Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor was elected in October 2015 as an M.P. in the riding of Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe. She serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Private Members’ Business of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, and is a Member two additional standing Committees. In January 2017, she was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.
She has spent her entire life advocating for a fair and just society. She was the former Chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women and a member of the Coalition for Pay Equity. She has volunteered with several organizations, including the Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Suicide Prevention Committee.
Ms. Petitpas Taylor was the Codiac RCMP Victim Services Coordinator, providing crisis counselling, domestic violence intervention, and risk assessment.
Ms. Petitpas Taylor grew up in Dieppe, New Brunswick, and graduated from l’Université de Moncton with a Bachelor’s degree in social work.
Chief Gina Deer, Kahnawà:ke Nation
Gina Deer is serving her third term as an elected member of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke. She currently holds several portfolios that that are both challenging and rewarding, such as economic development, intergovernmental relations, gaming, cannabis and community safety. Before being elected to Council she served for several years as a police officer with the Kahnawake Peacekeepers. She is an independent businessperson and, as evident in her political work, she maintains a strong commitment towards local jobs and economy.
Ietsénhaienhs Deer is very family-oriented and is a devoted mother and grandmother. She is known for her strong work ethic and feels it is important to lead by example, which is the main reason for her participation in physical activities that include community events and support for cancer-related activities.
Former Chief Isadore Day
Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini, is an Anishinabe from Serpent River First Nation. A former Regional Chief of Ontario, Lake Huron Region Grand Chief and Vice Chair the North Shore Tribal Council, he had served 15 years as an elected leader for First Nations and has handled various high-level policy files.
Chief Day has been involved in various boards and committees; at both regional and national levels over the past two decades while remaining a strong grassroots visionary. With a background in Social Sciences, Business, Public Administration and Governance – he is a firm believer that education is culturally rooted and bridged into mainstream disciplines is essential to success. His most personably noted accomplishment was repatriating First Nation Children back to his First Nation from mainstream foster care systems. He has been an energy policy leader, community developer and a tireless advocate for First Nation treaty rights.
Chief Day is the founder and CEO of Bimaadzwin, an organization dedicated to advancing First Nations through sovereignty and economic development.
Grand Chief Joseph Norton
Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Joseph Tokwiro Norton has been a leader in his community of Kahnawà:ke for parts of five decades. First elected to The Mohawk Council in 1978, he served as Grand Chief for an unprecedented 26 consecutive years. Declining to seek re-election in 2004 he entered the world of private business. In May 2015 the urge to return to the political forum was too strong to deny and he decided to run for office once again, successfully attaining a fourteenth term as Grand Chief.
He continues to dedicate his energies to improving Kahnawà:ke’s future by promoting educational, cultural and business concerns while defending and promoting Kahnawà:ke’s jurisdiction in all matters that relate to the community’s needs and aspirations.
Over the years he has represented his people on countless occasions. He is recognized across Canada as a leader of uncommon influence. He was Grand Chief during the 1990 Oka Crisis, where his leadership skills became known far beyond the bounds of his own community. His style can best be described as direct and straightforward, with a philosophy that acknowledges strong traditional beliefs and a firm commitment to maintaining the Mohawk way of life.
Grand Chief Norton’s volunteer activities are too numerous to mention in detail but highlights include his membership as a founder of the Canadian Native Arts Foundation and his membership on the Board of the Canadian Chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute. He engaged in philanthropical work through his Sahenatie Community Fund, which has presented scholarships and bursaries to many Kahnawà:ke artists and athletes over the years.
In 2002, he received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Public Service category in recognition of his efforts to bring improvements to the community in the areas of economic development, health care, education, culture and recreation.
He continues to live in Kahnawà:ke and enjoys participating in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He has also been known to play a round or two of golf during the summer months.
Blaine Favel served as the Uof S chancellor from 2013 to 2016. As a member of Poundmaker Cree Nation and an influential Plains Cree leader he has made significant contributions to scholarship, education, public service and the Canadian public good.
In addition to a bachelor of education, Mr. Favel has a law degree from Queen’s and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012.
Mr. Favel played a key role in guiding the university’s planning and actions in the area of Indigenous education and engagement. Alongside President Stoicheff, Mr. Favel co-hosted the first Building Reconciliation national forum, where Aboriginal and university leaders gathered to discuss how universities across Canada can respond to the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This first forum was the beginning of what is now an annual gathering hosted by Canadian universities.
Adam Beach is a Hollywood actor with over 90 credited works in Film & Television. He is Anishinaabe from Lake Manitoba Dog Creek & has been a tireless advocate for 1st Nation & Indigenous rights across North America. In 2012 Adam founded the Adam Beach Film Institute – “A place to teach, learn and heal with every story told” where they focus on Indigenous content & employment for film and television. Currently Adam & his wife Summer have embarked on a journey of creating indigenous content. “My wife has turned out to be a fabulous writer and we hope we can open a new door to Native Film so we can tell the stories our people and their struggles”
As a partner and advisor to IcMD.ca Adam looks to help all communities across Canada exercise their right to access medical cannabis and return to a more natural way of healing.
Co-Founder of Seven Oaks and SVP, Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel for Beleave.
Grant is aMetis lawyer from Winnipeg with over 13-years of legislative and policy experience. His past positions have included senior roles at the Privy Council Office, the Specific Claims Tribunal, and the Attorney General’s Officewhere he was instrumental in developing Ontario’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy.
From 2012 – 2017 Grant worked in Afghanistan and Washington, DC where he worked for the US government and other donors. Upon returning to Canada, Grant applied his skills and experience to establish Seven Oaks for like-minded, highly functional and professional consumers of cannabis like himself. Seven Oaks is a reference to a historical battle site in Winnipeg where the Metis flag was flown for the first time. Seven Oaks was recently acquired by Beleave, where Grant now plays a senior role responsible for legal and regulatory issues.
Dr. Neil McKinney, BSc, ND,
Prof, of Naturopathic Medicine and Naturopathic Oncology
Former Registrar of the BC College of Naturopathic Physicians, author and lecturer
Dr. McKinney graduated from Simon Fraser University with degree in Biosciences, and had a career in biophysical (radiation) cancer research. Studied kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1985. Concurrently trained 3 years in TCM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Dr. McKinney has had many teaching roles, from lab instructor in microbiology at UVic and NCNM, at schools of traditional Chinese medicine, massage therapy, and finally as a professor at BINM. Served many roles in the regulation and advancement of the profession, including Registrar of the BC College of Naturopathic Physicians and accreditation evaluator for CNME. Founded the BC Naturopathic Association www.bcna.ca and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine www.binm.org Professor of Naturopathic Oncology, and author of textbooks of naturopathic oncology.
Mentors and lectures to doctors internationally; contributes to publications both for professionals and the public. Dr. McKinney is well known for his generous sharing of time and writings to mentor students and peers.
He has received a number of awards for contributions to advancing the scope and standards of the naturopathic profession Practices with a focus on integrative oncology in Victoria B.C., Canada.
Kikino Métis Settlement
Founder, CanWest Hemp Corp
Industry & Indigenous Rights, Education, & Safety Advocate
Mr. McAdam has extensive experience overseeing the development and management of large-scale indoor and outdoor hemp grows and presently acts as a global consultant to licensed producing cannabis companies and industrial hemp farmers. Mr. McAdam has been breeding, and propagating some of the world’s premium landrace hemp genetics. Wade is a proud native of the Kikono Metis Settlement located in northeast Alberta and is an industry advocate for inherent indigenous rights, education, and increase in safety regulations.
Dr. Shelley Turner MD CCFP
Pimicikamak FN (Cross Lake) Mb., Addiction & Harm Reduction Specialist, Founder & Chief Medical Officer at Ekosi Health,Medical Cannabis Clinic, Gimli, MB., Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Dr. Shelley Turner works in the area of addiction medicine and has provided harm-reduction care to her patients in Thunder Bay, and Manitoba. Her work in health care with vulnerable populations, has shaped the direction of her current clinical and research practice in cannabinoid therapy. Her clinic, First Farmacy Medical is focused on a harm and pharma-reductive strategies.
She is regarded as clinical specialist in this area. Her clinics are data collection sites for DATAbase for CANNabinoid Consumption and Study, (DATACANN), for those with chronic non-malignant pain.
Realizing the importance of education, for colleagues, community, and industry, she is the Course Leader/Instructor Curriculum Development team for Red River College School for Indigenous Education’s “Cannabis 101”, a 36-credit hour course which begins in November 2018.
Dr. Turner is a proud member of the Pimicikamak First Nation (Cross Lake) in Manitoba. She is an assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Tribal Council Member Adams Lake band, CEO Green Future Industries
Steven Teed, CEO of Green Future Industries, is an Organic Hemp famer from the Secwepemc Nation. He has a strong passion for respecting the land and the importance of community.
With Hemp, Steven saw a way to bring positive change to his people, where housing, clean water and poverty are still issues. Hemp will not only save the environment but will also create value-based jobs within the community.
Before starting the farm on Secwepemc Territory, Steven volunteered across Canada to learn the art of Industrial Hemp farming. After attending hemp construction workshops where he learned about hemp building materials.His studiescontinue and he works with industry experts around the world learning more about hemp.
Now going into his third year, Green Future Industries is ready to expand and educate others about the power of Hemp and all the opportunities it can bring to Indigenous communities across turtle island.
Chief Executive Officer
Georges is a pioneer in the regulated marijuana business in Canada and his company, PipeDreemz Inc., has leveraged his vast knowledge to produce results for their clients. Considered the premier consultant in licensing regulations, Georges’ company, PipeDreemz Inc., has helped applicants navigate the complexities of the licensing process for six years. Georges had a lengthy and distinguished career within the high technology sector and now brings his wealth of knowledge to the Cannabis sector. His career spans senior leadership positions in Sales, Security, Customer Care, Marketing, Product Development, Professional Services, and Corporate Development. Georges sits on a number of cannabis company boards and is technical advisor to numerous cannabis companies, providing Industry Knowledge, from regulatory affairs, security, growing, facility design, quality control, product management, marketing, and sales.
George has an intimate personal knowledge base of the efficacy of medical marijuana. He chose to use this to create production standards and a reputation throughout the sector as a ‘go to’ source of valued council that is second to none in the industry.
Georges’ discovery of the benefits of medical marijuana was precipitated by an illness in his family in 2001. His resulting passion for growing world-class medical cannabis and making extracts has empowered him to help many patients from the previous Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) program and gives him great insight into the patient and growing side. His experience as a licensed patient and licensed designated grower under the MMAR has shaped and driven his ambition to grow the best medical cannabis in the world and share his knowledge.
Lorraine M. White
Vice President & General Counsel
As General Counsel and head of Government Relations for Seven Leaf, Lorraine White brings her extensive legal expertise to the forefront as the company navigates the many requirements as a Licensed Producer of cannabis. Ms. White is one of the founders of Seven Leaf and has used her significant experience as a former Tribal Chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to build understanding about the economic opportunities that the cannabis industry holds for the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. With experience in overseeing tribal administration and agencies, and business and gaming entities including the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and SRMT Mohawk Bingo Palace, Ms. White has helped build cooperation with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the Government of Canada and Seven Leaf for a successful future for the community and the company.
Pioneer of Safe Distribution in the Cannabis Industry
As CEO of Chakra Cannabis and founder of National Access Cannabis, Alex is dedicated to putting Canada on the world stage as a pioneer in the responsible dispensing of cannabis. After helping local compassion clubs implement risk reduction and health awareness initiatives into their business models, Alex felt and identified a critical need: Canadians needed a comprehensive distribution model to provide support, resources and education for members of the community who used cannabis to improve their quality of life. In order to turn his vision into reality, he’s built relationships with experts from medical associations, law enforcement, government, research laboratories, licensed producers from across the country to develop his interwoven business model. Despite his position as founder, it is his sincere hope that humility and passion remain the driving force behind the entire Cannabis Movement today.
“Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s safe.”
Tseshaht First Nation’s Naomi Nicholson is a Medicine Woman, Award Winning Massage Provider & Certified Holistic Health Practitioner for Secluded Wellness and co-owner of Native Naturals. Industry leaders, Naomi & Ed Nicholson saw the need to develop Canna Skool in response to potential safety issues and the lack of Cannabis Education. Naomi is Colorado trained in Cannabis Massage, a seasoned public speaker and educator. Her passion is to help educate people and be a catalyst on how they can naturally heal themselves mentally, physically and emotionally.
Health issues don’t discriminate and Naomi has successfully helped people with Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, and other complaints. With attitudes and perceptions being challenged by legalization, there are valid concerns and used properly Cannabis can help in many ways. Naomi will be starting her Canna Skool Workshop Tour in Various Indigenous Communities.
Elder – Irene Lindsay
Irene is a Wolf Clan descendant, originally from the Cree/Sioux community of Wakaw, Saskatchewan. As a youth, Irene resided on One Arrow First Nations Reserve in Saskatchewan. She is a survivor of St. Michael’s Residential School in Duck Lake SK. and moved to Ottawa for employment, and later to complete her schooling in nursing.
Her personal and professional pursuits have consistently directed her toward activities that help to enrich and complement the aspirations of Aboriginal people and communities.
Irene is a guest lecturer on Native Culture and traditions for university and high school students in Canada.
Irene Lindsay is presently an integral part of the dynamic team that is Minwaashin Lodge, the Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre.
Cannabis Advocate, Founding Member “A Tribe Called Red’
Mohan is a Government of Canada executive, leading diverse teams to promote economic development in partnership with Indigenous peoples, the private sector, and other levels of government. He has led government programs related to mining, environmental assessment, environmental remediation (cleanup), international, intergovernmental, and Indigenous issues. He has negotiated international regulatory cooperation with the United States and Mexico, delivered on government-wide regulatory policy frameworks, and developed solutions with Indigenous partners to tough regulatory and environmental challenges in Canada’s North.
Cannabis and Hemp Indigenous Consortium Canada- CHICC
Roland Bellerose, Director, CEO, Founder – Roland was born in Alberta with Parents from different Cree Communities. Mr. Bellerose’s 27 years as a serial entrepreneur has allowed him to lead with in-depth experience in the media and technology industries. He has worked with many national and regional Indigenous and government agencies.
Francine is Algonquin from KitiganZibiAnishinabeg First Nationand founder of Whiteduck Resources Inc.,a boutique consulting firm that deliversresearch, evaluation,and organizational development to indigenous organizations and government at the community, national and international level.
Her focus is on improving policy and dialogue, and researching solutions to the complex and emerging issues that impact communities inareas relating to economic, education,and health and social development with a particular interest in women’s development.
Francineserved as member of the Employment Services Development Canada, Social Innovation Social Finance Co-Creation Steering Group, and is a Prosper Canada board member, a non-profit focussing on developing financial empowerment and literacy for Canadians. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is certified ICD.d.
In 2009, Francine was awarded the World of Difference Award by The International Alliance of Women in the economic advancement of women, and in, 2017 was honoured with the Bank of Montreal Award for Community Development and Charitable Giving.
Rob Stevenson is an Anishinaabe man of the Bear Clan hailing from Alderville First Nation in Southern Ontario. He is the founder and owner of Medicine Wheel Natural Healing, Mukwa Botanicals, and Smoke Signals Seed Bank. In addition, Rob is the President of the Ontario Indigenous Medicinal Cannabis Association and was a driving force in the creation of the Alderville First Nation Cannabis Association to ensure consistent self-regulation among the growers, sellers, and consumers of cannabis in Alderville First Nation. He first got involved in the cannabis industry after seeing its beneficial medicinal effects on himself and his close family. Recognizing the failings of the medicinal cannabis system in Canada, he sought an Indigenous solution and opened Medicine Wheel Natural Healing. Medicine Wheel is founded upon the Seven Grandfather Teachings, and its purpose is to provide clean, safe, and reliable medicine to members of the community and those outside the community in need of natural medicine.
CGA, CAFM – President and CEO
Member of the Salt River First Nation, NWT, Ernie Daniels is a Certified General Accountant and a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager. Prior to coming to the FNFA, Ernie was President/COO of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada for 7 years and the Director of Assessment and Finance Operations at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for 5 years. He has worked at a number of Aboriginal non-for-profit organizations in leadership and management positions. He was a member of the CICA Research Study Group looking at financial reporting by First Nations and has served as Chair of the NWT Legislative Assembly Society, Chair of the NWT Development Corporation and is a former Board member of the First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB).As President and CEO of the First Nations Finance Authority, he has been delegated authority by the FNFA Board of Directors to manage the business affairs of the organization.
Cannabis License Expertsis a compliance solutions provider consisting of in-house professionals with extensive Cannabis, Pharma, Food, Medical Device and Drug regulatory, licensing and operational experience with two goals in mind; to license and legalize our client’s cannabis business with Health Canada and provincial regulations.
Cannabis License Experts
Jennifer has held many roles – as a biology & chemistry teacher, scientific consultant for a pharmaceutical law firm and currently in quality assurance, compliance, licensing and regulatory affairs in the cannabis industry.
Jennifer holds a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Biology from the University of Guelph and a B. Ed. from Nipissing U. She wason the original Peace Naturals team that achieved the first new medical cannabis license in Canada under the MMPR/ACMPR.
In her various roles at Peace Naturals, Jennifer has been involved in all aspects of the day to day operations of a licensed cannabis facility from Production/Manufacturing Practices, product specifications & release, licensing, liaison with Health Canada, procedures development, education/outreach, R and D, curriculum development and training.
Jennifer and the team at CLE build relationships built on trust, transparency and respect as they guide their clients through each step of the complex cannabis licensing process.
Laurie Vaughan is a first nation entrepreneur from the Ulkatcho First Nation. For the last 2 years she has been involved in the forest sector to assist companies form business relations with indigenous people and more recently in the build out of a retail cannabis store.
Vaughan has 25 years experience working with first nation communities in senior management or negotiation role, for over 10 of these years she operated successfully as a private Consultant. In addition, as a child her family earned their living operating a cattle ranch and a guiding outfit. Over the years she has developed many contacts in BC and Ontario with first nation communities and individuals in the natural resource sector. These experiences combined has created a unique skill set.
She sees huge opportunity for first nation individuals like herself and communities, if they can find real partnership agreements and have access to financial capital. Her presentation focuses on what first nation communities and individuals need at the policy level to be prepared for the cannabis industry, timelines and steps to build out a retail store, what to look for in a partner and the opportunity for cannabis to replace forestry.
Executive Director CANDO
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, raised on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement and is of First Nations descent from the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Prior to working with CANDO, was the CEO of Settlement Investment Corporation. Then moved on to facilitate and manage the Métis Settlements Economic Viability Strategy, which received international recognition for sustainable development.
Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte(Tyendinaga) CEO, Bridging Finance.
David is the CEO of Bridging Finance Inc., one of Canada’s largest private debt firms. For close to 25 years, David has focused on economic development for First Nations and Inuit communities. Bridging Finance has provided financing to First Nations for cannabis production and distribution across Canada
David is Chair Emeritus of First Nations University of Canada.He is a Board member of the Economic Development Corporation for Eabametoong (Fort Hope) First Nation and a member of the Board of Trustees at Queen’s and Vice-Chair of the Dean’s Council at Queen’s, Faculty of Law.
David is Mohawk and a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga). He’s a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada; has an LLB from Queen’s, an LLM in Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, U of Western Ontario. In 2015, David was named to the Diversity 50 in Canada.
Efstathia (Effie) Kiatos
Research Specialist at Thunderbird Partnership Foundation with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Effie has a strong background in research methodologies, statistical concepts, data analysis, cost effectiveness models, and systematic reviews.
Rachelle is a Research Writer and Knowledge Exchange Specialist at Thunderbird Partnership Foundation. Rachelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Health and Rehabilitation. Rachelle has a background in qualitative research, data analysis, policy analysis and program evaluation
Chief Christian Sinclair
Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Co-Chair Manitoba Norther Economic Development Strategy, Director National Access Cannabis Corp.
Chief Sinclair is a well connected and regarded member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN, Manitoba) and co-chair of Manitoba’s Northern Economic Development Strategy. As a Director at NAC, Chief Sinclair works to deepen the company’s relationship with Canada’s First Nations while linking economic development and partnerships opportunities with Indigenous communities to create new employment opportunities in Canada’s evolving Cannabis industry to First Nation members. Since 2002, he has worked with aboriginal groups focused on corporate development for major natural resource projects related to hydro, mining, oil and gas.
Chief Delbert Wapass (Walking Eagle)
Thunderchild First Nation (Treaty 6)
Chief Wapass has served for 3 terms, as well as 6 years as an executive member with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), with the portfolio responsibilities of education, health, lands and resources and sports, culture, and youth. He is a teacher, administrator, negotiator, and experienced in PR, HR and Finance.
He has a Bachelors Degree in Education and Arts, Bachelors Degree in Arts and Science, and a Masters Degree in Education from the Uof S.
He speaks fluent Cree and was an internationally famous grass dancer. Chief Wapass is a strong leader and kind, patient and compassionate towards the people he leads. Chief Wapass seeks advice from Elders to guide him inmaking decisions. He is also a good role model for young people.
Director General, Licensing and Medical Access, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch at Health Canada
Todd Cain is Director General of Licensing and Medical Access for the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch at Health Canada. Prior to that he led Medical Devices and Clinical Compliance and the Review of the Inspection Function. His diverse experience includes the public, non-profit and private sectors in consulting and executive leadership roles. His areas of expertise include policy, governance, strategy, and organization gained from work with the Institute on Governance, Deloitte, the Treasury Board of Canada, General Electric and Ford Motor Company.
He holds a Bachelor of Public Administration, Highest Honours, from Carleton University and a Master’s of Industrial and Labour Relations from Cornell University. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Capital YMCA-YWCA.
Minister Bill Blair
Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
The Honourable Bill Blair is Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. Minister Blair was elected to the House of Commons in October 2015 and was the Parliamentary Secretary to both the Ministers of Justice Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Health from December 2015 until his appointment to Cabinet in July 2018.
Before entering politics, Minister Blair served for 39 years with the Toronto Police Service. He started his career as a beat officer in downtown Toronto, and continued with assignments in drug enforcement, organized crime units, and major crime investigations. He was promoted to the senior ranks of the Service, and his postings included Divisional Commander, Community Policing Programs, and Detective Operations. He was responsible for all specialized investigative units, including the Homicide Squad, Hold-Up Squad, Sex Crimes Unit, Fraud Squad, Forensic Identification Services, Intelligence Services, and Organized Crime Enforcement, including the Guns and Gangs Unit, and the Repeat Offender Program.
Minister Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service in April 2005, and also served as President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, and Vice-President of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association. He was named a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, a member of the Most Venerable Order of St. John, and has
been awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal with Thirty Year Bar.
Minister Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto with dual disciplines of Economics and Criminology, a certificate in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Toronto, and a certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Police Leadership Program of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business Management and the National Executive Institute.
Chief Executive Office, 48North Cannabis Corp.
Alison is a veteran of the Canadian cannabis industry, bringing unique experience and relationships to her role as Chief Executive Officer of 48North. A skilled marketer, she is celebrated for her ability to shift public opinion and consumer behaviour and has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 Marketers by Marketing magazine.
As co-founder of Rethink Breast Cancer, Alison is credited with growing a new generation of young breast cancer supporters, compelled by her groundbreaking communication and pharmaceutical expertise in the healthcare realm. Today, Alison is applying her skills to 48North’s business plan in this new era of the cannabis industry. In 2018 she was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Cannabis Canada Council.
Chief Glenn Hudson
Peguis First Nation
Glenn Hudson was born and raised in Peguis First Nation by his mother Joan and father Alex. Glenn has been married for twenty-five years to his wife Sharon. They have two children; Glenn Jr and Juanita who they both cherish dearly. Glenn is also the proud grandfather to Meena, Emma, and Jameson.
Glenn clearly understands that rebuilding a strong nation requires putting families, Elders, and children first. This means building a strong economy that ensures Peguis First Nation has the resources to reinvest back into band membership. It is for that reason, that Glenn has placed great effort into pursing business ventures that provide the necessary resources to finance Peguis’s local programs, services, and infrastructure. Glenn is committed to ensuing that, we build a strong economy in Peguis First Nation so all Band members have the resources they need to to achieve their goals and aspirations.
“Glenn’s love and loyalty to his family and community has always kept him grounded. It is that grounding that has supported his strong leadership in business and as an elected Chief of Peguis First Nation for five consecutive terms. ”
Glenn Hudson graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering (B.S.I.E). Glenn understands that his education has afforded him with opportunities he otherwise might have not experienced. It is for this reason, that while Chief of Peguis First Nation, Glenn invested a lot of his energies into improving educational opportunities for band members. This included supporting the Hunters and Gathers society, a program aimed to teach youth how to live off the land and an Elders program to work with students in the local school. Glenn Hudson has also supported educational pursuits off reserve including the Red River carpentry program located out of Selkirk, Manitoba.
Glenn understands that in order for children to be successful, they require a strong sense of identity and culture, while having access to a high quality education. This is why, when Glenn was Chief in Peguis, he made sure the school was always properly financed and resourced. As a post secondary graduate Glenn understands the opportunities that come from receiving an education and he has used his education to support his efforts to build a strong economy for Peguis First Nation.
Glenn is well known in the Treaty 1 territory for his visionary leadership in sustainable business development and diplomatic approach working with Indigenous, grassroots, municipal, provincial and federal leaders. In December 2013, Glenn Hudson, along with the Peguis First Nation Chief and Council, brought the Assiniboia Downs for 22 million, 8 million dollars below the assessed value of 30 million dollar asking price. In the first year of development, the Downs made 300,000 on parking during the Red River Exhibition. Glenn wants to get this development back on track. This includes resuming the negotiations with the Hard Rock group and other developers who wanted to invest in building a hotel and conference centre at the Downs. It’s time to get this state of the art business and tourist centre up and running.
Glenn also played a leading role in the Kapyong Barracks negotiations, which was initiated in 2007 by Peguis under the leadership of Glenn Hudson along with other Treaty 1 First Nations leadership. As part of the TLE process, Peguis is entitled to federal surplus lands and the potential development opportunities that Kapyong offers supports massive economic growth for Peguis. The value of that land is well over 100 million dollars with the potential in development of well over 2 billion dollars. Glenn is ready to work with other Treaty 1 First Nations to push the deal forward. We need positive, respected, and diplomatic leadership who is able to work in partnership with other First Nations. We have no more time to waste. We have wasted enough time. Our local economy is suffering. We need to create jobs and continue building our economy for band membership through smart and sustainable investments.
Glenn understands this, which is why, during his time as Chief he worked at initiating sustainable business ventures that included the geothermal installs that amounted to creating 4.9 million dollars of business for Peguis First Nation. This project, part of Chief Peguis Construction, had the potential to convert 650 homes and commercial buildings while reducing heating bills for band members. During the time of the project 30 new jobs were created for band members. Glenn still believes that we can move this project forward in spite of recent developments that has placed this agreement in jeopardy. We need to keep our family household expenses down, create jobs, build the local economy while living in homes that keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Glenn is ready to get this done.
Cherie is a partner in Dickinson Wright’s Toronto office. She has First Nations law practice with a focus on commercial real estate, energy and transmission, and First Nations economic development. She provides strategic counsel to several First Nations seeking to fulfill their commercial development needs. Cherie also provides counsel to industry clients seeking to develop projects with First Nations and understands the legal considerations relevant to Canada, and with respect to the constitutionally protected interests of the Indigenous nations with which Canada shares its land and jurisdiction. In 2017, Cherie received the Lexpert Zenith Award, a national award recognizing women’s contributions in the law. In 2012, she was named one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40”.
In 2012, Cherie completed the first 100% First Nation owned wind-power project in Ontario and is active in renewable energy development. Cherie has completed over 300 MW of renewable energy partnerships involving First Nations and completed over 1,000 MW of partnerships involving First Nations for competitive procurement processes across Canada.
As lead counsel, Cherieassisted in forming one of the largest First Nations-led limited partnerships in Canada resulting in the Ontario First Nations Sovereign Wealth LP’s share purchase of approximately 2.4% of Hydro One Limited to support long term wealth creation for its 129 First Nations.
Cherie is both Mohawk and Ojibway from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and WikwemikongUnceded Indian Territory. Cherie is a noted speaker, having presented on topics relevant to Aboriginal Economic Development and Energy Development across Canada since 2009. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003.
Stuart Titus, Ph.D
Stuart Titus, Ph.D. is a cannabis industry icon and innovator. Dr. Titus has been involved in all aspects of the medical marijuana and industrial hemp industries, and was the seventh private investor in Medical Marijuana Inc.
Dr. Titus has been involved in the development and investment of several industry-leading cannabis and industrial hemp businesses during his most recent career. Dr. Titus is the cofounder and President of General Hemp, LLC which, with Titus at the helm, developed several prominent cannabis companies, including HempMeds, KannaLife Sciences Inc, and Kannaway, LLC. Titus’ diverse background in both finance and healthcare is the impetus behind his strong passion to help others by supporting the greater cannabisindustry.
Exec. Dir. Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat
Renu Kulendranis the Executive Director of the Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat, responsible for developing and coordinating Ontario’s approach to the legalization of recreational cannabis, which involves working across 15 provincial ministries, Indigenous communities, municipalities, police services, public health and education stakeholders and extensive engagement with the federal government. Renu is also working closely with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to oversee the successful implementation of private cannabis retail stores in Ontario for April 1, 2019.
Exec.. Dir. B.C. Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat
Mary Shaw is the Executive Director of the B.C. Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat (the Secretariat), within the Policing and Security Branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. The Secretariat ensures coordination of cannabis policy across the B.C. government and led the policy development for B.C.’s Cannabis Control and Licensing Act and Cannabis Distribution Act.
Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation // la Société de financement de la tribu Wi-Chi-Way-Win
Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Development // vice-présidente des ventes, du marketing et du développement
Brenda Zurba is the Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Development for Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation.(TWCC) She brings 17 years of experience in marketing, sales, sales management and executive leadership as well as a post secondary education in psychology, commerce and marketing.
Brenda was employed with a publicly traded, multi-billion dollar organization for more than 10 years and led a nationally specialized team that consulted with small businesses across Canada to develop their annual and semi-annual marketing strategies. Prior to joining TWCC, Brenda served as the National Sales and Marketing Director for Telpay Incorporated, where she managed customer support, marketing operations, as well as multi-channel sales of 24 million transactions worth $14 billion annually. Brenda is a designated member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association, which is a national institute that provides guidelines and professional standards in the sales and marketing profession.
Jodi Two Guns
Portfolio Liaison Officer for Social Well Being, Tsuut’ina First Nation
I have experience working in the First Nation areas of Education, Child and Family and Mental Health. I have worked as an Executive Assistant but have been recruited to management positions and have also experienced consultant work. Former Tsuut’ina Nation Child and Family Services Board Chair.
Pursuing my Bachelor of Management Degree with a major in Indigenous Nations and Organizations.
I believe in the traditional aspects of healing and incorporating our First Nations ways on a day to day basis within the work environment when able.
Work closely with the Program Managers under our Social Well Being Portfolio, including Child and Family Services, Contingency, Disability Navigator Program, Early Intervention, Elder’s Program, Food Bank, Health Centre, Healthy Living, Income Support, Men’s Shelter, Off Reserve Residency Program. Liaison program information and processes between Chief and Council, CEO, Finance and HR Dept and sometimes external resources including our Nation citizenship. Advocate for Social Well Being.