A Kamloops businessman and former Thompson Rivers University student has returned to his roots to help guide aspiring entrepreneurs.
The university has announced that Adam Miron, co-founder and board member of the Quebec-based cannabis company Hexo Corp., has been appointed as the School of Business and Economics’ entrepreneur in residence.
While he won’t be teaching classes, the newly created, volunteer position will see Miron work with the faculty to help develop curriculum and liaise with and mentor students.
Miron said he was honoured to be named entrepreneur in residence.
“It’s a long time ago that I went to school here, but it’s nice to be back. Kamloops has always been my home,” Miron told reporters at a TRU/Kamloops Chamber of Commerce event on Wednesday.
Describing himself as a builder, Miron said he loves taking an idea and turning it into a functioning business — something he will have the opportunity to do with many students in a variety of areas.
“I’m planning on speaking with them [faculty] often and talking about the entrepreneur’s journey and how that can be communicated through their classes,” Miron said, noting he will also work directly with students to encourage and motivate them to take their ideas and turn them into something real.
The 35-year-old Miron stepped down from an operational role in Hexo Corp. earlier this year, but still sits on the board of the directors. He co-founded the Gatineau, Que.-based medicinal marijuana company in 2013, growing the start-up business into a company now valued at more than $2 billion, which is publicly traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
During the past 20 years, Miron has started multiple businesses, including the Canadian online political news website iPolitics, which he sold to the Toronto Star.
He continues to be involved in other ventures, notably as chairman of Brane Capital, a software company that safeguards crypto currency.
Originally from Kamloops, Miron attended TRU in the mid-2000s and became a serial entrepreneur during his time on campus, creating several clubs and a number of start-ups.