Investors, advisors, and portfolio managers have good reason to be interested in the cannabis space. Billions of dollars of capital is flowing into cannabis businesses, and now that Canada is set to legalize the drug for adult recreational use, investors with different time horizons and goals should be investigating opportunities in the cannabis space.
The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Toronto this August 16-17 offers a rare chance to survey the top investment opportunities in the space in a single day. Benzinga, a financial media company following the cannabis space, has curated a group of speakers who will inform investors about how they can align with entrepreneurs to take advantage of opportunities for returns in the cannabis investment space.
Read on to learn more about the five top cannabis investment speakers you need to see at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference:
1. Jeanne Sullivan, general partner, Arcview
Jeanne Sullivan is a veteran venture capital investor who found huge success investing in technology startups and has transitioned her focus to cannabis, which she calls the next growth industry.
“The sector is technical, science-based, and fascinating — and I’m able to use pattern recognition from [my] tech industry investing days,” She says. Learn more about Sullivan here.
2. Marc Lakmaaker, Aurora Cannabis
Marc Lakmaaker runs investor relations for Aurora Cannabis, which is one of the hottest companies in cannabis. Aurora just received more $250 million from BMO Capital Markets in a credit facility, and the loan is a sign that institutional capital is ready to make deals in the maturing cannabis industry.
Marc will discuss how he has worked with investors to grow Aurora to its current status, and how he plans to further scale the business.
3. Pradyum Sekar, Sail
Pradyum Sekar is CEO of Sail, a company that connects patients who need medical cannabis to doctors who can help them use cannabis to manage their conditions. Investors in Silicon Valley are paying attention to the company’s tech-based approach, and the company has spent the past year breaking into the US market from its Canadian core.
4. Annamaria Enejanor, Ruby Shiller & Enenajor, Barristers
Annamaria Enenajor is a leading cannabis lawyer with a focus on social justice implications of cannabis. She’ll highlight the potential social impacts of the cannabis industry that many investors haven’t thought of yet.
5. Tim Seymour, Triogem Asset Management & CNBC
Tim Seymour is an investment thought leader and CNBC market commentator who saw the value of cannabis investing before much of Wall Street. Investors will have the chance to see how Tim brought New York market intelligence to the cannabis industry and how his bets are playing out.
Meet the Cannabiz Media Team at the Conference
The Cannabiz Media team will be attending the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference and hopes to see you there! Stop by and visit them in the networking area where you can learn more about the Cannabiz Media License Database and how you can use it to improve your business intelligence, customer relationship management, marketing, and sales.
Susan Gunelius, Lead Analyst for Cannabiz Media and author of Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition, is also President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company offering, copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, and strategic branding services. She spent the first half of her 25-year career directing marketing programs for AT&T and HSBC. Today, her clients include household brands like Citigroup, Cox Communications, Intuit, and more as well as small businesses around the world. Susan has written 11 marketing-related books, including the highly popular Content Marketing for Dummies, 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps, The Ultimate Guide to Email Marketing, and she is a popular marketing and branding keynote speaker. She is also a Certified Career Coach and Founder and Editor in Chief of Women on Business, an award-winning blog for business women. Susan holds a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A in management and strategy.