Retail Cannabis Forum

November 19, 2019

| 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Discover the Innovative Retail Business of Cannabis

Retail Council of Canada’s Retail Cannabis Forum will inspire attendees to explore retail opportunities and innovation in this new market, as well as discuss the challenges associated with industry regulations.

Who Should Attend?

The Retail Cannabis Forum is a must-attend event for anyone who is interested in learning about the opportunities and challenges for retailers in this highly regulated market. Supplier and industry partners will want to hear from Canada’s leading cannabis retailers and distributors to learn how they can better engage with this sector of the retail industry.


789 Yonge St,
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8


11:30 am

Registration Open

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 1:10 pm

Welcoming Remarks

1:10 – 1:40 pm

The Intersection of Brand and Retail

Join us as we discuss navigating the intersection of brand and retail as Hilary Smee, VP Retail Infrastructure and Strategic Projects at Canopy Growth Corporation walks us through the brand development story of Tokyo Smoke. From coffee shop to an award-winning, design focused, cannabis retailer, Hilary shares the critical thinking in creating a brand environment that is approachable with an immersive store experience that ensures customers are educated and feel confident in using safe, high quality products.


Hilary Smee, VP Retail Infrastructure and Strategic Projects, Canopy Growth Corporation

1:40 – 1:45 pm

“Fast Five” Sponsor Highlight

1:45 – 2:15 pm

Nurturing New Growth: Deloitte Canada’s 2019 Study

Deloitte’s Jennifer Lee delivers insights and key updates from Deloitte’s 2019 study looking at Canada’s role in the global market, projected market size in Canada for edibles and alternatives and shares her concerns for the business elements that will increasingly become more challenging for Retailers .


Jennifer Lee, Partner, Deloitte

2:15 – 2:45 pm

Networking Break

2:45 – 3:30 pm

Retail is Ready for Cannabis 2.0

Don’t fear the unknown of Cannabis 2.0. This panel discussion dishes into how retailers are preparing for merchandising, marketing and education for edible, extracts and topicals that will arrive on the Canadian market this fall.


Isaac Watson, VP, Product Development & Retail Experience, Fire & Flower


Rob Fisher, Principal, JRoss Retail Recruiters (Moderator)



Watch for additional panelists to be announced

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Taking off the Training Wheels

Education and engagement continue to be a critical component in branding for recreational cannabis retailers. Retailers discuss how their employer brand attracts the right talent and the strategies for training that are proving successful and those that are not making the impact.

4:00 – 4:30 pm

The Rising Tide of Cannabis

High Tide Inc., founded over 10 years ago, has evolved into one of Canada’s largest cannabis companies with multiple subsidiary companies including Famous Brandz Inc. and Canna Cabana Inc. In this interview, Founder and CEO Raj Grover shares his reflections on the tremendous evolution of business in the first year of legalization and the opportunities that lie ahead with Cannabis 2.0 and the global market.


Raj Grover,Founder, President & CEO, High Tide Inc.

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Networking Reception

Brick and Mortar Retail Forum is also happening at the same day and at the same location from 7:30 – 11:30 am, why not maximize your benefit by attending both with a great discount rate!

Combo Pricing when attending both events! See how Brick & Mortar and Cannabis are leading the way for the most innovative retail experiences today and take advantage of our special combo pricing for Cannabis in Retail and Brick and Mortar Retail Forum.

Tickets are available below  



TicketsRetail CannabisRetail Cannabis + Brick & Mortar Combo
Retail Council of Canada Members$199$325
Independent Retail Member
(Annual sales under $10 mil)
Group DiscountApply an additional 10% group discount on each registration when 5 or more people register at the same time.

Register online or download fillable registration form.

Watch this space for speaker and agenda announcements.


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