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Come visit us in Toronto, May 27-29 as we host our 9th Conference and Expo just minutes from the airport at the Delta by Marriott Toronto Airport Convention Centre. Don't miss out on Canada's largest collection of growers, retailers and brands.

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Edmonton, AB, September 29 - Oct. 1, 2024

We are look forward to hosting our 10th Conference and Expo downtown at the Edmonton Convention Centre. Don't miss out on Canada's largest collection of growers, retailers and brands.

Previous Speaking Engagements at Grow Up:
2018 | 2021 Niagara Falls | 2023 Alberta | 2024

Myrna Gillis

Myrna Gillis is the CEO and co-founder of Aqualitas, a vertically integrated multi-cannabis license holder, having the distinction of being the world’s first organic cannabis company with EU-GMP and DEL licenses. Myrna’s dedication extends beyond her role in the cannabis industry. With 25 years of legal practice in the vulnerable services sector, she has championed disability rights and advocacy. In 2014, she transitioned her career to the cannabis sector, driven by her passion to expand access to medical cannabis through research, innovation, and sustainability.

Under her leadership, Aqualitas has achieved notable accomplishments, including numerous awards in cultivation, branding, innovation, clean technology, and inclusivity. Most recently, receiving the LP Brand of the Year for the Reef Organic brand, and the Best Flower of the Year for Queen Sangria, a multiple Cannabis Cup winner. Myrna has earned the prestigious Kings Counsel designation for her commitment to excellence and integrity the practice of law. Additionally, she received the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Bronze Business Leader Award in 2019.

Myrna actively contributes to the cannabis industry and community as the founding Chair of the Scotia Cannabis Alliance, a past board member of the Cannabis Council of Canada, and a board advisor for the Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation. She also served as Board Trustee for Dalhousie Legal Aid, and an Advisory Board member of the Wallace MacCain Institute. Her dedication to social justice and disabilities is further reflected in her three-decade history of volunteering with various vulnerable sector-based organizations.