NYC Joint Venture

At the Cannabis Society (TCS), our goal is to build a global platform that moves the cannabis industry forward and helps in its growth by hosting business conferences and dinners of influence. To continue fostering the community, TCS recently introduced a new event, the Joint Venture Conference. After a successful first-run in February, we hosted the Venture Conference in New York and partnered with Zuber Lawler, Namaste MD, CEO Global Network and AC Lion.

Our goal? For F & B brands, tech companies, retail chains, cultivators, License Producers and large enterprises to strike a joint venture deal with one another.

Six presenters had the chance to showcase their company to four expert panelists and a room full of License Producers and large enterprise brands with hopes to strike a deal.

After each presentation, the expert panelists have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to each speaker. The panel was made up of experts in the cannabis industry including:


Tom Zuber, Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler

Tom Zuber has advised some of the most iconic companies in the world on their patent and trademark portfolios. He is at the cutting edge of cannabis patent and trademark law. Zuber holds a law degree from Columbia Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Government School, and a biomedical engineering degree from Rutgers University, where he graduated with highest honors.

Dennis Byrne, Managing Director, Alternative Capital Group at Canaccord Genuity

Dennis Byrne is the Managing Director of the Alternative Capital Group at Canaccord Genuity and a member of the US Executive Committee. Byrne has been with CG since 2006 in sales and leadership roles with mandates focused on establishing Cross Border and Priority sales teams. In addition, he was an integral part of CG establishing a New York office and network. As the relationship manager for his own clients, he cultivates new partnerships that complement the firm’s growth strategy.

James McMillan, VP Business Development of Hexo Corp

As Vice-President for Business Development, James McMillan plays a leading role in identifying strategic opportunities in the expanding cannabis market. From the development of new and innovative product lines for the medical and recreational markets, to building strong relationships with commercial partners, McMillan is responsible for establishing and expanding our market position in Canada and beyond. McMillan brings more than 20 years of executive experience in strategic sales, marketing and business development with an entrepreneurial spirit, strong negotiating skills, and expertise in developing growth markets to his role as our Vice-President for Business Development.

Narbe Alexandrian, President of Canopy Rivers

Narbe Alexandrian is the President of Canopy Rivers, the venture capital affiliate of Canopy Growth, and the largest cannabis VC fund in the world. Prior to joining Canopy Rivers, Alexandrian was a Venture Capitalist at OMERS Ventures, the largest and most prominent technology venture capital fund in Canada. During his tenure, he helped fundraise for two VC funds ($520M of capital), sourced and lead multiple debt/equity financings, and acted as a Board Observer for a number of portfolio companies.  Alexandrian is currently a Sessional Instructor at the Schulich School of Business, teaching technology entrepreneurship and venture capital within the undergraduate and MBA programs. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Our presenters included:


HelloMD is the country’s leading digital healthcare platform for cannabis doctors, consumers and brands, and has facilitated more than 100,000 virtual consults between cannabis patients and licensed practitioners. HelloMD’s patient education, onboarding and product sales features can be quickly localized to meet regulatory and patient requirements in markets across the world. Through joint-ventures or white-label solutions, HelloMD partners leverage its platform to attract, nurture, convert and retain patient demand for medical cannabis.


CaniBrands is a next-generation consumer products company that provides more choices, more experiences, more often to the emerging cannabis and CBD markets. With a growing portfolio of lifestyle brands, including OMG Farms, Sonder and CaniBrands, the company is launching hemp-derived CBD products online across the USA and entering the California market with cannabis-based products. Initial products include: cartridge and ready-to-use vape pens, balms, creams, and sublingual oils made with raw, whole plant cannabinoids and CBD isolate.


urbanXtracts is a hemp service provider developing a seed to market ecosystem in the premier nutrient rich black dirt farming region of Orange County, NY. With the full support of the local municipality and county, urbanXtracts is in the midst of building a state of the art hemp processing and production center that will utilize exclusive high quality unique plant genetics grown by their partner network of established and experienced farmers. urbanXtracts is in a perfect position to support the wholesale supply chain that demands a consistent and transparent supply of premium quality extracts to develop and manufacture a variety of hemp based products.

Garden Society

Garden Society is a benefit corporation creating a sisterhood of women in search of new, more holistic ways to rejuvenate from the rigors of our daily lives. Founded in 2016, the company offers high quality cannabis-infused products that connect biodynamic farming, sustainable ingredients and strain-specific cannabis.

The Blinc Group

The Blinc Group creates, distributes and supports best-in-class cannabis vaping hardware and complementary ancillary products. Everything Blinc does is rooted in three pillars: Innovation, Quality and Safety. Blinc generates revenue from three primary markets: 1. Full service Enterprise Solutions which includes sourcing, development and QC for large MSOs and LPs; 2. Vaping hardware distribution to regional producer processors; 3. B2B and B2C direct sales via regional/national chains and online channels.

FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma is a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol HUGE. The Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary FV Pharma Inc., holds an ACMPR license to cultivate cannabis under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). HUGE, made history on its first day of trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”), broke the all-time record for volume traded, making the company the largest volume traded in a single first day of trading in the history of the CSE. HUGE then went on to break the all-time record for weekly volume traded, monthly volume traded and yearly volume traded in the history of the CSE. HUGE broke the yearly volume traded record in just less than 2 months and traded over a Billion shares in less than 2 months.

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