Vancouver (June 5)

The Cannabis Society travelled to Vancouver, British Colombia for another successful Investor Conference during our Western Canada run in June.

The Cannabis Society is dedicated to fostering the cannabis community through events, such as our investor conferences. The purpose of this event was to create a unique deal making session and to hear from industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers on what is to come in this emerging industry.

Bill Hennessey, CEO of The Cannabis Society opened the conference, followed by opening remarks from Alexander Wihak from the City of Calgary. Wihak spoke on Calgary’s new initiative, Point Trotter Industrial Park. The park is the ideal ecosystem for a cannabis hub to spark innovation, build knowledge, and unlock opportunities for collaboration. Interested about finding out more about Point Trotter Industrial Park and how the City of Calgary is supporting the Canadian cannabis industry, go to www.calgary.ca/letsgrow.

The sole panel at the conference discussing investing in cannabis included a trio of knowledgable industry professionals including Paul Mann (Alchemist Incorporated), Anna Serin (Canadian Securities Exchange), and Karan Thakur (Varshney Capital).

Investing in Cannabis Panel with Paul Mann, Anna Serin, and Karan Thakur

Investing in Cannabis Panel with Paul Mann, Anna Serin, and Karan Thakur

The trio of industry experts discussed topics such as the global cannabis market, unique challenges when evaluating the scalability of a cannabis business, and exciting investment opportunities. 

A successful serial entrepreneur, Mann's experience and network spans the globe. He has managed and successfully exited nine start-ups on three continents including Cavio Corp., Veridicom International, National Connect, The Pacific Business Development Corp, Winsight Technology, and Hastings Tactical Systems. A veteran of the technology sector, Mann’s leadership saw Veridicom International become one of the first North American companies to secure supply agreements with the Chinese military as well as many of the United States TLA’s. 

Serin has more than 15 years of experience in securities and corporate finance. She has an unwavering passion, perseverance, and commitment to the capital markets and investment industry. Serin has worked with public companies providing all of their corporate and restructuring needs in the small cap space. She has aided companies with financings, financial reporting and maintenance, debt settlement and negotiations as well as all public disclosure and filings. 

Thakur heads the Capital Markets division at Varshney Capital bringing extensive experience to the table. Throughout his career, he has helped take numerous companies public, while developing effective equity financing strategies and go-public structures, with combined financings north of $100 million to date. Thakur has and continues to serve as a board member and senior officer for multiple publicly-traded and privately-held companies. 

Following the investment panel were individual presentations from Canadian cannabis companies Encann Solutions Inc, BudEh™, Namaste Technologies, Greenz.ca, and Farm & Florist

Lincoln Johnson is a Co-Founder and current CEO of EnCann Solutions Inc., a Standard Processor applicant based in engineering and pharmaceutical principles with a focus on extractions and white-label services. A trained mechanical engineer, lean six sigma green belt, and graduate of the University of British Columbia, his extensive previous experience includes being the founder of a technology start-up in the industrial analytics space, consulting engineering, and sales.

Eric Blum is the President and Co-Founder of BudEh™. BudEh™ Canada aims to become the central consumer source for locating organizations, and real-time information pertaining to the legal Canadian cannabis market. The heart of the brand is a user-friendly experience that can transition through adult age demographics. Their brand has beencrafted to seamlessly blend into the Canadian language and offer a familiar tone for the Canadian market.

Darren Gill is the current CSO of Namaste Technologies, a Cannabis eCommerce and marijuana-related tech company, where he is in charge of overseeing and advising operations. Before starting with Namaste, Darren was the program director of cannabis operation for the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch, where he helped establish the new BC Cannabis Operations business. In this role, Darren was responsible for setting up warehouses, supply chains, retail stores, and e-commerce platforms, and new technology implementation. In the midst of cannabis legalization, Gill progressed BC Cannabis Operations to become a completely separate division from BC liquor that required a new financial process and operation plan.

Steve Maxwell & Sage Ellie from Greenz.ca

Steve Maxwell & Sage Ellie from Greenz.ca

Greenz.ca is a Canada wide online dispensary in its 3rd year of operations. The company grossed 3 million in sales last year with an aggressive growth plan in place. Greenz.ca has very strong relationships with multiple suppliers who are some of Canada’s premier craft cannabis producers, giving the company the ability to offer a wide variety of cannabis products ranging from high end to affordable. Greenz.ca also produces its own in-house concentrates, flowers, edibles and various other product lines under their own brands - Yaletown Flower Co. Although technically Greenz.ca is still considered a grey market operation, the company has retained accredited legal counsel and developed a very specific compliance plan that will be implemented in a series of stages over the next year.

Farm & Florist brings you the best in CBD and THC edibles, with infused olive oil, infused coconut oil, gourmet cannabis edibles and infused beverages. Sparked by a deep love for fine dining and a strong appreciation for craft cannabis, Farm and Florist embarked on the journey to creating Canada’s first line of high-end infusions. Using only top-tier cannabis for extraction, they recognize that the quality of their distillate, oils, and syrups is integral to the overall taste of their products. The result: Delicious infusions that add decadence to any meal.


If you’re interested in being a speaker, sponsor, or attendee at The Cannabis Society’s upcoming conferences, please reach out to General Manager, Jessica Domingo at jessica@thecannabissociety.org. 

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