Thought Leaders

Our clients and friends have made themselves available for
questions, insights, interviews, and media appearances

Ashleigh Brown, SheCann Cannabis

Cannabis Advocacy & Education

Ashleigh Brown is the founder and CEO of SheCann Cannabis, the country’s largest and most engaged community resource for medical cannabis patients. As a patient herself, she works alongside stakeholders, industry members and regulators to provide a patient-centric view of the medical cannabis system. Ashleigh has been named Canada’s top cannabis educator twice since the groups’ inception in 2017 with honours from Lift, Leafly, and O’Cannabiz.

SheCann was recently voted Canada’s favourite advocacy group: an honour that Ashleigh says belongs to the ~10,000 members and followers that make it such an important resource for patients.

Elias Theodorou

Cannabis Athlete (MMA)

Elias “The Spartan” Theodorou, is a top-ranked middleweight fighter who amassed an impressive 8-3 record during his time in the UFC. Elias is committed to fighting the stigma of medical cannabis in athletics, being the first to compete in Canada in professional competition as a ‘cannabis athlete.’ In January 2020, he became the first professional athlete to receive a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for medical cannabis, the first in combat sports or professional sports. Elias has transcended the stereotypes of a fighter by employing his advertising degree and corporate experience in the development, creation, and production of personal and corporate brands, including The Mane Event™, The Ring Boy™ and Weedbae™ When Elias is not busy training or competing, he’s working on several films and various TV projects. Elias is committed to using his growing platform to expand his reach beyond MMA and to fight for acceptance of medical cannabis in professional sports.

High Tide - Canna Cabana

LP & Cannabis Retail

High Tide is a retail-focused cannabis company enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories. The Company is the largest Canadian retailer of recreational cannabis as measured by revenue, with 80+ branded retail cannabis locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. High Tide’s retail segment features the Canna Cabana, KushBar, Meta Cannabis Co., Meta Cannabis Supply Co. and NewLeaf Cannabis banners, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its numerous consumption accessory businesses including e-commerce platforms and, and its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. High Tide’s strategy as a parent company is to extend and strengthen its integrated value chain, while providing a complete customer experience and maximizing shareholder value. Key industry investors in High Tide include Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA) (NYSE:APHA) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB) (TSX:ACB).

Deepak Anand

CEO, Materia Ventures

Mr. 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 holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Management from Vancouver Island University. He is a recognized thought leader and brings 15 years of leadership experience in the health, charitable/non-profit, and private sectors in Canada.

Within the global cannabis sector, Mr. Anand has worked with senior government officials, politicians, policymakers, health professional organizations, clinical practitioners, educators,
investors, patients as well as producers. He has also served on the boards of various pharmaceutical associations across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Fritz's Cannabis

Pre-market Cannabis Edibles

From the time we first started Fritz’s, we focused on innovating based on what the market wanted. We created, explored, and perfected our recipes, refining them based on the feedback we got from our customers and the cannabis community we were a part of.

When Canada legalized cannabis in 2018, we were excited about the opportunity to bring our edibles to the wider cannabis market, but what we found was most producers were turning to traditional consumer packaged goods to recreate things like gummies and chocolates, and often simply adding cannabis to an existing recipe, rather than developing delicious, effective, consistent cannabis products. We believe that Canadians deserve edibles that are delicious and enjoyable to eat. Now, we’re bringing our years of developing perfect recipes and educating customers to cannabis consumers across Canada.

Tabitha Fritz

Cannaseur and Educator

Tabitha is a lifelong teacher and learner who is passionate about empowering and helping others, from cultivating business relationships to bringing quality cannabis products to the people who will benefit from them.

She first started consuming cannabis around the age of 30, when she was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.  After finding that the medication she was prescribed left her feeling disconnected from life, she discovered that cannabis gave her the mental and emotional space to start working on her anxiety, and the change in perspective she needed for recovery. 

With years of experience teaching MBA students to apply model-based decision making and working as a cannabis educator, Tabitha takes this expertise to the legal cannabis market to help facilitate research, mentorship and product development while working on bringing Fritz’s unique and innovative family recipes to market.


Greenhouse Cannabis Production

Greenway Greenhouse Cannabis Corporation is a federally licensed nursery and Licensed Producer for the Canadian cannabis marketplace. Greenway operates in Kingsville, Ontario and leverages its expertise to build their business brands as a premiere cannabis nursery and cultivator by supplying Licensed Producers with top-notch cannabis products.

Athletes for Care

Cannabis Advocacy

Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a not-for-profit organization launched in 2016 by passionate retired professional athletes who recognized the need to advocate for the health, safety and wellness of more than 2 billion people of all ages who compete annually in sanctioned sports globally. Through that advocacy, we are improving health and wellness options for the billions of people around the world living with mental and physical illnesses including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse and opioid dependency. For more information, please visit

Their upcoming celebrity golf tournament on May 6 in Denver, Colorado remains open to sponsors and foursomes. Special guests include Al Harrington, Omar Bolden, and Roger Steele.

Ali Mohamed, Lyte Clinic

Cannabis Health Care

Lyte Clinic founded in 2016 is one of Canada’s leading virtual cannabis clinics. With its cutting edge platform, Lyte is able to see patients across 9 provinces. Covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan(OHIP), this gives Lyte the ability to allow patients access to medical cannabis completely free of charge to see a doctor. Having helped over 7000 patients to date, Lyte has become the choice clinic for many Licensed Producers to send both their staff and their patients to with the utmost confidence. Lyte Clinic sees patients from the most remote places in Canada through their virtual clinic platforms. This allows them to become a leader in connecting rural parts of Canada to doctors and helping them gain access to medical cannabis when no other options are available.

Chef Jordan Wagman

James Beard-nominated Chef

Bestselling author, cannabis advocate, philanthropist, Psoriasis warrior, dad and husband.

Jordan’s unique culinary journey began over campfires in Northern Ontario and progressed to the kitchens of some of the top chefs in the culinary world. At the age of 12, Jordan was diagnosed with Psoriasis, an often debilitating autoimmune disease. Subsequently every decision he made since that diagnosis revolved around his health. In 2014, fed up with dealing with the effects of his Psoriasis, Jordan sought the help of a naturopath; from this one meeting he removed gluten, dairy and refined sugar from his diet and began taking natural supplements and consuming cannabis. Jordan’s life changed almost immediately; within sixty days thirty pounds melted off his body and his Psoriasis became manageable.

With a renewed focus on food, health and wellness; Jordan offers 15 course tasting menus in his private dining space highlighting simple, seasonal ingredients prepared with love. Jordan is a cannabis advocate and cites the use of cannabis as a pillar for his health. Jordan is most proud of his philanthropic endeavours advocating for mental health, Psoriasis, and his involvement with several Foundations.

Kelly Butler

Cannabis Advocate (NFL)

Athletes for Care Ambassador

American turned Canadian and now a community leader with a successful charity – Playing 4 a Purpose, which helps disadvantaged youth through the power of sports in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kelly’s unique journey from the murder of his parents, to making the NFL, to losing everything to a fire – Kelly has pushed through adversity and has come out the other side. Kelly can talk about what it’s like being a Cannabis Advocate, professional athlete, Black Lives Matter, Podcast hosting, mental illness, philanthropy, adversity and more.

Angelina Blessed

CEO and Cannabis Athlete (MuayThai)

Angelina is a Muaythai fighter and CEO of Blessed Ventures who has spent 13 years training and fighting in Thailand and Canada. Ript runner, Calisthenics athlete and the first Canadian female to fight Muaythai in China. She is now building her company for legalization and plans on helping athletes and women worldwide.

With multiple injuries and dietary restrictions she had a lot to learn about the recovery process and that the sugary edibles available aren’t a viable option to fight inflammation in the body. Learn about her journey with healthy cannabis edibles, oils and how floating all became an integral part of her recovery and allowed her to train, treat and repeat like a lady boss.

Dr. Mike Hart

Cannabis Doctor and Life Strategist

Dr. Michael Hart, M.D, is one of the world’s foremost experts on plant-based medicine. In 2014, Dr. Hart became the first physician in London, Ontario, Canada to open a “Cannabis Clinic.” In 2016 he founded Readytogo medical clinic, where he currently acts as the lead physician and medical director. He is also the Medical Advisor for Terpwell, Medical Ambassador for Athletes for CARE, the co-author of the Amazon Best Seller “Friendly Fire: Why Vets Are Lighting Up and Ditching Pills to Treat PTSD.” His outspoken stance has landed him on a variety of media outlets, including an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. You can find out more about Dr. Hart by visiting his website

Christina Michael

Founder, Full Circle Enterprises & Marigolds Cannabis

With 25+ years of experience, founder, visionary, and resident serial entrepreneur Christina Michael has spent the better part of the past decade committed to co-creating purpose driven business. Over the past four years her dedication to the cannabis industry has evolved into leading a diverse group of collaborators equally ready to make a difference in plant-forward industries.

Her personal and professional journey has been notably gifted on many levels with incredible opportunities, roles models, mentors, peers, and friendships that have lasted for decades. And her successes continue to ground Christina as well as be catalysts to keep moving with her heart forward and fierce determination to lead with integrity, patience, empathy, and compassion. From starting her learning trajectory in the cannabis space to opening her own regulated cannabis retail store, founding The Entourage Collective and the launch of their first initiative, @cannabisforharmreduction Christina continues to honour and fulfill a personal promise aligned with her professional pursuits.

Christina truly embodies inclusivity, collaboration, education, and community. With these values The Entourage Collective creates space to bring together a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative group of plant-forward entrepreneurs. The Collective of thought leaders co-create each unique initiative designed to bridge the gaps and establish stigma-free community through creative compliant opportunities and solutions for the cannabis industry and beyond.

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