GameOn Entertainment Technologies Inc. (CSE:GET) Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE warmly welcomed GameOn Entertainment Technologies Inc. (CSE:GET) for a virtual Market Open on June 1, 2021. 

GameOn Entertainment Technologies is a technology company, empowering sports and entertainment content providers such as broadcasters, TV networks, leagues, and teams, with accessible and rewarding shared-viewing experiences via gamification, collectibles, and other innovative technologies. Their team and board include professionals from EA Sports, Take-Two Interactive, Comcast, Dapper Labs, and the Brooklyn Nets.

CEO Matt Bailey and other members of the spectacular GameOn team kicked off the day’s trading at this virtual Market Open. 

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Poda Lifestyle and Wellness Ltd. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE warmly welcomed Poda Lifestyle and Wellness Ltd. (CSE:PODA) for a virtual Market Open on May 27, 2021. 

Poda Lifestyle and Wellness is actively engaged in the global commercialization of heat-not-burn (HNB) smoking products, which have the potential to reduce the risks associated with combustible smoking products. They have developed a patented HNB system that uses proprietary biodegradable single-use pods. These pods are both consumer and environment friendly, and designed to provide users with the most convenient and enjoyable smoking experience. Poda’s HNB system is fully patented in Canada, and their patent is pending in 65 additional countries.

CEO Ryan Selby and other members of the incredible Poda team kicked off the day’s trading at the virtual Market Open. 

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Wesana Health Holdings Inc. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE warmly welcomed Wesana Health Holdings Inc. (CSE:WESA) for a virtual Market Open on May 10, 2021. 

Wesana Health is a life sciences company pioneering the development and delivery of psychedelic and naturally-sourced therapies to treat traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Leveraging extensive clinical research and academic partnerships, Wesana Health is developing evidence-based formulations and protocols that empower patients to overcome neurological, psychological, and mental health ailments caused by trauma.

CEO Dan Carcillo and other members of the spectacular Wesana Health team kicked off the day’s trading at this virtual Market Open. 

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DeepSpatial Inc. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE warmly welcomed DeepSpatial Inc. (CSE:DSAI) for a virtual Market Open on May 7, 2021. 

DeepSpatial is a geospatial artificial intelligence (AI) company specializing in providing actionable business insights by leveraging business data, geospatial data, and geographic information systems. The company’s unique system deploys AI algorithms to help businesses understand customer personas, predict demand and inventory consumption, optimize supply chains, and improve product pricing using a targeted, geospatial intelligence platform.

CEO Dr. Rahul Kushwah and other members of the spectacular DeepSpatial team kicked off the day’s trading at the virtual Market Open. 

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BYND Cannasoft Enterprises Inc. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE warmly welcomed BYND Cannasoft Enterprises Inc. (CSE:BYND) for a virtual Market Open on April 26, 2021.

BYND Cannasoft Enterprises owns and markets Benefit CRM, a proprietary customer relationship management (CRM) software product for small and medium-sized businesses. Recently, they have started work on a new and innovative CRM designed specifically to serve the needs of the medical cannabis industry. The company also hopes to begin the construction of a cannabis farming facility in Israel this year.

CEO Moti Maram and other members of the incredible BYND Cannasoft team kicked off the day’s trading at the virtual Market Open.

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Temas Resources: Financial and environmental benefits are some of the good things that come from thinking outside the box

At first glance, Temas Resources (CSE:TMAS) is an explorer with two key mineral assets: a titanium project in Quebec and the intent to acquire a boron property in Serbia. As these commodities are used to make products such as paint, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals, Temas is positioned as a potential supplier to the specialty chemicals sector.

A deal was announced by the company in late January of this year that adds an exciting new strategic dimension. With its acquisition of a large stake in ORF Technologies, Temas will have access to patented, cost-efficient and eco-friendly processes for extracting, separating and recovering nickel, iron, gold and titanium dioxide.

Expanding the number of angles to the Temas story suits Chief Executive Officer Michael Dehn just fine. The new CEO has been involved in the titanium industry for years but honed his early skills in the gold sector in Red Lake with Rob McEwen and Goldcorp.

“I see us becoming a mining technology or mineral processing company,” Dehn tells Public Entrepreneur.

The key here is how all of the assets work together. The company’s flagship La Blache project is a 2,653-hectare property approximately 100 kilometres north of the community of Baie-Comeau, Quebec. It is home to the Farrell-Taylor magnetite-ilmenite lens, where consistent iron, titanium and vanadium grades are found across the entire length of the complex.

Preliminary metallurgical testing of oxide mineralization indicated 90% recovery of iron and 95% recovery of vanadium into a final high-purity product. A titanium dioxide product suitable for further processing to pigment-grade titanium dioxide was fully recovered in testing.

La Blache’s value lies not only in the ground but also in its proximity to key end users in North America. Temas is looking at processing in Ohio, which is close to at least five major US paint producers. What’s more, production at La Blache could be powered by tapping into the area’s electrical grid, making it a greener option than alternatives reliant on diesel.

There are other ways in which the project is green as well, as Dehn describes. “Your mine is wherever the rocks are. In our case, about 65% of the recovered rock goes into a finished product. We’re using around 65% of the rock to recover iron, vanadium and titanium.”

Shortly after Dehn joined Temas in November 2020, the company formed a strategic partnership with Erin Ventures to develop the Piskanja borate project in Serbia. Piskanja has an indicated mineral resource of 7.8 million tonnes averaging 31% boron oxide and an inferred resource of 3.4 million tonnes averaging 29% boron oxide. The project will be the only production of borates on the European continent, according to Temas.

Boron is primarily used in chemical compounds, with around half of all boron used as an additive in fibreglass for insulation and structural materials. The next leading use is in polymers and ceramics in high-strength, lightweight structural and refractory materials.

For Temas, adding Piskanja to its portfolio didn’t trigger much debate. “It’s such an obvious project,” says Dehn. “We have reasonable capital expectations to get to production in a country with very strong mining roots. The European Union and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are trying to encourage Serbia to phase out coal mining, which means there is going to be a locally skilled workforce that will be looking for another opportunity.”

Under the terms of the agreement with Erin Ventures, Temas will commit to spending a total of €10.5 million toward the development of Piskanja within a three-year period. Erin will remain operator on the project until Temas has exercised the option to earn a 50% interest in its subsidiary, Balkan Gold, at which point Temas will become operator of Piskanja. The two companies expect to finalize the agreement by April of this year.

Between Piskanja and La Blache, Temas already has a couple of company-making projects. The acquisition of ORF Technologies was the missing component that can take things to the next level.

ORF’s technology is estimated to be 59.2% better on a production cost basis, leading to a process that is around 144% more cost-efficient than that used by the world’s largest titanium dioxide producer, The Chemours Company. ORF’s process is less energy-intensive than the industry standard and can create high-quality titanium dioxide from low-grade materials, which contain contaminants that competitors must discard, according to Dehn.

With the ORF approach, rock is dissolved in hydrochloric acid to selectively extract metals such as titanium, nickel or vanadium. The purity of the extracted elements is extremely high.

“We can go right from an ilmenite ore to a titanium dioxide without having to go through several intermediate steps, which is what the rest of the industry has to do,” Dehn explains. The same goes for commodities such as nickel, which now is in higher demand thanks to the red-hot electric vehicle market.

Temas plans to acquire a 50% interest in ORF. The company will fund certain ongoing expenses through secured loans, including acquisition and development of new technology, to be repaid from income generated by ORF before declaration of dividends to ORF shareholders.

Temas is in good financial shape to advance its 2021 agenda. Since November, the company has raised $5 million via Crescita Capital and an additional $3.6 million in flow-through funding.

It’s an undeniably exciting time for Temas, and right where you would expect to find a team that Dehn says is constantly thinking outside the box.

“We don’t want to do things the traditional way,” says Dehn. “Instead of blindly going forward with how things are always done, look for the opportunity that’s going to give you a quicker return on your investment but also leave a smaller environmental footprint.”

This story was featured in the Public Entrepreneur magazine.

Learn more about Temas Resources at http://www.temasresources.com/

Silas Garrison on Empowering Government Efficiency Through SaaS | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Silas Garrison, CEO of HealthSpace Data Systems Ltd. (CSE:HS) to discuss his personal ambitions to revolutionize efficiencies across various levels of government utilizing HealthSpace’s unique SAAS solutions.

Here’s an overview of what Anil and Silas cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance​ podcast:

0:00​ – Introducing Silas Garrison and HealthSpace Data Systems
3:14​ – Customer profile and the differences of doing business in Canada and US
6:45​ – Silas Garrison – “A self taught nerd”
8:35​ – HS Cloud – a passion project
11:25​ – The bench at HS
13:05​ – What government agencies are trying to accomplish
15:25​ – The key difference of serving private business
17:20​ – Everything begins, and ends with HS Cloud
21:00​ – Online citizen engagement and HS touch
25:50​ – HS Pay and a digital payment solution for Government
30:40​ – Customer stickiness and retention
32:20​ – Recent financing and consolidation
32:45​ – What’s next – aggressive growth
34:40​ – Staying connected with HealthSpace.

HealthSpace Data Systems Ltd.

HealthSpace is a government Software as a Service (SaaS) company focused on providing efficiencies to state and local government agencies through its powerful enterprise cloud and mobile platform. Over the last decade, HealthSpace has successfully developed both cloud and mobile applications currently serving over 500 state and local government organizations across North America.

HealthSpace’s HSCloud Suite platform is one of the only self-serve enterprise SaaS platforms in the government space. HealthSpace is focused on revolutionizing every aspect of the regulatory process within state, provincial and local government; from licensing and inspections, to disease surveillance, to financial management. HealthSpace’s platform handles it all. HealthSpace is now entering the FinTech space by developing an online and mobile payment platform that streamlines the intake of government revenue for the agencies it serves.

HealthSpace has also expanded its offerings in the realm of communicable disease tracking by creating an automated contact solution which enables public health agencies to broaden the scope and depth of their communicable disease surveillance in an automated fashion.

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Getchell Gold: High grades at Nevada projects have this team’s confidence running strong

When Getchell Gold (CSE:GTCH) optioned the Fondaway Canyon gold project in January of last year, President Mike Sieb had never felt more confident that he was making the right move.
To Sieb, a 30-year industry veteran known for a combination of technical ability and senior management experience, the Fondaway site checked all the boxes, particularly given the stellar data left behind by the previous owners.

Fondaway is a past gold producer with a legacy resource estimated at 1 million ounces. Located a mere two-hour drive from Reno, Nevada, it is easily accessible, which helps to keep costs reasonable. Nevada is also a mining-friendly state, so taking the project from exploration to a fully functioning mine would not generate a red-tape nightmare.

“The mineralization is very apparent on the surface,” Sieb explains to Public Entrepreneur. “That’s really the package that finally brings us to the table. You’re starting off with a healthy foundation to work from, and when we started to do even just a cursory review of the asset it was readily apparent that the historic resource was actually quite constrained.”

In fact, as Getchell’s team continues work on Fondaway, the opportunities to in-fill and expand the mineralization zones are becoming quite evident.

Early assay results from the company’s inaugural 1,995-metre diamond drill program in 2020 to test the geological model of the Colorado zone exceeded expectations and set in motion plans to ramp up drilling and develop a mine model.

“It’s not very often that every hole of an exploration drill program returns gold intersections as good as or better than anticipated,” Sieb says. “Our 2020 drill program substantially expanded the known mineralization and demonstrated that our broadest gold zones remain open with excellent potential for further extension.”
Sieb, who called the findings “an absolute rarity from my experience,” says all six drillholes show promise. One high-grade standout hole pierced the main Half Moon Shear Vein 54 metres below surface and registered 8.6 grams per ton gold over 9.8 metres. Another returned 21.9 metres grading 6.2 grams per ton.
“The success here is that what we represented in the model actually showed up in the real world. We know that we have what we modelled. We know what the historic work accomplished and what it represents. The model indicated that there is a substantial 100-metre-thick band of mineralization that you can envision,” Sieb says.
“The 2020 drill program was designed to prove that the very thick band of mineralization actually exists and that it has real potential continuity.”

Toronto-based Getchell obtained the Fondaway property from Canagold Resources as part of a four-year option agreement under which Getchell can acquire a 100% interest in the site at any time.
In return, Getchell pays Canagold $2 million in cash as well as $2 million in shares. And it must spend $1.45 million on exploration. Canagold also will retain a 2% net smelter return royalty should Getchell acquire its 100% stake in Fondaway.

The property was first staked in 1956, and after changing hands over the decades Canagold obtained it in 2017 and released a resource estimate showing 2.01 million indicated tons grading 6.18 grams per ton gold and inferred resources of 3.2 million tons grading 6.4 grams per ton. Past drilling was extensive, comprising 735 holes for a total of 56,682 metres.

In addition to Fondaway, Getchell is developing a second property in Nevada – a high-grade copper, gold and silver project called Star. The company also controls the Dixie Comstock gold project and the Hot Springs Peak gold project in the state, but the Star project stands out. The site is 60 kilometres north of Fondaway. Sieb calls it “excellent bonus potential” for investors.

“We have developed fairly compelling targets that will be drilled and tested this year at Star,” Sieb explains. “This project has some really good high-grade showings on surface and some compelling geophysical targets at depth and has never been drilled before.”
Meanwhile, the company has the finances to push forward with Fondaway in 2021. Getchell has $1.6 million in the bank and about $3 million of warrants that are in the money. Sieb also notes Getchell is fortunate that it can spread its earn-in payments on Fondaway over four years rather than having to make a hefty outlay upfront.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2021, Sieb says Getchell plans to undertake a drill program to extend known mineralization and follow up on the newly discovered zone. It also plans to drill an additional 4,000 metres this year and is advancing toward a revised resource estimate.

“The next step is readily apparent. It’s going to be a major drill campaign that is going to start to fill in the open spots with a focus on developing a mine model,” Sieb explains.

Sieb says he’s already visualizing the next drill program at Fondaway and that it is now in the planning process.

“I can easily see where those holes are going to be located to start to further expand as well as in-fill the mineralization,” he explains. “And we’re also going to do another model of the mineralization to get a better sense of what we really have.”

This story was featured in the Public Entrepreneur magazine.

Learn more about Getchell Gold at https://www.getchellgold.com/

Appia Energy: The quest for a more balanced global supply of rare earths is underway in Saskatchewan

Tucked away in northern Saskatchewan, so close to the border that it practically touches the Northwest Territories, sits Alces Lake. It’s a gorgeous part of the province and the namesake for an important resource exploration project that happens to host the second-highest average grade of rare earth elements (REEs) in the world.

REEs are used in everything from permanent magnets for electric cars and wind turbines to lithium-ion batteries, as well as smartphones and the ceramics and glass found in superconductors. It’s an industry with rapidly accelerating demand, and Appia Energy (CSE:API), which owns 100% of the 14,334-hectare Alces Lake Project, is looking to become one of its major players.

Alces Lake has an in-situ average total rare earth oxide (TREO) grade of 16.65 weighted total percent (wt%). Anything with a wt% above 4 is considered high grade.

With a measure that high, a single metric ton of mineralization from Alces Lake would contain roughly 166.5 kilograms of TREO. Of that, 38.5 kilograms (a little less than 25%) would be what is known as critical rare earth oxide (CREO), which represents roughly 85% of the total mineralization’s dollar value.

Specifically, that’s neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium. Or as a former US Department of Energy national laboratory director once put it, “the stuff you need the most but can’t get enough of.”

CREEs are particularly important in the production of permanent magnets, which are also found in everyday items such as audio speakers, laptops and refrigerators.

Appia’s Chief Executive Officer, Tom Drivas, believes his company can play an important role in filling a resource need that is only going to get bigger in years to come.

“It’s because of the grade, because of the technology, because of our location and because of the right mix of rare earths as well as the mineralogy,” Drivas tells Public Entrepreneur. “Because of all that, we’re in a very good position to have a stable supply in North America.”

Pay close attention to the “North America” part of that last statement. Right now, two-thirds of the world’s TREO supply comes from China, and more than 90% of the world’s magnets are produced there. The potential for disruption to the supply of rare earths and related products is real. During former US President Trump’s trade skirmish with China, for instance, China threatened a REE blackout, according to Asia Times Financial.

“Whoever controls the supply of critical material controls the economy – and that means jobs,” Drivas explains. “There’s lots of interest from the Western world to get to a position where they have the supply of critical materials to have the economy start moving and create jobs.”

COVID-19 didn’t do the rare earths supply chain any favours, either in China or anywhere else around the globe. For Appia, it meant paring down its exploration program in 2020.

Since 2017, the company has discovered 74 REE surface zones and occurrences over a 45-     kilometre strike area and completed 78 diamond drillholes, 64 that reached a depth of 50 metres or less and 14 that extended further. Appia has a 95% success rate at intersecting REE-bearing systems, and more than 99% of its property remains to be explored.

This year, Appia has a lot more time – and a lot more money – to do just that.

“We basically have three times the budget of last year,” Drivas notes. “We’re going to be spending $3 million to $4 million at least and see how it goes from there.”

The REE minerals at Alces Lake are contained within a caramel-coloured phosphate mineral called monazite. This is good, according to Drivas, because monazite is relatively easy to extract elements from, and companies have been doing it since the 1950s. Not every REE site is so lucky.

Currently, much of the world’s monazite is shipped to China, where it is processed into REEs. That too, though, is changing.

In August 2020, the Saskatchewan Research Council and the provincial government announced plans to build a first-of-its-kind REE processing facility in Saskatoon, which is expected to be up and running in late 2022.

On the agenda for Appia is a property-wide airborne magnetic, electromagnetic and radiometric geophysical survey, followed by additional surveying and geological mapping to track known mineralization trends and investigate any newly discovered radiometric anomalies.

From there, the company plans a diamond drilling program of at least 5,000 metres to explore for more high-grade REO occurrences.

In terms of how big this could get, Drivas points to two established REE producers: MP Materials and Lynas Rare Earths. They have market values of US$6.2 billion and US$4.5 billion, respectively. Appia’s is US$41.6 million.

“They’re the two main rare earth producers outside of China, but our grade is much better with what we’ve seen so far,” Drivas says.

It’s important to note that there is some diversification to the Appia story as well. The company has three uranium exploration projects over a total of 48,024 hectares in Saskatchewan: Loranger, Eastside and North Wollaston.

At Loranger, for instance, six of seven drillholes intersected uranium mineralization in the company’s first drill campaign. A second drill season was completed in 2019 and discovered a near-surface uranium zone that extends more than 900 metres.

Elsewhere, Appia has a 13,000-hectare uranium and REE property at Elliot Lake in Ontario. The Elliot Lake camp has produced more than 300 million pounds (136 million kilograms) of uranium and is the only mining camp in Canada with significant historical commercial rare earth element production.

Back at Alces Lake, the company seems to have the best of both worlds when it comes to where it finds its rare earths. Much of the high-grade material discovered to date is close to the surface, suggesting relatively easy extraction were a decision eventually made to put the project into production. In addition, a recent news release discusses that REE mineralization occurs within multiple sub-parallel trends of the system over 875 metres of strike length and down to 340 metres in vertical depth. With the mineralization hosted in monazite, it could be just what North American supply chains are looking for.

“If we can prove in the next few years that we’ve got a viable deposit here, there’s a lot of upside for Appia and the industry,” concludes Drivas.

This story was featured in the Public Entrepreneur magazine.

Learn more about Appia Energy at http://www.appiaenergy.ca/

Gage Growth Corp. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE was happy to welcome Gage Growth Corp. (CSE:GAGE) to the Exchange with a celebratory virtual Market Open on April 6, 2021.

Gage Growth curates high-quality cannabis experiences for consumers in Michigan, and brings internationally renowned brands to market. The firm has successfully built and grown operations with federal and state licenses, and their portfolio includes city and state approvals for multiple cultivation, processing, and dispensary locations. The CSE is excited to see how this company will continue contributing to the evolving US cannabis industry.

CEO Fabian Monaco and other members of the amazing Gage Growth team joined the CSE to kick off the day’s trading.

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