CannaBusiness Ideation Summit

On September 28, Daniels College of Business will convene Cannabis industry leaders, regulatory officials and legal experts to engage in Colorado’s inaugural CannaBusiness Ideation Summit. This event is designed to engage business and civic leaders in synthesizing the current political realities, business challenges and visionary goals—in order to collectively shape and responsibly curate Colorado’s CannaBusiness ecosystem of tomorrow.

CannaBusiness: Ideation Challenge

This highly interactive summit will engage Colorado’s thriving network of Cannabis business owners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders with legal and regulatory officials to ideate creative solutions and implementation strategies for Industry Challenges.

September 28, 2017

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Summit Topics

  • CannaBusiness Horizons: 2020 and beyond…
  • Sustaining Relationships: The Secret Ingredient
  • IDEATION CHALLENGE: Addressing key CO CannaBusiness challenges

“As the Colorado cannabis industry expands and matures, it faces a range of new challenges and opportunities,” says Dr. Paul Seaborn, professor of management at Daniels College of Business. “Gathering cannabis professionals and thought leaders from multiple sectors provides an opportunity for crucial industry insights to emerge.”

Featured Speakers

Ashley Kilroy, Executive Director of Excise and Licenses, City and County of Denver

Ashley Kilroy gained experience in implementing the city’s policies after voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana in 2013. She and the marijuana policy staff recommend, administer and implement medical and retail marijuana policies and oversee and coordinate all marijuana-related activities of various city agencies, employees, boards and commissions.

Kristi Kelly, Executive Director, Marijuana Industry Group

For 8 years, Kristi Kelly has dedicated her career to the advancement of patient access to medical cannabis. A former owner/operator of a collective of high-quality medical marijuana cultivation and retail facilities in the Denver-metro area, she has helped to start numerous industry organizations, non-profits and businesses committed to education, safe access, and responsible business operations.

Paul Seaborn, PhD, Professor of Management, University of Denver

With an extensive background in corporate consulting and strategic management, Dr. Seaborn is teaching DU’s first ever “Business of Marijuana” course this spring. His research interests include: Non-market strategy/corporate political activity, industry regulation & self-regulation, political economy, entrepreneurship, business models, economics of information. He is currently working on a series of research projects related to Colorado’s emerging marijuana industry.

Neal Levine, Senior Vice President Government Affairs, LivWell Enlightened Health

Having worked on cannabis policy reform on the state and national levels for the majority of his career, Neal Levine has led or played a key role on the teams that changed marijuana laws in several states, including: Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada and Alaska. Levine has also been involved in developing industry regulations across the country. Recently, Levine shifted from political consulting to working in the industry full time.

Wanda James, CEO, Simply Pure Dispensary; President, Cannabis Global Initiative

As the first African American licensed in Colorado to own a dispensary and an edible company, Wanda James has found great success as Simply Pure is one of Colorado’s most recognized dispensaries. Also known for being a politically focused dispensary, James fights for the rights of cannabis patients, veteran’s right to use cannabis for PTSD, and social justice surrounding the arrest of people for possessing the plant.

As President of Cannabis Global Initiative, her team is dedicated to assisting businesses with regulatory framework creation and compliance, public relations, media training, advertising, and political guidance. Since 2009, we have worked to bring regulation, decriminalization and retail sales to Colorado. We have been at the forefront of creating the laws and regulation surrounding medicinal, edible and now legal cannabis.

Kayvan Khalatbari, Founding Partner, Denver Relief & Denver Relief Consulting

a. Kayvan co-founded and became Operations Manager at Denver Relief, which brought to the industry a unique approach that encouraged a change in the perception of cannabis in an effort to help normalize the industry and integrate seamlessly into communities.

With a successful dispensary and a brand that had the potential for expansion, Kayvan and his business partners began to focus on consulting services that promote progressive best practices and technologies that focus on environmental stewardship, science based research and the promotion of well-intending people within the core of the cannabis space.

Denver Relief Consulting was formed in 2012 with the mission to assist other states by helping them accomplish what Denver Relief did in Colorado. They now have clients in 13 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, Colombia and Australia. Their consulting services range from state application submissions, facility design, policies and procedures development, employee training, regulatory navigation, research and development, vendor relations, cultivation guidance and more.

Sam Kamin, Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy

Sam Kamin joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law in 1999 and is currently the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. Professor Kamin’s research interests include criminal procedure, death penalty jurisprudence, federal courts, and constitutional remedies. He has also become one of the nation’s leading experts on the regulation of marijuana; in 2012 he was appointed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s Task Force to Implement Amendment 64 and the ACLU of California’s blue ribbon panel to study marijuana legalization.

B.A., 1992, Amherst College
J.D., 1996, Ph.D., 2000, University of California

Ryan Brown, CRO, Native Roots Colorado

Native Roots is Colorado’s most recognized marijuana dispensary brand providing a variety of naturally grown, high quality retail and medical cannabis, extracts, edibles, marijuana drinks, tinctures, infused products, and so much more. We are the Colorado cannabis leader with oversight on every aspect, from cultivation, to production and sales. We take great pride in knowing that our products are from the most trusted vendors that produce quality, reliable cannabis products that we know will work for our patrons.

More Details

Join us from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Joy Burns Center on the University of Denver campus to interact with and learn from preeminent experts in the industry. You will be part of a collaborative and innovative group and help to develop a roadmap to navigate this multi-faceted new industry.

Who Should Attend

Cannabis-related business, policy, advocacy, legal and regulatory professionals in Colorado and beyond; University of Denver alumni, students, faculty/staff, donors and corporate partners; Entrepreneurs, investors, and others interested in the emergent Cannabis ecosystem are also invited to join us!



Non-Profit, Government, Military—$75

DU Faculty/Staff and Students—$50

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration in any of our programs, you may transfer your enrollment to a future session, send someone to take your place, or cancel without penalty at any time up to three days (72 hours) prior to your class. If you provide us with less than three days’ notice, or fail to attend, you will be responsible for the entire workshop fee.

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Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

As a sponsor of our CannaBusiness Ideation Summit you would receive a variety of benefits, including:

  • Complimentary passes for CannaBusiness Ideation Summit
  • Inclusion in marketing materials and pre- and post-event
  • Sponsor recognition at CannaBusiness Ideation Summit
  • Discounts on future CannaBusiness Events/Workshops

*In Kind Opportunities are also available.

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