Last year, the world watched as Canada became the first G8 country to legalize recreational cannabis nationwide. This has sparked the biggest wave of innovation and entrepreneurship since the dotcom era.
The emerging cannabis industry is filled with potential including new opportunities across an array of segments, fostering the rapid growth, research and development, and commercialization of new products in multiple jurisdictions.
- what’s happening in the cannabis industry,
- what technologies are in demand and,
- what scientific and technological advancements are shaping new products that are on their way for October 2019.
11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Lunch & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Engaging Presentation
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Dessert & Networking
Mary Dimou has been engaged within the innovation ecosystem for a decade working closely with investors, industry, and academia. Her areas of focus cover a broad range of disciplines within the life sciences and agriculture fields including human health, animal health, and plant sciences.
Prior to joining Canopy Rivers, Mary worked in senior level roles at various private and public capital companies. Most recently, she helped manage the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Seed investment fund that deployed over thirty investments annually. She has held portfolio management and foreign direct investment roles at OMAFRA, has acquired ag-tech venture experience through Bioenterprise, and gained Director-level experience at an industrial seed-stage company. As an entrepreneur, Mary exited a machine-learning technology in the agri-technologies sector, AgRegKit. The patent-pending technology was awarded a Premier’s-Award For Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in 2017.
Mary graduated from the University of Guelph, with a Masters of Science focused on nutritional genomics and biochemistry. She holds her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, and is currently pursuing her doctorate part-time at the University of Toronto.
Canopy Rivers is the largest cannabis-focused venture capital vehicle in the world. In collaboration with Canopy Growth, the two work to identify companies in the cannabis space looking for strategic financial and operating support. www.canopyrivers.com
Innovation Factory is Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre and funded by the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs since 2010. Serving as a catalyst for tech innovation, Innovation Factory provides business services, training and mentorship to help entrepreneurs with advanced manufacturing, clean tech, information tech, life science and social innovations to bring their ideas to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.
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