Berlin Speakers 2019

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

DISCOVERER OF TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL (THC)

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Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

Hilary Black

CHIEF ADVOCACY OFFICER, CANOPY GROWTH

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Hilary Black

In her role as Chief Advocacy Officer at Canopy Growth, Hilary is responsible for driving patient advocacy efforts worldwide, executing the Company's global corporate social responsibility strategy, and leading the implementation of best practices for diversity & inclusion.

Recently, she championed an initiative focusing on the role of cannabis in addressing the opioid overdose crisis and other substance use disorders. Canopy Growth donated $2.5 million to the University of British Columbia, and the BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction donated an additional $500,000 to establish the Canopy Growth Professorship of Cannabis Science which will examine the potential utility of cannabis in addressing the opioid crisis.

She regularly consults with various government bodies, providing assistance with navigating and shaping legalization related to cannabis.

In 1997, Hilary founded the British Columbia Compassion Club Society (BCCCS), the first medical cannabis dispensary in Canada. In addition to providing medical cannabis therapies, the BCCCS offers subsidized natural healthcare services in its Wellness Centre, dramatically improving the health and quality of life for thousands of critically and chronically ill Canadians. She has been dedicated to serving patients for over 20 years and continues to be committed to breaking down the barriers to access to medical cannabis for all Canadian patients.

Hilary is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award, acknowledging her for making a significant contribution to Canadian society for her work with medical cannabis.

Tjalling Erkelens

FOUNDER, CEO & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF BEDROCAN

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Tjalling Erkelens

Tjalling Erkelens (1956) is the founder of Bedrocan and currently holds the position of CEO / chairman of the board. Back in 1984 he started Bedrocan in the Netherlands together with his brother in law Freerk Bruining, focussing on indoor production of vegetables and herbs. Tjalling is strongly committed to maintain these family business roots especially now Bedrocan continues to grow.
The cannabis plant came into the company back in 1992 for the first time. Since 2003 Bedrocan provides standardised cannabis of pharmaceutical quality to the Dutch government. It's the oldest legal company in the world providing several, chemically different cannabis varieties to be used by patients on doctor's prescription and as a raw material for the pharmaceutical industry (API).
During these past 26 years, Tjalling has developed and standardised unique methods of producing cannabis to pharmaceutical standards to a level achieved by no other company until today. His strong commitment to product quality resulted in the Dutch Bedrocan production facilities being approved for GMP/API (Good Manufacturing Practice/Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) by the Dutch Health Authorities in 2017.
``It is my strong belief that there should be a clear distinction between medicinal and recreational use of cannabis and that patient needs for safe and consistent cannabis is a priority``, Tjalling says when talking about the company's mission and vision. He is convinced that this can be achieved by going through the formal drug approval process. ``Only fully standardized medicinal cannabis is the foundation on which such approval can be achieved.``

John W. Conroy

PRINCIPAL CONROY & COMPANY

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John W. Conroy

JOHN W. CONROY, Q.C. B.P.E. LLB.

Mr. Conroy is a Barrister and Solicitor who graduated from the University of British Columbia Law School in 1971 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1972. He has his own law firm, Conroy & Company, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia and his practice is primarily as Defence counsel in criminal matters with an additional focus on sentencing and post-sentencing matters which involves an extensive administrative law and constitutional law practice. From 1975 - 1980 he was the Director of Abbotsford Community Legal Services. From 1980 - 1990 he was the Director of British Columbia Prison Legal Services. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Corrections & Institutions of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. branch) from 1978-1979. He was a Member and then Chair, CBA National Task Force on Imprisonment and Release from 1985 - 1988. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Imprisonment and Release of the National Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association from 1988 to 2001. He is a Member of the Board of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. In 1992 Mr. Conroy was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation for significant contributions to Canada, community and fellow Canadians. In January 1996 Mr. Conroy was appointed Queen's Counsel. In August 2005 he was awarded the Gold medal of the International Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law in recognition of his contribution to the goals of the Society. In 2012 he received the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal. He was awarded the 2014 Liberty Award by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association for Excellence in Legal Advocacy. In 2015 he received from the Office of the Correctional Investigator for Canada, the Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award.

On the Cannabis issue, Mr. Conroy has been involved in numerous cannabis cases since 1972 and incorporated, the National Organization for the Reform of the Marihuana Laws in Canada (NORMLCANADA) in 1977, the BC Compassion Club Society and 1997 and was counsel to numerous well-known members in the cannabis community. He appeared for Randy Caine at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, in R v. David Malmo-Levine, and as co-counsel with Kirk Tousaw in R v. Smith. He was lead counsel in the recent medical marihuana case, Allard v Canada that determined the previous medical marihuana regulations to be unconstitutional and led to the current Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). He also appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) that kept open the Vancouver supervised injection site. He has appeared on this issue before various Parliamentary and Senate Committees.

Georg Wurth

LEADER OF THE GERMAN HEMP ASSOCIATION (DHV)

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Georg Wurth

Georg Wurth is a former local politician of Germany's Green Party. He has lead the German Hemp Association (DHV) since its foundation in 2002. The organisation is one of Europe's biggest organizations calling for the regulation of recreational and medical cannabis. With 150,000 Facebook fans and more than 3 million Youtube views, the DHV is powerful on social media. After winning a popular vote, Georg became the first cannabis lobbyist to speak to German Chancellor Merkel about reform. In 2014 Georg's reform campaign idea won one million Euros on a televised show, after which he launched Europe's first cinema spot campaign against prohibition.

Jürgen Bickel

MANAGING DIRECTOR STORZ & BICKEL GMBH & CO. KG

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Jürgen Bickel

Jürgen Bickel is one of two managing partners at STORZ & BICKEL GmbH & Co. KG, the manufacturer of the first and -to date- only medical cannabinoid vaporizers on the market.
He holds a degree in civil engineering and acted as an international development worker in Peru for 5 years in the late 90ies, where he was dedicated to the water and sanitation sector in different cities like Chiclayo, Ayacucho and Tumbes.
In 2002, Jürgen Bickel joined Markus Storz, inventor of the VOLCANO Vaporization System as a partner and STORZ & BICKEL GmbH & Co. KG was founded. Together, they established a fast growing and international business with highly demanded products. With the VOLCANO MEDIC and the MIGHTY MEDIC, STORZ & BICKEL provided the only validated application method for the administration of cannabinoids, which was crucial for the overall acceptance of cannabis as medicine.

In December 2018, STORZ & BICKEL GmbH & Co. KG joined the world's leading cannabis company Canopy Growth Corporations as a fully-owned subsidiary.

Beau Whitney

VP & SENIOR ECONOMIST OF NEW FRONTIER DATA

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Beau Whitney

Beau Whitney is the Senior Economist at New Frontier Data. Beau has a unique blend of high tech business operations skills, economics and political analysis, as well as cannabis industry experiences.

While at Intel and TriQuint Semiconductor, Beau honed his business operations skills associated with quickly ramping products from low volume to high volume. This is a skill he has since transferred to the cannabis industry. He is the former chief operations officer and compliance officer of one of the largest vertically integrated, publicly traded cannabis company in North America. His experiences incorporated growing, extraction, edible manufacturing, supply chain management and wholesale and retail distribution operations.

As an economic and policy analyst, his Whitney Economics and New Frontier Data white papers and reports analyzing the cannabis market have been referenced in Forbes Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, as well as in cannabis industry publications and across the Associated Press wire. Beau has provided policy recommendations at the state and national levels and is considered an authority on cannabis economics.

Franjo Grotenhermen, MD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IACM

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Franjo Grotenhermen, MD

Franjo Grotenhermen, MD, born in 1957, academic studies of medicine at the University of Cologne. He is running a medical practice, mainly devoted to the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids. Dr. Grotenhermen is founder and Chairman of the German Association for Cannabis as Medicine (ACM), founder and Executive Director of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM) (www.cannabis-med.org). He is editor of the IACM-Bulletin, which is published bi-weekly in several languages. He is a principal of the nova-Institute based near Cologne and author of many articles, books and book chapters on the therapeutic potential, pharmacology and toxicology of the cannabinoids.

Burkhard Blienert

FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

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Burkhard Blienert

Burkhard was a member of the German Bundestag (Parliament) until 2017. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, one of the main governing parties in Germany. In the Bundestag, Burkhard was, among other things, responsible for the budget of the Federal Ministry of Health and drug policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group. In this capacity, he played a decisive role in shaping Germany's drug policy for the last four years. He placed particular emphasis on the question of what a new cannabis policy in Germany could and should look like. During his time in the German Bundestag, Burkhard was instrumental in the development of Germany's present law on medical cannabis. One of his main objectives was to give patients cost-free access to cannabis as medicine without bureaucratic thresholds. Burkard was very successful in that regard. Burkhard is directly responsible for making Germany's medical cannabis legislation more consumer-friendly and less bureaucratic in several key respects shortly before it was passed. Even if the implementation of the law in the initial phase still shows considerable need for improvement (overall further reduction of bureaucracy, training need for doctors, pharmacists and patients, improvement of the invitation to tender for the import of cannabis, international cooperation), fundamentally Germany's medical cannabis program has been successful with a continuously increasing number of patients and enormous demand for cannabis. Burkhard has been invited on numerous occasions to Lisbon, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa and other countries to discuss cannabis and drug policy more broadly.

Nic Easley

CEO, 3C

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Nic Easley

Nic is an engaging and dynamic speaker, bringing original content to each speech, custom tailored to each audience. Nic's scientific background, combined with over 15 years of agricultural field and biological experience offers the cannabis industry new possibilities of, productivity, profitability, and professionalism. Over the past nine years - both in Colorado and nationwide - Nic has been asked to speak and keynote at multiple industry conferences and contributes to numerous industry publications. Nic holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology, and is a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

Dr. Mark Ware

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER CANOPY GROWTH

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Dr. Mark Ware

Dr. Ware is Canopy Growth's Chief Medical Officer and is responsible for the Company's clinical research arm Canopy Health Innovations and Spectrum Cannabis, Canopy Growth's global medical cannabis business.

Before joining Canopy Growth in July 2018, Dr. Ware spent over 20 years researching and evaluating different uses for medical cannabis.

He is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University and over the past 10 years he has served as the Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre, and Executive Director of the non-profit Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids.

A family physician by training, Dr. Ware continues to practice pain medicine at the Montreal General Hospital and at a public interdisciplinary primary care pain clinic he established on the West Island of Montreal. His research has focused on the safety, efficacy and effectiveness of cannabis and cannabinoids in pain and symptom management.

Dr. Ware is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, and worked at the MRC Sickle Cell Unit in Kingston, Jamaica from 1996-1998 where he developed his interests in pain management and cannabis therapeutics. He moved to McGill University to begin his program of cannabis research in 1999.

Dr. Ware has acted as an advisor on medical cannabis policy to the Canadian government since 2001, and served as Vice Chair of the Federal Task Force on the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada in 2016.

Alex Revich

DIRECTOR OF PARTNER DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION FOR FLOWR

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Alex Revich

Alex joined MedReleaf in 2014 which was the beginning of his career in the medical cannabis industry. Alex was present at the outset of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (CMCIA) and during his subsequent tenure he served as committee chair and held the position of interim Executive Director. He has spoken to thousands of patients with various conditions and ailments such as PTSD and chronic pain. Alex has worked with Veterans Affairs Canada on the coverage of cannabis and vaporizers and is a proponent of methods of ingestion other then smoking. He left MedReleaf at start of 2017 and focused on cannabis education by creating a program called ``Cannabis IQ`` alongside MD Briefcase and a faculty of 5 Health Care Professionals. Alex is now the Director of Partner Development and Education for a Licensed producer called Flowr out of Kelowna, British Columbia.

Marguerite Arnold

CEO & FOUNDER, MEDPAYRX

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Marguerite Arnold

Marguerite Arnold is a veteran ``cannabis foreign correspondent`` and IT geek who has reported on the industry for five years from Europe while developing a regulated blockchain platform called MedPayRx for the approval of prescriptions and insurance claims in the EU - including medical cannabis.

Hinanit Koltai

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST ARO, VOLCANI CENTER

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Hinanit Koltai

Prof. Hinanit Koltai, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Israel. She is the Editor of books and a member of Editorial boards in international scientific journals. She is a leading Author of more than 80 peer reviewed publications and more than 30 book chapters and invited reviews. Research in Koltai lab is focused on deciphering the ``entourage effect`` between cannabis compounds while specifying their medical influence at the molecular level on human cells and tissues. The lab combines state of the art chemistry and cellular and molecular biology tools, making novel discoveries in this field. Research results are IP protected; they are published in international scientific journals and form a scientific basis for the development of new cannabis-based medical products.

Alison McMahon

FOUNDER & CEO OF CANNABIS AT WORK

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Alison McMahon

Alison McMahon is the Founder & CEO of Cannabis At Work. Founded in 2015, Cannabis At Work assists clients in Canada and internationally
with sourcing the right people to work in their cannabis business.
Alison is the host of the Blown Away podcast, an experienced public speaker, entrepreneur, former university instructor, and HR
professional.

Davi Henn

CEO AND FOUNDER CANNAMEDICAL

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Davi Henn

David is the founder and CEO of Cannamedical. He has been a key driver of the company's growth, on-going vision and structuring.

David's primary focus has been to generate strategic partnerships around the globe, executing growth opportunities
and fund raising. He is responsible for overseeing all general management of the organization, advancing a corporate market
strategy, regulatory affairs, fostering an entrepreneurial spirit throughout the company and charting the company's international
expansion outside of Germany.

Fleta Solomon

MANAGING DIRECTOR LITTLE GREEN PHARMA

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Fleta Solomon

Fleta is the founder and Managing Director of Little Green Pharma, the first and currently only company in Australia producing locally grown medicinal cannabis products for patient use. With a background in health science and having positively changed the lives of thousands of Australians, Fleta has a vision to continue improving the health of people worldwide with cannabinoid therapy. With Australia's highly regulated medicinal cannabis industry and reputation for world-class agricultural produce, the resulting cannabis preparations are premium-grade quality and manufactured to EU GMP standards. Little Green Pharma cannabinoid medicines are now ready to be imported into Europe for patient use.

Leah Heise

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER OF 4FRONT VENTURES

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Leah Heise

Leah Heise is Chief Compliance Officer of 4Front Ventures, as well as Chief Experience Officer of Mission, 4Front's retail subsidiary. Leah has been involved in the cannabis industry since 2014, when her home state of Maryland passed comprehensive legislation that legalized the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of medical cannabis.
A regulatory compliance attorney by training, she began utilizing her legal expertise to counsel individuals and companies joining the cannabis industry on business operations, infrastructure, and regulatory compliance. In mid 2015, she assembled a management team and formed Chesapeake Integrated Health Institute LLC to pursue a dispensary license in Maryland, which the company successfully received at the end of 2016.
She is also former CEO of Women Grow, the largest professional networking group in the cannabis industry. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Leah was an Enforcement Attorney for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. She joined 4Front in late 2017.

Roman Dobrina

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER AT PHARMAHEMP

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Roman Dobrina

Co-founder and Chief business development officer (CBDO) at Pharmahemp. Romans has over 20 years of business development experience in brand and new product development. He specialized in development of innovative prescription-free health and personal care products, which offer consumers the possibility of pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

During the last 4 years Roman has been involved in marketing and development of key PharmaHemp products and setting up ERP system. As Chief business development officer, he manages all direction, from research to development and marketing. His last project in PharmaHemp is global launch of oral health care portfolio and pharmacy line.

Stephen Verbeek

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, HELLO CANNABIS

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Stephen Verbeek

Stephen's career began in the investment banking division of one of Canada's premier banks before leveraging that banking experience with his knowledge of cannabis in co-founding the private equity firm Huxton Black LTD.

Huxton Black operates as a hybrid robo-advisor portfolio management firm which raises capital and consults in the cannabis space, and Stephen serves as the Chairman and CEO of one of Huxton Black's cannabis ventures called Hello Cannabis Corp. The company is now involved in 8 different projects across 3 continents after branching out from its original focus on educating physicians, unions, employers, and private corporations on the solutions surrounding medical cannabis programs. Hello Cannabis has now rapidly grown to become one of Canada's most exciting vertically integrated cannabis companies after signing a retail partnership agreement to build and operate legal cannabis stores in Canada.

Prior to founding Hello Cannabis, Stephen founded and served as President of Cannoleum Inc (Now operating as GR Genetics) which was acquired by the Canadian licensed producer Green Relief. GR Genetics focus is exclusively on the genetic cultivation and propagation of medical cannabis plants.

Sheldon Croone

PRESIDENT & CEO, ATLAS BIOTECHNOLOGIES

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Sheldon Croone

Sheldon is a Co-Founder and Founding Director of Atlas Biotechnologies, business professional, marketing consultant and entrepreneur who is driven to innovate, create and manage. Currently seated on the board of directors at two firms, Sheldon brings over seven years of corporate management experience to Atlas Biotechnologies. He has been featured in news articles, radio interviews, and on television following his successful business pitch on the Canadian TV series Dragon's Den in 2013. He has worked with and directed both small and large business teams to bring start-up businesses to new levels both nationally and internationally. Sheldon has extensive experience operating production and distribution in government controlled industries. His past six years have involved extensive cooperation with both provincial and national government bodies to allow his affiliated businesses to import, export, market, and distribute within tightly controlled and regulated markets.

Ophelia Chong

FOUNDER + COO STOCKPOT IMAGES

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Ophelia Chong

Ophelia Chong is the founder of Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE). She is driven to help shape the new conversation of Cannabis and is guided by one mission: to advocate for the legalization of cannabis and offer truthful reflections of the faces and communities that embrace cannabis. As of January 2019, Ophelia joined Aura Ventures as executive creative director. Coming this Spring 2019 she will be featured on ``Pimp My Grow`` as the Short Chinese Garage Grower with DNA Genetics and B-Real of Cypress Hill. Ophelia has joined SIVA LLC as an equity partner in a vertical license (retail, cultivation, manufacturing and delivery) in a TBA location in Los Angeles, CA.

Adam Szajcz

PROJECT & MARKETING MANAGER APOTHEKE LUX 99

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Adam Szajcz

Adam is an intrapreneur, working in the German pharmaceutical field since 2013. Throughout his career, he became managing director of one of the first German online pharmacies, has been leading marketing and projectmanagement departures and managing teams at different scales. He and his partners are providing medical cannabis to German patients since 2014. He is also co-founder of the service called ``Cannabis Apotheke``.

Dave LaRussa

SALES DIRECTOR, APEKS SUPERCRITICAL

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Dave LaRussa

Dave LaRussa is the sales director at Apeks Supercritical, a leading CO2 extraction manufacturer, based in Ohio. Dave directs the sales team at Apeks, helps streamline and implement processes to help improve the customer experience. Since starting at

Dave is an army veteran, who was deployed overseas and also spent time in the National Guard and Army Reserve.

Dave has a B.A. in Business Management from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

Francis Scanlan

MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDER CLOUD 9 SWITZERLAND LLC

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Francis Scanlan

Dr. Francis Scanlan is the founder and Managing Director of Cloud 9 Switzerland LLC, a Health & Wellness company focused on Cannabis Edibles and Rx/OTC Pharmaceuticals established in Switzerland in July 2017 with subsidiaries in Jamaica and France. Francis has 26 years of international professional experience with increasing roles of responsibility in the Environmental, Tobacco, Phytopharmaceutical, Flavors & Food Ingredients, Food & Beverage and Wines & Spirits industries having been based in France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy and Jamaica. His last position before founding Cloud 9 Switzerland was SVP Global Technical Gruppo Campari and previous to that with Nestlé Corporate Technical R&D. Francis is a member of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines.
He also has many years of participation in industry working groups and standardization bodies notably the International Organization of the Flavor Industry, FoodDrink Europe, SpiritsEurope, ISO, CEN, AFNOR. Francis has a PhD in Physical-Organic Chemistry, an MBA and was recipient of the Imperial Chemical Industry's Science & Technology Award for Innovation, Creativity and Excellence. He is also author of 26 publications, 2 patents and has been a speaker at numerous international conferences. He was a founding shareholder of Micropolluants Tecnologie SA France and today is heading Cloud 9 Switzerland with joint-ventures and business partnerships in Jamaica, Canada and Australia.

Mowgli Holmes

CEO, PHYLOS

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Mowgli Holmes

Mowgli Holmes is a molecular and evolutionary biologist. He has a PhD from Columbia University, where he was a National Research Service Award Fellow. He is a founding board member of the Cannabis Safety Institute and is Chair of the Oregon State Cannabis Research Task Force.

Karina Lahnakoski

VICE PRESIDENT PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES, CANNABIS COMPLIANCE INC.

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Karina Lahnakoski

With 18 years experience in the bio/pharmaceutical and medical device industries, her career has focused on quality assurance and project management. Karina brings strong management and professional oversight of our ACMPR licence applications in Canada. Prior to joining CCI, Karina held Director level positions with Dalton Pharmaceutical Services, Contract Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Amorfix Life Sciences. Karina holds an MBA and B.Sc in biochemistry.

Michael Knodt

FREELANCE JOURNALIST

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Michael Knodt

Michael Knodt is an expert on cannabis politics and cannabis culture across Europe. Born in North Germany, Michael has been living in Berlin since 1990. He initially studied history and journalism before receiving his certification as a carpenter. Since then, Michael has made regular visits to countries where cannabis is cultivated, such as Jamaica and Morocco. He has worked as a freelancer for Weedmaps, Vice Magazine Germany, Sensi Seeds and numerous German-language cannabis magazines since 2004. From 2005 to 2013, Michael was the Editor-in-Chief of Germanys biggest cannabis periodical. He also is the face and presenter of the most popular program on cannabis prohibition and just launched a new channel called ``DerMicha.`` Aside from his journalistic work, Michael is a cannabis patient, activist, sought-after speaker on conferences and congresses, and a father of two.

Yannik Schlup, MSc.

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER PURE CANNABIS RESEARCH AG

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Yannik Schlup, MSc.

Yannik Schlup is a co-founder and director of the internationally oriented cannabis breeding company Pure Cannabis Research AG. Together with his scientific team from renowned universities and partners in the private sector he is currently revolutionizing cannabis breeding. Proprietary and tailored cannabis varieties are just around the corner. Additionally, he is CBO of the Pure Holding Inc. Pure Holding is the umbrella organization to five Pure companies and is one of the European market leaders in CBD cannabis - from variety breeding to products on the shelf. In his position he is involved in the strategic operations of the group. He holds a Master's degree in agricultural sciences from ETH Zürich - the leading university in continental Europe - with additional specializations in management, entrepreneurship and molecular plant breeding.

Ben Arn

CEO OF CANNATRADE.CH

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Ben Arn

Ben started working in the cannabis industry in 2004 as an activist for the swiss hemp initiative. Beside the engagement in cannabis politics, Ben was an event organizer in the swiss music scene. In 2008, those two things came together, and Ben became the CEO of CannaTrade.ch AG, european's oldest still existing hemp fair. Next to the CannaTrade, Ben is also working for the CannaSwissCup (Switzerland's Cannabis Cup) and the Cannabis Village, a fair-brand to bring the cannabis-topic into the big swiss public fairs.

Emanuel Kotzian

FOUNDER & CEO AGENTUR SOWJET GmbH

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Emanuel Kotzian

Emanuel Kotzian dedicates himself to the education about the effects of marihuana and lobbies for the re-nomalisation of this classic cultural plant. In 2000 he established germanies biggest magazine ``Hanf Journal`` and founded Agentur Sowjet GmbH, where he currently serves as CEO. With more than 1 million fans, followers and readers on several channels, Agentur Sowjet is one of the leading marketing companies on the European Hemp Market. Its network of companies and branch offices extends from the Canary Islands to Kiev in the Ukraine and represents a unique platform for any market participant. Emanuel Kotzian was born 1972 in Krakow and immigrated with his family to Germany. After finishing High School in 1992 he studied Economics.

Jamie Shaw

PARTNER AT GROUNDWORKS CONSULTING AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE FOR PASHA BRANDS

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Jamie Shaw

Jamie Shaw is a Partner of Groundwork Consulting, Director of the BC Independent Cannabis Association, and an Advisor to NICHE Canada. She has previously served as Government Relations and Sr. Policy Development for Indigenous Bloom, Government Relations Director for MMJ Canada, President of CAMCD, a Director of the B.C. Compassion Club, and co-founder of Canada's first Women Grow Chapter.

She was an expert witness in the Allard trial that won patients the right to grow for themselves, and her lobbying efforts led to dispensary licensing in multiple B.C. municipalities. She is a co-author of the Lift Retail Cannabis Training Course, and her writing on cannabis issues can be found in various publications.

Susan Chapelle

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, PASHA BRANDS

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Susan Chapelle

Susan Chapelle has been both a patient and an advocate for the cannabis industry for over 10 years. As a city councilor, Susan advocated for and put forward policy to reflect recent legalization, and to help those small businesses involved in the growth and dispensing of cannabis to retain their place in the new economy. Susan has recently accepted a position as Director of Government Relations with Pasha Brands and is excited to be utilizing all of her gained knowledge in politics, science and startups to help keep the small business economics of cannabis viable in a time of rapid industry growth and regulatory uncertainty.

As a business owner for over 30 years and an early adopter of innovation, Susan opened the first multidisciplinary health care clinic in Squamish, BC. Squamish Integrated Health maintains over 20 practitioners and serves the health of the community through evidence based treatments that have been developed and published in peer review journals.

Susan's recent opening of Aligned Collective in Squamish as a space where people can work together across sectors to resolve economic and social issues, as well as move into smart city solutions will be an exciting use of her Community Economic Development education at SFU.

As an entrepreneur and advocate, her recent completion of a Master's degree in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University has helped her grow her skills in the world of startups.

In the 2018 municipal election, Susan finished her 10-year political career and two terms as a city councilor where she advocated for healthy cities and active transportation with running for Mayor in the District of Squamish, BC.

As a researcher, Susan has published extensively in the area of wound healing and mechanism of manual therapy as co-investigator with Dr. Geoffrey Bove, D.C, PhD at the University of New England. Recent work on a National Institute of Medical Science grant to study mechanisms of post-operative adhesion formation has been published in PLOS One. Her recent publication on mechanism of repetitive strain injury has been published in PAIN. Her numerous publications and expertise on the subject of healing mechanisms, as well as cities and technology have offered her the opportunity to speak both locally and globally as a keynote speaker and educator.

Benjamin Patock

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, BOVEDA

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Benjamin Patock

Benjamin cares for one thing: To secure high quality standards for cannabis products around the globe. As Head of International Relations for Boveda (http://www.bovedainc.com), the global leader in 2-way humidity control, he is at the center of this movement, as water activity is one of the most dominant factors for product quality and safety. Boveda, celebrating over 20 years in business, produces a very natural, reliable, stable, safe and at the same time inexpensive and disposable device that controls humidity levels by adding and removing water content within any type of closed container. Prior to his engagement at Boveda, Benjamin's career included a turn as a product and marketing specialist. Prior to his studies, he designed his first online projects in 1999 which lead him to different roles for big agencies and corporations alike. In 2006 he took a leap of faith and joined a friend in his freshly founded start-up and stayed in this ecosystem founding two companies of his own. The most recent one, Noblego (http://www.noblego.de), is today one of the leading European retailers of cigars and premium tobacco products. Benjamin lectured at University level, wrote one of the best-selling cigar books in German language and acts as speaker and activist for consumer rights groups. He now takes his experiences from a highly regulated tobacco market to bring high-quality cannabis medicine to anyone who needs it, no matter location. Benjamin holds a Diploma (B.Sc.Hons.) in Media Management from Wiesbaden University as well as a Masters in Marketing from renowned French Business School EDHEC. He speaks fluent German, English, French as well as Spanish at a respectable level. Benjamin lives in Berlin with his wife and son, spends too much money on sneakers and is still a die-hard supporter of his home football club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Arash Moghani

CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER, AVICANNA

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Arash Moghani

Arash began his career at Deloitte as a consultant leading complex strategy and business transformation projects across several sectors globally including banking, technology and healthcare. In 2014, Arash continued his career at the Bank of Montreal, Capital Markets FX Technology department working with diverse teams of stakeholders, gathering business requirements and translating them into comprehensive technology solutions and strategies. Arash holds an Undergraduate Degree from the University of Toronto specializing in Digital Enterprise Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France.

Philipp Weber

CEO & FOUNDER CANNAMIGO

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Philipp Weber

Philipp Weber is one of the CEOs and founders of CANNAMIGO. CANNAMIGO produces and distributes high-quality CBD products, hemp clones, growing equipment and consumer equipment for businesses and customers.
Weber and his team have created an open-minded place for all people interested in cannabis: the CANNAMIGO TEA HOUSE. Based near Bregenz in Austria it combines indoor growing, a shop and a place where people can relax in a cozy atmosphere and inform themselves about cannabis.
Weber has various qualifications in the fields of rhetoric and success management and together with his team has set himself the goal of informing society comprehensively about Cannbis and to get the medicinal plant out of its drug stigma and back into the middle of society.
With courage and passion, CANNAMIGO strives for of a world where the Cannabis plant and its derivatives are socially accepted, and people's lives and health can benefit from all the versatile uses of Cannabis.

Jeff Kiehn

CEO OF 365 CANNABIS

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Jeff Kiehn

Jeff Kiehn is the CEO of 365 Cannabis and also serves as CEO of NAV 365. He brings more than three decades of experience in the retail sector, specializing in technology and Enterprise Resource Planning for cannabis companies.

In the early stages of the cannabis industry's development, Kiehn recognized the need for an integrated end-to-end ERP solution for the sector. His strong retail background and expert understanding of Microsoft Dynamics software provided the foundation for the establishment of 365 Cannabis in 2015.

Fusing traditional business metrics with industry-specific tools for the competitive cannabis industry, 365 Cannabis is designed for manufacturing, cultivation, and dispensary operations. The enterprising software is powered by Microsoft Dynamics and offers seamless integration with Office 365.

Over the past year, the company has grown exponentially with over 50 employees and more than 100 customers across the globe, including a strategic partnership with C360 consulting in Australia.

A progressive entrepreneur in the cannabis technology sector, Kiehn is equipped for the fast-paced environment of the market. He believes 365 Cannabis software is helping to legitimize the industry by providing businesses with the ability to consolidate their financials, automate accounting, and accurately report with strategic financial modeling, forecasting and planning intel.

For Kiehn, the ever-evolving cannabis market is a space where he can truly exercise all of his skill-sets. The success of 365 Cannabis is the culminating product of his technology expertise and intuitive understanding of retail operations and supply chain needs.

Kiehn holds a business and marketing degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Beyond the United States, he has worked and lived in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, and China. Since entering the cannabis industry, Kiehn has held fast to the business mantra, ``He who rides the tiger cannot dismount.``

Zeta Ceti

FOUNDER AND CEO GREEN RUSH CONSULTING

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Zeta Ceti

Zeta is a top level U.S. cannabis consultant who has 25 years experience in multiple industry segments. He is the CEO of Green Rush Consulting, a national cannabis consulting firm with a successful track record of winning cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensary licenses. Located in Oakland, CA, Green Rush Consulting is considered to be one of the top five cannabis consulting firms that specialize in winning license applications nationally. Globally, Zeta has helped successful companies in Canada, Colombia, and Australia.

Vincent D'Accolti

CO-FOUNDER & COO, SHO COMPANIES

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Vincent D'Accolti

Vincent D'Accolti is the Co-Founder and COO, Creator of Opportunities of SHO Companies, a California based, industry leading cannabis product group with over 5,000 wholesale partners worldwide and active operations in LA, NY, Europe and South America. As a strong advocate
for cannabis and solventless extracts Vincent helped inspire and popularize the solventless movement by making Rosin Tech Products a cornerstone of the Cannabis marketplace. Providing equipment, expertise and education to consumers and businesses alike. As his travels through cannabis brought him to experience different cultures launching the Dab Nation brand came about naturally. The brand aims to elevate the consumer experience and eliminate the negative stigma associated with cannabis by exhibiting the connection between Cannabis x Art x Culture around the World.

Chris Husong

DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING ELIXINOL

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Chris Husong

Chris Husong is an international branding and marketing expert with over 20 years' experience in emerging and regulated industries including telecom and finance.
Having worked in cannabis since 2014, Chris has a deep knowledge for global hemp standards. Motivated to exceed those standards, since 2015, Chris Husong has been leading the international growth of Elixinol which is sold in 40 different countries. As a strong advocate for quality standards and industry best practices Chris' support of industry organizations such as Hemp Industry Association (HIA), US Hemp Roundtable and Realm of Caring (ROC) is notable. As Director of Sales & Marketing for Elixinol, a global company with triple-digit year over year growth since 2015, Chris oversees all Elixinol international digital properties and sales efforts including product development, partnerships, branding and public relations.

Moritz Förster

FOUNDER OF KRAUTINVEST.DE

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Moritz Förster

Former journalist and communications consultant, positioning leading
global tech & cannabis companies. Founder of krautinvest.de - the German B2B cannabis online magazine.

Kai-Friedrich Niermann

FOUNDER AND LAWYER, KFN+

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Kai-Friedrich Niermann

Kai has been a business and corporate lawyer in Germany for almost 16 years gaining wide range of experiences in the process. He is very familiar with the interconnectivity between national and European regulations, especially in regard to consumer protection and emerging new cannabis products. He has engaged in advocacy relating to cannabis beginning in early stages of his studies at Philipps University Marburg when the German Supreme Court ruled that small amounts of cannabis should not be criminalized. After medical cannabis was legalized, Kai started a legal blog (canna-biz.legal) on all the relevant new developments in the emerging cannabis market and became a legal expert especially for CBD products. He regularly speaks at international cannabis conferences on topics of the German and European legal framework. In 2018 he was part of the international panel at the MjBizCon INT'l in Toronto and was invited by the National Cannabis Bar Association to speak at the Cannabis Law Institute in Washington. He has published articles on the Prohibition Partners platform and was cited by the Cannabis Law Report as well as the Canadian Globe and Mail. Kai is a co-founder of the International Cannabis Bar Association which establishes in April 2019, as well the German Patient Roundtable. He consults major CBD companies as well as a reputable online knowledge portal for medical cannabis and CBD.

Pete Patterson

COO, CO-FOUNDER VITALIS EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGY

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Pete Patterson

Entrepreneur and COO Pete Patterson co-founded Vitalis Extraction Technology Inc. in January 2016. Patterson has 15 years of technology experience in varying industries including legal, retail, manufacturing and health care. Most recently Patterson served as the COO of Doventi Capital, working alongside his Vitalis co-founder Joel Sherlock. Prior to that he was the National Operations Manager for Ricoh Copiers, overseeing a $100 million per year business. Having both run and consulted for new entrepreneurial ventures and and Fortune 500 companies, Patterson has found his passion is in start-ups, igniting and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit any chance he can get. Patterson graduated from Sprott Shaw College in British Columbia, and then went on to receive his MBA from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. He also holds a specialized certification in Management Consulting.

Mike Maibach

PRESIDENT & CEO, LAB SOCIETY

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Mike Maibach

Michael S. Maibach Mike has turned his passion for developing cannabis-specific laboratory equipment into a multi-million dollar company. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Chemistry (with a focus on Sustainability), he became an environmental consultant and soon learned he had a knack for entrepreneurship. Since then, he's taken a start-up from zero to widely recognized as an industry leader in just a few short years - all before turning 27. More importantly, Mike's passion to learn and grow as the market matures sets him apart from the rest. His respect for knowledge (and his dedication to never-ending research & development) has kept him at the forefront of an increasingly competitive industry. President/CEO: Lab Society Partner/Consultant: Elevated Research Solutions

Dr. Tim Shu

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF VETCBD

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Dr. Tim Shu

Dr. Tim Shu is the founder and chief executive officer of VETCBD. Dr. Shu founded VETCBD so pets could safely benefit from the multiple therapeutic uses of cannabis. By combining his expertise in veterinary medicine with his knowledge of medical cannabis, Dr. Shu formulates VETCBD products to be safe and effective for use in animals.

As chief executive officer, Dr. Shu manages direction and strategy at VETCBD, and oversees research and development, marketing, sales, and support.

His interest in animal health and welfare from an early age led him to Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine. Prior to founding VETCBD, Dr. Shu practiced in emergency, critical care, and general medicine.

Dr. Shu's work on cannabis and pets has garnered international attention and has been featured by The Today Show, CNBC, and The New York Times.

Jonas Straumann

CEO AND FOUNDER OF REDECANN

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Jonas Straumann

Jonas Straumann is the CEO and founder of Redecann. Redecann operates as a strategic partner for universities as well as companies involved in the cannabis industry, i.e. Redecann can offer easy access to university-based research networks for cannabis companies and easy access to private research funding for universities.

Besides Redecann, Jonas has founded two other companies both active in the cannabis industry that cooperate closely with the CULS - the University of Life Sciences in Prague. Thanks to his long-term partnership with the CULS and engagement in strategic management of his companies, Jonas has developed a unique blend of different skills and knowledge. Jonas combines the understanding of needs and mechanisms of university-based research networks and needs of companies active in the cannabis industry with skills in communication and strategic management. With Redecann, Jonas came with a solution to overcome numerous obstacles and barriers which the cannabis companies and universities face. In addition, he is able to provide complex services to create a complete package of strategic tools under one roof. Apart from strategic partnership with the CULS, Jonas established strategic cooperation with the biggest cannabis related social media network - Highlife Media Consulting. Engaging a skilled film crew, Jonas also created high-end marketing videos during the research and development projects at the CULS. Combination of cooperation and know-how enables Redecann to be a holistic and powerful strategic partner for cannabis companies, by offering services in research, development, marketing and publication.

Jonas will talk about the importance of strong strategic partnerships for cannabis companies and benefits that can result from a strategic partnership that combines research, development, marketing and publication.

Josh Holleb

SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT, CERES GREENHOUSE SOLUTIONS

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Josh Holleb

Since starting at Ceres 7 years ago Josh has created the Cannabis division, bringing more than a decade of experience in both construction and growing cannabis. Josh approaches his job with an interdisciplinary understanding of systems, architectural design, and problem solving. His goal is to create a whole-systems approach to both greenhouse design and environmental controls, resulting in the most efficient systems and highest quality products.

Scott Van Rixel

CEO BHANG CHOCOLATE

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Scott Van Rixel

Leaders in the cannabis industry, the Bhang team produces the most-awarded line of cannabis chocolate bars on the planet, as well as a premium collection of vapes, gums and mouth sprays. Developed and led by Scott Van Rixel, a European-certified Chef de cuisine and Master Chocolatier with 25+ years of gourmet chocolate experience, the Bhang brand is an international powerhouse and consists of many premium products in addition to its award-winning cannabis chocolate. Bhang is best known for innovation.

Michael Mosimann

CEO & OWNER OF FOURTWENTY GMBH

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Michael Mosimann

Since 2002, Michael Mosimann has led the Fourtwenty as CEO and owner in Berne and is also a member of the board of the Switzerland Hemp Association.
Fourtwenty GmbH is one of the biggest wholesaler for most small and large shops in Switzerland and also offers its customers the largest CBD range. The Fourtwenty Trendshop in the old town of Bern is that headshop in Bern, which offers a large selection of hemp products. The Fourtwenty Growcenter in Ittigen with its more than 700m2 storage area offers a large selection of grow material for the cultivation of legal hemp.
Michael Mosimann has been committed to the legalization and sensitization of cannabis since its inception. Since more than 3 years Michael Mosimann is also a Board Member in the Switzerland Hemp Association and fulfills an important function for the sensitization and the education about hemp. The Switzerland Hemp Association is particularly committed to the following points: Safe and controlled access to the advantages of hemp, the hemp plant as a sustainable raw material newly established, support the members of the association in the most important legal issues. The Switzerland Hemp Association is also a competent contact for the authorities and also presents statistics, facts and the latest scientific findings. It also aims to raise awareness among traders and the general public.

Dean Arbit

CEO WAGNER DIMAS & BUD.COM

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Dean Arbit

Dean has been a trailblazer in Cannabis related media, helping found Smell the Truth on SFGate in 2011, where he currently serves as Publisher. In 2015, Dean also conceptualized and co-founded New West Summit, which he sold the following year. Prior to entering the Cannabis space in 2011, Dean served as CEO of West Coast Outdoor Media Inc., which he founded 1998, and he help build into one of the largest independent outdoor advertising companies in the Western U.S., with clients such as Apple, NIKE, and Bank of America. New York-based private equity firm Flexis Capital acquired West Coast Outdoor Media in January of 2011. Dean studied Economics and International Finance at San Francisco State University.

Terry Roycroft

CEO OF GLOBAL HEALTH CLINICS LTD. PRESIDENT MCRCI & CROFT CONSULTING INC.

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Terry Roycroft

In 2010, Mr. Roycroft founded MCRCI, a private organization with licensed physicians that educate and support qualified patients looking for legal access and guidance for medicinal cannabis. MCRCI soon became the leading cannabis clinic in Canada with a team of doctors who specialize in prescribing cannabis.

With his knowledge and experience in the medicinal cannabis industry, Mr. Roycroft soon became one of the top consultants in the country for the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), as well as the former Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) and Marihuana for Medical Access Regulations (MMAR).

Mr. Roycroft continues to expand his network and database within the industry, locally and internationally, by working with production sites, pharmacists, medical laboratories, doctors, and patients.

In 2018 Mr. Roycroft took MCRCI public under the name Global Health Clinics Ltd (CSE : MJRX) (FSE : L002). They will continue to use their educational platforms to expand the brand and penetrate international Medical Cannabis Market. Mr. Roycroft is currently lined up to speak at various conferences internationally over the next year.

Meni Morim

INTERIM CEO & CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER, NAMASTE TECHNOLOGIES INC.

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Meni Morim

Mr. Meni Morim serves as Interim Chief Executive Officer at Namaste Technologies Inc. since February 4, 2019. He was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Findify AB. Mr. Morim joined the Namaste team in May 2018, through the acquisition of Findify AB (``Findify``) to lead Namaste's AI initiatives as Director of AI. Findify is an A.I.-focused, turnkey solution that enables eCommerce sites to personalize search results, product recommendations, and product collections based on a user's specific behavior and proprietary machine learning technology. Meni has 19+ years of software development experience, over a decade of which has been spent leading teams while they develop new, bleeding-edge products. He has lived and worked in Tokyo, NYC, Tel-Aviv, Stockholm, and served 5 years in the IDF's elite technology unit, Mamram.

Ian Dyck

HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS, REGULATED INDUSTRIES - SHOPIFY

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Ian Dyck

Ian Dyck heads up Partnerships for the Regulated Industries team at Shopify, a leading global commerce platform. As a founding member of the Regulated Industries team, Ian was instrumental in positioning Shopify to support both Licensed Producers in the medical market as well as the launch of adult-use cannabis in the Canadian market. To date, Shopify's commerce platform powers provincial governments, private retailers and licensed producers like Canopy, Aurora Cannabis, Tokyo Smoke, and the Ontario and British Columbia Cannabis Stores.

Within the legal cannabis industry, there is vast opportunity coupled with unique challenges. Ian merges the Shopify ecosystem, commerce expertise, and partners (tech, agency, and community) to collaborate on the future of the cannabis industry.

Ian has 14+ years experience in business development and partnerships across multiple industries. In his spare time, he's a father of two and dabbles in voice acting and standup comedy.

Dave Berg

PRESIDENT & CTO AT STRAINPRINT

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Dave Berg

As President and Chief Technology Officer at Strainprint David is responsible for the on-going development of the Strainprint application and emerging analytic products. David works directly with the company's developers, customers, partners, physicians and clinicians to deliver on the vision of a crowd-sourced medical cannabis tracking ecosystem. David has a broad technical and business background with over 20 years of experience managing product and engineering teams for major multi-national technology companies. David has spent the last 5 years working in the medical cannabis industry and has experience working in commercial cultivation and distribution in Holland, Jamaica and Canada. David has a BCom from York University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Windsor.

Liam McGreevy

DIRECTOR, ELITE HEALTHCARE DISTRIBUTION

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Liam McGreevy

Liam has established and runs several businesses in the UK, operating in hydroponics distribution, agricultural equipment manufacture, healthcare distribution, and trade brokering and consultancy.

Graduating from the University of Wales, Bangor in Marine Science in 2002, he worked for six years in major construction and certification corporates, rising to management level in UKAS accredited materials testing and development laboratories for Cemex and Bureau Veritas. During this period, he developed considerable knowledge and experience of European product standards, quality management systems, compliance testing and audits.

In 2008 Liam then moved to the hydroponics industry, excelling in technical sales and product development in distribution for the largest UK distributor, and following that developing knowledge and expertise in new market development, manufacturing, nutrition and big-ticket sales in the livestock nutrition sector. In 2012 Liam moved to new start up and that partnership has led to the development of the medical cannabis businesses that Liam operates.

Having helped to develop legislation in the UK and taken two medical cannabis businesses through early stage development with seed funding, Liam is now focused on building out these businesses as the medical cannabis sector continues to flourish.

Elite Healthcare Distribution is a sales and marketing company, with an exclusive partnership with a UK licensed pharmaceutical importer and distributor. Given the advanced knowledge of cannabinoid and terpene interactions, the business aims to supply quality, innovative cannabis-based products, with a particular focus on cannabinoid medicines.

With four years' experience of the EU CBD and medical cannabis market, Liam has positioned EHD to be a significant player in the distribution and brand development area of the European medical cannabis market.

EthnoPharm Group is a collaborative business, formed initially by several industry players looking to establish Europe's first major cannabis company. On understanding the coming tsunami of low-cost product, the team decided to focus their energies on consulting and brokering to operators developing in the market.

In order to digitise the workflow and services offered, EthnoPharm is now launching an e-trade marketplace, as well as portals for certification and compliance, and education and product data. 2019 will see EthnoPharm's producers coming onstream and significant volumes of product moving into Europe.

Andrew Muroff

C.E.O. AT STRAINPRINT TECHNOLOGIES LTD.

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Andrew Muroff

Andrew is a hands-on entrepreneur that has led public and private technology companies since 1995. To Strainprint, he brings deep corporate and financial experience, broad expertise across regulated cannabis markets in Canada and the U.S., and a passion to help people. He is a published legal author with graduate degrees in Business and Law and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Strainprint is the largest medical cannabis data collector in the N. America with 50 million data points and 1.5 million tracked medical outcomes currently.

Sebastian Schulz

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING SPEKTRUM CANNABIS GMBH

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Sebastian Schulz

Dr. phil. Sebastian Schulz is the Director of Communications & Marketing for Spektrum Cannabis Germany, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation.

As a former student of the renowned philosophers William G. Lycan, Simon Blackburn, and Manfred Frank, his research focused on the philosophy of mind, neurocognition, and altered states of mind with a special focus on the psychotropic effects of cannabis. He has published and co-edited multiple articles including ``Bewusstseinserweiterungen`` (``Mind Expansions``) in the German digital magazine ``Parapluje.`` Under his pen-name Sebastián Marincolo, he also published three books covering his research into the mind-altering effects of cannabis. His work has been featured in major media outlets and podcasts worldwide.

Before joining Spektrum Cannabis he spent more than five years as a creative director and consultant for one of the biggest foundations in Germany and gained over 25 years of experience as a freelance photographer. His art photography from New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Bali, and his cannabis macro art photography has been shown in various exhibitions and art galleries across Germany and the U.S. He is currently living in Stuttgart, Germany.

Rebecca Wiegärtner

FOOD INDUSTRY & RETAIL PROFESSIONAL

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Rebecca Wiegärtner

Born in the UK and raised in England and Germany by British and German parents, Rebecca has studied at universities in Germany, England and China. She gained several years of work experience as a fitness and dance instructor for children and adults during this period.
Since her graduation in 2007 Rebecca has been working for companies in the food industry as a product & key account manager at an international and executive level for brand and private label companies.
Looking back at over ten years of experience in the FMCG industry, Rebecca is an expert for the food industry and retail, specialising in the development and sale of innovative and trending food concepts for retail brands and food manufacturers.
``What drives me is a passion for food products, which are health-conscious and truly sustainable``, says Rebecca. This naturally led her to the emerging cannabis market, where she is active member in two organisations, the CannaFem Network, a network for women, hemp and cannabis and the German Hemp Association (DHV).
Rebecca goes on to say, ``It is my vision to help to commercialise environmentally sustainable products, which are marketable and compliant, to meet consumer demand and enrich peoples' lives.``

Mischa Gribi

FOUNDER AND CEO MARRY JANE

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Mischa Gribi

Mischa Gribi is the founder and CEO of Marry Jane GmbH which was founded in August 2017. Marry Jane operates CBD shops, indoor/outdoor production of CBD cannabis and produces other CBD containing products such as drops, extracts, vape products and more.

Clint Younge

THE LOST ORGANIZATION

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Clint Younge

Clint Younge began his career in the cannabis industry as a budtender and a public relations manager at The Green Cross Dispensary In Vancouver. It was there he learned what it meant to have integrity in business.
After a time with The Green Cross, Clint took a managerial position at The Healing Tree, where he stayed for a year, before what would be the final stop on the way to becoming Chief Executive Officer for MMJ Canada In 2015.
Clint lead a team of over 100 MMJ Canada employees, providing guidance, support and encouragement during difficult and challenging times
in an ever-changing industry.
Under the umbrella of MMJ Canada, Clint has been able to help establish local mental health group, The Lost Organization, through endless fundraising and publicity.
Clint resigned from MMJ Canada in October 2018, however he remains active on board of the LOST charity and continues his focus on reasonable access to cannabis for the community.
His efforts in the cannabis industry were recognized in 2017, and 2018 when Clint was recognized as the Cannabis Crusader of the year and Cannabis Influencer at the Canadian Cannabis Awards.

David Wenger

PARTNER, PURPLEROCK CANNABIS PARTNERS

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David Wenger

David Wenger is an attorney and general partner in PurpleRock Cannabis Partners, a private equity growth fund focused on consumer-facing cannabis brands.

David wrote a seminal White Paper on the US cannabis industry, ``The Green Regulatory Arbitrage: A Case for Investing in US Multi-State Vertically-Integrated Cannabis Companies`` (New Cannabis Ventures, Sept 2018), widely read across the world.

David is a member of the US Senate Cannabis Working Group and the US House of Representatives Cannabis Working Group. In those roles, he has the historic opportunity to work with senior Congressional staffers on advancing federal cannabis legislation.

David also serves on New York Governor Cuomo's Cannabis Advisory Board and on America Israel Cannabis Association's Advisory Board.

Cem Guvendiren Jr

MANAGING PARTNER AT ENERAMA ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES

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Cem Guvendiren Jr

Serial entrepreneur with two successful businesses that were handed over to management to solely focus on changing the way the planet feeds and grows itself.
Now head of US and Europe operations, Cem is focusing on patented dehumidification, IOT solutions and other environmental technologies.
His goal is making Enerama a world leading smart greenhouse solution provider for the cannabis industry.

Gavin Sathianathan

CEO OF ALTA FLORA

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Gavin Sathianathan

Gavin is the CEO of Alta Flora, an end-to-end cannabis technology company. He is also a board director of Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies and trustee of the United Patients Alliance.
Gavin was previously an executive in the technology industry, working at Tesco, Facebook and Endemol. He started his career at Bain & Company.
He has a degree from Imperial College London and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Benjamin Adams

SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, PHYLOS

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Benjamin Adams

Benjamin Adams has over a decade of experience in the agricultural and cannabis industries, and has worked with Pacific Northwest legends, nurseryman Vern Johnson and the late pomologist Roger Detering. He's collaborated with Lost Valley Education Center, UC Santa Cruz, and Compassionate Care Research Institute. He's been a cultivation manager and has developed integrated pest management strategies for multiple licensed producers in several states. Benjamin currently works for Phylos, a genomic science company pioneering the future of hemp and cannabis with data-driven breeding. He has a BS in Biology from the University of Oregon and studied sustainable agriculture at UCSC.

Nima Kaempf

CEO SWISS HEMPCARE

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Nima Kaempf

Born in Berne, Switzerland, Nima is the Son of a Swiss diplomat and an Iranian mother. Nima Grew up in 13 different countries around the globe giving him much international experience. He studied law in Vienna (university of Vienna) and in The London School of Economics (international and European law).
His passion for cannabis grew from tragedy when his mother died from cancer in 1997. He recognized that cannabis could have been greatly beneficial to her and now wants his patients have safe access to the medicine they need.
Nima founded Swiss Hempcare with his brother in December 2016 and began their operations in February 2017. Shortly after, they started their first store in the old town of Biel Switzerland and are now distributing to over 100 stores in Switzerland.
Swiss Hempcare is now operating 20,000m2 of greenhouses and over 40,000m2 of outdoor grows in Switzerland in the heart of the Alps. In Italy, with Greenhouses of 3,000m2, SHC also operates a clone production facility and outdoor productions there totalling 5,000m2. In Macedonia, THC Medical Cannabis production (GMP Certified for EU and Macedonia). There, 40,000m2 of outdoor operations and 20,000m2 grow greenhouses in another site.
We are proud to be a Company X partner and a part of the founding member companies. We stand for our values, our business may grow and the industry evolve, but our vision and mission will not.

Alexander Straub

GESCHAEFTSFUEHRER, MATERIAL MACHINES GMBH

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Alexander Straub

Alexander Straub is a German-born entrepreneur, the head of the London firm Straub Ventures, and Cambridge Accelerator Partners. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. He holds degrees from Darmstadt (Dipl. Ing_ and the other from Cornell (MEng). He also attended Stanford University.

In 1999, Straub and business partner Rouzbeh Pirouz won a Sunday Times entrepreneurship contest. With the prize money and additional funding of around £7.6m they launched Mondus, an online B2B marketplace for SMEs . By April 2000 the business was valued at £760 million. Later that year, in August, a 40.7% stake was sold to the Italian firm Seat Pagine Gialle for £100m in cash and shares. Soon after the transaction Straub was appointed as Vice Chairman. He moved to New York City to establish Lazard Technology Partners II, a $300 million venture fund, while Pirouz stayed on with Mondus. The duo later bought back Mondus.

In 2006 he co-founded mobile Voice over IP specialist Truphone with James Tagg. Straub was named Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in 2007 and 2008 for his work with Truphone.

In 2007, Straub co-founded Pixsta, a visual search company that later merged into Empora Group. Today, he remains CEO and Chairman of Empora Group, which operates the social sharing network Fashionfreax and Avenue7. He acquired fashionfreax in 2010.

In early 2017 Straub launched SnapMe, an App-based e-commerce company, based on e-commerce enabled via computer vision, machine learning and A.I. in preparation for an augmented reality and VR enabled world.