Keynote Speakers


Derek Riedle

Founder and Publisher, Civilized

Derek Riedle is Founder and Publisher of Civilized, the leading lifestyle brand and multiplatform media company that speaks to the millions of adults who chose to enjoy cannabis as a healthy part of a balanced lifestyle. An award-winning entrepreneur, political advisor, television producer and creative story-teller, Derek is igniting positive change in the global cannabis industry and helping shatter outdated stigma.

He is a traveler who splits his time between the world’s two largest cannabis economies – Canada and California – and has a unique, global perspective on the culture and industry that he shares with audiences around the world. He is working to make the world a better, more accepting and cannabis-friendly place by sharing and documenting the stories of those shaping it. Derek believes in the many benefits of cannabis – for general wellness, relationships, athletic pursuits and unleashing creativity, and is a champion for its legalization worldwide.

Derek is a father, husband, friend and fitness enthusiast. Beyond his passion for connecting the global cannabis community, he loves nothing more than connecting with people and hearing their stories.


The World Cannabis Congress brings together the world’s most influential executives and thought leaders. Take a peek at our current list of confirmed speakers that will exchange views on business, innovation and policy development in the rapidly evolving global cannabis industry

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