Vancouver Enterprise Forum

High-Tech, Growing The Marijuana Industry, February 24th

  • 24 Feb 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
  • 44


  • A $200 membership includes registration to 8 events during one year membership. Tickets are individual (holder only) and non-transferable.
    Guest tickets must be purchased separately.

250+ already registered to attend. 

Panelists will share where the tech/business opportunities are, Marijuana industry innovation, regulations, patient facing technology, touch on branded products and other snapshots. A multibillion dollar industry allows for some 'highs' but has pitfalls too.  This is sure to be a very interesting and engaging discussion.

Moderated by James Wells, Vice-President at Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, the panel includes:

Former B.C. Premier, Mike Harcourt, Chairman at True Leaf
Jonathan Page, President & Chief Scientific Officer of Anandia Labs
Sam Znaimer, Founder at Locarno Capital
Dana Larsen, Vice President of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (​CAMCD) and Director at Sensible BC
Christian Groh, COO at Privateer Holdings

As a former premier of British Columbia, mayor of Vancouver and city councilor, Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn its reputation as one of the most livable places in the world. His focus on conservation and sustainable development  - and his resolve to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities around the world - has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad. 

Jonathan Page has spent his career deciphering the genetic and biochemical secrets of medicinal plants, including the production of THC and other cannabinoids in cannabis. He received his PhD from UBC, completed postdoctoral training in Germany and directed a lab at the National Research Council from 2003-2013. Dr. Page co-led the Canadian team that reported the first sequence of the cannabis genome – using samples of medical marijuana DNA from Vancouver! 

In 2013, he co-founded the biotech company, Anandia Labs, to develop new medicines from the cannabis plant. Dr. Page is an Adjunct Professor in the Botany Department at UBC and affiliated with the Michael Smiths Labs.

With 30 years of hands-on early stage technology investing experience, Sam Znaimer is a pioneer of the Canadian venture capital industry. As a general partner of Vancouver-based Ventures West Capital, Sam invested in and helped to build 2 dozen companies that became leaders in the enterprise software, electronics, and telecommunications equipment sectors.  In early 2014 Sam established Locarno Capital dedicated to investment in the emerging legal cannabis industry in the US and Canada.

Dana Larsen has spent over 20 years working for cannabis law reform. He is a founding director of non-profit societies including the Vancouver Dispensary Society, the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, and Sensible BC, Canada's largest grassroots cannabis reform organization. In 2012, Larsen ran for the Leadership of the BC NDP.

He is the former editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine.

Christian's combination of professional accomplishments and business vision give Privateer Holdings a uniquely well-positioned partner. His more than 10 years of strategic sales, operations, and management experience has consistently been in new commercial frontiers and instrumental in the emerging legal cannabis industry.

James joined Chrysalix EVC in 2010, with a strong background in commercialization, product marketing and technology licensing. He is responsible for primary deal review and advanced due diligence, specializing in the water, waste and mining industries. Prior to joining Chrysalix EVC, James worked in business development at renewable energy start-ups like Exro Technologies where he closed the company’s first strategic partner for their unique multi-stage, direct drive generators designed for wind and other renewable power applications. He has also worked within the commercialization office of leading Canadian institutions where he helped spin-out technology companies, served as an advisor to many life science and energy clients, and executed multiple technology licenses in the renewable energy market.

James also co-founded a web-based community lending service and served as the interim CFO where he facilitated seed round financing, laid the company’s financial foundation, and developed the company’s business model.

James has a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of British Columbia.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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