The Halifax Convention Centre

1650 Argyle St, Halifax

NS, B3J 0E6



October 22, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Information Sessions

Ian D. Brown

Associate / Boyne Clarke

  Session > Hiring and Firing 101   

Ian is an Associate and member of the Business Law Team, focusing on Labour and Employment Law. As a member of the bar in Nova Scotia and  New  Brunswick, he has appeared before the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s bench, as well as all levels of Court in Nova Scotia. He has also appeared before various administrative tribunals in Nova Scotia such as the Workers’  Compensation Appeals Tribunal, the Labour Board and the Human Rights Commission.


Ian regularly advises clients on all matters related to the workplace from the hiring process through to termination including managing employees, employment agreements and  restrictive  covenants, Human Rights, employee absences and related matters.

Jake Stras

COO / Maqabim Distributors Ltd.

  Session > Cannabis Accessory Compliance   

Jake Stras is the current COO of Maqabim Distributors Ltd. as well as an executive with one of the largest cannabis accessory retailers in Canada.


With over a decade of experience, Stras has developed extensive expertise at growing and operating one of the most sophisticated cannabis accessory import and distribution networks in the country which in turn has allowed him to accurately identify successful, high turnover products throughout the long-term evolution of accessory products in the industry.


Stras has worked with 1000’s of individual and unique retail stores across Canada as well as national chains and licensed producers of medical cannabis.

Julien Belliveau

Manager, Field Sales, Retailer Effectiveness / ALC

  Session > Modernizing the C-Store Lottery Experience   

Julien Belliveau, Manager, Field Sales & Retailer Effectiveness, joined Atlantic Lottery in 2007 and has been deeply rooted in numerous sales roles for the organization.


He has lead the ALC Key Accounts team, managing the relationship with national retail partners and working collaboratively with the other provincial lotteries across Canada.


He then shifted his leadership to the NB/PE market, joining a great team of passionate sales and technical service professionals, who share his same passion for quality customer service.

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