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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:
2024 Toronto

Sturgis “Stu” Sundown

My name is Stu Sundown. I am 28 years old from the Tonawanda Seneca Indian Reservation in Basom, NY. I am currently a student at SUNY Niagara studying horticulture with an emphasis on cannabis. I decided to go back to school so I could learn more about the cannabis products I am selling and consuming. I work as a budtender at my uncle’s dispensary. My main goal was to gain more information about cannabis and bring that knowledge back to the rez and my customers. While at school I attended a cannabis conference and witnessed Chef K from NFCI create a cannabis-infused dish to show everyone that infusions can be gourmet not just baked goods and candy. After the demonstration, Chef mentioned he was hosting a cannabis class on school grounds. So I took a chance and applied for the culinary class and began my latest journey. I attended the culinary class hoping to learn how to infuse food for me and my friends but, found I have a passion for the kitchen. My newest goal is to one day be a private and personal Chef providing exquisite meals that are nutritious, delicious, and THC-infused. This was never something I saw myself doing until recently. I was fortunate enough to participate in the first-ever ACF-sanctioned cannabis cooking competition hosted at NFCI receiving a gold medal and placing first overall. This accomplishment has shown me I love being in a kitchen and now I have the chance to build a career by combining my two passions cannabis and food. I still have a semester left in horticulture and once I graduate I plan on attending NFCI to continue pursuing my culinary dreams. I can honestly say the only reason I am in the position I am in is because of cannabis! The opportunities that have risen for not just me but my reservation and people are amazing. Cannabis has always helped people but now it is changing lives!