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Chapter Meeting - Cannabis is Legal, Now What?

Strategic Business Management skills

Chapter Meeting - Cannabis is Legal, Now What? A medical and entrepreneur’s perspective.


The legalization of cannabis marks a milestone for Canada and with it brings unparallel opportunities for business owners, entrepreneurs and employees.

Why pay hundreds of dollars to attend a Cannabis Presentation? Complimentary for PMI Toronto members. Bring a friend for $15 + HST!

We will explore the history of Medicinal usage as it related to Pain, how the legal cannabis framework has evolved over time, tools and strategies for mitigating risk and provide a forward-looking perspective on the industry.


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Dr. Deshpande is an Assistant Professor in Quality and Innovation in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has been practicing pain medicine in an academic pain setting for 20 years with an interest in neuropathic and chronic complex pain conditions. He is currently on staff at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) and sits on the Research Committee for the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI).

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Ashutosh Jha is an entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada. His projects are driven by his own needs and frustrations, as well as those of the people. He has collaborated with leading thinkers, artists, executives, and entrepreneurs on initiatives in the realms of business, art, philanthropy, and public policy for over 17 years.

Currently, Ashutosh is launching 360 Cannabis, a chain of retail locations within the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. Ashutosh is able to bring a wealth of talent and expertise to the table as a result of successfully and responsibly operating 180 Smoke Vape Store, a leading Canadian vape retailer. He has also worked in software, retail, and manufacturing businesses in the past.

For the past 12 years, Ashutosh has served as the Director of Projects for the POA Educational Foundation, which has a special emphasis on helping Canadian First Nations youth become successful entrepreneurs and educators. Ashutosh completed a diploma in Business Management and an undergraduate degree in Software Engineering, both from the University of Toronto. He has received the Accenture Hero Award (2009), the Government of Ontario Volunteer Service Award (2010), and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), all for his volunteer work and community contributions.

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Ilya has a passion for using an entrepreneurial approach to solve problems and drive positive impact. Ilya directed a 1st place social entrepreneurship student team, managed several innovation projects/events and raised $50,000 from OCE/SSHRC. In 2015 Ilya studied at the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Munich where he learned Design Thinking methodology.

Currently Ilya work at 180 Smoke where he leads a team responsible for acquisition of commercial properties suitable for legal retail cannabis in AB, BC and ON. He is responsible for end-to-end cannabis applications (from leasing properties to Municipal/Provincial approvals). Ilya develops in-house resources /expertise needed for rapid expansion into the Cannabis industry.


6:00 pm Registration & Networking

6:45 pm Announcements

6:50 pm Commence

8:15 pm Conclude & Closing Remarks

8:20 pm Networking

9:00 pm Wrap Up

Fees: (subject to HST)

PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) – Free/Complimentary admission

Non-Members and Guests – $15.00

PDUs: 1.5 (1.5 Strategic and Business)


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Type of activity: PMI Toronto Monthly Meeting

Date: 22 October 2018

Hour: 18:00 to 21:00

# of PDUs: 1.5


Members: Free

Non members and Guests: $15.00