“We were fortunate to have Brian come speak at the recent Wine & Weed Symposium..We have asked him to join our advisory board!”

Samantha Stephey
Wine Industry Network

Brian is an authority speaking on the intersection of tourism and cannabis, and the enriching history of cannabis. He is on the leading edge of the cannabis industry at large, and has the unique ability to make cannabis accessible and relatable for newcomers. Speaking engagements include key-note and featured speaker roles.

Speaking Engagements

  • EuroAm Cannabis Business Conference, Prague Cannafest
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association, Resorts Committee
  • California Travel Association Summit
  • Calif. Hotel & Lodging Assoc. Northern California Conference
  • Calif. Hotel & Lodging Assoc. Southern California Conference
  • Northern California Concierge Association
  • InnSpire CABBI Conference & Marketplace
  • SAFE: Security Alliance Forum & Expo
  • University of San Francisco
  • Palm Springs Hospitality Association
  • Visit Santa Rosa: Events Panel
  • San Francisco Tourism Panel with SF Travel
  • Visit Mendocino Tourism Panel with Visit California
  • Toronto O’Cannabiz Conference
  • Vancouver O’Cannabiz Conference
  • The State of Cannabis Conference
  • Weed and Wine Symposium
  • The Emerald Cup
  • Mendocino Canna-tourism Summit

Sample Speaking Topics


“We were fortunate to have Brian come speak on The Future Impact of Cannabis Tourism on Wine. He addresses a crowd of nearly 500 alongside fellow panelists..it was very well received by the crowd. Brian is a pleasure to work with and is truly passionate!”

Samantha Stephey
Wine Industry Network

“Brian Applegarth has spoken to our group many times on Tourism and Travel and the Cannabis Industry and is always one of our most popular sessions. He is a confident, engaging speaker with his hand on the pulse of the cannabis industry. I would recommend him to present to your group.”

Jennifer Flohr, Sr. Vice President
California Hotel & Lodging Association, California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns

“Thank you for your informative and really well-received session at the CalTravel Summit in May 2018. It was a popular draw and attendees rated it a strong 4.01 out of 5. You were professional and a pleasure to work. I would recommend you highly as a speaker!”

Barb Newton
President & CEO of CalTravel Association

“Brian has shown his commitment to creating and maintaining a culturally accurate portrayal of cannabis in California. He is also a dynamic speaker and has the knowledge and presence to be effective.”

Amanda Reiman
VP of Community Relations, Flow Kana