Cannabis Forum

Agenda

Agenda

*All times listed below are in PDT

Thursday, October 14
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Cannabis Forum

Beyond EDD: AML Controls for Cannabis Banking

Jontae James

CEO & Founder
NatureTrak
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Afternoon Break
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Cannabis Forum

Cannabis Banking 2.0 – Gaining a Competitive Advantage

Tony Repanich

President & Chief Operating Officer
Shield Compliance
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Afternoon Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Cannabis Forum

Banking Issues in the Cannabis Industry:
Managing Risk under State and Federal Law


Oren Bitan

Shareholder
Buchalter
Friday, October 15
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM Visit Exhibitors in Marketplace
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cannabis Forum

Risk Assessment Reality -
Mitigating the Real Challenges of Banking Cannabis


Robert Baron

Chief Experience Officer
StandardC, Inc.
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Morning Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cannabis Forum

Federal Law Update – The Cannabis Debate Continues

Dorsey & Whitney LLP
12:00 PM Conference Concludes
Speakers

Jontae James
CEO & Founder
NatureTrak

Jontae is the founder of NatureTrak an enterprise risk management platform for financial institutions that bank the cannabis industry. He has consulted with government agencies to build track and trace solutions creating proprietary algorithms to uncover unusual or suspicious activity in supply chain.

Speakers

Tony Repanich
President & Chief Operating Officer
Shield Compliance

As President and Chief Operating Officer of Shield Compliance, Tony leads day-to-day operations and is the company’s principal product architect. Having served as a senior executive at a Washington State-based community bank for over 20 years, Tony has in-depth knowledge of the banking industry and the regulatory and compliance requirements for high-risk industries. Today he brings that knowledge to financial institutions serving and considering serving the legal cannabis industry.

Speakers

Oren Bitan
Shareholder
Buchalter

Oren Bitan has an extensive legal background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership, consumer product, and commercial litigation. Mr. Bitan is known for his ability to solve complex business disputes for his clients in a strong but practical manner. He is a trusted advisor who guides his clients through their day to day legal concerns, and has particular expertise in matters involving real estate, banking and lending, creditors’ rights, wine, beer, liquor, cannabis, and intellectual property.

Speakers

Robert Baron
Chief Experience Officer
StandardC, Inc.

Robert Baron serves as Chief Experience Officer of StandardC, and oversees cannabis banking compliance and financial institution integration. Robert is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and holds an advanced certification in AML Risk Management (CAMSRM). Prior to joining StandardC, Mr. Baron was Senior Vice President of Member Services of Technicolor Federal Credit Union where he established and oversaw its cannabis banking program, including serving over 200 of the largest cannabis companies and processing over $3 billion in annual transactions.

Sessions

Cannabis Banking 2.0 – Gaining a Competitive Advantage

Today, some form of medical or recreational marijuana is legal in 37 states, and the U.S. legal market is projected to double to $41.5 billion by 2025. As the pandemic continues to put pressure on bank earnings, cannabis-related businesses (CRBs) can be a valuable source of non-interest income in the current environment – and low-cost deposits when the economy rebounds. This session will help Western bankers deepen their knowledge of this opportunity, make informed decisions about serving this industry, and take the necessary steps to gain an early mover advantage on new customer relationships. It will also demonstrate how bankers can use data and technology to drive efficiency and scalability into their compliance programs while enabling them to gain a competitive advantage in the market.

Sessions

Banking Issues in the Cannabis Industry: Managing Risk under State and Federal Law

More and more states are legalizing the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana. The new administration in Washington is expected to take a more favorable view of the marijuana business than the Federal government has done in the past. The House’s passage of the SAFE Act and the MORE Act may be further signs of changes to marijuana banking rules. This program will examine the current state of cannabis banking laws, and likely future developments.

Sessions

Risk Assessment Reality – Mitigating the Real Challenges of Banking Cannabis

Banking cannabis isn’t a turnkey operation; it requires thoughtfulness, technology, and comprehensive strategic and operational planning. In this session, we will explore the pillars of Enterprise Risk Management including cannabis focused risk assessment, policy and procedure requirements, oversight and audit, and train compliance professionals to be able to take the next step in banking cannabis.

CPE Credits

CPE Credits

The 2021 Cannabis Forum has been granted 6 CPE credits. The Western Bankers Association is registered with NASBA as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

CRCM Credits
The 2021 Cannabis Forum has been approved for 6.25 CRCM credits.

CAFP Credits
The 2021 Cannabis Forum has been approved for 5 CAFP credits.

CERP Credits
The 2021 Cannabis Forum has been approved for 2.5 CERP credits.

 

Mobile App

Mobile App

We will be utilizing the WBA app at our 2021 Cannabis Forum. Download the app today in order to access the agenda, view the presentations, engage with other attendees, learn about event sponsors, get updates throughout the conference, and much more. Simply search “WBA” in either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to download today. Once you are registered for the conference you will receive log-in instructions with the access code at a later date.

Pricing

Pricing

One Registration Fee, Unlimited Attendees per Organization

Pricing For Cannabis Forum Only Price
WBA Bank Member $295
Bank Non-Member $395

Register Online

Or complete the Registration Form below and email back to Gina Titus @ registrations@westernbankers.com.

Registration Form

When registering online for the Cannabis Forum only, please make sure and select “Registration Cannabis Forum Only” on the registration site.

If you have any registration inquiries regarding the Cannabis Forum, please contact Gina Titus at registrations@westernbankers.com.

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees less a $75 processing fee per registrant will be refunded if cancellation is received by Monday, September 27, 2021. No refund if cancellations are received after Monday, September 27, 2021. Substitutions welcome.

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Jennifer Benson, VP of Conferences at jbenson@westernbankers.com.

Why sponsor:

  • Maximize your company’s brand awareness and increase your market position
  • Gain direct access to member banks and institutions in an exclusive environment
  • Raise your profile above your competitors
  • Learn about the issues confronting today’s financial service leaders and gain valuable insight into potential solutions
  • Match your exposure needs, regardless of your budget
  • Shape or reinforce a positive perception of your company with bank executives
  • Support the Western Bankers Association, the largest non-profit banking organization serving the West Coast financial services industry