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Lift Toronto 2023 engages 1000’s of cannabis professionals, companies and the community to grow the industry

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Toronto — With the five-year mark for federal legalization on the horizon, the Canadian cannabis industry is experiencing a critical period. From June 1-3, Lift Toronto 2023 welcomed professionals from each segment of the cannabis ecosystem, along with supporters and consumers, to discover new products and innovations, experience Lift’s signature ah-ha! moments, and immerse in three days of leading-edge content focused on the future of cannabis from diverse points of view.

“The first Lift was in 2015, and since then, it’s been with the Canadian cannabis industry every step of the way. Our events provide a forum for celebration and support. While the balance between the two shifts, depending on the needs and challenges of the community, our purpose remains the same: to produce an amazing event for our partners, exhibitors and attendees.” — Lindsay Roberts, portfolio lead, Lift Events & Experiences

New for Toronto 2023, two sets of grants for micro-growers and independent retailers, as well as 30 budtender educational scholarships were sponsored by the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). David Lobo, president & CEO of OCS, also delivered the keynote address to open the Lift Cannabis Business Conference on Thursday, June 1. “Cannabis is a movement, not just a market,” said Lobo, setting the tone for a day of advocacy-oriented, strategy-focused speakers and panels.

The event continued through Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, with a multi-neighborhood expo, four stages packed with content, and Lift’s signature activations and attractions. High points included the brand-new Diners’ Club with live food and beverage demonstrations, two Speakers’ Corner small group discussion areas, expanded budtender and consumer programs, interactive networking areas and plenty of opportunities for new product discovery.

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Lift Toronto 2023 Highlights

  • 3,000+ attendees
  • 140+ speakers featured in 45 educational sessions, demonstrations and panels
  • Strategy-focused and advocacy-oriented Lift Cannabis Business Conference
  • Expo showcasing 100+ exhibiting companies from across the cannabis ecosystem
  • Micro-Grower, Independent Retailer & Budtender Grant Awards
  • Budtender appreciation program including free entry, dedicated lounge area and Budtender Masterclass education.
  • Consumer-focused features including PLAY@Lift with games and photo opps, and live entertainment from The Noobie and The Doobie’s Timmy Boyle and Marijane Baker.
  • All-new Diner’s Club featuring the hottest culinary cannabis trends and insights.
  • Lift After Party at Steam Whistle Brewing with music, drinks, bites and networking to end the show on a high note.

Micro-Grower Grant Winners

  • Bob’s Better Buds
  • Primeau Cannabis
  • The Cultivarium
  • Treez Botanical, Inc.

Independent Retailer Grant Winners

  • Ingram & Sons Cannabis Co.
  • Purple Tree Cannabis
  • ROLL’D Cannabis Co.
  • Shivaa’s Rose

Lift Industry Attendees Snapshot

  • 27 per cent own or represent LP’s
  • 48 per cent c-suite, owner or founder
  • 54 per cent purchasing decision-makers
  • 80 per cent plan to follow up with exhibitors after the show

“Now more than ever, in-person events like Lift are crucial for the industry,” said Roberts. “You could feel the positive energy at the conference, on the expo floor, and at the Lift After Party. We were grateful to be able to bring the community together for important conversations about the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. Lift Toronto was an inclusive, meaningful and uplifting experience that won’t soon be forgotten.”

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