Panelists Announced for Upcoming Lift Cannabis Forum in Vancouver

Join us on November 12 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver. Buy your tickets today and save $10.

We’re excited to be coming back to Vancouver for our third and final Lift Cannabis Forum of the year.

The event will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 12, at UBC Robson Square. It will once again feature a lively panel discussion on the future of cannabis access and regulation in Canada, from dispensaries to LP’s to patients, the emerging international market, and beyond – and undoubtedly the outcome of yesterday's federal election will give us a lot to talk about as well.

As with our past Lift Forums, we've scheduled a 90 minute conversation, with extended time afterwords for an open floor discussion on what the future of medical cannabis can look like in Canada, as well as the future of non-medical cannabis. We've gathered panellists from several facets of the emerging industry, and we hope you will come and take part in the discussions as well!

The evening begins at 5pm with a chance to meet with various members of the Canadian cannabis industry, with the discussion beginning about 6pm. We hope to see you there.

In celebration of the election results, we've extended the early bird price for one more day: Buy your ticket by midnight October 20 and receive $10 off! Click here to Buy Now.


The Panellists

Dr. Dave Hepburn

Dr. Dave Hepburn is cohost of both the Oprah Winfrey Network show Buyologic and the nationally syndicated radio show Wisequacks.

He is an award winning syndicated columnist and published author of The Doctor Is In(sane).Dr. Hepburn was a Canadian naval surgeon in the Persian Gulf War and a bush surgeon and sole doctor on the remote jungle island of Tanna in the South Pacific. He has been a doctor for the Olympic Games and was the medical director of the 1994 Commonwealth Games in gymnastics. He has been the team doctor to Canadian national rugby teams as well as junior and professional hockey teams. He entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest scoring defenseman in the longest hockey game in history.

Dave has a medical practice in Victoria, and is a clinical instructor with the University of British Columbia Medical School. He has spoken extensively about medical cannabis to other physicians in Canada.

Rielle Capler

Rielle Capler has been working in the medical cannabis field in Canada for over 15 years. Armed with a Masters degree in Health Administration, she helped develop policies and procedures for the first medical cannabis dispensary in Canada where she worked for 8 years. Rielle co-founded the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) where she worked with dispensaries, patients and other stakeholders to develop nation-wide standards and a certification program for dispensaries. Rielle has developed educational materials for patients, the public and health care providers and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, looking at the impact of the federal regulations for medical cannabis on patient access.

Andrew Livingston

Andrew Livingston serves as a policy analyst for Vicente Sederberg LLC. He first worked alongside the Vicente Sederberg team in 2012 during the historic Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign, which legalized marijuana for adults in Colorado. Andrew started his career in drug policy while at Colgate University and founded a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 2009. During this time he focused his academic studies on the economics of illegal markets and the harms they create for societies around the world. At Vicente Sederberg, Andrew provides analysis on legal and regulatory matters as well as economic market projections for adult-use and medical marijuana laws in Colorado and around the world. In addition to his work at Vicente Sederberg, Andrew serves as the associate researcher for ArcView Market Research’s “State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report”.

Theresa Kozak

Theresa Kozak graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1997. She is currently enrolled at McMaster University in the Masters of Social Work program. Ms. Kozak entered the Cannabis Industry in 2009 as the Intake Worker, Volunteer Coordinator, and Staff Supervisor with H.U.M.A.N, a Toronto-based medical marihuana dispensary. Theresa went on to become the Client Services Manager for MedCannAccess and is currently employed as the Manager of Better by Tweed, overseeing the operations of three community-based cannabis resource centres located throughout South-Western Ontario. Ms. Kozak is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Chris Stone

Chris Stone has served as the QA Manager at licensed producer, Broken Coast Cannabis since June 2014. Chris is a passionate, goal-oriented professional with over 10 years of experience in quality and compliance for regulated health industries. He specializes in the practical application of quality improvement concepts, analytics, and metrics to bring together diverse groups of stakeholders to find solutions and traction. Chris is highly attentive to detail, while also experienced in strategic planning and leading organizational change.

Hilary Black (Moderator)

Working to help Canadians access cannabis for well over a decade, Hilary Black is the founder of the BC Compassion Club Society, the first medical cannabis dispensary in Canada. She currently serves as the Director of Patient and Community Services with Bedrocan Canada.

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