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
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
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).
Sohil Mana President, Eurofins Experchem Laboratories Inc.
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.