Cannabis Production Excellence in Leadership Award

The Cannabis Production Excellence in Student Leadership Award aims to encourage and support student leadership in NC's Commercial Cannabis Production postgraduate program. Recipients of this award demonstrate a genuine passion towards cannabis production, teamwork, leadership and academic excellence. 

The fundraising goal....
The goal is to raise $16,000 through contributions made for in part by the cannabis community and cannabis industry. 

If we reach our fundraising goal, we will be able to provide three (3) years of awards, supporting thirty-six (36) future cannabis industry leaders. All contributors will be recognized on the award and acknowledged at the award ceremony.

In order to contribute towards the success of this fundraising campaign, for every donation >$15.00, the organiser will donate $1.00 to a maximum of $1000. The organiser's contribution is directly coming from TGOD's Community Engagement Award he received - the final monetary award offered to Commercial Cannabis Production postgraduate students in Fall 2019. 

The fundraising breakdown...
Up to three (3) awards of $500 may be issued within each cohort for three (3) years (Winter cohort, Summer cohort and Fall cohort students). Each award recipient will receive a large plaque and certificate at their respective convocation ceremony.

The numerical breakdown of the distribution of funds is given below:
[$500 (monetary award) + $92.59 (cost of plaque and certificate)] x 3 students per cohort x 3 cohorts per year (Winter Start, Summer Start, Fall Start students) x 3 years = $16,000.00

The requirements to qualify...
- A minimum of three students must successfully lead NCSAC's Cannabis Production Society to qualify
- Students must register a minimum of twenty (20) volunteer hours towards their Niagara College co-curricular record
- Students must achieve +75% academic average upon graduation

The story behind this award...

Andrew Nunez-Alvarez, a commercial cannabis production postgraduate alumni, is devoted to supporting the cannabis industry, especially the future leaders that will help this industry succeed. Prior to Niagara College, Andrew studied Horticulture Sciences at Humber College and Horticulture at Durham College. At Durham College, Andrew discovered the importance of extracurriculars from a student leader's perspective. The opportunity to grow and develop strong leadership skills by simply supporting the success of one's peers is the most invaluable investment of a student's time during school. This kind of experience is not taught in the classroom. This experience is gained by taking the initiative to lead extracurriculars.


In 2018, Andrew resigned from a dream job as a grower in the cannabis industry to commit his time towards supporting his peers through extracurriculars. That year, Andrew founded and led Durham College's Horticulture Society and the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy Durham Chapter. Andrew was also elected to serve as the Board of Director of the Centre for Food on student government, was nominated by the board of directors to serve as Vice Chairperson of the Organization and was ultimately promoted to the role of Managing Director (Acting President) of the student government in 2019. Andrew is honored to be the recipient of several awards of excellence in academics and student leadership. To this day, Andrew feels most grateful for the opportunities and experience extracurriculars can provide to students willing to develop their leadership ability.

In September 2019, Andrew created NCSAC's Cannabis Production Society, along with founding members Kira Turner and Maxxim Smith. Andrew has dedicated many sleepless nights towards establishing NCSAC's Cannabis Production Society, a group geared to support future generations of cannabis postgraduates and student leaders for years to come. The society was designed to create opportunities for student leaders to develop and strengthen their leadership experience by supporting their peers and enriching the student experience at Niagara College.

There is nothing more that Andrew could hope for than to see the cannabis industry succeed. Andrew firmly believes that the definition of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. For this reason, this award is being created to not only encourage students to develop and strengthen their leadership experience, but to nurture a skill set that will assist them along their journey in the cannabis industry. Currently, no scholarships and awards exist that support Commercial Cannabis Production postgraduates. Andrew's hope is to bring together the cannabis industry and cannabis community to support the future of this industry and it all starts with your donation.



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Andrew Nunez-Alvarez 
Toronto, ON
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