At CQE, we believe in the advancement of cannabis industry and science. Our mission is to help our clients protect their businesses from the variety of risks facing the marijuana industry. We mitigate these risks by certifying that our clients are compliant with applicable laws and not in violation of public safety. We also coordinate strategy development with our clients to achieve their quality goals.
Founder, Marijuana Industrial Hygienist, Cannabis Quality Engineer
With his B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology in hand, Carter Baird cut his teeth assuring sterilization in a microbiology lab for a surgical device manufacturing plant in 2010. Starting as a Laboratory Assistant, he quickly ascended to the title of Quality Analyst gaining certification in Microbiology, Sterilization, Environmental Monitoring, Cleaning and Steam Validations, Ethylene Oxide/Radiation Sterilization Validation, Biocompatibility, Regulatory Approval Process (FDA), Strategy Development, and Packaging Testing. Building on his experience, he received BSI ISO 13485:2003 Lead Auditor certification, was deemed competent for Medical Device Management Systems, Management Systems Auditing, Leading Management Systems Audit Teams and received the title of Quality Engineer.
It was with this experience that he entered the Colorado Marijuana Industry in January 2014. As an Occupational Licensee with a Support Badge, Carter gained experience with a variety of employers in his first year working in all three types of state-licensed facilities: Marijuana Dispensaries, Optional Premises Cultivation (OPC) Facilities, and Marijuana Infused Product (MIP) Manufacturing Facilities.
With the added hands-on experience of CO2 extraction, harvesting, budtending, and SOP development; he was ready to supply the industry’s demand for industrial hygiene and quality management now required under Colorado State Law. Thus, CQE was born!