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Dragon’s Den star Kevin O’Leary Confirmed as keynote speaker for 2018 Grow Up Conference


Top Cannabis Industry Experts to Gather in Niagara Falls in Advance of Recreational Legalization

– September 7-8, 2018 –
Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls

Media Accreditation for the Grow Up Cannabis Conference and Expo is open! Apply now.

TORONTO, August 7, 2018 – Focused on the education, collaboration and development of the cannabis growing industry, the second annual Grow Up Cannabis Conference and Expo, presented by Tweed and Advanced Nutrients will gather licensed producers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, investors, lawyers and growing enthusiasts to explore this budding industry in preparation for recreational cannabis legalization coming in the fall. This year’s conference will be held September 7-8 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls (6815 Stanley Ave.)

The Conference’s opening keynote speaker will be Kevin O’Leary, Canadian entrepreneur, financier, bestselling authour, Emmy Award-winning television personality and political proponent of legalized marijuana. Having built a company worth more than $4 billion dollars, he will share first-hand top insights on investing, business and his fundamental beliefs about success and entrepreneurship.

Other confirmed speakers to-date include: Hilary Black, Director of Patient Education and Advocacy, Canopy Growth Corporation; Tony Chapman, motivational speaker, Tony Chapman Reactions; Alex Cooley, Co-founder, Solstice; The Honourable Darrell Dexter, Vice Chair, Global Public Affairs; Mark Doherty, Director of Project Management, Urban-Gro;  Mara Gordon, Co-founder, Aunt Zelda’s; Dan Gustafik, Founder, HybridTek; Rory Jonathan, Head of Grower Support, Advanced Nutrients;  Adam Miron, Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer, Hydropothecary; Jon Watson , CEO, Grower’s Quality Assurance; and Melanie Yelton, Vice President of Research, LumiGrow Inc., among others. For a full line up of speakers and regular updates, visit growupconference.com/conference/all-speakers/.

The Grow Up Conference sessions will offer three distinct segments: Industry/ Growing and Cultivation, Cannabis Meets Healthcare and Grow at Home, offering attendees targeted presentations and panel discussions on a variety of relevant topics, including:

Industry/ Growing and Cultivation

  • Hemp: The First and Final Frontier in Cannabis
  • Good Neighbours: Scent Control Regulations
  • Growing Cannabis on a Large Scale
  • Optimizing Revenue Through Proper Finishing Techniques
  • Facility Design/Sustainable Energy
  • Probiotics and Biostimulants for Loud and Proud Cannabis
  • Nano-cannabis: The Future of Medical and Edible Marijuana
  • Q&A for the New Cannabis Act Licenses
  • The Future of Retail
  • How to Market in a Regulated Industry
  • Security Priorities Under the New Cannabis Act and Regulations
  • How the Cannabis Act and the Legalization of Marijuana Affect Travel to the US
  • Exploring New Markets: How to Maintain Quality Control and Compliance Across the Glob
  • Best HIGH for Cannabis Companies? Strong IP Protection
  • Indigenous Lunch and Growers Lunch

Cannabis Meets Healthcare (in collaboration with International Cannabis Solutions)

  • The Endocannabinoid System
  • Top Prescribed Reason for Cannabis and Why
  • Cannabis and Opiates Reduction
  • Dosing and Drug Interactions
  • Defining Impairment
  • Top Cannabinoids
  • Debate: The Value of a Separate Medical System Post Legalization

Grow at Home Workshops will also be offered, focusing on the recreational and medicinal user that would like to learn how to grow high-quality cannabis at home properly, legally and safely. These one-day intensive workshops will include discussions on topics including regulation, seed varieties, germination, lighting, pest control, harvesting and storage.

New this year is the first annual Grow Up Cannabis Hackathon presented by Trellis, a competitive innovation event presented by Trellis taking place in Toronto on September 6-7. Teams of multi-disciplinary hackers, including engineers and software designers will work for 24 hours straight to solve a challenge (to be revealed at the opening of the Hackathon), with the end goal to build a working prototype to present and pitch to a panel of judges. Competing hackers will explore ideas of tracking, purchasing, reporting, strain identification, verification and integration within the cannabis industry. The winning teams will be taken to the Grow Up Cannabis Conference via TourBuds – the first luxury cannabis tour bus, with activation by Hotbox – for the awards presentation and ceremony. Confirmed judges include Alex Blumenstein, Co-Founder of Leaf Forward; Rachel Colic, VP Brand Strategy & PR for Pure Global Cannabis Inc.; Jay Rosenzweig, Managing Director of Rosenzweig & Co.; Matt Shalhoub, Managing Director of Green Acre Capital; and Corey Herscu, Founder & CEO, RNMKR PR. Interested hackers can sign up to compete by visiting growuphackathon.com.

Conference passes are available for the Grow at Home workshops (option of either Friday or Saturday), Industry Conference (programming on both Friday and Saturday) and the Cannabis Meets Healthcare segment (Saturday only) as well as two networking breakfasts: the Investors Breakfast and Women Growers Breakfast – Looking through Glass. Two-Day Expo tickets are also available and will offer access for the entire duration of the event. More information on programming, tickets and registration can be found at growupconference.com.

To apply for media accreditation, please visit https://growupconference.com/contact-us/media-accreditation/.

About Grow Up Cannabis Conference and Expo
The founders and producers of Grow Up Conference and Expo have decades of experience producing national profile events and creating global connections between business communities in the arts, broadcasting, media and technology. They have organized trade summit initiatives with governments around the world and have worked closely with sponsors in all levels of the Canadian government.
Veteran assemblers of forward-thinkers, their signature events include the internationally attended O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo, Canadian Music Week, the Digital Media Summit, Radio Interactive Summit and the career-making CMW Music Festival. They produce a myriad entertainment and media industry award events, including The Indies, The Canadian Radio Music Awards, the advertising industry’s Crystal Awards, The Live Music Industry Awards and the annual Music Broadcast and Industry Gala. They also have a two-decade-long relationship with Canada’s JUNO Awards.

Grow Up Cannabis Conference and Expo and O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo have been named the top two cannabis industry events in Canada by High! Canada Magazine.

About Advanced Nutrients
Advanced Nutrients, founded by Michael Straumietis (or BigMike as he’s known to more than 2.3 million social media followers), is the number one cannabis brand in the world, with operations throughout North America, Eastern Europe, Germany and Spain, and sales in a growing list of 95 countries. Advanced Nutrients is an international manufacturer of cannabis-specific, pharmaceutical-grade fertilizers and supplements, engineered to provide the most pure, potent, and effective marijuana genetically possible to medical and recreational patients alike. As one of only three companies in the world granted a national government license to grow cannabis, Advanced Nutrients has invested more than 15 years refining its formulas. In fact, our team of 25 Ph.D. scientists are responsible for over 50 firsts in the world of cannabis research, and has produced the world’s finest line of organic fertilizers and soil conditioning agents that improve plant nutrient uptake, organic beneficial bacterias that restore the natural balance of soil, and rooting and flowering formulas that will never harm the environment. Advanced Nutrients’ mission is to make the world passionate about growing plants hydroponically. Learn more about Advanced Nutrients at: http://www.advancednutrients.com

About Tweed
Tweed is a globally recognized cannabis brand and subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC). It has built a large and loyal following by focusing on quality products and meaningful customer relationships. Tweed doesn’t just sell cannabis, it facilitates a conversation about a product we’ve all heard about but haven’t met intimately yet. It is approachable and friendly, yet reliable and trusted. As cannabis laws liberalize around the world, Tweed will expand its leading Canadian position around the globe. Learn more at www.tweed.com.

About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis and hemp company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and Softgel capsule forms. From product and process innovation to market execution, Canopy Growth is driven by a passion for leadership and a commitment to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time.

Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names including cannabis icon Snoop Dogg, breeding legends DNA Genetics and Green House seeds, and Fortune 500 alcohol leader Constellation Brands, to name but a few. Canopy Growth operates ten licensed cannabis production sites with over 2.4 million square feet of production capacity, including over 500,000 square feet of GMP-certified production space. The Company has operations in 11 countries across five continents. The Company is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public’s understanding of cannabis, and through its partly owned subsidiary, Canopy Health Innovations, has devoted millions of dollars toward cutting edge, commercializable research and IP development. Through partly owned subsidiary Canopy Rivers Corporation, the Company is providing resources and investment to new market entrants and building a portfolio of stable investments in the sector. From our historic public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange to our continued international expansion, pride in advancing shareholder value through leadership is engrained in all we do at Canopy Growth. For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com

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Meagan Dolmage, Holmes PR