Exploring the World of Hemp Opportunities



7:30 am Site access

8:30 am Registration Desk opens

9:30 am WELCOME – Corey Peebles, Alberta Hemp Alliance

INTRODUCTION Day 1 – Master of Ceremonies, Perry Kinkaide, Kinkaide Enterprises Inc.

9:45 am KEYNOTE.  DIVERSIFICATION – The contributions of Industrial hemp

Honourable Nate Horner. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development 

In 2019, Nate Horner was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Drumheller-Stettler. He previously served as the associate minister of Rural Economic Development and deputy chair of the Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee. In November 2021, he was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Economic Development. Before being elected, Minister Horner was a rancher with a cow-calf mix farm operation and an active volunteer, serving as an emergency medical responder for Dryland Emergency Medical Services Association, president of the Highway 9 Feeder Co-op Association and co-chair of the Hardgrass Bronc Match.

10:15 am COLLABORATION – Key to “Industry” development

Mark Smith. MLA – Drayton Valley – Devon. Mark was elected to the Alberta Legislature on May 05, 2015.  Having grown up in a conservative family, and son of a successful small business owner, Mark took a keen interest in politics and the future of Albertans from a young age. For three decades, he taught social studies in Drayton Valley and worked to ensure that his students became engaged citizens whose values would one day shape Alberta’s future.  He values grassroots conservatives and understands that working together through collaboration and communication, an individual can make a difference in democracy.

10:30 am MARKET TRENDS and Hemp Opportunities

Clarence Shwaluk, Director Farm Operations, Fresh Hemp Foods. Clarence Shwaluk has been involved in the agri-food industry for over 30 years.  Fresh Hemp Foods is the integration of two hemp pioneers, Manitoba Harvest and Hemp Oil Canada, the world’s largest manufacturer of retail hemp food products and ingredients.  With manufacturing facilities in Winnipeg and Ste Agathe, MB, the company has an international market reach.
Clinton Dobson, RDAR Research Director. 

Producer-led research is what drives RDAR. Since day 1, Clinton has worked alongside founding members to build RDAR and its innovative research program. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge, as the former Director of Agriculture and Forestry Innovation Agriculture Grant section, and the former senior manager of research and policy with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA). He has a wide range of experience in agricultural research.

11:00 am THE HEMP INDUSTRY TODAY I – Progress and financing


MODERATOR. Russ CrawfordPast President at Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, President, Agrinomics I.T. Consulting Ltd. Russ Crawford has worked in the Canadian commodity sector in various capacities for the past 48 years. He has held positions in both Eastern and Western Canada for various companies including Cargill, Alberta Wheat Pool, London Agricultural Commodities, Inc. and Net Energy Inc. Since 1999 Russ has managed his own consulting practice, Agrinomics I.T. Consulting Ltd., providing risk management and advisory services to a broad range of clients.

Jesse Hahn

Natural Fibre Technologies

Colleen Stein

Alberta Hemp Works

Aaron Barr

Canadian Rockies Hemp

12:15 pm SPONSORED BUFFET LUNCHEON Courtesy of the Edmonton International Airport and Trevor Caswell

1:00 pm EIA ECOVISION – The Alberta Industrial Hemp Industry

Trevor Caswell. Manager Demand & Product Development, Edmonton International Airport. Trevor joined the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in 2017 with the Air Service Business Development Unit. In his role, Trevor is responsible for effectively executing air service development priorities, while cultivating strong relationships with the freight forwarder and business community, airline partners and key stakeholders at the airport.

1:15 pm KEYNOTE. INDUSTRIAL HEMP – A Worldwide Perspective

Ted Haney. President & CEO, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance and Chair, Federation of International Hemp Organizations. Ted is an international agri-business executive with 30 years of visionary leadership, representing the Canadian hemp industry in both domestic and international markets. Ted represented international livestock and meat sustainability priorities at the United Nations and created an international beef export company, based on Canadian brand strengths. Ted managed Canada’s national beef export organization for 20 years.

1:45 pm THE HEMP INDUSTRY TODAY II – Progress and financing

MODERATOR.  Lori-Jo Graham.  Senior Investment Attraction Officer with Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, the Sector Lead of Clean Technology, Bio Products and Emerging Crops including hemp. Lori-Jo holds a Masters of Environmental Design (Planning). She has been advancing economic development for a socially and environmentally sustainable future for over 20 years. She volunteers at a regional land trust and a local public art group.

Andrew Potter

Blue Sky Ventures


Dan Madlung

BioComposites Group

David Saltman

INCA RenewTech


   Skirmantas Nikstele

Allive Supernutrition


3:00 pm FINANCING THE FUTURE I – The financiers perspective

 MODERATOR – Andrew Potter. CEO, Blue Sky Hemp Ventures. After a successful career in oil and gas & finance, Andrew was looking for an opportunity that would satisfy his entrepreneurial spirit and make a positive impact for people and the planet. Andrew quickly saw the opportunity and value in Canada’s emerging hemp industry.  With over 20 years of capital markets experience, Andrew is well known for early identification of major trends & themes and consistently achieved top ranking in institutional client surveys. Before founding BSHV, Andrew was a Managing Director of CIBC’s energy team and VP of Strategic Planning & Corporate Strategy at Cenovus Energy.

Anton Bellot


Chris Lavin


Peter Kinkaide

Raintree Financial

Paul Bereznicki


 4:30 pm RECEPTION Courtesy of INCA RenewTech and Paul Bullock.  Social networking including Doug Schweitzer welcome  – Foyer Renaissance Hotel     


                                                           Paul Bullock


Doug Schweitzer. Alberta Government Minister of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation and MLA Calgary-Elbow. Doug  is overseeing the implementation of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, its sector strategies and Alberta’s growth agenda. He previously held the position of Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General where he made important progress tackling rural crime, advancing aspects of the fair deal panel report recommendations, and creating a faster, fairer and more responsible justice system. He’s a father, husband and former Partner with the largest law firm in the world with a love for his Province and an unrelenting optimism for what it can be. He’s a third generation Albertan who believes it is up to us to make sure future generations have the same opportunities many of us have enjoyed over the years.


Friday April 22nd

7:30 am Site access

8:30 am Registration Desk opens

8:55 am INTRODUCTION Day 2 – Master of Ceremonies, Perry Kinkaide, Kinkaide Enterprises


Angus Watt. Senior Wealth Advisor, National Bank Financial Wealth Management. Angus is the Founding Partner of the Angus Watt Advisory Group. He and his Group manage over $1.4 billion in assets and are specialists in Wealth Management, Portfolio Strategy, Financial Planning, Individual Insurance, Group Insurance and Benefits planning.  The Group are true leaders in the community, and in 2021 was awarded Team of the Year by National Bank Financial Wealth Management.



Steve McMahon. Chief Operating Officer, InnoTech Alberta. Steve is a professional engineer and systems thinker who brings a passion for solutions to leadership of InnoTech Alberta. He has extensive background in information technology and technical systems, specializing in resolving enterprise interoperability challenges and industry-wide integration. His experience spans telecommunications, oil & gas, manufacturing, retail and distribution, and government, including specialization in healthcare systems. Steve joined Alberta Innovates in 2018 as executive vice president and is formerly a partner with Deloitte Consulting.

10:30 am FINANCING THE FUTURE II – Industry development

MODERATOR – Michael Donovan. CEO, Donovan & Co. Strategic Communications. One of Canada’s most awarded, independent branding, communications and advertising agencies. Over a 20-year career Michael has built successful business strategies for well-known retail, community, and enterprise-level clients.  Michael is involved in local, national, and international business communities advising and building partnerships in a range of sectors, including energy, consumer goods, food retail, pharmaceutical manufacturing, technology, and commercial hemp.


Elliott Hewitt

Prairies Canada

Brad Fournier

Invest Alberta

Lee Kruszewski

InnoTech Alberta

11:30 am CLOSING KEYNOTE. Rick Wilson. Alberta Government Minister of Indigenous Relations.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Rick owned and managed numerous large organizations and joint venture companies. His projects in the construction industry have included residential housing and commercial building and land developments as well as heavy construction, excavation and concrete. He also oversaw the restoration of a tourism operation, which now runs as a cultural training centre. During his professional career Mr. Wilson continued to build a ranching operation. He still owns and lives on the land that has been in his family for over 118 years.

12:15 pm THANK YOU – Steve Upham.  Vice-Chair, Alberta Hemp Alliance

Steve has a passion to see new and innovative Ag industry come to life hence his passion for the Alberta Hemp Alliance and what it can do to diversify the sector.  From 2010-21 Steve was elected as the first Reeve at Large for the County of St Paul and was appointed as a committee member for The Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  he has also served as Chair of the NE Alberta HUB Regional Economic Development Alliance, the STSL Community Futures Org, and St Paul’s FCSS.  Ansd he has served as a school Board Trustee with St Paul education Regional Division.  As an Ag Producer Steve has been active with the Canadian Hereford Association serving as a board member 2001-07 and Alberta Hereford Assn board member 1993-2007 President 1999-2000.   He with his family run 250 cow calf and a grain and hay operation.


Apr 21 - 22 2022


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