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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: Microbe vs. microbe
Use of beneficial microbes has been growing steadily over the past few years. The trick is knowing what to apply and when.

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.

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

Speaker: Brandon Koole, Creekside Greenhouses
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Awards presentation
11:45 am – 1:00 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
Software solutions are rising to the forefront of greenhouse automation. How could they help streamline your operations while lightening your labour needs?

Speaker: Scott Holmes, Extreme Technology
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.

Speakers:
  • Rodd Gibson, Jefferys Greenhouses
  • Aron Hoff, Meyers Fruit Farms and Greenhouses
2:30 to 3:00 pm
Networking Break
Now's your last change to exchange business cards and make a new connection that could help you grow your business!
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 


8:30 - 9:00 am
Cultivating your cannabis enterprise
If you're joining us for a second day, keep you name badge, no need to check-in. If your new to Grower Day, stop by 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
Innovation in cannabis cultivation
Sustainability and business profitability can co-exist even in today's most demanding commercial enterprises – and cannabis production is no exception. This session explores one Canadian licensed cannabis producer's journey toward a profitable and environmentally sustainable venture, and will offer best practices on how to factor sustainability into your production systems.

Speakers: Steven Bourne and Brandon Hebor, Rafterra Global
9:45 – 10:00 am
Business Brief
10:00 – 10:30 am
Safety in cannabis production
Representatives from 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 discuss their findings as well as next steps that could affect the licensed producer community.

Speaker: Alan Cavers, Engineering Manager, ULC
10:30 to 10:45 am
Networking Break
Enjoy a coffee, tea and treat, while meeting our vendors and networking with industry peers!
10:45 am – 11:15 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
11:15 to 11:45 am
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.
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
Meet our vendors to learn about their new products and services, while enjoying a full-hot lunch!
1:00 - 1:15 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.
1:15 to 2:00 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 Corp.
2:00 to 2:30 pm
All about Hemp
Is hemp the next great frontier for the cannabis industry? This session will explore hemp cultivation and the business opportunities for production

Speaker: Patricia Korosi, Sector Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Government of Canada
2:30 to 2:45 pm
Networking Break
Now's your last chance to exchange business cards and make a new connection that could help you grow your business!
2:45 – 3:00 pm
Business Brief
3:00 – 3:30 pm
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.
3:30pm to 4:15pm
Packaging Panel

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