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Setting the Standard for Cannabis Journalism

7 February 2019 @ 6:30 pm

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The cannabis industry’s influence is far-reaching, affecting public health and safety, policy-making, the economy and talk of a ‘pot-com’ bubble. As various issues get worked out post-legalization, what challenges do journalists face in informing the public in a responsible manner?
Join our speakers focussed on cannabis coverage: Megan Henderson, executive producer of TheGrowthOp.com; Manisha Krishnan, senior writer and host with VICE CanadaArmina Ligaya, business reporter with The Canadian PressMark Rendell, reporter with The Globe and Mail; and moderator Vanmala Subramaniam, business reporter with the Financial Post.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Doors open 6pm  |  Discussion 6:30pm  |  Reception 8pm TMX Broadcast Centre, The Exchange Tower 130 King St. W. Toronto


Megan Henderson

Megan Henderson is the executive producer for TheGrowthOp.com, an exciting new Postmedia editorial brand. The site is focused on delivering the latest information about cannabis to a wide-ranging audience interested in the business, news, health and culture of cannabis. Megan is leading TheGrowthOp’s editorial strategy as well as contributing content.  With over a decade of experience in marketing, advertising and custom content, Megan brings a unique skill set and a passion for the potential of cannabis to her role.




Manisha Krishnan

Manisha Krishnan is a senior writer and host at VICE Canada, where she has reported on cannabis since 2015. Her work has focused heavily on the black market, as well closely analyzing Canada’s shift towards legalizing cannabis and the many challenges it presents. In 2017, she hosted a town hall with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, questioning many aspects of his plan for legalizing weed, including the harsh new penalties his government introduced as part of its rollout. She has been repeatedly been named a top cannabis influencer in Canada and is a frequent contributor to the CBC and other media outlets as a weed expert.  @manishakrishnan




Armina Ligaya

Armina Ligaya is a business reporter and editor with the Canadian Press, where since 2017 she has covered the cannabis industry and Canada’s financial sector.  Last year, she was part of a team that was nominated for a SABEW Canada award for their breaking news coverage of the Equifax data breach. Prior to joining the wire service, she worked as a business reporter for the Financial Post for five years.  She was also part of the launch staff for The National, an English-language newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, where she covered the Middle East’s retail industry. Her reporting has also appeared in The New York TimesGlobe and MailCBC News and the Huffington Post@arminaligaya




Mark Rendell

Mark Rendell is a reporter with The Globe and Mail. He covers the cannabis industry for the Report on Business Cannabis Professional. Prior to the Globe, he covered the marijuana sector for the Financial Post. His CV includes three years of reporting in northern Canada, where he worked for the CBC, Northern News Services and EDGE North magazine. @mark_rendell






Vanmala Subramaniam

Vanmala Subramaniam is a business reporter with the Financial Post, covering the cannabis industry. She was formerly at VICE Canada, where she founded the VICE Money channel in late 2016. It was at VICE where Vanmala began her coverage of the Canadian cannabis industry, focusing on how the sector morphed from a small medical market with just four to five companies, to an international industry worth billions. Prior to her work at VICE, she produced investigative documentaries for the CBC’s the fifth estate, and spent some time working at BNN on a program about the housing market. She was a nominee for a Canadian Screen Award, and won a Gracie Award for her work on the documentary The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi@VanmalaS




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7 February 2019
6:30 pm
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