Meet Our Speakers:

Dale Tesarowski

Called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1982, I worked at Legal Aid and the Crown's office in Manitoba until 2006 when I left to join Saskatchewan Justice as its criminal law policy specialist. I was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2006. I am National Co-Chair of the Coordinating Committee of Senior Officials Impaired Driving and Cyber Crime Working Groups and the CCSO Youth Justice committee. I am also Provincial Co-Chair of the Cannabis Legalization Working Group, dealing implementation issues in Saskatchewan.

Philippe Lucas

VP of Patient Research and Access  

Philippe is responsible for the development and implementation of multiple clinical and observation studies. His oversight of Tilray’s Customer Service Centre helps add a patient-centered lens to Tilray policies, practices, and internal and external messaging. Complementing his responsibilities at Tilray, Philippe is a PhD student in the University of Victoria’s Social Dimensions of Health program and a Graduate Researcher with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia. His scientific research includes the therapeutic use of cannabis and other substances in the treatment of trauma and addiction, and he has been invited to provide expert testimony before the Canadian House of Commons, the Canadian Senate, and the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
 

Philippe is also the co-founder of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society, one of Canada's oldest and most respected non-profit medical cannabis dispensaries. Over the years Philippe has received a number of accolades and awards for his work, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) for his work and research on medical cannabis, the University of Victoria Blue and Gold Award for academic excellence and community service (2007), and the Vancouver Island Civil Liberties Association Leadership Award (2002). Philippe is very community involved, and served as a Victoria City Councillor and Regional Director from 2008-2011 and spearheaded the launch of the Victoria Public Market in 2013. 

Philippe is a PhDStudent in Social Dimensions of Health at the University of Victoria. He holds an MA in Policy and Practice from the University of Victoria and a BA in English from Carlton University.

Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon is the Director of Operations for Aura Cannabis based in Vancouver, BC. He specializes in operational efficiency, client relations, community partnerships and industry compliance. Andrew has a degree in Political Science from UVIC, and is a graduate of BCIT’s Non-Profit Management Program.  Galvanized by the prospect of legalization, Andrew is passionate about working with key community stakeholders across Canada to build acceptance for cannabis to help reduce social stigma for consumers, and abate pharmaceutical drug dependence within communities

Dale Risula

Provincial Specialist, Special Crops, Plant Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Saskatchewan 

Dale graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1982 with a degree in Agriculture. He was employed initially with Saskatchewan Agriculture in North Battleford with the Saskatchewan Assessment Authority. Following that he worked with the ministries Lands Branch in Wakaw Saskatchewan where he managed crown lands and community pastures. 

In 1990 Dale accepted the position as extension agrologist in Moose Jaw where he manned the largest district in the province and the area that many consider to be the heartland of pulse crops in the province.

Dale also worked with the Agriculture Research branch in Regina where he managed the Crops portfolio and reviewed applications for agricultural research projects. 

Dale was one of the first specialists hired in the newly formed Ag Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw in 2004. He then moved to Regina in 2007 to be the provincial Pulse Specialist and also handles various other special crops such as herbs and spices.

Dale is married and lives with his wife in Moose Jaw

Deepak Anand

Vice President of Government Relations annabis 

Mr. Anand steps into the position with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the cannabis industry. He is a recognized thought leader in the Canadian cannabis space and brings 15 years of leadership experience in the health, charitable/non-profit, and private sectors in Canada. Within the global cannabis sector, Mr. Anand has worked with senior government officials, politicians, policy makers, health professional organizations, clinical practitioners, educators, investors, patients as well as producers. He has also served on the boards of various pharmaceutical associations across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Prior to joining Cannabis Compliance Inc., Mr. Anand acted as the Executive Director for the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association (CNMMA) and Adjunct Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Most recently, Mr. Anand was the Vice President for Zenabis (International Herbs Medical Marijuana Ltd)., a Health Canada licensed producer under the ACMPR with facilities in British Columbia and New Brunswick, Canada

Mr. Anand holds a Master's in Business Administration and Management from Vancouver Island University.

Renee Gagnon

Hollyweed Cannabis Pubco Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Renee Gagnon is the world’s first Federally Licensed Female Cannabis Pubco CEO, security specialist, and international speaker. Renee has been fortunate enough to be at the beginning of several major trends and market creations. Throughout her career, detecting and then capitalizing on change has been her focus.

She is a serial startup founder, skilled at survival, stress and team building. She is both the first Transgender Publicly traded marijuana company CEO and the first female one – Thunderbird Biomedical Inc (now EMH.v) was the 5th licensed Federally sanctioned Medical Marijuana company in Canada (and one of a handful on the planet). Renee built the core team, created and executed on the business plan and raised $3.7 M in funding then took the company public ($25M Valuation at IPO)... She went on to use this insight to create a diverse workforce with strong female leadership across the HollyWeed North Cannabis Inc. organization.

After exiting Thunderbird Biomedical Inc in Jan 2015 as founding CEO and Board member, she has chosen to focus on US based infrastructure and supply delivery for the Cannabis Industry.

Catch her on the June 2017 cover of DOPE Magazine.

Keith Fonstad

Keith is a Partner in MNP’s Prince Albert office. Committed to understanding his clients’ needs, Keith delivers assurance and advisory solutions to various businesses, First Nations, and government organizations. He also advises private and public sector clients on effective business planning, performance management, and financial fluency development. Working with his clients one-on-one, Keith assists them in making more informed business decisions by helping them better understand the processes and activities that drive profits and deliver strategic results.

Keith is also MNP’s Saskatchewan Provincial Director for Aboriginal Services.  As such, Keith is aware of local, provincial, and national issues and events and provides that information to MNP’s provincial team.  Keith is a current Director of the Saskatchewan First Nation Family and Community Institute, Saskatchewan First Nation Economic Development Network, and the Prince Albert Rotary Club.

John Lagimodiere

John Lagimodiere is the President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the Publisher/Editor of Eagle Feather News. ACS provides Aboriginal awareness seminars to clients including Nutrien, the Saskatoon Police Service, the City of Saskatoon, the City of Regina and the Province of Saskatchewan. The company also offers communication services. Eagle Feather News is Saskatchewan’s largest independent Indigenous media outlet with a monthly news paper and daily news website. John is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and was honoured with a Living in Harmony Award from the City of Saskatoon in 2006. ACS also received the ABEX award for Aboriginal Business in 2009 

DR. Amit Mathur

Dr. Amit Mathur is the founder of Omni Eye & Vision, an integrated group of eye care clinics in British Columbia and the co-founder and COO of Livecare Health Canada. He credits his rural upbringing in the small town of Kitimat, BC for his passion as an advocate for rural and indigenous health. His experience in business development was paramount in his role as partner with the business consulting firm The Deetken Group.

Dr. Mathur has been a lecturer/speaker for several large pharma companies and has keynoted conferences locally and in Asia regarding the delivery of eye health to rural communities. Six years ago, he joined entrepreneurial doctors to found Livecare Health. Livecare is a company that provides advisory on health systems and delivery and provides health services enabled by their unique telemedicine platform globally. This delivery of medicine into our first nations partners exposed Dr. Mathur first hand to the challenges that are encountered daily in these communities. With the assistance of psychiatrists, psychologists, and counsellors on his team he has been focused on a more effective delivery model for not only primary care but also mental health. Dr. Mathur has spoken at First Nations Health Manager’s Association National Conference, in BC at Gathering Wisdom and most significantly at IACAPAP International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions World Congress on this strategy.

Continuing relations with Indigenous communities and health leaders has led to his interest in the treatments of disease processes like addictions, mental health and chronic pain. This has led Dr. Mathur to begin the process of formalizing the medical utility of marijuana and specifically the space of medical grade CBD. Dr. Mathur is interested in how to educate, train practitioners/providers and patients alike on the medical use of CBD and how the pharma industry needs to collaborate in this burgeoning sector of medicine. Recently Dr. Mathur was appointed as medical advisor and Director with Isodiol International.

Crystal I Fafard B.A. (Hons.), J.D.

Crystal Fafard is an associate with Maurice Law Barristers & Solicitors and has many years’ experience as a corporate/commercial lawyer. Crystal is called to the Bar in Saskatchewan and Alberta and has practiced law in both the public and private sectors. She received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1995 and a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia in 2001. 

Crystal’s key areas of practice include corporate/commercial with an emphasis on Aboriginal business & economic development. Crystal has significant experience in corporate governance, energy law, reorganizations, development of corporate structures, investment reviews and sales/purchase transactions. Since 2014, Crystal has been involved in area of renewable energy including advising on large joint ventures for solar, wind and hydro in various provinces including Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Some current work includes representing a First Nation entity in negotiations of large hydroelectric project and utility scale wind project valued at about $210 million dollars. 

Some key transactions and legal representation includes:

· Corporate restructuring of First Nations entity with holdings over 200 million dollars

· Advised First Nations entity in private investment of commercial airline

· Representation of First Nation entity in partnership of utility scale solar development in Ontario

· Representation of First Nations entity in partnership in security services industry in resource industry region of Northern Alberta

· Represented public potash resource developer in successful taxation negotiations successfully resolved

· Represented publishing/media entity in multi-million dollar taxation matter successfully resolved

· Represented various clients (public and private) as purchasers or vendors in sale and purchase of shares or business assets

· Created successful Limited Partnership for First Nation entity and development subsequent partnership agreements

· Created private investment vehicle for large real estate firm operating in Saskatchewan and Alberta

· Represented private entity in divestment of multi-million dollar franchise based in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba

· Represented private entity in multi-million dollar sale of electrical company to entity in Dubai, EAU

Crystal has contributed her skills as Director to a number of corporate and public boards including:

· National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA) Nominating Committee, current

· First Nations Power Authority- Co-Chair and Vice Chair, Saskatchewan & Alberta, current

· Enterprise Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan 

· First Nations Bank of Canada, Canada

· Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation, Saskatchewan

· SIEF Investments Inc. – Chair, Saskatchewan 

· FHQ Development Corporation, Saskatchewan

· Board of Governors of Lakeland College, Alberta

Crystal is a regular speaker/panelist at local, national and international events and conferences, including numerous times for the Canadian Institute, Canadian Bar Association, Indigenous Economic Summit (2013-14), Speaker at the Canadian Aboriginal Business & Economic Development (2007), Guest Speaker at Construction Super-Conference (2008), Saskatchewan Municipal Water Conference (2009) and World Indigenous Business Conference in Australia (2011) and Alberta & Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Finance Summit in Calgary (2016), First Nations Power Authority Renewable Energy Forum Dinner (2017).  

In 2009, Crystal was named a “Woman of Influence" by SaskBusiness Magazine for her “significant contributions to the Saskatchewan economy”. Crystal is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Law Society of Saskatchewan and Law Society of Alberta. 

Morris Johnson

Morris Johnson is a leader in the hemp industry. He was a full time farmer from 1972-2013 and a Board Member of the Bison Hybrid International Association from 1976-79. He then founded the Canadian Bison Association and organized the first show and sale at Canadian Western Agribition in 1982. From 1988-1994 Morris was a Board Member of the Saskatchewan Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has been a nutraceutical entrepreneur since 2000 when he first grew hemp on his farm. He has a HACCP food safety diploma from the Saskatchewan Food Centre , has published a health and wellness column in a Saskatchewan newspaper and has been a life-long scientist, presenting at the H+ Conference at Harvard University in 2010 and the Terasem Conference in 2011. Morris is active in building a hemp supply chain with farmers, processors and marketers including mentoring for start-ups and product development.  

Ashleigh Brown

Ashleigh Brown, Founder, SheCann: Legal Medical Cannabis Empowering Canadian Women

Ashleigh is a medical cannabis patient and passionate advocate for the rights and education of her fellow Canadian Cannabis patients. 

In 2017, still a new patient herself, she founded a social media community alongside a handful of other patients. This community, named SheCann, was created with the intention of providing information, resources and support to prospective and existing ACMPR patients. Although it is geared towards women, SheCann also welcomes supportive and respectful men, and members of industry, including legal clinics and Licensed Producers. SheCann’s primary goal is to create a compassionate space for patients to speak openly about their journeys as cannabis patients.

Ashleigh works alongside advocacy groups like CFAMM (Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana) to advocate for accessible and affordable access to medical cannabis. She is a member of Cannabis Canada’s Patient Advocacy Committee, and has recently joined the Strainprint Technologies team as their Community Manager and Patient Liaison. 

Most importantly, Ashleigh is a mother to 2, stepmother to 3, and a grandmother. She is a lifelong Winnipegger.

Julie Vickaryous

Julie Vickaryous is a cannabis and breast cancer advocate based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a background in French baking and pastry arts from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, BC. Being one of the youngest breast cancer survivors in Canada, diagnosed at the age of 20, she is passionate about helping others and changing the world.

As a clinic manager and cannabinoid therapist for National Access Cannabis, Julie has the opportunity to assist patients like herself in acquiring their medical cannabis prescription while also guiding them in their medical journey. When Julie doesn’t have her nose buried in a textbook, she is formulating custom recipes for her patients, and teaching specialized classes at their Saskatoon location. She has guest blogged for Modern Woman, specializing in modern feminism and cannabis use for a new age. She was also given the opportunity to speak in Toronto on the ReThink breast cancer and medical cannabis panel, as well as the Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Connect conference.

Kathleen Thompson, PhD

Cannabis Consultant

Kathleen has worked in health policy analysis and research as a bureaucrat and as a consultant for the last 25 years, specializing in the mental health, disability and corrections sectors. 

In 2015, Kathleen created the Cannabis Regulatory Research Group through her consulting company, TomKat Communications. The focus of the policy research group is on promoting collaborative public policy processes and evidenced-based research with the cannabis industry, governments, academia, civil society and at the United Nations. 

Additionally, Kathleen consults with individuals and organizations on how to enter the legal cannabis industry.

Alphonse Bird

Mr. Alphonse Bird is Cree and a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation. He has spent over 20 years as a leader and a political advocate in the Indigenous sector. Alphonse currently serves as an advisor to various groups and has been instrumental in moving forward in economics and building capacity.

He has also served on many boards such as the SK Indian Gaming Authority, Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation, Information Services Corporation – Crown Corporations, Sask. Indian Institute of Technology, Saskatchewan Police Commission and many more.

His leadership qualities and passion to help people has made him an excellent leader in areas that he has served. Alphonse was Vice Chief and Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) for a period of 13 years. PAGC has the largest geographic area and is one of the larger Tribal Councils in Western Canada. He then served as Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations for one term.

Alphonse is also an entrepreneur as his passion is economics. He hopes to play a key role in moving forward with the Hemp and Cannabis Industry with the Indigenous sector

Marg Friesen

 Marg Friesen is a Métis woman from the Qu’Appelle Valley, a devoted wife, mother of five, and a grandmother of 6 beautiful grandchildren. She resides in the town of Indian Head, part of the Metis homeland, Eastern Region III. Her family has a strong history in the valley and has lived there for generations. Her spirit has brought her back to her roots and she is motivated to make a difference for future Metis Nation. Marg was elected as Regional Representative for Eastern Region III with Metis Nation Saskatchewan in May of 2017. She currently holds the portfolio of Minister of Health. She is also a member of the Metis National Council Health Committee. The focus of Marg’s work in health is meaningful, effective, program and service delivery with systems, research and development including alternative medicine and innovation in healthcare.

  

Marg’s formal education was with the University of Regina. She brings experience in community leadership, non-profit management, community engagement philosophies, practices and knowledge. She has pursued a career in community development with the  hope of inspiring others, providing support, implementing capacity-building strategies and mobilizing resources to assist in building stronger, viable, sustainable communities along with other collaborative governments and other key stakeholders. She currently works provincially in the non-profit and disability sector. 

ONEKANEW CHRISTIAN SINCLAIR, OPASKWAYAK CREE NATION

  

Christian Sinclair is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN).  He graduated from Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute (MBCI) in 1988 and then went on to serve in the Canadian military from 1988 to 1995, participating in tours of duty in Cyprus (1990 Recon) and Somalia (1992-93 Special Forces).

He was the co-founder of the Manitoba Indigenous Summer Games and then went on to serve as the General Manager for the 2002 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Winnipeg. The event was the most successful NAIG ever hosted and ended with a surplus of over $1.3 million. Today, there is a scholarship program, accessible to Manitoba’s Aboriginal youth, as a result of the legacy planning from the 2002 NAIG. 

In 2002, Christian began working in the corporate sector with aboriginal groups across Canada, focusing on corporate development and positioning for major natural resource projects related to hydro, mining and oil and gas. Announced in 2003, Christian was named as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40, a dynamic award that identifies outstanding visionaries and innovators considered as the next generation of Canadian business leaders at the national and international level. 

In 2013, Christian made a career change to work as an independent business advisor. With a wealth of organizational knowledge, experience earned on the battlefield and proven in the corporate boardroom and First Nation Council Chambers, Christian Sinclair is a highly sought after negotiator and project manager for both Aboriginal communities and mainstream corporations seeking to engage in major resource development. He is able to effectively bridge the needs and goals of industry and traditional land rights holders into mutually beneficial win-win opportunities for sustainable prosperity and lasting business partnerships for all involved and for future generations.

In 2016, Christian Sinclair was elected as Onekanew (Chief) for the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Since then, Onekanew Christian Sinclair has been appointed as co-chairs of a task force created to lead the process of implementing the Manitoba government’s Northern Economic Development Strategy. This task force works collectively with regional partners to engage in talks with northern stakeholders and communities and to identify and implement a sustainable plan for economic growth, and recently launched the website, www.looknorthmb.ca

Early January 2018, Onekanew Christian Sinclair was appointed to the board of directors of National Access Cannabis, Canada’s best practices leader in delivering safe, secure and responsible access to legal medical cannabis. Onekanew Sinclair is well connected and regarded by First Nations leaders throughout Manitoba and Canada for his work in building partnerships between the different levels of government, industry and Indigenous communities. 

Trista Pewapisconias

Trista Pewapisconias is from the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Edwards School of Business in Biotechnology Management and an MBA from Edwards. As Business Development Lead with Co-operatives First, Trista supports groups through business development and planning. Trista’s professional experience includes working at SaskTel and SIGA in various marketing roles, as well as writing business plans for start-up Indigenous companies. In her free time, Trista also sits on the board of the Saskatoon Downtown Daycare and is helping with the formation of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce of Saskatchewan.

Kyle Whyte

Kyle is the Education and Engagement Lead with Co-operatives First. His work focuses developing and delivering educational and development services for Co-operatives First, a non-profit business development organization in Saskatoon. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Kyle has worked his way across Canada focusing on community economic development in rural and Indigenous communities. With degrees in Geography and Public Policy, Kyle educational background has focused on community development, governance, and organizational policy. Aside from his work with Co-operatives First, Kyle is a volunteer with a Saskatoon Lions Club and serves on the boards of two housing corporations. 

Benilda Sable

Benilda Sable oversees the RavenQuest's unparalleled Quality Assurance and Compliance standards. Benil brings to the Company her expertise from the food, hemp and medical marijuana industries especially with Health Canada, the Government of Canada’s primary front-line inspection agency in Canada’s cannabis sector. Ms. Sable’s experience will be invaluable in ensuring the Company consistently maintains and surpasses the rigorous quality and compliance guidelines set out by Health Canada, and other regulatory bodies. She has worked in the cannabis and hemp space for over a decade, and understands the Canadian landscape in terms of regulatory and compliance requirements, and how to successfully enter (and stay) in the space.

George Robinson

Recognized specialist in the cannabis sector and has worked directly with the CL2G Group’s clients and Health Canada in all stages of the application and licensing phases under the ACMPR and its predecessor legislation, the MMPR Extensive experience in building design, municipal bylaw compliance, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, cannabis growing and drying strategies, security, data collection and analysis, and project funding B.C. Licensed security consultant, Black Belt Six Sigma certified and current president of the BC Regional Council of the Canadian Security Association
 

Brynn A Jones

  

CEO Mariceuticals-Delta9 Inc
Co-founder Mariceuticals Inc & The BrincoGroup
20 years involved in cannabis compassion and palliative care, and safe access support, education and advocacy. 5 years ago founded J/W Mariceuticals in Kelowna BC focusing on ancillary services and education for hemp and cannabis based companies and entrepreneurs.  Guiding the grass roots pioneers through an initially hostile business community, unfamiliar with new cannabis rules. Packaging, marketing, social media, regulatory compliance services, consultation, education, and often cooperative creation of many enterprises under the BrincoGroup banner. Brynn has been a public speaker at cannabis industry forums and expos and has represented first nations groups, as well as independent dispensary operators. He hopes to bring Cannabis for Children Non-profit Organization to Canada and has been instrumental to introducing DNA screening access for cannabinoid therapy to Canada. Recently Ask Brynn page was launched on Facebook in less than one month has reached several thousand viewers.  Together with Rodney Potapoff they have successfully launched Evolution Labs under Mariceuticals Inc. Providing the next generation of formulation and production to many recognized brands.

Rodney Potapoff

Chief Sciences Officer Mariceuicals-Delta9 Inc
Founder of Delta 9 Gardening LP Applicant Company

Rodney successfully launched a medical cannabis suppository using a North American patent pending application in Washington State. Rodney returned to Canada to work with industry, pharmacological and medical leaders in the cannabis world to develop and bring to intellectual fruition, a plethora of applications and next generation medicines based on THC and CBD with many more in development for upcoming regulations. Fighting cancer and other chronic or fatal illnesses has been a guiding passion and has made great advancements in working towards proven success. By providing advice and expertise to industries strongest names all while cooperating with various pioneers in cannabis sciences.  Together with Brynn Jones they have successfully launched Evolution Labs under Mariceuticals Inc. Providing the next generation of formulations and production to many recognized brands.

March 18 Speakers

Dr. Robert Laprairie

Dr. Robert Laprairie is back home as Assistant Professor and GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Drug Discovery and Development in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. Originally born here, Robert did his BSc. in Biochemistry at the U of S, followed by an MSc and PhD at Dalhousie University. Robert then moved down to The Scripps Research Institute in Florida to conduct a postdoctoral fellowship. Robert has been researching cannabinoids since 2010, with a special focus on neurological diseases.” 

Kayleigh Donahue

Kayleigh Donahue has a master's degree in economics and has been studying the Canadian hemp and cannabis industries for over six years. In 2014, Kayleigh and her business partner Chad Gendall founded The XY Hemp Corporation to grow organic hemp in Saskatchewan. They partnered with established farmers in Canora, Saskatchewan to grow hemp for food seeds in 2015 and 2017. Kayleigh is passionate about sustainable agriculture, strong local communities, and the future of cannabis in Canada. 

Alexzander Samuelsson

Alexzander has three years experience in the cannabis industry, consulting for various companies ranging from start-up to large-scale in Toronto and Western Canada. He holds a BSc. in Chemistry from Ryerson University and has focused his background in chemistry toward innovation, research, and education in the medical cannabis industry. Alexzander joined Nextleaf Solutions in October 2017.

Dr. Ivan Casselman

Dr. Casselman is an ethnobotanist, analytical phytochemist, and plant geneticist with over 15 years experience in the cannabis industry. He is experienced in herbal authentication and quality control of herbal products, developing herbal formulations and analysis of population genetics. His Ph.D. in Plant Science and experience as an analytical phytochemist gives him a unique insight into the cannabis plant and its potential for a wide variety of commercial applications.

Dr. Casselman joined the Nextleaf team in December 2017 and has a strong background in sales and management. Over the last 10 years, he has been involved in starting, growing and managing several successful businesses in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Lindsay Blackett

Lindsay Blackett is an extraordinary entrepreneur and executive in the marketing and advertising industry with over three decades of diverse professional experience in various industries. Throughout his phenomenal career, he has routinely demonstrated the passion, vision, dedication and diligence necessary to be successful in the business world. 

Drawing upon his extensive experience and expertise in the field as well as his outstanding business acumen. Lindsay is currently V.P. business Development, Ncite Neuromedia focusing on new markets for education gamification. Lindsay is former CEO of Chiniki First Nation for two years in which he oversaw administration of 32 programs including, housing, economic development and education. Lindsay is also the Principal of Lindsay Blackett Consulting Inc., which is a company that specializes in the provision of a comprehensive range of services designed to help companies with improving their work environments and increasing their profit margins. 

Prior to establishing his own consultancy in October of 2012, Mr. Blackett spent over four years as a Member of The Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary North West. He also recently spent almost four years as Minister of Culture and Community Spirit for the Government of Alberta. Additionally, 

With a vast array of knowledge and experience Lindsay is focusing on ways to educate companies and organizations on transformational change that allows them and their work force to plan for the challenges and opportunities for the years ah

Presentation from Health Canada and More National Hemp & Cannabis Leaders