Managing Cannabis and the Workplace | #WCCannabis Recap

December 12, 2018


Cannabis and the Workplace conference, Nov 28, 2018, RBC Convention Centre. Photography by Mike Sudoma.


On Nov 28, 2018, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce hosted a full-day educational cannabis conference, Cannabis and the Workplace. The Conference featured industry leaders from around the world that provided clarity on legalization and new cannabis policies that impact workplaces.

Cannabis and the Workplace
attendees gained a better understanding of how to develop custom plans for their workplace and familiarized themselves with cannabis products and their side-effects.Keep reading for a full recap, including video and audio links, of The Chamber’s Cannabis and the Workplace conference.

​Conference Presentations

Breakfast Keynote: Cannabis 101

  • Patrick Witcher, VP of Strategic Partnerships | GrowForce ​​​​

Fireside Chat: Growing the Indigenous Economy 
​Moderator: Jessica Dumas | Jessica Dumas Coaching & Training 

  • Dr. Shelley Turner | First Farmacy Medical
  • Rebecca Chartrand | Red River College
  • Councillor Stephen Prince | Long Plain First Nations

Panel: Educating Safe Use at Work and at Home 
​Moderator: Ismaila Alfa, host of Up To Speed | CBC Radio

  • Michelle Walker, Senior Consultant Health and Wellness | Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
  • Joel Gervais, Addictions & Training Specialist |CBI Health Centre
  • Kristianne Dechant, Manager of Communications, Policy and Research | Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA)
  • Shannon Fender, Director of Public Affairs | Garden Variety

Panel: From the Front Lines of Cannabis in Canada

  • Adam Hanson, Manager of Special Projects | Johnston Group Inc.
  • Matt Gaudry, Director of Product Support and Management | Great-West Life Assurance Company
  • John Arbuthnot, CEO | Delta 9 Cannabis
  • Mark Rolnick, VP of Employer Health Solutions | Shoppers Drug Mart 
  • Jamie Jurczak, Lawyer | Taylor McCaffrey LLP

Breakout Sessions

Cannabis Safety – What Employers Can Do

  • ​​Michael Boileau, Prevention Consultant | SAFE Work Manitoba ​​

A Guide to Responsible Cannabis Use 

  • ​Joel Gervais, Addictions & Training Specialist | CBI Health Centre

Impaired Driving Laws and Policing 

  • ​Constable Stephane Fontaine | Winnipeg Police Service​

Managing the Impact of Cannabis on Your Brand

  • Adam Dooley, Principal | Dooley PR
  • Jamie Jurczak, Lawyer | Taylor McCaffrey​

Cannabis Legalization and Regulations 

  • Sergeant Carrol MacDonald | Winnipeg Police Service

Shaping Social Norms for Road Safety in the Cannabis Culture

  • Shannon Bunkowsky, Director of Loss Prevention | Manitoba Public Insurance

Cannabis in the Workplace: Scenarios and Solutions

  • Brad Lutz, President | Acuity HR Solutions 
  • Jaysa Toet, Partner |Acuity HR Solutions​

Special Offer for Chamber Members:

Use promo code CHAMBER for a $5 discount towards St.John Ambulance’s Cannabis in the Workplace Online Training. Click here for details.