Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 4:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM PST

"Quality Time" with the C-45 Quality Association

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN___sT_p1pT7Gq08JBaiChEQ

PAST EVENTS

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 @ 12:30 PM EST / 9:30 AM PST

Panel Discussion on the Report of the Science Advisory Committee on Health Products Containing Cannabis

Moderated by Tom Ulanowski, C-45 Quality Association Chair

Panelists: Shane Morris (CEO, Morris & Associates Consulting), Trina Fraser (Partner, Brazeau Seller LLP), Deepak Anand (Founder, Materia Ventures)

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NdMBul_xSHubJ2-REn_NEw

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

Accuracy in Cannabinoid Potency Testing

Presented by Bryan Shaw, PhD, P.Chem (CARO Analytical Services)

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h1SZ6BGfQaa09UdpdnaNng

The C-45 Quality Association Lab Committee is excited to present a discussion on accuracy and variability in potency testing within the cannabis industry. This presentation will introduce some the basic principles of analytical chemistry and the instrumentation commonly utilized towards potency analysis. We will also take a look at some data comparing potency methods and highlight potential sources of variation in results. Finally, we will discuss some steps that can be taken by the laboratory or producer to provide the best possible sample and increase the accuracy of results. We look forward to an engaging conversation in the post presentation Q&A period.

Presenter Information: Bryan Shaw is Senior Technical Support Scientist with CARO Analytical Services. Bryan holds a Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia as well as his Professional Chemist designation through the Association of the Chemical Profession of British Columbia (ACPBC). Bryan’s career at CARO Analytical Services began in a client facing role that utilizes his technical background. As a Senior Technical Support Scientist Bryan takes advantage of the industry knowledge gained while managing key accounts to provide clients with technical support and operational guidance according to the latest regulations and analytical practices. This role also affords the opportunity to collaborate on special project needs and the development of new analytical methods. Bryan serves as President on the board of the Environmental Managers Association of BC and chairs the C45 Quality Associations Lab Committee.

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

Analysis of Illicit and Legal Cannabis Products for a Suite of Chemical and Microbial Contaminants

Presented by Andrien Rackov (Research Scientist, RPC)

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7aM13xFvTdiOQMFc0BztsQ

The legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018 set out to accomplish a number of things, including minimizing harms of use, establishing a safe and responsible supply chain, and enforcing public safety and protection. Since the introduction of the Cannabis Act and Regulations, the legal cannabis market has progressively been displacing illicit sources of cannabis. Despite many cannabis users choosing regulated cannabis products, illicit cannabis sales continue to be pervasive. In this work, we compared illicit and legal cannabis products tested for potency and chemical/microbial contaminants. On the whole, we found that illicit products contained elevated levels of chemical and microbial contaminants and greatly missed the mark with advertised potencies. In contrast, regulated cannabis products that were tested passed Health Canada requirements. While the lower cost of illicit products may appeal to some cannabis users, this work highlights safety concerns and dubious potency claims of the illicit market.

Presented by Andrien Rackov (RPC). Andrien is a research scientist and the supervisor of research services at the Research & Productivity Council (RPC) in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he and his team help clients from diverse sectors answer critical research questions. As QPIC, he oversees psychedelics research conducted under RPC’s controlled drugs and substances dealer’s license. In the realm of cannabis, he has tackled a variety of projects including cannabis aerosol analyses, stability investigations, method development and validation for cannabis 2.0 products (e.g. edibles, beverages), exhaled breath analysis (e.g. health monitoring, impairment testing), and air quality assessment (e.g. occupational exposure). As an invited speaker, he has shared his experiences at the World Cannabis Congress (Saint John 2019) and the Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis (Ottawa 2018 and Leiden 2019). Andrien received both his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from McGill University, where he trained as an analytical chemist and developed portable, non-invasive biomedical devices for health monitoring. He is passionate about mentoring the next generation of scientists and holds an honorary research associate appointment at the University of New Brunswick.

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST

The accelerating market of infused pre-rolls and setting quality standards

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pxG8UlGDQ52-YEJu-ff_cw

Moderated by Brigitte Simons, with guest speakers Daryle Patterson, A&L Labs, Paul Dhillon, AdAstra Labs, Steven Lund, Tantalus Labs, and Stephanie Ostrander, Flow Scientific

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 @ 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

What micro and craft growers need to know about Quality Assurance

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BuyeDzPES36NP1kr3ysY6A

A moderated 4-person panel discussing what any micro or craft cultivator needs to know about Quality Assurance requirements and building partnerships with processors.

 

Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST

What does a Health Canada Inspection Look Like Now?

Webinar (MEMBERS ONLY EVENT)

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a_WC3HBGTtyW5sRfVxVNyA

Hosting a Health Canada inspection is one of the most critical aspects of maintaining compliance for a cannabis licence holder. Yet the inspection process and experience has changed dramatically over the last couple of years with the advent of COVID, a shift to virtual inspections, and an increase in sampling inspections. This event will bring together our members to hear from cannabis industry QAPs on their recent experiences with Health Canada Inspections, what has changed and how to prepare.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ 5:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM PST

"Quality Time" with the C-45 Quality Association

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6_8oieJUTeSoXLORoRQgog

Topic: Health Canada's Proposed Cannabis Vape Flavour Regulations

Join Tom Ulanowski (Chair) alongside Dr. Shane Morris (CEO and Founder, Morris and Associates) and Deepak Anand (Founder, Materia Ventures) to discuss the proposed vape regulations.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 @ 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST

Cannabis Consumer Vape Survey - Developing Protocols for Standardized Vape Testing

Free Webinar (Public)

Presented by Labstat

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zMzRMjPFTzSjP6rktouXLQ

Click here to download Labstat's Report!

Standardization is an important cornerstone to the success of new products, allowing for meaningful comparisons to be made amongst products. However, since cannabis vapes hit the market, specific testing standards for the cannabis vape space have yet to be established. The general lack of testing standards and regulatory guidance, creates potential risk for product makers, consumers and regulatory agencies alike. For Vape products, liquid testing alone is not enough. The comprehensive testing of vape products must include the analysis of aerosols emitted from the device and delivered to the consumer.
Before testing cannabis vape aerosols, the aerosol must be generated in a reproducible and relevant manner. This has yet to be determined. To fill these knowledge gaps, this session will expand on the findings from The Blinc Group and Labstat International’s vape topography survey that provided important data on consumer vaping habits and consumption. Ultimately, a standardized puffing regimen facilitates a technical understanding of the harmonization between the device, the formulation, and the resulting vapour. 
Standardized aerosol testing is vital in providing the answers to two fundamental questions:
1. Is the product performing as designed (i.e. delivering compounds of interest as intended)?
2. Is the product generating any unintended compounds or degradation by-products?

Presented by Labstat’s Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA), Peter Joza. Mr. Joza monitors the development of new and emerging technologies, to adapt the testing services offered by Labstat to these products. Mr. Joza joined Labstat in 1990 and was actively involved in the growth of Labstat through the development and implementation of procedures used by both the food and tobacco characterization programs. Mr. Joza is highly experienced in the development, management and translation of testing information to a variety of audiences.
As Labstat’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO), he occupied a senior role in facilitating the company’s scientific research and analytical functions. He has been the presenter or co-author of more than 40 presentations at international research conferences or workshops, and has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications. As a Chartered Chemist with the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario, Mr. Joza is a recognized global expert in his field and is an active member of several CORESTA (Cooperation Centre for Scientific Research Relative to Tobacco) study groups involved with various types of product testing.
Peter is an active member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tobacco Laboratory Network (TobLabNet), as well as the International Standards Organization ISO TC126 (Tobacco Products), ISO TC126/WG3 (Vaping Products) and ISO TC126/WG22 (Heated Products). Mr. Joza attended McMaster University and received his B.Sc (Majors) Chemistry in 1988.

 

 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 @ 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST

Setting the Standard for Quality Record-Keeping through Lean Principles

Free Webinar (Public)

Presented by Isolocity

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h_8RFCaRR5-gTflpismG5w

Standardization is the key to consistency and profitability. Six sigma and lean manufacturing methods drive companies towards these improvements.  The principles work together to reduce waste and improve productivity through a framework that continually drives value. By applying the lean principles to cannabis production, teams can accurately measure, benchmark, and improve performance. 

Combining lean principles and six sigma in cannabis record keeping can lead to stress free audits and ultimately reduced organizational risks. Learn about how to reduce the record transportation waste while eliminating excess record inventory that often leads to error and defects. Understand the pitfalls of traditional record keeping methods and how teams can overcome them. Reduce overproduction and processing with lean data inputs to gain a more streamlined approach that can produce meaningful insights.

Presented by Chris Budd, Maria Lam, and Emily Soares (Isolocity).

 

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 5:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM PST

"Quality Time" with the C-45 Quality Association

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WFdWYu5rTGS7kb3CnBqojg

 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @ 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM EST

Ensuring Quality Systems for Cannabis Manufacturing (US/FDA Focus)

Webinar (Public)

Presented by Labstat and EAS Consulting Group

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9Jg6B-1RQGmSuxPgSV9I5A

Cannabis business owners can benefit from the development and implementation of Quality Systems for the manufacture of their products including a higher quality product and more efficiency in overall operations with less waste. Although Canada has federally legalized cannabis and has specified regulations for manufacturing, the US has not legalized cannabis at a federal level. For products manufactured in the U.S., that Quality System is based on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). Though these products are not currently federally legal to sell in the U.S., the development of sound systems that stresses quality trained employees is an important step to preparation for when that day comes. But regardless of where products are sold, ensuring customer safety is key. Understand the principles of Quality System development and how to begin designing and executing them in your business. Customers and investors alike, will be more attracted to your company because of your GMPs. Be ahead of the curve, begin the practical implementation of GMPs at your facility now. 

 

Presented by Charlotte Peyton, Independent Consultant for EAS Consulting Group (https://easconsultinggroup.com). Charlotte Peyton supports EAS clients from startup and growth through manufacturing and manufacturing. Her expertise includes quality, regulatory and management, method development and method validation for FDA regulated drug, dietary supplement, and bioanalytical samples. She has extensive experience in writing validation protocols, reports and SOPs and assists with implementation of stability programs and report writing for drug and dietary supplement finished products. And as Charlotte has cannabis experience as a former owner of a startup marijuana business in Colorado, she has been instrumental in helping the hemp and CBD industries set up compliant quality systems that meet state regulations.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 5:30 PM EST

"Quality Time" with the C-45 Quality Association

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EQHcYW-8Q1Sm3GjM1mzZew

Friday, November 26, 2021 @ 12:00 PM EST

Sampling Workshop

Webinar (Members Only)

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_orsLYZO5SdS64KfXn64Q8g

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 3:00 PM EST

"Quality Time" with the C-45 Quality Association

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_49s8klp_Tj-TklC14BZLdg

Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 3:00 PM EST

"Quality Time" with the C-45 Quality Association

Webinar (Public)

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XLGZMf8HQs-UZ-oS6jBqgQ