Information cannabis business seminar

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, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Medicine Hat College. Information and registration is available at

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