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The 2019 ACExpo


9:00 am - 6:00 pm

8:30 AM

9:00 AM



2019 Conference Schedule


9:00 am - 6:00 pm

9:20 am - 9:40 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:45 am - 10:30 am

The Atlantic Cannabis Industry (Part 1): Leading a Nation

Boasting store-front locations open across all Four provinces on the first day of legalization, the first cannabis purchase, and the highest per-capita retail sales in Canada - the Atlantic Canadian provinces have emerged as national leaders in the preparation, execution and ongoing operation of the recreational cannabis industry. We sit down with the Provincial retailers to find out how they approached legalization and how they measure success.

9:45 am - 10:30 am

In Introduction To Medical Cannabis

Learn the fundamentals of medical cannabis, how it works, and how you can become a medical cannabis patient. Your presenter Kerri Caissie is a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Cannabinoid Therapy Educator with Canada House Clinics. She has over 16 years of experience working in healthcare specialties such as hemodialysis, family medicine, mental health and addictions, and ambulatory care.

10:45 am - 11:30 am

The Science of Cannabis

Cannabis is a complex plant. With over 100 compounds, the major focus has been primarily on only two of them: THC & CBD. What are these ‘cannabinoids’, what are ‘terpenes’ and why are there so many variances between strains? This panel of experts discuss the cultivation of cannabis and dig into the characteristics that define the plant. We’ll explore how it’s being grown, applied in consumer-products and tested for quality assurance.

10:45 am - 11:30 am



11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Medical cannabis in Canada

Recreational cannabis may be newly legalized, but medical cannabis is not. It’s been legally prescribed for 20 years in Canada. Medical cannabis in Canada is regulated differently than recreational use. So how are people using medical cannabis? How is it being prescribed? Does it differ from recreational use? Step beyond the Cannabis Act as we explore the current state of the medical cannabis industry in Canada.

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Cannabis Cuisine: Making edibles at home

Join Chef Neil Menzie of T.H. Sea Creations for a workshop on how to safely prepare cannabis-infused foods at home.  Providing an overview of cannabis as it relates to ‘edible products’, the preparation procedures, ingredients, equipment, processes and even a few easy-to-make recipes - this workshop will review ways of applying cannabis that is different from the average home cook. Bringing ‘edibles’ into the realm of cuisine, Chef Menzie will also cover storage techniques and safe practices for controlled low-dose applications.

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

The Atlantic Cannabis Industry (Part 2): Growing the Market

Canadian Licensed Producers of medical and recreational cannabis are world leaders. Carving out their place in history, these companies operate in an emerging marketplace with new, and ever-developing, regulations. In a battle against the illicit market and in a framework of strict product packaging and marketing restrictions – we’ve assembled a panel of licensed producers to provide insight behind the products we see on the shelves.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Cannabis and the Workplace - A Primer for Employers and Employees

Cannabis impairment in the workplace is not a new issue, however, the topic has certainly stimulated meaningful dialogue concerning the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees since the Cannabis Act (2018) came into force. This session will address several areas such as actionable steps to creating a safe work environment, recognizing the distinct difference between four types of users (and when accommodation may be required), and considerations when you suspect that a worker’s performance or behaviour may be related to cannabis use. Employers and employees both have the right and responsibility of maintaining a safe work environment – and ensuring so always works better when it’s done together! Presented by: Detry Carragher of CARVO GROUP

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm



4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Phase 2 of Legalization: What’s next?

Dried flower, seeds, seedlings and sublingual oil have been legalized for retail sale since October 17th, 2018. But what about the other cannabis products? When will we see edibles, beverages, topicals and concentrates available for purchase? What other opportunities does the industry present and how are businesses preparing? We explore the future potential of the cannabis industry with visionary leaders looking ahead at emerging market opportunities.

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