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Complimentary Virtual Conference

November 16, 2021
12:00 Noon - 4:30 PM ET

Complimentary Webinar

Infused Products Virtual Conference

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Infused Products Virtual Conference

This complimentary virtual conference consists of 4 back-to-back webinars, all on the same day.

In a number of states across the country, edibles, topicals, beverages and other infused products are taking up a larger percentage of the market share. They come in all shapes and sizes- from granola bars to lotions, lubricant and scented candles; manufacturers are infusing a wide variety of products with cannabis, creating a market that meets a larger consumer demographic.

Different states have different rules when it comes to product safety. Some states require ServSafe training and local health inspections, while others have more stringent lab testing rules, require documented GMPs and even a form of certification demonstrating proper food safety protocols.

State regulations shouldn’t be the reason why infused products manufacturers have robust safety and quality standards, consumer safety is. Getting ahead of regulations with proactive safety and quality planning can improve a business’s bottom line tremendously. There are a number of tools and tricks cannabis companies can learn from the food industry to streamline their businesses and gain a bigger chunk of the market share.

Who Should Attend:

  • Infused products and edibles manufacturers-owners
  • Managers, directors of operations and Quality
  • Investors or stakeholders of infused products companies
  • Dispensary managers and staff
  • Extractors, processors and distributors


12:00 PM - Welcome & Introductions
Aaron Biros, Editor, CannabisIndustryJournal.com - Host and Moderator

12:05 PM - Where to Begin: Leveraging Quality Systems to Improve Operations & Growth
David Vaillencourt, CEO & Founder, The GMP Collective
Kathleen Mays, Founders & Owner, Triskele Quality Solutions

  • Define what a Quality System is and how to apply it in your operation
  • How to create an SOP that actually works for your employees and operation, and provide key metrics to senior management
  • Understand the key elements of a Quality System including utilizing a Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) Program to identify and prevent recurring issues that hold your operation back.

12:55 PM -  ICP-MS Analysis of Heavy Metals in Cannabis Containing Food and Cosmetics Using CRM Mixes - MilliporeSigma Sponsored TechTalk 
Dr. Stephan Altmaier, Principal Scientist, MilliporeSigma

Cannabis and hemp are known to accumulate heavy metals and have been used for the remediation of contaminated soil. Due to potentially hazardous effects of these metals, this property can hinder the use of hemp in food or cosmetic industries. In addition, product contamination with metals can occur during the manufacturing process. As a consequence, food or personal care products containing hemp or hemp extract must be tested for their metal and heavy metal content.This work describes time saving approaches, applying two sets of  heavy metal Certified Reference Material (CRM) solutions: A premixed blend of arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead (the “big four”) combined with eight individual metal CRMs or a premixed blend of identical concentrations of twelve (heavy) metals (“metal mix I”). Both solutions were utilized in the quantitative analysis of various hemp containing food and personal care product (PCP) samples by ICP-MS.

1:10 PM - 3 Steps to Create a Compliance Culture with Operational Excellence
Dede Perkins, CEO & Co-Founder, ProCanna

  • How to create a set of approved and easily accessible policies and SOPs that comply with both external and internal standards
  • How to create an initial training system with clearly assigned roles, responsibilities, and goals
  • How to create an ongoing training system with clearly assigned roles, responsibilities, and goals to maintain what you've created

2:00 PM - Sponsored Tech Talk 

2:15 PM - Innovation from an Outside Perspective - For the Purpose of Building Infused & CBD Product Success
Jerod Martin, Chief Research & Development Officer, CannGoods

For the cannabis industry to be successful we must start with quality research enabling us to utilize quality ingredients resulting in quality products. We should look to other industries to gain knowledge for a better cannabis industry. Attendees will learn:

  • Why Research Matters
  • Why Ingredients Matter
  • Why Quality Matters

3:00 PM - Sponsored Tech Talk

3:15 PM - Implementing Food Safety Management Systems in Infused Products Production Facilities
Dr. Laurie Post, Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Deibel Labs

  • Participants will be introduced to:
  • Food Safety Management Programs such as HACCP and FDA mandated Preventive Controls systems
  • Food Safety Hazard Assessments and how to conduct them
  • Preventive controls and how to use them to craft a Food Safety system

4:00 pm - Wrap up


David Vaillencourt

David Vaillencourt
CEO & Founder
 The GMP Collective

David is the Founder and CEO of The GMP Collective where his team services the cannabis and life science industries with supply chain and operational best practices support from concept to consumer. David brings 15 years of experience in education, project management, and quality control work to the industry. He has served as an expert witness for hemp lawsuits, developed international consensus standards, and worked previously as the Director of Quality for a multi-state cannabis operator. Committed to advancing the industry through sound science and education, David serves as an Officer on ASTM International’s D37 Cannabis Committee, where he was recently awarded for his contributions in developing the first Laboratory Standard for Cannabis Test Method Validation. He also serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Facility Design Committee.

Kathleen May

Kathleen May
Founder & Owner
Triskele Quality Solutions

Kathleen May, Founder and Owner of Triskele Quality Solutions, has more than 20 years’ experience as a Quality professional in the pharmaceutical, medical device and cannabis industries. She has worked in every aspect of quality management systems and is a sought-after consultant in regulatory and scientific standards. In her lead role at Triskele, Kathleen offers consultation services for GMP implementation, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development, audit readiness, validation, and training to testing laboratories, cultivation facilities, and manufacturing facilities. Kathleen is an executive member of the ASTM International Cannabis Standards Committee, D37. D37 is focused on creating quality and safety standards and guidance materials for cannabis products and processes.

Dede Perkins

Dr. Stephan Altmaier
Principal Scientist


Stephan Altmaier studied chemistry at the universities of Munich and Hanover, Germany, and graduated on ordered, mesoporous silica in 2003. Since 2006 he has been with MilliporeSigma and has been working in the HPLC R&D department in Darmstadt, Germany in various positions and numerous projects. His main expertise lies in liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry as well as in HPLC column and application development. In his current role as a principal scientist he is responsible for the development of analytical workflows, most recently in the field of cannabis analysis.

Dede Perkins

Dede Perkins
CEO & Co-Founder


Dede Perkins, Co-Founder and CEO of ProCanna, joined the cannabis industry in 2013 as a member of the application team that won one of the first competitive vertically integrated applications in Massachusetts. After that, she helped win cannabis licenses in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Nevada. A regulatory specialist, Dede is passionate about combining compliance with operational excellence; safe, standardized products; empowered employees; strong company culture and brands.

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Laurie Post

Jerod Martin
Chief Research & Development Officer

Jerod Martin (Chief R&D Officer of CannGoods) has formulated and developed products that have been distributed 300 plus retail locations, 1000 plus physician offices, and more than 100,000 units delivered to the EU and UK which were manufactured in the US. He also established a research partnership between CannGoods and Central State University (1890 Land Grand Institution) for the purpose of furthering research in the Cannabis industry. 

Dr. Laurie Post
Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs
Deibel Laboratories

Dr. Laurie Post is the Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs for Deibel Labs. She has over 30 years of experience in the food industry as a Food Microbiologist and Food Safety professional, and is an expert in hazard control programs for low moisture foods and processes. Dr. Post is the author of numerous publications and chairs the Microbiological Food Safety committee of the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences. She served on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) from 2016-2021. Dr. Post is a PCQI Lead Trainer (FSPCA) for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule and a Lead Trainer (FSPCA) for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program. She is also a certified HACCP Alliance Lead Instructor. 

Aaron Biros

Aaron Biros
Cannabis Industry Journal

Aaron Biros is the Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis Industry Journal.com (CIJ), an online business-to-business trade journal focused on the legal cannabis industry. Biros started CIJ in 2015 when he officially joined Innovative Publishing full time. Through editorial coverage of the cannabis markets, Biros has developed a familiarity with regulatory compliance, quality and safety issues as they relate to the burgeoning cannabis industry. Biros covers science and technology updates, breaking news, regulations and emerging markets from his office based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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