April 26, 27, 28 2021



Focused on Growth

Collaborate.  Evolve.  Grow.


The Growing Summit will bring the leaders of the Global Cannabis industry together, exploring traditional cultivation methods or legacy growing methods as we forge through this exciting time in Canadian history. Together we will establish the Canadian Cannabis industry growers as world leaders in cultivation innovation.

Digital features designed to maximize your value.

  • Reduced pricing from our in-person events

  • Digital exhibitors with dedicated networking rooms

  • Themed Summit hang out rooms for networking

  • Virtual networking kick off night

  • Round table chat rooms with Summit experts

  • Interactive Q&A in real-time

  • App technology that allows you to start a conversation with other guests

  • Watch live streamed or view later at your own convenience

  • Content available to all attendees after the event with professional notes taken for you

  • All slides and powerpoints available to guest in the event wrap up package


ACMLA content support.


This year the ACMLA has taken on the awesome opportunity to spearhead the agenda for the Growing Summit, March 8, 9, 10 2021. In partnership with Hempfest Canada the summit tackles issues and knowledge to help Growers succeed in this challenging, frustrating, and rewarding industry.


The Summit aims to be created by the growers for the growers.

The Summit

Join us in POWERFUL Conversation


About the Summit

Learn from other growers and share your knowledge with others as we examine challenges and triumphs that growers face every day.



From the MMAR in 2001 to C-45 in 2018, the Canadian Cannabis industry has captured the attention of the world. Canada has emerged as the global leader in cannabis cultivation. The eyes of the world are watching Canada, however other nations are soon to be hot on our heels. How do we maintain our excellence as an industry while continually improving skills, methods, and scientific understanding of the cultivation of cannabis?


The Summit aims to unite Canada's greatest growers and industry-related professionals in order to find the answers that will help growers face daily challenges together.


  • Inspire a new and innovative vision and share practical skills from a diverse panel of industry speakers


  • Network with growers and growing-related professionals, provincial and regulatory agencies, and service providers










2020 Speakers 

Speakers Highlight from 2020 - New listing for 2021 coming soon.

Mary Horvatincic

Mary Horvatincic Co-Founder, CEO
BlueSky Organics

It is often said someone is “ahead of their time” when they have new ideas long before many
other people start to think in the same way. That would be a fitting description of Mary
Horvatincic and the company she has co-founded in BlueSky Organics.


David Brown

As a former policy advisor with Health Canada's cannabis branch and a co-founder of Lift & Co, David Brown brings an extensive and unique body of knowledge and experience to the table within Canada's regulated cannabis market. He is passionate about seeing the cannabis sector grow and mature into a robust and respected industry. David will be tapping into his experience helping formulate Health Canada's micro and nursery regulations to give a fresh take on scalable, streamlined approaches to entering the legal cannabis production market in Canada without spending millions.

Sasha Okyere

As a lifelong cannabis champion and enthusiast, Sasha Okyere is a leading expert in cannabis extraction with a deep appreciation for sustainability and innovative solutions. Formerly the Vice President of Processing at Sundial Growers, Sasha has perceptively led cross-functional teams for over 20 years to design world-class processing facilities across numerous organizations. 

Jodi Mcdonald

Jodi McDonald is the President & Founder of Keystone Labs Inc. Keystone Labs was incorporated in 2005 and in August 2015, acquired a Health Canada controlled substance license to conduct cannabis testing.  Jodi has a background in clinical and microbiology sciences and her passion is bridging the gap between analytical and microbial sciences and the medical cannabis industry to help improve the quality of medicinal cannabis products being used by patients.

Av Singh

Av Singh, PhD, PAg
Cannabis Cultivation Advisor
Av Singh is one of the leading authorities on organic cannabis production. After completing his post-doc at the University of Minnesota on pasture-based livestock production, Singh worked at the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada and served as the Organic and Small-Scale Farming Specialist in Nova Scotia, for over 15 years, and recently held the Just Us! Chair in Small Farm Sustainability.

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Jon Bent

Jon is an MMAR Grower & Hobby Farmer from rural Manitoba.  He started cultivating cannabis & making concentrates in 1996.  

In 2001, he opened his first retail hydroponic store followed by an online hydroponic wholesale store in 2003 selling growing supplies all across North America.  This created an extensive network of growers and knowledge.

Che LeBlanc

Founder and CEO of Rosebud Cannabis Farms, Che’ LeBlanc brings nearly 3 decades of experience in the cannabis industry as a second generation expert grower. He blends this experience with a background in construction and management. As a certified permaculturist, Che has grown and developed hundreds of strains of cannabis for indoor and outdoor production, while incorporating sustainable growing techniques. He specializes in combining environmental ethics with high yield output by blending technology with regenerative growing techniques. 


Remo is a grower and a medical cannabis patient, based in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada. Back in 2001, he became one of the first people in Canada to be allowed to grow cannabis at home and carry it on himself legally, for medicinal purposes. Since then, he has been teaching people to grow safely and legally and has been producing cannabis content on Youtube channel since 2006 ( Remo had been involved with testifying in the constitutional court case that protected the patients legal right to grow their own cannabis.

Tanner Stewart

An impassioned believer that the processes of our agriculture will dictate the quality of our nutrition and the sustainability of our future, Tanner has long been an advocate for, and entrepreneur in, Canada’s vertical farming and aquaponics industry.


Kirk Tousaw

Kirk Tousaw is the CEO of Great Gardener Farms, Ltd., a cannabis company based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He has been a cannabis policy consultant, lawyer and legalization advocate for decades. As a lawyer, Kirk won several ground-breaking cannabis cases, including a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court of Canada in R v. Smith, establishing patient’s Charter rights to non-smoked forms of medical cannabis and as co-counsel in Allard v Canada, confirming a medical patient’s constitutional right to produce cannabis for their own use.

Andrew Freedman

Andrew Freedman is the first real " Cannabis Sommelier & quot; his focus on pairing cannabis, beer, cocktail, wine and gastronomy are completely unique and original.

The Growing Summit's Dinner Sommelier.

Jeff Ord

Jeff Ord is Cannabis At Work’s entrepreneurially spirited VP of Accounts & Relationships. Jeff has leveraged his unique ability to forge meaningful connections and built the cannabis community from coast-to-coast. With a decade of experience helping small organizations grow, Jeff is passionate about creating space & place for people to become the best versions of themselves. Jeff has been hosting The Roll Call - a series of in-person and online events designed to connect cannabis colleagues through conversations about gratitude.

Kieley Beaudry

Kieley Beaudry is a 25 year cannabis consumer and has been a cannabis educator and entrepreneur for the past 4 years.  She co-founded Parkland Flower Inc in 2018 to start a micro-cultivation in Edmonton, Alberta. As she started going through the process of applying for a licence, she realized there were no organizations to support small operators in the space, thus founded The Alberta Cannabis Micro Licence Association to help fill that gap. With an incredible board of industry professionals from across Alberta, they work with the AGLC to help small operators navigate this confusing and ever changing landscape.


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