VP, Associate General Counsel – Emerging Categories, Constellation Brands, Inc.
In his capacity as Vice President, Associate General Counsel – Emerging Categories at Constellation Brands, Inc. (CBI), Sam acts as legal counsel and government relations lead for GreenStar, CBI’s affiliate in Canada. They focus on the development and production of cannabis-infused beverages. Constellation Brands is a Fortune 500 company that produces industry-leading brands in beer, wine and spirits. In October 2017, CBI, through GreenStar, announced a strategic investment in Canopy Growth Corporation, one of the earliest commercial players in Canada’s legal cannabis market. This investment included a commercialization agreement between the two companies to exchange knowledge and expertise.
Prior to joining CBI, Carsley was a partner at Dale & Lessmann LLP and co-head of the firm’s cannabis practice group where he advised licensed producers, applicants, ancillary services providers and industry groups on commercial and regulatory matters as well as US companies on cross-border joint ventures with Canadian licensed producers. In addition to his cannabis practice, Carsley maintained an active Canadian and cross-border private M&A practice in a variety of industries including the manufacturing, solar and agricultural sectors.
Carsley holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Civil Law and Common Law degrees (BCL/LLB) from McGill University and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Corporate and Securities Law from the University of Toronto.