Sponsored: Calgary cannabis expo offers insight and education

Cannabis became legal in Canada this past October, but there are still plenty of questions and changes expected as the industry matures.

Sponsored: Calgary cannabis expo offers insight and education


The legalization of cannabis in Canada this past October has settled much of the uncertainty about the industry, but consumers and entrepreneurs still have plenty of questions.

That’s where the 2019 Cannabis & Hemp Expo comes in. The event at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park on Saturday, March 9 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, March 10 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will promote information and education in this expanding landscape.

Admission is $15 and you can buy your tickets in advance online here or pay admission (in cash only) at the door. This is an 18-plus event; so please bring a valid, government-issued I.D.

Organizers with Canwest Productions, a trade show organization that hosts all types of events across Canada, including several Cannabis & Hemp Expos, have worked to develop a positive relationship with Health Canada and lead the way in the responsible distribution of information.

Consumers and business people are aware of, and curious about, the growing diversity of products and investment opportunities. This curiosity will only grow as consumers and industry members work to stay current as the landscape changes and matures. For instance, edibles are currently not legal in Canada but may be within months. Consumers want to know what’s changing and what questions they need to be asking to keep themselves informed.

Sean Libin, the vice-president of marketing for Canwest Productions, says “the Expo is also a huge opportunity for advocacy in the industry. Consumers can have their voices heard and offer feedback and information, which is hugely valuable to industry and suppliers.”

Join industry leaders for free educational seminars and discussion panels running daily or for Calgary’s first Cannabis Industry Day on March 8 — a day designed for businesses rather than consumers. The Industry Day will pull together a full day of seminars specifically designed for businesses in the cannabis space. Tickets must be purchased in advance and include a full luncheon.

You’ll meet innovators from across the country offering the latest technology, research and facts about cannabis. The only thing you won’t find is the sale or consumption of cannabis and other products containing THC as they will not be sold or displayed at the show. Libin says they deliberately produce a professional event intended to elevate this fast-growing industry and offer trustworthy information to consumers.

Don’t miss the chance to network with those leading the way! Opportunities abound to forge and facilitate relationships between businesses that are growing and adapting to meet this expanding market.

Just how big a future does the industry have? Predictions vary, but Libin quotes a recent report from BMO that says: “assuming a blue-sky scenario in which the U.S. and all 28 countries in the EU legalize marijuana … they project that in seven years the market could reach $194 billion…”

“We had anywhere between 16,000 and 20,000 people over our two shows in Calgary and Edmonton,” says Canwest managing partner Kevin Blackburn about their first events in 2017. They’ve seen those numbers increase by 25 to 40 per cent as they’ve expanded city by city.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.



This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Canwest Productions.


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