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Stand Up For Your Ideals… and Push Back if Necessary

Alex Simonelli is a 25-year-old Toronto-based entrepreneur who founded Daydream, a hemp & adaptogen-infused sparkling water. With a background in sales & entrepreneurship since the age of 17, Alex has always been a free thinker, and most importantly someone who lives by his own ideals. His previous intrapreneurial experiences have taken him through different organizations where he led teams, drove revenue, and witnessed other founders exit their startups as different markets immerged for growth.

Daydream is an accumulation of his own personal growth, and his first step into full business ownership. Alex saw a gap in the market for “better for you” hemp & adaptogenic beverages in Canada and has not looked back since. Daydream’s branding is just as calming as the ingredients inside. Alex refers to this as his art to the world.

Outside of the office, you can find Alex playing his piano, or traversing across Toronto for the city’s best takeout restaurants!


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Let‘s get civilized! Embracing modern cannabis, CBD and hemp culture

Terri MacDonald-Reidle is CEO and Co-founder of Civilized Worldwide Inc. Founded in 2015, Civilized is the first premium lifestyle brand that embraces and highlights modern cannabis, CBD and hemp culture.

As CEO, she oversees the company’s strategic vision, planning, partnerships, executive and financial management, and developing their talented team.

She is also a serial entrepreneur, mother, and a passionate volunteer devoted to areas such as health care, economic development, youth mentorship, international disaster relief and gender parity in government.

Terri believes the world will be a better place, if as a global society, we remain open-minded and respect each other’s informed opinions. Let’s learn, share, listen, discuss and debate topics in modern culture, like cannabis.


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When it comes to capital to grow your cannabis-infused topicals business? “Just ask for it!”

Ashley Short and Tijen Yalchin are the founders of Earth Kisses Sky. Earth Kisses Sky aims to provide you with high-quality all-natural cannabis topicals—developing next-generation products to support your wellness journey. Tijen has had a long career in holistic health practices, is a Registered Massage Therapist and an Acupuncturist who additionally is certified in a number of other approaches to wellness such as Reflexology and Reiki. Ashley is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Clinical Herbalist. EKS services the growing cannabis wellness & lifestyle community through competitively priced and enviro-conscious cannabis-infused topicals.


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Eric Vardon is Co-Founder and CEO of Morphio.ai, an AI Tech Entrepreneur, C-Suite Exec and Advisor for a Wide Variety of Industries

Eric Vardon is a AI Tech Entrepreneur (www.morphio.ai), C-Suite Executive and Advisor with more than 20 years of success in marketing, sports, advertising, cannabis, health and wellness, fitness, luxury, fashion, beauty, technology, and digital industries. Leveraging extensive experience in business development and start-ups, Eric’s broad areas of expertise include brand development, digital strategy, communications, entrepreneurship, leadership, and growth.

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Joel Sherlock is Co-Founder of Vitalis Extraction, a Global Manufacturing Giant in Extraction

A serial entrepreneur and business leader, Joel Sherlock is a born connector who has been building great teams and delivering the expertise to execute. Joel has been at the helm of 9 successful start-ups and corporate exits, including one of BC’s top private real estate brokerages, a national first action sports e-commerce company, a successful corporate consulting firm and a few private equity funds. Joel’s time is now focused on Kelowna, BC-based Vitalis Extraction Technology, an industry leader in manufacturing industrial supercritical CO2 extraction equipment, where he is Chairman and Co-Founder, as well as on Spectrum Asset Leasing and Doventi Capital. Doventi Capital in Vancouver is the private equity fund he co-founded to support professionals in the growing legal cannabis market. Spectrum Leasing in Toronto is an asset backed lender designed to support entrepreneurs and manufacturers in the world’s fastest growing market. Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, Joel’s early years were on the farm, that all seems a far cry from studying finance at UBC and Harvard Business School and offices in Vancouver, Kelowna and Toronto. Joel still loves to balance all this travel with a few days on the farm, with no phone or internet.

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Andrew Gordon Discusses the Cannabis Industry and His Retail Cannabis Chain Kiaro

Andrew Gordon is a shareholder of Kiaro, which is a cannabis retail brand, and derives from the Italian “Chiaroscuro”, meaning to emerge from darkness into the light. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations and Community. He specializes in organizational development, public affairs, community partnerships and industry performance. Andrew has a degree in Political Science from UVIC, and is a graduate of BCIT’s Non-Profit Management Program. Andrew has successfully led the community integration efforts for a number of private retailers across Canada, and has worked with a diverse array of patients, consumers and regulators to build accountable, community-responsive and financially sustainable cannabis retail models. Galvanized by the prospects of cannabis legalization in Canada, Andrew is passionate about working with community stakeholders across the country to help reduce social stigma, and abate pharmaceutical drug dependence within communities.