HEMPFEST TORONTO SPEAKER SERIES
HEMPFEST TORONTO: September 15 & 16, 2018
HempFest Canada is honoured to welcome an incredible lineup of Cannabis industry leaders to our stage, once again. Featuring special guest, David Bienenstock - he served as Head of Content at HIGH TIMES.
Below you will find our Speaker Schedule, as well a short bio about each speaker, and the companies that they represent. To find out more about HempFest Toronto, visit us at www.hempfesttoronto.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Our SPEAKER SERIES is presented by:
MASTER OF CEREMONIES:
STEVEN STAIRS, Winnipeg 420
HempFest Canada is truly honoured to introduce Steven Stairs! Since 2009, Steven has been a passionate advocate for the use of medical cannabis and its legalization in Canada. When it comes to the topic of cannabis legalization, he is a regular guest on CBC, CTV, Global News, City News, as well as several other media outlets.
In 2011, Steven started the first medical cannabis student group at a Canadian post-secondary institution. In 2013, he founded the Winnipeg 420 Organizing Committee, which puts on the largest cannabis 420 event in the Canadian prairies. Steven has also run as a candidate for the Green Party of Canada and Green Party of Manitoba in the previous election cycle.
As a legally blind father of two, Steven is passionate about cannabis for both personal and professional reasons. Come meet him - you won't regret it!
12:10pm Katie Pringle - Canndora Women's panel 12:50pm Paul Hartmann 1:40pm Brad Pattison - Pet Wellness 2:30pm Alan Park 3:30pm The Cannabis Show 4:20pm David Bienenstock
12:20pm Katie Pringle - Canndora Women's panel
1:10pm Paul Hartmann 2:20pm Alan Park 3:10pm The Cannabis Show 4:00pm David Bienenstock
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
David Bienenstock is the author of How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High (Penguin / Random House - 2016) and co-creator of the podcast Great Moments in Weed History w/ Abdullah and Bean. Previously, he served as Head of Content at HIGH TIMES. He was also a columnist, frequent contributor and video host/producer at VICE Media, where he co-produced the series Bong Appetit, which features viral episodes like A Gourmet Weed Dinner at Hunter S. Thompson's House and Marijuana Nonna.
A contributor to VICE, GQ, Motherboard, Salon, Munchies, the Guardian and other publications, he has been profiled by The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, Food & Wine, Slate and elsewhere, while making frequent media appearances on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, HBO and Fox News.
Toronto born and raised comedian/actor, Alan Park's credits include CBC's 'Royal Canadian Air Farce', the 'Wall of Comedy', Much Music's 'Video On Trial', and Comedy Network's 'Pop Cultured'.
Park was diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal prostate cancer in 2013. Without the option for conventional treatment, he discovered the healing qualities of cannabis oil and was soon freed from the use of opioid pain relievers. Within months, his cancer scores had plummeted back to normal levels. His new podcast, 'Green Crush With Alan Park', explores, educates and advocates for the democratic decriminalization of cannabis by way of irreverent, funny and empowering dialogue. Past guest on his podcast include Paul Flynn (UK MP), Jodie Emery (cannabis activist), Edward Fitzpatrick and Vera Twomey.
Alan was a keynote speaker for NORML's Karma Cup and 2017 's Lift Cannabis + Hemp Expo, in Ottawa. He has appeared on Cannabis Culture Live, Richard Syrett's 'The Conspiracy Show', Cannabis Radio's 'Hempresent', and 'Coast To Coast AM'. His inspiring story has been recently featured in The Georgia Straight, Leafly and HIGH! Canada magazine.
BRAD PATTISON, PET WELLNESS
Brad Pattison is the TV host of 'At The End Of My Leash' (6 seasons) and 'Puppy SOS'. He is also a best selling author of 4 books, including Brad Pattison Unleashed. He is an experienced dog behaviourist, and the owner of 'Hustle Up' dog gear and Pattison K9 Rescue Team.
Brad has spoken at more than 800 seminars and given multiple interviews across Canada. Currently, his tv series airs on Fido Network USA.
After discovering the miracle of CBD, Brad Pattison is making these products available to all with his line of CBD products for pets!
THE CANNABIS SHOW
Produced by Natural Health Services, The Cannabis Show is a weekly show discussing and exploring medical cannabis in Canada. Hosted by Chris Foord, Basil Kelly, Kait Shane and Hart Steinfeld - they discuss news affecting the cannabis industry, explore the benefits of medicinal cannabis, dispel myths, offer tips on growing at home under Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) program, review strains, interview patients and industry leaders, and answer viewer questions.
Hart and Basil are always ready to battle in the series named 'Strain vs. Strain'. Basil usually wins... but everyone loves an underdog, so maybe it's Hart's turn to win? We will let the audience choose!
Subscribe to their YouTube channel - with new episodes every Wednesday! Check them out at The Cannabis Show.
Katie Pringle,Co-Founder : Canndora & Marigold PR
Katie Pringle is the co-founder of Marigold Marketing & PR andwww.canndora.com. An integrated marketing expert, Katie has a deep understanding of the social and digital landscape and traditional media mix. She has extensive experience in lifestyle, entertainment & cannabis, with a specific focus on brands that speak to women.
Founded in 2016, Marigold PR is a cannabis PR firm working with licensed producers and national brands. Marigold works with some of Canada's top cannabis brands. We build profile for our clients through branding, PR, social & content.
Canndora is a community, e-com store and subscription box program for women who enjoy cannabis. Visit us at @CanndoraClub to get to know our network of like-minded women. We create engaging content, develop gorgeous products and provide VIP customer service and giveaways for our valued elevated women.
Paul Hartmann has been a long-term member of the cannabis community; as grower, patient, advocate, business person, and innovator. As a legendary Californian A&R man, Paul has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Also known to many as the brother of legendary comedian, Phil Hartman (Saturday Night Live,The Simpsons, etc), Paul developed a reputation as a 'Master Grower', supplying medical marijuana to some of Hollywood's biggest names. Now living in Canada, Hartmann has become a renowned cannabis activist who speaks publicly about how cannabis has contributed to his management of, and recovery from prostate cancer.
Recently, Hartmann has entered the emerging cannabis industry in a different way; partnering in a new company that features an exciting new technology, Gro Lyt- the most advanced GLED ever made. 100% water and shock proof, this innovative lighting system is built to military specification and has the most accurate 'McCree Action Spectrum' of any light today. Paul Hartmann is a frequent contributor to the 'Green Crush with Alan Park' radio show, spoke at Lift Expo, was a featured speaker at '420 Windsor', and was recently interviewed about medical cannabis and legalization on CTV (https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1376325).
JULIA, PETER McWILLIAMS ORGANIZATION
The late Peter McWilliams (1949-2000) self published over 40 self-help books (5 of them best-sellers) including "How to Survive the Loss of a Love" (co-writer), "You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought," and "Life 101". Peter was also a poet.
When he was later diagnosed with AIDS and Cancer, he discovered that cannabis helped with the myriad of complications from the chemotherapy, specifically the chronic nausea and waste away side effects that plagued him. “Nausea is an unsolved problem of medicine,” McWilliams declared publicly. “Marijuana is the finest anti-nausea medication known to science.” Peter told himself if he lived, he’d dedicate his life to getting medical cannabis to the masses. During the remainder of his life, he became an outspoken activist for the legalization of cannabis, and began to help fellow patients grow their own plants. The US government came to label him as a 'drug kingpin', and insisted he stop using cannabis or else his mother and brother would lose their homes. He took the plea agreement, stopped using cannabis, and sadly died at the age of 50. His spirit lives on through his written work.
In 2011, a young lady named Julia discovered his works. She was moved by his story and began online tributes to Peter. She tries to educate as many as she can about Peter's story and share his literature with the world. She is American who cares deeply for Canadians who have grown to love Peter's story and work. She's spoken at 'Treating Yourself Expo', 'Champs Expo', '420' in Toronto, and is honoured to be a part of Hempfest Toronto!