June 2019

A Budding Industry: Women & Cannabis

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front Street W, Toronto

As the Cannabis industry continues to grow, there is so much for people to learn and discuss. The panel discussion will focus on the role that women play in the industry, the things that are working for and against women -- where women fit in as consumers, what role are women playing on leadership teams and where the actual culture is taking us as a collective. The industry has a unique opportunity to build from the ground up - how can we avoid inheriting inequalities that still exist in so many other industries?

Join the Economic Club of Canada and our expert panel to discuss all of this & more on June 5, 2019!

- Lunch will be served -

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

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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A Budding Industry: Women & Cannabis

Bridget Hoffer

Marigold Marketing & PR, Canndora

Bridget Hoffer

Bridget is the co-founder of Marigold Marketing & PR and Canndora, a communications strategist, and brand expert. She has extensive experience in delivering integrated communications, marketing, and brand programs that achieve results and resonate in the cannabis, media and social good sectors.

From 2000 to 2014, Bridget was the Executive Director of CBC communications, marketing, and brand for CBC Services. During her tenure, CBC was ranked as one of Canada’s most influential brands by Ipsos. Before joining CBC, Bridget led the communications teams for the United Way of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Currently, she is the Chair of the Board for Safetynet Children & Youth Charities in Oakville, ON.

Gill Polard

The Her(B) Life

Gill Polard

Gill Polard is a legalization and safe access advocate and the creator of the leading cannabis lifestyle website and print publication The Her(B) Life which celebrates the feminine cannabis experience through industry interviews, education and media. She is a regular contributor to The Growth Op and teaches the Marketing under the Cannabis Act course at Mount Royal University. In 2018 she was nominated for a Canadian Cannabis Award in the “influencer” category and was awarded the first ever “Cannabis Leader of the Year” trophy from Notable Life. More recently The Her(B) Life was nominated for Best News Source at the O’Cannabiz awards.

Rosy Mondin

CEO and Director
Quadron Cannatech Corporation

Rosy Mondin

With over 18 years of legal and entrepreneurial experience, Rosy has launched and managed public companies as well as start-ups. She has served as strategic advisor for companies involved in the processing, distribution, and safe use of medical cannabis. Ms. Mondin is the Co-founder & Executive Director at the Cannabis Trade Alliance of Canada and serves as Advisory Board Member for FinCanna Capital Corp and Special Advisor to the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES).

In 2014, Rosy co-founded Soma Labs Scientific which in 2016, amalgamated to form Quadron Cannatech Corporation. Quadron listed with the CSE in January 2017, making her the world’s first female founder and CEO of a publicly-traded cannabis company. In May 2018, Ms. Mondin presented to the Standing Senate Committee and provided valuable insight as to how Health Canada could benefit from implementing new regulations. Most recently, Ms. Mondin won the inaugural ‘Woman in Weed – Trailblazer’ Award at the 2018 Canadian Cannabis Awards and was featured in ‘Women in Weed’ and ‘The Growth Op’ as one of the most influential women in the cannabis space.

As the legal cannabis industry gains traction in Canada, and around the world, Rosy is excited to be on the cusp of this new, fast-growing industry.

Shauna Levy


Shauna Levy

Shauna Levy is a Canadian cultural visionary, who has been at the forefront of Canada’s design community and industry for more than 20 years, helping establish Toronto as an internationally recognized hub for design excellence, innovation and creativity.

Levy has now taken her community – and her brand-building know-how, relentless energy and passion - to the cannabis industry as the CEO of MoCanna, a cultural, educational, experiential and retail platform. The platform’s first major project MINISTRY has a mission to shift perceptions about cannabis and its culture, and to become the global epicentre and cultural authority for all things cannabis. The first MINISTRY location will open in Toronto in late 2019.

Prior to this, Levy was President and CEO of celebrated arts and design hub Design Exchange (DX) for seven years. There, she established DX as the premier design destination in Canada, securing travelling exhibits from prestigious cultural institutions from around the world such as Christian Louboutin’s 20th anniversary exhibit, Stephan Sagmeister’s Happy Show as well as working with Pharrell Williams as Guest Curator of This Is Not a Toy. Educational programs were also offered to the young and old, celebrating both Canadian and international design talent.

She is also the founder of EDIT | Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2017. The festival showcased how good design can make the world a better place, and featured guests like Bruce Mau, David Suzuki, Richard Florida and Daan Roosegaarde.

In 1997, she co-founded the internationally-acclaimed Interior Design Show (IDS), North America’s largest contemporary design fair, helping establish Toronto as an international design destination.

After having lived in Paris, and ‘s-hertogenbosh (The Netherlands), she has reclaimed her Toronto roots with her partner and daughter.

Susan Chapelle

Government Relations
Pasha Brands

Susan Chapelle

Susan Chapelle has been both a patient and an advocate for the cannabis industry for over 15 years. As an elected city councilor for two terms as well as a candidate for mayor in Squamish, BC, Susan advocated for and put forward policy to reflect legalization, and to help those small businesses involved in the cultivation and dispensing of cannabis to retain their place in the economy. Susan is Director of Government Relations and Affairs with Pasha Brands and is excited to be utilizing all of her gained knowledge in politics, science and startups to help keep the small business economics of cannabis viable in a time of rapid industry growth and regulatory uncertainty.

As a business owner for over 30 years and an early adopter of innovation, Susan pioneered the first multidisciplinary health care clinic in Squamish, BC. Squamish Integrated Health maintains over 25 practitioners and serves the health of the community through evidence based treatments that have been developed and published in peer review journals.

Susan’s recent opening of Aligned Collective in Squamish as a space where people can work together across sectors to resolve economic and social issues, as well as move into smart city solutions will be an exciting use of her Community Economic Development education at SFU.

As an entrepreneur and community advocate, her completion of a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) at Simon Fraser University has helped her grow her skills in the world of startups and rural economics.
Susan is an advocate for healthy cities and was successful at moving the dial on access to rape kits for women in the province of BC. Her passion for evidence informed policy and community economic development has continued to inform her advocacy.

As a researcher, Susan has published extensively in the area of wound healing and mechanism of manual therapy as co-investigator with Dr. Geoffrey Bove, D.C, PhD at the University of New England. Work on a National Institute of Medical Science grant to study mechanisms of post-operative adhesion formation has been published in PLOS One Her recent publication on mechanism of repetitive strain injury has been published in PAIN. Her numerous publications and expertise on the subject of healing mechanisms, as well as cities and technology have offered her the opportunity to speak both locally and globally as a keynote speaker and educator.

Zamina Walji

Vice President of Consumer and Retail Strategy
Aurora Cannabis

Zamina Walji

Zamina Walji is Vice President of Consumer and Retail Strategy at Aurora Cannabis, one of the world’s largest and leading cannabis companies, with sales and operations in 24 countries. With over 10 years of experience working with the world’s leading companies, from start-ups to Fortune 500 organizations. She has spent most of her career in consumer markets with a focus in the cannabis industry, and thrives in taking leadership of complex business problems. Zamina has a proven ability to propel growth by focusing on the customer, driving operational excellence and helping her clients enter new markets, channels and products. She is recognized for her creative approach, uncovering insights, developing talent and focused P&L management.

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