Speaker Profile

Charlie Cain MJ Unpacked

Charlie Cain

Corporate Entrepreneur

About Charlie Cain

Charlie Cain is a Corporate Entrepreneur with 20+ years’ experience developing and inspiring teams to create iconic brands, engaging customer experiences, and high performing cultures in the e-commerce, foodservice, and cannabis industries. Charlie entered Cannabis in 2015 after serving as VP of Retail Operations, Concept Development, and Franchising for Starbucks. After exploring the industry as a consultant for cannabis leaders including Privateer Holdings, Tilray, and Grodan, Charlie took the helm as CEO of Seattle-based Dockside Cannabis in 2016. Voted Best Pot Shop in Seattle 5 of the last 6 years by the readers of Seattle Weekly, Dockside is the longest-operating Medical and Recreational Retailer in Washington State, with four stores operating around the Seattle area.

Charlie re-joined Tilray in 2018 as VP, Global Retail to guide the company’s entry into Adult-Use cannabis. There he recruited subject matter leaders from companies including Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Uber to design and build a Retail Shared Services organization to efficiently develop and support retail brands through national and international expansion. In addition to leading Tilray’s company-owned retail initiatives, Charlie led Retail M&A activity across North America, conducting extensive market research, due diligence, and investment into public and private firms in the US and Canada.