March 31, 2023 - Surrey Leadership Series: Cannabis Industry Dialogue
The Surrey Board of Trade invites you to be a part of the upcoming Surrey Leadership Series: Cannabis Industry Dialogue. Hear from a panel of experts in the cannabis industry to understand the benefits of legal cannabis stores, and to learn how the City of Surrey can make use of models of operation utilized by other cities in Metro Vancouver.
About the Panelists:
Vikram Sachdeva: Vikram brings over 22 years of retail experience in marketing, business development, and customer relations with leading retailers such as Subway and BC Liquor Distribution Branch. He has owned and operated Subway franchises in BC and was a member of the Subway FaF board which oversees marketing spend for all franchises in BC. Vikram has laid the roadmap for Seed & Stone's success in cannabis retail. For his work in the cannabis industry, Vikram was awarded the 2021 Top 100 Innovation CEOs Award by World Biz Magazine
Chief Ian Campbell: Chief Ian's background is in politics and economics and he is an MBA alumnus of Simon Fraser University. He is one of 16 Hereditary Chiefs of the Squamish Nation and will be representing Clubzen Cannabis. He was an elected councillor of the Squamish Nation for 16 years. From 1999 to 2022, he was the cultural ambassador and negotiator for the Intergovernmental Relations Department of the Squamish Nation, advancing Aboriginal rights and titles, while invigorating substantive economic opportunities through negotiations, collaboration, and partnerships. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase, a business conference focused on economic reconciliation and partnerships between corporate Canada and the indigenous community.
Joyce Hayne: Joyce Hayne is the owner, publisher, and editor of EMC Publications, which publishes several B2B print and digital publications in the cannabis and hospitality industries including Cannabis Retailer, Canadian Cannabis News, The Quarterly Pour, and InnFocus and recently celebrated her 32 years in business. She started Cannabis Retailer in 2018 and has since developed it into the voice of Canadian cannabis retailers. This national publication reports news and trends and also provides business advice to store owners and staff in the rapidly growing retail cannabis marketplace. Joyce's insights from a national and provincial perspective are read by thousands of professionals in the cannabis industry.
Harp Hoonjan: Harp Hoonjan is a proven and successful senior executive who owns 5 Licensed Cannabis Stores in Vancouver, Tsawwassen, Ladner, Coquitlam, and Courtenay, BC. His past 3+ years have been spent consulting retail cannabis store operators through the municipal and provincial approval process. 2 years prior, Harp spent time with a private and vertically integrated CBD company across North America and Mexico in acquiring knowledge and experience in CBD genetics, high-quality CBD extracts/formulations, and sales. The previous 20-plus years of experience includes land development, consulting, and project management roles related to real estate development, multi-discipline project sites, multi-stakeholder negotiations, governmental approvals, and construction for projects ranging from several million dollars to multi-million dollars. Working alongside Harp is his wife and partner, Harinder, they have successfully run their own construction management and real estate development business for the last 20+ years. Harp has sat on the board of directors for the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation for the past 9 years and has supported his community and has given back in many ways.
Date and Time
Friday Mar 31, 2023
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Registration will start at 10:15 am, and the program will begin at 10:30 am.
Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection (13475 Central Ave, Surrey)