We may talk about social equity in theory, but how often do we, as an entire industry, take time and opportunity to reflect on what social equity really means, and whether the cannabis landscape in Canada is indeed an equitable space for all?
Social equity programs in cannabis recognize and seek to reconcile the disproportionate representation of Women, Indigenous, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, seniors, and those with prior convictions within the cannabis industry, as these groups continue to encounter financial, technical, systemic, and societal barriers to entry into the industry. Social equity is about removing these barriers to entry, and creating pathways to success.
This panel will discuss social equity as a whole as well as the status of Women in Cannabis. We will be sharing current data and research highlighting the gaps and imbalances that continue to plague women and other groups from advancing in our sector.
Thought leaders Necole Hines, Rosy Mondin, Jacqui Menezes, and Keri McBrien will share their insights from their personal experiences as well as what they’ve seen in the industry, as opportunities to create more equitable spaces that gives ALL people the opportunity to advance and prosper in the cannabis space.
Co-moderated by Donna Johannson, founder of Canadian Women in Cannabis (CWIC) and CWIC Team member Anne-Marie Fischer of CannaWrite