Derek Riedle / Publisher and co-founder, Civilized As Publisher of Civilized, a leading media and lifestyle brand, Derek Riedle is defining how we talk about modern cannabis culture. A serial entrepreneur with an accomplished track record in marketing, communications, television and politics, Derek saw a clear disconnect between modern cannabis culture and the out-dated stereotypes of the past. So in 2015, he founded Civilized to reflect the millions of people who choose to enjoy cannabis as part of a balanced lifestyle, but don’t define themselves by it. Civilized now reaches millions of North Americans each month, and continues to expand its reach both on and offline through original editorial, broadcast-quality video series and A-list events. With roots in two of cannabis’s biggest markets – Canada and California – Derek has a unique industry perspective that he has shared at both cannabis and mainstream events around the world.