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Canadian colleges join forces for cannabis education and research


November 5, 2019
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Five Canadian colleges have announced a new consortium dedicated to further Canada’s growing cannabis industry.

The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), Durham College, Niagara College, NorQuest College, Okanagan College and the Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICan) have been named the six founding members of the Canadian College Consortium for Cannabis.

A memorandum of understanding was announced Nov. 6 stating the six members’ intentions to advance education and research around the cannabis market, the establishment of subject matter experts and the pursuit of shared funding for applied research.

Each college has announced its renewed commitment to growing its professionalized training courses, ranging from cannabis production, cultivation to pest management for cannabis production and medical cannabis fundamentals for business professionals.

“This partnership is an opportunity to leverage the expertise of five postsecondary colleges from across Canada in supporting the growth and success of Canada’s emerging cannabis industry,” said Marc Nantel, Niagara College’s vice president of Research, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives.

Canada’s first class in commercial cannabis production graduated from Niagara College in June 2019.

The consortium said in a statement that it expects to grow in size as more colleges enter the world of cannabis programming.