Municipal Issues (and Opportunities) in Cannabis Regulation
New Edibles Regulations, New Economic Opportunities & 8-Month Review
June 4 - 5, 2019 · Calgary, Alberta
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Claire Buffone-Blair, Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations, Sundial Growers Inc.
Claire brings over 18 years of experience leading organizations and developing communication strategies for the sport and agriculture sectors. Claire has worked closely with all levels of government both nationally and internationally, and is skilled at building lasting relationships with community leaders and industry stakeholders.
Dr. Fiona Clement, Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Fiona has extensive training in Health Economics and Health Policy. She has published a career total of 100 peer-reviewed publications, 30 Policy reports and have obtained over $20 million dollars in funding awarded ($3.0 million as PI). She has been awarded national numerous awards recognizing her outstanding contributions to health economics and policy (the Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice, the Maurice McGregor Award for excellence and outstanding leadership in Health Technology Assessment, Top 40 Under 40 Calgary). Most recently, she supported the Alberta Government by completing a major policy analysis to develop an evidence-informed Cannabis Framework.
Brent T Friesen, MD, FRCPC, Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health Services
Dr. Brent Friesen is a Medical Officer of Health (MOH) with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Clinical Associate Professor with Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is the lead MOH supporting AHS’s Tobacco Reduction Programs. Dr. Friesen is also the Medical Director for Accreditation with AHS. Dr. Friesen interest in accreditation focuses on improving the safety, quality, and patient/client experience with health services in integrated health systems. Dr Friesen’s interest intobacco control includes both prevention and cessation. He was the principal investigator for Tobacco Free Futures which focused on the development of a systematic approach to tobacco cessation within AHS. He continues to be involved in research projects with the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund. Dr. Friesen received his fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Manitoba. He is involved with health services accreditation nationally and internationally as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.
Steve Grande, Sales Associate, RE/MAX
Steve is an Associate Broker at RE/MAX Complete Commercial in Calgary and the President of Terradigm Development Consultants. In addition to an undergrad and graduate degrees, Steve has a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Calgary. For over 10 years, he’s been providing brokerage and consulting services related to land and development, primarily in the areas outside the City of Calgary.
Kash Heed, Principal, Heed Consulting, Former Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, British Columbia, Former Chief of Police, West Vancouver Police Department
Kash Heed began his public service 40 years ago with the Vancouver Police Department, where he ascended through the ranks by transitioning law enforcement in the Vancouver area from traditional responses to contemporary approaches. He pioneered initiatives aimed at crime reduction and prevention as well as greater community and police engagement. He held high profile commands in the fields of drug and gang enforcement, arising to the rank of Superintendent before leaving to become the Chief Constable of the West Vancouver Police Department, creating history by becoming the first South Asian head of a police force in North America.
In both 2008 and 2009, he was named to the Power 50 list of movers and shakers in BC. In 2009, Kash was elected to the BC Legislative Assembly representing Vancouver-Fraserview. He was appointed as the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, a post he held until April 2010.
Kash holds a Master of Arts degree from the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of General Studies degree in the field of Leadership in Public Safety. He is a published author, an Adjunct Professor, and a strong and vocal advocate for smarter approaches to law enforcement and drug policy. Kash is recognized as one of the preeminent authorities on medical marijuana worldwide and is the subject of several news items and documentaries.
Michelle Kilborn, PhD, Alberta Health Services, AHS Cannabis Project Coordinator
Michelle Kilborn is the Cannabis Project Coordinator for Alberta Health Services. She has provided leadership to help identify potential health impacts of cannabis legalization and ensure a public health approach is considered in policy decision making at the federal, provincial and municipal level. As the project coordinator, Michelle has been heavily involved in the cannabis file activities in AHS in order to prepare for legalization. She serves as an AHS representative on a number of cross-ministry committees and chairs numerous working groups/committees associated with the cannabis project. Michelle has a PhD from the University of Alberta and is also currently an adjunct assistant professor at Memorial University.
Monty Killoh, Business License Inspector, City of St. Albert
Monty first started working at the City of St. Albert's Business Licensing Department in 2014 as a Business Licensing Representative. In 2016 he was appointed to the position of Business Licence Inspector, and has since been the administrator of the City's municipal business licensing program. In 2017, he joined the City's municipal Cannabis Task Force that drafted and implemented all of St. Albert's municipal cannabis legislation and policies. Monty's work in the task force also included maintaining stakeholder relationships with businesses, and representing the City in inter-municipal dialogues regarding cannabis legislation in the Capital Region.
Dr. Raimar Löbenberg, Katz Group, Rexall Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research, University of Alberta
Dr. Löbenberg holds a BS in pharmacy from the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany. He received his PhD in pharmaceutics from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt in 1996. He joined the University of Alberta in 2000. His research interests are in Biopharmaceutics to predict the oral performance of drugs and botanicals and inhalable nanoparticles to treat lung cancer. He is founder and director of the Drug Development and Innovation Centre at the University of Alberta. He holds a Cannabis testing and research license. He was president of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014 & 2015. He is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Expert Committee. He is Vice Chair of the Specialty Committee of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Pharmaceutics of the World Foundation of Chinese Medicine Science. He is a member of the Health Canada Scientific Advisory Committee on Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology.
Nathan Mison, VP of Government and Stakeholder Relations, Fire and Flower
Nathan Mison is the Vice President of Government and Stakeholder Relations at Fire & Flower. Prior to joining Fire & Flower, Mr. Mison was the Principal of Mison & Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on government relations, stakeholder consultation and executive counsel. Nathan was a founding member of NorthCanvas, a member of the Alberta Cannabis Stakeholder Group and a founding member of the Alberta Cannabis Retailers Association and Alberta Cannabis Council. Nathan volunteers his time as the President of the Valley Zoo Development Society and is the co-founder and managing partner of Politics on Tap.
Tim Mitchell, Partner, McLennan Ross LLP
Tim Mitchell is a well-recognized senior legal counsel in Western Canada for employers in both the public and private sector. He has spent his entire legal career focused on advocating for federally and provincially regulated employers on matters related to workplace law which had him acting as lead counsel on a number of notable labour, employment and workplace human rights cases in Alberta, and before federal boards and courts, including matters that have been elevated to the Supreme Court of Canada.
He regularly advises employers on drug and alcohol cases, sexual harassment and bullying complaints, human rights complaints, stress claims and accommodation issues as well as the full spectrum of collective agreement interpretation cases and employment law issues. Tim is annually engaged to represent unionized employers in difficult and complex rounds of collective bargaining in both the public and private sector. Across Western Canada, Tim can be found regularly appearing before labour relations boards, grievance arbitration boards and human rights commissions and tribunals.
Tim is often called upon by various municipalities to provide assistance with labour and employment matters involving inside and outside workers as well as supporting municipal emergency service providers (fire, police, EMT).
As a notable expert on labour and employment issues, Tim can be found speaking regularly at leading Western Canadian conferences. He has co-authored a book on employment law and has been peer rated by various publications as a leading employment and labour lawyer in Alberta.
Michael Moll, Lawyer, Young Anderson
Michael Moll is a lawyer with Young, Anderson, a British Columbia firm that specializes in local government law. Michael advises and represents local governments in a wide variety of matters, with a particular focus on bylaw enforcement and municipal business regulation. A regular speaker at meetings of the Licence Inspectors and Bylaw Officers Association of BC and at courses offered by the Justice Institute of BC, Michael has helped local government officials respond to the many developments in cannabis-related regulation and enforcement over the past decade.
Alexis Moulton, Partner, McLennan Ross LLP
A partner in the firm, Alexis is the Calgary Chair of the Insurance & Risk Management and a member of the Commercial Litigation and Health Law Practice Groups. She practices in the areas of insurance, general litigation and medical-legal issues and has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Mayor Michael Muzychka, Mayor, Town of Olds
Michael was born in Calgary, AB, his family moved to Olds when he was in Grade 2 in 1973. Michael was a part of four provincial championship hockey teams for Olds. After graduating from Olds Jr. Sr. High School in 1984 Michael moved back to Calgary to attend university. In 1991 he graduated from S.A.I.T. with a diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Michael has owned his own restaurant, managed a Re/Max Real Estate office, managed multiple Auto Dealerships and has worked as an Accountant since 2004. In 2013 Michael moved his own Accounting Firm back to his hometown of Olds. Michael has three children Paige, Ethan and Izabella who has just started her first year at Deer Meadows School. Michael is excited to bring his extensive and diverse experience in business to the Mayor’s office.
Ryan Palmquist, Executive Assistant, City Councillor Matt Allard, Quartier Saint-Boniface Ward, Winnipeg
Ryan M. Palmquist, is the Executive Assistant to Winnipeg City Councillor Matt Allard, who chaired the City of Winnipeg’s Cannabis Coordination Committee in the leadup to legalization. In that capacity, he provided advice and feedback to the chair, as well as participating in consultations and meetings with industry stakeholders, lobbyists, and the four successful RFP winners who now retail in Manitoba. He works closely with the business community, labour groups, political leaders and the public service on this and numerous other public policy files. He is an active member of his community, and boasts over a decade of experience in politics, having led and supported a dozens of election campaigns, policy initiatives, public outreach events, and political lobbying.
Corporal Richard Nowak, Drug Recognition Expert Provincial Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RCMP Corporal Richard Nowak is the Provincial Coordinator for the Drug Recognition Expert program in Alberta. Cpl. Nowak has over eleven years of operational policing experience with the RCMP including several postings in Alberta. Richard serves as a subject matter expert for drug impaired driving enforcement and as an instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) courses. Cpl. Nowak has presented at numerous law enforcement education sessions, public conferences, panel discussions, seminars, and media events.
As the Provincial Coordinator, Cpl Nowak is responsible for liaising with all Alberta police agencies to implement the operational practices and training standards as set out by the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Adrian Rodriguez, M.Sc., Manager, Quality & Regulatory, Cannabis Compliance Inc.
Adrian began his career at NHP Consulting Inc. as a regulatory consultant and researcher in 2009 moving on to various management capacities including Operations and Regulatory Affairs Manager. As the new Cannabis Retail Licensing Manager at Cannabis Compliance Inc. (CCI), Adrian brings 10 years of licensing and quality experience working in highly regulated industries, including food, cosmetics, NHPs and OTC drugs. CCI continues to guide Canadian businesses wishing to enter the private retail cannabis space and supports all aspects of compliance including licensing, business analytics, physical and security requirements and operations in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Dr. Keith Sharkey, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology , Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) Chair, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research, University of Calgary
Keith Sharkey was educated at the University of London (B.Sc. Hons., Nutrition) and the University of Liverpool (Ph.D., GI Physiology). After postdoctoral training in Hungary, the UK and Canada, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine (1990) and has remained at the University of Calgary for his academic career.
Dr. Sharkey’s research is focused on understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of the neural control of the gastrointestinal tract and brain-gut interactions in health and disease. His lab focuses on the impact of intestinal inflammation on the enteric nervous system, the role of the endocannabinoid system in the control of GI function and the role of enteric glia in enteric neural control of GI function. He has published over 250 original peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, and book chapters. For his contributions to understanding the neural control of digestive and defensive functions of the gastrointestinal tract, he was elected as both a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Rod Valdes, Director, Economic Development, City of St. Albert
Rod has worked in the Edmonton Capital Region for the last 5 years leading economic business growth for the Leduc/Nisku region, the Wetaskiwin Tri-Municipal region and now for the City of St. Albert. His focus in these municipal organizations has been commercial/industrial land development, medium to large business operational growth, mergers and acquisitions and foreign investment and export. To facilitate the continued growth of industry in these municipalities, he has provided direct guidance to the municipal councils and worked with the provincial government and private industry stakeholder groups. Prior to this, Rod worked in the private sector for 13 years with consumer packaged goods, real estate, and international software product management. With more than 18 years of combined public and private sector experience, he has gained an extensive knowledge in capital project management, strategic stakeholder relationships, foreign investment and business operational expansion.
Liz Stephenson, Chief Administrative Officer, Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba
Since 2015, Liz has been actively involved in the foundational policy research, drafting, and implementation of Manitoba’s Safe and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act. This includes enshrining local option cannabis plebiscites for municipalities in Manitoba; eight municipalities conducted cannabis plebiscites in October 2018. As such, Liz brings a unique perspective on the transition of cannabis, from a long illegal substance to a consumer product now offered across the country. During her time on the cannabis file, she has observed the proposing and balancing of social and economic policies, as federal, provincial and municipal governments, policing authorities, the health and addictions communities, citizens, educators and entrepreneurs have weighed in on this significant national policy change. Liz has worked in regulatory realms for over 25 years – first with gambling, which included the legislation of municipal VLT plebiscites in the late 1990s, and more recently liquor. Liz believes that citizens’ expectations for the sale and use of these restricted products in our communities have evolved beyond the traditional functions of licensing and inspections. As such, she has led diverse research-based initiatives about cannabis, liquor and gambling to inform the public and consumers about the laws, to build awareness and reduce risk related to their use.
Matthew Zabloski, Business Strategist, City of Calgary
Matt Zabloski has worked with the City of Calgary for the past 9 years. During this time he has worked as a Planner with Planning and Development and as an Executive Advisor in Calgary Community Standards.
For the past two years, as a Business Strategist with Community Standards, he has been the project lead responsible for coordinating The City’s response to the legalization of cannabis.
Matt has also served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ response to cannabis legalization and been a witness for the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology during their study of Bill C-45.