Jay Rosenthal

, , Canada
Lead Producer, Content & Co-Founder, Business of Cannabis, Dutchie
Speaker Year | Toronto 2019 | Toronto 2022 | Vancouver 2018

Jay Rosenthal has a 25-year career at the intersection of media, business, politics, and policy — especially as it relates to heavily regulated industries. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Business of Cannabis, North America’s authoritative source for news and analysis of the cannabis industry. In July of 2021, Business of Cannabis was acquired by the UK-based insights, events and media company Prohibition Partners.

A sought-after media commentator on cannabis related issues, Jay has appeared on CBC Radio, CBC News Network and CBC’s Metro Morning, The Globe and Mail, BNN Bloomberg and Breakfast Television.

Jay is also the Co-Host of The Peak Daily, the most listened to daily Canadian business news podcast in the country. Learn more at readthepeak.com.

With a background in government, Jay launched several successful consultancies and start-ups before launching Business of Cannabis. He began his career in the US Capitol, working for United States Senator Barbara Boxer. Moving to the Bay Area in the late 90s, he deepened his interest in the intersection of politics and technology, serving in the administration of the Mayor of San Jose, the 10th largest City in the US.

Jay also founded a strategic communications firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies, and launched and sold an online publication which focused on California politics.

Jay’s wife Dara Solomon is the Executive Director of both the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and the Ontario Jewish Archives. Together, they are the proud (and tired) parents of 2 children, Stella (12) and Cy (8). Jay also a past-President and current Board member of the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School – having most recently chaired the school’s Pandemic Task Force.

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