Niagara Falls, ON

Join us in spectacluar Niagara Falls, ON for 3 days of cannabis cultivation and extraction.

November 30 - December 2, 2021

Niagara Falls, Canada

Learn from over 100 cannabis cultivation and extraction experts at our 3 day conference.

November 30 - December 2, 2021

Niagara Falls, Canada

Join us in spectacluar Niagara Falls, ON for 3 days of cannabis cultivation and extraction.

November 30 - December 2, 2021

Meet the Exhibitors

Meet old friends and create new relationships at Grow Up's famous Meet the Exhibitors networking party.

November 30, 2021

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Sept. 12-14, 2022

Niagara Falls 2021 Conference Schedule

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Scotiabank Convention Centre

6815 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada L2G 3Y9

 

Tuesday November 30, 2021

7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Conference Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Morning Coffee and Networking

9:15 am – 5:00 pm
VIP Industry Conference

9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Exhibitor Load-in/Setup

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Grow Up Awards

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet the Exhibitors Networking Party

Wednesday December 1, 2021

7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Opens

9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Grow Up Psychedelic Summit

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grow Up Expo

10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Grow Up Main Stage and Extraction Zone sessions

10:15 am – 5:00 pm
Technical Workshop Sessions

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Grower’s Luncheon (Invite Only)

Thursday December 2, 2021

7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Registration Opens

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grow Up Expo

10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Grow Up Main Stage and Extraction Zone Sessions

10:00 am – 3:35 pm
Technical Workshop Sessions

DAY 1: VIP Industry Conference
Tuesday NOV. 30th, 2021
9:30 AM9:45 AM
Tuesday November 30th
9:45 AM10:30 AM
Tuesday November 30th
In a pandemic-stricken global economy, there is every reason to expect the worst. But despite what many consider high and/or unfair taxes, regulatory handcuffs and crippled supply chains, the durability of the cannabis industry has surprised many. In a research report from Prospiant and Cannabis Business Times, 31% of participants reported increased revenues in 2020 and 73% planned to imminently add cultivation space (indoor, outdoor or greenhouse). Is it overly optimistic to expect these trends to continue, or does this suggest better things to come? We’ll assess our industry’s strengths and its ability to endure. Moderator - Terry Roycroft
10:30 AM11:00 AM
Tuesday November 30th
Cannabis Industry Veteran, USA healthcare industry expert, Social Media Influencer, and Podcast host Michael Patterson sits down with Samantha Roman to discuss current industry trends, International trade, ancillary businesses opportunities related to cannabis, the cannabis global value chain, cannabis education, and much more!  

Michael Patterson is the CEO of US Cannabis Pharmaceutical Research and Development, which focuses on moving society forward through legalized cannabis. US Cannabis develops the legal cannabis/hemp/cbd industry across multiple platforms (cultivation, processing, dispensing, trade, education, regulation/law, licensing, payments, compliance). Mr. Patterson is also President of MGMC Pharma Group (International Pharmaceutical company focusing on vaccine development and cannabis products), Advisory Board member for Akers Bio (NASDAQ listed company), Editorial Board member for AJEM-American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine (world's first peer reviewed, printed journal dedicated to the study of the endocannabinoid science), Advisory Board member for ICS- Integrated Compliance Solutions (largest merchant processor for THC and hemp/cbd related businesses in the USA), and Podcast host of "The Cannabis Report with Michael Patterson".

Moderator - Samantha Roman

11:00 AM11:45 AM
Tuesday November 30th
Truly a global phenomenon, cannabis is finding devotees in all its incarnations, from recreational to hemp to medicinal (Israel, for example, recently passed Germany as the largest importer of medicinal flowers). There is practically no place in the world where demand does not tempt investors. At the same time, there are many countries that still outlaw the drug. And COVID-19 has created its own foreign investment barriers, from restrictions on retail and travel to supply chain disruptions. Various market research studies have tried to make sense out of the emerging international market. This session will tell you what we know, what we don’t know, and what the profit potential is from Africa to Asia to Europe to South America. Moderator - Matt Lamers
11:45 AM12:30 PM
Tuesday November 30th
12:30 PM1:15 PM
Tuesday November 30th
There are big growers and there are micro-cultivators. And as strange as it may seem, there are more hoops to jump through and licenses to pay for if you decide to grow the cannabis equivalent of a craft beer. With processor licenses, sales licenses, nursery licenses and harvest limits, experts say a start-up could cost anywhere from $250k to $2 million. And yet, as consumer connoisseurship grows, and the willingness to pay for quality follows, micro-cultivators may be ideally suited to experiment with and grow higher-quality strains. This panel will examine the potential profit of limited-edition cannabis growing versus the cost.   Moderator - Dr. Av Singh
1:15 PM2:00 PM
Tuesday November 30th
Bruce Linton may forever be known for jumpstarting the Canadian cannabis industry as CEO of Canopy Growth. Or that may simply be known as his first home run. His next opportunity, Gage Cannabis, led the charge into the slowly loosening U.S. market via Michigan, with 19 “Class C” cultivation licenses, 15 dispensaries, and three processing licenses. And now, Gage has become a bigger player with the company’s all-stock $545 million purchase by TerrAscend. Bruce has graced us with his presence before, each time with some new venture percolating. In this keynote address, expect some hints of things to come.   Interviewer - Samantha Roman
2:00 PM2:30 PM
Tuesday November 30th
A tour de force of psilocybe mushrooms from historical use, legal status, growth cycles, understanding chemical makeup, and how psilocybin affects the brain and body.
2:30 PM2:45 PM
Tuesday November 30th
2:45 PM3:30 PM
Tuesday November 30th
Celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Mike Tyson, Seth Rogan, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffet, to name a few, have all put their names on cannabis brands around the world. Whether it is CDB oils, bongs, infused beverages or an elite strain, celebrities and athletes are becoming more open to the notion of branding with cannabis. Is your product good enough for a celebrity to put their name on it? Do you have what it takes to meet the high demands and expectations of their fans? How and where do you begin? Listen to these CEOs, marketing geniuses and brand developers of successful international celebrity brands as they discuss building that special relationship.   Moderator - Jordan Wagman
3:30 PM4:00 PM
Tuesday November 30th
Celebrities spend their life building their personal brand. Everything they are associated with must carry that same level of quality and commitment. Cannabis products are no different. Growing the perfect strain is half the battle to a celebrity brand, you need to maintain that quality on everything with their name on it. Listen to growers of celebrity brands talk about the challenges when growing for an international brand.
Moderator - Jordan Wagman
4:00 PM4:30 PM
Tuesday November 30th
Growers are growers as far as the government is concerned. And the tax on product – whether it be $1 per gram or percentage-based – is the same whether you’re a stock exchange giant or a licensed micro-cultivator. But the boutique bud community is speaking up. The Stand for Craft campaign, representing more than 50 operations, wants a tiered approach to taxes, lest they lose an already difficult fight to stay in business. This session will discuss who should carry the tax weight in the cannabis industry and the upside to incentivizing craft businesses.   Moderator - Matt Lamers  
5:00 PM6:30 PM
Tuesday November 30th
The Grow Up Industry Awards Gala is a national annual event honouring cannabis professionals/companies and recognizing excellence in our industry. Join us as we induct Frenchy Cannoli in memoriam in to the Grower Hall of Fame along with 35 award winners. Ceremony will be held in the Main Theatre of the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Reception and After Party to be held in the hall outside of the theatre. General Theatre seating.

Reception: 4:30PM // Awards Ceremony: 5:00PM

Meet the Exhibitors Networking Party: 6:30PM (only available to VIP Industry Pass Holders and Exhibitors)

Host & Emcee - Ben Miner, Comedian


  • Ben Miner
    Joint Ventures Cannabis Radio on SiriusXM
6:30 PM8:30 PM
Tuesday November 30th
Get the expo started off right with our opening night meet-n-greet for exhibitors and delegates.  Come mingle and have a cocktail after a long day of conference and booth set-up. Only available to VIP Industry Pass Holders and Exhibitors.
    DAY 2: Industry Conference
    Wednesday DEC. 2ND, 2021
    9:30 AM10:30 AM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    This presentation will explore both the psychedelic research renaissance and an analysis of the pending legalization of psychedelics from a business perspective.

    Host - Cy Williams

    10:15 AM11:45 AM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Masterclass Technical Session
    Spectrum versus Intensity - what matters most and what gives you more cannabinoids and terpenes. Join the experts as they share growers' experiences and expectations from their lighting choices.  

    Moderator - Dr. Av Singh

    10:30 AM11:15 AM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
    The past year has been a “reckoning” for the Canadian cannabis sector. Many cannabis companies remain unable to turn a profit; but that’s almost a success story compared to those struggling to make payroll and in some cases, even survive. Against this backdrop there are also success stories. The truth is, some cannabis companies have adapted and are finding a way to succeed. This panel will bring together a group of people who understand the many challenges faced by cannabis companies and have unique insights into what it takes to succeed in Canadian cannabis. We will discuss what went wrong but more importantly, we will focus on what smart cannabis companies should be doing now to turn things around for sustainable success.   Moderator - David Hyde
    10:30 AM11:15 AM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Flash chromatography is a relatively simple technique to support the demands of the cannabis market. Compared to other techniques, Flash chromatography provides high throughput and large scale for THC and pesticide remediation.
    10:35 AM11:05 AM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    In 1956 psychiatrist and superintendent of the Provincial Mental Hospital in Saskatchewan, Canada Humphry Osmond, first used the word ‘psychedelic’ to describe the feelings and sensations associated with an LSD drug reaction. A year later his new word was published and later added to the English lexicon after corresponding with literary genius, Aldous Huxley. In spite of the popular connotations now connected to the word psychedelic, Osmond developed the term out of his experiments with LSD that led him to propose a new theory of schizophrenia alongside a somewhat radical suggestion to treat alcoholism using LSD. In contrast with many of his psychiatric contemporaries, Osmond maintained that pharmacotherapies flourished most when combined with tenets of empathy, deference, and even ritual – features he learned from Indigenous ceremonies with plant medicines. Although Osmond was not alone among his psychiatrist colleagues in the 1950s fascinated with the medical applications of psychedelics, his work in Canada brought him international recognition and made him a major figure in the history of LSD and addiction research, but also an awkward character in a looming countercultural revolution. LSD was banned from use by the late 1960s for a combination of moral and scientific reasons, but new developments in the 21st are encouraging policy makers and researchers to revisit these historical studies. This presentation examines some of the historical Canadian trials with LSD, while it remained a legal substance, and considers how the drug and its supporters dealt with challenges, first from the medical community and later from political and moral authorities concerned about the abusive characteristics of the drug.
    11:10 AM11:55 AM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    Some jurisdictions have already moved toward legalization of medical use of psychedelics. And the wellness community, investors and researchers are thinking positively about imminent wide acceptance. Upcoming breakthroughs may involve court challenges, or changes in existing legislation. Canada has already opened the door for access for end-of-life care, and therapists are seeking to expand the latitude they’ve been given. Once prohibition is past, then a full-fledged regulatory landscape will replace it, covering intellectual property, inspection, quality control, distribution, etc. This panel will look ahead to a legal, regulated future for psychedelics.  Moderator - Sam Riches
    11:25 AM11:55 AM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
    Cannabis farmgate refers to a retail store where cannabis products are sold directly to customers by a federally licensed producer (LP), usually at their production site. Despite considerable publicity and apparent interest by the industry and consumers, uptake is at a very early stage. Ontario is the only province with cannabis farmgate operations, although Saskatchewan’s retail framework allows it. The BC government will launch a farmgate program in 2022. New Brunswick announced in late August 2021 that it will implement a farmgate program as soon as possible. The presentation will explain what cannabis farmgate is and could become, looking at the prospects for different licensees, including cultivators. Ideas being discussed include using farmgate stores to promote cannabis tourism and providing tasting and sampling as with wineries and craft breweries. The presentation will review provincial governments’ moves to establish farmgate programming and conclude by considering the outlook for farmgate in applicable provinces. The scope for cultivators’ participation will be discussed with fresh insights from BC’s current consultation exercise. Takeaways:
    • Learn the model’s key components.
    • Farmgate in many forms: can it work in any setting?
    • Opportunity for co-operative farmgate models and selling other producer’s products.
    • The model’s potential as a new sales channel and strategic driver of new business.
    • What’s the outlook for farmgate store openings across Canada?
    11:25 AM11:50 AM
    Wednesday December 1st
    In reality, however, some waters do very little to support life and can actually restrict growth. We are going to explore what waters you should be using to maximize your yield while also minimizing your chem requirements, time, and water usage.
    12:00 PM2:00 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Grower's Luncheon (VCC)
    These are the brightest minds in cannabis growth, sharing experiences, best practices and goodwill amongst growers. And this camaraderie will come in handy as the push for industry standardization grows. They’ll talk about a year of challenges, adjusting to regulations, and offer insight into how Health Canada can adjust its role to promote better growing and cannabis quality. Many relationships were forged among growers at the last event, and it’s not far-fetched to see a future advocacy group forming over the lunch table. Moderator - Brian Coutts

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    12:00 PM12:30 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Extraction Zone
    If you were transported to June 2024, what would you do today?  I will be 70 years old in 2024.  I will pass on what I experienced up to 2021 and what I saw up to 2024.  I do not know more than that but will pass on my predictions after June 2024.
    12:05 PM12:35 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
    In many respects, the cannabis industry is now just coming on-line into full facility care cleaning. Facility care has been happening for decades now and occurs in areas like Pharma & Food product producing facilities, as well as Hospitals and Long Term Care facilities where pathogens and words like nosocomial are well understood. Much of what has been learned in the cleaning industry is tried and true and we’ve come to know what we now know, largely through failure, so our ambition is to disseminate some failure avoidance principals and focus on the business of cleaning, to support the business of cannabis on the following themes:
     
    • Broad Facility Care Discussion
    • IPA – Potential Health and Environmental Risk
    • Danger in the workplace - Multi-faceted discussion - Worker and Environment
    • WHMIS, as it relates to the worker and Cannabis production facilities
    • Green Cleaning and GreenGuard Gold certification for cleaning chemicals used indoors
    • Production - Equipment to task as opposed to labour to task
    • Training - Specific to facility care knowledge
    • Building Service Contractors - Their place in the cannabis industry

    • Mike Watt
      Training & Innovation, Avmor Ltd. - Professional Cleaning Solutions
    12:40 PM1:10 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    Scientists studying the clinical applications of psychedelics inevitably find their way to ayahuasca shamanism and the role of natural mind-altering substances in Indigenous spirituality and religious practice. In a field of study where science and religion can truly co-exist, researchers and non-Indigenous people must be mindful of honouring the traditions of sacred plants as they attempt to build a bridge between Native cultures and the efficacy of their medicine. This session will consider the traditional use of psychedelics and the reciprocity that must come with adapting it.
    12:40 PM1:10 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Extraction Zone
    Cooking Demo Presentation
    12:45 PM1:15 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
    There is buying Insurance policies for protection and then there is making Risk Management an organizational priority to reduce the impact a claim has on your Business. Fady Kamel has been working with Large LPs, Retail Stores and everything in between since 2016 and will discuss the importance of Good Risk Management Practices throughout your organization.
    1:15 PM1:30 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    Psychedelic substances have been around for millenia used by cultures across the globe as medicines and in ceremonies. Most were legal in North America as medicines or in medical research until the 1970's - 1980's until the racist and cultural control tactics of the War on Drugs pushed the use of these medicines underground. Now thanks to the persevering work of researchers, scientists, First Nations and therapists from all backgrounds we see these medicines returning to use for PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction and more. Join Dr. Pamela Kryskow to review a survey of where we are at with these medicines in Canada.
    1:20 PM2:05 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Extraction Zone
    As the cannabis industry soars across our earth, we must be mindful of what our planet has already endured. The industry’s monumental popularity means that abundant resources must be used for cultivating cannabis plants, extracting them, and purifying the molecules within for downstream product formulations. The burning question this panel provides answers for is how can we continue to grow sustainably?   Moderator - Dr. John MacKay
    1:25 PM1:55 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
    The industry has raced to move to online, experienced massive fluctuations in consumer demand, and is now balancing brick and mortar as well as online sales, this all leads to new complexities in the cannabis supply chain making it difficult to navigate. Align that with mergers, acquisitions, and international growth and the complexity becomes unmanageable in the current state of how we execute within our supply chain. It is critical to have good planning in place to defend profit and attack competition. Operational transparency and efficiency are key to be first to market, avoid disruption, and prepare for future growth. This session will discuss transforming order fulfillment strategies using automation to set up operations for business success.
    1:30 PM1:45 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    Are Psychedelics the Secret for Coma Patients? (CRT) Coma Resurrection Therapy: A Novel Intervention. The goal of Transcendent Therapeutics, Inc is to pursue the discovery and development of therapeutic potential towards (CRT) Coma Resurrection and pulling patients out of this lethal situation. We are conducting Research for salubrious therapeutics to enhance treatments for Coma Resurrection. Most fundamentally we would like to see the association of neuron signals to the brain receptors to evaluate the "Brain death, Consciousness, Sub-consciousness and comparing with awareness as well as deep sleep." This is intended to understand the therapeutic benefits of nano molecule formulations of selective compounds such as Psilocybin, Ketamine, Ibogaine, LSD, DMT, MDMA, Cannabinoid, etc., to support and conduct multi façade research and development and to validate the need and efficacy of these compounds and their potential therapeutic benefits for coma and many unmet medical needs.
    1:45 PM3:00 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Masterclass Technical Session
    You spend nearly 3 months producing the highest quality flower.  What happens next can make or break your profits. Join the experts as they chat about post-harvest practices.
    1:50 PM2:45 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    The psychedelic psychotherapy panel will discuss the latest understandings of how different psychedelic compounds and their respective therapeutic approaches are proving to be better than others for treating variety of indications. We will be talking with patients who have undergone treatment using everything from DMT aka “The Spirit Molecule” for addictions, to ketamine for PTSD and psilocybin for end of life anxiety. We will also be diving deeper and learning from the subject matter experts who help facilitate these therapies to explore the successful aspects and short comings of the various approaches. We’ll explore perspectives from both ends of the spectrum, the western science based clinical approach of Field Trip, compared to other approaches offered by the Tripmaps platform, including those of a practitioner who speaks the power of the traditional ceremonial approach. Moderator - Tamara Hirsh  
    2:05 PM2:50 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
      • The journey from seed to shelf – ND understands what goes into your product and what goes into ours
      • Current state of packaging – How regulations affect the choices producers make. Challenges with materials, costs and keeping your products fresh.
      • Working together - Why is packaging one of the last things producers think about but the first thing a consumer sees?
      • Sustainability – the future of cannabis packaging
    Moderator - Kevin Lee BROUGHT TO YOU BY: ND SUPPLIES  
    2:15 PM3:00 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    A discussion on how a college and its experiences assisting companies in the cannabis economy can help advance R&D and access to new technology and methods, like minor cannibiniods and into food & beverage products. Moderator - Andrew Kaszowski   Brought To You By: FANSHAWE Centre for Research & Innovation
    3:00 PM3:25 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    In the last two years, dozens of approvals for psychedelic-assisted therapies have been approved for use by patients under the care of psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical counsellors, social workers, general practitioners, and nurses. Specifically, psilocybin has been a molecule of interest that has been a focal point to these alternative treatments, with patient access that falls under a Section 56(1) exemption under Part J of the Food and Drugs Act. From a commercialization standpoint, what licence type is required to prepare a regulated compound such as psilocybin for patients and what specific activities can be performed? What are the site-specific requirements? What evidence do we have to show that controlled substances like psilocybin may follow a similar path towards medicinal use that cannabis has taken? What is the potential for business in psychedelic mushrooms within the applicable legislation and what aspects can be leveraged to further the rate of company success? All this and more will be covered in this informative session.
    3:00 PM3:45 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
    Since the Canadian legalization of Cannabis in October 2018, the industry has seen significant growth. The Federal laws are heavily weighted toward licensing, production, and cultivation requirements, quality, and testing requirements, with minimal environmental guidance. Although the legal requirements from an environmental standpoint for producers have not changed significantly since legalization, municipalities have been forced to deal with many nuisance complaints from area residents regarding odours, noise, dust, and light from production and cultivation operations. Municipalities in Ontario have passed by-laws to restrict facilities because of these nuisance issues. By far, odours have been the biggest challenge. Rosanna DiLabio with Pinchin will review the aspects and impacts of Cannabis operations with a focus on “nuisance” emissions, how they can be managed and outline odour control technology currently available. Vicki Hilborn with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will outline how nuisance concerns are being managed in rural areas of Ontario, what a “Good Neighbour Policy” is and will provide highlights about the odour research currently being supported by OMAFRA. Finally, you will hear from Richard Butler of Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers about how legal agricultural protections apply to growers and what producers need to know about their environmental liabilities both from a civil and regulatory perspective. An interactive discussion and Q&A session will follow the presentations.  

    Moderator - Rosanna DiLabio

    3:10 PM3:40 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Extraction Zone
    California presented a wild west opportunity when Prop 64 passed in November 2016. Procan Labs was built on old school values and has become the leading distillate provider in California by using old school business values and staying in their lane. Mark and his son Max will discuss their philosophy and how they have built a business despite all of the chaos around them. Moderator - Chris Jones
    3:30 PM5:00 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Masterclass Technical Session
    Addressing pests and pathogens through a preventative lens can avoid quality losses and save money. Join the experts to discuss the value of scouting, the cannabis aphid, and the hop latent viroid.  

    Moderator - Dr. Av Singh

    3:30 PM3:55 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    This session will review the different forms of intellectual property that are available to protect innovations in the fast growing field of psychedelics. In particular, this session will provide a detailed look at patenting psychedelic inventions and answer several questions:
    • How important is it to secure a priority date for a new invention and when should a patent application be filed?
    • What types of inventions can be protected – new derivatives; extraction of actives; medical use?
    • What are the requirements for patentability?
    3:35 PM4:05 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
    • What it is?
    • How it’s tested, what we see from the lab perspective?
    • What it can look like?
    • What it can do?
    • How to get rid of it?
    • How not to get it again?

    Moderator - Brian Coutts

    3:50 PM4:35 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Extraction Zone
    Most people know that there are three dominant cannabis extraction techniques, including hydrocarbon, ethanol, and supercritical carbon dioxide. Often, though, discussions regarding these techniques solely focus on upfront equipment costs, without delving into the total cost of ownership overtime. As most extractors would no doubt want to thrive in the industry long term, having the complete picture for ancillary equipment costs, energy requirements, solvent storage and disposal, labor, safety controls, etc., are paramount for long-term success. This panel provides an unbiased, realistic portrait of the costs associated with cannabis extraction.
    Moderator - Dr. John MacKay
    4:00 PM5:00 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Psychedelic Summit
    Industry analysts are bullish about the financial potential of the psychedelic drug market, predicting North American sales of almost $7 billion by 2027. A continuing search for new and effective treatments for burgeoning mental illnesses fuels the confidence. On the other hand, new medicinal drugs can face more regulatory roadblocks than recreational ones. This panel, representing some of the most active companies in psychedelic research and development, will come up with a realistic timetable for the full greenlight for licensed psychoactive healing.   Moderator - Katie Pringle
    4:15 PM5:00 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Main Stage
    The more you know, the more you grow. And with legalization in the rear-view mirror, the industry has been allowed to experiment with maximizing and optimizing yields and sales. From integration of cannabis tech and data, to vertical farming, to crop steering and genetics advances, this panel of front-line experts joins moderator Phil Wong to debate the pros, cons and potential of various new techniques that are gaining traction across the cannabis industry.

    Moderator - Phil Wong

    4:40 PM5:00 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    Extraction Zone
    Did you know that investors are increasingly using ESG to evaluate the future success of companies? Do you know what your ESG values and policies are? Join Dr. Jon Thompson, Founder and CEO of extraktLAB, as he explains what Environmental, Social, and Governance policies actually are and how cannabis is leading the way as an example for other industries. In this talk you will learn how to articulate your company's ESG policies, add new ones to your repertoire, and be a model for the Sustainable Cannabis Industry.
    DAY 3: Industry Conference
    Thursday DEC. 3RD, 2021
    10:00 AM11:30 AM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Masterclass Technical Session
    What a cannabis plant needs and what you provide can be wildly different.  Join Greg Patterson (A&L Labs) for an in-depth look at matching your nutrient delivery to the plant stage and how timing and balance can lead to higher secondary metabolite production.

      Moderator - Dr. Av Singh

    10:30 AM11:15 AM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Main Stage
    Cannabis product innovation in Canada is key for differentiation and continued growth. However, a range of challenges in the cannabis sector make product innovation a more difficult than traditional consume packaged goods. These challenges range from regulatory issues, diverse consumer occasion and need states, provincial retailer dynamics, evolving commercial pressures, etc.  The panel members hope to share their experience, expertise and lessons learned in bringing leading products to market from ideation to commercial roll out.  

    Moderator - Dr. Shane Morris

    10:30 AM11:00 AM
    Thursday December 2nd
    There are numerous benefits to consuming cannabis through nano-emulsion. The extremely small cannabis oil/water particles provide greater therapeutic efficacy and offer the potential to minimize adverse effects. Nano particles in water means the solution is water soluble and therefore passes more easily into the bloodstream, resulting in faster onset.  And if you feel the effects sooner you can more easily gauge if you need or want to take more.  This burgeoning field is changing the way many ingestible and topical cannabis products are produced, how we use them, and how they affect us, and is clearing a path for innovative new products.  
    11:10 AM11:50 AM
    Thursday December 2nd

    Since legalization in October 2018 many cannabis businesses have emerged and participated in the Canadian green rush.  Some have succeeded and some haven’t.  There are still opportunities to start a cannabis business in a smart, efficient and sustainable way after establishing a business plan there are  security, compliance and build out or renovation considerations. Hear from some of the industry’s top experts in security, compliance and building experts from their experiences and knowledge how to prepare, things to consider and where there are opportunities to leverage new and existing regulatory pathways to still thrive. Join us for this engaging and interactive discussion.

     

    Moderator - Jennifer van Dijk

    11:25 AM12:10 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Main Stage

    This session will provide a detailed look at marketing considerations for growers and licensed producers including:

      • Getting your brand off the ground
      • Standing out in a crowded market
      • Highlighting your personal brand
      • White labeling partnerships & supply chain considerations
    Moderator - Bridget Hoffer

    12:00 PM12:30 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Extraction Zone
    With increasingly polluted skies and seas, and mounting garbage piles on land, our Earth continues to cry “Uncle.” Relentless packaging waste and the over extraction and burning of fossil fuels offer glimpses into the Earth’s banshee wail. Burning fossil fuels creates greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) and studies have demonstrated its contribution to rising, global temperatures. Thus, CO2 exemplifies a notorious environmental villain. Due to its ostracization, CO2 comes very cheap. It can be captured from industrial processes or by giant machines that exemplify innovation meant to change the world. Once captured, it can be repurposed for greener applications. By manipulating its temperature and pressure, supercritical CO2 can be used for cleaning up soils, water, and removing organic contaminants from plastic waste so the garbage can be recycled. Repurposed CO2 can supplant toxic chemicals used for dry cleaning, for medical device sterilization, and botanical extraction and purification. The villainous CO2 can also be used for supercritical fluid chromatography, or SFC. This technique can be used for analytical or preparatory purposes. In analytical SFC, sCO2 provides the mobile phase to enable analyte separation, replacing organic solvents like methanol and acetonitrile, both of which are health hazards that require remediation. SFC provides a powerful method for product purification, whether for separation of enantiomers (mirror-image molecules) in a racemic drug, remediating THC from federally legal hemp products, or purifying individual terpenes from an essential oil. As our Earth bakes and shudders, we can mitigate CO2 generation and reform captured CO2 for greater good. Nowhere is this more vital than in the soaring cannabis industry. Medicinal plant cultivation and product design should not further exploit our Earth.

    • Jason Lupoi
      Terpenes and Testing Magazine/Extraction Magazine
    12:15 PM1:45 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Masterclass Technical Session
    Is it clones or tissue culture - The world of cannabis genetics continues to evolve with advancements having some benefits as well as drawbacks.  Join the experts as they talk about what's the future of cannabis genetics and touch upon topics like PM resistance; potency limits; hop latent viroid, as well as exciting new "strains".   Moderator - Dr. Av Singh
    12:20 PM1:05 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Main Stage
    It used to be that parents worried that their kids would be exposed to marijuana when they went off to college. Now they’re majoring in it. Two years ago, Niagara College produced its first graduating class in the production of commercial cannabis. Meanwhile, Guelph University has long conducted advanced research on medicinal marijuana and shifted easily to recreational studies, becoming a veritable factory for qualified industry personnel. Other institutions are following suit. This panel welcomes representatives from colleges, universities and consultancy firms who are creating careers.   Moderator - Daniel Hochman  
    12:40 PM1:10 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Extraction Zone
    The total cost of ownership of supercritical CO2 extraction is the least expensive and most environmentally sustainable methodology. However, one Achilles heel has been the cost of winterization afterwards for those looking to take extracts to distillates. Thar's 2019 patented WinterFlow™ process removes the need for EtOH and distillation in many applications.
    1:20 PM2:05 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Extraction Zone
    Extracting cannabis plants typically doesn’t end with crude oil. Many times, product manufacturers embark on post-extraction processing strategies intended to remove undesirable ingredients from extracts like plant waxes and chlorophyll, and to concentrate cannabinoids and terpenes into products like distillate, shatter, or vape carts. There are various options in the extractor’s toolbox for purifying products, including traditional methods like winterization and distillation, but several other technologies have come into the fray. Our panelists will help make sense of the pros and cons of these options, and what implementing a specific strategy today might mean for your business tomorrow.   Moderator - Dr. John MacKay
    1:55 PM2:25 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Main Stage
    Vantage Hemp was assessed and certified on April 13th 2021 for:
    • Q7 Good Manufacturing Practices - Guidance for Industry, Q7 Good Manufacturing Practice Guidance for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
    • WHO GMP for Pharmaceutical Products
    For the following activities:
    • Biomass decarboxylation, Supercritical CO2, Hydrocarbon extraction, winterization, distillation and crystallization of CBD derived from hemp
    • Certificate stays valid for 3 years and remains valid subject to satisfactory surveillance audits
    2:15 PM3:35 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Masterclass Technical Session
    It seems like a no-brainer - when you use words like organic, regenerative, no-till to describe your growing techniques - it sounds sustainable. But is it? Join the experts to discuss ways to move LSO into a regenerative future.   Moderator - Dr. Av Singh
    2:15 PM2:30 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Extraction Zone
    Small-scale Canadian cannabis growers exist across Canada but are rarely asked about how they grow their cannabis, what they grow, why they grow, how they process their cannabis, and what they do with the cannabis they grow. The Global Cannabis Cultivation Research Consortium recently completed a survey of over 10,000 small-scale cannabis growers around the world, including more than 500 participants in Canada. Dr. Daniel Bear, a drugs policy expert, will present preliminary findings on the Canadian growers for the first time anywhere. This new data will shed light on a vast but underexamined population in Canada, and may help businesses looking to supply products and services to the home growing community.  
    2:35 PM3:05 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Main Stage
    When building or expanding an indoor farm, multiple factors impact whether it’s more profitable to add tiers to existing cultivation rooms or increase footprint. In this session, we use data from real projects to first breakout the cost of building an indoor farm. Then, we use that model to illustrate the myriad of factors that building designers should consider when asking the question “should we add more tiers or increase footprint." We leave sufficient time for the audience to ask question and share their thoughts.
    2:40 PM3:00 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    3:10 PM3:45 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Extraction Zone
    How can one utilize data analytics and various in-process analytical tools to optimize extraction operations? Cannabis extraction at its current status is inefficient and uncontrolled, even if the artist tells you that they make the best s**t.

    Aside from regulatory testing, there are a multitude of other analytical tools and testing points in the extraction value chain, where testing will offer a more comprehensive picture for the operator.

    Even with all this data, little can be done to improve the extraction process. For this data science is need. From simple linear regressions, via multifactorial optimization, all the way to Machine Learning and AI, those tools become more important and slowly find their way onto the production floor.

    We want to discuss the current problems and needs of a cannabis producer and present possible solutions that Machine Learning can bring.

    3:15 PM3:45 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Main Stage
    This session will highlight aspects of the craft cannabis industry, specifically, in regards to what methods and process’ define a craft model, and how those aspects will not only define that products quality, but overall value as well. Matthew will discuss the importance of a quality driven market and talk about why it so important, not just for an overall healthy cannabis market, but particularly for those seeking cannabis for its therapeutic use.    
      Key Take-Aways:
      • Concept of Craft cannabis and what defines it, as well as a more comprehensive understanding of why quality matters and what it has to offer, especially when it is being used therapeutically.
      • A more comprehensive understanding of some of the choices that go into a craft process model, and set a framework for how these process methodologies influence both quality and overall value of the product being consumed.
      • To help illuminate some of the most important aspect of what goes into a healthy quality driven craft cannabis market, and why it is essential to a strong Canadian legacy, as well as the numerous patients who seek this plant therapeutically.

    Speaker Submissions

    If you are in the cannabis growing industry and would like the opportunity to speak at Grow Up Conference and Expo, please click here to apply.