CannTrust wins LP of the year at Lift & Co Canadian Awards

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TORONTONov. 29, 2018 /CNW/ – Lift & Co. Corp. (“Lift & Co.”) (TSXV:LIFT) tonight announced the winners of the 2018 Canadian Cannabis Awards (the “CCAs”) at a black-tie gala attended by nearly 600 industry leaders, and hosted by Rick Campanelli at the historic Carlu in downtown Toronto. The CCAs is synonymous with excellence in Canada’s cannabis industry, and this year is the world’s first awards for a federally regulated recreational cannabis market. CCAs nominees and winners are the products, companies and leaders that have shaped cannabis in Canada in 2018.

Entertainment personality Rick Campanelli hosts the 2018 Canadian Cannabis Awards in Toronto. (CNW Group/Lift & Co. Corp.)
Cannabis brand HEXO wins Product of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Cannabis Awards in Toronto. (CNW Group/Lift & Co. Corp.)

“Lift & Co. as a platform exists to foster and strengthen connections in our industry, and educate and inform Canadians about cannabis,” said Matei Olaru, CEO, Lift & Co. “The CCAs underscore this strategy by providing a vital mark of distinction for both winners and nominees, allowing them to demonstrate value and quality back to Canadians, while emboldening essential trust in our burgeoning world-class industry. The almost 50 per cent increase in public votes this year is a testament to the level of public awareness and standard of excellence the CCAs represent today.”

As voted by Canadians, CannTrust dominated the Flowers, Oils and Licensed Producers category with seven total wins including Licensed Producer of the Year and Top LP Customer Service, followed by Canopy Growth brands Tweed, Leafs by Snoop (LBS), and Spectrum Cannabis taking home a total of four awards in the same product category. See below for a full list of winners.

Reviews matter! Lift.co now hosts over 75,000 reviews of products and producers, providing Canadians a resource to explore and understand cannabis. This year, the Top Reviewed Product of the Year goes to Ruxton (3) Sour OG – Broken Coast Cannabis, and Top Reviewed Licensed Producer of the Year is awarded to Canna Farms.

For the first time this year, Lift & Co. licensed the Canadian Cannabis Awards brand, and entered an agreement with cannabis curators, AHLOT, for a special edition cannabis multi-pack featuring five winning strains from the 2018 Canadian Cannabis Awards. Distribution and additional details to be announced.

Full List of 2018 Canadian Cannabis Award Winners

The majority of product, producer and influencer awards are selected by the public, and this year saw a record-number of Canadians have their say with over 17,000 votes between September 28, and October 26, 2018. A committee of judges determine winners in 18 categories, and five select awards are determined by Lift & Co.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Special award categories each have their own methodology.

Licensed Producer of the Year
CannTrust
This prestigious award weighs votes from all licensed producer categories, including Top Customer Service, Employer of the Year, and all Top Strain awards to determine the licensed producer that rules them all.

*NEW in 2018* Top Reviewed Product of the Year 
Ruxton (3) Sour OG – Broken Coast Cannabis
Chosen by Lift & Co. based on the overall volume and quality on the Lift.co website.

*NEW in 2018* Top Reviewed Licensed Producer of the Year 
Canna Farms
Chosen by Lift & Co. based on the overall volume and quality of reviews on the Lift.co website.

Top Lift & Co. Reviewer 
Shane (VapeTheBud)
Chosen by Lift & Co. based on the volume and quality of personal contributions to the Lift.co website.

Employer of the Year
James E. Wagner Cultivation
Selected by the Company’s own employees. The winner is the top-rated employer as determined by an employer survey deployed and reviewed by Cannabis at Work.

JUDGING COMMITTEE-DRIVEN CATEGORIES

Lifetime Achievement 
Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth

Start-up of the Year
MediPharm Labs Corp.

Cannabis Product of the Year 
Hydropothecary – Elixir CBD Peppermint

Deal of the Year 
Constellation Brands and Canopy Growth, for their landmark $5 billion investment

Innovator of the Year
Mike Gorenstein, CEO and Chairman of Cronos Group

*NEW in 2018* Woman in Weed – Trailblazer 
Rosy Mondin, CEO of Quadron Cannatech Corporation

Innovation of the Year
Hydropothecary – Elixir CBD Peppermint

Top Non-Profit/Charity/Community Initiative
Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana

Most Progressive Public Office 
The Province of New Brunswick

Most Progressive Researcher 
Jonathan Page, Chief Science Officer, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Writer of the Year 
Jenna Valleriani , Post-Doctoral Fellow at BC Centre on Substance Use

Marketing Campaign of the Year
dosist for “Not Available in Canada

Brand of the Year
7Acres

Top Testing Lab 
RPC

Top Trimmer 
Twister Trimmer

Top Extraction Equipment 
Vitalis Extraction Technology

Top Nutrients Company
Remo Nutrients

Top Lighting
Fluence Bioengineering

VOTER-SELECTED CATEGORIES:

Top Sativa Flower
OG Kush – CannTrust

Top Indica Flower
Bakerstreet – Tweed

Top Hybrid Flower
Blueberry Kush – CannTrust

Top High CBD Flower 
Cannatonic – CannTrust

Top High THC Flower 
Sunset – Leafs by Snoop

*NEW in 2018* Top Balanced Flower (less than 1:2 or 2:1 ratio of THC to CBD)
Penelope – Tweed

*NEW in 2018* Top High CBD Oil 
CBD Drops – CannTrust

Top High THC Oil 
Red Cannabis Oil – Spectrum Cannabis

Top Balanced Oil (less than 1:2 or 2:1 ratio of THC to CBD)
1:1 Drops – CannTrust

Top LP Customer Service 
CannTrust

Top Accessory Shop 
Tokyo Smoke

Top Clinic
Canadian Cannabis Clinics

Top Desktop Vaporizer 
Extreme Q – Arizer

Top Portable Vaporizer
Solo ll – Arizer

*NEW in 2018* Top Rolling Papers 
Zenabis 2-in-1 rolling papers with tips

*NEW in 2018* Top Pipe 
Red Eye Glass ‘O Cannabis’ Commemorative Sherlock Hand – West Coast Gifts

*NEW in 2018* Top Bong 
My Bud Vase – My Bud Vase

Top Home Growing Box
The RoomMate – BC Northern Lights – Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Cannabis Crusader 
Clinton Younge

Cannabis Influencer
Clinton Younge

Top Twitter Influencer
@CamBattley

*NEW in 2018* Top Cannabis YouTuber 
The Cannabis Show

Top Cannabis Podcast 
The Cannabis Show

About Lift & Co.

Lift & Co. (TSXV:LIFT) is a cannabis-focused technology and media company that monetizes a platform of advertising solutions, events, and data insights to enable cannabis businesses to better understand, target and ultimately monetize cannabis consumers. Lift & Co. operates a leading product-comparison resource of federally regulated cannabis products; provides customized marketing solutions and data-backed insights into consumer and product trends; and connects businesses and consumers through its digital platform, and at its leading events, the Retail Tradeshows, the Lift & Co. Expos and the Canadian Cannabis Awards. The Lift & Co. Cannabis Retail Training Certification, developed in an exclusive partnership with MADD Canada, is available to both government and private clients. Learn more at lift.co.

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