Kelly Slater Tells More Than 3 Million Instagramers to get addicted
to ‘natural highs’
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SEL?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#SELlt;/agt;–The most famous and decorated surfer in the world took time from his
competitive schedule today to talk addiction with young Americans on
World Surf League Instagram and in households and locker rooms around
Eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater is the star of a video
released today, one of a series of free celebrity videos
produced by the national nonprofit Natural
High that parents and coaches can use to connect young people with
the famous role models they look up to and trust. In it, Slater offers
new insight into:
- Why he stayed away from drugs and alcohol
- Who strongly influenced him
What it is, exactly, about surfing that gives Slater his own ‘natural
Slater is currently competing in Western Australia on the World Surf
League (WSL) Champion Tour. He is in contention for another world title
at age 47 after an excellent performance in Bali in May. Kelly Slater
was the youngest surfer in men’s history to win a world title when he
was only 20 and he continues to excel as he competes against the top
surfers in the world.
“Kelly is a legend to the worldwide surfing community and to anyone who
follows sports. The fact that he is 47 years old and just cracked the
top 10 on the WSL Tour this year is a testimony to his Natural High
lifestyle,” said Jon Sundt, a San Diego businessman who lost two
brothers to drug addiction and then went on to found Natural High. “We
applaud his willingness to share his story for a cause larger than all
of us: encouraging generations of youth to adopt a healthy lifestyle.”
Natural High is a drug prevention nonprofit headquartered in San Diego
that works to inspire and empower youth to find their natural high –
activities that naturally raise endorphins, like surfing, other sports,
dance, music or environmental causes – and develop the skills and
courage to live life well.
Natural High connects tweens and teens with those they admire and trust
– including celebrities like professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, Major
League Baseball player Adam Wainwright, Major League Soccer player Tim
Howard, and professional dancer Chelsea Hightower. Youth are engaged
through videos and free activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle.
To date, Natural High has reached eight million youth nationwide, with
the help of more than 40 influential celebrities and tens of thousands
of parents, coaches, and teachers who have tapped into the free program.
out of Iceland – considered the best example in the world of wide-scale
success in curbing addiction – shows that if young people discover their
passions and are directly engaged in a compelling way by people they
look up to and trust, they are more likely to make positive life choices
and much less likely to choose drugs and alcohol.
for Disease Control shows that 2017 – the most recent data available
– was the worst year yet for drug overdoses. Some 72,000 drug overdoses
occurred that year. More recent 2018 data will be released later this
year, but indications are that the epidemic has not yet subsided.
In addition to standing up against drugs and alcohol, Slater has been a
spokesperson and fundraiser for suicide prevention awareness. The life
of Kelly Slater has also been told in “Pipe
Dreams: A Surfer’s Journey” and “Kelly
Slater: For the Love.”
For more information about Natural High, visit www.naturalhigh.org.
Oppenheimer & Co. To Host 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”) – a leading investment bank, wealth manager, and a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings (NYSE: OPY) – will host its 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference on June 18-19 in Boston, MA. This year’s event features companies from prominent consumer brands such as Autozone, Domino’s Pizza, Express, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Six Flags Theme Parks, Tiffany & Company, Ulta, Walmart, Weight Watchers, and Yum Brands.
Of particular note, Oppenheimer is pleased to host nine of the market-leading companies involved with emerging trends in the Cannabis space this year. The event will also feature seven panel discussions, moderated by Oppenheimer Consumer Research Analysts, addressing emerging and disruptive trends in the consumer marketplace as follows:
- Evolving Role of Technology in the Consumer Sector with Cooler Screens and Lindsay Goldberg LLC, moderated by Brian Nagel
- A Discussion with Emerging Restaurant Brands with Aurify and B. Good, moderated by Brian Bittner
- A Discussion on the Evolving US Food & Beverage Landscape with Lifeway, New Age Beverage, and United Natural Foods, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
- Next Gen Brands Re-Shaping Landscape for Women’s Fashion with CARAA and Rothy’s, moderated by Brian Nagel
- Exciting New Brands Shaking Up Home Products Space with Burkelman, LoveSac and Resident/Nectar, moderated by Brian Nagel
- A Discussion on the Emerging CBD Landscape with Curaleaf and CV Sciences, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
- Leveraging the Power of Digital to Connect with Consumers with Eight and FlexShopper, moderated by Brian Nagel
The conference features Oppenheimer’s Consumer Senior Research Analysts:
- Brian Bittner, Managing Director Senior Analyst covering Restaurants
- Brian Nagel, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Retail and E-Commerce
- Rupesh Parikh, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Food, Grocery and Consumer Products
- Ian Zaffino, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering event-driven Special Situations
“Long-established business models are being upended by disruptive brands and technology, affecting consumer preferences and buying behaviors throughout the consumer industry. This year’s event aims to showcase the mix of market-leading and emerging companies driving and navigating these changes,” said Erica L. Moffett, Managing Director and Associate Director of Research at Oppenheimer. “From effortless payment methods to accelerated delivery times and customized products, consumers want a seamless experience. In order to succeed, companies must stay current on the evolving consumer and we are pleased to host a conference to explore this new landscape.”
Oppenheimer’s next conference will be the Montauk Emerging Life Sciences Summit, which will be held on June 26-28in Montauk, NY. The 22nd Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference will follow on August 6-7 in Boston, MA, followed by the Midwest Corporate Access Day in Chicago on August 15.
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (Oppenheimer), a principal subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (OPY on the New York Stock Exchange), and its affiliates provide a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage and investment banking services to high-net-worth individuals, families, corporate executives, local governments, businesses and institutions.
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iCAN: Israel-Cannabis CEO and Founder Saul Kaye to Participate at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick
iCAN: Israel Cannabis Founder and CEO Saul Kaye will participate at the World Cannabis Conference being held in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada from June 16-18, 2019.
Kaye, a leader in the global cannabis ecosystem will moderate a session entitled, “Innovative Methodologies and Emerging Topics in Global Cannabis Research.” Panelists are Dr. Suzanne Sisley MD President and Principal Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute and, Dr. Jerry King, R&D Consultant, CFS. The session will take place at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre on June 18.
The World Cannabis Congress (WCC) is an exclusive, invite-only event for international cannabis leaders, influencers and trend setters. The event will have hundreds of attendees from around the world from business, government and medicine.
In addition to his leadership of iCAN: Israel Cannabis, Kaye is an industry advisor to the Medical Cannabis Caucus of the Israeli Parliament, as well as an advisor to the Ministries of Economy and Health in Israel. He is a licensed pharmacist and a successful entrepreneur with both retail and e-commerce experience. Saul has founded multiple companies spanning six countries across the US, Europe, Israel and Australia.
“Canada has truly been a global trailblazer in the cannabis industry. Canadian cannabis companies and its stock market are influential and forward looking and we in Israel, the R&D capital of cannabis, collaborate with our Canadian friends on many different levels. I look forward to participating at the WCC as the medicine and business of cannabis develops at breathtaking speed both in Israel and beyond,” said Kaye.
SOURCE iCAN: Israel Cannabis
Loyalist College to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre for natural products and cannabis
Loyalist College is the recipient of a $1,750,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program grant over five years to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre (TAC) for natural products and cannabis. In addition, Loyalist received $1Mthrough the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) to add specialized equipment to the TAC.
Loyalist was one of 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country to receive part of the $73M in funding, announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Through the CCI Program and the CIIF, this investment will help post-secondary institutions partner directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow.
The rapid growth of Canada’s cannabis, hops and natural products sectors positions Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) as a national innovation hub for small- to medium-sized enterprises. As a TAC, Loyalist will build on the ARC’s 15 years of natural product extraction expertise and analysis-based applied research. In transitioning to a TAC, Loyalist’s ARC will significantly increase the College’s capacity to lead applied research of commercially relevant natural products and cannabis, and to support innovation by enhancing industries’ access to sector-relevant expertise and technology.
The TAC initiative will cultivate an environment for College-industry partnerships to thrive while providing students with unparalleled opportunities for work-integrated learning; investigating extraction, isolation, and formulation; and product development. In partnership with the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC), Loyalist will support the Bay of Quinte’s burgeoning natural products and cannabis sectors to generate regional socioeconomic benefits, and to provide opportunities for a new generation of innovators. Loyalist will also offer companies across Canada a supportive, community-oriented platform from which to enhance their productivity, expand their reach and augment their competitiveness in the global market.
“We are very grateful for NSERC’s continued support and proud to be Canada’s first TAC for natural products and cannabis. Loyalist currently has more than 25 companies interested in applied research, and as our ARC transitions into a TAC, we will be able to meet their requirements while significantly extending our network to help more companies to innovate. Our Biosciences and Cannabis Applied Science students will have the advantage of being involved in ground-breaking research that propels Canada forward as the world leader in cannabis and natural product developments.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO
“It’s great to see this NSERC and CFI funding come through for Loyalist College’s launch of Canada’s first TAC for research in natural products and cannabis. Being able to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility means that students working in the College’s ARC will be able to build up their expertise in product analysis; which can then be applied directly to commercial development. This is just the beginning of seeing a new series of natural products being designed, assessed, made and delivered from our region.” – Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte
“I am so proud to see the innovation that is driving research and economic development in our rural community through Loyalist College’s ARC. Innovation is key to Rural Sustainability and this investment will ensure that we are training the next generation in the latest technological advances. I congratulate them on their NSERC and CFI grant, and wish them all the best of success.” – Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“The Quinte Economic Development Commission is proud to be a supporting partner with Loyalist College on this important initiative that is aligned with economic development opportunities and priorities in the region. The TAC will support industry research and innovation for companies in key industry sectors as well as helping students develop in-demand skills and experience. Congratulations to the team at Loyalist on launching this important project.” – Chris King, Chief Executive Officer, Quinte Economic Development Commission
SOURCE Loyalist College
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