Vancouver 2018 Speakers

Anna Serin

Director of Listings Development, CSE

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Anna Serin

Ms. Serin has more than 15 years of experience in securities and corporate finance. She has an unwavering passion, perseverance and commitment to the capital markets and investment industry.

She started her education in Business and Psychology, accomplished her brokerage and wealth management designations with honours and real estate licensing via Sauder School of Business.

Anna has worked with public companies providing all of their corporate and restructuring needs in the small cap space. She has aided companies with financings, financial reporting and maintenance, debt settlement and negotiations as well as all public disclosure and filings. She joined as Director of Listings Development with the Canadian Securities Exchange in 2016 and focuses on many areas of business and professional development initiatives within the community.

Scott Van Rixel

Founder, Bhang Corporation

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Scott Van Rixel

Renowned Chef D'Oro, Certified European Chef d'Cuisine and master chocolatier, Scott Van Rixel founded Bhang Corporation in 2010. A master chocolatier with 25+ years' experience, Scott has enjoyed tremendous success in the commercial gourmet chocolate business selling into elite markets like Whole Foods and Dean & Deluca. A creative force, Scott has a track-record of innovating products the masses want. He won the first of his eight High Times Cannabis Cup ``Best of`` awards in 2010 and began importing clean-extracted CBD from the UK in 2011. Known for being a visionary, his accomplishments are a diverse mix of businesses including several upscale restaurants, catering companies, a gourmet chocolate company, a spirits distillery, and a business that imports organic Crillo Cacao from Venezuela. Scott was a founding member of the board of NCIA and was one of the first five principal sponsors of Women's Grow.

Jamie Shaw

Groundwork Consulting

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Jamie Shaw

Jamie Shaw is both a former Director and Spokeswoman of the BC Compassion Club Society (BCCCS), and served three terms on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD), two and a half of those as President, where she lobbied successfully for the first dispensary regulations in Canada. Jamie was a co-founder of the first Canadian chapter of Women Grow in Vancouver, and her writing on various cannabis issues can be found regularly on the Canadian resource site Canlio. She continues to consult, lobby and advocate for dispensaries, and currently serves in the role of Government Relations for MMJ Canada. Jamie looks forward to a future where Canada is a leading player in cannabis innovation. She is also a big fan of Beta-Caryophyllene.

Yasmin Gordon

Senior Investment Advisor, Canaccord Genuity

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Yasmin Gordon

Yasmin is a Senior Investment Advisor (FINRA Registered Representative) with over 16 years of experience in providing financial advisory services to institutional, corporate and high net worth families. She blends a hybrid business of merchant banking focused within the Precious Metals/Natural Resources/Technology/Cannabis Sector alongside investment counsel. On the investment banking side, Yasmin is responsible for origination, analysis, structuring and the execution of investments. On the investment advisory side, Yasmin is macro at heart and views a solid understanding of global macro-economics is paramount to the balancing of investment portfolios. Yasmin has been instrumental in raising over $500M for public and private companies globally. She has been recognized as owing one of the top 20 investment advisory practices in Canada with Canaccord Genuity, most notably during years of extreme market volatility. Yasmin and her team can be contacted for: traditional and non-traditional wealth management strategies, access to financing opportunities, trading expertise, prime brokerage accounts and custodial services.

Rosy Mondin

President and CEO, Quadron Cannatech Corporation

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Rosy Mondin

As CEO & Director of Quadron Cannatech and leading advocate for the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, Rosy is at the forefront of emerging cannabis industry and policy.

With over 18 years of legal and entrepreneurial experience, Rosy has launched and managed public companies as well as start-ups and has held executive positions including General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for real estate and venture capital companies. Specializing in corporate law and regulatory affairs, Rosy has served as strategic advisor for companies involved in the processing, distribution, and safe use of medical cannabis. In 2014, she founded Soma Labs Scientific which in 2016, amalgamated to form Quadron Cannatech Corporation of which she is now President and CEO.

Quadron focuses on ancillary equipment, products, and services for the authorized cannabis industry by providing a full array of end to end extraction and processing solutions including sales of alternative end user delivery options for recreational and medical consumers.

In addition to her role with Quadron, Ms. Mondin is the Executive Director for the Cannabis Trade Alliance of Canada (CTAC) and also serves as Special Advisor to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD). In her role with CTAC, Rosy is committed to working with industry leaders, government legislators and educators to develop an inclusive, safe, and ethical cannabis industry. Under Rosy's leadership and direct involvement, CTAC actively participated in the extensive consultation process undertaken by the Canadian Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation in 2016. CTAC is cited several times in the final report and many of its recommendations were adopted.

Ms. Mondin's credibility within government, advocacy, education, and business circles has earned her a solid reputation as an entrepreneurial leader, special advisor, and legislative authority in the cannabis space. Rosy has been interviewed by the CBC, Globe and Mail and Lift Magazine and has served as guest speaker for the Lift Cannabis Expo, SFU's Public Lecture Series on Understanding Medical Marijuana, the Cannabis Business Leadership Forum, and was invited to present to the Pacific Caucus of BC MP's.

As the legal cannabis industry gains traction in Canada, and around the world, Rosy is excited to be on the cusp of this new, fast-growing industry.

Drake Sutton-Shearer

CEO and Founder, PRØHBTD Media

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Drake Sutton-Shearer

Drake Sutton-Shearer is the CEO and Founder of PRØHBTD who create, build and market cannabis brands to global consumers.The company owns and operates the leading creative studio and first multi-platform video network dedicated to cannabis, reaching tens of millions of people each month. PRØHBTD produces scripted and unscripted original content and maintains a popular lifestyle and culture website featuring cannabis, art, fashion and entertainment. Their creative studio provides a suite of premium video production (storytelling), brand development (design, packaging) and digital marketing solutions to help cannabis brands build their businesses and connect with consumers. The company is also recognized as the exclusive worldwide cannabis partner of Advertising Week, the NYC based events leader in advertising, media, marketing and technology. As a serial entrepreneur, Drake previously founded a Grammy winning talent management firm with multi-platinum creative clients and a lifestyle branding and design consultancy that serviced premier entertainment companies including Warner Bros, SONY and Universal. Additionally, Drake has founded, led and sold a music publishing company, a social virtual gifting company (#1 on Facebook) and an interactive social research company incubated at the Wharton School. He is also the inventor and holder of multiple patents with social and technology applications. Drake has been featured on CNN, Advertising Week, Variety, Huffpost, Billboard, Digiday, Wall Street Journal and on the cover of leading Cannabis B2B publication MG Magazine. He is also a featured speaker at events including YPO, CWCBE, ICBC, OMBC, Green Table Global and New West Summit.

Hilary Black

Director of Patient Education and Advocacy, Canopy Growth

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Hilary Black

Founder of BC Compassion Club Society, Canada's first medical cannabis dispensary. Director of Patient Education and Advocacy, Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada's largest legal producer of medical cannabis.

In her role as Director of Patient Education and Advocacy at Canopy Growth Hilary is responsible for outreach, advocacy and education initiatives tailored for patients, physicians and the public. She also drives Canopy's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

She regularly consults with various government bodies assisting them in navigating and shaping legalization.

Hilary pioneered the first medical cannabis dispensary in Canada, British Columbia Compassion Club Society (BCCCS), in 1997. In addition to providing medical cannabis therapies, the BCCCS offers subsidized natural healthcare services in its Wellness Centre, dramatically improving the health and quality of life for thousands of critically and chronically ill Canadians. She has been dedicated to serving patients for over 20 years and continues to be committed to breaking down the barriers to access for all Canadian patients.

Hilary is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award, acknowledging her for making a significant contribution to Canadian society for her work with medical cannabis.

Henry Rollins

Vancouver Keynote

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Henry Rollins

In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. ``Rollins is many things``, says the Washington Post, ``diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker...his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.`` When he's not traveling, Rollins prefers to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keeps his schedule full. Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag. Henry currently hosts a radio show on L.A.'s renowned NPR affiliate, KCRW, in addition to writing weekly columns for the LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia.

Nic Easley

CEO, C3 Consulting

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Nic Easley

Nic is an engaging and dynamic speaker, bringing original content to each speech, custom tailored to each audience. Nic's scientific background, combined with over 15 years of agricultural field and biological experience offers the cannabis industry new possibilities of, productivity, profitability, and professionalism. Over the past nine years - both in Colorado and nationwide - Nic has been asked to speak and keynote at multiple industry conferences and contributes to numerous industry publications . Nic holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology, and is a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

Jared Berry

CEO, CBDNaturals®

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Jared Berry

An established, highly successful American entrepreneur and innovator within the Cannabis CBD product space, Jared Berry is currently the CEO of CBDNaturals®. Known as a forward-thinker, Berry founded the first company to develop and introduce a Hemp Derived pharmaceutical-grade 99% pure crystalline CBD Isolate powder to the marketplace in 2011. One year later, his pioneering vision and boldness led to the release of a breakthrough Micro-Encapsulated technology and a time-release effect for CBD absorption that would unlock the topical benefits of this powerful substance including the first ever OTC Compliant CBD Topical Pain Cream. By 2014, Berry was on to his next discovery that would change the landscape of CBD products. He established CBDNaturals® and along with his team introduced Nano Amplified®, the first-of-its-kind Nano technology to reduce CBD particles and encase them in small, flexible, ionic-size water clusters. This enabled Berry to suspend CBD into water for use in Food & Beverages, as well as oral nutraceutical and pharmaceutical-grade applications and opened up new areas of product distribution. With success in hand, he founded Isodiol in 2015 and helped to catapult it to a $400 million publicly-traded company and a market leader in CBD today. In 2016, Berry once again proved his mastery in innovation launching TruSpectrum™, a revolutionary ``true`` Full Spectrum Phytocannabinoid extract that would provide a wide array of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavanoids and other powerful consituents as Nature intended without over purification. His keenness in business and marketing, along with his Cannabis knowledge and passion for innovation have made Berry a renowned leader, sought-after expert and innovator across the globe. As such, he developed and launched a non-systemic, topically applied CBD treatment for Autism, Fibromyalgia, and Epilepsy that received ANVISA approval in Brazil. Berry has also helped to launch the world's first ever CBD ``certified food ingredient`` (Humulus (HOPS) derived CBD extract) that is now poised to launch in a multitude of lifestyle products targeting the slow to adopt, highly conservative larger national chains who require certified food ingredients. Jared has been featured and interviewed in various magazines and television programs, and recognized by High Times as an award winner for ``Best CBD Isolate``.

Liz Blaz

Phylos, Relationship Manager

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Liz Blaz

Liz is a connector. She specializes in building relationships and working with her strong network to identify and influence creative and strategic solutions. Her direct, broad experience in vertically integrated cannabis markets provides a unique perspective which translates to invaluable insight. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics and a minor in Chinese Studies from Wofford College.

Olivier Dufourmantelle

COO, Canopy Rivers

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Olivier Dufourmantelle

Olivier is the Chief Operating Officer at Canopy Rivers and was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Continuous Improvement and Strategic Expansion for Canopy Growth. Prior to joining Canopy Growth, Olivier worked in various leadership and consulting roles in Asia, Europe, and North America at Michelin Tires and McKinsey & Company. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering at McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Clint Younge

CEO, MMJ Canada

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Clint Younge

Clint Younge had ten years of Sales/PR, and Management experience before entering the Cannabis industry, where he worked his way up from budtender to assistant manager, to manager and brand ambassador before becoming CEO of MMJ Canada. He is a Director of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, and is an advocate who loves connecting people. MMJ Canada has eight stores (and growing) across Canada, and works closely with the LOST Organization, a mental health division that reflects Clint's main focus with Cannabis.

Josh Holleb

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

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Josh Holleb

Josh brings 10 years of experience in residential and custom home building to Ceres, plus a wealth of experience helping growing operations of all kinds succeed. He has operated a 10,000 gallon solar heated aquaponic farm at 8,000 ft in elevation and a 5,000 sq. ft. indoor growing system, and has also managed organic farms. Josh manages communication between the client and our design, production and installation team, ensuring that our ever-growing list of clients coast to coast has the best possible experience from the time they place their order until they are growing year-round in their greenhouse. In his free time you will find him working in his wood shop, playing in the mountains, gardening, or drinking delicious beers.

Robert Laurie

AD LUCEM LAW Corp.

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Robert Laurie

Robert W.E. Laurie is an international lawyer, writer and speaker, qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and called to the British Columbia Bar as a barrister and solicitor. After practicing law in London and New York in the areas of international hedge fund formation and securities fraud litigation, Robert founded AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION in Vancouver in 2013. Robert's legal practice focusses on cannabis, encompassing business law, administrative and family litigation, plus criminal and marijuana regulatory defense. Robert is also a recent appointment to the City of Nanaimo's newly established municipal Cannabis Task Force.

Robert has advised licensed producers, pre-license entities, technology companies, and other domestic and foreign participants in the Canadian cannabis industry in relation to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and its regulations, including the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the ``ACMPR) and the Narcotic Control Regulations (the ``NCR``). Robert is also helping various industry participants position themselves for expected changes under Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, Eliz. II: 64-65-66 (the ``Cannabis Act``).

Robert is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Liberty Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE: LIB, OTCQB: LIBFF and FSE: HN3P), a Canadian-based, public company whose focus is to build and support a diversified portfolio of cannabis-sector businesses, including cultivation, value-added CBD/THC products, biotech research and supply-chain products within this dynamic and fast-growing sector. Liberty Leaf also owns 100% of North Road Ventures and acquired the majority interest in Just Kush, both late-stage applicants under Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

Robert is a Special Advisor to the Leadership Team of Hollyweed North Cannabis Inc. and TerraCube International Inc. He is a Director with the B.C. Independent Cannabis Alliance (BCICA), and a former Board Advisor to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD). Robert is also a contributing Writer and Columnist with Grow Magazine, based in Oregon. His regular column with Grow is entitled: ``North of the 49th Parallel: Cannabis News and Legal Commentary from Canada``. Robert holds a M.A. (Hons) Juris from the University of Oxford (St. Edmund Hall) and B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

George Scorsis

Liberty Health Sciences

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George Scorsis

George Scorsis brings over 15 years of leadership experience to the Liberty team having led companies to rapid growth within highly regulated areas such as alcohol, energy drinks and, most recently, medical cannabis. Scorsis served as the President of Red Bull Canada and was instrumental in restructuring the organization from a geographical and operational perspective, growing the business to $150 MM in revenue. In that role, he also worked closely with Health Canada on guidelines regulating the energy drink category. Most recently, Scorsis was with Mettrum Health Corp as President and was fundamental in shaping MettrumTM & Mettrum OriginalsTM. Under his leadership, the company was acquired for $430 M. Scorsis is a proven leader dedicated to providing results in business growth and development and brings a wealth of CPG experience to this exciting, burgeoning industry.

Kirk Tousaw

Tousaw Law

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Kirk Tousaw

Kirk Tousaw is a barrister and advocate for law reform. His primary practice areas are Medical Cannabis Regulatory Compliance, Cannabis Criminal Defence and Strategic Litigation. In addition to the daily practice of law, Kirk sits on the Boards of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, NORML Canada, MAPS Canada and the Sensible BC Society. Kirk has written and spoken extensively on issues related to drug policy, privacy, religious freedom, and criminal justice policy, has testified several times before the House of Commons and the Senate and litigated the first medical cannabis case to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

George Robinson

RavenQuest BioMed, Director & CEO

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George Robinson

Present Director & CEO, RavenQuest BioMed, a Canadian cannabis company that has recently gone public (October, 2017), with unique proprietary grow technology and a unique contributor to the federal and provincial conversation around the regulatory framework for cannabis in Canada.
Past President, CL2G, a private company providing end to end cannabis solutions for late stage applicants and licensed producers in Canada.
Integral in Federal policy development of Bill C-48 (legalization of adult recreational cannabis use) at the Parlaimentary and Senate levels
Alberta cannabis secretariat stakeholder and contributor at roundtable discussions for Alberta cannabis policy development.
Panelist - ABL (Alliance of Beverage Licensees) discussion on cannabis legalization and distribution in the Province of Alberta.
Panelist - BCPLSA (British Columbia Private Liquor Store Association) discussion on cannabis legalization and distribution in the Province of BC.
Keynote Speaker - 2016 Aboriginal Cannabis Conference.
Chairman of the Board - Western AgriPharma Ltd.
Present Director - Siksika Herbs
Present Director - Fort McMurray 468 Sweetgrass Agri-Industries
Present Director - Atlantic Cannabis Corp.
Past President - CANASA (Canadian Security Association) 2014-2017
National Council - CANASA 2013-2014
Sigma Six Black Belt

Terry Roycroft

MCRCI, President

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Terry Roycroft

In 2010, Mr. Roycroft founded MCRCI, a private organization with licensed physicians that educate and sign in support of qualified patients looking for legal access and guidance for medicinal cannabis. MCRCI soon became the leading cannabis clinic in Canada with a team of doctors who specialize in prescribing cannabis. With his knowledge and experience in the medicinal cannabis industry, Mr. Roycroft soon became one of the top consultants in the country for the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) and the former Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR). Mr. Roycroft continues to expand his network and database within the industry, locally and internationally, by working with production sites, pharmacists, medical laboratories, doctors, and patients. In 2018, Mr. Roycroft was the voice actor for MCRCI's radio commercial on SportsNet650.

Mr. Roycroft has also recently been invited to join the Stakeholder Advisory Committee by the Project Director of the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat of British Columbia.

Jason Rhude

PRØHBTD, Director of Brand Partnerships

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Jason Rhude

Jason Rhude is the Director of Brand Partnerships at PRØHBTD, the leading creative studio and first and largest multi-platform video network in the cannabis industry. Jason, plays a key role in the company's exclusive partnership with Advertising Week and brings an extensive sales, marketing and entrepreneurial background to the cannabis space. His executive sales experience includes turning around challenged markets for ReachLocal and overseeing LivingSocial's flagship market as Regional Sales Director.

As a veteran management consultant, Jason also worked with startups Fewer Hats, WoahStork.com and AnyMeeting. Jason's helped shape how millions of global mainstream consumers shop for experiences and services, and he joined PRØHBTD to pair this experience with his deep passion for cannabis culture.

Mary Patton

Nutopia Cannabis Consulting

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Mary Patton

Mary Patton is a seasoned business executive and veteran cannabis activist whose professional career path has taken her from award-winning marketing campaigns, working with clients such as Intel and Sun Microsystems for L!VE Marketing, to high profile entertainment industry positions with KZOK FM Radio, Harpo Studios, Rhino Entertainment, and Amoeba Music, before settling full-time into the cannabis industry with a focus on policy reform and business development. What began as a volunteer passion project in the early 1990s, eventually became a life's mission when she left her career in media, marketing and entertainment, to join top cannabis lobbying organization, The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) as Director of VIP Relations in 2008. Combining business savvy with her production, marketing and communications skills, Ms. Patton enlisted and engaged high-profile celebrity advocates to speak out on cannabis prohibition, organized star-studded fundraising events and helped to change the social narrative and attitudes surrounding marijuana to advance the legalization movement. After leaving MPP, Mary worked with Gov. Gary Johnson's Our America Initiative, then joined his campaign team on his 2012 run for President of the United States. Since 2010, Ms. Patton has been a sought-after cannabis industry consultant, lending her expertise and advice to cannabis industry start-ups, many of which have gone on to become some of the top companies in the cannabis industry.

Ngaio Bealum

ICBC Master of Cermonies

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Ngaio Bealum

Ngaio Bealum is one of the premiere cannabis comics in the United States and you'll see why he has performed at just about every Hempfest on the West Coast and too many cannabis-related events to even keep track of. He has appeared on Comedy Central, BET, MTV and many other networks and shows across your television dial. Very recently, he was a featured guest on the hilarious podcast of Doug Benson (Super High Me, Half-Baked), Getting Doug With High. In addition to his cannabis comedy, he is the former editor of West Coast Cannabis Magazine and has been a tireless activist for legalization. While Ngaio's comedy is hilarious whether you are a full-fledged member of the cannabis community or not, it certainly doesn't hurt.

Emanuel Kotzian

CEO, AGENTUR SOWJET GmbH

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Emanuel Kotzian

Emanuel Kotzian dedicates himself to the education about the effects of cannabis and lobbies for the re-normalization of this classic cultural plant. In 2000, he established Germany's biggest magazine ``Hanf Journal`` and founded Agentur Sowjet GmbH, where he currently serves as CEO. With more than 1 million fans, followers and readers on several channels, Agentur Sowjet is one of the leading marketing companies on the European Hemp Market. Its network of companies and branch offices extends from the Canary Islands to Kiev in the Ukraine and represents a unique platform for any marketing participant.

James Munro

Partner, McMillan LLP

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James Munro

James Munro is a partner in McMillan LLP's Capital Markets group in Vancouver. His practice focuses on securities, corporate finance and cannabis law. As part of his securities and corporate finance practice, James advises private and public clients in a range of industries in connection with venture capital financings, initial public offerings, private placements, public equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, stock exchange listings, corporate governance, securities regulatory matters, contested shareholder meetings and proxy contests, and general corporate and securities law matters. As part of his cannabis practice, James advises both private and public clients with respect to a broad range of licensing, transaction, and corporate compliance matters. James co-founded the firm's Cannabis Practice Group in 2016.

Gregg Steinberg

CEO, GrowCentia

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Gregg Steinberg

Gregg is CEO of Growcentia, a Ft. Collins Co. based company that manufactures organically derived microbial plant growth stimulants that enable growers to maximize the yield and health of various crops. Mammoth P® - Growcentia's first product, was developed by its founders at Colorado State University and is the leading P solubilizing microbial biostimulant in the cannabis market. Mammoth P naturally liberates phosphorus and micronutrients to maximize plant growth and bud yields. The company launched in 2015 and is now sold coast to coast in the US as well as in Australia, Spain, Jamaica, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile and the UK.

Prior to joining Growcentia Gregg founded Charlemagne Global Advisory a strategy and operations advisory firm for both for profit and not for profit entities. Projects and initiatives of CGA have been in and around the incubation and acceleration of early and development stage start-up ventures as well as more mature enterprises. Previous to founding CGA, Gregg was the President and/or Managing Director of numerous associated companies delivering a broad spectrum of strategic consulting and other professional services. The company was listed twice (both times in the top 10) by INC. magazine in the INC. 500. Cumulative revenues under Gregg's presidency exceeded $2 billion.

Gregg is a member of the Board of Directors of The ArcView Group. The Arcview Investor Network currently consists of 600+ accredited investors. More than 160 companies have raised at least $150 million as a result of their participation in Arcview. Arcview is also a partner in Canopy, a seed-stage business accelerator.

Gregg also serves on the Board of the Simon School Venture Fund (Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, NY).

Dr. Anthony Holler

Chairman & CEO, Sunniva Inc.

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Dr. Anthony Holler

Tony is the former CEO and founder of ID Biomedical which was one of the largest high quality, low cost manufacturers of flu vaccines acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2005 for $1.7 billion. Former Chairman of Corriente Resources Inc. which was sold for approx. $700 million to CRCC-Tongguan Investment Co. Current Chairman of CRH Medical Corporation which is a public company trading on the TSX and NYSE. Dr. Holler invests and takes an active role in every company and his expertise includes strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, financing with a singular focus on increasing shareholder value.

Marcus Richardson

Bubbleman

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Marcus Richardson

Marcus Richardson is a pioneer in the field of water extraction processing as well as an entrepreneur, macro photographer, and founder of Freshheadies, Ltd., which sells the highest quality water extraction system available. He is a is also one of the founders of Jamaican based company Cannabinoid Research and Development.

Barinder Rasode

CEO, NICHE

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Barinder Rasode


Home grown social influencer Barinder Rasode's quintessential advocacy for Canadian values is nationally renowned. Her leadership, mastery of complex subjects and innovation guides a plethora of issues that impact the everyday life of Canadians. A strong believer in creating cohesion and synchronicity, Barinder leads by example to propel a team's natural strengths to levels of exceptionality that help shape objectives, narratives and discourse.
Currently, Barinder is the CEO of NICHE, an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides impartial and evidence-based research about cannabis production and use in Canada. Based in Vancouver with a national vision, NICHE was established in 2017 after discussions with the Federal and Provincial governments, industry, universities, patients, consumers, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.
Barinder has extensive experience working with senior levels of government, stakeholders and the private sector to find common ground to encourage respectful, informed dialogue on diverse issues to tackle emerging challenges facing BC's future.
A fierce advocate of women's rights, Barinder is the co-founder and Advisory Committee Chair for a unique series of conferences, SheTalks, each featuring 16 inspirational women who share stories of leadership, transformation, innovation, and how to succeed in today's rapidly changing world. To date SheTalks has produced 11 popular events, including SheTalks YVR, SheTalks Resources and SheTalks Technology, highlighting the stories of over 160 women.
Barinder also hosts SheTalks Radio a weekly show on Roundhouse 98.3 FM.
Previously, Barinder served two terms as an elected Councillor for the City of Surrey, taking leadership roles in public safety and transportation. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Fraser Health, which provides governance and vision for the largest health authority in British Columbia. In her appointed role, she worked with senior management to establish overall strategic direction, review long-term plans, and ensure appropriate community consultation.
Among her many accolades, Vancouver Magazine ranked her as one of the 50 most powerful people in Vancouver.

Derek Riedle

Founder & Publisher, Civilized.

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Derek Riedle

Derek Riedle (pronounced reed-lee) is the founder and publisher of Civilized - a media company that speaks to motivated, productive adults who choose to enjoy cannabis as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, but do not define themselves by it. Riedle approaches life with wide-eyed curiosity and a gut feeling for what people want before they know they want it. Derek has crafted the message and shaped the story of leading companies and winning political campaigns across North America. He founded strategic communications agency, Revolution Strategy and is the co-creator of ``Real Houses of...``, a television series showcasing some of the most interesting homes in North America and the personalities behind them. His home base is Canada's east coast but currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Allen Greenspoon, MD

Canadian Cannabis Physician

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Dr. Allen Greenspoon, MD

Dr. Greenspoon's career as a trusted family physician at the Hamilton Family Physician spans over 30 years serving north end Hamilton families. His vision of an integrated health care model, health education and health promotion, while providing quick access to appointments and services has maximized patient experience.
Dr. Allen Greenspoon's area of special interest is in Occupational Health. He has been instrumental in leveraging many key partnerships with corporate clients to maintain safe, productive workplaces. A vision to provide employers the necessary services to access medical care quickly has made Wellington Medical Centre, the provider of choice for Occupational Medical services in the GTHA.

Justin Meiklem

VP Sales & Marketing, Stockhouse Publishing

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Justin Meiklem

VP Sales & Marketing, Stockhouse Publishing

Dr. Darryl Hudson, PhD

Co-Founder, InPlanta Biotechnology

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Dr. Darryl Hudson, PhD

Dr. Darryl Hudson is the co-founder of InPlanta Biotechnology and the VP of Science & Innovation for the Flowr Corporation. He received a PhD in Molecular Biology & Genetics from the University of Guelph in 2010. Following a postdoctoral fellowship and work developing commercial fertilizers, he has focused the majority of his time towards the emerging Cannabis industry. He has helped multiple groups obtain licenses through the ACMPR/MMPR program and has consulted on Cannabis projects around the world. He continues to utilize his expertise to optimize cultivation, extraction and quality assurance protocols within the industry. His lab uses both traditional and modern biotech methods to develop improved Cannabis and Hemp varieties designed specifically developed for both agricutural and medical purposes. He is a constant advocate for quality, affordable medicine produced from the Cannabis plant while also overseeing hemp cultivation profjects around the globe.

Andrea Dobbs

Co-Founder & Acting COO, Village Bloomer

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Andrea Dobbs

With an educational background in Design, Andrea has worked most of her life in retail, with a focus on retail design and management. Throughout her career, Andrea has had the pleasure of working for forward-thinking retailers like IKEA, The Body Shop, and Womyns Wareis and interested in redefining what cannabis means to women and In making cannabis more accessible.

Mat Beren

Owner, House of the Great Gardener

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Mat Beren

Mat is the owner of the House of the Great Gardener seed company. He has been working with cannabis for more than 20 years. Mat fought and won a six-year constitutional challenge in the BC Supreme Court regarding the MMAR program. After he won, he started his seed company to help patients get access to medicine that works best for them. Mat has more than 50 international awards for his work with cannabis.

Paul Pedersen, MBA

Co-Founder & CEO NextLeaf Solutions

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Paul Pedersen, MBA

Paul Pedersen is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nextleaf Solutions, a provider of proprietary cannabis refinement & distillation technology along with a mobile extract lab option. Paul has 12 years' of experience starting, growing and financing emerging growth companies. He has founded several startups over his career, including International Battery Metals (CSE: IBAT) and a media company acquired in 2007 by Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER). In 2013, Paul founded Greywood Partners, a corporate finance advisory firm specializing in equity financings, acquisitions, and minority and majority share sales. Greywood was one of the first advisory firms in Canada to focus on the cannabis industry, and has advised a variety of cannabis industry clients, including licensed producers, extraction processors, and Canada's leading seed-to-sale software provider.

Paul holds a MBA in Finance from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University - where he served as a Fellow at the Center for Venture Capital Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance - and a Bachelors of Commerce Degree from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University.

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