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Day 1: Flourishing in the technological age

Day 2: Cultivating your cannabis enterprise

DAY 1: Flourishing in the technological age

8:30 - 9:00 am
Flourishing in the technological age
Welcome to Grower Day! Check-in at registration to pick up your name badge, grab a coffee and network with industry peers!
9:00 – 9:10 am
Welcoming Remarks
9:15 – 9:45 am
Biofungicides: Managing plant diseases with microbes
Use of specific beneficial microbes for managing plant diseases has grown steadily over the past 20 years. The keys to success with microbial biofungicides are knowing what they are and are not, what they do, and best-use practices.

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Krause, BioWorks
9:45 – 10:15 am
Managing pests in the digital age
Don't wait to act. Mobile apps can now help identify greenhouse pests and diseases and even provide best management tips.

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Jandricic, OMAFRA
10:15 to 10:45 am
Networking Break
Enjoy a coffee, tea and treat, while meeting our vendors and networking with industry peers!
10:45 – 11:15 am
Clean water: Filter by design
Clean water is one of the most important elements of a successful operation. Hear about case studies of different biofiltration technologies and wetland designs.

  • Albert Grimm, Jeffery's Greenhouses
  • Dr. Ann Huber, Soil Resource Group
  • Lloyd Rozema, Aqua Treatment Technologies
11:15 am – 11:45 am
Grounds for a DIY mix
From machinery costs to ingredients, this grower shares the highs and lows of using their newly installed mix line for creating their own growing substrate.

Speaker: Brandon Koole, Creekside Greenhouses
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Awards presentation
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
Meet our vendors to learn about their new products and services, while enjoying a full-hot lunch!
1:30 to 2:00 pm
Here comes the data crunch
From big data to artificial intelligence, software solutions are rising to the forefront of greenhouse automation. How could they help streamline your operations while lightening your labour needs and improving your business process?

Speaker: Scott Holmes, ET Grow
2:00 to 2:30 pm
The payback on mechanization: A tale of two growers
With the continued shortage in labour, automated solutions are at the top of many wish lists. But is the payback worth the initial pain? Two growers tell all.

  • Rodd Gibson, Jefferys Greenhouses
  • Aron Hoff, Meyers Fruit Farms and Greenhouses
2:30 to 3:00 pm
Networking Break
Enjoy a coffee, tea and treat, while meeting our vendors and networking with industry peers!
3:00 to 3:40 pm
Lighting & plant science: A deep dive into using smart LED lighting
New lighting strategies with smart LED fixtures are redefining horticultural lighting. Recent findings demonstrate several growth-promoting advantages: longer photoperiods with relatively low-intensity irradiation can increase leafy green production; specific wavelengths of light at strategic times during the day can benefit both leafy green and vine crop growth and may control THC levels in cannabis; and varying light intensity during the day impacts leafy green development. Additionally, smart LED fixtures with light sensors can work with a DLI predictive algorithm to reduce variability in lighting between days, and use fixture dimmability to reduce electrical usage.

Speaker: Dr. Melanie Yelton, LumiGrow
3:40 – 4:00 pm
How to co-exist with your cannabis-growing neighbour
With lighting and odour issues coming from cannabis greenhouses, how can a flower or vegetable operation peacefully co-exist with their cannabis growing neighbours?

Speaker: Vicki Hilborn, OMAFRA

DAY 2: Cultivating Your Cannabis Enterprise 

8:00 - 8:30 am
Registration and Networking
If you're joining us for a second day, keep your name badge, no need to check-in. If you’re new to Grower Day, stop by registration to pick up your name badge, grab a coffee and network with industry peers!
8:30 - 9:00 am
Data security: protecting client information
Speaker: Robert Beggs, Digital Defence
9:00 – 9:10 am
Business Brief - Garda World
9:10 – 9:40 am
Safety in Cannabis Production
ULC will discuss their Technical Committee S4400, which was formed in response to a proposed standard for minimum requirements for safe cannabis production. ULC will review their findings as well as next steps that could affect the licensed producer community.

Speaker: Alan Cavers, Engineering Manager, ULC
9:40 – 10:30 am
Networking Break
Enjoy a coffee, tea and treat, while meeting our vendors and networking with industry peers!
10:30 to 10:40 am
Business Brief - Senstar
10:40 am – 11:10 am
Going organic
As consumers become increasingly sophisticated, they look to their products to match their lifestyle and preference. Some cannabis producers have gone the organic route and are reaping the benefits. This session explores the wonderful world of organic cultivation.

Speaker: David Perron, VP of Growing Operations, The Green Organic Dutchman
11:10 to 11:20 am
Business Brief - Paxiom Group
11:20 – 11:50pm
The Business Case for Outdoor Grow
For the most part, medical cannabis has historically been grown indoors, ensuring the highest quality strains and flowers. With the cannabis-infused products expected to be legalized soon, cannabis producers are exploring ways to increase production of cannabis extracts destined for the cannabis-infused market. This session will discuss best practices to follow and pitfalls to avoid when cultivating outdoors.

Speaker: Jayson Goodale, Senior Consultant, Cultivation, Cannabis Compliance Inc.
11:50 – 1:15 pm
Lunch Break
Meet our vendors to learn about their new products and services, while enjoying a full-hot lunch!
1:15 - 1:20 pm
Canada’s Top Growers Award Nomination
Grow Opportunity Canada presents Canada's Top Growers Award recognizing the most outstanding and innovative cannabis growers across Canada. This brief session will provide an overview of the award program and the selection process that will put the spotlight on Canada's top growers of cannabis.
1:20 to 1:30 pm
Business Brief - Cannabuster the Odour Stopper
1:30 to 2:15 pm
Keynote: Security and Risk Management for your Cannabis Business
David Hyde, one of the foremost authorities on security and cannabis in Canada, will offer his thoughts and recommendations for risk reduction and security best practices.

Keynote Presenter: David Hyde, President, 3 Sixty Secure
2:15 to 2:25 pm
Business Brief - G4S
2:25 to 2:55 pm
All about Hemp
Is hemp the next great frontier? This session will provide an overview of the Canadian hemp industry and opportunities for hemp-based product development.

Speaker: Patricia Korosi, Sector Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Government of Canada
2:55 – 3:20 pm
Networking Break
Now's your last chance to exchange business cards and make a new connection that could help you grow your business!
3:20 to 3:30pm
Business Brief - Commissionaires
3:30pm to 4:00pm
Procedures and Protocols
Your cannabis operations need to maintain certain standards that should be consistent throughout your growing facility and beyond. This session will provide some guidelines for developing standard operating procedures at your organization to help your cannabis enterprise operate seamlessly.

Speaker: Georges Routhier, CEO, PipeDreemz Inc.

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