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

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2021

Extraction Zone – Niagara Falls 2021

The interest in extracting, concentrating, and purifying molecules from botanical plants isn’t exactly novel, but the cannabis industry has taken botanical extraction to a much higher level. While traditional extraction methods still thrive, modern cannabis extractors continuously push the boundaries in their search for more efficient, higher yielding, sustainable, cost effective methods. Often, these methods, and the products they bestow, combine artisanal craftsmanship with science, providing a glut of gorgeous concentrates and the data that helps define and drive manufacturing processes.

In this ever-evolving industry, several core mantras have taken center stage. One of the main considerations that many businesses currently strive for is how to ensure that their growing operations do not further tax our earth. Sustainability is a vital foundation for the cannabis industry’s future. To achieve this, extractors seek out equipment that helps them reach their goals while not breaking the bank. The trick is to consider key characteristics of each option in determining one’s total cost of ownership, not just for today, but forecasting ahead to tomorrow and beyond.

Join us on December 1st and 2nd in Niagara Falls, Ontario for Grow Up’s Extraction Zone, presented by Extraction Magazine, as we explore the science, methods, equipment, and services behind modern, sustainable cannabis extraction. Learn from and network with industry leaders and meet with extraction companies, service providers, suppliers, and equipment manufacturers.

Sustainability

Remediation technologies

The economics of cannabis extraction

Options for product purification (membranes, distillation, etc.)

Data-driven troubleshooting

Extraction Zone Schedule is in progress.

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

Wednesday December 1, 2021

7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Opens

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

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grow Up Expo


Extraction Zone Stage
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
(Opening Keynote)

12:40 pm – 1:10 pm
(Presentation)

1:20 pm – 2:05 pm
Sustainability

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Remediation Technologies

3:10 – 3:40 pm
(Presentation)

3:50pm – 4:35 pm
The Economics of Cannabis Extraction

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm
(Closing Keynote)


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

Thursday December 2, 2021

7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Registration Opens

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grow Up Expo


Extraction Zone Stage 
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
(Opening Keynote)

12:40 pm – 1:10 pm
No More Ethanol: CO2 Winterization is Here!

1:20 pm – 2:05 pm
Options for Product Purification

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Data-driven Technologies

3:10 pm – 3:45 pm
(Closing Keynote)

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Scotiabank Convention Centre

6815 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada L2G 3Y9

 

DAY 2: Industry Conference
 
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.
12:40 PM1:10 PM
Wednesday December 1st
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?
2:15 PM3:00 PM
Wednesday December 1st
Extraction Zone
The hemp industry has ballooned in scale as CBD products are made and sold just about everywhere. One processing option that many product manufacturers and vendors have sought is for the THC native to hemp extracts and concentrates to be below levels of detection at 3rd party labs. While this can be achieved with organic solvent to make CBD isolate, there are other techniques that can be used for product remediation. Some of these technologies can remediate more than just THC, offering hope for those product manufacturers who have higher levels of contamination than what regulations allow. This panel will delve into the different ways to clean up products.
    3:10 PM3:40 PM
    Wednesday December 1st
    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.
    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
     
    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
    12:40 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.
    2:15 PM3:00 PM
    Thursday December 2nd
    Extraction Zone
    Anyone embarking into cannabis extraction shouldn’t believe that things will be simple. The plant is complex, its resin seriously sticky. Equipment takes a daily beating and there is no doubt that eventually, something will go wrong. Regardless of what type of product you are making, your data is everything. It will show you what you can expect from your equipment and processes, the baseline. And most importantly, it will confide when something is wrong. The key is to collect it where and when possible, whether through in-house analytical instrumentation, sensors, and other innovative technologies geared for helping you maximize yields, profits, and achieve the satisfaction of creating quality cannabis-derived products. Our panelists will relate what options are available to obtain your process data, and will share advice on ways to best utilize this information for process troubleshooting and refinement.
      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.

      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.