September 15 & 16, 2018
SFU Harbour Centre

Be a part of this incredible movement that will change the face of cannabis consumption in Canada

The Georgia Straight: Cannabis Thought Leaders Since 1967

When publisher Dan McLeod printed his first issue of the Georgia Straight in 1967, an entire two-page spread was dedicated to Peter Hlookoff ’s Bum-Tripper’s Guide, a column that detailed the benefits of cannabis use in an era when users were dubbed “hippies” and “beatniks”.

Fifty years later, our coverage of cannabis may lack the terminology of yesteryear, but you can be sure that our feisty takes and fearless approach are just as pro-cannabis as they were in the sixties.

Whether its politics, industry info, lifestyle tips, medical advice, or community news, we’re keen to inform our readers of the latest cannabis-related stories as they happen.

As we move forward, we look forward to participating in this growing industry and reaching an audience that is just as excited about cannabis as we are. The Grassroots Expo is an extension of what we have been doing for the past 50 years. Our solid history and reputable business experience has made us one of the most powerful independent media voices—not only in Vancouver—but in Canada.

In Association with
Groundwork Consulting

Jamie Shaw

Partner, Groundwork Consulting

Travis Lane

Cultivating cannabis for over 20 years

Courtland Sandover-Sly

Founder, Sandover-Sly Financial

Past Speakers

Hilary Black

Director of Patient Education and Advocacy, Canopy Growth

John Conroy

Barrister and Solicitor

Dr. Philippe Lucas

Vice President, Patient Research & Access, Tilray

Christopher Sayegh

The Herbal Chef

Kirk Tousaw

Barrister and Advocate, Tousaw Law Corporation

Dr. Zach Walsh

Associate Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Scott Bernstein

Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

Sarah Blythe

Founding Member, Overdose Prevention Society

Piper Courtenay

Cannabis Writer, The Georgia Straight

Joanne Crowther

Survivor and Advocate for Medical Cannabis Use

John De Villa

Andrea Dobbs

Co-Founder & Brand Manager, The Village

Mary Jean Dunsdon


Adolfo Gonzales

Seminar Leader, CannaReps

Dr. Pippa Hawley B.Med, FRCPC (PM)

Division Head of UBC Palliative Care

William Hayley

Digital Project Manager

David Hutchinson RAF (rtd)

Danielle Jackson (Miz D)

Cannatherapy Consultant

Annaliese Kibler

Regulatory Affairs Manager, Aurora Cannabis

Dr. Katherine Kramer

Veterinarian, Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital

Philip Kwong

Travis Lane

Founding Director, BC Independent Cannabis Association

Rob Laurie

International Lawyer, Writer and Speaker

David Malmo-Levine

Siobhan McCarthy

Sales and Marketing Manager, Northern Vine Labs

Steven Mckee

Farrell Anne Miller

Student at Law, Lewin & Sagara LLP

Dr. M-J Milloy

Epidemiologist, Research scientist, BC Centre on Substance Use

Rosy Mondin

President and CEO, Quadron Cannatech

Cam Noble

Founder, Peak Wellness Canada Ltd.

Elaine Nuessler

Liam Oster

Lawyer, Watson Goepel LLP

Jonathan Page, PhD

Co-founder and CEO, Anandia Labs

Barinder Rasode


Terry Roycroft

President MCRCI & Croft Consulting Inc.

Dr. Natasha Ryz, PhD, MSc, BSc

Chief Science Officer, Zenabis

Jamie Shaw

Government Relations Director, MMJ Canada

Arnold Shoichet

Medical Director, Medicinal Cannabis Resource Centre in Vancouver

Amanda Siebert

Cannabis Editor, Georgia Straight

Walter Sorto

Managing Director, Sunrise Wellness Foundation

Dan Sutton

Founder and Managing Director, Tantalus Labs

Salimeh Tabrizi, M.Ed

Clinical Counsellor

Jaclyn Thomson

Director of Research and Development, Northern Vine Labs

Selena Wong

CEO, Flower of Life Integrative Health

Clint Younge

CEO, MMJ Canada

Shega Youngson

National Community Engagement Manager, Canopy Growth Corporation

Past Sponsors

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