Paul Rosen (Keynote) is a serial entrepreneur, public speaker, and a pioneer in the global cannabis industry. Over the past seven years, he has held multiple roles as founder, investor and adviser in this emerging industry. Paul is currently the Executive Chairman of Global Go, a consultancy focused on the global regulated cannabis industry. He is also a co-founder and the Chairman of Pantry (@pantryfoodco), a cannabis-focused startup in the functional food market. Previously, Paul co-founded PharmaCan Capital Corp.—now The Cronos Group (NASDAQ: CRON; TSX: CRON)—and served as its first President and CEO for four years. He has held board positions with a number of cannabis companies, including iAnthus Capital Holdings (IAN.CN), where he chaired the audit committee. Paul is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, and previously practiced constitutional law for a number of years. He received a B.A. in Economics from Western University in 1985 and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1988. Paul has been interviewed by numerous mainstream media outlets, including Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business, BBC Business, Nasdaq TV, Yahoo! Finance, The Economist, The Street, Barrons, National Public Radio, and Cheddar TV.
John Trougakos (Moderator/Host) is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management in the Department of Management at University of Toronto Scarborough, with a cross-appointment to the Organizational Behaviour area at the Rotman School of Management. His research explores the dynamics of employees’ daily organizational life, focusing specifically on employee wellbeing and work recovery, emotions and emotional labour, as well as leadership and social interactions.His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Research Methods, and the Journal of Applied Psychology, among others. John is currently the Associate Chair of Research for the Department of Management at U of T Scarborough and serves as a member of the editorial boards for Personnel Psychology and the Journal of Business Psychology. His industry collaborations include Bell Canada, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Staples Corporation, and the Canadian Securities Trader Association, among others. He is also the Director of Research Initiatives for Hellenic Pharma, headquartered in Athens, Greece and Toronto, Canada.
Terry Taouss (Speaker) is a serial entrepreneur with operational experience in scaling fast-growing businesses. Terry is the co-founder and CEO of Hellenic Pharma, a global manufacturer and distributor of cannabis-based pharmaceuticals. He is also the Chairman of the board of 1933 Industries (CSE: TGIF), a publicly traded cannabis company with licensed operations across multiple states. He has held senior executive and advisory roles with multiple other cannabis companies, both public and private. Prior to his involvement in the cannabis industry, Terry was part of the founding management team at an advertising technology company, which he helped guide to numerous awards and successful acquisition by a U.S. company. He remained with the acquiring company for a number of years and acted as Managing Director of its Canadian operations, which he helped grow to $100MM in annual revenue. Terry is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, and previously practiced corporate law for a number of years. His clients included some of the fastest-growing companies in Canada. Terry received a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.