December 22, 2021

(Syilx (Okanagan)/Kelowna, B.C.) – BC’s two leading cannabis associations are planning to co-host a BC Cannabis Summit next spring in Kelowna, BC. Subject to provincial health orders, the Association for Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES) and BC Craft Farmers Co-op (BCCFC) are inviting craft cannabis stakeholders across BC, Canada and around the world to save a visit to the Okanagan in their calendars for April 20-22, 2022.   

“What better place to host an important cannabis summit and celebrate 4/20/22 than BC,” said ACCRES Executive Director, Jaclynn Pehota. “This policy conference and trade show is an opportunity to establish our province’s independent retailers and craft farmers as job creators, innovators and engines of sustainable economic growth that can support Canada’s post-pandemic recovery.”   

“Kelowna, other Okanagan and Indigenous communities are early leaders in understanding the potential of BC’s craft cannabis sector,” said BCCFC President Nicole Post. “This high-profile event can build on these efforts to position the region as a global cannabis headquarters. With a rich agricultural history, excellent facilities, and reputation as a prime tourism destination, Kelowna is a natural choice to host our first BC Cannabis Summit.”

The BC Cannabis Summit will take place at Eldorado Resort, Kelowna’s finest full-service waterfront resort. The Eldorado Resort is comprised of two hotels beautifully located on the shores of Lake Okanagan, minutes from downtown, golf, wineries, and ski resorts. The Eldorado Resort has provided a variety of special rates and accommodation options for delegates. A planning committee is organizing partnership opportunities, keynote speakers, Summit agenda and policy process. Details will be announced over the coming weeks.

An online portal has been established at to register for the Summit, take advantage of partnership opportunities, and book guestrooms at Eldorado Resort – Manteo and Hotel Eldorado – at special rates.  ACCRES and BCCFC members receive VIP rates. Public health orders will be respected at all times.

BCCFC and ACCRES are working closely with Tourism Kelowna through their OKGo Campaign to develop a program for Summit participants to extend their stay in Kelowna, tour craft cannabis farms and other wonderful locations the Okanagan has to offer for visitors and families.

“With this year’s review of the Cannabis Act, we have a chance to reset the burdensome micro-class licensing policies in 2022,” concluded Ms Post.  “We are excited to invite cannabis stakeholders from BC and across Canada to shape the government’s policy and celebrate BC’s legendary craft cannabis farmers. Save the date and register today because space is limited!”

ACCRES is a non-profit, member-driven industry association that represents more than 100 storefronts across BC. It is the goal of the organization to serve as a positive, proactive advocate to protect and expand business opportunities for the private cannabis retail industry. Building a thriving and sustainable private cannabis retail industry in BC is the Association’s primary focus.

Recognizing that small cannabis farmers and processors are vital to the success of Canada’s legalization policy, BCCFC was founded in 2020 to provide B.C.’s small cannabis producers and processors with s safe, accessible, and sustainable alternative to the illicit market, while ensuring B.C.’s top position as an international cannabis leader and innovator is maintained. BCCFC is led by over 200 highly-skilled members and supporters who are working to accelerate market access for B.C.’s legendary micro-cultivators, processors, and independent retailers.


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