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HHI Symposium



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Invited Speakers SYDNEY 2018

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  • Robert C. Clarke – AUTHOR, Ethnobotanist, Plant Breeder & Agronomist

    has studied the relationships between the Cannabis plant and human cultures worldwide and is co-author of "Cannabis: Evolution and ethnobotany". Most recently Rob's research took him to Turkey in search of vintage hemp textiles and their weavers, where he discovered the last active hemp farmers in Anatolia. Rob is also co-founder of BioAgronomics Consultants Group focused on easing their client's transitions into regulated cannabis markets. Rob will be showcasing a 30 minute film called "Quest for the Golden Fiber" .

  • "Quest for the Golden Fiber" documents Rob Clarke's research travels in Anatolian Turkey in search of vintage hemp textiles and the women who wove them. Come with us to visit the last remaining Turkish hemp farmers, follow their hemp fiber and seed crop cycles, and learn how they make traditional hemp rope. Following this Australian premiere, Rob will entertain questions from the audience concerning traditional hemp cultivation and other topics of interest.

    You can view the trailer on the INDEX page or on Youtube here. Rob can be reached at

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    Dr Towpik has been a General Practitioner in Australia since 1993 and an advocate of medicinal cannabis since the law was amended and cannabis was legalised for medicinal use. Since then she has been studying the therapeutic properties of cannabis, how it works in the human body and the potential applications in General Practice, especially in the management of chronic debilitating pain.

  • We are now experiencing a global cannabis phenomenon, it is widely accepted by the general public and there is a growing need for Doctors to be able to provide the necessary information to safety prescribe medicinal cannabis.

  • In 2016, Dr Towpik founded MediHuanna, an organisation that provides science-based medicinal cannabis education for Health Professionals. Dr Towpik sees cannabis as a therapeutic agent that has huge potential in General Practice. Her goal is to change the stigma behind cannabis through education, enabling it to be seen as an important medicine that should be integrated into modern medicine.

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  • Justin Sinclair – Research Fellow at NICM

    Justin is a Research Fellow at NICM, an international leader in integrative medicine research based at Western Sydney University where he is also the co-ordinator of the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Research & Education Collaboration. For the last 2 years he has also served on United in Compassion's Scientific Advisory Board, Australia's leading medicinal cannabis patient advocacy group, in a pro bono capacity. His scientific background is in pharmacognosy (i.e. drugs that come from plants), but his research interests extend into botany, ethnopharmacology, analytical phytochemistry, horticulture and pathophysiology. He is currently a co-investigator on several clinical research projects in development around medicinal Cannabis and spends much of his time lecturing to medical practitioners, nurses, politicians and other allied health professionals about the therapeutic applications of the Cannabis genus. Justin has many years of industry experience in areas such as quality assurance, new product development and regulatory affairs involving herbal medicines and is a strong supporter of full spectrum plant extracts and understanding the deeper workings of the entourage effect. He has published on the topics of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system, pain management and herb/drug interactions in peer reviewed publications and is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and International Cannabinoid Research Society.

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  • Carol Ireland - CEO and Managing Director of Epilepsy Action Australia

    Carol has an extensive background spanning 35 years in the not-for-profit human services sector and holding a variety of executive positions in operations, service delivery, marketing and fundraising. Carol currently serves on the Australian Advisory Council for the Use of Medicinal Cannabis, the Advisory Board of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney and Steering Committee for the NSW government's Paediatric Epilepsy Trials (Medicinal Cannabis Research), and is a founding Director of the newly constituted Medicinal Cannabis Council. In her role at Epilepsy Action she has had significant contact with many individuals and families who are faced with managing very challenging forms of medication resistant epilepsy, with few or no options left in the conventional treatment bucket. Carol has heard and seen the changes in people's lives, including reduction in the severity and frequency of seizures, resulting from use of medicinal cannabis. She is a strong and active advocate for people living with epilepsy.

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    Tim Harding is a multi-award winning Australian entertainer best known for his part in the International children's TV phenomenon, Hi-5. Screened in over 200 countries, the group toured in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, the UK and Ireland. During his time with Hi-5, the group bagged 3 Logie awards, 5 ARIA awards and a Helpman award. He has fronted several bands and continues to work as a vocalist and musician. Since Tim left Hi-5 in 2007, he has worked as an actor, public speaker, writer, producer and director, creating solutions for both government and corporate organisations. More recently, Tim has received national attention because his daughter suffers from intractable epilepsy. After the failure of many conventional treatments in trying to reduce his daughter's seizures, he is now a passionate advocate of medicinal cannabis.

    "For at least 5000 years our ancestors used Cannabis for many things including medicine. It was only around 80 years ago that our perception of this plant was changed to one of fear, mistrust and moral outrage. Today we stand under the weight of mounting medical and scientific evidence, our bias against Cannabis has been unjustified and unnecessary. We are only just beginning to discover the secrets behind why humans used this amazing plant successfully for so long. It is through our love and compassion that we can let go of our fears and our prejudice and give hope and dignity to those who are suffering."

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  • Colin Bell – Co-founder, co-inventor and Chief Growth Officer at Growcentia

    Parent company of Mammoth Microbes. Colin published dozens of peer reviewed publications that were focused on elucidating microbial mediated processes that enhance plant growth. In 2015 Colin to launched Growcentia, a young company in the Ag-Tech sector that develops microbial soil additives that sustainably increase plant yield across many crops.

  • Their first product, MAMMOTH P® is a beneficial bacterial bloom stimulant that targets phosphorus cycling to maximize both quality and yield in cannabis plants. MAMMOTH P® is now being sold in over 800 stores globally .... His more recent research efforts focused on plant-microbial relationships within the rhizosphere zone to identify mechanisms that may influence soil microbial taxonomic and functional differences among plant species.

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  • Ben Oakley - AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN!

    It’s not everyone who can say that they know the exact time that there life changed forever. A few people in the world know. An Accident or an Injury yes. But a Disease? Very few people in the world can say that they know the exact time it happened. My Son, Ben Oakley is one of those people. At 17 years and 40 days he was one of the youngest in the world to have been struck down with a very Rare Disease. If that was not bad enough the condition is generally a slow degeneration, Ben’s life changed in an instant! Prior to becoming systematic Ben was the single most active person I have ever known .... A 1 in a Million disease, only 20 people in Australia – Stiff Person Syndrome .... Ben has the most intense pain any human should ever have to endure when it all goes wrong! Ben is forced to be in a wheelchair for anything more than a short distance. Modern medicine does not understand Ben’s condition, the treatments that his specialist have given him are powerful, addictive and just as debilitating as the disease! That was until we were contacted by an Angel offering hope, hope in the form of Medicinal Cannabis. Ben has gone from at the worst 61 Full body muscle spasm in a day to since commencing on Cannabis oil 16 months ago 3 spasms only lasting a few minutes each! More of Ben's story at the Expo. A must to view ...Ben's Facebook Video

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  • Paul Mavor - Health House International

    Paul is a pharmacist who has been researching the potential of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for several years.

  • His company was granted the first medicinal cannabis import license in Australia and he is currently distributing medicinal cannabis products to eligible patients. Paul brings a wealth of knowledge from his hands-on research in the U.S., Canada and Israel.

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  • PROFESSOR IAN E. BRIGHTHOPE - Nutrition and Environmental MeDICINE

    Among many things, Ian has been involved with Nutritional and Environmental Medicine with particular interests in psychiatric diseases, learning and behaviour disorders, cancer patient care, heart disease, psychological disorders related to foods and chemicals, the chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, asthma, food and chemical sensitivities, auto-immune diseases, diabetes and the treatment of acute viral illnesses and other conditions with megadoses of intravenous Vitamin C and other nutrients........He has published extensively and has appeared regularly in the media as an advocate of nutritional and environmental health. He is the author of 5 books and many scientific articles and reviews. His books have been endorsed by many luminaries, most notably the late Linus Pauling, the only person to have ever been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes. He is also listed in the International Authors and Writers “Who’s Who”.....He has acted as an advocate of doctors practicing Complementary Medicine for over 25 years.

    Professor Brighthope’s lifelong ambition is to change the way medicine and healthcare is practiced for the benefit of the public and to see nutrition, nutritional and environmental medicine the building blocks and keystones to world health and peace.

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  • HEMP FARMS AUSTRALIA - Presentation

    This presentation will include:
    1. Quick recap/introduction from previous presentation
    2. Current status of primary hemp production in NSW/QLD
    3. Sustainable supply chains and key buyers
    4. Defending Australia seed/grain and as an industry, stamp out foreign imported seed that could be sold as Australian
    5. Integration Technology into Agricultural data collection
    6. Identifying Australian seed varieties and removing the curtain of counterfeit varieties and seed stock
    7. Defending the integrity of Australian Hemp and Australian Plant Breeders Rights
    8. What Hemp Farms Australia can offer to local farmers

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    As the Founder and CEO of Hemp & Heal Jonah has become a pioneer in the global Hemp market. He set out on this mission personally to start healing his own family dealing with many disease and illnesses. Cancer, fibromyalgia, HIV, Parkinsons, etc. New research and anecdotes are leading people to become more accepting of the Endocannabinoid System, allowing the hemp industry to make this exciting comeback. Hemp & Heal specialises in the Education of these high-quality hemp nutritional products, technologies and CBD Hemp dietary supplements. All supplements and nutritional products distributed by Hemp & Heal are laboratory tested in multiple facilities by third parties to ensure purity, safety, and consistency with the test results to prove it.

  • With an entrepreneurial background and skill set, along with the heart and passion to help others, Jonah has moved his whole direction in life to help others and to awaken humanity to new and better sustainable ways of living.

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    Steve Taylor turned to growing medical cannabis plants when multiple pharmaceutical drugs failed to help his two adult daughters struggling with severe Crohn's Disease. They decided to try juicing the plants after reading about Justine Meader, a young American woman who put her Crohn's in remission simply through drinking fresh juice daily. After several months of juicing Morgan and Ariel were feeling much better, but their medicine was confiscated when police were tipped off and Steve was charged with cultivation.

  • The Taylors are now fighting a legal battle for Steve. We also want to inform the Australian people about the remarkable benefits of juicing fresh cannabis, something unknown to many. We enthusiastically support the use of medical cannabis and we are working to change the laws to make this extraordinary plant available to the suffering sick who deserve the wonderful healing it provides.

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    James is the President of the Industrial Hemp Association of NSW, President of the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance (AIHA) and Chair of the AIHA sub-committee on medicinal cannabis. James has spent over 30 years in business management, sales and marketing working with global brands. With an Honours Degree in Environmental Management and being a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, James also has an excellent understanding of business sustainability.

  • He is a member of the Australian Conservation Foundation and in 2013 he was invited to travel to Chicago to be trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Facilitator.

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    Charles Kovess is the CEO of Textile & Composite Industries Pty Ltd, inventors and owners of a unique hemp decorticator that is manufactured in Geelong. He has been heavily involved in global hemp markets since 2012, helping to expand understanding of possibilities for the hemp industry and how hemp can be a game-changer for agribusiness both in Australia, and globally.

  • Charles earned his Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Master of Laws, practised law successfully for 20 years, and since 1993 has established a global business as a professional speaker, author, educator, and executive coach.

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  • Adam Miller - Founder of BuddingTech and The Medical Cannabis Council

    Adam completed his studies of Business Entrepreneurship at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Sweden's Jönköping University for international business in 2009. In 2015, Adam became involved in the medical cannabis space due to his passion for the medicine and belief in innovation stimulating its growth. In 2016, Adam founded BuddingTech, Australia's first medical cannabis accelerator program. As CEO of BuddingTech, Adam has worked tirelessly developing networks and collaborations, including the facilitation and management of three student research projects on medical cannabis in conjunction with the University of Sydney's Business School and MGC Pharmaceuticals, producing Australia's first Medical Cannabis White Paper. With strong connections in the startup ecosystem and the medical cannabis industry, Adam recently hosted Australia's first medical cannabis innovation event 'Seedlings'. Additionally, Adam also founded the Medical Cannabis Council, Australia's first national industry body to represent the medical cannabis industry in Australia. The Mission of the Medical Cannabis Council is to create a unifying voice for the medical cannabis industry in Australia, facilitating a framework of best practice and supporting the positioning of Australia as a world leader in research.

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  • Elise Coppens - Director of International Sales at Ample Organics

    Canada's leading seed-to-sale software solution. With over ten years of experience in the medical cannabis industry, Elise is extremely well versed in the ACMPR and surrounding political influences. Prior to joining Ample Organics, Elise was President of Molecular Science Corporation. With vast experience in marketing, Elise is also the former Director of Marketing for one of Canada's largest licensed producers, and initiated the company's extensive marketing strategies that included national brand campaigns, segmented marketing and communications.

  • She established a cannabis consulting company in 2016 and since then, she has leant her expertise to numerous LPs in both private and public sectors. Her passion for learning is an integral part of her growth and she is constantly developing business strategies, marketing plans and implementations, resulting in success and profitable returns for the organizations for which she works.


The Sydney HHI Expo 2018 is not far away. It will be held over two days commencing Saturday 12th May and Sunday 13th May 2018, we invite you to contact us for more details including Log In information. Secure your spot. Get in early so you do not miss out on this special event!