CEO, Lift & Co.
A corporate lawyer and consultant by trade, Matei Olaru has been the CEO of Lift & Co. since 2016. Under his leadership, Lift & Co. has raised CAD $4 million in private funding and tripled its team to more than 35 employees in one year’s time. Previously, Matei helped advise international governments on business and investment policy as a consultant with the World Bank in Washington D.C., and practiced law for the cannabis industry with a focus on corporate matters. Matei holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a commerce degree from the Smith School of Business (Queen’s University). Matei is a sought-after thought leader, speaking at numerous domestic and international cannabis conferences and appearing regularly on BNN and CBC, as well as in Forbes, the Financial Post, the Toronto Star, and Maclean’s.