Meet Our Speakers – Risky Business 2.0

Plan to attend this NAIT Season Sponsor Showcase event, Risky Business 2.0: Up in Smoke. An in-depth discussion on the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada, how it will impact event professionals, live events and risk management plans. Our panelists include Joel Fuzat from Aurora Cannabis Inc, Scott Boyer of CannAmm Occupational Testing Services, Alexis Harke, CEO of Insight Insurance & Risk Management, specializing in the cannabis insurance segment, & Caitlin MacElhone, owner and lead planner of CM Events, but more importantly, instructor for the Risk Management for Events course within the Events Management Certificate Program at NAIT.

 

 

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Alexis Harke

With over 30 years of insurance industry experience, Alexis offers expertise in a variety of sectors including hospitality, property, construction, manufacturing and international risks involving complicated coverage requirements.Before launching Insight Insurance and Risk Management Alexis was Managing Director and National Practice Leader for Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada, as well as former director of the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta, Edmonton chapter.Alexis is a graduate of the Executive Program at Queens University and the Risk Management program at the University of Toronto.



Scott Boyer

As Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Scott Boyer is responsible for CannAmm’s strategic direction and organizational growth. Scott has been leading the CannAmm Executive Team for the past ten years, resulting in CannAmm becoming the largest drug and alcohol testing company in the country. Scott attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degree. He finished his education at the Schulich School of Business attaining his Masters in Business Administration. Scott Completed his ICD.D in 2016. Scott’s background includes working as a management consultant focusing on organizational performance improvement, as well as business process and strategy. His extensive experience in strategy and operation enhancement has allowed him to drive the impressive growth that CannAmm has experienced. In addition to his professional experience, Scott enjoys an active family life and being engaged in the community. When he is not spending time with his wife and children, Scott is the Vice Chair of the Edmonton Humane Society, business advisor for Darkhorse Analytics, and mentor with Venture Mentoring Service at the University of Alberta. 



Joel Fuzat

Joel Fuzat has been involved with medical cannabis for approximately 14 years both in the United States as well as Canada. For 27 months, Joel worked as the Facility Director for Aurora Cannabis’ flagship Cremona, Alberta production facility. During that time, he was heavily involved in the establishment of production practices and methods, with a strong focus on efficiencies and GMP/Quality Assurance standards. Presently, Joel works as Aurora’s Director of Operational Development with Aurora’s 800,000 sq. ft. hybrid greenhouse project occupying most of his time.


Caitlin McElhone

Owner and lead planner, Caitlin McElhone, is passionate about lifestyle, urban living and executing exciting events for her clients. Born and raised in Edmonton, Caitlin has been planning corporate events full time since 2006 – that’s over 100 events and counting! Caitlin studied Marketing and Clothing & Textile Design at the University of Alberta where her passion for design grew and she was exposed to the event planning industry for the first time. From there she worked full time with one of Edmonton’s leading event planning companies, ComLinks Events, where she was fortunate to be involved with and lead planner on many incredible projects locally, Nationally and Internationally. Some events Caitlin has managed and executed since opening CM Events in 2011 are: Global TV Woman of Vision Luncheon, Parkland School Division Milestone and Merits, Henry Singer Awards, Homes for the Holidays, Rotary Roast, Black Tie Bingo, CASA Carnival and the Brian Webb Dance Company Art Auction just to name a few. Caitlin has also developed four courses for the NAIT Event Management program and enjoys teaching and sharing her experiences with students and industry professionals. Passionate about Edmonton and getting involved with the community, Caitlin is an active supporter of local arts, not-for-profit groups, festivals and the farmers market. She lives, works and plays in downtown Edmonton with her husband Scott and their two sons.