Grow Up salutes annual industry award honourees + winners of inaugural Cannabis Cup

Jim Belushi, shown here delivering the keynote address at the Grow Up Conference in Victoria B.C. in June, has been named Celebrity Grower of the Year in the third annual Grow Up Industry Awards. Jen Blyth / Canadian Evergreen photo

The votes have been tallied and the winners announced for Grow Up Conference and Expo’s 3rd annual Grow Up Industry Awards.

Hosted Sept. 12 at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre, the awards recognized cannabis professionals for their efforts, knowledge and accomplishments in the cultivation industry.

Hosted by comedian Ben Miner, highlights included Master Grower of the Year, Remo Colastani’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a Hall of Fame induction for Arjan Roskam.

The 2022 award-winners included:

  • Master Grower Of The Year – Stacie Hollingworth
  • Craft Producer of the Year – Parkland Flower
  • Extraction Specialist of the Year – El Hasho, BIG
  • Best Genetics/Seeds Provider of the Year – Segra
  • Celebrity Grower of the Year – Jim Belushi
  • Outstanding Cannabis Cultivation Research – Mother Labs
  • Product of the Year – Ghost Drops
  • Extraction Equipment – Wacky Willy
  • Best Nutrients and Biostimulants Product – Remo Nutrients
  • Drying And Curing –VT Dry & Cure Technologies
  • Best Lab/Testing Facility – A&L Laboratories Inc.
  • Packaging Equipment – Boveda
  • Online Cannabis Cultivation News SourceHigh Canada Magazine
  • Best Cannabis Cultivation Supplier/Distributor – GreenPlanet Wholesale
  • Environmental Impact Award – Bio Quality
  • Post Extraction Equipment – Evolved Extraction
  • Cannabis Cultivation Magazine of the YearGrow Opportunity

The awards followed a busy first two days of the Grow Up Conference & Expo, preceding the event’s new elements, the Cannabis Flower & Hash Cup, which had more than 20 licensed producers take part, along with 25 event judges. Live flower judging took place on Sept. 11, followed by the hash judging on Sept. 12.

The Canadian Cannabis Cup saw Reef Organic (Aqualitas) take home the cannabis flower win for Queen SanG while the hash winner went First Finalbell’s Beurre Blanc.

“All of our nominees were recognized for their excellence and innovation in the industry,” says Grow Up president Randy Rowe. “Our national annual event honouring cannabis professionals and companies has come to a close and the Grow Up team is ecstatic with the response we have received, along with our additional element of the Cannabis Cup.”

Learn more about the Grow Up Awards and view previous winners and categories at

Grow Up Conference and Expo hosts events in Niagara Falls, Ont., and Victoria, B.C.