January 25, 2019

Are you curious about the characters who work with cannabis?

What kind of person would decide to leave a successful career in another field to take a chance on this new industry?

NewLeaf Cannabis is proud of the people we have on our front lines, chosen due to their passion for serving the cannabis community, and Store Manager Greg Pylypiw (Midnapore) is no exception.

He’s been with NewLeaf Cannabis since we opened our first stores on October 28th, 2018, and is the type of person worth getting to know a little better.

To that end, we asked him questions about the kind of things we think you’d want to learn about your NewLeaf neighbour.


  1. What did you do before managing a NewLeaf Cannabis store?

Greg: Prior to NewLeaf I spent most of my management career managing high-volume liquor stores, focusing primarily on fine wine sales.

  1. Why did you join the cannabis industry?

Greg: To me, the cannabis industry offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I see it as a chance to be part of something new; something that has the potential to change the world. It provides a new economic engine for Canada, positioning us as a global leader. It also has real potential to change people’s lives for the better.

I have a great deal of experience in controlled substances industries. Most of my career was spent in liquor retail and I have been lucky enough to bring some rock star employees with me to NewLeaf.

  1. What’s your preference: Sativa, Indica or Hybrid? Why?

Greg: I’m definitely an Indica man, overall. I simply adore the full-body high and deep relaxation I get. I also enjoy a good Sativa from time to time when I need a bit of pep in my step, but I’m always drawn back to the Indica experience.

  1. Which cannabis strain at NewLeaf is on your radar and why?

Greg: Gran Daddy Purple, was probably the first verified strain I smoked when I was younger. When we got it in stock at the Midnapore store, it was immediately on my radar. Having now tried it, I can say that it did not disappoint!

  1. What is your ideal consumption ritual?

Greg: At the end of a long day, when I sit down with a glass of red wine, my dry herb vaporizer and my preferred strain. This little consumption ritual is extremely cathartic to me and easily my favourite way to end the day.

  1. It’s 4:20, what’s playing on your stereo?

Greg: I grew up listening to my dad’s oldies, so the song I tend to think about at 4:20 is: Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters.

  1. What was the last show you saw and couldn’t stop talking about? (movie, band or performance)

Greg: My girlfriend and I were in Jamaica earlier this year, we saw a steel drum performance that was absolutely life-changing. The band was overflowing with energy, and you could tell just by looking at them that they belonged on a stage. We couldn’t stop talking about it for months after we got back!

  1. You have the munchies, what’s your go-to snack?

Greg: Without a doubt, cereal is my go-to when I get the munchies. If at all possible, Cocoa Pebbles are what I’d grab if they were available.

  1. Favourite place to grab a bite to eat that is close to your store?

Greg: Without a doubt, Fiesta Market & Restaurant is my Achille’s heel at the moment. It’s probably the most authentic Mexican cuisine I’ve found in Calgary, and as they’re right next door to my store, I struggle not to spend a healthy portion of my paycheque in their fine establishment. I seriously cannot rave about them enough.

  1. Your best friend is visiting from out of town. Which Alberta ‘tourist ‘activity or ‘destination’ tops your list?

Greg: This is a tough one! Though I suppose if I could only pick one, I would probably choose a visit to Banff. The Rockies are a large part of why I’ve always felt I could never move away from Calgary, so sharing them with others always carries a very special feeling for me.

For more ways you can connect to our stores and the community they support, check out our YYC Day Trippin’ Blog for more things to do in YYC and the spaces and places surrounding NLC Midnapore.