One of our team members, Nolan Vollmer, is currently a Production Technician and has been with Tilray since March 2014. Nolan has previously served 2 operations (in 2010 and 2012), completing a total of 6 exercises over the last 20 years. He calls himself a part-time soldier and specializes in high-frequency radio communications. The other team member travelling is Ryan Plamondon, who has been part of Tilray's Security Team since August 2015. This will be Ryan's first operation in the Canadian arctic and he expressed excitement at this unique and rare opportunity.
The challenges the arctic environment presents are many: from extreme weather and harsh environments (40 degrees below zero temperatures and high winds) to air travel difficulties, soldiers need to be prepared. Although damage to equipment is common, if something breaks, it is not easily replaced. In addition, satellite communications can be spotty above the 60th parallel (in the polar regions); the aurora Borealis can interfere with communications.
Tilray is proud to have active service members as well as veterans on our team. We strive to take care of our veterans as they've taken care of us. Here are some ways we're doing our part to help:
- Tilray supported the effort to have medical cannabis extracts covered by as part of veterans medical insurance by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).
- Tilray provides sponsorship to such groups that help make a difference in veterans' lives, such as Wounded Warrior BC.
- Together with the University of British Columbia, we're currently involved in a first-of-its-kind clinical trial investigating the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of PTSD After VAC announced changes to its insurance coverage of medical cannabis for veterans, we created the Tilray Bridge Program to help veterans continue to obtain the medical cannabis they need