Canada’s premiere cannabis business industry event, the first-ever O'Cannabiz Conference & Expo attracted over 3000 attendees during its three-day run from April 21 to 23 in Toronto. The event, held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, featured an impressive lineup of over 80 speakers and 100 exhibitors from North America and abroad offering expert keynote presentations, panel discussions and seminars to explore the future of cannabis in Canada.
“We are thrilled with this year’s attendance figures,” said Danya Dixon, VP of Programming, O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo. “We tapped into the very best, most forward-thinking figures in the industry to deliver a diverse range of presentations spanning multiple sectors and interests, and introduce cutting-edge products and innovations that will set the tone for a legalized cannabis industry in Canada.”
With full legalization slated for Canada Day 2018, attendees of the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo selected from a number of sessions that focused on the best practices for legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana, the cannabis investment landscape, how to build a cannabis business, challenges and opportunities in cross-border relations, and more.
Event highlights included:
• A Newcomer Investor Networking Breakfast
• A Cannabis Industry Overview with Co-Founder and CEO of Province, Dooma Wendschuh
• Ms Cannabiz: A Business Breakfast for Women with a keynote address by political activist Jodie Emery
• Marijuana and Sports: A panel discussion about marijuana use and endorsement by professional athletes, featuring basketball legend Rick Barry and snowboarding Olympian Ross Rebagliati
• A packed Expo floor featuring licensed producers, infused product manufacturers, equipment providers, testing labs, ancillary services, technology and product companies, and more.
Featured conference speakers included music icon and cannabis activist Melissa Etheridge; Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation Bruce Linton; Alan Gertner, Co-Founder and CEO of Tokyo Smoke, Toronto’s modern lifestyle business inclusive of cannabis; Maya Elisabeth, CEO of Whoopi and Maya, a brand of medical cannabis products cofounded by Whoopi Goldberg; CEO of CannaKids and SavingSophie.org Tracy Ryan; and many more.