Schedule

Previous – 2019 Grow Up Conference Schedule

2020 Schedule coming soon.

DAY 1: VIP Industry Conference
Thurs. Sept. 12th, 2019
9:30 AM9:45 AM
Thursday September 12th
Passes needed:
9:45 AM10:30 AM
Thursday September 12th
Passes needed:
Keynote Interview

If he did nothing else, Bruce Linton would be a cannabis industry hall of famer for founding the production giant Canopy Growth Corp. But the company’s erstwhile Chairman, CEO and Founder is seeking literally greener pastures these days, and is set to write the next chapter in the global governance of marijuana. Bruce will do a sit-down interview with Tony Chapman that will shine a light on what we’ll all be talking about in 2020.

Featured Speaker: Bruce Linton

Interviewer: Tony Chapman

10:30 AM11:30 AM
Thursday September 12th
Passes needed:
Keynote & Panel Discussion

Looking around us on a map, an optimist sees nothing but upside. Latin America is coming around to both medicinal and recreational marijuana. Europe is following suit. Meanwhile, across the border, 11 states plus D.C. are on the “legalized” ledger. Even the World Health Organization is recommending decriminalization. And ours is the only country prepared to supply cannabis on a global scale. But with great sales comes great responsibility. The push is on to standardize industry-wide to meet global regulations. The supply chain is being shored up. Most of our responses to the pull of demand involve spending more money to accommodate it. And the advent of legal edibles and oils is pushing us to diversify. It’s been a crazy year, and we’re here to predict what comes next.

Moderated By: Tony Chapman

11:30 AM12:00 PM
Thursday September 12th
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Keynote Presentation

Where are we headed with cultivation and how will that impact the industry.

12:00 PM12:45 PM
Thursday September 12th
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12:45 PM1:30 PM
Thursday September 12th
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Fireside Chat

Arjan Roskam is the self-styled “King of Cannabis,” who’s circled the globe seeking rare strains for his Green House Seed Company and Green House coffee shops. Just two guys with heavily-stamped passports, taking a deep dive into the subject they know better than almost anybody. This is a momentous meeting of marijuana minds with insights to share.

1:30 PM2:15 PM
Thursday September 12th
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Panel Discussion

The Netherlands is hiking its cannabis exports. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is cultivating its first licensed medical marijuana crops. Italy has put out its first tender for medical cannabis to a German subsidiary of Canada’s Aurora. All over the planet, agri-business is retooling to accommodate world markets, and the sources and practices are as varied as the world itself. This international panel of growers will share collective wisdom, challenges and common concerns – and maybe even forge some global bonds.

Moderator: Av Singh

2:15 PM2:45 PM
Thursday September 12th
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Keynote Presentation

For the French wine industry, it all came together in 1855, when the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and the region’s Vintners Association established a method of evaluation that emphasized quality over quantity after 13,000 years of mass production. The cornerstone of the transformation was the creation of a hierarchic classification of quality that listed the best red wines of the region based on three attributes:

1. A long-standing reputation for quality in the producing region

2. Consistent characteristics that defined the wine from the specific domains in the region

3. Public recognition of the wine’s ability to maintain this identity over time

This system has seen only two official changes in over 160 years; it has been replicated in every wine-producing country in the world and is the foundation of today’s multi-billion-dollar wine industry.

This marketing approach, centered on origin, quality, heritage, and tradition, literally transformed the viticulture industry. Join Frenchy as he explains why this blueprint should be used for the Emerald Triangle cannabis industry.

2:45 PM3:00 PM
Thursday September 12th
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3:00 PM3:20 PM
Thursday September 12th
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Presentation

Hear from Adam Coates, Chief Commercial Officer at Westleaf Inc. about how the company's retail banner, Prairie Records is setting the bar high in the cannabis retail space by redefining the in-store experience, changing consumer perceptions with breakthrough content and building strong brand affinity through storytelling.

3:20 PM3:40 PM
Thursday September 12th
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Presentation

During this enlightening presentation, Terry Donnelly will look at the impact of cannabis on the alcoholic beverage industry, the potential for social harm reduction by converting alcohol drinkers to cannabis drinkers, and the opportunities for craft producers of cannabis, wine, and beer to work together to create new categories that build on the great heritage of thousands of years of craft beverage production, incorporating the best aspects of terroir, lineage, cultivation, and infusion. Hill Street is positioning itself at the centre of this movement, with technology and processes that can allow leading artisanal producers to collaborate on world class vintage and craft products using state of the art infusion technologies.

Brought to you by: Hill St. Beverage Company

3:40 PM4:10 PM
Thursday September 12th
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Keynote Presentation

A discussion about the hemp markets in Canada and worldwide, as well as industry trends, and how to position your business or portfolio to grow with the hemp market. Learn which news sources and services other industry professionals use.

4:10 PM5:00 PM
Thursday September 12th
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Closing Keynote

Cannabis is poised to disrupt virtually every consumer industry: from food and beverage, to alcohol, beauty, health and wellness, tobacco, travel and tourism, fashion, and home and garden. By 2030, some form of legal cannabis will be a regular part of consumers’ daily lifestyles.

This massive global opportunity is bringing new investment and start up activity into the industry. However, in today's attention deficit marketplace, the winners will need to not only create distinctive and differentiated brands, but also to educate and inform new consumers in order to develop loyal customers.

In her keynote presentation, Anat Baron will cover the trends that will shape the industry and the key success factors to incorporate in building the next wave of consumer products and services brands.

DAY 2:
Fri. Sept. 13th, 2019
8:30 AM9:45 AM
Friday September 13th
Passes needed:
Separate Ticketed Event.

Yes, there’ve been growing pains, but mostly there’s been growth, and busy – you might even say caffeinated – market activity. This breakfast session will offer market analysts who’ll make sense of a year in which raised capital doubled to more than $3.2 billion, while merger-and-acquisition deals almost tripled in number. These experts will analyze where this could lead, how the state-by-state rush to legalization in the U.S. will affect our commerce, and how the push-and-pull between big-players and small-players will play out. What new investment paths are the most promising? Is the big money in supply or retail? We’ve got answers over-easy.

Moderated By: Tony Chapman

10:00 AM10:30 AM
Friday September 13th
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Keynote Presentation

How will the results of Election 43 affect you as a cannabis patient, consumer or industry professional? The upcoming Federal election will bring about a new wave of policy change in Canada. The campaign period leading up to voting day in October is the opportune time to have our voices heard and help shape better policies coming down the pipeline. Andrea will provide an overview of current and upcoming policy challenges, different political party positions on cannabis and a summary of the related policy changes that have been hinted at in their campaigns. Learn what tools are at your disposal to make a difference and advocate for more inclusive policies that directly affect you. Brief Q&A to follow.

10:30 AM12:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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TECHNICAL WORKSHOP SESSION:
Welcome to the Grower's Circle - Canada remains the world leader in regulated cannabis cultivation and we are proud to share the news of our homegrown expertise with the world. To keep cannabis cultivation on the edge of innovation, it’s important to generate an exchange of ideas and insight between growers. To that end, Grow Up is introducing The Grower's Circle - a one day series of technical sessions that allow growers (both experienced and novice) to get more out their cultivation practices, courtesy of the shared insights of others.

Technical Workshop Description

Literally our most illuminating session. The phenomenon of photosynthesis is where it all begins, but researchers continue to parse how the process is utilized and optimized. What do we really know about what the plant “wants” from light? How effectively does artificial light mimic the benefits of solar rays? More importantly, what are the aspects of light that are most beneficial to cannabinoid and terpene production?

Facilitated By: Av Singh

10:30 AM11:15 AM
Friday September 13th
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Panel Discussion

The pioneers of cannabis legalization may have been mavericks by nature because they had a fight to win. But in its next phase of growth, the cannabis industry needs to prove it is as accountable and reliable as any reputable business sector. Companies moving quickly on the path to profitability, a lengthy license amendment process and a regulator increasingly dealing with LPs “at arms length” are among the factors driving some license holders into non-compliance. This session will discuss the mistakes some LPs are making, hurdles legislators have put in the way of LPs, and what the best practices are to stay compliant in an era of increasing accountability.

Moderated By: David Hyde

10:30 AM11:15 AM
Friday September 13th
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Presentation

Explanation and affect of emerging technologies on the cannabis industry (blockchain, cryptocurrency, data analytics, software) which will facilitate safer, more consistent, and cheaper products and services from Cannabis providers.

11:15 AM12:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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Panel Discussion

Amid the noise of legalization, the non-psychoactive “other weed” sat quietly, with a relative few appreciating its almost limitless profit potential. That’s changing in a hurry, with legalized hemp production in the U.S. coming to the rescue of a CBD industry that can’t cope with a craze. But CBD oil production is just the beginning. There may be trillions of dollars in revenue once you factor in everything hemp can produce – from biodiesel fuels, to paper, to cloth, to enviro-friendly bio-plastics, all at an accelerated growth rate compared to other agri-business products. Kick-starting all these ideas will require billions of dollars in start-up funding, and many heads will have to be turned and minds changed. This session will offer up a road-map to a hemp-fueled future.

Moderated By: Vin Maru

11:15 AM12:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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Panel Discussion

As the projected $22 billion worldwide market becomes reality, proprietary concerns will affect cannabis entrepreneurs and researchers. It’s worth knowing that there’s pre-existing legislation called the Plant Breeders Rights Act that protects exclusivity for creators of new strains and varieties of commercial plants. If they meet the criteria, holders of PBRs can, “exclude others from selling, producing, exporting, importing, making repeated use of, conditioning, and stocking the propagating material of the protected plant variety for 20 or 25 years.” What does it mean to “own” a strain of cannabis? And what do you risk if you don’t protect your leafy intellectual property? This session looks at how you can protect yourself.

Moderated By: Alison Hayman

12:00 PM1:15 PM
Friday September 13th
Passes needed:
(Invitation Only)

These are the brightest minds in cannabis growth, sharing experiences, best practices and goodwill amongst growers. And this camaraderie will come in handy as the push for industry standardization grows. They’ll talk about a year of challenges, adjusting to regulations, and offer insight into how Health Canada can adjust its role to promote better growing and cannabis quality. Many relationships were forged among growers last year, and it’s not far-fetched to see a future advocacy group forming over the lunch table.

Opening Remarks & Moderated By: Buck Young

Opening Remarks By: Ryan Wankel & Adam Szpakowski

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12:00 PM1:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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1:00 PM1:45 PM
Friday September 13th
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Panel Discussion

With falling liquor sales, brewers are infusing cannabis into de-alcoholized beer. Pharma firms, hurting from cannabis’s toll on prescribed medicines for pain and sleep, are buying in. Tourism and service industries are re-structuring to accommodate exploding demand for cannabis-infused products. Consumer demand was always assumed to be a sleeping giant, but it is bigger behemoth than anyone expected. This session on the rising opportunity curve will look at new and growing demand for dried flowers, oils, edibles, concentrates and topicals, and how it’s shaking up the market landscape in all directions.

Moderated By: David Hyde

1:00 PM3:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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TECHNICAL WORKSHOP SESSION:
Welcome to the Grower's Circle - Canada remains the world leader in regulated cannabis cultivation and we are proud to share the news of our homegrown expertise with the world. To keep cannabis cultivation on the edge of innovation, it’s important to generate an exchange of ideas and insight between growers. To that end, Grow Up is introducing The Grower's Circle - a one day series of technical sessions that allow growers (both experienced and novice) to get more out their cultivation practices, courtesy of the shared insights of others.

Technical Workshop Description

“Weed” wasn’t just a euphemism. By nature, cannabis is hardy, and amateur growers traditionally gave little thought to its nutritional needs. But as the understanding of the plant has grown exponentially, so has the appreciation of how different soil nutrients can dramatically affect the robustness of cannabinoid and terpene profiles (and how some soil attributes can actually hinder growth). Here’s where you’ll learn about the food under your feet.

Facilitated By: Av Singh

1:00 PM1:45 PM
Friday September 13th
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Presentation

Exploding facilities, database breaches, raging wildfires – these are just a few of the threats and hazards to impact dozens of cannabis companies this past year. The industry - any industry will suffer long term pain or fail to recover without proper awareness and preparedness. After a major emergency or disaster more than 40 percent of businesses never reopen, and another 25 percent that do, fail within the year.

Greg will provide you with real life experiences from working with industry leaders before, during and after major emergencies and supply chain interruptions. Find out how to truly incorporate Business Impact Analysis data through enterprise risk management so that your company will flourish after any business disruption.

Doing nothing is not a strategy…….


  • Greg Solecki
    International Association of Emergency Managers
1:45 PM2:15 PM
Friday September 13th
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Presentation

We are soon approaching one year since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada and it has been an eventful journey so far.

The industry will not be slowing down any time soon as we are quickly coming up on the next phase of cannabis legalization: edibles. Companies and consumers alike are preparing for the legalization of edibles, concentrates and topicals, with a number of major licensed producers having already forged partnerships with major companies in the food and beverage industries. The patent filings for edible cannabis products also continue to increase and there is one US law suit pending on a liquid cannabinoid formulation.

Join us to discuss the upcoming changes to the regulatory and patent landscape for edible cannabis products.

1:45 PM2:15 PM
Friday September 13th
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Presentation

Chemical surface disinfectants are a key element of the biosecurity programs in licensed producer facilities. While biocidal efficacy and spectrum of activity are arguably the main factors in chemical disinfectant selection, other factors are being increasingly taken into consideration. These factors include occupational safety profile, compatibility with surface materials, simplicity and ease of proper use, environmental profile and ease of disposal.

At the end of the seminar, participants will be able to: identify the desired traits of disinfectants, develop a greater understanding of disinfectant product labels, ensure that the method of application will meet the facilities needs and delve into practices for using disinfectants to minimize occupational health and safety concerns. This session will be of interest to anyone involved in the selection of products and implementation of cleaning and disinfection programs.

2:15 PM3:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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Panel Discussion

Starting from scratch has its upside. An industry whose supply chain didn’t legally exist a few years ago has had to go in with its eyes open. We’ve discovered that surprise demand can mean unexpected outlays of revenue; volatile consumer trends require every level of the industry - from raw plant harvest to finished product to retail - be thoroughly researched, intelligently produced and transparently distributed. Dealing with problems on the macro and micro level has been challenging and as we move into phase 2, we must ask, are our operations set up for future success or are we just handling growth as it comes? This panel will discuss the uncertainties of the transforming cannabis market as well as examine known problems, evolving practices and processes that can affect the entire supply chain from harvest to consumer.

Moderated by: Peter Guo

2:15 PM3:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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Panel Discussion

During prohibition, law enforcement hunting indoor grow-ops targeted properties that used copious electricity. That was an early hint of the power glut that now faces the industry. About a third of the average indoor grower’s overhead is lighting costs. A typical plant uses the equivalent of 70 gallons of oil from seed to harvest. And from 1-3% of the North American power grid may be taken up by cannabis farms. The commitment to go green is not just planet conscious. Eco commitments sway investors and improves the bottom line. This session will examine green options, include replacing high-pressure sodium lights with LED, using off-the-grid solar panels and cutting edge batteries to power-up, and – what a concept! – growing outdoors and using free sunlight.

Moderated By: Max Cherney

3:00 PM3:45 PM
Friday September 13th
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Interactive Presentation

Never be caught off-guard by a recall again. Recalls experts will speak from decades of retail recalls experience to proven best practices, discuss challenges and lessons learned from the 2018 cannabis recalls and share proven best practices for how to have your ducks in a row when -- not if -- another recall happens. 

3:00 PM5:00 PM
Friday September 13th
Passes needed:
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP SESSION:
Welcome to the Grower's Circle - Canada remains the world leader in regulated cannabis cultivation and we are proud to share the news of our homegrown expertise with the world. To keep cannabis cultivation on the edge of innovation, it’s important to generate an exchange of ideas and insight between growers. To that end, Grow Up is introducing The Grower's Circle - a one day series of technical sessions that allow growers (both experienced and novice) to get more out their cultivation practices, courtesy of the shared insights of others.

Technical Workshop Description

It would once have been hard to imagine, but as advances in concentrates continue, simply smoking the flower seems destined to be a niche activity. The demand for edibles and tinctures has fueled R&D into concentrates like hash, oils, waxes, etc. and inspired new methods of extraction. This session will look at the future of consumption and the optimal means of extraction for emerging markets.

Facilitated By: Av Singh

3:00 PM3:45 PM
Friday September 13th
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Panel Discussion

Selling legal cannabis remains a work in progress, with several marketing hurdles to overcome. Not least of these is that its main competition, the black market, also operates freely online at sales levels equal to its legal counterparts. So the question remains: with such a thriving illicit market, how do we, the legal ones, attract our customers back? Is thought-leadership content the way to go? Or is social media going to be our saving grace? This panel of marketing experts will look at the road ahead and seek answers to these questions and more.

Moderated By: Corey Herscu

3:45 PM4:30 PM
Friday September 13th
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Panel Discussion

Regulatory compliance remains a major concern for marijuana producers and suppliers. Packaging designs that meet the requirements on font size, government-mandated information and disclaimers and packing real estate put pressure on efforts to reduce waste and efficiently maximize recycling. Those in the industry look with concern to pressures currently being experienced by users of single-use plastics and look to industry professionals for guidance on how best to deal with not only recycled but with organic wastes, wastewater and odour as well. This session will examine the regulatory landscape and discuss which regs may be well-intentioned but counter-productive. We will hear about technical issues and solutions, and consider how Federal and Provincial marijuana regulatory requirements can also be at odds with environmental initiatives.

Moderated By: Richard Butler

4:00 PM4:20 PM
Friday September 13th
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Product Demonstration

BC Northern Lights (BCNL) has been an industry leader in fully self-contained indoor grow boxes for the last 20 years. At this year’s Grow Up conference, BCNL will be featuring our new, feature-packed four plant RoomMate Pro grow box. Myles from BCNL will go over the features and functions of the new Roommate Pro as well as be available for any questions.

4:30 PM5:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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Presentation

Genomics research and proper plant breeding practices for nascent industries like cannabis, including hemp, are critical for the efficient and predictable development of plant varieties with commercially valuable traits. These varieties support the large-scale production of consistent, stable, and profitable crops. Modern-day large-scale agronomic crops have benefited from decades of professional breeding programs to streamline production systems. The success of cannabis and hemp cultivation hinges on similar systems to provide efficient mechanical harvesting and target desirable characteristics like disease- and pest-resistance, yield, and performance across different growing environments. This ensures a stable supply chain for ingredients derived from these crops and growers’ compliance with federal and state regulations. Dr. Vaught will discuss how embracing genomics-driven breeding technologies will allow growers in the cannabis industry and beyond to produce reliable, consistent, and profitable crops at scale. He will draw on knowledge gained from his company’s industry-leading breeding platform, FRB’s support and collaboration of hemp genome research at UC Davis, and its recently opened breeding program branch at CRAG-IRTA.

4:30 PM5:00 PM
Friday September 13th
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Presentation

With advertising and marketing regulations restricting what you can and can't say - reaching your target audience is full of challenges.  Is TV an option?  Radio? Print?  Knowing where to spend your marketing dollars and how to establish a reach plan across multiple media platforms is the key to success!

DAY 3:
Sat. Sept. 14th, 2019
8:30 AM10:00 AM
Saturday September 14th
Passes needed:
Separate Ticketed Event.

In a business where the female plant is queen, it’s ironic that gender bias would exist at all. But an industry that continues to write its own rules has an opportunity to reject the “boys club” mentality and reward the contribution of women, tangibly through pay-equity and other issues, and attitudinally. This networking session is a coffee-fueled think-tank on how to facilitate the full participation of women in our workplaces.

Join our trained facilitators through a "pro-active solution-based" workshop designed to gather the collective wisdom of the room and generate applicable solutions for change. Helping to create a workplace where women are encouraged to apply and when engaged can participate fully. This networking breakfast allows female cultivators and entrepreneurs to share their experiences, challenges and successes with others in the cannabis business. There are inspirational stories to be heard, and relationships to forge.

Moderated By: Samantha Roman

10:15 AM11:00 AM
Saturday September 14th
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Panel Discussion

There probably wouldn’t even be a massive indoor grow-op industry without prohibition. Out of sight, a surreptitious science grew up around a controlled year-round environment, high in CO2, where strains could be managed around-the-clock. But now that growers are free to operate in the open, a segment of the industry and the consumer has expressed a preference for the “natural” product. An outdoor grower can get by with a few workers until harvest, whereas a grow-op needs a contingent of fulltime staff to prune, water and measure CO2 and nutrients. And yet, it’s hard to argue with indoor success. But argue we will, or at least heatedly debate both sides.

Moderated By: Brian Coutts

10:15 AM12:15 PM
Saturday September 14th
Passes needed:
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP SESSION:
Welcome to the Grower's Circle - Canada remains the world leader in regulated cannabis cultivation and we are proud to share the news of our homegrown expertise with the world. To keep cannabis cultivation on the edge of innovation, it’s important to generate an exchange of ideas and insight between growers. To that end, Grow Up is introducing The Grower's Circle - a one day series of technical sessions that allow growers (both experienced and novice) to get more out their cultivation practices, courtesy of the shared insights of others.

Technical Workshop Description

Farms used to use tools. Now they use instrumentation – spectral imaging, C02 misting, UV, ultrasonic extraction and other technologies. Some of them are tried, tested and proven to increase yields to meet any explosion in demand. Others have even greater promise, but the jury is still out. Many of them can be found on our convention floor. Drop your tarps and baler twine and find out what can work for you in this future-focused session. In a sink-or-swim future, the best tech wins.

Facilitated By: Av Singh

10:15 AM11:00 AM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

The Canadian Cannabis industry has a labour problem. A large detailed-orientated labour force is required to meet stringent cleanliness requirements, achieve yield goals, and meet demanding quality expectations. Currently, large numbers of millennials are employed by the industry who have not shown a predilection towards these business requirements. This costs the cannabis firms untold millions in yield, quality, and lost harvests.

This how to get a millennial workforce to maximize yield, achieve quality goals while meeting stringent cleanliness requirements.

• How to engage their hourly workforce to help develop standards and procedures

• How to conduct regular After Action Reviews to review and plan operations

• How to gamify the workplace to challenge millennials

The results are outstanding.

• Yield/sqft increases

• Labour cost/kg drops

• Quality improves with each successive harvest

11:00 AM11:45 AM
Saturday September 14th
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Panel Discussion

The most popular grow techniques come with tongue-twisting names like hyper-spectral imaging, micronization and ultrasonic extraction. But what do they even mean? This session will dive right in, while also explaining the imperatives of data and tech-driven agri-business in an exploding market. You’ll understand the difference between old-school ROI and the enhanced profitability and efficiency innovation provides. In a sink-or-swim future, the best tech wins.

Moderated By: Megan Henderson

11:00 AM11:45 AM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation HVAC equipment and its electric power are the most costly aspect of summer cannabis production. Ceasing greenhouse production during the hot and humid months to grow outdoors is a considerably less expensive option. Learn how to maintain pest-free yield and quality while providing the growing practice customers are looking for. Proper soil health, fertility, drainage, and irrigation are the basis of lucrative outdoor crops. Selecting suitable cultivars, planting them on appropriate dates, eliminating all male plants, pruning for maximum buds, harvesting at optimal maturity, and protecting valuable CBD’s and terpenes with gentle handling are all important practices. You can insure timely crops with occasional use of inexpensive retractable tunnels.
11:45 AM12:15 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

With the advent of cannabis legalization and proliferation of cannabis growing facilities, there is uncertainty in jurisdictions across the country as to how these facilities should be valued and treated for municipal property taxation purposes. Are they farms, commercial or industrial operations? Inherent in this question is the tension between fair treatment for cannabis businesses and municipalities seeking to reap the benefits of having cannabis grow ops in their communities. This presentation will provide an overview of how cannabis facilities are currently treated for property tax purposes across the country, with commentary on prospects for the future. The goal is for participants to understand the impact of property taxes on a cannabis company’s bottom line.

11:45 AM12:15 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

Recent HVAC innovations can change the way cultivators approach environment control in their grow facilities. Equipment breakthroughs mean greater control over their crop, leading to increased quality and fewer plants lost to mold or disease. But growers can’t get the best quality equipment for their grow rooms if they don’t have access to the crucial information necessary to ask the right questions and make the right decisions. Out-of-date thinking has impeded the industry so far from taking full advantage of the choices available to them. In this session, Geoff Brown reviews the science and math behind smart HVAC decisions and equips you with the knowledge needed to achieve maximum return on your investment.

Brought to You By: Agronomic IQ

12:15 PM1:00 PM
Saturday September 14th
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12:15 PM1:00 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Keynote Q&A
1:00 PM1:45 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Panel Discussion

Advanced scientific techniques and technologies hold great promise for improving competitiveness and productivity for the cannabis industry, but how best to apply them? The fields of genomics and metabolomics are delivering a bonanza of useful information that can help cannabis breeders develop key traits, manage pests or disease, fine tune plant chemical profiles for specific use cases, and identify cannabis strains and providence within complex and regulated supply chains. Come and listen to pioneering scientists and industry figures on the state of the art, learn how the suite of tools they are building can be used to solve problems and drive efficiencies for cannabis producers, and get your questions answered on what “Omics” means for you.

Moderated By: Kahlil Lawless

1:00 PM3:00 PM
Saturday September 14th
Passes needed:
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP SESSION:
Welcome to the Grower's Circle - Canada remains the world leader in regulated cannabis cultivation and we are proud to share the news of our homegrown expertise with the world. To keep cannabis cultivation on the edge of innovation, it’s important to generate an exchange of ideas and insight between growers. To that end, Grow Up is introducing The Grower's Circle - a one day series of technical sessions that allow growers (both experienced and novice) to get more out their cultivation practices, courtesy of the shared insights of others.

Technical Workshop Description

The sea of green (SOG), the screen of green (ScrOG), monster cropping, lollipopping. It often seems like, overnight, cannabis cultivation has developed an entire language of its own. Well, here’s your immersion course, a comparative conversation that’ll cover all of the above, and more. Meanwhile, despite its general durability, the very diversity of current cannabis cultivation has seen new permutations of exposure to pathogens, pests and harmful fungi. Those brown tips on your leaves, sudden outbreaks of yellow or white patches or holes, could jeopardize your entire yield. We’ll trade experiences in what afflicts our crops, the most effective responses, and prophylactic measures to avoid exposure in the first place.

Facilitated By: Av Singh

1:00 PM1:45 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Cooking Demonstration

When prohibition ended, an opportunity was born: the exploration of culinary cannabis in private Canadian kitchens. In this session the CCA (Culinary Cannabis Association) explores Micro-dosing cannabis infused dishes, and the potential market for them in the future. There are thousands of cannabis strains, waiting to be paired. A demonstration will be given by CCA-certified chef Patrick Newton, founder of Munchy Brothers, who will also dive into his experience as a culinary cannabis professional, and where he sees micro-dosing taking his business.

1:45 PM2:30 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Panel Discussion

When Ontario finally allowed the opening of its first bricks-and-mortar cannabis retail stores, the public (and the media) flocked to the joints, temporarily at least. Others remained at home, waiting for delivery – a private transaction between the buyer and their mail carrier. In many ways, cannabis retail mirrors the convulsive evolution of retail in general. The mall-killer Amazon is not in the game yet, but the mere option of home-delivery (offset against the remaining stigma of being seen walking into a “weed shop”) hangs over any predictions of the future of cannabis stores. On the other hand, the stores offer personalized service, and a hand-to-hand transaction without shipping fees. We weigh the arguments for both, and consider how retail is most likely to evolve.

Moderated By: Sonny Brar

2:00 PM2:30 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Fireside Chat

An analysis of cannabis listing datasets from various legal and grey area stores, previous to, and after Canada’s Cannabis legalization. Topics include operator counts, pricing, bulk discounts, product type availability and genetic variety.

Interviewed By: Maxim Zavet

2:30 PM3:15 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Panel Discussion

From a consumer standpoint, the response to legalized marijuana was mixed. The product could be fresh, or sit in transit long enough to crumble into powder. THC levels in the product description had variances from 12% to 25% (well, which IS it?). The industry needed guidelines, and the government would be the first to enforce them when it came to new regs for edibles and oils (10 mg of THC per edibles package, 1000 mg per package for extracts). But there’s plenty left for the industry to self-regulate, and plenty of money on the line. Sales to Europe demands Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance, which does not yet exist in Canada. It’s an all-encompassing, thoroughly documented record of all aspects of production, and its implementation could be a deal-breaker for Canadian cannabis. In this session, we talk standards.

Moderated By: Megan Henderson

2:35 PM2:55 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Product Demonstration

BC Northern Lights (BCNL) has been an industry leader in fully self-contained indoor grow boxes for the last 20 years. At this year’s Grow Up conference, BCNL will be featuring our new, feature-packed four plant RoomMate Pro grow box. Myles from BCNL will go over the features and functions of the new Roommate Pro as well as be available for any questions.

3:00 PM5:00 PM
Saturday September 14th
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TECHNICAL WORKSHOP SESSION:
Welcome to the Grower's Circle - Canada remains the world leader in regulated cannabis cultivation and we are proud to share the news of our homegrown expertise with the world. To keep cannabis cultivation on the edge of innovation, it’s important to generate an exchange of ideas and insight between growers. To that end, Grow Up is introducing The Grower's Circle - a one day series of technical sessions that allow growers (both experienced and novice) to get more out their cultivation practices, courtesy of the shared insights of others.

Technical Workshop Description

During Prohibition, cannabis breeding was largely limited to the production of a single cannabinoid - THCA. But with a freer rein for research, we are learning more about this complex plant and all that it offers both medicinally and recreationally. The discoveries stand to benefit a much larger segment of the population. And they suggest a rethink in many of our long-held breeding practices.

Facilitated By: Av Singh

3:00 PM3:30 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

Accreditation, specialization, reputation, recommendations from the sector.

3:15 PM4:00 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Panel Discussion

Inexperience is an industry obstacle. So, some bottom-line-minded growers are exploring a generations-old option: vegetable greenhouses. Houwelin Nurseries is converting a 2.2 million sq. foot former tomato greenhouse to cannabis in partnership with Agraflora Organics International Inc. Meanwhile, Leamington, Ont., a city synonymous with tomatoes and ketchup, will see Auxly Cannabis run a 1.4 million sq. foot operation in an area that’s home to half Canada’s greenhouses. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers… and pot. Why not? Isn’t natural light better? But the debate is far from over. There are areas, from light intensity to odor containment, where greenhouses aren’t ideal for cannabis growth. This session will lay out the pluses and minuses of greenhouses vs purpose-built facilities to help you decide which is right for you.

Moderated by: Srinivas Reddy

3:30 PM3:50 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

As we enter a new age in science, nano technology is one industry that is making a direct impact on how we can increase profits and reduce chemical use in many industries including agriculture. In the cannabis industry, ultra fine bubbles <90nm in size are used to enhance plant respiration, prevent mold and algae growth and work as a natural pesticide. This presentation will discuss how growers can implement ultra fine bubble technology (UFB), enhance plant growth and reduce overall operating costs.

Brought to You By: Gaia Water Ltd.

3:55 PM4:15 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

QuickStrip™ is a game-changing innovative and proprietary delivery method for both medical and recreational cannabis consumers. There is now a new choice to consume your cannabis products smoke-free — Anytime, Anywhere™.

QuickStrip™ is an oral dissolvable thin film strip that can be taken under your tongue or inside your cheek – quickly delivering cannabinoids directly into your bloodstream and bypassing your first-pass metabolism for rapid results.

QuickStrip™ offers a Smoke-Free Choice™ with precise dosing, increased bioavailability, rapid onset and increased efficacy. Quick, Convenient, Precise and Discreet™

Learn more at www.rapid-dose.com and www.QuickStrip.life

#QuickStripEffect

Brought to You By: Rapid Dose Therapeutics

4:00 PM4:30 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

Terpenoids and flavonoids are fragrant (not necessarily aromatic) oils that give cannabis its flavour profile and are often the subtle yet defining characteristic of the strains of the plant. The relative ratios of these compounds along with the most canonical cannabis natural products, such as CBD and THC, contribute to a defining phenomenon called the "Entourage Effect" (first proposed by S. Ben-Shabat, and by Raphael Mechoulam), which suggests that the effects of these non-psychoactive compounds are more significant to the psychoactive experience than the sum of their parts. The novel concept has led to new areas of research in medicine (such as pain management) of how changing these ratios can customize the user's experience. Here, the effects of terpenes, flavonoids and phytocannabinoids on the human body are explored, and that an inevitable business model that the cannabis industry will move towards will reflect an online consumer experience of creating your own cultivar.

4:20 PM4:40 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Demo Presentation

A&L Labs is a leading Health Canada Accredited Cannabis testing facility. Since offering this service, A&L has been approached by many cannabis customers asking for software solutions to various challenges they face in their operations. The most common request was for a program to capture the variables in the Growing process. A&L offered a growing program to greenhouse industry for years before the Cannabis market was legalized. This system was modified to meet the needs of the Cannabis industry through their Internal Software Development group, ALink. A modular concept has been developed, so customers can control cost by purchasing only the services they need. In Addition to the Grow Module, AL CannTrace, offers a planning module and an inventory Management module (for consumables and non- Cannabis items). ALink is partnering with Document Management, Data Management and Accounting Software providers to cover all the needs of the industry. All software is written with open source text to allow data sharing between existing programs and AL CannTrace when the exiting software allows it. Existing Hardware will also be used whenever possible to minimize implementation costs to our clients. A&L is excited to add software solutions to the services we provide to our Cannabis Customers!

Brought to You By: A&L Laboratories

4:30 PM5:00 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

The global wave of cannabis legalization for medical and/or recreational use has created - and is still creating - a rare, if not inimitable, opportunity. Entrepreneurs, investors, and executives in the cannabis industry need to realize the unique dynamics of this early stage industry and how the competitive landscape is unlike other industries - and in some forms non-existent - in the short-term. Different parts of the supply and service chain have not developed and grown at the same rate, which make the relationship between the players in the market more complicated. The collaboration and support between cannabis laboratories in California, Oregon, and Canada could be a good example of how this unusual market can work. Those who understand how to take advantage of collaboration and coopetition in the next few years, will be the long-term leaders of the market.

Brought to you by: Sigma Analytical Services Inc.

4:40 PM5:00 PM
Saturday September 14th
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Presentation

Did you know you can be held liable and personally sued as a result of your position as a Director or Officer? We have seen a few large cases of this already in the short period leading up to and during Cannabis Legalization. Hear Fady Kamel Cannabis Insurance expert discuss the importance of Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and why it is necessary to protect you and your organization.


  • Fady Kamel
    Cannabis Insurance Solutions by All-Risks Insurance Brokers Limited