Hua Zhang is Grow Up’s 2021 Grower of the Year.
Zhang, who is head of cultivation at Hexo Corp., accepted his award at the Grow Up Conference and Expo 2021 in Niagara Falls, Ont. on Nov. 30. Craft Grower of the Year was awarded to MTL Cannabis and Canopy Growth founder Bruce Linton was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Full list of winners at the Grow Up Awards Gala are below.
The room of cannabis professionals also paid tribute to cannabis activist and master hashishin, Frenchy Cannoli, with a Hall of Fame recognition. Cannoli’s wife, Kimberly Hooks, accepted the award virtually on his behalf.
Cannoli died at the age of 64 years old from complications during surgery.
“He was a profound loss to the cannabis community, particularly, the traditionalists who revere the plant’s rich history. He was a friend of Grow Up and shared his wisdom with us,” said Randy Rowe, Grow Up president.
Full list of Grow Up Awards 2021 winners:
Master Grower of the Year – Hua Zhang
Craft Grower of the Year – MTL Cannabis
Celebrity Grower of the Year – Seth Rogen
Cultivation Education Award – Bill MacDonald
Outstanding Research – Dr. Jeremy Warren
International Cultivator – The Grow Sisters
Innovative Product of the Year – Original Stash
Hemp Product Company of the Year – Motif Labs Ltd.
Celebrity Product of the Year – Houseplant
Environmental Impact Award – Hexo Corp.
Packaging Equipment – Dope Automation
Hydroponic System – MTL Cannabis
Lighting System – Heliospectra
Best Growing Media – BlueSky Organics Corp.
HVAC System – Quest
Filtration System – Gaia Water Ltd.
Extraction Equipment – Thar Process
Pest Control – Koppert
Testing/Laboratory Equipment – Agilent
Best Trimming Equipment – Twister Trimmer
Grow-at-home Package – BC Northern Lights
Innovative Sustainable Technology – Aqualitas Inc.
Greenhouse Designer (TIE) – George Dickinson, Structural Panels Inc.
Nutrients Product – Remo Nutrients
Packaging Supplier – ND Supplies Inc.
Cannabsi Consultant – CannDelta Inc.
Extraction Facility – Ayurcann Inc.
Toll Processing – Ayurcann Inc.
Lab/Testing Facility – High North
Retailer – Superette
Security Service – David Hyde, CannaNavigators
Engineering Service – Dope Automation
Seedbank – RocketSeeds
Plant Propagation/Breeding – Mother Labs
Supplier/Distributor – BioFloral Canada