California is ramping up for legal adult-use marijuana planned for 2018. With rapid expansion of licensed businesses underway and expected to continue to boom, California faces new possibilities and growth that bring complex insurance demands and risk mitigation concerns.

Cannabis Cover 2017 California will come to San Francisco on August 10 to unite key perspectives on state regulation, product liability risks, policy needs and how these forces combine to shape the insurance market taking shape around cannabis.

On August 10, join more than 100 insurance professionals to unlock the best-practices of cannabis coverage in preparation for California’s exciting entrance into fully legalized cannabis. 



  • Uncover best-practices for insurance professionals in the cannabis industry
  • Gain insight from key stakeholders and insurance thought leaders
  • Establish a framework for underwriting complex industry-specific risks
  • Understand the needs of cannabis businesses in order to better protect against specialized risks
  • Network with innovators and like-minded professionals as you discover new opportunities


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8 AM – 8:45 AM

Breakfast and registration presented by

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9 AM – 9:50 AM

Cannabis cover: current needs and future opportunities

Hear from a regulator, a broker and an underwriter on the risks and coverage needs most relevant to the cannabis industry. Discover the best-practices of placing comprehensive coverage

  • Camille Dixon – Statewide program manager and public affairs director, California Department of Insurance
  • Galen Hayes – President, Hayes Insurance Agency
  • Susan Etter – Vice President, PPIB
  • Cassia Furman – Attorney, Vicente Sederberg


10 AM - 10:50 AM

Legality, new regulation and insurance reform

Legalization at the state level has sparked new regulation that impacts cannabis business owners as well as the insurance industry. How will the legal shift surrounding cannabis impact risk mitigation and coverage?

  • Dean Rocco – Employment and labor practice chair, Wilson Elser
  • Ian Stewart – Partner and cannabis practice co-chair, Wilson Elser


10:50 AM

Refreshment Break


11:10 AM - 12 PM

Understanding cannabis through proxies and parallels

Supported by actuarial perspectives, learn how the risks and rates of the cannabis industry can be understood through industry proxies and parallels

  • Karen Landrum – Consulting Actuary, Merlinos & Associates
  • Patrick McManamon – CEO, Cannasure
  • Dick Griffin – President, Griffin Insurance
  • Jason Sawin – Senior Vice President, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage


12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch presented by

Cannabis-Sponsor Merlinos


1:20 PM - 2:10 PM

Coverage case study: Best practices, how to properly cover your insured

Understanding of recreational and medicinal cannabis markets is key. An expert will overview critical considerations of how cannabis businesses operate, the coverages they need and the risks they face now and in the future.

  • Mike Aberle – Senior Vice President, NextWave


2:20 PM – 3:10 PM

Cash-heavy risk: New regulation on cannabis banking and the implications

Leading experts discuss how federal financial regulations on the cannabis industry impact transactional security, the storage and transport of funds and business operations to create involved insurance needs

  • Cannabis Cash Solutions
  • Doug Esposito – Broker, Owen-Dunn
  • Joy Erven – Chief operating officer and director, California Surplus Lines Association
  • Erik Allison – Founder, Skytree Capital Partners


3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Networking reception presented by

Cannabis-Sponsor Netrate



Cannabis-California Jason-Sawin

Burns & Wilcox

Jason Sawin


Cannabis-California Camille-Dixon

California Department of Insurance

Camille Dixon


Cannabis-California Joy-Erven

California Surplus Lines Association

Joy Erven


Cannabis-Coverage-Speaker Silhouette

Cannabis Cash Solutions


Floodrisk-Speaker Patrick McManamon

Cannasure Insurance Services

Patrick McManamon


Dick Griffin

Griffin Insurance Services

Dick Griffin


Cannabis-California Galen-Hayes

Hayes Insurance

Galen Hayes


Cannabis-California Karen-Landrum

Merlinos & Associates

Karen Landrum


IBA Cannabis Michael-Aberle

Next Wave Insurance Services

Michael Aberle


Cannabis-California Doug-Esposito


Doug Esposito




Susan Etter


IBA Cannabis Eric Allison

Skytree Capital Partners

Erik Allison


Cassia Furman

Vicente Sederberg

Cassia Furman


IBA Cannabis Dean Rocco

Wilson Elser

Dean Rocco


Cannabis-California Ian-Stewart

Wilson Elser

Ian Stewart



Presented by:

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In Partnership with

Cannabis-Sponsor Merlinos

Cannabis-Sponsor PPIB

Cannabis-Sponsor Netrate

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Cannabis-Sponsor Cannasure

Online Registration


Standard Rate

$995 USD



Please contact Atheena Lopez at atheena.lopez@keymedia.com if you have any queries regarding registration.

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One pass admits one person to the event and cannot be split between multiple delegates. If you are unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. Cancellations received in writing 14 or more days in advance will incur a $200 fee. The remaining balance will be refunded to you or issued as credit valid for use towards another Key Media event within 12 months of the date of issuance. The company regrets no refunds will be made less than 14 days prior to the event. Should Key Media cancel or postpone the event, delegates will receive a full refund. Key Media is not responsible for any loss, damage or additional costs incurred as a result of alteration, cancellation or postponement. Please note all speakers and content are confirmed at time of publication, however we reserve the right to modify or alter the program including advertised speakers without notice. Key Media is not liable for the content of any speaker presentations.


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