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Security best practices at O’Cannabiz 2019

Montreal-based security company GardaWorld presented security best practices session for grow operators on April 25 at O’Cannabiz 2019, held at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., Grow Opportunity was on location.

May 16, 2019  By Tamar Atik

GardaWorld’s Martin Fregeau and Adolfo Proietti at O'Cannabiz 2019.

Martin Fregeau, GardaWorld’s vice-president of finance and sales and Adolfo Proietti, business development director at GardaWorld, discussed ways in which cannabis producers can safeguard their high-value products.

Finding a basic balance between compliance and protection is how operators should select a security provider, said Proietti.

Proetti advised grow operators to look at a security supplier that understands the most recent regulatory changes and compliances. He added that a supplier should be certified to identify gaps in the current environment and then create an action plan to improve on that. A supplier should also provide background checks and security screening, Proietti recommended.

“When choosing a security supplier, inquire about systems; look at an integrated security system and make sure everything comes on one platform,” he said.


On selecting a security transporter, Fregeau said to, “Find a transporter that can help you distribute your goods across the globe.”

The pair said training staff so they know how to react in different situations is also an important tip to keep in mind.

Session Takeaway: In this relatively new industry, cannabis producers are still learning best security practices, but the key is to take measures to safeguard your high-value products like you would in any other industry.

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