On October 17, 2018, Canada became the first G7 country to legalize cannabis on a national level.
Since that time, unprecedented levels of capital, investment, research and innovation have shaped Canada's cannabis market into a global leader.
In order to maintain that first-mover advantage, smart, strategic public policy will continue to play a pivotal role in the years to come.
Join Canada 2020 on the anniversary of legalization for Canadian Grown, The 2020 Cannabis Public Policy Conference, for an in-depth look at the policy, scientific and business forces shaping Canada's new cannabis industry.
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LP
Chair, Government of Canada's Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation
Hon. A. Anne McLellan
President & CEO,
Partner, Brazeau Seller LLP
CEO, 48North Cannabis Co.
"Cannabis Sector Suit"
Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth
Director of Clinical Research, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, McGill University Health Centre
Dr. Mark Ware
Vice President External Affairs, Nesta Co.
Chairman at Auxly, CEO at Nesta
CEO at Fire and Flower
Ivan Ross Vrána
Vice President, Government Relations and Business Development at Eve & Co Incorporated
Co-Founder and President, Business of Cannabis
CBx Data Labs
Board Director & Lawyer
Professor and Chair, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Canopy GrowthProfessor of Cannabis Research, UBC
Michael John Milloy
Professor, University of British Columbia
and Medical Director, Greenleaf Medical Clinic
Ahmed Institute for Pain and Cannabinoid Research, Calgary
Senior VP Regulatory Affairs and Product Development, Aurora Cannabis Inc
Executive Director and CEO, Research and Productivity Council, NB
CEO & CSO, Tetrabiopharma
Executive Vice President, Genome Canada
Principal, Gandalf Group
Chairman, Nanos Research
Regulated Industries Advisor, ShopifyPlus
President & CEO, Ontario Cannabis Store
Professor, University of Toronto and CEO of the SGC
CEO, NAC Bio
CEO and Cofounder, Hyasynth Bio
CSO & VP, Sector Innovation, Ontario Genomics
Matthew Nordgren CEO
JonathanPage Chief Science Officer, Aurora Cannabis Inc.
Canada 2020 is Canada's leading, independent, progressive think-tank. Founded in 2006, Canada 2020 produces original research, hosts events and starts conversations about Canada's future. Canada 2020's goal is to build a community of progressive people and ideas that will engage, inform and shape public policy.
Canadian Grown: The 2020 Cannabis Public Policy Conference
Presented by Canada 2020 & Genome Canada
October 16 & 17, 2019, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Room 701AB)
October 16, 2019 - Day 1
8:00 Registration open, networking & coffee
9:00 Welcoming remarks from Canada 2020 & Genome Canada
9:10 In Conversation: Perspectives from the Task-Force, One Year Later
Hon. Anne McLellan (Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP)
Dr. Mark Ware (Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation)
Moderated by Mark Rendell (Cannabis Pro Report, The Globe & Mail)
9:45 Analysis: The Policy Path to Legalization, and What We Have Learned
Ivan Ross Vrana (Vice President, Government Relations & Business Development, Eve & Co.)
Moderated by Peter Cleary (Santis Health & CBx Data Labs)
10:45 Morning Break
11:10 In Conversation: Global Pressures & Opportunities
Chuck Rifici (Chairman at Auxly, CEO at Nesta)
Moderated by Jodi Butts (Corporate Director, Lawyer & Health Policy Advisor)
11:45 Presentation: What Consumers Want
Alison Gordon (CEO, 48Nrth)
12:15 Networking Lunch
13:30 Panel Discussion: Human Health, Genomics & Response to Cannabis
Ruth Ross (Professor & Chair, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto)
Michael John Milloy (Canopy Growth Professor of Cannabis, UBC)
Caroline MacCallum (Adjunct Professor, UBC and Medical Director, Greenleaf Medical Clinic)
Sana-Ara Ahmed (Ahmed Institute for Pain and Cannabinoid Research, Calgary)
Moderated by Mark Ware (Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation)
14:30 Panel Discussion: Challenges & Opportunities for Research