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Opportunities in Retail Cannabis

Retail Council of Canada will be hosting its latest edition of the Retail Cannabis Forum on Thursday May 13th from 1:00pm – 4:30pm ET.

The cannabis retail landscape is constantly growing and evolving. What once seemed like wishful thinking has evolved into a flourishing industry in Canada. But succeeding as a cannabis entrepreneur in the retail sector comes with its challenges, from negotiating the ever-changing landscape to identifying opportunities, driving growth, and building trust with consumers.

This event will help you explore the newest trends and best practices in cannabis retailing so you can stay on the cutting edge of this exciting sector. Hear from experts who will address the multifaceted needs and demands of different cannabis consumer groups.

Industry leader Isaac Watson, Vice President, Retail, Fire and Flower Elements will address the unique challenges of opening new stores in 2020, what is working for retailers, and detail their wish list to enable continued growth.

In the data-driven session, Liz Connors, Vice President, Data & Analytics, Headset will take a deep dive into Canadian retail sales data to provide clear indications of consumer experience, habits, and preferences.

Cannabis retailers Eleanor Lynch, Chief Operations Officer, Kiaro, and Darren Bondar, Founder, President & CEO, Spiritleaf will discuss the impact and opportunities that emerged out of the public health crisis from home delivery to how to safeguard their workers and brands in unpredictable times.

Steven Fry, President, Sessions Cannabis, shares his experience of opening 30 stores in Ontario and how he successfully launched his brand by connecting with communities through building trust and alliances, all while navigating a competitive marketplace.

Clint Seukeran, Owner, Ganjika House, chats with Albert Kim, CEO, Greenline POS about access to banking services, cyber security, delivery options, and effective communication. This session is not to be missed by any retailer trying to create a seamless e-commerce experience.

And finally, Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Director of Research, Sameena Ibrahim, Senior Advisor, Partnership & Strategy, and Shilbee Kim, Communications & Enterprise Coach, from the not-for-profit Cannabis Amnesty will elaborate on why a more diverse cultural understanding will allow cannabis companies to broaden their consumer base and build the political capital to drive government to an enlightened regulatory approach.

Navigating the ever-evolving landscape of the Canadian retail cannabis market requires a constant refreshing of ideas, strategies, and knowledge. Current and prospective cannabis retailers, as well as those who want to work with them, must stay abreast of market trends. RCC’s Retail Cannabis Forum offers invaluable insight and tested experience on how to thrive and capture the vast potential of this exciting new market.

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