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The 2018 CHCE brings together the top national and international thought-leaders and visionaries of the Cannabis industry who are committed to social and environmental responsibility.

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Alyse Gabriel is an advocate for the spiritual/religious use of Cannabis and other Spirit plant medicines such as Ayahuasca and Psilocybin. She was introduced to Cannabis as a teenager growing up in Vancouver, B.C., and has since been on a journey to discover and share the myriad medicinal benefits and creative applications this sacred plant has to offer. Learn more…

Amanda Siebert is a freelance cannabis writer, award-winning journalist, author, photographer, and public speaker with a passion for cannabis and other plant medicines, currently based in Vancouver, B.C. Her first book, The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life will be available across Canada on October 17, 2018. Learn more…

Andrew Gordon currently serves as Director of Operations at Aura Cannabis. He specializes in operational efficiency, patient relations, community partnerships and CAMCD compliance. Andrew has a degree in Political Science from UVIC, and is a graduate of BCIT’s Non-Profit Management Program. Learn more…

Annaliese Kibler is a consumer, plant scientist, and prominent member of the cannabis industry. With four years of industry experience under her belt, she is currently the Regulatory Affairs Manager at Aurora Cannabis. Annaliese is also a VP of CaneXions, a cannabis industry networking organization, and former chair of Women Grow in Vancouver. She enjoys engaging with the public on various topics relating to education and community building within the cannabis space.. Learn more…

Anndrea Hermann is the Owner Hemp Technologies Canada, Sales & Business Development Officer Hemp Production Services, Principle The Ridge International Cannabis Consulting, Founder iHempRadio, Instructor OSU WSE266 Industrial Hemp, Health Canada Authorized Hemp Sampler and Licensee who has advised Industry Stakeholders on a wide spectrum of Cannabis projects for 16+ years. Learn more…

Barinder Rasode’s quintessential advocacy for Canadian values is nationally renowned. Her leadership, mastery of complex subjects and innovation guides a plethora of issues that impact the everyday life of Canadians.

A strong believer in creating cohesion and synchronicity, Barinder leads by example to propel a team’s natural strengths to levels of exceptionality that help shape objectives, narratives and discourse. Learn more…

Brandon Garofano has spent the better part of his life, finding balance in his health. Playing competitive sports extensively in his youth, he later found himself abusing steroids in his early to mid twenties. This led him to spend many years and many dollars renewing his health through much trial and error. After losing his mother to cancer, he turned to Ayahuasca for healing. This opened a new world of health and awareness that ultimately sent him down a path of incorporating psychedelics into his supplement regime. Learn more…

Bruce Taylor resides on Cortes Island and is currently being of service to others through acting as a spiritual guide.  A spiritual guide is one who has connected to his or her own inner guide and can support others in connecting to their own inner guide.  He offers one on one guidance, facilitated discussions, and awareness retreats. Learn more…

Chase Trellert is the founder of Medicine of Sound. He has traveled the world in search of different healing modalities to share with his friends, family and those in his local community. He combines many different modalities to weave a unique sound healing experience for all. Learn more…

Chief Rueben George is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). After serving his nation as Director of Community Development, he shifted his focus to protecting Burrard Inlet, traditional Tsleil-Waututh territory, from the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project as part of the TWN Sacred Trust Initiative. Learn more…

Chris Bennett is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the history of cannabis, having written dozens of articles in Cannabis Culture, High Times, and other magazines as well as three books dealing with the subject. Learn more…

Chris Mayerson has been an active member in the cannabis community for over ten years and a pioneer in the early days of the MMPR, Medical Marijuana Access Regulations. Along with being at the forefront of the Canadian cannabis industry, Chris is also the CEO of Space Bear, a Cannabis-terpenes distillery company he founded in 2016, creating cannabis terpene-infused drinks and beverages. He also holds the titles of, Director of Genetics for Aurora Cannabis, where is is a founding member. As well as Director of Cultivation for Aloha Green, A Hawaiian medical cannabis producer. Learn more…

Christian Lé, MD began his medical career as dual-board certified Internal Medicine & Pediatric physician with a subspecialty in Hospital Medicine and spent most of his 20 year career in conventional medicine as a full time physician, medical director, founder and lead executive partners at multiple large health institutions in Florida, California and Oregon. Learn more…

Clare Maloney is an analytical chemist with over twenty years of experience in a wide variety of industrial settings. She has a degree in Biochemistry from McGill University, with a Minor in Biotechnology. Her career has taken her through the sectors of hydrometallurgical engineering, pharmaceutical and natural products, and microanalysis, always with a heavy focus on research. Learn more…

Corrie Yelland used cannabis oil extract to cure herself of rare forms of cancer. She was diagnosed in July 2011 with Anal Cancer and was given 2-4 months to live if she did not do radiation. The doctor told her she had a “death wish”, that she was going to die and walked out. Learn more…

Cory Larsen is a successful, multi-faceted entrepreneur and Grant MacEwan University pre-med student. Cory has been a key member of the Aurora Family since 2014, and has spearheaded a multitude of departments and teams. Currently the Senior Manager of Product Planning, Cory also leads the implementation of automation and category management for Aurora. Learn more…

Dan Rowland spent more than three years with the City and County of Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy – leading implementation efforts for the first major city in the world to develop a fully legal, commercial industry for cannabis – Dan Rowland helps state, provincial and local governments craft sensible regulations, ensuring the successful implementation of legal markets in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more…

David Hutchinson ‘Hutch’ spent a 23-year career in the Royal Air Force he left as a senior officer in 2002 and emigrated with his family to Canada. He worked for 10 years in Alberta and then BC as a Site Manager and Project Manager supporting NATO, Canadian and Australian Defence operations. In this latter capacity he held a CSIS Top Secret security clearance. Learn more…

David Remillard is a medical cannabis patient under the ACMPR and former MMAR. He has experience with growing cannabis and making topical and edible preparations. He utilizes cannabis to treat osteoarthritis pain and to reduce his use of standard pain medication. Learn more…

Dori Dempster has been the Executive Director of The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary since its opening in 2008. She is a cannabis patient and advocate, almost wife to Tim for nine years, and the proud mother of three grown sons. Dori started working in the cannabis industry in 2005 as a mail clerk sending seeds around the world from The Vancouver Seed Bank and then she opened the doors three years later with Dana Larsen to The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary. Learn more…

Doug Bench is a retired lawyer and former judge, who after retirement, over the last 10 years, has written several bestselling books, helping people to greatly improve the performance of their brain. But more recently Doug was diagnosed with a terminal disease (COPD). Doug’s wife, refusing to accept this dx, through extensive research found that Cannabis Oil could treat this ailment. Doug, although very reluctant, started taking cannabis oil and has now been declared symptom free by his doctor.
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Dragonfly Earth Medicine (Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn) have been cultivating pure, closed loop cannabis for almost 3 decades. They are Humus Beings dedicated to intentionally and actively educating the cannabis industry on purity in cultivation inputs and practices. They are passionate about being a clear, conscious voice for the cannabis plant, whom has given so many healing benefits to all of humanity. They created Dragonfly Earth Medicine which is a international nutrient company and also a educational platform for Conscious Cannabis Cultivation. Learn more…

Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and Medical Director of PHYTECS, a biotechnology company researching and developing innovative approaches targeting the human Endocannabinoid system. Previously, from 2003-2014, he served as Senior Medical Advisor and study physician to GW Pharmaceuticals for numerous Phase I-III clinical trials of Sativex® for pain and MS, and initial studies of Epidiolex® for intractable epilepsy. Learn more…

Fawad Kalsi was born and raised in Calgary and currently resides in Langley, he is a seasoned business professional / entrepreneur with a solid backgroud in sales, relationship management and business development. Currently managing Canada’s leading elite tour and travel company, Falcon Travel. He previously held several high profile positions within TELUS spanning over 12 years. Learn more…

Gerald Thomas is the Director of Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis and Gambling Prevention and Policy at the British Columbia Ministry of Health, a Collaborating Scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of British Columbia, and owner/operator of Okanagan Research Consultants. Learn more…

The Herbal Chef™ is a passionate science and biology student who turned to the chemistry of food, and herbs, to feed the intellectual side of his creations. A walking brand full of charisma and charm, Christopher Sayegh has pioneered Cannabis Infused Fine-Dining in an effort to elevate the perception of marijuana through mainstream media. These dinners include art, music, fine wine and top notch ingredients, simultaneously and effortlessly educating his audience while entertaining them at the same time. Learn more…

Jaclyn Thomson is the Director of Research and Development at Northern Vine Labs, a leading cannabis testing facility based in Langley, BC. She has spent her career developing “greener” chemical processes and working with natural and organic products. She received her BSc (Honours) from the University of Victoria, and her PhD from the University of British Columbia, both in the field of Chemistry. Following graduation, Dr. Thomson gained a passion for natural health products while working as the Quality Assurance Manager for a leading Canadian natural health product contract manufacturer. Learn more…

Jodie Emery is a political activist, public speaker, and long-time marijuana legalization advocate. Together with her famous activist husband Marc Emery, she owns and operates Cannabis Culture stores, Cannabis Culture vapor lounges, Cannabis Culture news and Pot TV. Jodie is invited to speak at a variety of conferences and rallies in Canada and the United States, and is regularly featured in mainstream media stories about cannabis, prohibition, and legalization. Learn more…

Joel Podersky has been involved in the cannabis industry since 2010. He is a former Director at The Healing Tree Dispensary in Vancouver; co-founder and former Director of The Craft Cannabis Association of British Columbia; former Director of Heavenly Daze a well known brand across Canada; co-founder, President, and Director of Cascadia Agricultural Co-operative Association; and founder and Director of Eagle Medicine Farm. Learn more…

John Barnet is Aurora’s Chief Cultivator for the Mountain Facility. John has been with the Aurora family since February 2016, and has been a driving force for Aurora’s Mountain View facility. John is a graduate from the Canadian College of Osteopathy, a nationally ranked rock-climber, and a professional longboard competitor. Learn more…

John W. Conroy QC has been practicing law since 1972. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1996. He practices primarily as a criminal defence lawyer as well as in related constitutional, administrative and other civil matters. He has appeared in the courts at all levels including several appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Notable cases and clients have included the Steinhauser Hostage taking at the BC Pen (1977), the Squamish 5, (1983), Renee Boje, Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey, Watermelon, Philippe Lucas, Ken Hayes and Randy Caine. He is also counsel to the BC Compassion Club Society, the Vancouver Island Compassion Club Society and the West Coast Prison Justice Society (that runs BC Prisoners legal Services). Learn more…

John De Villa was brought into the cannabis world as a result of being diagnosed with Epilepsy. He suffered 12 grandmal seizures in an eight-month period and was unable to find relief with pharmaceutical medications. John’s background was working in network security for an engineering firm but left that career due to his epilepsy. He now operates a payment processing company providing ATM machine services for businesses in BC. Learn more…

Kalawna Biggs has been a professional spiritual healer & psychic clairvoyant for over 30 years. She has worked with TV & live radio call in shows with questions and answers for her psychic abilities. This work also brought her to Europe where she “psyched a lot of people out,” at the psychic fairs. Learn more…

Katie Maloney is the Senior Scientist, Chemistry at Northern Vine Labs. Ms. Maloney joined the cannabis sector in 2014 when she joined the Northern Vine team, and in that time has worked with numerous groups in advancing cannabis science in Canada and the United States. She is currently a part of the team responsible for method development and laboratory testing, and plays a key role in research and development projects. Ms. Maloney joined the industry from the natural health product market, and has extensive experience as an analytical chemist. Learn more…

Kirk Tousaw is a barrister and advocate for law reform. His primary practice areas are Medical Cannabis Regulatory Compliance, Cannabis Criminal Defence and Strategic Litigation. In addition to the daily practice of law, Kirk sits on the Boards of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, NORML Canada, MAPS Canada and the Sensible BC Society. Learn more…

Lynn Putman helped her husband Michael heal from cancer using Cannabis. She continues to research and investigate further to see what is possible through alternative medicines. She is grateful that as partners they can go through this together and that Michael is so openminded to try anything she puts in front of him. Learn more…

Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson is a pioneer in the field of medical Cannabis, as well as an entrepreneur, macro photographer, and founder of Freshheadies, Ltd., which sells the highest quality water extraction system available. He is also one of the founders of Jamaican based company Cannabinoid Research and Development. Learn more…

Mandy Zwicker and Cheyenne are a mother, daughter speaker team. Mandys daughter Cheyanne was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. Cheyenne went though 6 cycles of chemotherapy, 3 surgeries, 2 of which too remove the mass. After taking medicinal cannabis, within one month she went from jumping, to climbing stairs and eating. The mass stopped growing. Almost 5 yrs now and she is alive and perfect! Learn more…

Martin W. Ball is the author of over 20 books on entheogens and transformative experience, his most recent being Entheogenic Liberation: Unraveling the Enigma of Nonduality with 5-MeO-DMT Energetic Therapy. He is also host of The Entheogenic Evolution Podcast and organizer of the annual Exploring Psychedelics Conference, held at Southern Oregon University where he teaches as an adjunct professor of religion. Learn more…

Martin A. Lee is the cofounder and director of Project CBD, an educational service that reports on cannabis science, therapeutics and political economy. A widely published writer, Lee is the author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific, winner of the American Botanical Council’s James A. Duke Award for Excellence in Botanical Literature. Learn more…

Mark Haden is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and teaches in the UBC school of Population and Public Health, Nursing, Social Work and Medicine. He is the Chair of the Board of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS Canada). Learn more…

Miryam Lawton is a Sacred Sound and Song Journey Facilitator. She has been on the Spiritual path since the year 2000, experiencing tremendous spiritual and personal growth in consciousness. Miryam quickly became a Cannabis advocate after a close family member was diagnosed with cancer and was able to intimately witness the plant’s profound spiritual, emotional and medical benefits.
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Philip Kwong is a 27-year-old serial entrepreneur who has been “Imagineering,” building businesses and creating opportunities since college days 5 years ago. Recognizing and building on patterns and issues Philip formed a company focusing on merchant needs and fundraising programs for non-profit organizations through the development of a suite of apps designed for mobile devices. About three years ago, Philip experienced his first Multiple Sclerosis attack, resulting in loss of vision in his right eye; and later, in his left eye. Learn more…

Dr. Perry Kendall is renowned as one of Canada’s leading public health professionals. Dr. Kendall served as BC’s Provincial Health Officer from 1999 to 2018. As BC’s senior public health official, he was responsible for advising the provincial government on health issues andpromoting innovative policies and actions to protect public health. Learn more…

Reid Parr has 17+ years of industry experience, he has been instrumental in ensuring operational excellence and continued growth for Ascent. Reid has extensive experience in corporate finance and accounting while also possessing a deep passion and keen eye for new technology and products that set Ascent apart from others. Acting as an integral consultant to Canada’s leading cannabis association, The Cannabis Trade Alliance of Canada (CTAC). Learn more…

Rex Weyler is a writer and ecologist. His books include Greenpeace: The Inside Story, a finalist for the BC Book Award and the Shaughnessy-Cohen Award for Political Writing; Blood of the Land, a history of indigenous American nations, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and The Jesus Sayings, a deconstruction of first century history, a finalist for the BC Book Award. Learn more…

Robert Laurie is an international lawyer, writer and speaker, qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and called to the British Columbia Bar as a barrister and solicitor. After practicing law in London and New York in the areas of International hedge fund formation and securities fraud litigation, Robert founded AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION in Vancouver in 2013. Learn more…

Selena Wong, has been a long time advocate for conscious cannabis cultivation, and is dedicated to nurturing the intimate, sacred relationship between Cannabis, grower, medicine maker, and consumer. Selena is living history, integrating ancient cultivation techniques & relational insights with Cannabis as a Sacred Plant Medicine in these modern times. Learn more…

Siobhan McCarthy’s is an Award winning film and web series producer she, is the CEO and Executive Producer of blyssful PRODUCTIONS and red trike media inc.

A celebrated innovative, transdisciplinary artist and educator, McCarthy produced WAM, BC’s first International Disability Media festival through Kickstart Disability Arts when she was their Co-Artistic Director. Siobhan has been the Production Manager of the Vancouver International Film Festival Industry Forum for almost two decades. She has a slate of film, television, and web properties in development. Learn more…

Trevor Millar is a social-entrepreneur and owner of Liberty Root Therapy Ltd., serving those called to experience the healing properties of African plant medicine Tabernanthe Iboga and its derivatives. Iboga is a powerful psychedelic and an exceptional addiction interrupter; recent discoveries show it’s also excellent for treating Parkinson’s Disease and perhaps other neurological disorders. Learn more…

Travis Lane With almost two decades of experience working with cannabis, Travis Lane has established himself as an optimistic voice for future of the industry. He started as a young, small-time cultivator. Over the years, he has involved himself in many facets of cannabis production and distribution, from cultivation and breeding, to dispensary management and media publishing. Learn more…

Yarrow Willard (AKA Herbal Jedi) is a second generation Clinical/Master Herbalist, Educator and Innovator in the Canadian health-food industry. Professionally, he is an international speaker, creator at Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, and director of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing. Learn more…

Zach Walsh, PhD, RPsych is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UBC, Director of the Therapeutic, Recreational, and Problematic Substance Use lab, and a registered clinical psychologist. Zach has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on topics related to substance use, personality, and mental health, and his work has been supported by grants and awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Canada, BC Interior Health, the American Psychological Association, and others. Learn more…

Dr. Zamir Punja After completing a BSc degree in Plant Sciences at the University of BC, and MSc and PhD degrees in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis, Zamir joined the Campbell Soup Company and worked jointly with North Carolina State University, Raleigh on carrot diseases. Learn more…