In collaboration with HelloMD – CannabisFest is an exclusive one-day gathering of North America’s newest class of risk-takers – the cannabis entrepreneur. This event will bring together visionaries and canna-hackers alike, to learn, connect and uncover how cannabis entrepreneurs are shaping legalized marketplaces. Serious opportunities will be created in this new multi-billion dollar market.


  • Giadha Aguirre de Carcer

    Founder & CEO,

    New Frontier Data

    Erin Gore

    Founder, CEO,

    Garden Society

  • George Scorsis

    CEO and Director,

    Liberty Health Sciences

    Pamela Hadfield



  • John Prentice

    President & CEO,

    Ample Organics

    Alex Blumenstein


    Leaf Forward

  • Jenn Larry


    CBD Strategy Group

    Trina Fraser


    Brazeau Seller Law

  • Derek McCarty

    Creative Director,


    Cassandra Farrington


    Marijuana Business Daily

  • Phil Dépault

    President & Cofounder,


    Stephanie Karasick

    Chief Creative Officer,


  • Mona Zhang

    Founder and editor of Word on the Tree,

    Freelance journalist

    Jesse Staniforth


    Weed Week Canada

  • Alison McMahon


    Cannabis At Work

    Larry Lisser

    SVP Business Development,



  • JUDGE- Matt Shalhoub

    Managing Director,

    Green Acre Capital

    MC Pitch Competition

    Greg Vermeulen

    President & CEO,



  • JUDGE Lisa Campbell


    Lifford Cannabis Solutions

    Chuck Rifici

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer,

    Auxly Cannabis Group

  • Matt Skynner

    President & COO,

    Braingrid Corporation

    Deepak Anand

    Vice President, Business Development & Government Relations

    Cannabis Compliance Inc.

  • Erin Prosk


    Santé Cannabis

Register now for CannabisFest + Startupfest!

What you’ll learn


Time Session Title Description
10:00AM - 10:10AM Welcome! Breakdown of the day ahead
10:10AM - 10:30PM How did we get here? A recent history of Cannabis in Canada, looking at decriminalization and legalization
10:30PM - 10:50PM New frontier data The economics and what's happening around the world and in Canada
10:50AM - 11:20AM Chain Reaction Panel: Cannabis Opportunities This panel breaks down the opportunities in the Cannabis industry, and the inherent difficulties that come with each of them. It looks at the stories behind some of the big cannabis startup successes.
11:20AM - 11:50AM Policy, regulation and compliance | Canada & Abroad You've heard aboutt he opportunities, but there are regulations and policies that need to be considered and adhered to, how will they affect your ability to innovate in the space?
11:50AM - 12:10PM What's happening in the US? While the Canadian market is HOT, the US market is still the elephant in the room. This session will highlight some of the key regulatory trends and obstacles in the US market, and look at how US based leaders in the social media space are tackling the strict regulations on social media marketing.
12:10PM - 1:10PM LUNCH LUNCH
1:10PM - 1:40PM Ask Me Anything: B2C An interactive session with trail blazers in the B2C cannabis space. Hear about their innovations in technology, packaging and user experience and debate where the trends are going, and where the gaps lie. Discuss what makes consumer product development and marketing so complex and still so wide open to innovators.
1:40PM - 2:00PM From gateway to exit drug: Cannabis is helping the masses get off of their pharmaceutical dependencies Pharmaceutical drugs are no longer the go-to solution they once were as patients are beginning to realize that there are better and safer avenues to achieving good health. This talk looks at how people are using cannabis to reduce or avoid opioid dependency and addiction, and why populations of people accustomed to relying on pharmaceutical medications are now seeking more natural alternatives. We examine these and other health-and-wellness trends that have emerged within the California market, and how they may impact the Canadian market.
2:00PM - 2:30PM Ask Me Anything: B2B An interactive session to uncover and discuss how to best technology-enable the cannabis supply chain to ensure product capacity, quality, compliance and cost efficiency in the face of scaling consumer demand.
3:00PM - 3:40PM Pitch competition Pitch Competition - Do you have an idea for the next big Cannabis startup? CannabisFest will get up to 5 STARTUPS on stage, each of whom will have 3 minutes to present their comapnies. Judges will have 2 minutes to ask questions and give feedback. One winner will be crowned!
3:40PM - 4:05PM Cannabis in Quebec What's happening in the province, what do you need to know now, where are the opportunities?
4:05PM -4:15PM The Cannabus Stories Results/predictions from the Cannabus minds
4:15PM -4:35PM What Women Want (from Cannabis) Women are the gatekeepers of household spend and often the first line of defense when it comes to deciding right from wrong. Join industry marketing experts as they explore opportunities around education, community-building and product development all geared towards helping this critical market segment embrace cannabis for both recreational and wellness purposes.
4:35PM - 5:00PM Closing keynote - Canada's head start | fireside chat It's as if the internet was built in Canada and the US couldn't use it for 5 years... What do we do with the head start?