The New Cannabis in Canada: Access, Perception and the Way Forward11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King West, Toronto
The panel will explore the new Cannabis industry: the scale of market opportunity in Canada, changing access regime and international experience. Through the patient and healthcare provider prospective the panel will discuss what’s medically effective and socially acceptable in today’s society. The panel will analyze the new MMPR program and Canada’s role as an early adopter of the medical Cannabis access regime that’s creating a billion dollar industry- Will the world follow?
Alan N. Young
Professor of Law
Osgoode Hall School of Law
Alan Young is an Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Law School, and for nearly two decades has provided free legal services to those whose alternative lifestyles have brought them into conflict with the law. Through his work representing countless people suffering from AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis who were charged after using marihuana for medicinal purposes, the Federal Government was compelled to create a regulatory program authorizing the use of medical marihuana.
Canadian Lawyer magazine has recognized the contributions Professor Young has made to the law, and named him one of the “Top 25 Most Influential” in the justice system and legal profession in 2010, 2011 & 2012. He is also the author of Justice Defiled: Perverts, Potheads, Serial Killers and Lawyers (Toronto: Key Porter, 2003).
Vice-President, Client Care & Regulatory Affairs
Assistant Quality Assurance of The Peace Naturals Project Inc.
Jennifer Caldwell is trained in both education and biology, which she has employed as both a teacher in Ontario and as a specialist in pharmaceutical plaintiff litigation with the law firm Beasley Allen in Montgomery, Alabama. Jennifer’s compassion for her clients, her advocacy and her understanding of science and medicine has led her to The Peace Naturals Project where she has successfully launched the organizations Client Care Department, comprised of their Client Care call centre for onboarding, sales, program education and client service.
President & Chairman
Muileboom Organics Inc.
With over 20 years experience in business, public policy development and implementation, Marc Kealey is an expert in health policy, especially prescription drug reform. He has negotiated prescription drug reform measures and agreements in several provinces in Canada and in 22 states in the USA since 2004.
He is the President and Chairman of the Board of Muileboom Organics Inc., a Canadian company providing a unique business model for growing and dispensing medical marihuana under the Government of Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. He is also the Chief Advocate at K&A Inc – a full service management consulting agency involved in domestic and international project management and design of healthcare systems and hospitals – the company has projects in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Kealey is an expert in health management, design, advocacy, communications and policy development. His success has been honed from years of practical experience in politics, business – including hospital management, public policy and governance. As recently as 2007, Kealey was CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association – the largest such professional organization in Canada. During his tenure, he oversaw this multi-million dollar organization and succeeded in generating some 90 million media impressions annually for the organization. He steered the organization through some of the toughest issues of the day including the Transparent Drug System for Patients Act and cross border re-importation of prescription drugs between Canada and the USA resulting in millions of dollars of savings for private sector organizations.
CEO & Founder
The Peace Naturals Project Inc.
In 2011, Mark founded the Peace Naturals Project, an organization committed to helping shepherd this new industry through safety, harm reduction and self-care agri-health solutions. The Peace Naturals Project includes a state-of-the-art medical Cannabis production facility and an industry leading Client Care department. The Peace Naturals Project successfully became the first newly licensed medical Cannabis producer and distributor under Health Canada's new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) program and has made the transition to large-scale commercial production capable of delivering the highest quality medicine to patients across the country.
Mark Gobuty discovered the medical Cannabis industry through the need to provide alternative medicine to his parents, both of whom have suffered from serious long-term ailments. A ten-year veteran of the organic and natural foods business, Mark set out to understand the business of medical Cannabis.
This led him to embark on an extensive journey with visits to a number of top medicinal Cannabis clinics around the world. During his travels, Mark had hands on involvement with patients and expanded his knowledge of medicinal Cannabis agriculture, organics, best practices and GMPs.