Topics include:
  • Software technology’s impact on the cannabis industry, currently and in the future.
  • The limitations of only using a spreadsheet rather than software for tracking and organizing data.
  • How and when to begin tracking hemp and cannabis plants grown outdoors.
  • Information on tracking excise tax stamps.
  • The future of cryptocurrency in the cannabis industry.
Some questions answered:
  • How has software technology impacted the cannabis industry, and vice versa?
  • What software considerations should new cannabis companies be aware of?
  • Could a cannabis business simply use a spreadsheet to keep track of information?
  • When growing hemp and cannabis outdoors, at what point should I consider tracking my growth production and which method is best?
  • What is protecting the information put on a software company’s server?

Ian Dyck


Ian Dyck leads Partnerships for the Regulated Industries team at Shopify, a leading global commerce platform. As a founding member of the Regulated Industries team, Ian was helped in positioning Shopify to support both Licensed Producers in the medical market as well as the launch of adult-use cannabis in the Canadian market. To date, Shopify’s commerce platform powers provincial governments, private retailers and licensed producers like Canopy, Aurora Cannabis, Tokyo Smoke, and the Ontario and British Columbia Cannabis Stores.

Within the legal cannabis industry, there is vast opportunity coupled with unique challenges. Ian merges the Shopify ecosystem, commerce expertise, and partners (tech, agency, and community) to collaborate on the future of the cannabis industry.

Ian has 14+ years experience in business development and partnerships across multiple industries. He’s a father of two and in his spare time dabbles in voice acting and standup comedy.

John Prentice

Ample Organics

John X. Prentice is the President and CEO of Ample Organics Inc., the seed-to-sale software platform currently used by the majority of Canada’s legal Licensed Producers of cannabis. With an extensive and diverse technological background ranging from digital media and broadcast to medical devices manufacturing, John has a deep understanding of enterprise level infrastructure and the subtle nuances of operating within highly regulated industries. Ample Organics was recently named one of Deloitte Canada’s Fast50 “Companies-to-watch” and is a LinkedIn Top Startup of 2018.


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