Cal Bricker

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
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Main Bio

Dr. Cal Bricker is an executive with over 30 years of experience in regulated industries, focused on infrastructure services, entertainment and packaged goods. Most recently he was the President and CEO of the Ontario Cannabis Store, a government agency charged with buying, wholesaling and distributing over a billion dollars of cannabis in Canada’s largest province. During his tenure he transformed the organization from losing $42 million to making over $80 million in EBITDA on revenue exceeding $1 billion.   

His prior employment includes Senior Vice President at Ontario Lottery and Gaming, where he spearheaded the creation of a 20-year contract to bring certainty to the future of the Ontario horseracing industry. He’s held senior positions at Waste Management Canada, Labatt Breweries and Molson Breweries.   

He is also a decorated military officer, currently serving as a reserve Captain (Navy) in the Royal Canadian Navy. During his time in the military he completed three assignments in Afghanistan. Bricker holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University and studied business at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.   

He has served on many private, public and non-profit boards, including chairing the board of the Ontario Waste Management Association. He currently serves on the board of the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy and is an honorary governor of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. He is the founder of Brix Strategies, a multi-disciplined agency that focuses on crisis and issues management. 

Updated July 2023