Deepak Anand is the Executive Director of the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association (CNMMA). The CNMMA represents the nascent Medical Marijuana industry in Canada. Their members comprise of Applicant and Licensed Producers, Physicians, Patients as well as Businesses providing services to the industry in Canada. Their mission is to ensure that all Canadian patients who benefit from medical marijuana have access to the highest quality of product and services, to meet their specific health care needs in a safe, well- regulated environment. They seek to advocate for the sector, guide patients and educate Canadians about medical marijuana, be a resource for medical practioners, share best practices as well as be a resource for Health Canada.Mr. Anand is also an Adjunct Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and has developed curriculum for Canada’s only University level course in the Cannabis industry specific to ACMPR regulations. Mr. Anand currently teaches their Introduction to Professional Management of Medical Marijuana Facilities in Canada course series.Mr. Anand completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Vancouver Island in 2003 and have since been involved as a Quality Assurance person under pharmaceutical GMP as defined by Health Canada as for several pharmaceutical wholesale companies in the Vancouver area. In addition, he has served on the board of different Pharmaceutical Associations in Canada and the US through his work with mail order based distance delivery of medications in the 2 countries.Mr. Anand brings this unique experience and knowledge with him to his current role as Executive Director of the CNMMA which has been extremely beneficial in their conversations & advocacy work on behalf of the sector with all the different stakeholders who are both public and private entities across the country.