8:30 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 9:10 am

Welcoming remarks

9:10 – 9:40 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


9:40 – 10:10 am

Demystifying dehumidification

Heat loss is a significant problem for greenhouses in the winter, but closed vents can lead to humidity build-up. Researchers tested four different dehumidification technologies, and here’s what they found.


Dr. Jingjing Han, Flowers Canada (Ontario);

Dr. Ann Huber, Soil Resource Group

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

Aphids from top to bottom

Aphids are experts at hiding, whether on the plant or below the soil. Learn about common aphids, where to find them, and what to do, while discovering some less common species including the elusive root aphid. Discover how to best manage aphids and the current list of beneficial insects that predate them.

Speaker: Stacey Hickman, Natural Insect Control


11:10 – 11:40 am

The economics of biocontrol

Biological control is an effective control strategy for major greenhouse pests; but how do the economics of using biocontrol stack up against the use of pesticides and do growers have a good handle on the breakdown of their biocontrol costs? This presentation will discuss the economic questions around the use of biocontrol.

Speaker: Graeme Murphy, bioLogical Control Solutions

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

What’s next for biocontrol

With new pests emerging, a changing climate and consumer demands shaping what can (and cannot) be used in production, greenhouse IPM programs have to change to stay ahead of the curve. Explore some of the exciting new IPM technologies on the horizon that were revealed at the recent Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Brownbridge, BioWorks

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Growing the next generation

How can the greenhouse sector continue to attract and retain new employees? Three younger growers share their experiences in the greenhouse.

Jennifer McIntosh, Meyers Farms;
Brennan Parkin, One Floral;
Jette Van Adrichem, Fernlea Flowers

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

Thwarting the next data attack

Cases of ransomware are on the rise. Learn how to prevent your data from being kidnapped and what to do in a ransom situation.

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Filling the gaps of your business profit margins

From production to crops, this greenhouse consultant will tackle commonly overlooked areas to help improve your business’ profit margins.

Speaker: Melhem Sawaya, Focus Greenhouse Management

7:30 – 8:00 am


8:00 – 8:10 am

Welcome remarks

8:10 – 8:50 am

Keynote – Sustainability

Sustainable Production: As the cannabis market continues to grow, the pressure is on for the industry to examine its impact on the environment and demonstrate an ability to pursue and practice sustainable production throughout the value chain.

Speaker: Jeannette VanderMarel

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.

Moderator: Jeannette VanderMarel

9:30 – 10:00 am

Coffee Break

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

10:00 – 10:40 am

Presentation 1 – Breeding and genetics

How growers can benefit from a genetic selection program to yield consistent, high-quality cannabis.

Speaker: Jayson Goodale

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: Stacey Hickman


11:20 – 12:00 pm

Panel 2 – Data domain

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

12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 1:10 pm

Canada’s Top Growers presentation: Chad Morphy

1:10 – 1:50 pm

Luncheon Keynote

Keynote: Thinking outside the cube: Designing a commercial scale, multi-level, vertical growing model for cannabis cultivation.

Speaker: James Eaves, head of research and development, GreenSeal Cannabis Co.

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 – Topic: Cannabis extraction

3:10 – 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:10 pm

Panel 5 – Compliance

Note: Agenda is subject to change


Ann L. Huber
Environmental Microbiologist, Soil Resource Group

Ann Huber, PhD, has national and international research experience with government, university, and industry. Her areas of expertise include environmental microbiology, horticulture process water management, agricultural nutrient and pathogen management practices for environmental protection, greenhouse gas reduction and food safety, as well as monitoring and remediation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Ann is the lead researcher on several projects that focus on water treatment best management practices for greenhouses and nurseries in Ontario, in-house tracking of microbial water quality in the horticulture industry, and the use of reclaimed water for irrigation on sod. She has also collaborated on projects demonstrating energy-savings through dehumidification in Ontario greenhouses, minimizing horticultural impacts on surface water quality through enhanced pond management, and greenhouse nutrient feedwater use.

Graeme Murphy
bioLogical Control Solutions

Graeme completed his undergraduate degree in biological sciences and his master’s in agricultural science in Melbourne, Australia. He worked for eight years with the Victorian State Government in Australia, initially as an entomologist with the Department of Agriculture, and for two years as a research scientist with the Department of Natural Resources. In 1988, he moved to Canada and from then until the end of 2014, he worked as the Greenhouse Floriculture IPM Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

James Eaves
Laval University

James Eaves is the former Head of Innovation at GreenSeal Cannabis. He is an agricultural economist and Professor of Management at Laval University. His research focuses on technologies and methods for enabling “intelligent indoor farming”.

Jayson Goodale
Senior lead, risk advisory, at Cannabis Compliance Inc.

Jayson Goodale is senior lead, risk advisory, at Cannabis Compliance Inc. Coming from a strong horticultural background, Jayson has spent 25 years in the commercial greenhouse industry where he was responsible for producing over 1,200,000 plants per year. Jayson’s recent experience with Tweed Farms has brought him to the forefront of cannabis cultivation in Canada. While at Tweed Farms in the Niagara region, Jayson was tasked with designing the company’s cannabis greenhouse, overseeing its construction and readiness, and managing the cultivation of this 350,000-sq-ft greenhouse facility. Jayson brings practical greenhouse horticultural practices to the cannabis industry, combined with a keen attention to detail, scheduling and plans.

Jeannette VanderMarel

Jeannette VanderMarel is a prominent figure in the Canadian cannabis industry. As one of the industry’s first female executives, VanderMarel helped build and grow some of the high-profile companies in the Canadian cannabis industry. VanderMarel co-founded The Green Organic Dutchman, one of the first companies to be granted a licence to produce cannabis by Health Canada. She was also the co-founder and president of Good & Green and former co-CEO at 48North. Most recently, she was the CEO of Beleave. She has since left that post and currently exploring new ventures.

VanderMarel is not new to the business of agriculture, coming from a family of apple growers. She has always worked to strike a balance between promoting sustainable farming practices out in the field, and good corporate social responsibility in the boardrooms. Before pursuing her passion for farming, VanderMarel worked in the health-care field as a registered nurse and a certified nurse in critical care – pediatrics.

Jinjing Han
Mechanical Engineer,
Flowers Canada (Ontario)

Jingjing Han, PhD, is a research engineer with years of experience in greenhouse environment control and evaluation of greenhouse technologies for energy conservation, holding a M.Sc. in Agricultural Bio-environment and Energy Engineering and a PhD in Agriculture and Bioresource Engineering. In the past two and a half years, Jingjing has been working with both Dr. Jeanine West, an Environmental Specialist, and Dr. Ann Huber from the Soil Resource Group on a greenhouse dehumidification project funded by the Ontario government. Her areas of expertise include greenhouse environment control, greenhouse dehumidification, greenhouse gas reduction, monitoring and evaluating greenhouse technologies for energy savings.

Melhem Sawaya
Focus Greenhouse Management

Melhem Sawaya has been in the greenhouse business for 41 years. Working with growers throughout southwestern Ontario, Mel was a grower himself before starting Focus Greenhouse Management 31 years ago. A known supporter and vocal advocate of the horticultural industry, Mel is also involved in a number of industry initiatives, such as programming for the Canadian Greenhouse Conference and Grower Day, as well as regularly contributing to Greenhouse Canada magazine. He’s also coordinated the annual Sawaya Garden Trials in Simcoe, Ont. for the past 19 years. What first began with 150 varieties, the trials now showcase over 3000, allowing growers to see how new varieties perform in the southwestern Ontario climate.

Michael Brownbridge
Biological Program Manager, BioWorks

Michael Brownbridge, PhD, has over 30 years of industry experience in production systems, biological control and integrated pest management – with an extensive research history. He previously held positions at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Canada), AgResearch Ltd. (New Zealand), and the University of Vermont among others. Michael joined BioWorks in December 2019, as the Biological Program Manager – Disease Control. In this position, he is responsible for accelerating the adoption of current and new biological products while providing expert advice and guidance to customers and partners.

Stacey Hickman
Entomologist, Natural Insect Contro

Stacey achieved her bachelor Sciences with honors in Entomology from Brock University in 1997.Since 1999 Stacey has been employed with Natural Insect Control (NIC) and is now the head Entomologist.

Stacey has been instrumental in designing personalized IPM programs for variety of greenhouses crops throughout the Niagara region. Stacey liaison directly with indoor and outdoor growers on a regular basis, to keep abreast of what is going on in their crops and in the industry. When Stacey is not looking at, or working with insects she can usually be found with a book in her hands happily surrounded by cats.

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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