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Social Equity in Practice | A Co-Produced Event by Cannabis Forward x DiversityTalk

This event is being co-produced and co-hosted by Cannabis Forward and DiversityTalk and made possible with sponsorship from Shopify.

6:00-6:15 pm - Welcome + Event Overview
Ika Washington of DiversityTalk and Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis

6:15-6:45 pm - Panel 1 | Social and Culture: Social Impacts of Cannabis Legalization 
  • Omar Rodney, President + Founder, Organja Cannabis Society
  • Hawa Hernandez-El Fayed, CEO, Queens Inspire Kings
  • Justin Reid, Consultant, Cannabis Sommelier + Educator
  • Moderator: Rebecca Brown, Founder + CEO, Crowns Agency

6:45-7:15 pm - Panel 2 | Social Corporate Responsibility
  • Carmya Sa'd, Lawyer + Executive Director, NORML Canada
  • Jerome Hoyte, Managing Partner, White Ash Group
  • Mimi Lam, Co-Founder + CEO, Superette
  • Moderator: Omar Yar Khan, National Cannabis Sector Lead, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

7:15-8:30 pm - One-on-One Networking

About DiversityTalk

DiversityTalk is a platform and network for minorities to engage in opportunities in global markets, with a particular focus on the legal Cannabis and Healthcare markets. Our mission is to empower and create safe(R) spaces for minorities to share their stories and ideas. Through collaboration, our workshops, events, blogs and podcasts aim to dispel and mitigate stigma that continues to discriminate individuals. We are committed to creating safe(R) spaces and platforms that appropriately represent individuals and their interests from a diverse range of backgrounds and intersections. We are a network, founded by minorities for minorities. This is DiversityTalk's mission to bring people together who are often straddling on the margins of society.

About Cannabis Forward
Cannabis Forward is a nationwide cannabis professional networking series. Part of Business of Cannabis, Cannabis Forward was previously Leaf Forward with meet-ups throughout Canada. The series has moved completely virtual, and aims to drive engaging conversations for the cannabis industry and the professionals in it. As well, Cannabis Forward aims to be a place where people connect, network, learn and engage with one another. 

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· Stage
Welcome + Event Overview
Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis and Ika Washington of DiversityTalk will welcome attendees, describe the program and kick-off the evening.
Ika Washington Jay Rosenthal
· Stage
Social and Culture: Social Impacts of Cannabis Legalization
The myriad ways cannabis legalization has impacted Canadian societies.
Omari Sankofa Justin Reid Rebecca Brown Hawa El Fayed (
· Stage
Social Corporate Responsibility
The shift in corporate cannabis culture, the awareness of anti-oppression and marginalities in our industry.
Omar Khan Jero Hoyte Mimi Lam Caryma Sa’d
· Networking
One-on-One Networking
One-on-one networking session is available to all attendees. Connect with other industry professionals for 4 minutes and 20 seconds each.


Omari Sankofa

President + Founder, Organja Cannabis Society

Omar Khan

National Cannabis Sector Lead, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Justin Reid

Consultant, Cannabis Sommelier and Educator

Rebecca Brown

Founder + CEO, Crowns Agency

Hawa El Fayed (

CEO, Queens Inspire Kings

Caryma Sa’d

Executive Director, NORML Canada

Mimi Lam

CEO + Co-Founder, Superette

Jero Hoyte

White Ash Group

Jay Rosenthal

Co-Founder + President, Business of Cannabis

Ika Washington

Founder, DiversityTalk

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