Stephen is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prohibition Partners, the leading source of intelligence and insights into the European cannabis industry and Co-Founder of Cannabis Europa, Europe’s premier medical cannabis conference. Stephen is also Co-Founder & Director of NOBL, a global leader in cannabis data, events and media, managing a portfolio of some of the best-known brands in the industry. With a background in technology, digital media and corporate finance, Stephen works with investors, entrepreneurs and regulators to identify, qualify and maximise the opportunities in this emerging frontier.
Profile Category: Toronto 2019
Lone Krogsbøll manages Medical Cannabis Fyn, a cluster connecting the industry, suppliers, science and research within medical cannabis, to ensure growth in the sector, and make the most of Denmark’s position as European frontrunner.
Michael Garbuz is co-founder and President of Materia Venturesa. As a corporate lawyer and business strategist, who founded Vision Advisory Inc. in 2018. Prior to founding Materia Ventures, Michael founded Vision Advisory, a corporate advisory ad investment firm. He also held a corporate strategy and legal counsel role with Origin House (CSE:OH) (formerly, CannaRoyalty) and was a founding shareholder and advisor of Trichome Financial.
Narbé Alexandrian’s experience working in the most cutting-edge technology companies, as well as his background in financial consulting, brought him to Canopy Rivers, where he acts as President and CEO. Narbé is also a university instructor where he shares his knowledge to undergraduate and MBA students.
"Matei Olaru is the CEO of Lift Co., Canada's leading cannabis media,
technology and product platform. A corporate lawyer and consultant by trade, Matei
practiced law for the cannabis industry working with the Marihuana for Medical
Purposes Regulations (MMPR) before joining Lift in 2016. Prior to that, Matei helped
advise governments on business and investment policy as a consultant with the World
Bank (IFC). He holds a law degree and a business degree, and has studied internationally
in Italy and Singapore."
Paul is a criminologist and addiction specialist with nine years experience working in the drug treatment sector. During this time he managed services, delivered bespoke addiction training programmes for the public sector and lectured at Universities. Alongside his Volteface work, Paul is a Director at Drugs and Me, a social enterprise that provides services centered around drug harm reduction.
Dr Marcus Schmidt is Director of Chemicals and Healthcare at Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI). He is a strategic adviser to corporations seeking international expansion opportunities with focus on medical technology, new materials, and chemicals. Marcus plays a key role is helping North American cannabis companies who wish to supply the medical cannabis market establish a presence in Germany.
Matt Anderson is the founder and CEO of Vanguard Scientific Systems, a leader in the processing, extraction and active-ingredient manufacturing of natural botanicals. Matt is delivering a global network of integrated systems and solutions through partnerships to meet the processing needs of the rapidly evolving cannabis and hemp industries.
Since founding his first £1m+ revenue business aged 24, Jon has gone on to successfully exit a strategic consultancy, and a CBD oils company. Co-founding a market leading online education platform, The Academy of Medical Cannabis, was the catalyst to securing a Partner role at European Cannabis Fund, ECH. Currently Jon is Group Managing Director at LYPHE GROUP with a portfolio of 6 cannabis companies.
Laure Bouguen is the founder of HO KARAN, the first cannabis beauty brand in France. Laure's goal is to spread the virtues of cannabis to everyone. The brand is stocked by big retailers such as Sephora and Nature & Découvertes.
Hannah Skingle is Chief Operating Officer of European Cannabis licensing and regulation at one of Europe’s leading CBD companies, Dragonfly Biosciences. She’s an expert at the forefront of creating new policies and setting industry standards.
Founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, and a founding member of International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition (IMCPC). Steph has become the foremost international leader and expert on medical cannabis patient advocacy and, alongside the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), has created the first industry standards in the areas of Distribution, Cultivation, Analytics, and Manufacturing, Packaging, and Labeling.
George McBride is CEO of Hanway Associates, and co-founder of Cannabis Europa and First Wednesdays. As CEO of Hanway Associates he provides commercial advisory services to companies navigating the nascent European cannabis sector.
Jasmin Thomas is the founder of Ohana CBD, a vegan, functional and CBD-infused skincare company. Ohana products are 100% natural and contain unique formulations that combine powerful plant properties that serve the skin, from seed to self. Jasmin was diagnosed with MS in 2015. She started using cannabis to alleviate various frustrating symptoms of her...
Alexandra is Founder and CEO of the first ever company to export the Jamaican medical cannabis flower internationally, Jacana. She’s one of the sector’s most pioneering business leaders and has forged a global company across Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
Latham French is an international trade and investment specialist at the UK Department of International Trade. He advises Canadian companies as they look to invest and grow in the UK. The sectors he focuses on are advanced engineering, life sciences, automotive, retail, energy, renewables, and food & drinks.
Sony Gokhale is General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs at The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. and oversees all legal and regulatory functions for the company, including licensing matters, regulatory affairs, marketing and sales and strategic investments. Before Supreme, Sony was a senior member of the Commercial and Technology group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, LLP, and a member of BlackBerry’s legal team.
Rade Kovacevic is the President of the Canopy Growth Corporation and is responsible for Canopy Growth's Canadian strategy and ensuring full coordination among operations. Rade is also a Co-Founder and former President of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and a Co-Founder and former Advocacy Committee Chair of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association.
Angus Whiteman is a Global Business Development Director at G4S International Logistics, a firm specialised in moving and securing high value commodities such as money, art, etc. In an industry where cannabis falls in the category of high calue commodities, the input of firms like G4Si is key in understanding the European transport and logistics infrastruscture.
Louis Barré runs a global fund which focuses solely on cannabis companies. He helps international cannabis entrepreneurs, investors, clinical practitioners, regulators, researchers, universities, licenced producers, multinationals and business start-ups scale their businesses to international success.