Media Release.

World Cannabis Congress Announces Anne McLellan as Keynote Speaker

Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (February 28, 2018) – The Hon. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E., senior advisor with Bennett Jones, LLP and former chair of Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation will be a keynote speaker at the World Cannabis Congress.

Ms. McLellan is one of the foremost global cannabis industry leaders, having lead the eight-member task force who formally presented a report to the Federal Government on a framework for legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada in late November 2016.

“We are thrilled to host Anne McLellan, who brings a wealth of experience from her distinguished career in federal politics to her most recent portfolio of chairing the task force on cannabis legalization in Canada,” said Derek Riedle, publisher of Civilized and Co-Chair of the World Cannabis Congress. “She will join the many innovative cannabis businesses, academia and policy makers at the World Cannabis Congress who will  connect, share insight, and engage in conversations that will help shape and advance the cannabis industry globally.” 

“It will be my pleasure to speak at the World Cannabis Congress. I’ve had the priviledge of consulting with many on the subject of cannabis legalization and I look forward to sharing my experience with the international community”, said Anne McLellan, senior advisor with Bennett Jones, LLP and former chair of Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.

The World Cannabis Congress, presented by Civilized, is set to take place June 10 – 12, 2018. It is Canada’s premier international event for connecting global industry leaders. Registration is now open, with a limited quantity of Early Bird Tickets available. To request an invitation or to learn more about the event, please visit

Ms. McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E., served four terms as the Liberal MP for Edmonton Centre, during which she was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Minister of Natural Resources.

Ms. McLellan joined Bennett Jones LLP in its Edmonton office in July 2006. In May 2015, Ms. McLellan became Dalhousie University’s seventh Chancellor.

Ms. McLellan serves on the boards of Nutrien, the world’s largest potash producer and largest global ag-retail network and Cameco, the world’s largest publicly traded uranium company.  She is Chair of the Board of Pearson College UWC and of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board.  She serves as Vice –Chair of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.  She also serves on the Boards of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

Follow this link to read Ms. McLellan’s full biography.

Media Contact:
Pamela McKay, Civilized,, 506-333-4466

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