Chris Driessen on Building “THE” House of Brands in Cannabis | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Chris Driessen, CEO of SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CSE:SLNG) to discuss how he is applying his skill set in his recently appointed role as CEO and what he thinks it means to build “THE” ‘House of Brands’ in the cannabis industry.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Chris cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:35 – Introducing Chris Driessen
3:55 – How to compete in the Colorado market
5:41 – Building ‘THE’ House of Brands
7:35 – Upcoming milestones for 2021
9:20 – The foundation of SLANG’s culture
12:30 – Popular products during COVID
15:35 – Discussing Colorado – an early hot spot for the industry
17:35 – Why North American footprint is critical
19:00 – What are the company’s KPIs?
22:50 – The importance of making good on promises

About SLANG Worldwide Inc.
SLANG Worldwide Inc. is a global leader in the cannabis CPG sector with a diversified portfolio of popular brands distributed across the United States. The Company specializes in acquiring and developing market-proven regional brands as well as launching innovative new brands to seize global market opportunities. SLANG is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol SLNG and on the OTCQB under the symbol SLGWF.

Learn more about SLANG Worldwide at https://thecse.com/en/listings/life-sciences/slang-worldwide-inc

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Delic Holdings Inc. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE proudly welcomed Delic Holdings Inc. (CSE:DELC) to a virtual Market Open on November 18th, 2020. 

Delic Holdings is a media platform focused on providing information about psychedelics. This media, e-commerce, and event company was formed in 2019 in response to the growing interest in psychedelic science, and it became the first psychedelic umbrella media platform. Delic Holdings’ product offerings and services include a blog, a podcast, an e-commerce store, and periodic events, and they look forward to growing from there. 

Several members of the Delic Holdings team joined CEO Jackee Stang as the company opened the day’s trading session in this virtual Market Open.

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Juva Life Inc. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE was excited to welcome Juva Life Inc. (CSE:JUVA) to a virtual Market Open on November 17th, 2020. 

Founded by cannabis pioneers, Juva Life is a California-based multifaceted life sciences company that is focused on the commercialization of cannabis products and formulations. From in-house research, cultivation, and manufacturing to retail and delivery services, Juva Life brings together the latest tools in biology, medicine, and technology to identify new molecular entities found within cannabis for major unmet medical needs. The company seeks to deploy their platform to target consumer and pharma applications.

The CSE was joined by several key members from the Juva Life team for the virtual event, which of course included the iconic countdown to signify the start of trading.

For more details about the CSE, including information on other Market Opens, please visit the CSE website or follow us on social media.

Sky Pinnick on Building an Authentic Cannabis Brand from Nevada | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Sky Pinnick, CMO of C21 Investments Inc. (CSE:CXXI), to discuss the company’s retail footprint off “the strip” in Nevada and how Sky is applying his 20-year experience in filmmaking to craft an authentic brand around C21 and its products.

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

0:35 – Introducing Sky Pinnick
1:48 – C21: A profitable model in the cannabis sector
2:59 – Weathering the pandemic “storm”
5:55 – Introducing Bruce Macdonald as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
6:18 – What Sonny Newman brings to the table as CEO
8:44 – Silver State Relief – 40K walk-in customers per month
10:55 – Staying off “the strip”
11:18 – The expectations of the “green rush”
16:35 – Why it is ok to wait for Federal Legalization
19:14 – The customer experience in Nevada
22:09 – Sky’s role at C21 and his background in film
26:49 – Sky’s passion for the plant
29:35 – Battling the cannabis stigma
32:00 – Milestones ahead for C21

About C21 Investments Inc.
C21 Investments is a vertically integrated cannabis company that cultivates, processes, and distributes quality cannabis and hemp-derived consumer products in the United States. The Company is focused on value creation through the disciplined acquisition and integration of core retail, manufacturing, and distribution assets in strategic markets, leveraging industry-leading retail revenues with high-growth potential multi-market branded consumer packaged goods. The Company owns Silver State Relief and Silver State Cultivation in Nevada, and Phantom Farms, Swell Companies, Eco Firma Farms, and Pure Green in Oregon. These brands produce and distribute a broad range of THC and CBD products from cannabis flowers, pre-rolls, cannabis oil, vaporizer cartridges and edibles. Based in Vancouver, Canada, additional information on C21 Investments can be found at www.sedar.com and www.cxxi.ca.

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Galen McNamara on the Wild History, Promising Future of the Silver State | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Galen McNamara, CEO of Summa Silver Corp. (CSE:SSVR), about the colourful history of the Silver State – Nevada – and the company’s ambitions to revive the Belmont Mine, one of the most prolific silver producers in the United States between 1903 and 1929.

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

0:35 – Introducing Galen McNamara
2:20 – Focus on Gold and Silver in Nevada
4:15 – The discovery story
8:21 – History: Tasker Oddie and Wyatt Earp
10:21 – History: Howard Hughes in Nevada
14:13 – Describing a Carlin-type gold deposit
15:50 – History: George Wingfield – a gambler
18:25 – History: George Graham Rice – one of the original stock promotors
22:35 – Industry analogs for Summa Silver
27:35 – The team at Summa Silver
31:35 – Galen’s first time as CEO
34:01 – His best exploration story
36:35 – What’s happening at Belmont Silver Mine
39:50 – The Bonanza King

Summa Silver Corp is a Canadian junior mineral exploration company. The Company has options to earn 100% interests in the Hughes property located in central Nevada and the Mogollon property located in southwestern New Mexico. The Hughes property is host to the high-grade past-producing Belmont Mine, one of the most prolific silver producers in the United States between 1903 and 1929. The mine has remained inactive since commercial production ceased in 1929 due to heavily depressed metal prices and little to no modern exploration work has ever been completed.

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https://thecse.com/en/listings/mining/summa-silver-corp
https://www.summasilver.com/

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Anoosh Manzoori on the Diversified Approach to Small Cap Investing | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Phillip Shum chats with First Growth Funds Limited (CSE:FGFL) CEO Anoosh Manzoori about how his company provides advisory services to companies and invests across a diversified portfolio of different asset classes, including equity and convertible note investments in large and small cap public listed and private companies.

The company also invests in technology companies involved in the development of blockchain solutions as well as direct investments in established and liquid Cryptocurrency (for example Bitcoin and Ethereum).

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Business of Cannabis Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE was proud to have Business of Cannabis join us to open the market (virtually) on October 22nd, 2020, which coincided with the final day of their annual Cannabis + Technology event.

Business of Cannabis is Canada’s authoritative source for news and analysis of the cannabis industry. They boast a leading portfolio of nationally focused publications and services that provide smart, legitimate, and ambitious coverage of the cannabis space, as well as thought-provoking industry insights.

To celebrate this Market Open and commemorate another successful run of Cannabis + Technology, several members of the CSE team, including CEO Richard Carleton and Vice President of Listings Development James Black, joined Business of Cannabis to participate in the ringing of the bell.

According to Jay Rosenthal, a Co-Founder of Business of Cannabis:

The intersection of cannabis and technology underpins the cannabis sector now – and will drive the growth ahead. That’s why Business of Cannabis launched the Cannabis + Technology series last year. In year two of the event, the focus is on creating a sector that is compliant, efficient and profitable throughout the supply chain.

Among those in attendance at the Market Open were Blaine Pearson, Co-Founder of Business of Cannabis as well as participants from the Cannabis + Technology event, including Mackenzie Ferguson of Verda Innovations Inc. and Sahil Razdan of Torkin Manes LLP.

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Bob Groesbeck on the Vegas Retail Rollercoaster of 2020 | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Barrington Miller chats with Bob Groesbeck, Co-CEO of Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE:PLTH) about his company’s challenges – and newfound opportunities – serving customers through their Vegas SuperStore during the pandemic:

0:35 – Introducing Planet 13 holdings – an entertainment company
1:35 – Life since MJBiz in Vegas
4:33 – Having the team to make the transition to delivery possible
7:03 – The Planet 13 product offerings – expansion of the house brand
10:24 – Current tourism trends
12:58 – What the company plans to do with its recently raised funds
14:49 – Post-COVID plans
16:44 – Origin of the Planet 13 name

Planet 13 is a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Nevada, with award-winning cultivation, production and dispensary operations in Las Vegas – the entertainment capital of the world. Planet 13’s mission is to build a recognizable global brand known for world-class dispensary operations and a creator of innovative cannabis products. Planet 13’s shares trade on the Canadian Stock Exchange (CSE) under the symbol PLTH and OTCQX under the symbol PLNHF.

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www.planet13holdings.com
https://thecse.com/en/listings/life-sciences/planet-13-holdings-inc

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Field Trip Health Ltd. Joins the CSE at Our First Virtual Market Open

The CSE proudly welcomed Field Trip Health Ltd. (CSE:FTRP) to join the Exchange in our first virtual Market Open, on October 6th, 2020. 

Field Trip Health is a global leader in the development and delivery of psychedelic therapies for mental health, including depression. The company conducts advanced research on plant-based psychedelics and is leading the development of the next generation of psychedelic molecules. Currently operating within North America and via Field Trip Digital, the company’s technology division, Field Trip Health blends psychedelic-enhanced therapy, mindfulness, and self-care with a series of sessions with trained psychotherapists. This enables them to offer a more personalized approach to mental wellness, as opposed to traditional pharmaceutical and psychiatric treatments. 

In celebration of the momentous occasion, CSE CEO Richard Carleton stated, “It’s a real pleasure in fact, it’s our favourite part of all of our jobs: to welcome new issuers to the Exchange.” He remarked, “[The CSE is] very active in the psychedelic space. We’ve got many, many people who are very excited [about] the therapeutic benefits, the lifestyle benefits, and wellness and improvement in overall human health that this sector promises.” 

James Black, the CSE’s Vice President of Listings Development, added, “Welcome to the Exchange. Thanks for being a part of the family. We’re very, very excited to welcome you today and, for the first time, to give you a virtual welcome. We look forward to working with you. We’re really proud of the listing; we’re proud of everything that you’re aiming to do. Let’s be a part of something successful.”

Several members of the Field Trip Health team were present at the virtual event, including Founder and Executive Chairman Ronan Levy, who led the countdown and “rang” a makeshift “opening bell” of his own. 

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The CSE Announces Thomas S. Caldwell’s Departure and Four New Directors Elected to the Board

Last month, Thomas S. Caldwell retired from the Board of Directors of the Canadian Securities Exchange and stepped down as Chairman, a role he had filled since 2012. The move was prompted by a new recognition order from the Ontario Securities Commission requiring the Exchange to have an independent director serve as Chairman. 

Mr. Caldwell, President and CEO of Urbana Corporation, played an enormous role in the CSE’s success. In 2012, Urbana led the recapitalization of CNSX Markets Inc., which operates the CSE. Mr. Caldwell was intimately involved in supporting the CSE’s strategy and spearheading its growth. At the time of Urbana’s investment, the CSE had 189 listings, average daily trading volume of 4.22 million shares, and a cumulative market capitalization for all its securities of $1.18 billion. Today, the CSE is a substantial global stock exchange with 610 listings, average daily trading volume of 101.62 million shares, and a cumulative market capitalization of $25.33 billion.

“It is impossible to overstate Tom Caldwell’s contribution to the success of the Canadian Securities Exchange,” said Richard Carleton, CSE Chief Executive Officer. “The success we have achieved in capitalizing on growth opportunities, including those in the cannabis sector, is directly attributable to his leadership. To put it simply, the CSE would not be where it is today without him.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of what the CSE team has achieved over the last eight years,” said Mr. Caldwell. “Back in 2012, I recognized that Canada needed a strong alternative platform that truly met the needs of emerging issuers. Today, there is no doubt that the CSE has fulfilled its promise and is recognized as a preferred public market option for leading entrepreneurs.”

Steve Blake has assumed the role of Chairman of the CSE. Mr. Blake has been a director of the CSE since 2018, and he has more than 20 years of experience in senior financial roles at a range of companies. He was most recently Chief Operating Officer of the Child Development Institute, an accredited children’s mental health agency in Toronto. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer for The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited.

“I am honoured to be named Chairman of the Canadian Securities Exchange,” said Mr. Blake. “While no one can truly replace Tom Caldwell, I am confident that we have an outstanding leadership team in place that is well equipped to drive the next stage of the CSE’s growth and continue to deliver superior service to all of its stakeholders.” 

Four New Directors Elected

At the CSE’s Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders last month, four new, highly talented nominees were elected to the Board of Directors: Hema Barkhouse, Michael Bluestein, Brendan T.N. Caldwell, and Eric Sites. Both Ms. Barkhouse and Mr. Bluestein are independent directors. Three of the CSE’s long-time directors did not stand for re-election: Thomas S. Caldwell, George Elliott, and Joel Strickland.

“We are delighted to welcome four new directors to the Board of the Canadian Securities Exchange,” said Richard Carleton, “They are replacing three truly outstanding directors. Tom, George, and Joel made enormous contributions to the CSE and oversaw a period of significant growth for the Exchange.”

Hema Barkhouse is Vice President, Accounting and Controls at Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd. She has more than 25 years of experience in the retail, consumer packaged goods, telecom, and financial services industries. In addition to Canadian Tire, Ms. Barkhouse has held executive roles at Loblaw Companies Ltd., George Weston Ltd., and Bell Canada.

Michael Bluestein is a Corporate and Securities Lawyer and the Founder of the CC Corporate Counsel P.C. law firm. He has more than 13 years of experience in M&A, corporate finance, registration, compliance, and securities law. He has advised numerous reporting issuers and helped multiple start-ups achieve their goals, from incorporation to successful exits.

Brendan T.N. Caldwell is President, CEO, and CIO of Caldwell Investment Management. He is also Co-Portfolio Manager of Caldwell’s major exchange-related investments, including Urbana Corporation and the Caldwell Growth Opportunities Trust. His securities exchange memberships have included Toronto, New York, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Kansas City Board of Trade, and the American Stock Exchange.

Eric Sites is Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Horizon Kinetics LLC, a firm he joined in 2004. He is a member of the firm’s research team and a member of its investment team for certain Horizon private investment vehicles and other registered investment companies. Mr. Sites currently serves on the Council of the Bermuda Stock Exchange, where he heads the New Business Development Committee.

In addition to the four new members, the Board consists of Steve Blake (Chair), Jim Dale, and Jeffrey MacIntosh.

“With our strong new directors and outstanding management team, the Canadian Securities Exchange is well positioned to continue fulfilling its mandate to be the exchange of choice for entrepreneurs,” said Mr. Blake.