in the late 90s, he deepened his interest in the intersection of politics and technology, serving in the administration of the Mayor of San Jose, the 10th largest City in the US and the heart of Silicon Valley.
Jay also founded a strategic communications firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies, and launched and sold an online publication which focused on California politics. From 2013 to 2017, Jay directed special projects at Public Inc., a social impact marketing agency, where he led two separate Public Health Agency of Canada-funded projects focused on workplace health and wellness.
Jay’s wife Dara Solomon is the Executive Director of both the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and the Ontario Jewish Archives. Together, they are the proud (and tired) parents of 2 children, Stella (9) and Cy (5). Jay also serves the Co-President of the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School Board of Directors.