Peter Thurley is Principal and Chief Writing Officer at Peter Thurley Communications and Consulting Services. In October 2015, after the removal of a 25lb tumour and the repair of burst bowels, Peter turned to cannabis to help with pain relief, nausea control and appetite stimulation. As a result, Peter has become an “accidental advocate” for medical patients, and serves as a member of the Patient Advisory Board at Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana. He lives with his wife in Kitchener, ON.
Rachel England is a Technical Consultant at Koppert Biological Systems (www.koppert.ca), a global leader in Biological Control of pests and diseases. At Koppert, Rachel provides Integrated Pest Management consultation to growers in vegetable and pharmaceutical crops. Previous to her work with Koppert, Rachel was the Integrated Pest Management Specialist at Tweed Farms. During her time at Tweed she played an integral role in developing pest and disease management strategies for greenhouse cannabis crops. Rachel holds a Masters in Environmental Science, with a specialization in Integrated Pest Management.
Brett Allan is the vice-president of the Green Organic Dutchman Holdings and has played a crucial role in the development of the company. Prior to TGOD, he was a director of Saber Capital, which recently completed a wildly successful RTO to become Emblem Corp. prior to which he spent 2.5 years with Organigram. Mr. Allan brings 10 years of capital markets and corporate finance experience to the company.
Mr. Cook is primarily responsible for the development of a range of services to companies listed on the CSE and for the composition and maintenance of the CSE Composite Index. He has been a member of the executive management team of the exchange since 2002. He currently serves on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Small and Medium Enterprise Advisory Committee. Immediately prior to joining the CSE, he held the position of V-P Market Surveillance, Market Regulation Services Inc., which was created in 2001 by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) and the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA) to regulate Canadian markets.
Rob had a 19-year career at the TSE where he held a number of positions in listed company regulation including Director, Original Listings, followed by six years as Director, Market Surveillance. Before that he worked in the mining industry for three years as a mineral economist for a major mining company and an international consulting firm.
Rob holds an Honours BA in Economics from York University (1977) and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario (1979).
Jamie Nagy is a Managing Director, Investment Banking and co-heads the Canadian M&A practice at Canaccord Genuity where he joined following the 2010 Canaccord/Genuity merger. Jamie has 20 years of experience advising on M&A transactions across a wide variety of types and structures including hostile and friendly public take-over transactions, private acquisitions, divestitures, carve outs, as well as US, UK, Swiss and Australian cross border. Jamie has advised on more than 70 completed advisory assignments, totaling more than $100 billion, including healthcare, agriculture, consumer, technology, media, industrial, retail and financial services, and is currently very active in the cannabis sector. Jamie has a demonstrated ability and track record of driving superior value creation in sell-side mandates. Jamie received his Honours BBA (Co-Op option) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and holds the CA, CPA designations.
Damian founded Bliss Co in late 2013. BlissCo is currently constructing a distribution and extraction focused ACMPR facility in Metro Vancouver. Damian has an MBA in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Communications and Economics Degree from Simon Fraser University.
Mr. Kettlewell has been a partner and director of external affairs JAK’S Beer Wine Spirits for 11 years and prior to joining JAKs had a successful management career in advertising, industrial services and the retail sector.
He is currently a director and cannabis spokesperson of ABLE BC (Association of Beverage Licenses of BC) and a private sector spokesperson for the Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance of B.C. (RMRA); a public and private sector partnership between the BCGEU (BC Government Employees Union) & ABLE BC.
Damian has co-produced 8 ACMPR Industry Nights since 2015 and has built key relationships with numerous highly skilled ACMPR applicants and supporting businesses across Canada.
He has run for provincial office three times, and is a past chair of the BC Rivershed Society,
In his spare time Damian has travelled to 36 countries, lives in Vancouver with his family and spends any available time in BC’s wilderness.
Riley Cote is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger where he was well-known for his aggressive style of play and his role as an enforcer. Cote played 9 years of PRO hockey, including four National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Josh Crossney is the President & Founder of jCanna, Inc., (www.jCanna.com) a Maryland based 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of cannabis science, analytical testing, and personalized (precision) medicine. Josh has a background in analytical science recruiting and event planning. He is doing his best to bridge the gap between analytical sciences and the medical cannabis industry to help improve the quality of medicinal cannabis products being used by patients. The lack of unified methods and standards for contamination and potency in cannabis testing and the fact that some states don’t even require QC/QA testing for their medical cannabis programs was very troubling to Josh. This led him to found jCanna. Josh is especially passionate about helping pediatric cannabis patients suffering from debilitating illnesses.
Josh was recently featured in Marijuana Venture’s “40 Under 40: Rising Stars in the Cannabis Industry” issue, was recognized at the Cannabis Business Awards as 2016 MVP of the Year and was the featured cover story for 1000 Watts Magazine’s 2017 4/20 issue.
Josh is a contributing author for multiple publications, including The Analytical Scientist, Medical Jane, and 1000 Watts Magazine. He has also done on-camera hosting and moderating for multiple cannabis and scientific media outlets.
Josh is the Founder of the annual Cannabis Science Conference (www.CannabisScienceConference.com); Canna Boot Camp (a full-day, hands-on workshop that covers many aspects of cannabis science. Additionally, Josh is the organizer of a full-day Analytical Cannabis Symposium at PITTCON (www.PITTCON.org), one of the world’s largest analytical science conferences.
Josh is an Advisory Board member of CannaKids, a California Cooperative who supplies mold, pesticide and solvent free Honey Gold cannabis oil to children and adults who are suffering from cancer, autism, epilepsy, PTSD, Crohn’s disease, severe pain disorders, and so much more. Josh has a moto of collaboration, not competition in this emerging medical industry where so much still needs to be accomplished.
Adam Greenblatt is a self-taught advocate for medical cannabis and sensible drug policy reform. Adam has been immersed in the cannabis movement and industry for more than a decade as a grower, dispensary operator, and cannabis educator. He is a co-founder of Santé Cannabis, Montréal’s first cannabinoid clinic and medical cannabis resource centre. Adam left Santé Cannabis in summer of 2016 to become Quebec Brand Manager for Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada’s largest cannabis company.