In late May, Lift hosted its first Cannabis Business Conference in Toronto. It was a fantastic event that included many thought leaders in North America and covered eight timely and important topics. Fortunately, Lift has made available a video recording of the entire event, which should be of interest to anyone considering investing in the Canadian cannabis sector. New Cannabis Ventures readers are able to access this valuable information and save 50% using the code “NCV50Lift”.
Cannabis in a Retail Setting included Amy Diiullo of CMH Brands, Chris Driessen of Organa Brands, Jeremy Jacob of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and Jason Sonshine of Philip Morris International. Cannabis Pharmaceutical Disruption featured Bin Huang of Emerald Health, Michael Nashat of TerrAscend, John Stewart of Emblem and Marc Wayne of Canopy Health Innovations.
Entrepreneurs Session featured Matei Olaru of Lift, John Prentice of Ample Organics, Natasha Raey of SheTalks and Cadence Health Center and Chuck Rifici of Nesta Holding and Cannabis Wheaton. Investing in Cannabis included myself along with Jason Adler of Gotham Green Partners, Aaron Salz of Stoic Advisory and Scott Walters of Molecular Science Corp.
International Perspectives included Jay Evans of Keirton, Michael Gorenstein of Cronos Group, Joshua Kappel of Vicente Sederberg and Alex Revich, who represents Tikun Olam in Canada. Big Business featured John Fowler of Supreme Pharma, Shayne Nyquvest of Mackie Research, Daniel Pearlstein of Eight Capital and Paul Pedersen of Nextleaf Solutions.
Marketing and Branding featured Leonard Glickman of Cassel Brock & Blackwell, Jenn Larry of Precision Communications Group, Ian Rapsey of Nesta Holding and Dan Sutton of Tantalus Labs, which received word of its licensing by Health Canada during the presentation, one of the highlights of the day. Public Relations and Lobbying included Rosy Mondin of Quadron Cannatech, Evan Nison of NisonCo, Marc Solby of Cannabis Consumer Update and Will Stewart of Navigator.
In addition to the 8 panels, Lift is also including footage from the Lift Conference main stage as well as the Lift Pitch, where competitors Green Leaf Benefits Inc., Hotbox Café and AHLOT faced an all-star panel of judges including W. Brett Wilson, formerly of Dragons’ Den on CBC, as well as cannabis industry heavy-hitters Aaron Salz, Chuck Rifici and Hugo Alves with host Seth Adler. Watch as competitors vie to win over $20,000 in startup funding and other prizes.