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 Cannabis Legalization-How are you Managing Your Workplace Risks

Chapter Training
10/3/2018 8:00 AM
10/3/2018 10:00 AM
The Albany Club - 91 King Street East; Toronto, ON M5C 1G3 | Canada - Ontario

Session Overview

With the onset of legalized recreational cannabis in Canada, the impact it will have on the workplace is of growing concern. According to Statistics Canada, almost 12% of Canadians report using cannabis. Employers and Internal Audit functions need to be proactive in preparing the organization for the potential workplace changes.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss ways to mitigate and manage the workplace risks associated with the legalization of recreational cannabis and how Internal Audit can contribute to positive outcomes for their organizations.

  • Risks: What are the risk considerations including privacy implications?
  • Implementation Considerations: How can organizations successfully roll out changes? How can policies, education and change management activities better enable success?
  • Internal Audit’s Role: How can Internal Audit be a trusted advisor in managing the risks associated with cannabis in the workplace?

ModeratorZamina  Walji, PwC

Zamina Walji is a leader in PwC’s Consumer Markets Practice. Leveraging almost 15 years of experience, she specializes in delivering risk advisory and performance enhancement services. Zamina is the co-author of “Navigating Risks on the Road to Cannabis Legalization” and a founding member of the Global Cannabis Partnership that will be focused on developing the Responsible Cannabis Framework for Canada.

She has been at the forefront working with her cannabis clients to deliver operational readiness assessments, enterprise risk management coaching and supporting NI52-109 compliance initiatives. Zamina continues to be a go-to business partner for a number of provincial liquor bodies who have leveraged her skillset to develop their financial models and business plans. She has also worked with a number of licensed producer and ancillary service providers in the community to support consumer insight initiatives and develop growth strategies.

Zamina is currently working with a number of clients to support their ‘go-live’ initiatives which includes the development and stress testing of implementation plans including policies, procedures and change management activities.

Panelists –  ​Fiona Brown, Aird & Berlis, Martha Smart, MediPharm Labs

Fiona Brown’s  practice focuses on advising clients with respect to compliance with employment standards, human rights, pay equity and occupational health and safety requirements and minimizing liabilities with respect to terminations. Fiona also regularly drafts, negotiates and advises on the enforcement of contractual and commercial arrangements with employees, including employment and consulting agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, equity and non-equity based compensation arrangements and bonus plans, the assignment of intellectual property rights and separation packages.

In addition, Fiona represents clients in litigation arising out of the employment relationship, including wrongful and constructive dismissal litigation and matters before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Fiona is also a member of the firm’s Cannabis Group. Fiona provides a broad range of services to participants in the fast-growing legal cannabis industry. Fiona also works closely with firm members in other practice areas to provide her clients in the cannabis industry with a full range of legal services to take their business to the next level.

Martha Smart is the Head of HR and Innovation at Medipharm Labs a licensed manufacturer specializing in cannabis extraction services. She brings 20+ years of pharmaceutical senior management, sales and marketing to MediPharm Labs as a Founder. With her deep understanding of the health care sector, Martha has successfully led teams and driven growth in specialized medicine, hospital, community pharmacy and animal health business channels.  At MediPharm, Martha is a Health Canada designated Alternate Responsible Person In Charge responsible for strategic elements associated to human resource management and systems that support quality compliance.


As space is limited, please pre-register on-line at the website noted below. Late registrations may not be accommodated due to space limitations.  Substitutions are welcome.

To register online, please visit the event website:

Phone: 416-223-5326


The Albany Club - 91 King Street East; Toronto, ON M5C 1G3

Registration, Light Breakfast and Networking: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presentation and Q&A:  8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


IIA Toronto Chapter Members - $64.99 (Plus HST)

Non-Members - $76.99  (Plus HST)

Students – Free if a valid student ID card is presented at the event

CPE: 1.5 credits

Please Note:  There is a cancellation policy in effect.​​​​​​