OEA: Into the Weeds: High Stakes in Getting Cannabis Legalization Right

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Wednesday 07 June 2017, 11:45 - 14:00


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Ottawa Economics Association (OEA)

June 2017 Event 



Into the Weeds:

High Stakes in Getting Cannabis Legalization Right





John Clare

Director of Policy,

Cannabis Legalization & Regulatory Branch,

Health Canada  


Mostafa Askari

Assistant PBO,

Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer


Jeff Ryan

Head, Government and Stakeholder Relations

Canopy Growth Corporation


Nitish Mukhi

Licensing and Regulatory Practice Lead,





Brian Kingston
Vice President,

Business Council of Canada


The Liberal government recently introduced legislation that will legalize marijuana by July 2018 for those aged 18 and older. With an estimated 22 per cent of the Canadian adult population consuming marijuana on at least an occasional basis, the market potential and economic implications could be significant.  How will legalization proceed? What does it mean for federal and provincial government revenues? What new business opportunities does it create for the private sector? How will legalisation affect the Canadian economy?  These are just some of the questions that will be answered by panellists.

Join the Ottawa Economics Association for a thoughtful and lively discussion featuring representatives from the federal government, the PBO and the private sector.  Reserve your place now for what promises to be an informative presentation.      


WHEN:          Wednesday, June 7, 2017

                        11:45 a.m. – Registration and networking

                        12:10 p.m. – Lunch followed by presentation            

WHERE:        Chateau Laurier Hotel, Laurier Room

1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

COST:            OEA Members - $50 prepaid on-line; $80 at the door.

                        Non-members - $75 prepaid on-line; $100 at the door.

                        OEA Student members - $25 prepaid on-line; $30 at the door.

                        Table of 8 - $508.85 prepaid on-line.



Payment at the door subject to availability given space limitations and is via cash or cheque only. Tables of 8 must be purchased online in advance.

Online prices do not include HST.

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John Clare, Director of Policy with the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat

John Clare is currently the Director of Policy with the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat, the federal office created to support the Government's commitment to legalize, regulate and restrict the sale of cannabis.

John has varied experience working in legislative and regulatory policy, and has held a range of positions over his 15 years at in the Government of Canada ‎, including Director of Privacy and Data Protection Policy in the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (formerly Industry Canada), and the Director of Energy Policy at Natural Resources Canada. He has a Degree from the University of Alberta and is the proud father of an 11 year old boy.


Mostafa Askari, Assistant PBO, Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer

Mostafa Askari is Assistant PBO. He is responsible for leading the development and management of a centre of expertise engaged in providing information, expert advice and analysis on emerging and current trends and the outlook regarding the national economy and the finances of the federal government. He is further responsible for developing and preparing regular reports and other documents related to economic and fiscal matters and developing responses to queries from parliamentarians and parliamentary committees on national economic and fiscal issues.

Mostafa came to the PBO from Health Canada where he held the position of Director General, Applied Research and Analysis. He previously held a number of positions at the Federal Department of Finance, including; Senior Chief, Economic Analysis; Chief, International Policy Analysis; Chief, Economic Forecasting and Chief, Model Development and Policy Analysis. He also served as a senior advisor to Canada's Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, worked at the Conference Board of Canada and taught economics at Trent University.

Mostafa has a PhD. in economics from Queen's University.


Jeff Ryan, Head, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Canopy Growth Corporation

Jeff Ryan is Head of Government and Stakeholder Relations at Canopy Growth Corporation.  He is responsible for federal and provincial government relations and stakeholder engagement.  Jeff has held multiple positions in the private sector and has extensive experience at the political level.  Most recently, Jeff was Senior Director, Corporate Affairs at Labatt Breweries where he managed a national government relations program,  prior to this he was Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Relations at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board,  Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Transportation and Policy Advisor to three federal ministers.

Jeff has an Honours Bachelor degree from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.


Nitish Mukhi, Licensing and Regulatory Practice Lead, Deloitte

Nitish Mukhi is the Licensing and Regulatory Practice Lead at Deloitte with more than 15 years’ experience modernizing public sector and regulatory organizations.

A digitally savvy leader, with extensive experience in research, policy recommendations, and design and implementation of innovative programs and solutions for state, provincial and local Regulatory Bodies across North America.

Nitish is currently focused on helping Regulatory Agencies implement a digital mindset and leverage exponential technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Robotic Process Automation that target improvements in customer experience, decision making, service delivery and, ultimately, transforming how governments work.