8:15 am

Registration and networking breakfast

8:55 am

Opening remarks from the chairperson

Jay Rosenthal

Co-Founder and President, Business of Cannabis

9:00 am

Growing forward: New regulation of market expansion

Updated regulation on the expanding commercial cannabis market has redefined the risk and insurance landscape surrounding it. This expert legal session will give an overview of key regulatory considerations for the rapidly growing cannabis market across the country and beyond.

  • What new regulations in 2019 are heavily impacting the expansion of the cannabis market?
  • How is the insurance market evolving under new laws to support industry development?
  • In what ways are legislators and insurance commissions taking action to promote best-practices despite federal illegality?
  • What has happened since Oct. 17, 2018; licensed micro cannabis producers, edibles & new impairment detection technology.


Trina Fraser

Partner, Brazeau Seller Law


Ivan Ross Vrana

Vice President - Government Relations and Business Development, Eve & Co Incorporated

Marlene Jesso

Superintendent Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Department of Justice

Mohan Cooray

President & CEO, Cannalogue

10:00 am

Specialized risk and coverage

From seed to point of sale and beyond, cannabis presents unique risks and exposures. This panel discussion will provide an overview of specialized exposures and explore insurance solutions best-suited to protecting your clients from costly losses associated with cannabis.

  • How can clients be protected against specialized risks like products, vendor and on-site consumption liabilities?
  • What solutions are available for transactional risks as businesses exchange, merge and expand around cannabis?
  • In what ways are D&O and E&O policies evolving to address the managerial risks of the industry?
  • The role of micro-cultivation and outdoor growth.

Scott Saddington

Head of FINEX- Financial, Executive & Professional Lines; Head of Mergers & Acquisitions/Transactional Risk, Corporate Risk & Broking, Willis Towers Watson

Fady Kamel

Managing Partner, All-Risks Insurance Brokers Ltd

11:00 am

Refreshment break

Network with key innovators and industry partners

11:30 am

The world of edibles, extracts and topicals

In this session we will dive a bit deeper into the next round of legalization coming to Canada this October and explore new regulations on cannabis topicals, extracts, and edibles. We will hear from an expert in the field on changes ahead and the expected impact entering 2020.

  • With the new legalization, what opportunities are there for insurance companies? What impact will it have on the industry?
  • What role will food, extractors, beverages and other products and licenses play?
  • Will we see a change in the illegal market?
  • What booming risk factors and operational pressures can we expect?

Marc Lefebvre

Legal Division, Insurance Bureau of Canada

12:30 pm
1:30 pm

Beyond bud: Hemp, its applications and coverage needs

Hemp has garnered new interest for its versatile industrial and medicinal applications. A derivation of the federally illegal cannabis plant, hemp and its products are subject to different regulations and demand specific coverage. This panel of experts will explore the current status of hemp, its unique risks and coverage opportunities.

  • How is hemp developing commercially, and how does this relate to cannabis?
  • In what ways are CBDs and hemp-derived products being addressed by the insurance market?
  • What are the specific exposures of hemp products and how can insurance professionals support the market?

Farrell Miller

Director of Legal Affairs, Dicentra

Sherry Boodram

CEO, CannDelta Inc.

2:30 pm

Refreshment break

Network with key innovators and industry partners

3:00 pm

Understanding the current market and future opportunities

The insurance appetite around cannabis has led to what many characterize as a tight marketplace. This session will overview the current carrier approach to cannabis, what innovations are filling gaps of coverage and how insurance professionals can best serve their clients whatever the market conditions.

  • How can the market and available insurance products be characterized and what is the cause for the current conditions?
  • What solutions are currently available to address gaps in coverage for cannabis clients?
  • What shifts in the coming years would make the biggest impact on the insurance marketplace?
  • New regulations we can expect to see: cannabis for pets and beyond.

Arian Ebrahimi

Managing Partner, K A S E Insurance Inc.

Karina Karassev


Kelli Hunt

Senior Commercial Underwriter, VP of Cannabis Insurance, Next Wave Insurance Canada

Will Stewart

Senior Vice President - Corporate & Public Affairs, Harvest One Cannabis Inc.

4:00 pm

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