This conference has been approved for a 4+1 (Management + Technical) credit hours by the Registered Brokers of Ontario
Registration and networking breakfast
Opening remarks from the chairperson
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.
Partner, Brazeau Seller Law
Vice President - Government Relations and Business Development, Eve & Co Incorporated
President & CEO, Cannalogue
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.
Partner, Torkin Manes LLP
Head of FINEX- Financial, Executive & Professional Lines; Head of Mergers & Acquisitions/Transactional Risk, Corporate Risk & Broking, Willis Towers Watson
Managing Partner, All-Risks Insurance Brokers Ltd
Partner/Senior Vice President, MDD Forensic Accountants
Network with key innovators and industry partners
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?
Legal Division, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Next Wave Canada Presents: A look back, ahead and sideways as we head into Cannabis Legalization 2.0
Next Wave Canada and cannabis are a year old. Join our panel of experts as we discuss the unique opportunities and challenges that insurers, brokers, service providers and your insureds are facing as we head into year two of legalization of cannabis products in Canada. We will address the following topics, as well as any from the audience.
- D&O/E&O Coverage – Where the marketplace is today and how to ensure you have the right coverage in place for your clients
- Cargo Insurance – Where are the gaps in coverage and experience within the Cannabis marketplace
- Round table talks of Cannabis 2.0, including edibles, topicals and vape cartridges
- State of market discussion about claims in year one and where we are heading for 2020
Head of Financial Lines Underwriting, HDI Global Specialty SE – Canada
Senior Commercial Underwriter, VP of Cannabis Insurance, Next Wave Insurance Canada
Business Account Executive, Steer Inc.
Legislated out of the Shadows – Medical Cannabis and Group Benefits Plans
There is growing clinical evidence that medical cannabis can provide health benefits to those suffering from specific medical conditions and related symptoms. The use of cannabis for medical purposes has been legal since 2001 and recreational cannabis was legalized in 2018. Attend this session to learn about how Sun Life has been addressing medical cannabis, what their Clients are saying and about changes to the group benefits landscape with the national legalization of recreational cannabis.
Director, Extended Health Care, Product Development, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial
Practical Insights on Medical Cannabis
Dr. Schecter's interest in cannabinoid medicine led to the founding of the Canabo Medical Clinic (CMClinic), Canada's largest referral only clinic specializing in medical cannabis. Dr. Schecter has also recently been appointed Director of Global Medical Services at Canopy Growth Corporation. In this session he will share practical top line insights, based on his experience, about when and how cannabis can be an important treatment option for patients including; therapeutic uses, dosing, benefits from treatment, and safety considerations.
Director, Global Medical Services, Canopy Growth Corporation
Network with key innovators and industry partners
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?
Director of Legal Affairs, Dicentra
CEO, CannDelta Inc.
Understanding the current market and future opportunities
In a brief intro to the panel, Karina Karassev will focus on how cannabis legalization will affect the workplace, including holiday parties going forward, the role and responsibility of employers in a legalized market and 3 key factors employers and their insurers must consider. The panel session will then discuss 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.
Vice-Chair Cannabis Law Group, Partner and Litigator, Torkin Manes LLP
Managing Partner, K A S E Insurance Inc.
Senior Vice President - Corporate & Public Affairs, Harvest One Cannabis Inc.