Augustana Extended Education (AEE)

Getting Ready for Cannabis

The Government of Canada has passed legislation that will make consumption and possession of cannabis for personal, recreational use across Canada legal in the late summer or early fall of 2018.

Join Carol Zukiwski, Partner with Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP, and Dave McGarva, Managing Principal of Tantus Solutions Group Inc, for this 6-hour seminar to walk participants through the cannabis legislation and proposed regulations.

The Government of Alberta has provided a Cannabis Framework and legislation with the associated regulations promised later this year. Municipal governments in Alberta will also have significant autonomy on how sale and consumption will be managed within their borders.

There are still many unknowns, but we know enough now that municipalities can plan to get ready!

Legal cannabis will have an impact on our communities. Some municipalities view this as an economic development opportunity that fits with their local values. Some do not. Others are unsure. We need to plan for and engage our residents to educate them on the new legislation and gather their input as to the place of cannabis in the makeup of our community.

Who should attend

Elected officials, senior municipal administrators, and economic development associations who are looking to get up to date on the cannabis legislations and proposed regulations.

What you will learn

Carol and Dave will lead participants through a discussion of the common areas of municipal operations that may be impacted with the introduction of legal cannabis. These will include:

  • Impacts on Municipal Services
    • waste management operations
    • recreational programming
  • Impacts on Permitting & Development
    • zoning
    • signage bylaws
    • building codes and fire inspections
    • event permitting
    • public spaces policy
  • Impacts on the municipality as an employer
  • Impacts on Policing and Enforcement
    • by law enforcement
    • policing
  • Impacts on Family and Community Support Services
    • public education
    • short term counseling
    • social housing
  • Impacts on Economic Development
    • business licensing
    • local economic development


Carol ZukiwskiCarol Zukiwski, Partner, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP
Carol’s practice is primarily focused on assisting municipalities and the provincial linear assessor with property assessment complaints and appeals. She appears regularly before the Municipal Government Board, Composite Assessment Review Boards and before the Court of Queen’s Bench.

Carol is a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) which is a national designation. She is also an instructor with the Foundation of Administrative Justice, which is a non-profit organization that provides board member training.


Dave McGarvaDave McGarva, Managing Principal, Tantus Solutions Group Inc.
Over the past 20 years, Dave has worked extensively with a wide variety of municipalities and organizations throughout Alberta and elsewhere on a wide variety of management consulting assignments.

Dave has worked with 90+ municipalities in Alberta over a variety of engagements with large, medium and small on many planning and operational projects. In addition, he has provided support to a variety of Municipal Associations on management consulting and collaboration projects including AAMDC, AUMA and MISA (Municipal Information Systems Association).

Dave has a long list of speaking engagements from Ottawa to Washington, DC; Vancouver to Bermuda. He has spoken to audiences as diverse as the University of Alberta, the US Federal Government, several CPA organizations and rural municipalities; on an equally diverse list of topics including knowledge management, business process redesign, strategic planning and municipal finance.