Edmonton, May 28-30, 2023

Due to the numerous requests from LPs. Micro and Craft growers along with some of the largest cannabis retail stores in the nation, Grow Up has decided to bring our award winning show to Alberta. We will be hosting our 7th Conference and Expo at the Edmonton Convention Centre in beautiful downtown Edmonton.

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Niagara Falls Convention Centre

Sept. 11-13, 2022

Niagara Falls 2022 Conference Schedule

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Niagara Falls Convention Centre

6815 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada L2G 3Y9

 

Sunday September 11, 2022

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Exhibitor Load-in/Setup

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Conference Registration

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Grow Up Cannabis Cup Flower judging in the Boveda Consumption Lounge

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Canadian Premiere
Frenchy Dreams of Hashish documentary
(Ticketed event)

Monday September 12, 2022

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Opens

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grow Up Expo

10:15 am – 5:00 pm
Grow Up Main Stage 

10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Cannabis Science Symposium

10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Hash Zone Sessions

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Grow Up Cannabis Cup Hash judging in the Boveda Consumption Lounge

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
3rd Annual Grow Up Awards Ceremony

8:00 pm – 12:00 am
VIP Networking Party

 

Tuesday September 13, 2022

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration Opens

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grow Up Expo

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

10:15 am – 4:00 pm
Grow Up Main Stage

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Grower’s Luncheon (Invite Only)

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Seed Exchange Zone

2022 Schedule is in progress.

If you would like to take an active role in our programming or become a speaker, click the button below and fill out our speaker submission form.

KICK OFF
Sunday Sept. 11, 2022

1:00 PM5:00 PM
Sunday September 11th
Passes needed:
Join us in the Boveda Consumption Lounge and watch live as our judges narrow down the top flower in Canada. You're not going to want to miss this. Winners to be announced at the Grow Up Awards Monday Sept. 12.

Judging will be done live in front of Grow Up delegates and ranked on 4 categories. Appearance (trichomes, trim quality, etc.) Aroma (terpenes, esters, aldehydes, etc.) Ash Test (smoke test) and Overall Enjoyment. Parts of the judging will be streamed live to social media and archived for future viewing. Everyone is encouraged to come watch as this epic event takes place. You must have a pass to enter the Boveda consumption lounge. (VIP/Industry Pass/One-day pass) BUY PASSES.

Hosted by Remo Colasanti
Judges includes:
5:00 PM7:00 PM
Sunday September 11th
Passes needed:

Grow Up is proud to be hosting the Canadian premiere of Frenchy Dreams of Hashish which screens on Sunday, September 11th.


The film is a documentary about master Hashishin and Grow Up Hall of Fame inductee Frenchy Cannoli and a small group of Emerald Triangle cannabis farmers in Northern California as they try to reintroduce traditional hashish to the public and amplify their ethos of sustainable farming and their dedication to quality sun-grown cannabis. The film’s screening will be followed by a producer’s Q&A with Kimberly Hooks (widow of Frenchy Cannoli)

Advance tickets are available for $20 (+ HST) and can be purchased here or at the event subject to availability.
DAY 1: Industry Conference & Expo
Monday Sept. 12, 2022

10:15 AM10:30 AM
Monday September 12th
Passes needed:
Thank you for attending the 5th Grow Up Conference.  Grow Up extends our gratitude to the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples who have helped shape this region and continue to work, play, and care for this region.  Offering a Land and Peoples' acknowledgement is important for us as a society to better learn of our history, but we have to move beyond a simple acknowledgement and work towards true reconciliation.
10:30 AM11:15 AM
Monday September 12th
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Will my one strain of cannabis do the trick for my insomnia, how about chronic pain, anxiety, and PTSD? Can this strain treat my Crohn’s, prevent cancer, and balance my blood sugar. World-renown researcher, Dr. David ‘Dedi’ Meiri will share his findings on matching the right strain with the right ailment.
10:30 AM11:30 AM
Monday September 12th
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From Temple Balls to the blondest dry-sieve, the art of the hashishin is no different than the finest chefs and winemakers.  Join Madame Cannoli (Kimberly Hooks) of Frenchy Cannoli Brand and Adam and Hana of Mission Hill Melts, as they share secrets of their art.

Moderated by Jameson Welbourn
11:20 AM12:05 PM
Monday September 12th
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From excise taxes to mark ups to increased regulations the Canadian Cannabis sector is facing some of it’s most serious challenges as it matures into five years after legalization. Join George Smitherman (Cannabis Council of Canada); David Hyde (Hyde Advisory and Investments / CannaNavigators) and Pete Shearer (Shearer Consulting) share their thoughts on what’s next for Canadian cannabis. Moderated by Bridget Hoffer
11:30 AM12:30 PM
Monday September 12th
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Have you ever wondered what goes on in your brick or ball of hash during curing? Have you considered which cannabis strains are best for hash? What growing conditions and harvesting times make for the best hash production.
12:00 PM4:00 PM
Monday September 12th
Passes needed:
Join us in the Boveda Consumption Lounge and watch live as our judges narrow down the top hash, extracts, and concentrates in Canada. You're not going to want to miss this. Winners to be announced at the Grow Up Awards Monday Sept. 12.

Judging will be done live in front of Grow Up Delegates and ranked on 4 categories. Appearance, Aroma, Smoke Quality and Effects. Parts of the judging will be streamed live to social media. Everyone is encouraged to come watch as this epic event takes place. You must have a pass to enter the Boveda consumption lounge. (VIP/Industry Pass/One-day pass) BUY PASSES.

Hosted by Remo Colasanti
Judges include:
12:10 PM1:00 PM
Monday September 12th
Passes needed:
Who would have thought that cultivating quality cannabis was the easy part. Demand limited by strict regulations on promotions, lack of education on cannabis benefits, and continued societal stigma is producing challenges for Canadian LPs to access markets. Join Mahad Ali (The Legacy Market) and Jennifer Maccarone (Final Bell) to give insight on the importance of diverse distribution systems in making your business profitable. Moderated by Kieley Beaudry (Alberta Micro Cannabis Licence Association).
1:15 PM2:00 PM
Monday September 12th
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Despite a continued stigma around cannabis and limited cannabis promotional opportunities, canna-tourism and consumption lounges are an inevitable next step. Join Thomas O’Neill (Aggressive Organics); Chef Jordan Wagman; Elizabeth Becker (HiBnB) as they discuss what is and what’s next for cannabis in society. Moderated by Brytany Melville (The Grown Group).
2:05 PM2:50 PM
Monday September 12th
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Canada’s cannabis sector has the unfortunate statistic of producing more packaging than cannabis. ND Supplies is at the forefront of change. Reduced packaging coupled with more sustainable materials are the future.
2:30 PM3:15 PM
Monday September 12th
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Solventless hash like dry sift and ice water bubble hash represent some of the most unadulterated forms of hash available. Join our mind melting panel of hash artists Lindsay Labelle and Caitlin McIhone and Hugo Leon de Gante as they drop some wisdom.

Moderated by Andrew Nunez-Alvarez.
2:55 PM3:40 PM
Monday September 12th
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Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and soon to be BC have adopted a farmgate sales concept. What does it look like? Is it working? What could make it better? And Who is next? Join Tanner Stewart (Stewart Farms); Lisa Campbell (Mercari); Thomas O’Neill (Aggressive Organics) and Kieley Beudry (AMCLA). Moderated by Katy Perry (Toke Cannabis).
3:15 PM4:00 PM
Monday September 12th
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Harvest early with trichomes cloudy or harvest late with trichomes amber.  How about temperature at harvest or any lighting tips to bring out the resin.  Are some strains better than others?  Join Dustan McLean (Parkland Flower); Ed Rosenthal (Guru of Ganja); Jordan Dickinson (LadyJane Labs) and Cody Coulson (Coulson Cannabis).

Moderated by Dr. Av Singh.
4:00 PM5:00 PM
Monday September 12th
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From solvent to solventless the evolution is unstoppable.  Can you imagine a revival of hash clubs, how about dab-bars as common as your local pub.  What does the ball of crystal reveal for its future.  Join our select group of prognosticators, Adam and Hana (Mission Hill Melts), Belle (Frenchy Cannoli Brand), Jameson Welbourn (The Banyan Tree) and others, as they envision the future of hash. Moderated by: Just Statton
5:00 PM8:00 PM
Monday September 12th
Passes needed:
8:00 PM11:00 PM
Monday September 12th
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DAY 2: Industry Conference & Expo
Tuesday Sept. 13, 2022
10:00 AM11:00 AM
Tuesday September 13th
Passes needed:
Transpiration before irrigation - is it that simple? Managing the rootzone can make or break your garden.  Fertigation techniques and dry back in various media affect nutrient uptake which can help drive your plants in the direction you want them to go.  It’s not that simple. Join George Dickinson (Growhaus Supply); Adam Iwanowski (PharmHill); Sean MacDougall (EastCann) ; Stacie Hollingworth (Safari) and Brendon Roberts (Crop Care) for a spirited discussion.
10:15 AM11:15 AM
Tuesday September 13th
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Not all PPFD is created equal.  From light intensity, photoperiod length, light spectrum and the interconnectedness of these variables is revealing new heights to cannabis' genetic potential whether yield, potency or secondary metabolite expression.  Join our lightning experts Casey Rivero (Fluence) and Jan Chechalk (Signify) as they go behind the lens of what's new and what's good in cannabis lighting.
11:00 AM12:00 PM
Tuesday September 13th
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Imagine a winemaker or chef not getting to taste their work before offering it to the public.  Learn what it takes to conduct sensory evaluation in your LP and learn what to look, smell, and taste for in your product before you sell it.  Moderated by Ben Miner
11:15 AM12:15 PM
Tuesday September 13th
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Join Dr. Gregory Smith showcases results of hair regrowth with novel cannabis extract. Cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) and cannabidivarin (CBDV) are all phytocannabinoids found in cannabis.

The case series showed an average 139% increase in hair numbers after six months of use.
12:00 PM1:30 PM
Tuesday September 13th
Passes needed:
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 last year, and it’s not far-fetched to see a future advocacy group forming over the lunch table.


Presented by:


    1:15 PM2:15 PM
    Tuesday September 13th
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    What does it truly mean to be a person "in" cannabis? How do we each uniquely connect to the plant through our lives, our work, and ourselves? How are we each individually impacting the larger cannabis movement across the globe? How do we tell our stories in a way that is unique, compelling, and true to who we are?

    This conversation will explore what it means to be a person "in" cannabis, examine how each of our unique stories and brands plays a part in the larger collective, and walk the audience through a guided process to get in touch with our personal cannabis story.
    1:30 PM2:15 PM
    Tuesday September 13th
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    Cannabis cultivation is evolving, but so too are insects and diseases that affect cannabis.  Fortunately, integrated pest management experts Anoo Solomon (CannaProtectIPM); Claude Robert (Anatis Bioprotection); Kelly (Bio Bee) are here to share what’s new for your IPM toolbox.
    1:30 PM3:00 PM
    Tuesday September 13th
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    The Breeders and Phenohunters Roundtable x Seed Exchange is bringing together well-respected, coveted breeders and phenohunters from the legal and medical frameworks, to share their journey, chat current and future passion projects, and provide some tips and insight for growers of all skill levels. The roundtable discussion will be followed by a seed exchange networking event filled with sponsor giveaways and prizes. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.
    2:15 PM3:00 PM
    Tuesday September 13th
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    Health Canada gives analytical licences, LPs are told from retailers that high THC matters, testing labs have different methodologies for testing, QAPs are frustrated and LPs are being criticized for using different labs in efforts to get better results. What a mess?  Join Anuraga Mandava (Qualium Consulting), Brian Coutts (A&L Labs); John Slaughter (High North) and Steven Tan (4Plant) as they discuss this controversial topic.
    2:15 PM3:00 PM
    Tuesday September 13th
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    Mimicking nature seems like an easy concept until you put on expectations that are not natural.  High-yielding and optimal quality cannabis from an LSO system requires increased inputs from water, to nutrients, to light intensity, to microbes.  Join our experienced growers Genevieve Newton (Stewart Farms), Brandon Giberson (High Craft Farms), Bryan Grasdal (Rocky Mountain Farms), and Nathan Knechtel (Black Swallow Living Soils) as they share their thoughts on the fine balance of growing in living soils.
    3:00 PM3:45 PM
    Tuesday September 13th
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    Oscar Jofre will discuss how cannabis companies can raise capital (up to 75M) to grow their businesses, fully compliant,  stay private, no rush to go public, and raise their money from people around the world from accredited but more importantly, non-accredited investors - their customers, their brand advocates-, those that understand you- who better to have the opportunity to invest in your company.
    3:00 PM3:45 PM
    Tuesday September 13th
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    Micro and craft cannabis cultivators make it easy for QAP because they grow great product, but they make it so hard for QAP for so many other reasons.  Join Rebekah Brooks (Qualium Consulting) and Dustan MacLean (Parkland Flower) as they share solutions to the challenges faced when addressing quality assurance.
    3:00 PM4:00 PM
    Tuesday September 13th
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    Guests who register for the event at the door will be gifted packages of feminized seeds, donated by 4Plants Canada, to network and swap with during the seed exchange, in addition to any seeds guests may have brought from home. Registered guests are also automatically entered to win sponsor giveaways which will take place throughout the seed exchange.

    The first 25 people to sign up, receive a box of 4 - 20w Clone Lights ($180 value). courtesy of Aelius LED.

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      3:45 PM4:00 PM
      Tuesday September 13th
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      Gratitude and Appreciation…and see you in 2023!

      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.