Edmonton Speaker Series 2019


HempFest Canada is honoured to welcome an incredible lineup of Cannabis industry leaders to our stage once again! Below you will find our Speaker Schedule, as well as a short bio about each speaker and the companies that they represent.

To find out more about HempFest Edmonton (March 2+3, 2019), visit www.hempfestedmonton.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hempfest SPEAKER SERIES is presented by:



12:20pm Sarah Leamon Law

1:00pm Chris McGrath, Atlas Growers

2:00pm Jodi McDonald, Keystone Labs

3:00pm Jonathan & Alex, Quarry Park Law


12:20pm Sarah Leamon Law

1:00pm Chris McGrath, Atlas Growers

2:00pm Jodi McDonald, Keystone Labs

3:00pm Jonathan & Alex, Quarry Park Law



CHRIS FOORD & KAIT SHANE, The Cannabis Show 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 strains, learn about terpenes, cannabinoids, edibles, growing and more! Kait and Chris are experts on all things cannabis.

Chris Foord is a Patient Educator at Natural Health Services, and Kait Shane is a Community Outreach Educator at Natural Health Services.

Please subscribe to their YouTube channel - with new shows every Wednesday!

Check them out on YouTube at The Cannabis Show

SARAH LEAMON, Sarah Leamon Law (Criminal Defence Lawyer)

Join Sarah and learn more about how:

  • Cannabis legalization has fundamentally altered laws around impaired driving in Canada

  • Bill C-46 will be passed in conjunction with Bill C-45, which legalizes cannabis

  • Bill C-46 will create a number of new impaired driving offences, including 'per se' cannabis impairment limits

  • For the first time in Canada, drivers will be subjected to mandatory, random alcohol breath testing on the roadside and will be required to undergo roadside drug testing using questionable technology like the Draeger DrugTest 5000

  • These laws are likely to have severe ramifications for drivers and will be undoubtably subject to Charter challenges

Find out more at www.sarahleamonlaw.com

CHRIS MCGRATH, Atlas Growers

Christopher McGrath is Manager of Business Development at Atlas Biotechnologies and has over a decade of sales and business development experience in technology, media and commodity goods. He has a proven ability to combine vision, ingenuity, and professional acumen with well-developed interpersonal skills to support revenue growth and product exposure. A long-time believer in the benefits of medical cannabis, Christopher has lived in both California and Washington State, which has given him a solid grasp on what empirical factors determine high-quality legal cannabis products. Like Atlas, he promotes science-backed cannabis education, genetic diversity, and the safest delivery methods – all in the pursuit of improving people’s lives with pharmaceutically viable cannabis.

Find out more at https://atlasgrowers.com/


Jodi lives to test Cannabis.

Jodi will talk us through cannabis testing 2.0! We know Health Canada wants to keep Canadians safe, so what's in your bud is very important. Jodi will be discussing the anatomy of a bud, and some of the products that help grow great cannabis. Are these products safe? Can they pass Health Canada requirements? She will also discuss the Health Canada's new licensing programs that came into effect on Oct. 17th for home growers and large producers.

Jodi founded Keystone Labs, a GMP pharmaceutical testing lab in 2005 and in 2015 the company received its LD license and began testing cannabis. Through working with eager and curious Key-Box customers and the grassroots community, Jodi and her team continue to learn about cannabis, and it's magic.

Find out more at www.keystonelabs.ca and www.key-box.ca

JONATHAN & ALEX, Quarry Park Law

Join Alex & Jonathan from Quarry Park Law in a discussion about the legal cannabis regime in Canada at the federal, provincial and municipal level and the evolution of cannabis law post legalization. ​​ Alex is an active proponent of modernizing the Government of Canada’s cannabis laws by repealing prohibition and implementing a reasonable regulatory framework. He has been closely following the development of Canada’s medical marijuana laws and the proposed Cannabis Act in order to continue to advise businesses and individuals on this developing area of the law. ​​ Jonathan has spoken previously on the nature of cannabis law in Canada. His topics include a presentation to an industry group in Ottawa in May 2017 on the employment implications of medical and recreational cannabis, the history of liberalization of cannabis in Canadian caselaw, and the application of provincial bills of rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Find out more at https://quarryparklaw.com/

See you soon Edmonton!

Event Dates & Times:

Saturday, March 2nd (12pm - 6pm)

Sunday, March 3rd (12pm - 5pm)

Event Location:

Edmonton NW

Edmonton Convention Centre

9797 Jasper Ave

T5J 1N9

Buy Tickets Here

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