Renee Gagnon

Renee Gagnon

CEO, Cannabis Centre Internsyional Inc. I’ve been fortunate to be at the beginning of several major trends or market creations. Throughout my career, detecting and then capitalizing on change has been my focus. I am a serial startup founder, I am skilled at survival, stress and team building. I have always been fortunate to find, retain and employ some of the best people in the sector. I am also both the first Transgender Publicly traded marijuana company CEO and the first female one. I used this insight to create a diverse workforce with strong female leadership across the organization. After exiting Thunderbird Biomedical Inc in Jan 2015 as founding CEO and Board member, I have chosen to focus on US based infrastructure and supply delivery for the Cannabis Industry. Founder / CEO – Thunderbird Biomedical Inc (now EMH.v) – Created the 5th licensed Federally sanctioned Medical Marijuana companies in Canada (and one of handful on planet). Built core team, created and executed on business plan and raised $3.7 M in funding and took company public ($25M Valuation at...
Ashley Heddy

Ashley Heddy

Regional Manager, BioTrackTHC’s Training and Support Services For years, Ashley Heddy has dedicated herself to the idea that the cannabis industry should be legal, transparent, and accessible to all. This has led her to amass an impressive track record of helping businesses operate and remain complaint. Ashley currently serves as one of the Regional Managers for BioTrackTHC’s Training and Support services and manages the company’s efforts throughout the West Coast. When she is not helping cannabis businesses thrive, she is spending time with her family. She enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and children(dogs) and is a proud military spouse. As a native Oklahoman, she is passionate about bringing the cannabis industry to patients without access to a more holistic form of medicine. She has been with BioTrackTHC since the launch of the Washington State Traceability System administered by the company on behalf of the WSLCB. She has lived in Washington since the launching of the state’s recreational program and has become an industry veteran herself throughout the program’s evolution. Ashley is a subject matter expert in cannabis tracking software and regulatory compliance. She provides a unique knowledge-base that can only be gained through the experience that comes from working with six different government tracking programs, mastering the regulatory landscape for 25 different states and four countries, and helping foster consultative relationships with over 1,800 cannabis business owners throughout the nation. Ashley’s unique perspective over the nationwide cannabis industry positions her as an authority in the space, with the ability to speak in depth in regards to various topics. These include but are not limited to regulatory compliance, operations...
Patrick Gagné

Patrick Gagné

President and CEO of Avid Growing Systems Inc. and Founder & CEO of CannaCure Corporation As President and CEO of Avid Growing Systems Inc. and Founder & CEO of CannaCure Corporation, Patrick Gagné put the right team together to develop a comprehensive growing solution that addresses the challenges of commercially growing marijuana.  Prior to his success in the green rush, Patrick was involved in building several companies in the telecom and logistics sector, giving him a wealth of experience to draw upon as he began to build his own. His impressive background in data and telephony infrastructure development and extensive experience in logistics and contact centers led him to found MOS4 Inc., an enterprise specializing in customer communications. Working with a small management team, he raised and managed a budget of $2.5 million to test and apply the concept. Marijuana cultivation being his true passion, he went on to found CannaCure Corp in Ft. Erie, ON., with a focus on testing and developing strains and products to provide effective patient care.  He worked extensively with the city to develop a plan to bring large scale marijuana cultivation to the Niagara region, and successfully secured a 122,000sf former pharmaceutical manufacturing plant from which to operate. While waiting for final approval from Health Canada to begin operations, Patrick managed a team of professionals to develop processes and methods of cultivation of several strains of marijuana safely and cost effectively.  Though the aeroponics-based system they designed was originally developed as a CannaCure’s own competitive advantage, it became clear that it was too good to keep to themselves.  From there, Avid Growing Systems...
Alyssa Riccio

Alyssa Riccio

Co-Owner, Aspen Technology Group Alyssa Riccio is the co-owner of Aspen Technology Group Inc, a consulting consortium that helps companies leverage compliant and secure Cloud based solutions. As a local business owner she is a member of NCIA and Women Grow. Alyssa recently had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion on IT Security at the NCIA Cannabis Business Summit in Denver. She is a Google Certified Sales Specialist and won a sales pitch contest at the Google Partner Sales Academy in NY. She is passionate about human and animal rights, cannabis advocacy and helping empower the special needs...