Cannabis is Busi­ness: three-part APEX series on emerg­ing in­dus­tries

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Alberta - CON­TRIB­UTED

While the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis for recre­ational use is un­der­stand­ably gar­ner­ing pub­lic at­ten­tion, that buzz may be over­shad­ow­ing the eco­nomic and ca­reer po­ten­tial of hemp across many in­dus­tries.

That’s part of the mes­sage ex­pected at the sec­ond Medicine Hat sym­po­sium on Emerg­ing In­dus­tries and the Fu­ture of Work, pre­sented by the APEX Re­gional In­no­va­tion Net­work and Al­berta Labour.

“Our events are de­signed to raise aware­ness and en­cour­age busi­ness and com­mu­nity mem­bers to con­sider the im­pacts of rapid tech­nol­ogy on the re­gion's work­force and to help pre­pare em­ploy­ers and work­ers for the jobs of to­mor­row,” says John Stroh of Al­berta In­no­vates, one of three key part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions in APEX.

Stroh says the Cannabis Pro­duc­tion event on Oc­to­ber 25 will fea­ture three speak­ers to pro­vide broad aware­ness of the in­dus­try.

Those at­tend­ing the sym­po­sium will hear from Lori-Jo Gra­ham is Pro­gram Lead, Bio­ma­te­ri­als with Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry, who will speak to the im­pact of hemp pro­duc­tion in Al­berta. She has worked with a num­ber of emerg­ing in­dus­tries and is Lead of Al­berta Hemp Strat­egy. She works col­lab­o­ra­tively with stake­hold­ers to ad­vance bio-based busi­ness, com­mu­nity eco­nomic devel­op­ment and the cir­cu­lar econ­omy in Al­berta.

Lead­ers from Aurora Cannabis will also present on their in­dus­try, and pro­vide an overview of the em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties emerg­ing in south­east Al­berta.

Stroh ex­plains that the event will also help peo­ple gain in­sight to the rapidly evolv­ing work­place.

Key­note speaker Eric Ter­me­unde is a thought leader on op­ti­miz­ing work­place cul­ture, the fu­ture of work, and en­gage­ment in the work­place. Eric is an en­tre­pre­neur and best­selling au­thor of Re­think Work, Eric is the co-founder of NoW In­no­va­tions, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that de­moc­ra­tizes ac­cess to the most in­no­va­tive peo­ple, cul­ture and op­er­a­tional prac­tices for HR. He pro­vides key ac­tion­able take­aways on how com­pa­nies can drive en­gage­ment through con­nec­tion and trust.

All three speak­ers will be avail­able for ques­tions from the au­di­ence in a panel dis­cus­sion.

The event is sched­uled for Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25, 8:30am to 3:30 pm at Medicine Hat Col­lege. In­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at www.apex­al­berta.ca

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