8:30 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 9:10 am

Welcoming remarks

9:10 – 9:40 am

Driving your energy costs down

Explore the interaction between plants and the greenhouse climate – what’s good for your crop could be good for your wallet.

9:40 – 10:10 am

Lighting from start to finish

Curious about adopting or upgrading your supplemental lighting? Explore steps and costs from beginning to end.

Speaker: Ted Deli, HydroFarm


10:10 – 10:40 am

Coffee Break

Enjoy a coffee, tea and treat while meeting vendors and networking with industry peers.

10:40 – 11:10 am

Setting microbes in motion

Explore different strains of beneficial microbial biofungicides available to greenhouse production. Learn how they could be used to prevent and manage different diseases and pathogens.

Speaker: Dr. Deborah Henderson, Kwantlen Polytechnic University


11:10 – 11:40 am

Biocontrol: Round peg in a square hole

There’s a growing number of biocontrol options out in the marketplace, but not all of them will be a fit for every greenhouse operation. From exploring native and exotic biocontrol options to understanding your expectations, learn how to identify the right solutions for your greenhouse.

Speaker: Brian Spencer, Applied Bio-nomics

11:40 – 12:00 pm

Awards Presentation

Celebrate the winners of this year’s Grower of the Year and Top 4 Under 40 awards.

Thank you to Paul Boers and Prins for their support of the Top 4 Under 40 program.

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch break

Enjoy a full hot lunch while networking with exhibitors and peers.

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Growing strawberries in the greenhouse

Day-neutral strawberries are high-value fruit crop that offers a great market opportunity for growers. Eight three-level towers designed by Affinor Growers Inc. were installed and studied by the John Volken Academy where growth, yield and fruit quality were evaluated under conventional and organic regimes.

Speaker: Dr. Laila Benkrima, University of the Fraser Valley


2:00 – 2:30 pm

The latest automation must-haves

Growers have amassed some exciting labour-saving equipment for automation. Hear about their experiences with some of their latest acquisitions.

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Coffee Break

Enjoy a coffee, tea and treat while meeting vendors and networking with industry peers.

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Mental break: Taking care of your health

It’s particularly stressful during certain times of the year. How can growers keep their mental health in check and still keep their businesses profitable?

Speaker: AgSafe BC

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Panel: A look back on COVID

It’s no secret that prices were already rising – that includes plants, inputs and labour – everything but the grower’s margins. This panel discussion will explore how COVID impacted the industry and what solutions can be taken as an industry moving forward.

7:30 – 8:00 am


8:00 – 8:10 am

Welcome remarks

8:10 – 8:50 am

Keynote – Sustainability

Sustainable Cannabis: Environmental responsibility and economic prosperity need not be a choice of either or. Cannabis licensed producer Habitat Life is demonstrating that the two can co-exist. Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges for cannabis cultivation today. Through technology and the principle of regenerative farming, Habitat Life is pursuing its founders’ goal of creating a production model that is equally environmental as it is economical.

Speaker: Rudi Schiebel, CEO & Co-founder, Habitat Life

8:50 – 9:30 am

Panel 1 – Energy efficiency

Energy costs is one of the biggest operational costs in commercial cannabis production. This panel will discuss trends in energy management and the business case for energy-efficient, sustainable systems

9:30 – 10:00 am

Coffee Break

10:00 – 10:40 am

Presentation 1 – It’s genetics!

Every great product begins with good genetics. This presentation will outline some best practices and recommendations for developing a cannabis genetic selection and breeding program to yield consistent, high-quality cannabis.

Speaker: Max White, operations manager, co-owner, Aroma Cannabis


10:40 – 11:20 am

Presentation 2 – Pest management in cannabis

For true crop protection you must consider above as well as below the soil when creating an IPM program. This talk will focus on Entomopathogenic nematodes as a control for common soil pests found in cannabis (fungus gnats, thrip pupae and root aphids). Nematodes have many advantages, however, choosing the correct nematode and delivery method are key factors to ensuring economic management of the pest insects.

Speaker: John Robertson

11:20 – 12:00 am

Panel 2 – Data domain

How your cultivation data can provide insights about plant health and improve your yields

12:00 – 1:00 pm


Canada’s Top Growers presentation: Gregg Wigeland

Luncheon Keynote: Gregg Wigeland, Master Grower

Lessons from the Master: How cannabis growing has evolved from a prohibited substance to a multi-million-dollar global industry

1:50 – 2:30 pm

Panel 4 – Security panel

Experts from across the security spectrum assess the state of the Canadian cannabis market today with attention to current regulations, compliance, technology and other aspects of security service delivery.

2:30 – 3:10 pm

Presentation 3 – Innovations in cannabis production

From automation and high-efficiency production to smart buildings and artificial intelligence, how disruptive technologies are making their way to the cannabis grow rooms.

3:10 – 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:10 pm

Panel 5 – Cannabis 2

What lies ahead for the next generation of cannabis products and how can cannabis producers get a slice of this market.

Note: Agenda is subject to change


Brian Spencer
Applied Bio-nomics

Brian Spencer is the president and owner of Applied Bio-nomics Ltd. Founded in 1980 in Victoria, BC, the biological pest control supplier was one of the first companies to bring now familiar products to growers, including Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Hypoaspis miles), Stethorus punctillum, Delphastus catalinae, Amblyseius fallacis, Gaeolaelaps gillespiei and Micromus variegatus, to name a few. Brian holds a BSc. in microbiology from the University of British Columbia.

Deborah Henderson, PhD

Director, Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, 
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Deborah Henderson has been the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) since 2005 and LEEF Regional Innovation Chair since 2009 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She received her PhD from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1982, and established E.S. Cropconsult Ltd. in 1989 to offer IPM and research services to both conventional and organic agriculture in the Fraser Valley. Deborah developed an active research program in biological and non-chemical management strategies for pests and diseases to advance agriculture and landscapes towards ecologically sound alternatives. Her research at ISH develops microbial biocontrols and environmentally sound bioproducts in partnership with agricultural industry partners. Her goal is to put more biocontrol option in the hands of growers. The Institute has both research capacity and production capacity for beneficial fungi and insect viruses and over the next few years, is developing this capacity to become an incubator for new biopesticides.

Gregg Wigeland

Gregg Wigeland is the master cultivator at Sundial Cannabis in Alberta. Wigeland is also the 2019 winner of Grow Opportunity’s Canada’s Top Growers. Having lived most of his life around cannabis, he has learned and perfected the art of growing cannabis. Wigeland has been walking amongst the circle of notable cannabis growers, particularly in British Columbia’s cannabis culture, long before Canada legalized cannabis. His path to becoming a master grower has been paved by numerous trials and errors over “too many years.” As the master cultivator for Calgary-based Sundial Growers Inc., and in-charge of the company’s flagship facility in Olds, Alta., Wigeland does not only tend to the plants; he has also become a mentor to budding growers.

John Robertson
Natural Insect Control

John and his sister Susan are the current owner of Natural Insect Control (NIC). A family owned and operated business for the past 33 years. NIC was one of the first beneficial insect companies in Canada and has been on the cutting edge of the industry ever since. NIC is the only company in Canada producing nematodes, as such John has a unique understanding of nematodes, and their use in both greenhouse and outdoor settings. John is working directly with industry leaders in developing IPM programmes that include nematodes as a key component for controlling soil pests. With the intention of increasing both yield and quality of the crop.

In his spare time John is currently establishing a blue bird / tree swallow nesting box trail in Stevensville.

Laila Benkrima, PhD
University of the Fraser Valley

Laila Benkrima, PhD, provides consulting and research services to various horticulture and biotechnology projects. Laila has over 25 years of experience in both horticulture and pharmaceutical research and is currently working as a Horticulture Consultant for the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Her work history includes the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals Inc., the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and Laval University. She received her Ph.D. in Plant Biology and her Master Degree in Plant Physiology from the University of Paris, France. Since 2014, she has been involved in an innovative project that combines the vocational rehabilitation program in horticulture with technological innovation at the John Volken Academy (JVA), a long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment center for young men and women aged located in Newton Town Centre, Surrey BC. The Affinor towers technology is brought through a collaborative research project between the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) and JVA.

Max White
Operations manager, co-owner, Aroma Cannabis

Max White is the co-founder/owner and director of cultivation at Aroma Cannabis in Canby, Oregon. Max has been cultivating cannabis legally for the last 20 years after a childhood stick injury to the eye left him with glaucoma and a medical marijuana card at the age of 16. Over the last two decades he has grown cannabis in every environment – from outdoor to indoor to currently running a 12,000-sq-ft commercial greenhouse in Oregon’s recreational market as Aroma Cannabis. His specialties include garden IPM, networking and greenhouse efficiency. Max is an absolute people person and also acts as the facility tour manager to past groups, including the International Plant Propagation Society, Oregon Liquor Control Commission for staff training, and many inquisitive people from all over the world.

Rudi Schiebel
CEO and co-founder of Habitat Life

Rudi is the CEO and co-founder of Habitat Life. He comes from an agriculture and entrepreneurial background after starting Turtle Valley Bison Company. Rudi’s passion for finding innovative ways to produce responsible and sustainable products was born during this time and something that drives him to continue pushing the limits on holistic farming practices.

For him, the realization that running a ranch was as much about ensuring the health of an entire ecosystem for the animals as it was about raising the animals themselves was the starting point of Habitat’s cultivation methodology. With hands on experience building profitable companies with a positive social mandate, Rudi is a dedicated leader committed to growing organic salmon and delivering organic cannabis to consumers that is industry-leading in quality, price and sustainability.

Ted Deli
Director of Market Development, Hydrofarm Canada

Ted Deli comes from an ag family. His parents met in Guelph and he grew up on a research farm in Iowa. Although he studied anthropology at Wesleyan University, his passion has always been with plants. Ted worked for Sony Music living in New York and San Francisco before returning to his roots and opening a garden supply store in Portland, Oregon. There, they specialized in organic gardening, commercial-scale hydroponics, and cannabis cultivation. After selling his store, he returned to Canada to work for Hydrofarm, a manufacturer and distributor of greenhouse and controlled environment cultivation equipment with a specialty in HID and LED lighting. His focuses on commercial and international sales for producers of both conventional and cannabis crops and has a passion for greenhouse and indoor horticultural lighting, particularly LEDs.



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