Crowns is a brand new advertising agency focused on a brand new market: cannabis. has a lean, focused team with decades of experience in traditional advertising, adtech and startups, but has no intention of following the old playbook. Crowns is women-led, diverse, data savvy and relish the idea of helping cannabis companies build their brands and tell their stories effectively inside the constraints of regulatory limits — which the agency doesn’t see as limits at all.
Tyler James is the Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Aurora Cannabis. Just like Aurora, advocacy is in his DNA. Tyler’s responsibilities include outreach and collaboration with NGOs, communities in which Aurora has a presence, and working on CSR campaigns championed by Aurora.
Tyler is also a founding member of the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty which is advocating for the expungement of cannabis possession offences for Canadians.
Lisa Harun is the CMO and Co-Founder of Vapium Inc – a data driven, MedTech company leading three brands in the Cannabis Industry and is a MaRS Advisor. In 2013, she co-founded Vapium with Roboticist Michael Trzecieski. The company’s three brands sell in over 20 countries and is a resident at Jlabs Toronto (Johnson & Johnson). Lisa’s background is in Sales, Marketing and Strategy. Lisa has been a MaRS Volunteer Advisor since 2010 working with ICE, Social Innovation and mainly Clean Tech.
Brandi is the CEO and founder of Evio Beauty Group. Evio Beauty is on a mission to create a conscious future with products that are good for your skin, the planet, and our community. Five years ago, Brandi was living in a women’s safe house in Vancouver, where she developed the concept for the original line, Evelyn Iona.
From these humble beginnings, Leifso successfully established relationships with over 50 coveted retailers
Robyn Rabinovich is a business development professional with extensive experience in the cannabis space. Her knowledge supports her ability to evaluate business development opportunities within Canada and across the globe. Robyn obtained her International Business Degree from Dalhousie University.
Dr. Carolina Landolt is a leading Canadian rheumatologist, currently delving into the study, research, and discussion of medical cannabinoids. One of the fundamentals of her practice is a concern for the stigma associated with medical cannabis and patients. The idea to create Summertree Medical Clinic came about when Dr. Landolt saw how beneficial medical marijuana was in helping her patients cope with their symptoms and regain freedom from disabling pain
Ronnie is a seasoned restaurateur and trained chef. After cooking in some of Toronto’s most notable kitchens, Ronnie took her talents to Asia, working in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Japan. While she put down her knives for a few years to manage Gusto 101 and Trattoria Nervosa in Toronto, Ronnie never lost her love and passion for cooking and cannabis wellness. Ronnie is Carmel Cannabis Group’s resident professional in all things cooking with cannabis, and is dedicated to teaching careful cannabis dosing, and how cannabis flavours can be part of refined culinary experiences.
Abi has been innovating the cannabis lifestyle & tourism industry for 20 years, with decades of retail operations. Dedicating her life to the freedom of cannabis consumers and the normalization (and now legalization) of cannabis. Abi is the newly appointed Executive Chair of NORML Canada. Founding director of OCCRA & CFBA
Robert Galarza is Chief Executive Officer of TruTrace Technologies, inc.., developer of the first integrated blockchain platform that registers and tracks intellectual property from Genome to Sale for the cannabis industry. Mr. Galarza is also the co-founder of Spark Digital Technologies Inc., a software company specializing in revolutionary enterprise technology.
Deepak Anand has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the global cannabis industry. He is a public speaker and is regularly engaged with Canadian and international media on all subjects related to the cannabis industry.
He is a recognized thought leader in the global cannabis space and brings 15 years of leadership experience in the health, charitable/non-profit and private sectors in Canada.
Irie acts as CEO for The Green Tent, which exists to legitimize cannabis for women, as well as CCO for SheCann Cannabis, a medical cannabis patient group, and as VP of Consumer Education & Outreach for Fleurish Cannabis.
A lifetime of plant medicine experiences combined with her academic studies and a background in wellness and retail has led to over 10 years as an insightful educator, advocate and business leader.
Founder of Milkweed and champion of locally-made goods. Designing sustainable products, in natural materials, crafted by skilled artists for the cannabis industry.
Bringing her hospitality training to cannabis, Emma facilitated the launch of Summertree Medical Clinic. From launch event planning and execution to clinic operations, building a practice focused on helping patients escape the cycle of chronic pain.
Mr. Stephenson is the co-founder of Spark. Since September 1998, he has been Chief Executive Officer of Heated Details Inc., a Seattle-based design and development agency he founded, which provides services to Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Google/YouTube, Starbucks and Mercedes Benz.
Amy brings an unrivaled knowledge of cannabis and its uses to her new role as Senior Brand
Manager at 48North Cannabis Corp. With her project management experience and creative
direction, she launched Latitude, an online storytelling platform that highlights the stories of
real women and their cannabis practice. At 48North, Amy continues to expand her relationships
in the industry and build a brand that speaks to consumers in an authentic, stigma-free way.
Lorilynn McCorrister is the President and Co-founder of WDBX, a millennial-focused cannabis retail brand. McCorrister first came to cannabis through her competitive CrossFit training, which she still does six days a week. She discovered the many benefits of using CBD to aid in muscle recovery, which eventually lead to the creation of Weedbox, built on a desire to educate others about the medicinal benefits of the plant, and help break down stigma around cannabis use.