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Leaf Forward is coming to Vancouver!

We’re excited, are you?

Leaf Forward is Canada’s largest cannabis industry meetup, and the best way to meet new people in the professional cannabis space. We’re thrilled to be launching a chapter in Vancouver, to bring the community together for a casual monthly evening of learning and networking.

Our first Vancouver event will feature guest speaker Dr. Jonathan Page, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Anandia Labs on May 10th. All the details are below and at this link. Please use the code NICHE for free tickets.


Who: Dr. Jonathan Page, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Anandia Labs

When: Thursday, May 10th, 6:30PM

Where: 535 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC

Tickets: Register here with the code NICHE

Who is Leaf Forward?

Good question.

We started Leaf over a year ago with one simple goal, to meet new people in the cannabis industry. In that regard it’s been a wild success, we’ve met so many new fantastic people who help make this industry so exciting, and we’re proud to have connected the members of our community with professional connections, business partners, and new friends.

Since our first Leaf Toronto meetup in January 2017 with Vic Neufield of Aphria, the Leaf Community has heard from speakers from across the industry, including Mike Lickver (Wheaton Income), Setu Purohit (Avicanna), Darryl Hudson(InPlanta/Flowr), Vanmala Subramaniam (Vice Money) and Darren Karasiuk (MedReleaf). In June, we moved out west launching Leaf Calgary where our guests have included Alan Gertner (Hiku), Nick Whitehead (Aurora Cannabis), and Jason Kujath (51st Parallel).

In 2017 we also launched Leaf Forward, Canada’s First Cannabis Business Accelerator. The Leaf meetups introduced us to a wide range of entrepreneurs looking to solve problems in the cannabis industry as well as a group of kick-ass industry leaders eager to help build the cannabis ecosystem. We did what was logical and put them in a room together. In September 2017, we held our first Founders Classes in partnership with Minden Gross (thanks Matt Maurer!), where over two days 12 businesses worked with 16 industry mentors to get actionable feedback in order to take their businesses to the next level.

In January of this year we kicked off our Sprint to Pitch program in partnership with Dentons and MNP. Over six weeks 11 canna startups met twice a week with industry leaders and subject matter experts to build the essential toolkit for raising money in the cannabis industry. We covered everything from designing an engaging pitch deck and refining your elevator pitch to the legal structuring of financings and due diligence.

Our success to date in building this ecosystem is all thanks to you, our community of entrepreneurs, leaders, mentors and friends.

Leaf Forward has big plans to continue to build the cannabis industry ecosystem across Canada, and globally through our three verticals of Meetups, Leaf Launch Programs and the Leaf Forward Accelerator.

We hope to tell you all about our big plans at one of our upcoming events in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto or Montreal.

See you there!