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Regulating Cannabis Edibles

A Specialized Forum for Municipal, Provincial and Federal Regulators and the Cannabis Industry

October 22 - 23, 2019  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Confirmed Speakers Include:

Dr. Jason Busse, Associate Director, Michael G. De Groote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, McMaster University

Jason Busse is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Health, Evidence and Impact, and the Associate Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research. He has authored over 200 articles on chronic pain, disability management, and healthcare research methodology, and was the principle investigator for the 2017 Canadian Opioid Guideline.


Lisa Campbell, CEO, Lifford Cannabis Solutions, Chair, Ontario Cannabis Consumer & Retail Alliance

Lisa Campbell is the CEO of Lifford Cannabis Solutions, a cannabis subsidiary for Lifford Wine & Spirits, helping cannabis companies navigate the emerging cannabis industry across Canada and beyond. Lifford Cannabis Solutions works with cannabis companies to help their brands come to market, leveraging Lifford’s national salesforce and longstanding partnerships with provincial control boards. In addition to her work at Lifford, Lisa is the Chief Marketing Officer for Vindica Cannabis Corporation, a craft cannabis compliance company. Lisa became a true cannabis expert by working extensively in international drug policy over the years with Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and is currently the Chair of the Ontario Cannabis Consumer & Retail Alliance. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University and is as a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Universities Without Walls alumnus.


Ashley Chiu, Cannabis Strategic Growth and Risk Leader, EY

Ashley Chiu is EY’s Strategic Growth and Risk Leader and global SMR for the cannabis and hemp industries. Ashley provides strategy and new market entry advisory services to Fortune 500 companies and companies in adjacent industries to help diversify their business through exploring strategic opportunities in the cannabis and hemp industries. Ashley also designs and implements business processes, policies, procedures, controls over financial reporting, and ERP systems in support of cannabis companies going public or up-listing onto the NYSE and NASDAQ.


Greg Engel, Chief Executive Officer, Organigram Inc.

Mr. Engel is a senior executive with 30 years of national and international experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, cannabis and consumer packaged goods industries. Mr. Engel has led the creation, development and growth of several companies over the span of his career. An articulate and trusted voice in the burgeoning Canadian cannabis space, Mr. Engel most recently was CEO with a competitive licensed producer and was instrumental in: leading that company to become the first Canadian exporter of medical cannabis; and the establishment of several trailblazing industry standards.

As a leader at Organigram, Mr. Engel is focused on reputational excellence through product quality and safety, expansion of Organigram’s Moncton, N.B. facility, and production efficiencies to position the Company as a leader in the Medical and Adult Recreational Cannabis industries. Mr. Engel graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.


Chad Finkelstein, Partner, Dale & Lessemann LLP

Chad Finkelstein is a partner at Dale & Lessemann LLP, and founder and chair of the firm’s franchise practice group and cannabis practice group.  He is a transactional lawyer and a registered trademark agent, and practises in the areas of corporate law, M&A, franchise law, intellectual property law, cannabis law, information technology law, advertising/marketing law and gaming law.  In 2018, he was selected as a winner of Lexpert’s Rising Stars award, recognizing Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 years old.  He has been recognized by his peers as a ranked lawyer in such publications as Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Franchise Times. He contributes regular columns on business, cannabis, franchising and branding legal issues to the National Post and The Globe & Mail, and has been an interview subject on these issues in the Globe and Mail, National Post, the Canadian Press, and on CTV, CBC, BNN, CityTV, CH News and numerous radio news programs. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto.


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, rising 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.


Signe Leisk, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Signe Leisk is partner and head of the Municipal, Planning & Environmental Group at Cassels Brock. Signe’s practice encompasses all aspects of municipal, land use planning and environmental law, with a particular focus on land development. She has extensive experience representing both private sector builders and developers as well as municipalities and public institutions. Signe appears regularly before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (previously the Ontario Municipal Board) and the courts, with significant experience in mediation.

Signe is a sessional lecturer at the Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Planning (Urban Development) program and has authored numerous articles on municipal and planning law. She is a co-author of three leading texts: Municipal and Planning Law in Canada, 2nd edition, published by Thomson Carswell, Canadian Forms & Precedents-Municipal Law published by LexisNexis Butterworths, and Canadian Forms & Precedents – Land Development, also published by LexisNexis Butterworths. She is ranked in The Best Lawyer in Canada 2019 (Municipal Law), Chambers Canada (Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use Ontario), and awarded Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2013), Urban Land Institute 2014 WLI Champion, Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014 ("Corporate Lawyer to Watch"), and the Precedent Setter Award, Precedent Magazine (2010).


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Chris Nyberg, Co-Chair, Blakes’ Cannabis Group

Chris is Co-Chair of Blakes’ Cannabis Group and his practice focuses exclusively on regulatory, commercial and financing matters under the federal Cannabis Act and the various provincial and territorial adult-use regimes. Chris regularly advises applicants, licensees, retailers, manufacturers, service providers and members of adjacent industries on all manner of cannabis-related mandates. He was seconded to the legal department of one of Canada's leading licensed producers where he advised on a wide variety of issues related to the space.


Alanna Sokic, Consultant, Global Public Affairs, GPA Cannabis

Alanna Sokic is a key member of the Global Public Affairs Cannabis team in Toronto, where she coordinates the firm’s cannabis-related mandates across the country. Alanna works on complex public affairs campaigns, assisting clients through challenging and complicated issues. She is an active contributor to Canada’s burgeoning cannabis industry, having been named a ‘must-know’ professional under 30 by PostMedia Network. As well, she sits on the board of the Cannabis Beverage Producers Alliance and served as a key member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Cannabis Working Group. Alanna earned a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Political Science and Communications Studies and spent a semester abroad at the L’Universite libre de Bruxelles.


Shayne Turner, Director, Municipal Enforcement Services, City of Waterloo

Shayne Turner is the Director of Municipal Enforcement Services with the City of Waterloo and has approximately 34 years of experience in the field of municipal law enforcement. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Property Standards Officers for 15 years, holding the position of President for 4 of those years, and remains involved as an instructor in their certification training program. Shayne also currently serves as the Chair of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council.

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As we enter the second phase of cannabis legalization with the introduction of cannabis edibles, topicals, beverages and concentrates we face new challenges: New products, market expansion, edibles that metabolize differently, kick in later and last longer, increased concern about unintentional consumption by children and over consumption by adults impatient to feel the effects.

The stakes are high. Once again, municipal officials and other regulators are on the front line. From increased impaired driving accidents and fatalities, to the impact on the black market, and the potential impact on vulnerable populations, there's no telling what the consequences of a failure to effectively regulate cannabis will be. You need to take all necessary steps to be prepared – and that means acquiring the best information anywhere available.

That's why we created Infonex's program Stage 2 - Regulating Cannabis Edibles: A Specialized Forum for Municipal and Other Regulators. This is an opportunity to hear the foremost experts on the key issues and receive the most up-to-date information possible.

Topics covered will include: new and expanding product lines; the tremendous expansion in the cannabis market; the new cannabis culture; differences between recreational and medicinal regimes; a deep dive into the edibles regulations and industry viewpoints on the impact the regulations will have on the emerging cannabis industry in Canada; planning, zoning, licensing, of cannabis and cannabis edible production facilities and retail; problems that can arise with home cultivation; evidence-based research on cannabis and cannabis edibles; policing issues including potential challenges to impaired driving charges; stats and facts on the black market, how it operates, adequacy of clearances and background checks, impact of shortages; and finally, in light of the new edibles market, a reconsideration of the potential for lounges and restaurants.

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