In just over four months, 650 of the world’s most powerful executives, thought leaders, policy makers and top talent from government and leading international firms will convene in Saint John, Canada to impact the global cannabis industry. The second annual World Cannabis Congress, presented by Civilized, is taking place in the historic Port City on June 16-18, 2019.
“The World Cannabis Congress is a summit for the world’s foremost C-suite leaders, government officials and investors to drive this industry forward,” said Derek Riedle, Publisher of Civilized. “The conversations and connections made at Congress set the tone, pace and direction for how cannabis is integrated into everything from business and politics to health and wellness. This annual gathering is paramount to the advancement and destigmatization of cannabis in modern culture worldwide.”
As Canada’s second wave of cannabis legalization approaches – whereby cannabis edibles and cannabis concentrates will be legal on or before October 17, 2019 – the potential of the edible and cannabis infused-beverage markets will be a hot topic for Congress delegates. Other subjects that will be advanced at World Cannabis Congress 2019 include:
- financial opportunities for mainstream brands in the new era of legalized cannabis
- expert opinion on where to invest next
- the rise of female cannabis consumers and luxury offerings
- accessing medical cannabis from a human rights perspective
- the role pop culture can play in accurately depicting modern cannabis culture
The 2019 event builds on the huge success of the inaugural conference held last June, bringing together a curated audience in the right place at the right time. World Cannabis Congress 2019 is supported by Canadian government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, by the international cannabis industry, leading professional services and technology firms, and by mainstream global brands.
E-commerce giant Shopify will be in attendance, along with international investment, financial services and law firms Meritas, Cowen and Company, Grant Thornton, Cuesta Campos y Asociados, Aird & Berlis and Posse Herrera Ruiz, as mainstream brands and ancillary businesses look for opportunities to engage in the cannabis space. Some of the C-suite executives, scientists and researchers from cannabis companies across North America who will be present at this year’s World Cannabis Congress include Tilray, Hiku, HEXO, Canndescent, Sundial, Zenabis, Organigram, Up Cannabis, Dixie Brands and Leafly.
Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO of Canopy Growth is the first confirmed keynote speaker. He will be providing insight into how legalization of cannabis in Canada has impacted the global market, particularly in the U.S. More keynote speakers will be announced in the coming months.
The leading lifestyle brand and multiplatform media company, Civilized presents premium, thought-leadership events for business audiences, as well as unique lifestyle events and experiences for consumers and the canna-curious in both Canada and the U.S.