Speaker Sessions

Sharing knowledge between experts, producers and consumers

The Unicorn Cup Speaker Sessions are focused on providing relevant education to both industry participants and the casual consumer. We are excited to have Education Sessions filled with guidance rooted in experience for growing cannabis in support of regenerating Mother Earth. This, alongside promoting access to professional information for the legacy market to better understand transitioning their businesses into the legal market.
 

Unicorn Cup is proud to host two days of conversations and panels with cannabis educators, wisdom keepers of regenerative farming and genetics, as well as experts and connoisseurs from across Canada and the US. We bring together the cannabis community to continue the conversation about regeneration, sustainability, cultivation methods and practices, genetics, extraction and so much more, year after year. 

Kelly of Dragonfly Earth Medicine speaking at The Unicorn Cup at Rosebud Lake in Kootenay BC

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Regenerative Farming Workshop: Two Days

Saturday, Sept 4th - Time TBD

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Josh & Kelly
Dragonfly Earth Medicine

Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn have been cultivating pure, closed loop cannabis for 25 years. They are Humus Beings dedicated to intentionally and actively educating cannabis gardeners on purity in cultivation. They are passionate about being a clear, conscious voice for the cannabis plant, whom has given so many benefits to all of humanity.

They created Dragonfly Earth Medicine which is not only a nutrient company but also a educational platform for regenerative outdoor and indoor cannabis cultivation. The Pure Certification was also started by DEM and has become a community driven,beyond organic certification for cannabis cultivation and extraction.

Kevin Jodrey, Ganjier Zero and Founder of Wonderland Nursery in Humboldt County, CA

EARTH, FUEL, FLORAL, FRUIT: The Four Scent Categories of Cannabis

saturday, Sept 5th - Time TBD

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Kevin Jodrey
Career Hustler

Kevin Jodrey is one of the most well known growers in Humboldt County and is an internationally respected cannabis expert, known for improving and forwarding the modern cannabis movement. As a world renowned hunter of ganja genetics, Kev is fascinated by the search for rare, desirable, and marketable traits.

Kevin is the creator of Port Royal, owner of Wonderland Nursery, and co-founder of The Ganjier. He’s been a cannabis cultivator for decades, running this own operations and offering consulting services to the broader community. He’s spoken at universities, judged at the Emerald Cup, and consulted on cannabis related educational shows for National Geographic and A&E.

Allison McMahon, CEO and Founder at Cannabis At Work

WOMEN IN CANNABIS PANEL: BREAKING THROUGH THE GRASS CEILING​

saturday, Sept 5th - Time TBD

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Allison McMahon
CEO & Founder, Cannabis At Work

Alison McMahon is the Founder & CEO of Cannabis At Work. Founded in 2015, Cannabis At Work is the leading source in Canada for cannabis jobs, recruitment services, online industry training, and HR consulting services. Alison’s work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Globe & Mail, Huffington Post, Financial Post, CBC, Business News Network (BNN), Leafly and by many other media outlets. Cannabis At Work has significant experience working in the regulated cannabis sector with Licensed Producers and Applicants, ancillary businesses and the retail sector. Cannabis At Work was the first to receive a government contract for retail staffing services from the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation. In addition to recruitment services, Cannabis At Work also provided education to employers on cannabis legalization and advised on drug policy changes.

Alison was a term instructor for 5 years at the MacEwan School of Business in Edmonton, and she is a former board member with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. She is a Mentor for the Leaf Forward cannabis incubator, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM). Alison is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and holds a Bachelor of Human Resources & Labour Relations (B.HRLR).

Shannon Ross, CEO of Antidote

Women in Cannabis Panel: Breaking through the Grass Ceiling

saturday, Sept 5th - Time TBD

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Shannon Ross
CEO, Antidote

With over 20 years of experience in cannabis and commercial farming, Shannon Ross (CEO Antidote) is a consultant and advisor for craft cannabis growers across Canada. She recently completed the Community Futures Cannabis Business Transition Initiative assisting 50 small businesses transitioning from legacy to legal. She uses her position to promote the craft cannabis industry and Kootenay cultivators. 

Shannon supports cannabis businesses by providing guidance on licensing requirements, facility design, production, reducing costs of inputs, and increasing profits, while maintaining the long-term health of the planet. Knowledgeable and passionate about sustainable agriculture and helping cannabis growers plan a thriving business from the ground up. In 2020, Shannon co-founded the Cannabis Economic Development Council in the Kootenay region, comprised of local government and the legacy cannabis industry, chaired by Abra Brynne. In 2021 she founded Antidote, a grower-owned standard processing facility in the Kootenay region to support legacy cultivators to have fair market access. 

Che Leblanc, Founder of Unicorn Cup

Planting Guilds: The Rosebuddies Program

Saturday, Sept 4th - Time TBD

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Che LeBlanc
Founder of Rosebud Farms

Che brings 26 years of experience in the cannabis industry as a second generation expert grower. He blends this experience with a background in construction and management. As a certified permaculturist, Che has grown and developed hundreds of strains of cannabis for indoor and outdoor production, while incorporating sustainable growing techniques. He specializes in combining environmental ethics with high yield output by blending technology with regenerative growing techniques.

Che has been cultivating under the MMPR since 2013, has extensive experience growing hundreds of Cultivars. He specializes in Living Soil , Soil food web, Organic farming practices.

Women in Cannabis Panel: Breaking through the Grass Ceiling

saturday, Sept 5th - Time TBD

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Sarah Remillard
PTSD + Mental health advocate

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Ehren Richardson, Dir of Sunrise Wellness Vancouver & former Exec Director of CAMCD

From the Frontlines: What consumers are saying. The LoCAL to International Perspective

saturday, Sept 5th - Time TBD

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Ehren Richardson
Dir at Sunrise Wellness Vancouver/Former Exec Dir. of CAMCD

Ehren is the co-founder of Sunrise Cannabis in Vancouver, BC and former Vice President of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD), now known as ACCRES where he advocated for medical cannabis patients and a pathway to legalization.  

Prior to legalization his retail stores were known for its high-quality cannabis flower and concentrate from small batch farms and extract artists across Canada.  

An activist and entrepreneur, Ehren has navigated from the medical model to the recreational model in Canada’s retail cannabis industry and sees a failed provincial cannabis policy that will require a uniform voice from industry stakeholders to make the changes needed for us all to succeed.       

His insights and observations are incredibly relevant to producers today who struggle to connect with consumers and learn what drives their purchasing habits. We are excited to have Ehren join us to share with our community of cannabis producers from the front lines.

FROM THE FRONTLINES: WHAT CONSUMERS ARE SAYING. THE LOCAL TO INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

saturday, Sept 5th - Time TBD

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Cora Muellner
Operations Manager at Buddy’s Place Cannabis Outlets

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Marcus "Bubbleman" Richardson, Chief Trichome Officer at Whistler Technologies

Extracting Tech: Solvent and Solventless for Today's market

saturday, Sept 5th - Time TBD

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Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson
Chief Trichome Officer at Whistler Technologies 

Marcus “ Bubble man “ Richardson has been an entrepreneur and a hemp activist since 1993. His fields of experience span from industrial hemp cultivation to cannabis macro photography and advanced medical cannabis extraction methods.

In 1999, Marcus established FreshHeadies, Ltd., The Bubbleman Was born, which helped popularize the water method for extracting cannabis, creating the first three-bag multitasking filtration kit as well as the first 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 bag kits. The bags, known as Bubble Bags, gently extract the glandular trichome heads of the cannabis plant, which contains the highest concentration of THC. Currently, Fresh Headies, Ltd., produces the world’s first and only eight-bag water extraction kits.

Over the years, Marcus’ pioneering products and writing have been featured in magazines including Cannabis Culture, Red Eye, Weed World, High Times, and Heads. He has been an educational speaker at countless conferences and events, including Vancouver’s Greenrush Financial Conference on May 7th, 2014.

Noel Liese, Founder of Nectars Collective

Extracting Tech: Solvent and Solventless for Today's market

saturday, Sept 5th - Time TBD

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Noel Liese
Founder of Nectar’s Collective and Head of Extraction at Antidote & Terra

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More to be announced soon

Celebrate the Spirit of Cannabis with 3 DAYS OF DJ music, lake camping, cannabis education and more!!

Located near Salmo, BC you will find us at Rosebud Lake where British Columbia’s beautiful mountains and skyline touch the glistening, cool waters of the lake. We are in the heart of the Kootenay region and at the epicentre of BC Cannabis Culture. Join us for THREE DAYS of lakeside camping, floating on a paddle board, enjoying the best of Kootenay’s cannabis culture. Spend the day at the lake or learn more about cannabis but be ready to move when the DJs come out at night!  

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August 12-14th, 2022

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