Creating the Western Canada Hemp Industry – April 20, 2018

We would like to thank you again for attending the Western Canada Hemp Conference in April. And a special thanks to the Edmonton International Airport for providing an excellent venue and to Natural Fibre Technologies for manufacturing the event podium from Hemp.  Conference attendance exceeded expectations with 136 participants. The Edmonton region was heavily represented and approximately 95 different affiliations throughout the province were represented including the federal / provincial / municipal public sector, farmers and farm suppliers, investors and NGOS, researchers and consultants, and producers of hemp products

Attendees had the opportunity to make their ideas known during two sessions of an hour each and a panel question period. In addition, ABCTech requested feedback from online registrants in an evaluation sent out April 21, 25th and 29th. Overall, the conference attendees felt that this was a worthwhile event and we are hearing that there is interest in continuing to work together.

AFC and ABCTech are already planning a conference for this fall. Please see our signup form if you would like to express an interest in attending the next conference and forward the link to anyone else that you think would be interested in attending future events. We are hoping to plan for something late fall so we do not lose momentum on the ideas that everyone had! And there will certainly be more information coming out in the near future.

The priorities identified for the next year are:

Industry Promotion

  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Policy recommendations

Industry Expansion

  • Research
  • Product applications
  • Plant management
  • Industry standards

Industry Opportunities for Advancement

  • Transportation
  • Financing
  • Farm supplies
  • Fiber processing

Please feel free to contact Jesse Hahn at 587-985-7814 or email at for more information. Contact ABCTech if you would like to be put in touch with any of the conference participants, are interested in working on any of the above priorities or have any suggestions for individuals or organizations that you would like us to invite to the next event as speakers or guests. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next event!