March 7, 2023

(Syilx (Okanagan)/Kelowna, B.C.) – The Retail Cannabis Council of BC (RCCBC) and BC Craft Farmers Co-op (BCCFC) are excited to announce British Columbia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and the BC Premier’s Special Advisor on Youth, Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson will be a keynote speaker for the 2023 BC Cannabis Summit.

The second annual BC Cannabis Summit is scheduled to take place April 21 to 23, 2023 on the traditional, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan People in Kelowna, B.C.

“We are very happy to welcome PS Brittny Anderson to the Summit. Cannabis tourism is an exciting opportunity for the economy of BC.,” said RCCBC President Alfred Schaefer. 

“The premier’s appointment of Brittny into this role is a recognition the BC has a significant opportunity to be the world’s top international cannabis tourism destination,” said BCCFC President Tara Kirkpatrick. “This opportunity will be a major theme of the BC Cannabis Summit. We are very excited to have Brittny at the Summit and work with her to develop a cannabis agri-tourism strategy that can leverage BC’s existing strengths as a safe, high-value tourism destination.”

Brittny Anderson was elected MLA for Nelson-Creston in 2020. 

Brittny grew up in the Kootenays and lived around the world before settling back home. She started her studies at Selkirk College and has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from UBC Okanagan and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the Central European University in Budapest. She was elected to Nelson City Council in 2018 and served on the board of the Regional District of Central Kootenay. 

Professionally, Brittny has worked for the regional government in environmental services, focused on resource recovery and water systems. Prior to being elected to City Council, she co-founded The Cannabis Conservancy which provides environmental certification in the emerging industry. She led project management for the development of Sun and Earth Certified. The regenerative certification builds upon the principles of organic agriculture, focusing on soil health, onsite nutrient fertility, empowering workers, and fostering community engagement. 

Brittny lives with her partner, Paul, and dogs Stella and Boreal. She loves spending time with her parents, Debi and Terry, and brother, Sanden. You can find her year-round with friends, playing in the mountains and lakes or groovin’ on a dance floor.

Watch for more announcements about the April 21-23 BC Cannabis Summit program over the coming weeks. For Summit registration and partnership information, click here.