02/04/2019 - Hamilton and Area Chapter Webinar

The Future of Cannabis: Challenges and Opportunities in Healthcare (1 MOC I)


Date: February 04, 2019  
ottawa ON K2P 0J6 


Hamilton and Area Chapter Webinar

The Future of Cannabis: Challenges and Opportunities in Healthcare

February 4, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Eastern Time

Since its legalization in October 2018, there has been resounding demand to demonstrate the benefits and harms of cannabis. While prescribing medicinal cannabis is nothing new, as the acceptance and accessibility of the substance increases, a lack of scientific research and policies to support administrators, clinicians, patients and community organizations across the health sector is increasingly apparent. Join the Canadian College of Health Leaders Hamilton & Area Chapter on February 4 as we bring together clinical, research, community and industry perspectives to discuss ongoing data collection efforts to better understand the effectiveness of cannabis for various indications, and what is missing in literature, policies and education for clinicians, patients and organizations to navigate this new reality.


Mila Ray-Daniels
CEO, Brain Injury Services
Andrew Muroff
CEO, Strainprint
Dr. Ramesh Zacharias
Medical Director, Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University
Dr. Vikas Parihar
Clinical Pharmacist and Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University


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Speaker Biographies

Mila Ray-Daniels, CEO, Brain Injury Services
Mila is the CEO of Brain Injury Services, one of Ontario’s foremost rehabilitation organizations serving people with mild to catastrophic brain injuries. She is an experienced leader with a background in health care, strategic communications and stakeholder relations. Her professional interests include collaboration between individuals and among organizations to better meet the needs of clients and families. Mila has a Masters in Leadership, Health, a Bilingual BA and also holds an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications. She has been involved in the governance of several national and local organizations including Hamilton Health Sciences and the YMCA Hamilton Burlington. She and her husband, three children and dog Stanley, call Hamilton home.

Andrew Muroff, CEO, Strainprint
Andrew is a hands-on entrepreneur that has led public and private technology companies since 1995. To Strainprint, he brings deep corporate and financial experience, broad expertise across regulated cannabis markets in Canada and the U.S., and a passion to help people. He is a published legal author with graduate degrees in Business and Law and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Hailing from “South Detroit” - a.k.a. Windsor, Ontario – Andrew and his wife of 20 years have 2 amazing kids with whom they explore the world. In his spare time, he builds custom electric guitars and regularly performs in a number of rock and roll outfits. Strainprint is a data analytics platform that allows you to make data driven treatment decisions using the world’s largest longitudinal study on ACMPR strain efficacy and actual patient use.

Dr. Ramesh Zacharias, Medical Director, Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University
Dr. Zacharias received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1980, and subsequently his Fellowship in General Surgery in 1987. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Washington from 1985-1987. Dr. Zacharias was Founder and CEO of Med-Emerg International Inc from 1983-2009 Canada’s largest physician recruiting company. He held that position while performing a number of leadership roles in the field of medicine. From 2001-2007 he served on the Board of Governors of Ryerson University. Dr. Zacharias was a member of the Geriatric Long Term Care Death Review Committee from 2015-2018. In 2012 he became an investigating coroner for Ontario, and from 2017-2018 he was the Regional Supervising Coroner in the Province of Ontario. He is currently the Medical Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic which is one of the largest Academic Interdisciplinary Pain Clinics in Canada. He is the Co-Principal Investigator on DataCann, a National Registry on medicinal cannabis as well as the Principal Investigator on a three-armed randomized prospective clinical trial on Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in chronic pain. He is also the Co-Investigator on a chart review to determine the degree to which cannabis has modulated opioid consumption. Dr. Zacharias is Co-Chair of the Physician Advisory Group for the Centre for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) at McMaster University.

Dr. Vikas Parihar, Clinical Pharmacist and Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University
Dr. Vikas Parihar is a clinical pharmacist, graduating with his undergraduate pharmacy degree from Dalhousie University and Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He is a faculty associate with the Michael DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, co-investigator in the Cannabis Oil Capsules for Chronic Non Cancer Pain Treatment (CONCEPT) trial. He has provided numerous talks at educational events aimed at physicians and heath professionals on medical cannabis, as well as providing cannabis education to well over 700 patients in person.

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.00 Category I  credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.