Oshawa, Ont. – Durham College (DC) and Ample Organics (AO) are pleased to announce their signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize their collaboration on post-secondary learning and corporate training opportunities related to the medical and recreational cannabis industry.
“Partnering with industry leaders like Ample Organics is key to Durham College’s approach to providing business professionals with the best possible start to launching a career in the cannabis industry,” said Don Lovisa, president, DC. “Who better to inform our approach to preparing students who meet the needs of employers than a company that is already working with 75 percent of Canada’s licensed producers (LPs), the exact employers we’re looking to serve.”
Under the agreement, AO will provide expertise to DC in connection with the development of new cannabis-related courses and programs, and to augment DC’s existing educational offerings, including the new Cannabis Industry Specialization certificate program and two-day Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals course. Particular areas of focus will include cannabis-related software, marketing, patient management and regulations.
The MOU will also see DC students gain exposure to AO’s leading seed-to-sale software and new opportunities for experiential learning in the field. AO is committed to the development of cannabis-related education at the post-secondary and professional levels and will assist DC in building relationships across the industry to help support course development. DC and AO will also explore opportunities to collaborate on applied research initiatives related to the medical and/or recreational cannabis industry. Under separate but related agreements, DC’s Corporate Training Services department will develop learning for AO specific to AO’s software solutions.
“The entire Ample Organics team are strong advocates for education in the cannabis industry,” said Tom Ritchie, director of training and education, AO. “We are thrilled to develop partnerships with forward-thinking, post-secondary institutions like Durham College. Our combined commitment to educating those seeking a career within this industry serves as a way of not only supporting our clients, but all employers in this field. We are honoured to be working with Durham College and look forward to playing a role in shaping the future of cannabis education.”
About Durham College
At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.
The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.
The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.
For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.
About Ample Organics
Ample Organics is Canada’s leading cannabis business solution, adopted by 75% of the nation’s Licensed Producers. To date, the Ample Organics platform has processed more than 880,000 orders and 16,000,000 grams of cannabis. Ample Organics makes compliance easy by tracking individual plants from seed to consumer and reporting every detail of the growth, production, and sales processes. With Ample Organics, data is collected at the most granular levels, offering insights that can drive business decisions and help to protect public safety. Beyond seed to sale, Ample Organics’ extended suite of products creates a complete ecosystem for cannabis businesses. From easy patient registration to cannabis-exclusive payment solutions, Ample Organics continues to evolve and release new products to provide reliable and compliant solutions for the cannabis industry.
For further information contact:
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2952
1.866.691.8407 ext. 4