Second Annual World Cannabis Congress Attracts Powerful Industry Influencers

The exclusive, invite-only event convenes titans of industry and government as cannabis becomes part of modern, mainstream culture

Saint John, NB (February 26, 2019) – In just over four months, 650 of the world’s most powerful executives, thought leaders, policy makers and top talent from government and leading international firms will convene in Saint John, Canada to impact the global cannabis industry. The second annual World Cannabis Congress, presented by Civilized, is taking place in the historic Port City on June 16-18, 2019.

“The World Cannabis Congress is a summit for the world’s foremost C-suite leaders, government officials and investors to drive this industry forward,” says Derek Riedle, Publisher of Civilized. “The conversations and connections made at Congress set the tone, pace and direction for how cannabis is integrated into everything from business and politics to health and wellness. This annual gathering is paramount to the advancement and destigmatization of cannabis in modern culture worldwide.”

As Canada’s second wave of cannabis legalization approaches – whereby cannabis edibles and cannabis concentrates will be legal on or before October 17, 2019 – the potential of the edible and cannabis infused-beverage markets will be a hot topic for Congress delegates. Other subjects that will be advanced at World Cannabis Congress 2019 include:

The 2019 event builds on the huge success of the inaugural conference held last June, bringing together a curated audience in the right place at the right time. World Cannabis Congress 2019 is supported by Canadian government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, by the international cannabis industry, leading professional services and technology firms, and by mainstream global brands.

E-commerce giant Shopify will be in attendance, along with international investment, financial services and law firms Meritas, Cowen and Company, Grant Thornton, Cuesta Campos y Asociados, Aird & Berlis and Posse Herrera Ruiz, as mainstream brands and ancillary businesses look for opportunities to engage in the cannabis space.

Some of the C-suite executives, scientists and researchers from cannabis companies across North America who will be present at this year’s World Cannabis Congress include Tilray, Hiku, HEXO, Canndescent, Sundial, Zenabis, Organigram, Up Cannabis, Dixie Brands and Leafly.

Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO of Canopy Growth is the first confirmed keynote speaker. He will be providing insight into how legalization of cannabis in Canada has impacted the global market, particularly in the U.S.

More keynote speakers will be announced in the coming months.

The leading lifestyle brand and multiplatform media company, Civilized presents premium, thought-leadership events for business audiences, as well as unique lifestyle events and experiences for consumers and the canna-curious in both Canada and the U.S.

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About the World Cannabis Congress:
The World Cannabis Congress gathers influential cannabis leaders, investors, government officials, scientists and researchers from around the world for two days of expert speakers, powerful panels and the opportunity to connect with decision makers and change agents in the thriving global cannabis industry. For more information, visit:

About Civilized Worldwide Inc.:
Civilized is a leading lifestyle brand and multiplatform media company that connects millions of cannabis consumers, influencers and the canna-curious with both niche and mainstream content, events and experiences, and fashion. With operations in both Canada and the United States, Civilized makes original, premium digital content, television and podcasts; builds brands; and creates and produces world-class events and experiences for B2B and B2C audiences. Founded by serial entrepreneur Derek Riedle, Civilized is fast becoming the partner of choice for mainstream brands, and the cultural authority on the exploding global cannabis space. For more information, visit

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