CHIC is an education and business development innovation hub that is focused on the cannabis and hemp industry. We leverage our ‘Canadian advantage’ as the first major nation to fully legalize cannabis by offering innovative solutions that nurture development of knowledge, skill-sets, and business opportunities in this sector. CHIC brings together all key stakeholders including academic experts, industry representatives and associated government bodies to develop the leadership and stewardship for producing a productive and sustainable cannabis and hemp industry in Canada and beyond.



CHIC can best be understood as a project with two tracks:

  • CHIC encompasses an on-site college campus where cannabis and hemp-related programming will be offered to students
  • The Fuse42 business accelerator and incubator where startups will be built and scaled through mentorship, fundraising, R&D, full suite of services, and by developing networking connections essential to their business development.


College Campus

In coordination with Canadian Colleges, programming will be offered to students with a focus on developing cannabis and hemp expertise. This will include a range of studies that offer students training that includes an understanding of plant science to extraction technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to the automation of processes, business development, and a chance to work in-situ with developing businesses co-located in the centre.



The business incubator/accelerator will accept entrepreneurs with great new business concepts and provide the necessary resources to turn concepts into successful businesses. This will occur in collaboration with:

  • InnoTech Alberta (Government of Alberta world-class agricultural research centre that offers R&D, expertise, and mentorship),
  • Operational partners,
  • The Town of Vegreville (local business development support and industrial property offerings),
  • The expanding cannabis and hemp business clusters in Vegreville, Edmonton, and Alberta,
  • Other important professional services to accelerate business growth (mentorship, investment, marketing, HR, R&D, grants, accounting, legal, etc.) 
  • CHIC will guide these start up companies to provide maximum opportunities for success.

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Cannabis & Hemp Innovation Center Inc

6212 55th Avenue Vegreville, Alberta