Book about billion-dollar cannabis startup wins $30K award for best Canadian business book

Billion-dollar startup entrepreneurs won the 2022 National Business Book Award. Founded in 1985, the $30,000 annual award recognizes the best business-related writing and research in Canada.

The National Business Book Award recognizes the best business-related writing and research in Canada

A book cover covered in cannabis leaves next to a photo of the authors: two 30something white men with short brown hair and a 50something blonde woman in a pink blazer.
Billion Dollar Start-Up is a book by Julie Beun, left, Sébastien St. Louis, middle, and Adam Miron, right. (Lindsey Gibeau, submitted by ECW Press)

Entrepreneurs Adam Miron and Sébastien St.Louis and writer Julie Beun won the 2022 National Business Book Award for their book Billion Dollar Start-up

Founded in 1985, the $30,000 annual award recognizes the best business-related writing and research in Canada.This year's finalists included books about diversity, cryptocurrency, start-ups, leadership and overcoming adversity.

Chronicling Miron and St. Louis' lives from 2013 to 2019, Billion Dollar Start-up is a memoir of how the two brothers-in-law created a billion-dollar cannabis company called HEXO. 

Documenting Canada's journey to legalization along the way, diaristic entries recount the government hurdles, high competition and excitement of being an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry. 

Both Miron and St.Louis are Ottawa-based entrepreneurs and co-founders of HEXO. Billion Dollar Start-up is their first book. 

Beun is an Ottawa-based communications and public relations professional. Billion Dollar Start-up is her first book. 

An jury chaired by award-winning journalist and former CBC broadcaster Peter Mansbridge selected the winning book. 

Last year's winners were Values by Mark Carney and The Company by Stephen K. Bown.

Other past winners include Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland, The Patch by Chris Turner and Viva MAC by Andrea Benoit. 

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