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Highlights: Grow Up Awards 2021

December 1, 2021  By Grow Opportunity staff

Hexo head of cultivation, Hua Zhang, was named Grower of the Year at the 2021 Grow Up Awards Gala. (Photo: Jean Ko Din, Grow Opportunity)

Hua Zhang is Grow Up’s 2021 Grower of the Year.

Zhang, who is head of cultivation at Hexo Corp., accepted his award at the Grow Up Conference and Expo 2021 in Niagara Falls, Ont. on Nov. 30. Craft Grower of the Year was awarded to MTL Cannabis and Canopy Growth founder Bruce Linton was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Full list of winners at the Grow Up Awards Gala are below.

The room of cannabis professionals also paid tribute to cannabis activist and master hashishin, Frenchy Cannoli, with a Hall of Fame recognition. Cannoli’s wife,  Kimberly Hooks, accepted the award virtually on his behalf.

Cannoli died at the age of 64 years old from complications during surgery.


“He was a profound loss to the cannabis community, particularly, the traditionalists who revere the plant’s rich history. He was a friend of Grow Up and shared his wisdom with us,” said Randy Rowe, Grow Up president.


Full list of Grow Up Awards 2021 winners:


Master Grower of the Year – Hua Zhang

Craft Grower of the Year – MTL Cannabis

Celebrity Grower of the Year – Seth Rogen

Cultivation Education Award – Bill MacDonald

Outstanding Research – Dr. Jeremy Warren

International Cultivator – The Grow Sisters


Innovative Product of the Year – Original Stash

Hemp Product Company of the Year – Motif Labs Ltd.

Celebrity Product of the Year – Houseplant

Environmental Impact Award – Hexo Corp.

Packaging Equipment – Dope Automation

Hydroponic System – MTL Cannabis

Lighting System – Heliospectra

Best Growing Media – BlueSky Organics Corp.

HVAC System – Quest

Filtration System – Gaia Water Ltd.

Extraction Equipment – Thar Process

Pest Control – Koppert

Testing/Laboratory Equipment – Agilent

Best Trimming Equipment – Twister Trimmer

Grow-at-home Package – BC Northern Lights

Innovative Sustainable Technology – Aqualitas Inc.


Greenhouse Designer (TIE) – George Dickinson, Structural Panels Inc.

Nutrients Product – Remo Nutrients

Packaging Supplier – ND Supplies Inc.

Cannabsi Consultant – CannDelta Inc.

Extraction Facility – Ayurcann Inc.

Toll Processing – Ayurcann Inc.

Lab/Testing Facility – High North

Retailer – Superette

Security Service – David Hyde, CannaNavigators

Engineering Service – Dope Automation

Seedbank – RocketSeeds

Plant Propagation/Breeding – Mother Labs

Supplier/Distributor – BioFloral Canada

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