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Municipal Issues in the Legalization of Cannabis

A Specialized Forum for Municipal Regulators

March 20 - 21, 2018  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Confirmed Speakers Include:

Nadia Chandra, Assistant City Solicitor, Oakville

Nadia Chandra represents the Town's interests in litigation by attending proceedings before the courts and tribunals. She routinely drafts Town by-laws and prepares opinions pertaining to the Town's rights, powers and obligations in accordance provincial and federal legislation. In February 2017 she worked with Oakville's Municipal Enforcement and Planning staff to host a forum with in-house lawyers, planners and enforcement staff, along with public health and police representatives to discuss marijuana legalization and the impacts on municipalities. She is a member of the AMO Marijuana Legalization Task Force as well as the Municipal Law Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association. She has three kids and enjoys playing tennis and running.

Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto

Tracey Cook was a Police Officer in Toronto for over 18 years, spent 7 years in executive roles within the private sector, and in 2012 returned to public service as the Executive Director of the Municipal Licensing and Standards Division for the City of Toronto. Over the past 6 years, she has overseen significant policy and regulatory initiatives including new regulatory regimes for street food and food trucks, taxi and Uber.

Tracey has represented Toronto in discussions about the role and response of government to the evolving "sharing economy" and is currently focused on developing regulations to respond to the rise of short-term rental platforms, such as AirBnB. She is leading the City team tasked with addressing the municipal impacts related to the pending legalization of cannabis including the proliferation of illegal marijuana storefronts. Tracey is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2016 was named Toronto Life's 13th Most Influential Person.

Kathryn Holm, P.Eng., Chief Licence Inspector/Director of Licensing, Property Use Inspections and Animal Services, City of Vancouver

Within the Development, Buildings and Licensing Department, Kathryn's team is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures aimed at ensuring the city is a leader with respect to regulatory approaches. Prior to her roles at the City, Kathryn held various leadership positions within the Provincial Health Services Authority. Kathryn holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration and is a Project Management Professional.

Ashley Kilroy, Executive Director, Excise and Licenses, City of Denver

After serving for nearly three years as the Executive Director of Marijuana Policy in Denver, Ashley Kilroy was promoted in October 2016 by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to lead the city's Department of Excise and Licenses. Excise and Licenses is the central business-licensing department for the City and County of Denver and includes the Office of Marijuana Policy. The department manages licensing for a broad range of businesses, including liquor stores, bars and restaurants, and marijuana stores and cultivation facilities.

In this position, Kilroy maintains responsibility for the administration and implementation of marijuana policy for Denver. She coordinates the marijuana-related work of various city departments, commissions, boards, officers, agencies and employees, and serves as Denver's liaison to local, state and federal elected officials, agencies, and other partners on marijuana issues.

Kilroy served as Senior City Attorney for the City of Denver, as Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools, and as an Assistant County Attorney for Washington County, Colo. As a mediator, Kilroy oversaw court mediation services on behalf of the Colorado and Denver bar associations, mediating a variety of civil cases for the courts and the city. As a workplace investigator, Kilroy has conducted independent workplace investigations for both public and private sector clients involving a wide range of matters, including allegations of discrimination, workplace violence and performance issues.

Victor Liu, Partner, Goodmans LLP

Victor Liu's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions (including public takeovers, statutory arrangements, auctions and distressed sales processes) and corporate finance (including public equity and debt offerings, high-yield bond financings, mortgage-backed securities, as well as TSX and TSX Venture transactions). Victor's practice also includes an emphasis on counselling early-stage private enterprises (in diverse industries including pharmaceutical, renewable energy, interactive media, health care and real estate) on their growth financings, shareholders agreements and governance, as well as strategic initiatives.

Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel; Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Lawrence Loh, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC, FACPM is Associate Medical Officer of Health at Peel Public Health and Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. In his role at Peel Public Health, he oversees the Health Protection division (consisting of Environmental Health and Immunization Records), the Healthy Built Environment portfolio, as well as the department's strategic priorities around tobacco, digital records, and physician outreach. His work as faculty at Dalla Lana has included research into global health training experiences and teaching with the public health and preventive medicine residency program.

Mike McGuire, Director, Operations, Office of Medical Cannabis, Health Canada

Mike McGuire is leading the team responsible for the implementation of the current Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, while supporting efforts to transition the program to the proposed Cannabis Act and new regulations. Mike joined the Health Canada team in May 2017 and brought with him nearly 10 years of experience in the federal public service working in regulatory programs, most notably at Transport Canada where he managed the national oversight program for aviation security. Mike holds an undergraduate degree from Carleton University and a graduate degree from the Institut d'Études Politques de Paris.

Elliot Pobjoy, Associate, Goodmans LLP

Elliot Pobjoy's practice focuses on municipal and land use planning law, among other administrative law matters. He assists clients with development, regulatory and environmental issues. Prior to attending law school, Elliot held senior advisory roles to Cabinet Ministers, including Chief of Staff and Director of Policy, at various large ministries in the Government of Ontario. There, he led political offices and worked closely with Cabinet members, senior politicians, stakeholders, and public servants to address policy issues, pass legislation and resolve crises. Elliot managed major programs, budgets, and negotiations in the areas of health care, technology, innovation, infrastructure and social services. Elliot has also worked as a public servant and as an NGO worker in the fields of national security, foreign affairs, and international development.

Michael G. Sherrard, Managing Partner, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Michael G. Sherrard is recognized as one of Canada's leading employment and labour lawyers by Chambers Global®, Who's Who Legal®, and Lexpert®. He is the Former Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Labour Relations Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He is also the recipient of several awards including the Construction Institute of Canada's Chancellor's Award of Excellence, the University of New Brunswick Alumni Award of Distinction, and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Lester B. Pearson Award. Michael represents public and private sector employers operating in a wide range of industries.

Tim Stiles, Policy Advisor, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Tim Stiles is FCM's policy lead for cannabis legalization. As part of this role, Tim helps to ensure municipalities of all sizes across the country are equipped with the tools and resources to safely and effectively manage the local implementation and ongoing enforcement of non-medical cannabis. Part of this work includes developing a municipal guide to cannabis legalization in partnership with provincial and territorial municipal associations from across the country which is set to launch in the coming weeks. Tim has also played a key role in developing analysis' on new municipal sector cost implications, responsibilities and impacts of cannabis. Tim has a background in community develop, public policy and international relations and has worked extensively with communities in Canada's North and abroad. Tim looks forward to engaging with other municipal sector officials and staff who are working on this complex and constantly evolving federal legislative initiative.

Superintendent Karl Thomas, Director, Organized Crime Enforcement, Ontario Provincial Police

Karl Thomas joined the OPP in 1994 and has served in numerous leadership roles at detachment, Provincial Anti-Terrorism Section and OPP General Headquarters. In his current role he is responsible for leading Organized Crime Teams across Central and Western Ontario. He represents the OPP on provincial and national committees and works closely with other law enforcement and government agencies. He is a recipient of the Police Officer Exemplary medal and the Member Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Tara Marie Watson, CIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Tara Marie Watson received her PhD from the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto. She currently holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She has longstanding interests in drug policy and years? worth of qualitative research experience related to public health programming for people who use drugs. Her current research topics include cannabis legalization, drugs and driving, drug checking services, and relationships between harm reduction programs and the police.

Matt Zabloski, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards, City of Calgary

Matt Zabloski has been with The City of Calgary for the past 7 years, previously working as a Planner with Calgary's Land Use Bylaw team. Currently he works as a Business Strategist with Calgary Community Standards as the Project Lead for The City of Calgary's response to the legalization of recreational cannabis.

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Legalization of cannabis is just months away. Municipalities are responsible for a smooth roll-out to the public, with significant work to be accomplished by the July 2018 deadline. If you work on land use planning and zoning, business licensing, municipal workplace safety, enforcement relating to public consumption or impaired driving, you are feeling the pressure of the looming deadline. You have important questions and you need answers from the provinces yesterday relating to critical matters such as what retail model your province will choose. You need to budget for start up and implementation in all these areas including the cost of public education, public health and law enforcement.

INFONEX's two-day program Municipal Issues in the Legalization of Cannabis, will be the ideal forum for discussing and sharing ideas with others to help you move forward without wasting time or spinning your wheels. A faculty of experienced government officials from all the relevant areas will share their insights on what's working effectively and what's not. U.S cities who have made the journey you are about to embark upon will draw on their experience to help you benefit from what they have learned along the way so you can avoid potential missteps and proceed in timely fashion.

You will learn what you can expect with legalization, including the impact on community and public health and safety. You will leave with a clear picture of what you are required to do, as a municipal employer, to keep municipal employees safe now that you have to worry about the potential effects of marijuana at the workplace. Experts from U.S. cities and large and small municipalities in a variety of provinces will explain how they are dealing with land use planning and zoning and business licensing (including government-run, private retail or a mixed retail model depending on the province's choice.) You will understand the enforcement issues relating to consumption and impaired driving and the complexity and potential problems involved in the supply chain.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from those most able to provide the important information, insights and strategies you need to meet the complex challenge ahead. Register now so you and your municipality have the necessary knowledge to reduce the risk and increase the potential benefits of this important change in national cannabis policy. Your up-front investment of time will repay you time and again as you move forward more decisively, confidently and knowledgeably than you otherwise would have. Register today!

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