The 403: Pivoting to Cannabis
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For this 403 event we are bringing together entrepreneurs and experts who have pivoted their successful careers and companies, in traditional industries, and are now using their proficiencies to create exciting new opportunities in the cannabis industry.
This October marked Canada’s one year anniversary of Cannabis legalization. The panel will talk about the successes and speed bumps of the industry throughout the last year, as well as what the future of cannabis looks like and what part edibles will play in it.
This event includes structured networking and a moderated panel discussion. Drinks and appetizers will be served.
- Member ticket: $35
- Non-Member ticket: $70
Dafne Canales Lees, Executive Director, Trustini Law Association
Trustini Law Association’s founder and CEO of the innovative digital marketing software company Spartan Spark, Dafne Canales Less had already earned her reputation as the business development “whisperer” before her recent entry into the cannabis world. Noticing similarities to the tech industry, Dafne leveraged the Spartan Spark proprietary software she co-created, to educate and support cannabis industry entrepreneurs.
A member of the Neuromarketing Business and Science Association and the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics, Dafne travels monthly to San Francisco to attend meetings with her advisory board and consult on others. A sought-after speaker and facilitator, this creative innovator never stops giving her time and talent, even teaching corporate in-house marketing teams her unique, out of the-box approach to digital marketing.
Bruce Leslie, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Westleaf Inc.
Bruce brings more than 30 years experience in media, communications, and business development to the Westleaf team. Prior to joining Westleaf, Bruce spent more than a decade with CanWest Global Communications providing corporate communications, investor, government and public relations functions. He also has experience in business development for the Conference Board of Canada, a leading research institute, and most recently as Vice President, Calgary Economic Development. Originally a broadcast journalist, Bruce also has experience as a publisher and editor of a business journal, and heading up the marketing department of a large metropolitan daily newspaper. Bruce has a Masters degree in Journalism from Western University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary.
Maria Nathanial, Partner, McLeod Law
Maria Nathanail is a corporate lawyer focused on corporate finance, capital markets and securities regulation, and business and corporate commercial law. She represents public and private clients in domestic and international transactions, including: public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, reverse takeovers, debt and equity financing’s, private placements, corporate reorganizations, corporate structuring.
Nathanial also handles compliance with corporate and securities regulatory requirements relating to stock exchange listings, corporate governance, continuous disclosure obligations and shareholders’ meetings.
Sunny Sarpal, VP, Centcom Construction Ltd.
Grit Enthusiast, Calgary born Sunny Sarpal has over 15 years of direct experience in real estate, business, and technology. Sunny is focused on developing inspiring real estate projects that incorporate design, aesthetics, quality, thought process, ingenuity, and technology. As VP of Centcom Construction Ltd. one of the oldest construction companies in Western Canada, Sunny and his team have served served large corporate companies clients such as Shell, Husky, Imperial, and many others. Through strategic implementation, calculated maneuvers, and future forward thinking, Sunny and team are doing their part in contributing to the economic re-development of Alberta while creating long-term work and consistent jobs.
Today, Sunny is leading a team that has diversified its industry approach into cannabis and holds over $700m in approved developments that will be game changing and disruptive for Alberta as well as impacting global markets.