Grow Up LIVE (Vol.7):

What it takes to go Micro

A discussion with four micro licence holders in Canada

 

Aired Thursday, June 3, 2021 @ 2pm EST

Kieley Beaudry

Co-founder of Parkland Flower Inc.

Mother, caregiver, relationship builder, entrepreneur and self-described “serial student”, Kieley Beaudry is the co-founder of Parkland Flower Inc. and the Founder and President of the Alberta Cannabis Micro License Association.

A cannabis user for 25 years, her personal journey as a caregiver using cannabis therapies started in 2013 when her father-in-law was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a series of brain tumours. To help him sustain quality of life, Kieley and her husband researched and made cannabis oil when they found his options for cannabinoid therapies were limited during end-of-life care.

As a mother to an 8-year-old daughter who lives with Cystic Fibrosis, Kieley’s research extended further into her family life as she began treating her daughter’s symptoms with cannabis. These experiences led to Kieley devoting her time to other families, helping them navigate treating their children who live with chronic disease or illness holistically with cannabis. She encourages parents to be responsible for their cannabis consumption while advocating for the normalization of cannabis as part of a healthy family dynamic.

Kieley has applied her years of intense research of cannabis into developing different oils, topicals, tinctures, lotions and suppositories from legal cannabis products while helping people navigate Canada’s medical cannabis program. Kieley also has developed an interest in the connection between cannabis and sexual health, taking the taboo out of both topics by talking about each openly and honestly through her platforms.

As a self-named “serial student”, Kieley has enjoyed education at Western University, Fanshawe College, and received an Occupational Health and Safety Diploma, with distinction, in 2009 from the University of Alberta, after receiving her Workforce Trainer Certification from Keyano College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health at Columbia Southern University and her Diploma of Organic Skincare Formulation from Formula Botanica. Kieley continues to passionately educate herself about cannabis by attending and speaking at various events, conferences and research symposiums.

Prior to cannabis, Kieley enjoyed a fast-moving career in Health and Safety where she oversaw the safety of hundreds of workers across numerous oil and gas sites. While raising her children, she reached Top 4 in all of Canada for Direct Sales with Mary Kay, birthing her interest in skincare and topicals.

With her personal experiences with cannabis fueling her passion, she successfully lobbied her own municipal government to allow for cannabis production in Parkland County. She opened Parkland Flower Inc. with two other co-founders, where they are applying for their micro-license and are in the early stages of building their business.

With a desire to bring cannabis micro-license applicants together, Kieley formed the Alberta Cannabis Micro License Association in June 2019, to help support and protect smaller cannabis operations in Alberta by providing innovation, collaboration and education within all levels of government in Alberta.

When she’s not learning about cannabis and passing on the knowledge, Kieley devotes all her time to her family, who together are tackling first-time dog ownership in the form of Tundra, a 90lbs (and still growing) Great Pyrenees. In her spare time, she is an avid snowboarder, has been known to carry a mean karaoke tune. Kieley can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @kieleybeaudry

Albert Eppinga

Owner, BC Cannabis Inc
Albert Eppinga is the owner of BC Cannabis Inc in Sooke BC. He is from the community of Haida Gwaii and BC Cannabis is Indigenous-owned. His Haida name is White Eagle from the Eagle Clan. His Sooke location currently has one licensed cannabis cultivation facility and has applications submitted for two more in the same building. He also has plans for a cannabis nursery and processing facility in Chilliwack, BC. 

Ron Gauthier

CEO, UpRyze Cannabis

Ron Gauthier is the CEO of UpRyze Cannabis, a micro cultivator and processor in Acheson, Alberta. UpRyze Cannabis is truly craft – small batch grown, hang dried, hand trimmed and expertly cured. UpRyze produces exceptional, high quality cannabis, to bring a unique experience highly valued by consumers.

Logan Dunn

Owner, Dunn Cannabis

Logan Dunn is the owner of Dunn Cannabis in Abbotsford, British Columbia, run by a legacy production team of 3 with over 42 years of cannabis experience. Dunn Cannabis has found early success in the market by building a network of partners and a good reputation among consumers.

David Brown

Advisor, StratCann Services Inc.

David Brown is the founder of StratCann, a cannabis industry publication with a special focus on micros and nurseries. Prior to founding StratCann, David was a Senior Policy Advisor to Health Canada’s cannabis branch from 2018-2020, working—among other things—with the regulation team on the crafting of new licence categories like micros and nurseries. Prior to his time with Health Canada, David was a co-founder of and Communications Director for Lift Cannabis and Editor in Chief of Lift News.