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Keynote Speaker

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myrna-gillis-aqualitas-keynote-lqbeaMyrna Gillis, QC, LLB, BA

Myrna Gillis, QC is a lawyer, disabilities advocate and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in business. She is the founder and CEO of Aqualitas, the largest licensed producer of cannabis in Nova Scotia, Canada and has lead initiatives in cannabis research, product development, international import and export. Under her leadership, Aqualitas has raised $22 million in non-brokered funds in the exempt market, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in research grants and credits for award-winning technologies and innovations in the cannabis sector.

Aqualitas is a woman-led, environmentally sustainable producer, the only Clean Green certified producer in Canada and will soon be the only Canadian licensed producer that is GMP European ICH compliant with organically grown certification. Myrna was named Bronze Business Leader of the Year by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce at its 2019 Business Awards for her leadership in rural economic development, innovation and environmental sustainability. She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2014 for exceptional merit, ethics and contribution to the legal profession.


2018 Recipients

Large Business Award

Belliveau Vienotte Chartered Accountants

Small Business Award

Tilia Builders

New Business Award

Tanner & Co Brewing

Export Achievement Award

Dr Kombu Brewing Co.

Outstanding Service Award

Memories Café

Hospitality Award

The Barn