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Submissions Open for Top 40 Cannabis Leaders in Canada

Grow Up News

October 16, 2023, Victoria (BC): After a successful show in Victoria, BC, attended by more than a thousand cannabis industry leaders, hosting the first onsite cannabis sampling in BC and an interview with the iconic Tommy Chong, Grow Up has announced the inaugural Top 40 Cannabis Leaders in Canada 2024.

The Top 40 list will recognize influential leaders in the cannabis industry who are trailblazers in the growth, development and innovation of the cannabis industry, and celebrate their relentless, courageous, and innovative dedication to elevate the industry.

“The cannabis industry is brimming with talent, passion and expertise, and we’re excited to recognize the innovators, trailblazers and dedicated industry members who are truly building the foundation for the future of cannabis,” says Randy Rowe, President of Grow Up Conference & Expo.

Leaders can be nominated now through the Grow Up Conference website, with submissions closing on December 15, 2023. A judging panel will carefully review all applications, with winners to be announced in January 2024.

Cannabis industry professionals are invited to self-nominate or nominate a staff member or colleague. Nominees must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or resident, and Canadians working around the globe are eligible.

A leader can be a person in any cannabis industry role who has been instrumental in the success of a business, product or initiative. Retailers, growers, business experts, owners, managers, investors, budtenders, innovators, technology gurus, educators, researchers, and other active cannabis leaders qualify as a potential nominee, no matter how extensive their history in this space may be. Only members of the cannabis industry will be considered eligible.

The final list may also include individuals not nominated, as decided in confidence by Grow Up.

The nominees will be notified by January 1, 2024, and must keep their inclusion confidential until the official announcement of the Grow Up Top 40 Cannabis Leaders in Canada 2024. Each nominee will be asked to provide additional information.

In addition, the 2023 Grow Up Industry Award Winners were announced on Sunday October 1, with Ted Smith, Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, receiving recognition for his unwavering dedication to cannabis and patients with a lifetime achievement award, Tommy Chong was the recipient of the Legends of Cannabis award, and Vancouver Island retailer, Violet Wild Cannabis Co, awarded as Independent Retailer of the Year, presented by Weedpool.

For a full list of winners, please visit Grow Up here.


About Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo:
Established in 2017, Grow Up Conference & Expo has been hailed a top cannabis industry event in Canada, hosting events in Niagara Falls, ON, Victoria, BC, and Edmonton, AB. With decades of experience creating nationally renowned high-profile events, trade summits and shows around the world, Grow Up is committed to bringing forward-thinkers, trailblazers and experts together. For more information, visit

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