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CSE Advent Calendar Adventure

Many people know the Canadian Securities Exchange as the Exchange for Entrepreneurs, but did you know that the people behind the CSE are a very colourful bunch?

From motorcycle instructors to master chefs, gospel stars to goal scorers, there are some talented individuals working to make the CSE not only Canada’s most innovative exchange, but also Canada’s most interesting one.

So, in keeping with the holiday spirit, staff at the CSE have put together an Advent Adventure that features a daily fun fact about a special skill, talent or quirky story of someone at the CSE.

Every day in December up to Christmas Day, one of these individuals will be revealed. Follow the clues on Twitter or Facebook.

Think you can guess who it is? Scroll down below for the clue and the link to an answer.

Day #25

On behalf of the entire team at the CSE, we want to wish you and your loved ones the very best for this holiday season! Thanks for playing along for the Advent Adventure, we hope you’ve learned some interesting and fun facts about the people behind the Exchange for Entrepreneurs.

Day #24

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As the president of a hockey league, his oval office is actually made of ice. Find out which CSE team member spends his time helping future hockey stars develop here.

Day #23

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With only two more clues left in the Advent Adventure , this one is the ultimate challenge. So, what does Santa have in common with this CSE team member? They both like flying objects. Think you can figure out who it is based on the disc-ription? If not, here’s the answer.

Day #22

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Although he enjoys playing in the snow, as a true entrepreneur, this CSE team member is asking Santa for an angel investor or two to make it rain.  Oh and some skis. Think you can guess who today’s clue is? Find out here.


Day #21

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The only thing sketchy about this CSE team member is that he likes to keep his hidden talents as an artist on the down-low. Think you can connect the dots on this mysterious artist? Find out who likes to colour between the lines here.


Day #20

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Not only is this CSE team member great at balancing numbers, he’s also got great balance period. Think you know who at the CSE gets a real kick out of keeping the numbers in line in this accrual world? Find out the answer here.


Day #19

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Some people set goals, some people score goals and this CSE team member does both. Among his many claims to fame, he once shocked the ‘electric city’ of Peterborough by scoring 7 goals in one hockey game. Take your best shot at guessing who today’s clue is about.


Day #18

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This CSE team member knows how to have boatloads of fun. From the balmy beaches of Toronto to the tropical shores of Hawaii, this CSE team member is always up for the row less traveled. Canoe guess who today’s clue refers to? Find out here.


Day #17

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After 16 rounds we’re nearly at the end of the Advent Adventure and as we head into the home stretch, today’s clue is on par with the best of them. This CSE team member is an avid golfer, has played on most of the world’s best courses (including Pine Valley) and will be headed to the Masters this year in Augusta. Take a shot at guessing the fairway or find out who it is here.


Day #16

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You’ll have to try extra hard to guess the answer to today’s pitch perfect clue. This CSE team member is not afraid of a good scrum & loves to cheer on Team Canada, the Glasgow Warriors & New Zealand’s All Blacks. Think you can guess who it is? Click here to find out.


Day #15

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Everything was awesome for this CSE team members’ intrepid adventure into the Sahara Desert. Among his claims to fame is that there are very few regions of the world in which he could not find a comfortable spot to take a nap. Find out who today’s clue refers to here.

Day #14

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From blockbusters to flops, this master of montages has scene them all. This CSE team member has been keeping it reel as a film critic for over seventeen years. Find out who you’ll want to help you choose your next Netflix video here.

Day #13

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He’s traveled near and far, but for over 19 years, this CSE team member has managed to avoid watching Titanic. Not to worry, his heart will go on and you will have him to thank for getting the movie theme song stuck in your head for the rest of today. Find out who today’s clue refers to here.


Day #12

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This “foodpreneur” is no stranger to hard work. Having run her own catering business as well as a few half marathons, this CSE team member kneads no introduction. Think you can guess who it is? Find out here.


Day #11

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While working at the CSE is this team member’s mane gig, she certainly likes to horse around outside of the office. Think you know who today’s clue refers to? Better hop to it then, it won’t be around furlong. Find out who it is here.


Day #10

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Adventure is this CSE team member’s middle name. This intrepid globe trotter recently cruised the coastlines of the Adriatic Sea where the only servers he had to deal with were the ones who would ask him what kind of drink he wanted. Find out who today’s clue refers to here.


Day #9

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From MAC addresses to mag wheels, this CSE team member is the unofficial combination of Mr. Robot and Top Gear! Find out who today’s clue refers to here.


Day #8

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Not only did this CSE foodie flex his brunch building prowess in a televised competition, but he proved his icebreaking skills are unrivaled.  Find out who smashed his way into our hearts here.


Day #7

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Not only did this CSE team member break hockey sticks, but he also broke records as the youngest assistant coach of Stanford University’s hockey team in school history. He may also be the best dressed house league coach ever, although that’s yet to be confirmed. Find out who this acclaimed style savvy advent adventurer is here.


Day #6

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Even though this CSE team member has not been a wedding singer but that hasn’t stopped him from appearing in a televised wedding. Find out who today’s clue refers to here.


Day #5

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As the lead instructor at one of Canada’s most recognized riding schools, this CSE team member teaches motorcycle riders how to (safely) live at full throttle. Find out who today’s advent adventure clue is about here.


Day #4

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Tony Stark might take a cue or two from this CSE iron man who’s ran, biked and swam his way to 10 half-ironman races across North America and the Caribbean.  Think you can catch today’s advent adventurer? Find out here.


Day #3

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With a passion for music, a pair of gospel albums and a new single in the works for 2017, this CSE team member is one half of the real life sister act HerCastleGirls.  Find out which CSE staff member is bringing together fashion, music and business here.


Day #2

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This CSE staff member has been walking the walk, literally every year, in support of a great cause since 2002.  The annual Walk So Kids Can Talk celebrated their 15th anniversary this year and has raised money and awareness for child and youth emotional health and well-being and directly supports Kids Help Phone. Think you can guess which CSE team member has been there every step of the way? Find out here.


Day #1

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In 2015, an avid fan of Murdoch Mysteries and William Shatner found himself to be the catalyst in bringing one to the other in the infamous episode entitled Marked Twain. Here’s the backstory behind the episode and the tweet that proves it.  Curious which CSE team member it is? Find out here.

Where Users Come First: A First Look at the New CSE Website

Whatever their vision and whatever their size, the one thing that inevitably leads to success for all entrepreneurs is putting the needs of their customers first.

After many months of hard work and planning behind the scenes, this past Friday the Canadian Securities Exchange rolled out their new and enhanced website.

The new CSE website has been rebuilt from the ground up based on user feedback and data-driven design and represents an exciting intersection of desirability, viability and possibility.  The CSE team is proud to see their vision of a streamlined user experience take flight.

The Pace of Change

As many organizations in the financial sector know, keeping pace with technology is part of the new operating reality. While the CSE unveiled its current website just under two and a half years ago, much about the online experience has already changed. The rapid evolution in technology required creating a more responsive platform to meet user needs of today as well as into the future.

As New York Times columnist David Brooks once said, “The roots of great innovation are never just in the technology itself and for the CSE one of the most important drivers for delivering an innovative digital experience was based on a very analog principle: putting the customer first.

With a greater focus on usability, responsiveness to a multiscreen world, and a greater ability to report marketplace activity, the new website ensures that key stakeholders can access the CSE website from whatever platform they choose to.

Exciting New Features

One of the most exciting features of the new CSE website is the fact that it is built to be responsive and adaptable – characteristics many entrepreneurs can readily identify with.

With a new navigation structure and menu design, pages and design elements can now render seamlessly across tablets, smartphones, desktops and whatever screens the future may hold.

Another very noticeable improvement in the website is the organization of information.

Based on extensive usage data as well as an understanding of user information needs, the navigation through the website has been simplified and made more intuitive. Quick links, for example, have been created to help connect individuals to popular information much more quickly.

There is also a much greater focus on providing service and support to website visitors.

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A dedicated support section now exists as well as easy to find contact points across all pages. This means that the CSE team is more accessible to site users as is important support information that clients and investors may need to locate.

Finally, the new website provides users with an increasingly dynamic view of the activities of the exchange marketplace.

The new website will now include improved charts and updates on the CSE Composite Index, as well as activities happening at and around the exchange. The events calendar and corporate Twitter feed, for example, have been improved and made more accessible throughout the new site.

Opportunities Abound

Over the next few weeks, the CSE will continue to roll out improvements to the new website – a signal that constant evolution is a part of the new normal going forward.

With a new architecture and platform in place, the CSE has built the new site to not only be responsive in design, but also to respond to the feedback from users.

To that end, visitors to the site are encouraged to submit their feedback on the new website as well as report any bugs or hiccups in the new site they might encounter here.

This enhanced web platform represents a new chapter in the digital evolution of the CSE.  The pace of technological change is one that will require not only websites to be increasingly responsive, but also the people and processes behind those sites too. Fortunately, as an exchange with entrepreneurship in its DNA, change always equates to opportunity.

Exploring for Opportunities: The CSE at PDAC 2016

March is just around the corner and with it will come the biggest mining and exploration event of the year.

The 2016 edition of the PDAC Convention takes place in Toronto from March 6th to 9th and will bring together thousands of delegates from across the world including investors, media, mining and exploration executives, industry professionals as well as service providers and more.

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Snapshots from the CSE’s time at PDAC 2015

As the PDAC Convention continues to grow in size and popularity, so too does the CSE’s footprint at this event.

This year eight CSE-listed issuers will be exhibiting at the PDAC at Investors Exchange as well as the Prospectors Tent. The CSE  will be located at booth 2542 in the Investors Exchange.

Issuers confirmed as exhibitors include:

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Prospectors Tent

Conference delegates can meet members from the CSE team and also grab some great conference swag including the special PDAC 2016 edition of the CSE Quarterly.

In addition to events on the conference floor, the CSE will also be hosting a pair of networking events on Tuesday March 8th.

The first event will continue the CSE’s tradition of bringing together investors, industry professionals and listed issuers for a networking lunch reception. This year’s luncheon is co-sponsored by Equities.com and MNP LLP and takes place on March 8th at 11:30am at the InterContinental Toronto Centre – just upstairs from the conference centre. The networking luncheon is always a busy event so be sure to register early here to secure your tickets.

In addition to the CSE’s daytime event, the CSE along with co-sponsors Aird & Berlis LLP, MNP LLP, Euro Pacific Canada Inc. and Invest Barbados, are hosting an evening reception on March 8th at Taverna Mercatto. After a long day of making the rounds on the conference floor, taking in presentations and powering through meetings, this is the perfect opportunity to meet and greet colleagues and make new connections alongside great food in a fun setting. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Finally, the CSE is also proud to once again be a sponsor of the Mining Matters program which helps to inspire, engage and educate children and youth through year-round community events on the importance of mining in society.

For more information on the PDAC Convention 2016, including how to register, visit their official website here or to get a recap of our time at last year’s event, including a picture gallery, click here.

CSE Enjoys Record Year in 2014, International Outreach and Trading Initiatives Help Shape Agenda for New Year

The Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) is pleased to announce record results in all key performance categories for the year ended December 31, 2014, reflecting success in achieving the exchange’s goal of reducing the cost of capital for Canadian public companies. For 2015, the CSE expects growth to remain strong as it maintains existing activities and introduces several new initiatives to further strengthen competitiveness.

CSE Enjoys Record Year in 2014 – Key Stats

  • The CSE finished 2014 with a total of 244 listed companies, a 35% increase compared to the previous year;
  • CSE companies conducted 211 financings, raising a total of $155 million, or $76 million more than in 2013;
  • Aggregate trading volume for the year was 2.3 billion shares, up 165%;
  • Aggregate trading value was $498 million, up 315%.

Companies from a wide range of business sectors sought listing status on the CSE in 2014, including pharmaceutical, health care, technology, mining, clean tech, oil and gas and financial services. Approximately half of new listings came in the form of public companies transitioning to the CSE from other exchanges.

The CSE enters 2015 with a strong applications pipeline and a fresh set of objectives to further enhance trading and market access.

Over 100 companies raised capital on the CSE during the year, averaging $1.4 million per issuer. Premier Diagnostic Health Services Inc. (CSE:PDH), Tier One Capital Limited Partnership (CSE:TLP.UN), Pivotal Therapeutics Inc. (CSE:PVO) and Helius Medical Technologies Inc. (CSE:HSM) each raised more than $7 million. Novo Resources Corp. (CSE:NVO) and Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CSE:SL) were among others that completed significant financings. Supreme was also an exchange volume leader in 2014, alongside other companies in the medical marijuana sector such as Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (CSE:ATT) and Affinor Growers Inc. (CSE:AFI).

“Technology was a standout on the financing front, with issuers in the sector accounting for around half of all capital raised on the CSE in 2014,” said CSE Chief Executive Officer Richard Carleton. “But fundraising challenges remain and this makes our operating model attractive for companies at the early to mid stages of development. With no immediate relief on the horizon, our low-cost, highly efficient listing model will remain an important incentive for fast growing companies to work with us.”

The CSE enters 2015 with a strong applications pipeline and a fresh set of objectives to further enhance trading and market access. These include a new market making program designed to enhance issuer liquidity; new order routing, compliance and risk management tools to assist dealers; and more resources for the exchange’s marketing team to support existing issuers and attract new ones.

Plans also call for a broader foreign markets strategy, particularly in light of the benefits many issuers realized after the CSE became a designated exchange with the leading operator of over-the-counter markets in the United States early in 2014. Tighter bid/offer spreads and greater trading liquidity resulted for many companies as US investors gained access to CSE stocks through domestic broker platforms newly able to provide quotes denominated in US dollars. The CSE will explore this model with exchanges in the European Union and United Kingdom in the current year.

“We put a lot of effort into raising our profile with key segments of the public finance community in Canada and internationally in 2014,” said Carleton. “Our goal is to build on those achievements throughout the current year, ensuring easier market access to enhance liquidity, reaching out to institutional investors to explain the merits of the CSE and show them examples of highly successful companies on our exchange, and continuing to address the micro and macro needs of our growing issuer base.”

Continuing to build great value: CSE partners with Nasdaq Corporate Solutions

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If there’s one thing that publicly traded companies must appreciate, it is the value of telling their company story well. A professional and polished investor relations experience can make a meaningful difference between having investors listen and sending them to listen to someone else.

As a client-centered organization the Canadian Securities Exchange is deeply committed to enhancing the value for its current and prospective listings. For example, the CSE provided listed companies in Vancouver with a special session on effective marketing techniques for an investor roadshow. Recently, the CSE has launched another potentially transformative venture.

In late 2014, the CSE formally announced its new partnership with Nasdaq Corporate Solutions and in doing so, has opened the door for CSE-listed issuers to access top tier IR and IR-related operational support. CSE-listed companies will receive a ‘members-only’ preferred rate when accessing these services.

As a partner, Nasdaq Corporate Solutions brings with it a substantial degree of support, leading technology tools and economies of scale. According to Nasdaq their Corporate Solutions division has 10,000 clients in over 60 countries worldwide.

The services that Nasdaq Corporate Solutions offers include IR desktop & mobile platforms, advisory services and press release distribution. The full list of their services is available here.

With many emerging technology firms choosing to list on the exchange, a strong corporate services provider with considerable expertise and a broad reach makes sense to both the CSE and its listed companies. According to Robert Cook, Senior Vice President, Market Development at the CSE “The Nasdaq offering is a step up for many of our companies that want new tools to reach a wider audience, within Canada and beyond. “

Strategically, this latest joint venture is also an important signal that the growth and position of the CSE in the securities marketplace landscape is not going unnoticed by key stakeholders. With established relationships between the CSE and 40 independent service providers, and now Nasdaq Corporate Solutions, entrepreneurial firms are getting growth in value by choosing to build their company on the CSE. That is a story entrepreneurs love to hear.

The CSE Quarterly – Issue 3 is now Live!

The CSE is proud to present the third issue of its quarterly publication – the CSE Quarterly – Issue 3 is now live! The publication profiles some of the CSE’s most dynamic listed companies on the exchange, including the following listings:

SecureCom Mobile Inc. (SCE)
ChroMedX Corp. (CHX)
Novo Resources Corp. (NVO)
Newlox Gold Ventures Corp. (LUX)
Pasinex Resources Limited (PSE)
Atlas Cloud Enterprises Inc. (AKE)

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The CSE Quarterly – Issue 2 is now live!

The CSE is proud to present the second issue of its quarterly publication – the CSE Quarterly – Issue 2 is now live! The publication profiles some of the CSE’s most dynamic listed companies on the exchange, including the following listings:

Big Rock Labs Inc. (BLA)
Helius Medical Technologies Inc. (HSM)
Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (CMC)
Newnote Financial Corp. (NEU)
Axios Mobile Assets Corp. (AXA)
Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SL)
Chlormet Technologies Inc. (PUF)

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Photo Gallery from the CSE launch party in Toronto

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Rosewater Room in Toronto on May 13th to formally celebrate the launch of our rebranded exchange. It was a long overdue celebration and we are grateful that many of our friends in the listings and trading community came out to party with us!

Photo Gallery from the CSE Launch Party in Toronto:

The CSE Quarterly – Issue 1 is now live!

The CSE is proud to present its first ever quarterly publication – the CSE Quarterly – Issue 1 is now live! The publication profiles some of the CSE’s most dynamic listed companies on the exchange, including the following listings:

RESAAS Services Inc. (RSS)
Gener8 Media Corp. (GNR)
Enertopia Corp. (TOP)
Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (ATT)
Next Gen Metals Inc. (N)
Urbana Corporation (URB)
Brisio Innovations Inc. (BZI)

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It’s official – Scotia iTRADE® now connected to the Canadian Securities Exchange

The CSE is happy to announce another key addition to the ranks of online discount brokers connected to the exchange by welcoming Scotia iTRADE®, who are now offering its clients online trade execution services for the CSE.

Formally announced in a press release that can be read here, this is a significant development for CSE and the investment community in Canada.  Scotia  iTRADE® is a popular platform for Canadian investors and another venue through which retail investors can access CSE stocks. We applaud Scotia for responding to client demand and adding this service.

Acknowledging the significance of this development, CSE CEO Richard Carleton had the following comment:

“As one of Canada’s largest online brokers, Scotia iTRADE is an extremely important part of the investment community,” said Richard Carleton, CEO of CNSX Markets Inc. “Scotia iTRADE’s provision of CSE client online trading and CSE market information services marks an important milestone in our efforts to increase visibility and access to the exchange. On behalf of our listed companies and their investors, we welcome Scotia iTRADE to the CSE”

For more information about  Scotia  iTRADE® simply visit their website at www.scotiabank.com/itrade