Derek Dickow Presents:


Building powerful connections in the Cannabis Industry

Another great event from Derek Dickow

Held on 12.8.22 at The Townsend Hotel | Birmingham, Michigan

Another great event from Derek Dickow

Held on 12.8.22 at The Townsend Hotel | Birmingham, Michigan


In early December, more than 400 key members of the region’s cannabis industry gathered for an immersive day of learning, informative panels, and meaningful interaction. Derek once again assembled an array of experienced professionals who shared exclusive insights into the latest cannabis tech, market trends, and best practices.

The event included powerful keynotes from industry experts, fireside chats, and panels that covered topics ranging from creating strong strategic partnerships to how to collectively win in an ever-evolving industry. A special update from the executive director of Michigan’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency was a highlight of the day. Attendees also experienced ample opportunities for networking during the 1:1 speed networking session and an afterglow reception.

Thanks to presenting sponsors LeafLink and Dutchie, along with dozens of other supportive sponsors, our 5th Power Connections in the Cannabis Industry event was an outstanding success.

See more about our event from DBUSINESS Magazine. 



Brian Hanna

Executive Director, Cannabis Regulatory Agency


Derek Dickow

Event Host, Power Connector

Raymond Abro

COO, JARS Cannabis

Nowfal Akash

Chief Information Officer, Breeze

Mike Bahoura

Founder and Principal Attorney, Bahoura Law

Tom Celani

CEO, High Life Farms

Mike DiLaura

Chief Corporate Officer, House of Dank

Michael Elias

Co-founder and CEO, Common Citizen

Mayor James R.

City of Warren

Travis Harrison

CRO, NOXX Cannabis

RJ King

Editor, DBusiness Magazine

Charlie Langton 

Reporter & Anchor, FOX 2 Detroit

Tom Lauzon

Vice President of Business Development, PharmaCann

Taryn Leib

Director of Human Resources, Trucenta

Joe Lyons

Vice President Commercial Lines Underwriting, Conifer Insurance Company.

Maria McIntyre

Head of Cannabis, bioMérieux

John McLeod

Co-Founder & Head of New Markets, Cloud Cannabis

Claire Moloney

VP, Business Operations, LeafLink

Chris Ostrowski

Founding member and CTO, Dutchie

Rudy Patros

Owner and President, Securatech

Denise Pollicella

Founder & Managing Partner, Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan

Doug Rodewald

Head of Payments, Dutchie

Jessica Savaya

Vice President, URB & Gans Cannabis

Jeff Sloan

Founder and CEO, StartupNation, LLC.

Andrew Thompson

Founder & CEO, Teamployer


Thanks to the incredible generosity of the attendees and sponsors, we were able to donate over $40,000 to The Children’s Foundation, which advocates for the health of children in Michigan through research, education, programs, and other initiatives.

“For the third time, Derek has included a fundraising component for The Children’s Foundation at one of his successful networking events. It is leaders in the community like him who truly make a difference,” stated Andrew Stein, President & CEO of The Children’s Foundation. “On behalf of The Foundation, I am grateful to Derek and each individual who joined and made a generous gift. These dollars will support important projects and programs that help the children and families of our community.”

Andrew Stein of The Children’s Foundation, Chris Ostrowski of Dutchie, Claire Moloney of LeafLink, Derek Dickow


“Excellent chance to create relationships with decision makers in the industry.”
Brian Brockney, Dutchie
“The information shared from the panelists was insightful, and I appreciated hearing the different opinions on the subject matter.”
Matthew Dufraine, Trucenta
“Impactful event, connections, conversations, and valuable use of time.”
Maria McIntyre, bioMerieux
“Overall, another great event … got to make internet connections turn into in-person connections! This event creates networking opportunities that go beyond the walls of The Townsend — relationships that are formed for life have started here. Can’t wait for next year.”
Kelsey Palmer, High Life Farms
“All of Derek’s events are great. You meet people at the event that you wouldn’t normally meet day to day. I enjoy the connections that are made at Derek’s events.”
Tommy Krauter, Grip Cannabis Co.
“Derek Dickow was critical in helping the Michigan House Republicans consistently exceed our fundraising goals. His genuine approach to building connections, thoughtfulness, and executive coaching has helped me become better.”
– Jason Wentworth, Michigan Speaker of the House

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