August 24 & 25 2020

Digital Live Stream +


Evolving cultivation in

Canadian Cannabis

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.

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  • Reduced pricing from our in-person events

  • Digital exhibitors with dedicated networking rooms

  • Themed Summit hang out rooms for networking

  • Professional video production team service provided for all exhibitors

  • 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

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The Summit

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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 

The Growing Summit is proud to bring together the following inspirational speakers from across the 'Growing' Cannabis industry.

Dan Sutton

Dan is the CEO and Founder of Tantalus Labs, an LP recently ranked 5th in Canada for quality in the Leafly Reader’s Choice Awards. Tantalus is one of the last independently owned and operated LP’s in the country, and has contributed over 40 regulatory amendment recommendations to Health Canada and the Province of British Columbia through its path to licensing...


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.


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.

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.

Anoo Solomon

Anoo Solomon is the owner of CannaProtect IPM Solutions which offers customized IPM consulting
services across North America for cannabis companies.


Anoo is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Cannabis.

Rudi Schiebel

Rudi is the co-founder and CEO of Habitat Craft Cannabis, leading strategy, vision and business
development. Rudi has a deep passion and a long history of building regenerative agriculture and sustainable protein businesses.

Travis Lane

Travis has been cultivating cannabis for 20-plus years in British Columbia and has been a strong advocate for pesticide-free, sun-grown, living soil production. He has been involved in the founding of numerous small cannabis businesses over the past decade, and teaches courses on cannabis cultivation and operations at Camosun College on Vancouver Island.


Andrea Keddy, Koppert

Andrea Keddy has worked in the greenhouse industry for over 15 years, with 9 years specializing in biological control in crops. Raised in the East coast, she has lived and worked in the industry across Canada. She is passionate about helping growers develop IPM programs and teaching the fundamentals of pest management.


Shannon Ross

Shannon Ross is a cannabis advisor at Community Futures Central Kootenay, in the heart of Canada’s legacy cannabis culture in Nelson, BC. She has twenty years’ experience in the cannabis industry and managing commercial organic farms. She is particularly passionate about sustainable agricultural practices, helping cannabis facilities improve production, reduce input costs and increasing profits while caring for the long term health of people and the planet.

Bill Vasilakakos

Bill Vasilakakos was born into an agricultural family in Sparta, Greece. He split his time between Montreal and his home country where he gained extensive knowledge and experience in both large scale agricultural production as well as cannabis cultivation across Canada.

Bill is the Master Grower and one part of the original “Boaz Team”.

Alexandra Little

Alexandra Little from The Art of Fine Catering will be providing the summit with culinary delights to give you the full Kelowna experience.

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.

Sandra Colasanti, Remo

Sandra’s involvement in the cannabis industry began in the 90s, when her husband, Remo “Urban Remo” Colasanti, was involved in a car accident that left him with a debilitating back injury. After trying many types of prescription drugs that just made him unable to function, he and Sandra looked into cannabis as a way of treating his symptoms and found that it not only helped with his back pain but also allowed him to function daily with a clear head. In 2001, when cannabis became legal in Canada for medical use, Remo (with the help and extensive research done by Sandra) became one of the first people in Canada to be granted a license to grow his medicine at home, possess it, and consume it. Sandra is now the president of REMO Brands Inc, which produces and sells their nutrient line, Remo Nutrients.

Justin Valmont

Justin is the Founder and CEO of Think Tank Automation. Bringing 20 years of experience to the cannabis industry, he is the inventor of the "Think Tank Automation" system which is a technological solution that aids Cultivators and Business Owners in saving time and money while mitigating risk within their production facility.

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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Micheline Gravelle

Micheline Gravelle is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP. She is also the co-leader of the Cannabis practice group and leader of the Life Sciences and Plant Breeders’ Rights practice groups. Her practice focuses on assessing new technologies, preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide, and conducting due diligence analyses and providing strategic advice on patent portfolios.

Niki Nickel

Niki Nickel was born and raised in BC by legacy medical growers who taught her about cannabis from a young age. Mrs Nickel is an advocate for medical cannabis and currently cultivates for medical purposes under the Cannabis Act. Following college, she pursued a job in accounting with a fertilizer company using her newly acquired skills.

Brittny Anderson, M.Sc.

Brittny, a co-founder and Director of Operations of The Cannabis Conservancy, grew up in Canada’s cannabis capital, Nelson BC. In 2018, she was elected to serve as a Councillor for the City of Nelson and is the Alternate Director for the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Jennifer Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell
Local Cannabinoid Company
Jennifer has indulged her love of science in many different roles – as a biology and chemistry teacher, as a scientific consultant for a plaintiff pharmaceutical law firm and most recently in quality assurance, compliance, licensing and regulatory affairs in the cannabis industry.


Goncalves da Silva

Dr. Anders Goncalves da Silva, Chief Bioinformatics Officer of Lighthouse Genomics, is passionate about finding ways to use genetic data to inform better decision making. Since receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2007, Dr. Goncalves da Silva has used his skills to help inform decision making in conservation biology, fisheries management, wildlife disease monitoring and public health. He is currently applying his expertise in genetic analysis to Cannabis sativa.

Traci Woodward

Traci Woodward is a Quality Assurance consultant in the Cannabis Industry.
Traci has worked in the Cannabis industry for more than 3 years, and previously in the regulated GMP Pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years, working around the world, including several years
internationally in both England and Switzerland.
Traci has worked with both Aurora Cannabis and Flowr Corporation as the Senior Director of Quality.


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