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Virtual Grower Day | Cannabis
August 19, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT

3:00pm - 3:40pm
Growing talent: Training the next generation of professional growers

Deepak Anand, director and CEO of Materia
Alison McMahon, founder and CEO of Cannabis At Work
Rathi Param, president and dean of NACPT Pharma College

As the cannabis industry continues to gain momentum in Canada, the availability of highly-skilled, professional cultivators become increasingly crucial. This panel discussion will focus on what it takes to train, hire and retain a grower workforce that will elevate their organization and the industry as a whole.

About the panelists:

Deepak Anand
Deepak Anand brings a combined 15 years in the health, non-profit and private sectors in Canada. He has worked for prominent organizations as executive director of the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association (CNMMA), vice-president of Zenabis Global Inc. and adjunct professor of Canada’s first cannabis course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Today, he is the CEO and director of Materia, a pharmaceutical company focused on manufacturing, extraction, supply and distribution.

Alison McMahon
Alison McMahon is the founder and CEO of Cannabis At Work, a leading source for cannabis jobs, recruitment services, online industry training and human resources consulting. Before establishing the company in 2015, she was a term instructor at the MacEwan School of Business in Edmonton. She is a mentor for the Lead Forward cannabis incubator and has previously served on the board of directors for Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM).

Rathi Param
Rathi Param is the president and dean of the North American College of Pharmaceutical Technology in Mississauga, Ont. She has helped develop Canada’s first government-approved cannabis diploma programs and more than 20 certificate training programs in the cannabis space. When she is not in the academic space, she leads as president president and founder of the International Medical Cannabis Association (IMCA) and Validation Technologies Inc.