December 2016

Cannabis & Canada : Navigating the Road Ahead

11:30am-1:30pm | The Omni King Edward Hotel - 37 King St E, Toronto

On Thursday, Dec 1 at 12p.m., Brendan Kennedy, CEO of private equity firm Privateer Holdings, will share his perspective about the future of the global legal cannabis industry as it transitions from a state of prohibition to a state of legalization around the world.

As an international thought leader actively shaping the future of the legal cannabis industry, Mr. Kennedy will discuss the road ahead for cannabis legalization in Canada, as well as the global paradigm shift we are witnessing with regard to cannabis laws and attitudes elsewhere around the world in Australia, Europe and the United States. He will make the case that the world is looking to Canada as a model for how to legalize cannabis for medical purposes and responsible adult consumption.

Privateer Holdings, the world’s first private equity firm to invest exclusively in legal cannabis, has raised more than $120 million to build responsible cannabis brands. The company employs more than 300 professionals on the ground in 5 countries, 5 Canadian provinces, and 5 U.S. states. Privateer Holdings portfolio of cannabis brands includes: Tilray (one of Canada’s leading licensed producers of medical cannabis), Leafly (the world’s cannabis information resource), and Marley Natural (the official Bob Marley cannabis brand).

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST
- Lunch will be served -

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Cannabis & Canada : Navigating the Road Ahead

Brendan Kennedy

Privateer Holdings

Brendan Kennedy

Brendan is the Chief Executive Officer of Privateer Holdings which carries three major cannabis companies in its portfolio: Leafly, Marley Natural and Tilray.

Farah Nasser

Anchor, Global Toronto

Farah Nasser

Farah Nasser is an award winning journalist, who brings extensive experience to her role as anchor on Global News at 5:30 & 6.

Nasser began her career with RogersTV before accepting a position with Newstalk 1010 in 1999. There she started as a producer and worked her way up into a reporting role. Next, Nasser made the move to Toronto 1 where she worked as a journalist for two years before joining /A\ Channel News in Barrie, reporting for the Toronto Bureau. In 2006, she joined Citytv as a reporter and later became a weekend anchor. Prior to her position with Global News, Nasser was an anchor and reporter for CP24.

Nasser has been informing viewers across the GTA for nearly two decades. Among her career highlights are the Toronto’s SARS outbreak in 2003, G20 Summit in 2010 and the Toronto 18 terror trials. She’s a political veteran having covered municipal, provincial and federal elections.

She was also the recipient of the RTNDA Sam Ross award for her viral commentary “What if the fighting in Aleppo was happening in Toronto?” in 2017. The video was viewed 3.5 million times and used as a teaching aid in schools to explain the Syrian conflict.

A graduate of Ryerson University in Radio and Television Arts, she also attended the University of Westminster in London, England for European Media Studies and later interned for CNN in New Delhi, India.

Nasser considers herself lucky to work in journalism and credits her father with her curiosity and passion for current events. She always knew she wanted to go into broadcasting and fondly remembers her first paying job and thinking, “I can’t believe they are paying me, I would do this for free!”

When not reporting on the day’s headlines, Nasser spends her time volunteering in the community. She regularly emcees community events and works with the Aga Khan Foundation, an organization that provides sustainable solutions for developing countries. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the University Health Network’s Arthritis Research Foundation and hosts their Power of Movement yoga fundraiser annually.

Nasser lives in the GTA with her husband, son, and daughter. She can often be found exploring the city, trying new restaurants or doing yoga.

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