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Top Cannabis Products of 2019 Announced at the Sixth Annual Canadian Cannabis Awards




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Following the first full year of legalization, over 31,000 consumer votes on determined the top cannabis flower and oil products of 2019

Innovation of the Year goes to Solei Renew CBN Oil

7ACRES wins Brand of the Year for the second year in a row

Superette sweeps the newly added retail categories winning Top Retail Store—Single Location and Top Budtender, as well as Startup of the Year; Co-founder and CEO Mimi Lam wins Womxn in Weed-Trailblazer

TORONTO, Nov. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Three weeks following the first anniversary of legalization, Lift & Co. (the “Company”) (TSXV: LIFT) (OTCQB: LFCOF) tonight announced the top cannabis people, brands, organizations and products of 2019 at the sixth annual Canadian Cannabis Awards (“CCAs”) as selected by consumers and industry experts. A total of 32 awards were announced in both consumers’ choice and judged categories at a black-tie gala at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto, hosted by Big Brother Canada winner and cannabis ambassador Sarah Hanlon.

“The CCAs are the gold-standard for excellence in the industry, and provide award-winners a vital point of differentiation for their investors, partners and consumers going into the next highly competitive, highly regulated, year in Canadian cannabis,” said Matei Olaru, CEO of Lift & Co. “I’m proud of the trusted platform Lift & Co. provides to elevate and help celebrate Canadian cannabis brands that are building the future of cannabis in Canada—the CCAs are one way we underscore our commitment to providing leading information to the industry each year.”

As the first CCAs edition to recognize a full year of legal recreational cannabis sales, consumers chose the top cannabis flower and oil products of the year with a record-setting 31,000+ votes. Consumers voted between August 23 and October 25 by sharing a product review and/or purchase receipt on

Select top products of the year included:

The top people, organizations and brands were determined by expert judging panels following a nationwide nomination process that took place between August 23 and September 20.

Highlights of winners in the industry-insider-judged categories include:

  • Retailer Superette, which took home awards in the inaugural Top Retail Store—Single Location and Top Budtender categories, as well as Startup of the Year and Co-founder and CEO Mimi Lam named as this year’s Womxn in Weed—Trailblazer,
  • Solei Renew CBN Oil won for Innovation of the Year for their proprietary THC-to-CBN conversion technique that helped launch the first CBN oil on the Canadian market,
  • Tweed x TerraCycle won the Top Non-Profit/Charity/Community Initiative for the development of the first national recycling program in the Canadian cannabis industry, and
  • 7ACRES resonated with the judging panel with their #RespectThePlant campaign to secure the Brand of the Year award. This is the second year in a row The Supreme Cannabis Company won this award.

These are the brands, people and products to watch in 2020. The full list of winners can be found below.

As the industry gathered to celebrate 2019 and look ahead to another year of growth and maturation, Employer of the Year winner TREC Brands—a Toronto cannabis brand house with a commitment to donate 10% of their profits to the community—launched the 10% for Good initiative at the CCAs and called on the industry in attendance to join them to build a positive legacy by focusing on the broader community. Attendees at the event, and now the public, can give to a choice of four Canadian charities as part of the campaign—Dress for Success Toronto, HXOUSE, Evergreen, and Cannabis Amnesty. Donations are open here until the end of the year.

Winner and gala images, b-roll and other assets can be found in this CCAs press kit.

Full List of 2019 Canadian Cannabis Award Winners


The top cannabis products—dried flower, oil, capsules, sprays and pre-rolls—are determined by Canadian consumers. Votes were submitted via consumer cannabis reviews and uploaded purchase receipts to between August 23 to October 25, 2019. Winners were determined by an algorithm that weighs the volume of submitted reviews and receipts against the overall product rating.

Cannabis Products:

Top Flower

Top Indica Flower
Pink Kush by San Rafael ’71

Top Sativa Flower
Tangerine Dream by San Rafael ’71

Top Hybrid Flower
Ruxton (Sour OG) by Broken Coast Cannabis

Top Oil:

Top High CBD Bottled Oil 
CBD 25:1 Oil by Aphria

Top High THC Bottled Oil
Rossignol by Organigram

Top Balanced Bottled Oil
Midnight Oil by MedReleaf

Top Cannabis Spray *NEW*
Sativa Oral Spray by Aurora Cannabis

Top Cannabis Capsules *NEW*
Argyle Softgels by Tweed

Top Pre-roll *NEW*

Top Sativa Dominant Preroll
Jean Guy Preroll by Good Supply

Top Indica Dominant Preroll
Subway Scientist Preroll by RIFF

Top Hybrid Preroll
Sense Preroll by Solei


Nominees in categories for people, organizations, retail, cultivation, and accessories were collected via nomination submission to between August 23 and September 20, 2019. Expert judging panels deliberated on the top nominees between September 20 and October 25, 2019. The top accessories of the year were determined by a first-ever budtender judging panel.

Organizations & People:

Entrepreneur of the Year *NEW*
Pat McCutcheon, CEO & Chairman of the Board & Keith Strachan, President & Director, MediPharm Labs

Startup of the Year

Womxn in Weed – Trailblazer
Mimi Lam, CEO & Co-Founder, Superette

Innovation of the Year
Solei Renew CBN Oil by Aphria

Top Non-Profit/Charity/Community Initiative
Tweed x TerraCycle national cannabis recycling program

Brand of the Year
7ACRES – The Supreme Cannabis Company

Employer of the Year
TREC Brands


Top Vaporizer
PAX 3, PAX Labs

Top Rolling Papers & Cones
Konehedz Pre-Rolled Cones by Konehedz

Top Pipe/Bong
Scorpion by Wolf Grinders

Top Home Growing Kit
Grobo Premium Grow Box by Grobo Premium


Top Retail Store—Single Location *NEW*
Superette, 1306 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario

Top Budtender *NEW*
Ellen McKay from Superette, Ottawa, Ontario


Top Testing Lab
Keystone Labs

Top Trimmer
Twister Trimmer by Keirton

Top Extraction Company
Valens GroWorks

Top Nutrients Company
BlueSky Organics

Top Lighting Company

Top Master Grower *NEW*
Kevin Anderson, Head Grower, Broken Coast Cannabis


These award winners are selected by Lift & Co. staff to recognize contributors who positively impact the quality of the website’s information and who help other consumers find the best products.

Top Lift & Co. Reviewer
Shane Sparks, @VapeTheBud

Top Lift & Co. Budtender Reviewer *NEW*
Sean O’Reilly, HighlyBearded

Thank you to our CCA Gala Partners: Aurora, CanMar Recruitment, the Cronos Group, Flowr, Integra, MNP, ND Supplies, Organigram, Quality Green, and Valens

About Lift & Co.
Lift & Co. (TSXV: LIFT) (OTCQB: LFCOF) is a publicly traded technology company modernizing the cannabis industry.

Forward-looking statements
This news release and each of the documents referred to herein contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking information. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “is expected”, “expects”, “scheduled”, “intends”, “contemplates”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “proposes” or variations (including negative and grammatical variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements are based on the current expectations of management and are based on assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Although management believes that the assumptions underlying these statements are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur by certain specified dates or at all and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the Company.

Although Lift & Co. has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, there can be other factors that cause results, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

There can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate or that management’s expectations or estimates of future developments, circumstances or results will materialize. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this news release are made as of the date of this release, and subject to change after such date. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise such information, except as required by applicable law, and the Company does not assume any liability for disclosure relating to any other company mentioned herein.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as the term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Lift & Co. Corp.

For further information:
Lift & Co.
Sara McMillen, Director Communications and Government Relations, Lift & Co.

Nikki Laoutaris, Communications Manager, Lift & Co.

Investor Relations:
Thesis Capital
Prit Singh, 905-510-7636,

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

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Open Invention Network Teams with IBM, Linux Foundation and Microsoft to Further Protect Open Source from Patent Trolls




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Group to support Unified Patents’ Open Source Zone with substantial annual subscription

DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today it is partnering with IBM, the Linux Foundation and Microsoft to further protect open source software (OSS) from Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) leveraging low quality patents, also called patent trolls.  The group will support Unified Patents’ Open Source Zone with a substantial annual subscription. This expands OIN’s and its partners’ patent non-aggression activities by deterring PAEs from targeting Linux and adjacent OSS technologies relied on by developers, distributors and users.

“Open source development continues to expand into new products and markets, delivering unrivaled innovation,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN. “Its use continues to spread, and patent trolls increasingly look to leverage questionable patents against open source. Our mandate is to educate business leaders about the benefits of open source and shared innovation while providing a ‘patent no-fly zone’ for Linux and adjacent open source technologies. Teaming with IBM, the Linux Foundation and Microsoft to support Unified Patents’ Open Source Zone adds another key patent non-aggression initiative to our efforts.”

“For more than two decades, we have been a steadfast supporter of open source and the numerous benefits it provides. We have and continue to support the OIN and the Linux Foundation,” said Todd Moore, CTO, Developer Ecosystems at IBM. “IBM and Red Hat believe this is a key initiative to significantly deter non-practicing entities from asserting patents against the open source community.”

“Linux and open source technologies have become the backbone of modern computing and the systems we all rely upon,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at the Linux Foundation. “We see significant value in partnering with OIN, IBM and Microsoft to support Unified Patent’s new Open Source Zone, deterring the activities of patent trolls working against the communities we all depend on.”

“For the past several years we have increased our involvement in, and contributions to, the open source community,” said Erich Andersen, Corporate Vice President and Chief IP Counsel, Microsoft. “We are pleased to stand with OIN, the Linux Foundation and IBM in protecting Linux and other important OSS technologies against patent aggression.”

OIN’s community practices patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis. Patents owned by OIN are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. The OIN license can be signed online at

About IBM
For more information about IBM, visit

About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects like Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more are considered critical to the development of the world’s most important infrastructure. Its development methodology leverages established best practices and addresses the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Open Invention Network
Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software (OSS). Patent non-aggression in core technologies is a cultural norm within OSS, so that the litmus test for authentic behavior in the OSS community includes OIN membership. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has more than 3,000 community members and owns more than 1,300 global patents and applications. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty-free to any party that joins the OIN community.

For more information, visit

Media-Only Contact:

Ed Schauweker
AVID Public Relations for Open Invention Network
+1 (703) 963-5238

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StaffConnect Introduces Series 3 – A New Era of Its Mobile Employee Engagement Platform




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LONDON and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — StaffConnect, the leading provider of mobile employee engagement solutions for the deskless workforce, today introduced StaffConnect Series 3, the next version of its SaaS platform. Newly redesigned, Series 3 gives customers an intuitive way to engage and communicate with employees delivering personalized content, new communication channels and advanced analytics to measure engagement success. The StaffConnect platform gives all employees a voice – especially the deskless worker who may not have access to a laptop, intranet or email.

StaffConnect Series 3 New Features:

  • Personalized and intuitive interface enhances user experience leveraging best practices from leading social tools
  • New communication channels to organize and view all community and company news based on user preferences
  • Enhanced Analytics:
    • Ongoing measurement of content and communication performance
    • Sentiment analysis, pulse surveys and continual assessment
    • User engagement data and preferences to determine most relevant content
  • Instant messaging with integrated chat to connect individuals and teams 

“Series 3 is the most advanced version of our employee engagement platform designed from the ground up to provide an organization with the most personalized and intuitive way to engage, communicate and garner critical feedback from all employees particularly remote, deskless employees,” said Ciara O’Keefe, vice president of customer experience, StaffConnect. “Our enhanced analytics give organizations important insight and measurement into the effectiveness of their engagement strategies allowing them to continually improve the employee experience, boost productivity and customer satisfaction.”

StaffConnect Series 3 is available now. For further information, please visit:

For more about employee engagement and the deskless workforce, visit:

Tweet this: .@StaffConnectApp Introduces Series 3 – A New Era of Its Mobile Employee Engagement Platform #Mobile #EmployeeEngagement #EmployeeExperience #DesklessWorkforce #DEX #EX

About StaffConnect
StaffConnect is the leading provider of mobile employee engagement solutions for the deskless workforce. The StaffConnect platform transforms the employee experience by enabling enterprises to connect, communicate and engage their entire workforce, especially remote, deskless employees. The customer-branded mobile app gives employees ‘a voice’ – with access to company and user-generated content to increase loyalty and productivity. The cloud-hosted platform empowers employers to target that content, with analytics, to deepen engagement with everyone. From offices in London and San Francisco, StaffConnect’s platform and domain expertise are supporting large businesses around the world to inspire their workforces to deliver better performance, improved customer experiences and greater shareholder value. For further information, please visit:

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PR Contact:
Sabrina Sanchez 
The Ventana Group for StaffConnect
(925) 785-3014 

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ForgeRock Simplifies Identity Management with Launch of ForgeRock Identity Cloud




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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ForgeRock®, the leading provider in digital identity, today announced a major advancement in the Identity and Access Management market by delivering the ForgeRock Identity Cloud. Comprised of two products: the industry’s first Identity Platform-as-a-Service (IDPaaS) – a comprehensive digital identity platform delivered as a service and ForgeRock Identity Cloud Express – a developer-focused SaaS solution for embedding modern identity capabilities into apps. ForgeRock helps people safely and simply access the connected world with the most modern identity platform for consumers, workforce and things.

“Our approach to digital identity is aimed at delivering full-service functionality at any scale with simple, flexible, and rapid implementation options. We provide customers with a comprehensive approach that saves time, reduces risk and now enables them to fully embrace the unique needs of the cloud,” said Peter Barker, chief product officer at ForgeRock. “With ForgeRock Identity Cloud, organizations can now easily manage identities in any public cloud or on-prem and remove the complexity of using multiple vendors.”

The cloud revolution has put new demands on organizations seeking to create deeper connections with their customers and employees. To fully embrace the benefits of the cloud, they need an identity solution that does three things:

  • Connect customer or workforce information to ensure people have access to information at the right time and place
  • Ensure customer registration personalized and easy
  • Protect privacy and meet compliance rules

“The benefits of identity management in the cloud are obvious, however any practical approach for large financial services enterprises require a hybrid environment with some data and services on-premise,” said Chad Cromwell, vice president, Information Security, Corporate Security, E*TRADE. “This is why I believe the ForgeRock Identity Cloud is a compelling solution for demanding, heavy-resourced enterprises.”  

Hybrid Cloud Approach – Comprehensive, Delightful and Simple
The ForgeRock Identity Cloud is the most comprehensive cloud solution on the market. It provides a full range capabilities for any identity requirements using the same APIs and SDKs as the ForgeRock Identity Platform, so customers can consume ForgeRock in any deployment model: on prem, hybrid cloud, public cloud, or as-a-service. The Identity Cloud is a modern, multi-tenant architecture with full tenant isolation; it is a ‘shared-nothing’ security model with unified REST APIs and common SDKs for portability of workloads.

ForgeRock Identity Cloud Express – Simple, Developer-focused SaaS
Express is a SaaS self-service solution that is designed for common use cases and helps organizations speed time-to-market and build rich applications with integrated and secure registration, account recovery, and modern multi-factor authentication in minutes. Express is developer friendly – it’s preconfigured and loaded with best practices for rapid, successful implementation. It also avoids vendor lock in so organizations can seamlessly transition between Express to the Identity PaaS. Express is now generally available.

ForgeRock Identity Platform as a Service (IDPaaS) – First of its Kind
The ForgeRock Identity Cloud PaaS is the first Identity Platform as a service on the market. Targeted for Global 5000 companies, Identity PaaS removes the heavy lifting of managing an identity platform while delivering far more capabilities than a traditional Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solution. It offers several enterprise features including full identity lifecycle & relationship management, identity sync & provisioning, and end user self-service; as well as adaptive & risk-based authentication including SSO and MFA, fine-grained authorization policy, and a universal directory.. Identity PaaS also features dynamic orchestration and intelligence that optimizes the user experience while improving security, the broadest and most flexible integration options, and is built for scale and with open standards, synonymous with the ForgeRock brand.

The ForgeRock Identity Cloud builds on ForgeRock’s earlier multi-cloud innovation for deploying the ForgeRock Identity Platform in any public or private cloud using DevOps.

ForgeRock Identity Cloud Express is available today, and the PaaS solution is in early access for customers to work with the ForgeRock development team as the solution moves to availability.

About the ForgeRock Identity Platform
The ForgeRock Identity Platform offers robust capabilities for all identities – workforce, consumer, and things – fueled by intelligent identity orchestration with extensive adaptive and contextual authentication, comprehensive integration accelerators, and rich security, privacy, and consent features. The platform is cloud and DevOps-ready, enabling customers to automate cloud deployments and to deploy millions of identities within minutes on any cloud.

About ForgeRock
ForgeRock®, the leader in digital identity, delivers modern and comprehensive Identity and Access Management solutions for consumers, employees and things to simply and safely access the connected world. Using ForgeRock, more than a thousand global organizations orchestrate, manage, and secure the complete lifecycle of identities from dynamic access controls, governance, APIs, and storing authoritative data – consumable in any cloud or hybrid environment. The company is privately held, and headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices around the world. For more information and free downloads, visit or follow ForgeRock on social media:

ForgeRock |Twitter @ForgeRock | LinkedIn ForgeRock |

Copyright ©2019. ForgeRock is a registered trademark of ForgeRock, Inc. All rights reserved.

Dave De Jear
ForgeRock Communications

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