Conor Purdon graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2012 with a degree in Medical Anthropology. Following his graduation, Conor worked as a Laboratory Technician within the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory for Public Health Ontario. After three years at the Public Health Lab, Conor returned to school to attend the University of Kent in England where he graduated with a MSc. in Ethnobotany. and conducted graduate research on the use of psychedelic plants as medicine.
After returning home in 2015, Conor gained experience working in the cannabis industry for a number of licensed producers performing responsibilities related to the production, processing, extraction, as well as sales and marketing of medical cannabis. In 2018, Conor was brought on by AAPS to help develop a cannabis retail training and consulting program following the announcement of a private retail model in Ontario. Conor has lead a number of workshops and seminars focused on cannabis retail regulations, quality assurance and cannabis management. As a result, Conor has closely followed the development of the current cannabis retail landscape in Ontario and across the country.