Friday, April 7, 2017

Main Stage EMCEE

Rachel Bies

CP, Whole Foods Chef & Holistic Nutritionist

Rachel’s love of food happened early on, as soon as she stepped into the kitchen as a small child. Learning at the hands of her mother (French Canadian) and her father (Dutch), food was always a big deal in their home. With a degree in Applied Nutrition (Hons) and years of cooking, Rachel has fused this into a successful business that highlights the importance of eating well-executed and real food.

Highlights include: Global Morning, CBC: The Fifth Estate, Wellness and Health Expert for National Publications and working with great people of Toronto. Her passion projects include working with Toronto, Montreal & West Coast chefs to highlight the importance of local LOVE, Nutrition within Travel, Wellness in the Hospitality Industry and Supporting your Community.



Lisa Campbell

Mobile Revolutions

Ashlee Cooper


Brandon Hebor

Ripple Farms

Lara Kelly

Holly Ray Farms

Ljubica Kostovic

GrowWise Health

Josh Lyon

Tokyo Smoke

David McConnachie

Alternatives Journal

Greg Pantelic


Susan Poizner

Orchard People


3:15pm - 4:15pm

Urban Farming in Toronto & the GTA – Hyper-local Food Solutions

Moderator: David McConnachie, Publisher, Alternatives Journal
Panelists: Lara Kelly, Holly Ray Farms | Susan Poizner, Orchard People | Rhonda Teitel-Payne, Coordinator, Toronto Urban Growers | Brandon Hebor, CEO/Co-Founder, Ripple Farms | Ashlee Cooper, Evergreen

This panel’s goal is to enlighten and to inform about the wealth of urban farming and urban agricultural opportunities and organizations within the GTA that can help you get closer to your food (and closer to nature in the process). Panelists will be sharing ideas about the different ways that you can get involved in hyper-local food solutions (your own backyard or balcony is pretty local).

You’ll be hearing from subject matter experts in such topics as aquaponics innovations (food & fish tanks), the expansion of Toronto’s urban growing movement, the bounty of our urban orchards, the importance of CSA programs (community-supported agriculture), and the simple and easy ways that you can start to grow food in your own backyard (or balcony, etc.).

This presentation aims to answer the following questions:
i. What is urban agriculture/urban farming?
ii. How can I benefit?
iii. How can I get started?

Fun, friendly and informative, packed with personal experiences and exclusive ‘how-to’ advice, this panel is sure to whet your appetite for urban agriculture and the healthy food that can grow close to home.

Weedmaps Speaker Series EMCEE

Emma Baron

Outreach and administration at Summertree Medical Clinic

Emma Baron is a leader of strategic operations in uncharted waters. A background in arts administration, hospitality, pastry, and power tools, she loves to talk policy as much as she loves to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty. With a penchant for learning and sharing skills, Emma is excited to be involved in the new Canadian cannabis industry, both for the challenge and also for the cookies.

Highlights include: Outreach and administration at Summertree Medical Clinic, founding member of the Leslieville Farmers' Market, Recipe development for Jet Fuel Coffee Shop, Canoeing the Pipestone River.

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Weedmaps Speaker Series
Mythbusters: Breaking Down The Stigma of Using Cannabis

Moderator: Greg Pantelic, Co-Founder and CEO, AHLOT
Panelists: Ljubica Kostovic, Director of Communications and Marketing, GrowWise Health | Josh Lyon, Head of Marketing & Partnerships, Tokyo Smoke

Cannabis is a medicine that has been used for thousands of years. The cannabis plant contains over 500 compounds and over 100 active cannabinoids. THC and CBD work together with other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes to provide therapeutic relief for a variety of conditions. As a cannabis patient, you don't need to feel "high" when using cannabis. Strains high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) provide non-psychoactive relief for ailments such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, epilepsy and others. To effectively use cannabis, you don’t need to smoke it.

Cannabis can be vaporized, ingested, applied topically and infused into a variety of products such as creams, bath salts and healthy food options. This talk will address some of the most common misconceptions around cannabis and will stress the importance of education in this rapidly growing field. This talk will also showcase the story of one patient and provide some insight into how we can work together to reduce stigma.


5:45pm - 6:15pm

Weedmaps Speaker Series
The Grey Area: Recreational and Medical Regulations

Speaker: Lisa Campbell, Mobile Revolutions

This WeedMaps Speakers Series keynote will examine how the grey market normalized medical cannabis in Canada, leading the path towards legalization. Many court rulings have won in favour of medical marijuana patient rights, which has lead to a proliferation of dispensaries ahead of legalization. Learn how patients won the right to grow 4 plants for every Canadian and why edibles are rapidly becoming the hottest foodie trend for 2018!


6:30pm - 7:00pm

Weedmaps Speaker Series
Sex, Intimacy, and Cannabis

Speaker: Antuanette Gomez, Women Grow

Learn how cannabis is changing the sex + tourism industry, how CBD can help your sex life for men + women, creating stronger relationships with Cannabis, different consumption methods for ultimate pleasure, & much more!