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Event Program

Wednesday, 28 November 2018



Opening Chairperson:
Will Stewart, VP Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Hiku

Regulator panel: marijuana insurance regulation in a post-legalization world

Hear from some of Canada’s leading regulators about where we are today with the 2018 legalization of adult use.
  • What immediate changes can be expected in the legal market after October 17, 2018?
  • How will the medical market be impacted by legalization?
  • Licensing requirements and regulatory frameworks
  • Jurisdiction issues – where to expect variation in regulatory approach
Laura Emmett, Lawyer, Strigberger Brown Armstrong

Barinder Rasode, President & CEO, NICHE Canada
Jacob (Jamie) Dressler, Senior Analyst, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, Health Canada
Deepak Anand, Vice President, Business Development & Government Relations, Cannabis Compliance Inc.

Budding business: Complex commercial exposures and specialized coverage

This session will explain the unique exposures and current coverage options for the cannabis sector.
  • How are insurance products evolving to mitigate product recall, environmental hazards and product transport risks?
  • What are the most perilous gaps in coverage currently facing the cannabis industry?
  • Growing facility operations coverage – risks and coverage gaps
  • Evaluating and mitigating risks for licensed producers, dispensaries, retailers and other marijuana-related business operations
Mario Fiorino, Director, Legal & Senior Counsel

Alexis Levine, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
David Kerr, Client Executive, Jones Brown
Lars Rittmann, Producer, Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers

View from the Trenches: Cannabis Case Law and the Evolution of the Legal/Insurance Paradigm post Legalization

Hear from two legal experts about the fine details around cannabis case law including:
  • How cannabis plants have been treated in case law thus far – property, or crop?
  • How cannabis has impacted property claims, including grow ops and residential tenancies
  • Explore the next wave of litigation related to homeowners policies and cannabis post legalization, including a look at claims examples and various policy wording
  • Mouna Hanna, Associate Lawyer, Dolden Wallace Folick LLP
    Matthew Miller, Partner, Dolden Wallace Folick LLP


Group benefits: the changing face of medical and recreational marijuana at work

The medical and recreational marijuana landscapes are changing and group benefits plans are evolving. Insurance professionals now need to navigate emerging risks and coverage options relating to cannabis in order to effectively advise employers.
  • Group benefits: How medical marijuana plans vary and what’s included
  • Pricing: What to expect in terms of patient cost and usage of marijuana
  • Evolving clinical evidence about medical cannabis
  • How legalization is impacting work-related and employment-related liabilities and claims
Adam Borisko, Consultant, Employee Benefits, Jones Brown Insurance Solutions Inc.

Ivan Ross Vrana, Vice President, HKStrategies
Dr. Michael Szabo, Medical Director, Novus Health
Dr. Mohan Cooray, President & CEO, Cannalogue


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Beyond the cannabis sector: Insurance implications of legalization

Dive into a conversation with industry experts as they answer key questions surrounding the impact of cannabis on commercial and personal lines of insurance.
  • How does legalization impact existing commercial policies and create new coverage demands?
  • How will cannabis usage affect liability policies?
  • Cannabis-based impairment in relation to third-party motor vehicle liability
  • Host liability and beyond – how cannabis plays a role in homeowner, renter, auto, life and health insurance
  • Types of insurance coverage or products needed and how insurers are responding
  • Cross-border marijuana trade, the creation of global cannabis and CBD brands & new multinational opportunities
  • Cross-border question; what additional risks are insurers exposed to when they insurance Canadian businesses with cross-border operations? What are the implications for them?
Ian Stewart, Attorney, Wilson Elser
Jennifer Huneault, Partner, Hughes Amys LLP
TJ Frost, U.S. Cannabis Segment Leader, HUB International Limited


Coverage case study: Best practices, how to properly cover your insured

In order to properly engage with the minutiae of each sector, it is vital to fully understand the recreational and medicinal cannabis markets is key. Secure a seat at this session for critical consideration of how cannabis businesses operate, the coverages they need and the risks they face now and in the future.
  • How does policy language impact the insurability of your client?
  • Provincial rules regarding Retail & Dispensary operations
  • Best-practices to protect clients from unknown perils as the market expands
  • What dynamics and partnerships are most critical to accurately insuring a cannabis client?
Andrew Leiper, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Next Wave Insurance Canada


Coverage case study: There’s more to the Cannabis Sector than commercial production

No question, understanding commercial cannabis production is vital in this marketplace however, residential production is expanding and new enterprises are entering the sector. Are you ready for the changes that are ahead?
  • Understanding the residential medicinal market and the role they play in cannabis production
  • The introduction of micro producers – who are they & what will their impact be on cannabis production
  • Emerging opportunities: are you ready for cannabis friendly events and tourism
  • Being on the forefront of cannabis: vapour lounges, edibles, concentrates and more
Karen McGee, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, O2 Insurance Services Inc.

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