Founder of Lono's Garden Paradise, an outdoor micro cultivator and industrial hemp grower located in Winlaw, BC. A long time farmer experienced with regenerative agriculture and certified by DEM Pure. Supplies market garden produce locally. Gary was one of the first licensed medical growers in 2008. His focus remains to produce the highest medical grade cannabis possible including full spectrum varieties and high cbd hemp.
Kevin is CEO and responsible for sales and compliance of his brand of premium organic cannabis flower “Kootenays Finest”.
Kevin has built and is operating a 5000 sq ft Health Canada licenced Micro cultivation facility in Crawford Bay BC.
Experienced organic medical marijuana operator under the previous MMAR program since 2013. Mr McBride has twenty years of Cultivation experience and 7 years of Health Canada MMAR approved growing. He brings years of industry knowledge in both growing techniques, and the latest technologies.
Kevin has worked as a cannabis consultant for the past 5 years on projects from Colombia to Zimbabwe on both cannabis and hemp projects.
One of the three original owners of Puff Pipes Canada/US and Westone Distribution Canada’s largest paraphernalia producer and distributor. Years of trade shows, branding, cultivation throughout all facets of the cannabis industry.
Che’ LeBlanc, Founder and CEO of Rosebud Cannabis Farms, Che’ brings 3 decades of experience into the cannabis industry as a second generation accomplished grower, blending this experience with years of construction and management. Che’ is a certified permaculturist, having grown and developed hundreds of strains of cannabis for indoor and outdoor production, incorporating sustainable growing techniques. He specializes in combining environmental ethics with high yield output by blending technology with regenerative growing techniques.
With over 20 years of experience in cannabis and commercial farming, Shannon Ross (CEO Antidote) is a consultant and advisor for craft cannabis growers across Canada. She recently completed the Community Futures Cannabis Business Transition Initiative assisting 50 small businesses transitioning from legacy to legal. She uses her position to promote the craft cannabis industry and Kootenay cultivators.
Shannon supports cannabis businesses by providing guidance on licensing requirements, facility design, production, reducing costs of inputs, and increasing profits, while maintaining the long-term health of the planet. Knowledgeable and passionate about sustainable agriculture and helping cannabis growers plan a thriving business from the ground up. In 2020, Shannon co-founded the Cannabis Economic Development Council in the Kootenay region, comprised of local government and the legacy cannabis industry, chaired by Abra Brynne. In 2021 she founded Antidote, a grower-owned standard processing facility in the Kootenay region to support legacy cultivators to have fair market access.
Behind the scenes of Antidote are a team of experts dedicated to supporting a common goal.
Stacy is a corporate management veteran of 20+ years with experience in the heavily regulated pharmaceutical sector. Most recently a Cannabis Business Transition Advisor at Community Futures she continues to provide a bridge to transition from legacy to legal. Her goal is to simplify licensing and compliance for the craft industry. Well versed with project management, operations and quality management systems.
Founding Partner of Rice & Co LLP, Tyler has worked with start ups and rapid growth business in many roles including advisor, CFO, director and investor. His skillset focusses on fast-growing companies including capital market advice, mergers and acquisitions, financings (debt and equity), and publicly listed entity reporting requirements including participation as a member of Audit Committees
Austin is a University of Calgary graduate and CPA candidate who has been with Rice & Co LLP since 2017. At Rice & Co Austin has assisted multiple companies in various industries with their accounting needs from budgeting and financial reporting requirements to help improve operational efficiency through the use of software automation. Currently, Austin sits as treasurer for a youth soccer club in Calgary.
An Account Manager for Keystone Labs Stef co-founded the C45 Association which focuses on cannabis quality assurance and testing matters while enriching QA networking. Stef has organized many live educational and community engagement events in the industry such as the C45 Summit and Green Spark.
Abra has been deeply involved in farming and food systems her entire life. She's lead policy advocacy and transitions in the fisheries, meat, cannabis, and organic sectors. Abra is a founding member of many organizations, including Kootenay Local Agriculture Society, the Canadian Association of Food Law & Policy and, most recently, the Kootenay Cannabis Economic Development Council.
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