2018 Grow Up Conference Schedule
Note: Schedule line-up, times, topics, panelist and moderators are subject to change without notice. Please refer to this page for current information.
Meet n’ Greet with Dragon's Den, Kevin O'Leary
O'Shares ETFs & ABC's Shark Tank
Tony Chapman believes we are squandering first-mover advantage with cannabis, the most significant consumer product launch in our history, and at a time when Canada's economy is starving for growth. Instead of unleashing free enterprise to cultivate, invest in science, file patents and create brands we handcuff them and turn a blind eye to the black market which generates more cannabis revenue in North America than McDonalds and Starbucks combined.
In this keynote, Chapman shares what he would do to set Canada up for sustained success in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Tony Chapman Reactions
An industry is born, and it just got real. “Compassion growers” who started with a few lights are suddenly in the commercial game with thousands of them. A plant that seemed easy to grow when you were dealing with a dozen, requires high-tech lighting, irrigation and systems engineering when you’re working out of a full warehouse. There are a handful of go-to companies with top-to-bottom facility expertise in facility creation and management. They’ve seen major successes and brutal mistakes, and, in this panel, they’ll share insights that could set you up from the ground up.Moderator: Megan Henderson, TheGrowthOp.com
You knew the end of prohibition wouldn’t come without fine print. Indeed, “legalized” cannabis may arguably be more regulated than ever. Cultivating companies will need to provide background checks from top to bottom. Outdoor growing has a code of security requirements that some say make it prohibitively expensive. Potency has yet to be properly addressed. Will some genetics still be illegal? And what the heck is a “micro-cultivation license” anyway? The grey areas are endless. But the expertise on this panel can help lead you safely through the maze.Moderator: Jamie Shaw, Industry and Policy Expert
WSP Canada Inc.
David Hyde & Associates
Dr. Tim Sharbel
Kanata Earth Genetics
Industrial Hemp has been used for thousands of years and for hundreds of purposes. Though it has made somewhat of a comeback since the implementation of the Industrial Hemp program in1997, changes in the Canadian regulations under the new Cannabis Act now make it possible to extract the medicine from Hemp crops and will potentially permit outdoor cultivation of high THC Cannabis. For farmers, the possibility of gaining an additional revenue stream or growing a higher value crop is very attractive. Furthermore, the funding now being directed toward hemp production will allow us to solve many of the issues surrounding cultivation, harvesting, processing and marketing this crop. There are several methods used for farming hemp and different cultivars are being created for a variety of purposes and climates. Dr. Hudson will cover some of the recent advances in the Hemp breeding and farming techniques as well as highlight the future of outdoor cultivation.
Dr. Darryl Hudson
Staying on top of your environment is one of the biggest concerns for any cannabis cultivation operation. In this session, you will learn how to increase product consistency and quality from Jon Kozlowski of Surna Inc. Jon will be answering industry questions including:
• Why is the mechanical system such an important decision for a cultivation business?
• What are the considerations for mechanical design as it relates to product consistency and compliance?
• Why is data collection important and what are some best practices?
• How are environmental variables connected to one another?
As it stands with Health Canada, marketing cannabis may be more like advertising pharma than marketing beer (you know the ads, that don’t identify what a drug does, but list dire side effects). “Glamour, recreation, risk, excitement…” are among prohibited ad themes. Packaging is to be plain and uncolourful. But savvy marketers are already stickhandling the restrictions with imaginative ways to get their message across. Creative use of social media, event sponsorship, ancillary non-THC products like “hemp-inspired” beer – these and other approaches will be discussed in this panel of forward-thinkers.Moderator: Jennifer McKenzie, Bereskin & Parr LLP
Advanced all-in-one, humidity and temperature control systems are changing the economics of our industry. The pay back from precisely controlled temperature and humidity control with intelligent energy recycling can be enormous, yet much of the cannabis industry is still being poorly served with over-priced, low tech, underperforming HVAC systems.
In this session, Geoff Brown will review the science and math behind smart HVAC decisions and explain the best way to make well-informed decisions about your facility’s requirements. There’s a lot of mis-information and out-dated thinking even amongst consultants and engineers, so be sure you know the right questions to ask so you’ll be certain to achieve maximum return on your investment.Brought to you by
Dehumidified Air Solutions (DAS)
The Hackathon will foster creative ideas and innovation to bring new solutions to the fast-growing cannabis industry.
Competing coders, designers, and engineers will explore ideas for tracking, purchasing, reporting, strain identification, verification, integration with the entertainment industry, and much more.
After a 24 hour overnight hacking session at Brainsights in Toronto, the finalist teams will be brought to Niagara Falls via TourBuds — the first luxury cannabis tour bus, with activation by Hotbox — for the awards presentation and ceremony.Facilitator: Travis Laurendine, Outlier
All Health Canada cultivators and processors have to obtain a "Cannabis License" from the CRA before legalization date on October 17. 2018, in addition to the Health Canada license. Also, processors and packagers will need to register for the Excise Tax Stamp regime and purchase stamps. If you don't obtain a license by October 17, 2018, you risk facing federal offences if you continue to undertake cannabis activities. The panel will outline how to fill out the "Cannabis License" application and how the excise tax is calculated and who pays it, as well as some challenges it poses to LPs who want to automate the process.Moderator: Harrison Jordan, MNP
- History of cannabis & hemp farming and where the future is heading.
- Overview of farming Cannabis outdoors, the costs and economics of managing a Cannabis Farms business.
- Cannabis farming bottlenecks, challenges and barriers to entry.
- Industrial hemps endless opportunities with fiber supply, stock materials, fabrication, innovations and technology uses.
- Starting a Cannabis Farms business, with an overview of licensing, financing and building a road map to success.
Invest in MJ
The impending legalization of cannabis will increase the market value substantially. As a result, it is increasingly important that companies producing cannabis, cannabis products and devices seek to protect their Intellectual Property (IP) in Canada in order to increase their market share.
This session will focus on the protection of cannabis and related products through patents and Plant Breeders’ Rights(PBRs). A patent is a very important asset as it provides a monopoly to the owner to exclude others from making, using or selling the invention during the term of the patent, which is 20 years from the filing date. The session will discuss the types of cannabis related products that can be protected by patents. Plant Breeders’ Rights are also important as they give the cannabis breeder the exclusive rights to the propagating material of their novel cannabis variety for a period of 20 years including the right to sell, produce and reproduce, import and export propagating material of the variety as well as the right to authorize others to do the same. Both patents and PBRs have very specific timing requirements and missing critical deadlines can put your rights up in smoke.
Bereskin & Parr LLP
A crucial and often underestimated aspect of the cannabis industry is the necessity for a clean, efficient supply chain. In industries such as food production and drug development, Quality Assurance systems are used to ensure established standards are met throughout the supply chain. GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), ISO (International Organization for Standards), and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) are all QA systems that have been developed to maintain quality, mitigate risk at potential failure points, and improve consumer safety. With the exploding demand for CBD, THC, and other cannabinoid-based products, there is a significant need for QA systems throughout the cannabis supply chain.
The challenge with implementing a QA system starts at the very beginning of the supply chain. The potential for disease to wipe out a harvest, or for plant material to be deemed unsuitable for human consumption due to pesticide use, can significantly set back growers, processors, and manufacturers throughout the supply chain. Tissue culture is one of several tools used to support a reliable QA system for early stage plants at the beginning of a cannabinoid-based product lifecycle. Tissue culture is used to propagate plants in a sterile environment, remove pathogens, and maintain the highest quality nursery standards with certified disease-free, pesticide-free, genetically consistent plants. This process ensures that plants do not carry on diseases and hereditary defects, creating a strong foundation for large scale production of uniform product.
Dr. Jonathan Vaught
Front Range Biosciences
A rapid rise in cannabis literacy has increased consumer attention to the importance of a robust cannabinoid and terpene profile. Whether using soil or a soilless mix, growers are benefiting from the inclusion of various soil microbes and "foods" to heighten the plant response in the production of secondary metabolites like cannabinoids and terpenes. Join Dr. Av Singh on best practices of matching the microorganism to what your plant needs and what your grower wants.
Dr. Av Singh
Flemming & Singh Cannabis Inc.
The cannabis industry continues to be one of Canada’s fastest-growing sectors and with new players entering the market at a rapid pace, it’s more important than ever for companies to engage in meaningful corporate social responsibility initiatives inspired by the socially-conscious roots of cannabis. In this talk, Hilary Black, Director of Patient Education & Advocacy at Canopy Growth will share her story as the founder of the BC Compassion Club Society and how her work along with the efforts of many other early advocates for patient access to cannabis fueled a movement that has now turned into a massive industry. Hilary will also provide further insight into the ways that Canopy Growth is committed to investing in and being the leader in creating solutions to cannabis-related issues such as safe driving, youth cannabis use, clinical guidelines for physicians, and the recently announced partnership with UBC to research the potential utility of cannabis in addressing the opioid overdose crisis.Brought to you by
Canopy Growth Corporation
Prevention of pests can be the key to managing your crop successfully and yes this can be done using beneficial insects. The key pests for medical crops are Spider mite, Thrips and Fungus gnats, all of these pests have beneficial insects that can be established on the plants or in the soil to help manage them. This seminar will explore the use of beneficial insects preventively and the role of monitoring in your crop. Beneficial insects should be considered an insurance policy for your crop!
Natural Insect Control
In the Future of Retail, Lori Bailey, Head of Retail at Canopy Growth, will speak to the incredible opportunity for creativity and innovation in cannabis retail. Focused on the upcoming adult use legal cannabis market, Lori will draw on more than twenty years of senior retail experience to highlight the commonalities and differences between traditional and cannabis retail while addressing the future of the sector in Canada. Her presentation will also cover retail essentials such as locations, personnel, experience design and community involvement.Brought to you by
Canopy Growth Corporation
- Former BC Health Minister and current Vice-President of Corporate and Social Responsibility at HEXO, Dr. Lake will discuss the critical role of legal cannabis for managing the opioid crisis.
Based in Quebec, Hydropothecary / HEXO creates and distributes innovative, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand products to serve the Canadian cannabis market. One of the country’s lowest-cost producers, HEXO is rapidly increasing its production capacity in the lead up to the adult-use cannabis market. The Company currently operates with 310,000 sq. ft. of production capacity with construction on another 1,000,000 sq. ft. expansion set to be complete by year end. HEXO will serve the adult-use market under the HEXO brand, while continuing to serve its medical cannabis clients through the well-known Hydropothecary brand.
Dr. Terry Lake
In Drug War days, scientists could only do “Reefer Madness” research. Now we’re seeing the first peer-reviewed scientific research into cannabis yields and growth techniques, as colleges and universities train the a generation of legal cultivators. Among these: Laval University, which has partnered with Green Seal to research the ROI between various lighting products. This session will reveal the first round of results of the largest lighting experiment ever conducted (500 plants from eight companies), comparing the ROI between horticulture LEDs, regular LEDs and HPS (High Pressure Sodium lights). It’ll follow up with a discussion of the future of grow-lighting, growth tips and the part natural light could play.Moderator: James Eaves, Laval University
This session will explore the criminal and immigration ramifications to those working in the cannabis industry, when entering the US or Canada.
In particular we will discuss:
• What will the impact of the new marijuana legislation on legalization on travel to the United States and Canada?
• What happens now if you are asked about whether you have used marijuana in the past?
• What can you do if found criminally inadmissible in Canada or the US because of pot use or DUI?
• How do the new laws affect those who are associated with the marijuana industry?
Cannabis scent control regulations present a unique challenge for entrepreneurs that might be otherwise unfamiliar with the engineering required to meet regulatory standards. Dan Gustafik, President and Founder of Hybrid Tech, will provide an overview of relevant scent control regulations and the techniques and equipment which can help ensure that your facility meets and exceeds requirements
The commercialization of medical and edible cannabis are limited by the current delivery and consumption methods. The plant oil extracts are hydrophobic in nature, which limits their application in water-based systems. Furthermore, cannabis oils have a very low oral bioavailability. Nanotechnology is a promising strategy address theses issues. There are two different approaches to produce nano-sized oil droplet in water phase. A mechanical approach in which high shear or high intensity ultrasound waves are used to breakdown oil droplets to 100-500 nm. However, this approach is energy-intensive and the finished products are not stable in long term. Microemulsions are the most advanced approach for creating stable, nano-sized droplets (10-100 nm), water-soluble and bioavailable products. A team of U of T researchers have developed a delivery system made with FDA-approved ingredients that can enhance the absorption of drugs 4 folds. Therefore, 1/4 drug per dose is needed compared to conventional methods and hence it is a cost-saving strategy. The platform can also be used to extract cannabis oil from the plant tissues much more effective than using the traditional solvents.
University of Toronto Chemical Engineering Department
Dr. Richard Clark Kaufman