O’Cannabiz Vancouver Introduces the First Annual O’Cannabiz BC Bud Awards

Parq Vancouver Casino Resort, Vancouver – December 9 – 11, 2018 –

TORONTO, November 7, 2018 – Canada is fast becoming the world’s leading cannabis market. Find out how we’ll retain the first-mover advantage at O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo Vancouver, the country’s leading-edge cannabis business conference taking place December 9 – 11, 2018 at the Parq Vancouver Casino Resort (39 Smithe Street). Gathered in a blazingly creative think-tank, industry leaders creating momentum in this marketplace will discuss and debate issues and topics, including tourism opportunities, aboriginal participation, quality control, brand building, workplace issues, corporate moves and potential mergers.

The Conference’s keynote speakers will include actor and former TV personality Montel Williams, who has been a medical cannabis advocate for nearly two decades due to his personal battle with multiple sclerosis. He will discuss his experience as an entrepreneur with Lenitiv Scientific, his full spectrum cannabis company. Krishna Andavolu, host of VICELAND’s web series Weediquette, will speak to how media coverage of cannabis will forge the future of pot in this post-legalization atmosphere; and Dr. Mike Dixon, Professor at the School of Environmental Sciences and Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research at the University of Guelph, and Dr. Dedi Meiri, Principle Investigator at Technion Israel Institute of Tech and the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research, together will dive into and explore significant scientific researching updates within the industry.

Other confirmed speakers to-date include: Rebecca Brown, Founder and President of Crowns; Bethany Rae Cornish, Founder and CEO of Flower and Freedom Lifestyle; Ian Dawkins, President of Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada; Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake, Producers of Weed the People; Anne Forkutza, Director of Customer Experience at Cova; Jamie Kunkel, Owner of Smoke Signal; Sarah Leamon, Barrister and Solicitor at Sarah Leamon Law Corporation; Chris Lee, Chief Marketing Officer at Ascent Industries; Sumit Mehta, CEO of Mazakali; Gill Polard, Founder and Editor of The Her(b) Life; Peter Vogel, Co-Founder and CEO of Lifewire; Jamie Shaw, Partner at Groundwork; Chuck Smith, CFO and COO of Dixie Brands Inc.;  Tahira Rehmatullah, CFO of MTech Acquisition Corp; and Jody Vukas, Design and Operational Specialist at Smart Grow Pros.

In total, O’Cannabiz Vancouver will feature over 100 world-class speakers offering insight and expertise during various informative sessions, including:

  • Cannabis 2.0 Pot-Folio Report: What’s Next?
  • Constructing Your Cannabis Portfolio: Alpha Through the Smoke
  • Edibles, Infused Food and Beverages: Hurdles and Rewards Ahead
  • Impacts of Legalized Cannabis in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • “Soft Sell”: Building Your Brand Within Regulatory Limits
  • “Dude, Where’s My Car?”: Cannabis and the Law on Impaired Driving
  • Experiential Marketing: Why Consumer Satisfaction is the Make-or-Break of Retail
  • Cannabis and Tech Today: How Innovation is Advancing the Industry
  • CBD: The Cannabis Industry Game-Changer?
  • First Nation Self-Regulation: The Indigenous Cannabis Panel
  • US Bound Immigration Issues in the Cannabis Industry
  • The Future of Cannabis Currency

For full session descriptions, visit: http://ocannabiz.com/vancouver/conference-schedule

O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo Vancouver programming will also include Cannabis Meets Healthcarethe inaugural one-day forum specifically designed for the medical community looking to expand their knowledge and network within Canada’s fastest growing industry. The full-day forum is an exclusive ticketed event and will take place Sunday, December 9.

The comprehensive and progressive sessions being presented during Cannabis Meets Healthcare will offer physicians, healthcare specialists, nurses, pharmacists, first responders and government officials information and instruction on how to best navigate the options and opportunities for patient care with cannabis as well as the questions and inquiries expressed by patients themselves.

Cannabis Meets Healthcare session topics will include:

  • The Endocannabinoid System
  • Opioid Reduction with Cannabis
  • Dosing and Delivery Methods
  • Top Diagnosis for Medical Cannabis Prescriptions
  • Cannabis Impairment

New to the strain of O’Cannabiz events will be the introduction of the first annual O’Cannabiz BC Bud Awards. Synonymous with the world-class flower, the BC Bud Awards will celebrate industry front-runners who have and continue to cultivate and refine cannabis culture.

This year’s O’Cannabiz BC Bud Awards are:

  • O’Cannabiz BC Bud Pioneer Award – Being presented to Marc Emery, Activist and Advocate in the cannabis industry
  • O’Cannabiz BC Bud Trailblazer Award – The recipient will be revealed at O’Cannabiz Vancouver
  • O’Cannabiz Start Up of the Year Award and Competition 
    • The Leafwire Future of Cannabis Pitch Contest will see six cannabis start-ups compete by pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges with the hope of winning a Golden Ticket to appear on Entrepreneur’s 4th Season of the Elevator Pitch Webcast

Tickets are available for the Cannabis Meets Healthcare forum (Sunday only), the Industry Conference (programming on both Monday and Tuesday) as well as two networking breakfasts – Investor’s Breakfast: Canada, Cannabis and the World (Monday) and The Branding Breakfast: Lessons From Queens of the Stoned Age (Tuesday). Expo tickets are also available and will offer access for the entire duration of the event. More information on programming, tickets and registration can be found at http://ocannabiz.com/vancouver/register.

To apply for media accreditation, please visit: http://ocannabiz.com/media-accreditation

To schedule interviews with any of the Conference speakers, including keynotes, exhibitor representatives or event organizers, please contact Meagan Dolmage, mdolmage@kwtglobal.com or Nicole Amiel, namiel@kwtglobal.com.

About O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo
The founders and producers of O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo have decades of experience producing national profile events and creating global connections between business communities in the arts, broadcasting, media and technology. They maintained a two-decade-long relationship with Canada’s JUNO Awards and have organized trade summit initiatives with governments around the world, working closely with sponsors in all levels of the Canadian government.

Veteran assemblers of forward-thinkers, their signature events include the internationally attended O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo Toronto, Grow Up Cannabis Conference and Expo Niagara Falls, Canadian Music Week, the Digital Media Summit, Radio Interactive Summit and the career-making CMW Music Festival. They produce a myriad entertainment and media industry award events, including The Indies, The Canadian Radio Music Awards, the advertising industry’s Crystal Awards, The Live Music Industry Awards and the annual Music Broadcast and Industry Gala.

About MNP
MNP is a leader in the Canadian cannabis industry. MNP’s experienced team offers deep industry knowledge, delivers competitive advantage, and helps mid-market licensed producers, entrepreneurs and investors meet the accounting, audit, tax, financial and regulatory challenges they need to succeed. MNP is the presenting sponsor of O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo Vancouver.


Media Contacts:
Meagan Dolmage, KWT Global                     Nicole Amiel, KWT Global
mdolmage@kwtglobal.com                          namiel@kwtglobal.com