Cannabis and Indigenous Communities
What you need to know before you take the plunge
April 2 - 3, 2019 · Vancouver, BC
Featuring These Industry Experts
Deepak Anand, Independent Subject Matter Expert
Mr. Anand is a recognized thought leader in the Canadian cannabis space and brings 15 years of leadership experience in the health, charitable/non-profit, and private sectors in Canada. Within the global cannabis sector, Mr. Anand has worked with senior government officials, politicians, policy makers, health professional organizations, clinical practitioners, educators, investors, patients as well as producers. He has also served on the boards of various pharmaceutical associations across Canada, the United States and Europe.
Mr. Anand holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Management from Vancouver Island University.
John Coleman, President , Anandia Laboratories Inc.
John has a wide-ranging scientific and business background. His PhD research on anticancer compounds produced the drug candidate HTI-286 that was licensed to Wyeth, and it progressed to Phase II clinical trials. He’s also an inventor on four patents and the author of thirteen publications.
Prior to founding Anandia Labs with Jonathan Page in 2013, John was the Department Head of the Centre for Drug Research and Development’s (CDRD) Project Search and Evaluation Division (2007-2015). He was responsible for establishing and managing partnerships with academic institutions and identifying projects with therapeutic and commercial potential.
Before joining CDRD, he held various positions at Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (2000-2007), a Vancouver-based biotechnology company specializing in the development of treatments for respiratory and inflammatory diseases. Prior to Inflazyme, John led the natural products group at Ocean Nutrition Canada (1999-2000) after having completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Marine Natural Products Chemistry group at the National Research Council in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1998-1999).
John holds a BSc. (Honours) from Bishop’s University (1992) and a PhD from the University of British Columbia (1997).
Chris Devlin, Founder/Director, DGW Law Corporation
Christopher’s practice focuses on Aboriginal and Treaty law on behalf of First Nations, tribal councils, Métis groups and other Indigenous organizations. Christopher works with Indigenous peoples throughout Western Canada, as a litigator, negotiator and strategic advisor. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before administrative tribunals and regulatory panels. He has negotiated multi-party agreements on behalf of Indigenous clients, including specific claim settlements, consultation process agreements and impact benefit agreements. Christopher is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Aboriginal Law in the annual Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
Jodee Dick, Land Manager and Economic Advisor, Cowichan Tribes - Lulumexun
Jodee has 30 years’ experience in First Nations Lands and Economic Development. She facilitated the Land Management Training Program for Indigenous Services Canada for Staff and First Nations across Canada for over 10 years.
Phil Floucault – President, Costa Canna
Phil Floucault is an Entrepreneur with more than 15 years in management and executive positons in both domestic and internal locations. Phil was the Vice President of Operations for Interra Energy Services incorporating and growing the company in 3 countries over his 5 years. Phil implemented and lead the R & D team as well as help engineer and develop new completion tools and services for companies such as Saudi Aramco, Chevron, Imperial Oil, ConocoPhillips, CNRL and Shell to name a few.
Over the past 3 years, Phil has been focused on developing several companies in the legal cannabis sector. He currently consults to more than 3 companies from ACMPR licensed production to provincial retail. He is currently developing a new venture to incorporate a fully integrated approach to the cannabis industry in Canada and abroad. He holds many relationships with both the Provincial and Federal Government Licensing departments which have allowed him knowledge in efficiencies of process.
Berry Hykin, Lawyer, Woodward & Company
Berry has been working with and for First Nations governments and organizations for the past 15 years. In all areas of her work, her focus is on finding constructive and creative approaches to legal issues that are founded in the culture and traditional laws of each First Nation and balanced within the Canadian legal framework. Her diverse practice includes rights and title litigation and all aspects of governance infrastructure and capacity development; including strategic planning, on-reserve land and environmental management, housing, economic and corporate development, governance matters, employment law and human rights issues. She believes the best approach to most issues is pro-active and collaborative, remaining sensitive to the unique factors and issues affecting each case and each community.
Suzanne Jackson, Legal Counsel, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Originally from Vancouver BC, Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. She completed her Bachelor of Common Law and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill in 2011 and has worked in the field of aboriginal law ever since. After over four years at the Montreal law firm O’Reilly et Associes, she joined the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake as in-house legal counsel. One of her most active files has been the cannabis working group where she has been tasked with educating the community and Council on the federal and provincial legislation and has participated in the drafting of the Kahnawake Cannabis Control Law.
Norm Lavallee, Economist, Fiscal Realities
Norm has over 12 years of experience working with First Nations governments and organizations. Norm’s work and research focuses on economic development, public policy and education and he has worked on a range of projects related mostly to First Nations fiscal relationship, property rights, resource development and jurisdiction. He also closely collaborates with the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics, a research and education institution that delivers university accredited certification in taxation, economics and land management to help build the administrative capacity of First Nation governments. Currently, his main area of research concentrates on maximizing the fiscal and economic benefits of the cannabis industry for First Nations governments and entrepreneurs and advancing First Nations cannabis jurisdiction.
Norm has a background in Economics and Finance and holds an MBA from Thompson Rivers University (TRU). He is also a lecturer in Finance at TRU.
C. T. (Manny) Jules, Chief Commissioner, First Nations Tax Commission
C.T. (Manny) Jules has dedicated over 40 years of his life to public service in support of Aboriginal issues. He is a member of the Kamloops Indian Band and served as Chief from 1984 to 2000. Mr. Jules led the amendment to the Indian Act in 1988 so that First Nations could exercise the jurisdiction to levy property taxes on-reserve. The Indian Taxation Advisory Board (ITAB) and the current First Nation property tax system were created as a result of his vision and efforts. Mr. Jules served as Chair of ITAB from 1989 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007. He was the driving force behind the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, passed by Parliament in 2005, creating the First Nations Tax Commission, where he currently serves as Chief Commissioner. Mr. Jules was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from both the University of British Columbia in 1997 and Thompson Rivers University in 2006, the Order of British Columbia in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013. Mr. Jules is also a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.
Marc Lustig, Board Member, National Access Cannabis
Mr. Lustig holds MSc and MBA degrees from McGill University. He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co. In 2000, he started his capital markets career in institutional equity research in the Life Sciences sector at Orion Securities. For the next 14 years, Mr. Lustig worked as a senior producer at GMP Securities L.P. and as Head of Capital Markets at Dundee Capital Markets before becoming Principal at KES 7 Capital. Mr. Lustig founded Cannabis Royalties & Holdings Corp. in early 2015. Career highlights include: 16 years experience in healthcare, capital markets in North America and Europe; Senior positions at GMP Securities L.P. and Dundee Capital Markets, Principal at KES 7 Capital
Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton, Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke
Joseph Tokwiro Norton has been a leader in his community of Kahnawà:ke for parts of five decades. First elected to The Mohawk Council in 1978, he served as Grand Chief for an unprecedented 26 consecutive years. Declining to seek re-election in 2004 he entered the world of private business. In May 2015 the urge to return to the political forum was too strong to deny and he decided to run for office once again, successfully attaining a fourteenth term as Grand Chief.
He continues to dedicate his energies to improving Kahnawà:ke’s future by promoting educational, cultural and business concerns while defending and promoting Kahnawà:ke’s jurisdiction in all matters that relate to the community’s needs and aspirations.
Over the years he has represented his people on countless occasions. He is recognized across Canada as a leader of uncommon influence. He was Grand Chief during the 1990 Oka Crisis, where his leadership skills became known far beyond the bounds of his own community. His style can best be described as direct and straightforward, with a philosophy that acknowledges strong traditional beliefs and a firm commitment to maintaining the Mohawk way of life.
Grand Chief Norton’s volunteer activities are too numerous to mention in detail but highlights include his membership as a founder of the Canadian Native Arts Foundation and his membership on the Board of the Canadian Chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute. He engaged in philanthropical work through his Sahenatie Community Fund, which has presented scholarships and bursaries to many Kahnawà:ke artists and athletes over the years.
In 2002, he received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Public Service category in recognition of his efforts to bring improvements to the community in the areas of economic development, health care, education, culture and recreation.
He continues to live in Kahnawà:ke and enjoys participating in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He has also been known to play a round or two of golf during the summer months.
Mike Ogden, Manager, Elevation, Squaxin Island Tribe
Mike Ogden manages Elevation, the first recreational cannabis store to be located on tribal lands. Elevation is owned and operated by the Sauaxin Island Tribe, located at the southern reaches of the Salish Sea.
Karen Parent, Chief Compliance and Quality Officer, Zenabis
Having worked in Canada’s cannabis sector since 2013, I have a great deal of experience and knowledge in all quality aspects of the industry, from seed to sale.
As Chief Compliance and Quality Officer at Zenabis, I am proud to use my expertise in quality assurance, facility management, production and sales, as well as research and evaluation, to ensure we are always delivering a safe, consistent, and high-quality product to consumers.
I am particularly passionate about the production and operations side of the cannabis business. Since joining Zenabis, I have played a pivotal role in the launch of several new products, helping the company grow into one of the largest licensed producers of medical and recreational cannabis in Canada.
Prior to working in the regulated cannabis industry, I spent 30 years in health care and worked at Queen’s University where my portfolio was predominantly research. During my tenure at Queen’s, I developed a software application for collecting robust, granular data to optimize workflow and the role and function of health care staff working across the continuum of care. I have always considered myself a lifelong learner and hold a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, masterxs degrees in Community Health & Epidemiology, and Public Administration, as well as a master’s certificate in Project Management.
Dan Reist, Assistant Director, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria
Dan Reist is an Assistant Director with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria. One of his many interests relates to understanding why humans engage in seemingly self-destructive behaviour and how, in particular, education and schools can influence this phenomenon. He is the principal author of iMinds, an educational approach designed to promote drug literacy.
Chief Christian Sinclair, Opaskwayak Cree Nation (Manitoba)
Having been honourably discharged from military service after serving with distinction in two (2) theatres of peacekeeping (Cyprus-Middle East) and peace making (Somalia-Africa), Christian Sinclair returned home to help inspire youth in his home community of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation to follow their dreams. After successfully executing the Manitoba Indigenous Summer Games in 1998, he was asked to take on the monumental task of leading the 2002 North American Indigenous Games Host Society in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which became the most successful in the organization’s history, with a massive surplus and with over 10,000 athletes and coaches. This achievement was one of the main considerations in Christian Sinclair being named to the “Top 40 under 40 Executives in Canada” in 2003.
With a wealth of organizational knowledge and experience earned on the battlefield and proven in the corporate board room and First Nation Council Chambers, Christian Sinclair is a highly sought after negotiator and project manager for both Indigenous communities and mainstream Corporations seeking to engage in major resource development. He is able to effectively bridge the needs and goals of industry and traditional land rights holders into mutually beneficial win-win opportunities for sustainable prosperity and lasting business partnerships for all involved and for future generations.
As a highly self-motivated individual and proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Christian Sinclair is able to identify and utilize talented individuals who share the passion, drive and understanding needed to facilitate effective business relationships. His team of highly talented and highly educated people are organized with the same strict discipline and use of unique skills, training and education one would expect from a high performance team.
It is with this clear vision that Christian is able to execute and achieve success for all!
Melissa Tokarek, Associate Manager, Lulumexun (Lands and Governance Department), Cowichan Tribes
Melissa Tokarek is the Associate Manager of the Lands and Governance Department (Lulumexun) for Cowichan Tribes. One of her portfolio's is overseeing the Bylaw Program within Cowichan Tribes and has been involved in coordinating the engagement strategy for recreational cannabis, conducting public engagement and liaising with other internal departments as well as external industry and government agencies. Her previous experience includes project management and community engagement on major capital projects for the Department of National Defence and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (Indigenous Services Canada).