CEO and Founder, Chun Law Professional Corporation
Ruth Chun is the former general counsel and corporate secretary for Newstrike Brands Ltd. / Up Cannabis Inc. and senior legal counsel at HEXO Corp. HEXO Corp. acquired Newstrike in an all share deal valued at $346 million in Q3 2019. Ruth is currently a virtual GC for both cannabis and non-cannabis firms and is a regularly sought after speaker for her expertise in the cannabis industry. Ruth joined Newstrike in February 2017 and was involved in all significant corporate activity including a successful TSXV listing, debt and equity financings (exceeding $140 million), compliance, regulatory and M&A matters and government relations. She is regularly called upon as a speaker, industry expert and guest lecturer at various colleges and universities.
She serves on several boards including the Cannabis Council of Canada and SAVIS of Halton. Prior to her foray into the cannabis industry, she served as the first female executive at a leading insurer in southern Africa as the head of legal and compliance and was a partner at Africa’s largest law firm. She was also chair of Rio Tinto’s pension fund for Rossing Uranium Mine and a trustee of the Alexander Forbes group of funds. She received an Hon BA (Trinity College) and MA from the University of Toronto and Juris Doctor from Queens University. Ruth is admitted to legal practice in Ontario, New York and Namibia. She is the founder of Chun Law Professional Corporation and advises cannabis companies at various stages of growth, including publicly traded companies and private companies seeking licensing.