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Van Der Pop To Present Women & Weed Summit In Winnipeg

Founded in 2016, Van der Pop has established itself as one of North America’s leading female-focused cannabis brands. And now, you can get involved.

This Saturday, September 29, Van der Pop is hosting a summit where women in the industry can network, build relationships, and learn from a panel of cannabis experts.

Plus, event attendees will be provided brunch-themed catering as well as tea & coffee, fresh juices and boxed water.

You can register for the event here (it's free), and check out the lineup of speakers below.


Photo Credit: Flickr/Tokyo Smoke

April Pride (pictured above)
Founder of Van der Pop.

Dr. Carlen Costa
Carlen Costa is a Sexologist, Relationship Psychotherapist & The Everyday Goddess. She empowers women to embody an unapologetically passionate lifestyle through her teachings in intimacy, sexuality, sensuality, self-worth, body-image and, relationships. Carlen encourages women to become sassy, sexy and switched on, through a holistic approach in her private practice, speaking nation-wide and, in her growing women's only group, The Everyday Goddess gang. Carlen is also the founder of The Goddess Foundation, which seeks to fund initiatives by women, for women, across Canada. 

Odessa Paloma Parker
Odessa Paloma Parker is a Toronto-based style expert and proud cannabis advocate. As the contributing fashion editor at Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, she has travelled the world to cover fashion events and style editorial photo shoots. And in the year leading up to Canada's recreational cannabis legalization date, she was the head of content at Hiku Brands, bringing de-stigmatizing stories and studies surrounding consumption to life. Odessa is the co-founder of Vintage Crawl Toronto – a city-wide shopping event now in its 5th year – and she also works with private clients to invigorate their sense of sartorial self-expression.

Ashleigh Brown
Ashleigh Brown is a medical cannabis patient and passionate advocate for the rights and education of her fellow Canadian Cannabis patients. In 2017, still a new patient herself, she founded a social media community alongside a handful of other patients. This community, named SheCann, was created with the intention of providing information, resources and support to prospective and existing ACMPR patients. Although it is geared towards women, SheCann also welcomes supportive and respectful men, and members of industry, including legal clinics and Licensed Producers. SheCann’s primary goal is to create a compassionate space for patients to speak openly about their journeys as cannabis patients.

Ashleigh works alongside advocacy groups like CFAMM (Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana) to advocate for accessible and affordable access to medical cannabis. She is a member of Cannabis Canada’s Patient Advocacy Committee, and has recently joined the Strainprint Technologies team as their Community Manager and Patient Liaison. 

Most importantly, Ashleigh is a mother to 2, stepmother to 3, and a grandmother. She is a lifelong Winnipegger.

Olivia Harris
Olivia is the Head of Brand at LEVO, a patented kitchen appliance designed for infusing oil and butter at home, without the mess. Launched with founder Chrissy Bellman in Fall 2016 after 5 years of engineering and development, LEVO is available in over 800 retail locations throughout North America. Olivia is passionate about empowering consumers to have access to healthier lifestyle choices and wellness routines.


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