2019 Agenda


This conference has been approved for a 4+1 (Management + Technical) credit hours by the Registered Brokers of Ontario

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?
  • What has happened since Oct. 17, 2018; licensed micro cannabis producers, edibles & new impairment detection technology.


Trina Fraser

Partner, Brazeau Seller Law


Ruth Chun

CEO and Founder, Chun Law Professional Corporation

Mohan Cooray

President & CEO, Cannalogue

Sherry Boodram

CEO, CannDelta Inc.

Danielle O’Beirne

Director, Licensing and Strategic Initiatives, Auxly Cannabis Group

9:50 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.


Andrew J. Wilder

Partner, Torkin Manes LLP


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

Sheri Gallant

Partner/Senior Vice President, MDD Forensic Accountants

10:40 am

Refreshment break

Network with key innovators and industry partners

11:00 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

11:30 am

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

Oren Schemool

Head of Financial Lines Underwriting, HDI Global Specialty SE – Canada

Kelli Hunt

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

Marcus Sargent

Business Account Executive, Steer Inc.

12:20 pm


1:10 pm

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.

Cristina dos Santos

Director, Extended Health Care, Product Development, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial

1:45 pm

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.

Dr. Danial Schecter

Director, Global Medical Services, Canopy Growth Corporation

2:20 pm

Refreshment break

Network with key innovators and industry partners

2:40 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?

Michael Demone

Executive Director, Canadian Working Group on Industrial Hemp (CWGIH)

Farrell Miller

Director of Legal Affairs, Dicentra

3:20 pm

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.


Matt Maurer

Vice-Chair Cannabis Law Group, Partner and Litigator, Torkin Manes LLP


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

Amanda de Freitas

Chief Strategy Officer, Redfund Capital Corp

4:15 pm

Closing remarks from chairperson

Jay Rosenthal

Co-Founder and President, Business of Cannabis

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