OCT 16-18, 2023 - OTTAWA

Cannabis in the Capital

Join us in Ottawa for Grass on the Hill, C3’s annual summit and lobby day. Meet with decision-makers, connect with other leaders in the cannabis sector and celebrate 5 years since cannabis legalization.


Watch a brief Q&A with George Smitherman

"This is the only event of its kind in Canada and is worth every minute and every cent."

– Shauna Levy, CEO of Madge and Mercer

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"Of all the cannabis industry events, this is the one that can most influence the future of our young industry. See you in Ottawa!"

– Tamara Lovi, Chief Business Officer at Rose Lifescience

Connect with your MP

  • Confirm your Member of Parliament at ourcommons.ca
  • Reach out! Feel free to use this template as a guide
  • Invite them to join us at our Parliament Hill Reception (EN) (FR)

"Grass on the Hill is a terrific opportunity to come together as an industry and network with our peers, and have our voices heard by key decision makers within the government."

– Niel Marotta, CEO of Indiva


Program subject to change, check back for updates.

Monday, October 16

Welcome Meet & Greet

7-9pm, Lowertown (73 York St.)

A casual drop-in to meet the C3 team and other attendees before the conference begins.

Tuesday, October 17

Grass on the Hill Summit Day 1

Lowertown (73 York St)

7:30am - Registration desk opens

8:00am - Coffee, breakfast, networking


Official Opening

Kicking off Grass on the Hill with a series of welcoming addresses from Local Political representatives, C3 Board Chair, C3 President and CEO and from key event sponsors. Event Agenda and Housekeeping

10:00 - 10:30am

Keynote Address: Looking Back after 5: Reflections on the first five years of legal cannabis

10:30 - 11:55am

Celebrating Successes Panel and Q&A

This panel will bring together leading producers, retailers, researchers, distributors and regulators to discuss and debate the key successes of legalization after 5 Years.

12 - 1pm - Lunch break (provided on site)

1:00 - 2:30pm

Where Are We Now (Critical Issue Action Reports on Key Initiatives)

  • Excise Duty and Stamps
  • Illicit market capture
  • Medical Cannabis
  • Cannabis Exports

2:45 - 4:15pm

Framing our Ask

This session will focus on preparing delegations for Parliament Hill meetings with MPs and staff and for the Parliament Hill Reception which is our opportunity to influence upcoming government announcements.

High Five! 5th Anniversary Social

5pm - Budtender Sampling & Networking Event

7-11pm - Industry Party

Our 5th anniversary social is a celebration of the cannabis sector in Canada. Invite your friends and colleagues to join us as we mark five years since legalization! Entry to the social is included with your conference pass. Additional tickets can be purchased for $20 +fees.

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Wednesday, October 18

Summit Day 2 & Lobby Day

Lowertown, Parliamentary Precinct

7:30am - Registration desk opens

8:00am - Coffee, breakfast, networking

9:00am - 5:00pm - Meetings with MPs and government decision-makers

9:00 - 9:15am

Where are we going?

Day 2 Welcome, Agenda, and Housekeeping C3 President and CEO

9:15 - 10:00am

THC Shopping/ Potency Inflation

Hear the perspectives of various stakeholders as we identify approaches to confront this key challenge.

10:00 - 10:45am

Medical Cannabis and Research

Panelists will discuss the state of medicinal cannabis and identify the emerging opportunities in research including the Non-therapeutic research on cannabis (NTRC) regime.

11:00 - Noon

Minor Cannabinoids – Capitalizing on Innovation

The role of minor cannabinoids in creating innovative product offerings will be discussed within the context of forthcoming guidance from Health Canada.

12 - 1pm - Lunch break (provided on site)

1:15 - 3:30pm

Cannabis Wellness Summit with Shauna Levy

Experts from the cannabis, health, and regulatory fields explore new business opportunities, discuss the existing challenges, and provide suggestions on how to move forward with expanding access.

Women’s health and wellness: the neglected demographic

Moderator: Shauna Levy, Founder, MADGE AND MERCER

Kala Sanmartin, the Cannabis Nurses
Shan Mei Young Tai, Integrative Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director, Charlie’s Farmers Market
Megan McCrae, Organigram

Cannabis and the mature consumer

Moderator: Shauna Levy, Founder, MADGE AND MERCER

David Greb, Canopy Growth
Dr. Shane Morris, Morris and Associates Consulting

3:15 - 3:25pm

Reimagining Packaging

A Visual Examination of how cannabis packaging can evolve.

3:25 - 3:30pm

Closing Remarks

with C3 President and CEO, George Smitherman

Parliament Hill Reception

5-8pm - Valour Building 228 (151 Spark Street)

Invite your MP and join us for a closing reception near Parliament Hill.


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