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Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine: The Precious Metals Issue – Now Live!

Welcome to the latest issue of Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine, your source for in-depth stories of entrepreneurs from a wealth of different industries.

While precious metals continue their legacy of popularity on the world stage, it seems the word “precious” is taking on new meaning in today’s world. Energy-linked metals, such as lithium and uranium, are quickly becoming some of the most sought-after metals to feed the growing shift toward cleaner technology.

In this issue of Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine, we feature six CSE-listed precious and critical metals companies focused on bringing world-class jurisdictions into the limelight, from Nevada to Newfoundland to Nunavut in North America and even further afield in West Africa.

The CSE-listed companies featured in this issue include:

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Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine: The Technology Issue – Now Live!

Welcome to the latest issue of Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine, your source for in-depth stories of entrepreneurs from a wealth of different industries.

Just two months after being released publicly in November 2022, OpenAI’s ChatGPT grew to 100 million users. For the more than 800 listings on the CSE, over 100 of which are technology companies, the opportunities for AI to effect change are numerous, and investors and entrepreneurs are understandably fixated on the new opportunities that such potent technology opens up.

In this issue of Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine, we feature six CSE-listed technology companies that are getting ahead of the curve with innovations to solve tomorrow’s problems today, from emergency communications to plant-derived nutraceuticals to cryptocurrency forensics.

The CSE-listed companies featured in this issue include:

Check out the Technology Issue of Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine here:

Hamish Khamisa on Retail Investors & Making the World “Better” | The CSE Podcast Ep15-S3

Welcome back to The Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast. This week, host James Black is joined by Hamish Khamisa, Founder and President of Sparx Publishing Group, where they discuss his findings from over a decade of analyzing investment trends, particularly those in the self-directed investment space.

James and Hamish then go deeper into the trends that are arising as a result of changing investor demographics, as well as the real impacts of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) company practices and how these efforts might impact investment in the coming years. Finally, they touch on the topic of what it really means for a company to make the world a “better” place and why the measure of true profit really is up for discussion! 


Show link: Make the World Better Magazine | Issue 4 (

Hosts: James Black 
Producer: James Black
Guests: Hamish Khamisa 

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Robert Twibaze and Mark Mutaahi on Entrepreneurship in Africa | The CSE Podcast Ep14-S3

Welcome back to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast. On this week’s episode, host James Black welcomes back Rob Cook, Sr. VP at the Canadian Securities Exchange to share interviews and stories from his recent journey to Rwanda and Uganda. During his travels Rob sat down for conversations with intrepid entrepreneurs including  Robert Twibaze, a hotelier in Kigali, Rwanda who shares the origin story of his new hotel the “Governor’s Residence” that finds its origins back to when he was a local tourist guide in the area. We then catch-up with Mark Mutaahi, a Canadian educated Ugandan who returned to his homeland to fund the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in Uganda.

Hosts: James Black and Rob Cook
Producer: James Black
Guests: Robert Twibaze and Mark Mutaahi 


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Investing in Our Planet: A Summit on Responsible Investment

As Earth Day 2023 approaches, it’s crucial for investors, governments, and companies to reflect on the impact climate change will have on investment decisions and requirements. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet,” emphasizing the need to promote sustainable investments and contribute to a more sustainable future. 

At the Canadian Securities Exchange, we have a unique perspective on the transformation happening across the capital markets. The growing demand for publicly-listed companies to consider socially responsible investing (SRI) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) requirements is evident. More than 90% of S&P 500 companies, for example, report some kind of ESG or sustainability-related metrics, and, increasingly, smaller market cap companies are following suit. 

While exact figures vary widely, the total amount of money invested in sustainable assets is now well into the trillions of dollars. Investors, be they institutional or retail, are progressively voting with their dollars and values. 

Summit on Responsible Investment: A Must-Attend Event

Our first-ever Summit on Responsible Investment, to be held in Kelowna, BC in June 2023, in collaboration with Sparx Publishing Group, is a timely event for publicly-listed companies and investors seeking to learn more about SRI and ESG considerations.

Building on this year’s Earth Day message and extending on themes from Sparx’s latest issue of Make The World Better Magazine: Capital As a Force for Good, this event will explore different facets of the conversation on socially responsible investing and ESG to help participants understand the trends, requirements, and opportunities that exist in the capital markets. 

Two important themes, described further below, will be discussed in more detail at the summit and underpin the need for publicly-listed issuers and investors to become familiar with this conversation.

Understanding the Similarities and Differences of SRI and ESG

SRI and ESG investing aim to promote socially responsible investments and sustainable business practices. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, they have some differences. SRI focuses on investing in companies that align with a set of ethical or moral values, while ESG considers environmental, social, and governance factors in the investment decision-making process.

The Risks of Greenwashing and the Importance of Transparency

With the increased interest in sustainable investing, there is also a risk of “greenwashing.” To avoid the risks of greenwashing, companies need to be transparent and provide accurate information about their sustainability practices, including providing detailed reports on their ESG performance and demonstrating a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. 

Investors also need to be vigilant in their due diligence and ask the right questions to ensure that companies are truly committed to sustainability.

Reporting Requirements and Oversight

While the reporting requirements and frameworks for ESG, in particular, are varied, companies that wish to integrate this reporting will benefit from understanding the Exchange’s viewpoints. 

Our session on ESG in Capital Markets, held virtually in October 2021 (see video below), helped to articulate the CSE’s position on requirements for listed issuers and is a great primer ahead of the summit. In short, while the CSE encourages best practices, it does not mandate them. 

Ultimately, investors, via the company disclosures, will play a key role in determining whether a company is meeting its own objectives or standards. That said, regulatory bodies in the U.S. and in Canada are increasing their scrutiny of ESG-related disclosures.


This year’s Earth Day theme, “Invest in Our Planet,” is particularly relevant to the CSE and our stakeholders. 

SRI and ESG considerations are becoming more important for publicly-traded companies, and the Summit on Responsible Investment and accompanying content, will provide a unique opportunity for companies and investors to learn more about these considerations and gain valuable insights into the latest developments in sustainable investing. 

To make a real and lasting positive impact, companies must be transparent about their sustainability practices, and investors must be diligent in ensuring that companies are truly committed to sustainability.

Neil Seeman “Unpacks” the Entrepreneurial Brain | The CSE Podcast Ep13-S3

Welcome back to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast. On this week’s episode, host James Black welcomes back Neil Seeman, a Canadian educator, internet entrepreneur, mental health advocate, and author. Neil’s new book “Accelerated Minds: Unlocking the Fascinating, Inspiring, and Often Destructive Impulses that Drive the Entrepreneurial Brain” dives into the brain science of why entrepreneurs do what they do and take the risks that they take.

In this conversation Neil emphasizes the role of dopamine and how it dictates entrepreneurial behavior and describes what unhealthy and healthy entrepreneurial behavior really looks like. Ultimately, the conversation lands on the paramount question around the role society plays in supporting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial mental health. Neil’s new book launches May 9th, 2023.

Neil’s new book! Accelerated Minds: Unlocking the Fascinating, Inspiring, and Often Destructive Impulses that Drive the Entrepreneurial Brain: Seeman, Neil: 9781990823046: Books –

Last time Neil was on the show: Neil Seeman on Actionable Insights with Incalculable Amounts of Data | RIWI Corp. (CSE:RIW) – YouTube

Host: James Black
Producer: James Black
Guest: Neil Seeman


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Quawntay “Bosco” Adams on the Path to Freedom | The CSE Podcast Ep12-S3

Welcome back to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast. On this week’s episode host James Black taps into the extraordinary journey of Quawntay “Bosco” Adams, whose odyssey from the streets of Compton to federal prison and now to Hollywood is truly the story of one man whose dream was simply too big for anything to stop. Bosco’s story is the entrepreneurial journey personified – a journey where nothing is guaranteed, the odds are lopsided, and resources are slim at best. In this discussion, Quawntay talk’s about the power of self-belief and the near infinite capabilities of the human spirit and intuition. We only scratch the surface of Bosco’s incredible journey and encourage listeners to dig deeper via the show links below:

Show Links:

Bosco’s memoir: Chasin’ Freedum — Quawntay Bosco Adams
Website and National Geographic Special Quawntay “Bosco” Adams | Author and former prisoner. (

Host: James Black
Producer: James Black
Guest: Quawntay “Bosco” Adams


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Mining Events Recap – Post-Q1 2023

It’s been a whirlwind start to 2023. Over the past three months, the CSE team has enjoyed connecting with friends both old and new in mining and from across the capital markets at the many mining events and activities taking place across the country.

From VRIC to PreDACs to PDAC, there was no shortage of opportunities to engage in lively discussion on the latest trends driving activity and interest in the mining and exploration sectors.

Regardless of the event, consistently strong event attendance was an indicator of renewed enthusiasm for the mining sector with a clear interest in battery and precious metals. In particular, our time at PDAC in Toronto as both a media sponsor and exhibitor enabled us to provide a pulse of mining-related developments taking place at the CSE.

Check out our highlights from this year’s signature mining events below, and be sure to visit our events calendar to see where we’re headed next.

Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) & Cross-Border Networking Reception

The CSE team was thrilled to be back in Vancouver for VRIC, produced by Cambridge House, and to celebrate the opportunities and benefits that Canadian and US investors and companies experience in accessing capital on both sides of our shared border. 

At VRIC, the CSE exhibited alongside CSE-listed issuers, Western Uranium (CSE:WUC), Snowline Gold (CSE:SGD), Sitka Gold (CSE:SIG), Sassy Gold (CSE:SASY), Quebec Nickel (CSE:QNI), Inflection Resources (CSE:AUCU), Headwater Gold (CSE:HWG), Green River Gold (CSE:CCR), Getchell Gold (CSE:GTCH), and Bunker Hill Mining (CSE:BNKR). Plus, we previewed our new branding at the CSE’s Vancouver office in conjunction with this event.

Our Cross-Border Networking Reception was a fun and well-attended event that closed out VRIC. A big thank you to our event partners, OTC Markets, Odyssey Trust, MNP, Investing News Network, DealMaker, Grove Corporate Services, and Bennett Jones!

Click here for photo highlights.

PreDAC Vancouver & PreDAC Toronto

Leading up to PDAC, the CSE continued our tradition of gathering and discussing the most important trends ahead of this world-renowned mining convention. This year, we partnered with Investor.Events to co-host our mining industry networking events PreDAC Vancouver and PreDAC Toronto, both of which were sold out.

These events featured great lineups of companies delivering quick pitches, and there were vibrant conversations around mining for battery metals, the small cap space, as well as interesting outlooks on the industry for 2023 and beyond. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and a big thank you to our event sponsors, Newsfile, W.D. Latimer, Purves Redmond, Vested, SmallCap Communications, BTV, Stanford & Turner Marketing Group, MNP, Grove Corporate Services, and OCI Group!

Click here to see the PreDAC Vancouver album, and click here to see the PreDAC Toronto album.

PDAC Investor Luncheon

It was great to be back at the PDAC convention and to host our annual networking luncheon. 

The event featured a keynote address from Peter Kent, CEO of First Phosphate (CSE:PHOS),  a former Minister of State for the Americas with the department of Foreign Affairs and former Environment Minister of Canada, who provided fascinating insights on the global mining landscape. Following this presentation, CSE-listed mining companies delivered rapid-fire company pitches and were among the strongest slate of companies that have ever presented at this luncheon event! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and a special thank you to our sponsors, MNP, DSA Corporate Services, Marrelli Support Services, Investor.Events, BTV, INN, Market One, Newsfile, Purves Redmond, W.D. Latimer, Vested, and SmallCap Communications! 

Click here to see the photos.

Mangia Bevi Festa

Our Mangia Bevi Festa networking event, presented in partnership with MNP and Aird & Berlis, was once again a huge success! To celebrate a busy PDAC, the CSE team was thrilled to meet with colleagues and unwind over great food, great drinks, and great company. 

Thank you once again to everyone who joined us at the many events that took place, and a big thank you to everyone who continues to support the CSE as we move into this exciting new phase in our company. 

We look forward to seeing everyone again at upcoming mining events and of course at PDAC 2024!

Alex Tapscott on Charting New Frontiers in a “Web3” World | The CSE Podcast S3-E11

Welcome back to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast. On this week’s episode, host James Black welcomes back Alex Tapscott, Co-Founder of the Blockchain Research Institute to talk about all things blockchain, decentralized finance, and Web3. This conversation is a natural extension from James and Alex’s conversation back in 2019 where Alex discussed the origins and practical implications of the ‘Blockchain Revolution’. Alex is now on the path to launching his new book “Web3: Charting the Internet’s Next Economic and Cultural Frontier” and he shares his viewpoints on the fall of FTX, Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse and how these failures relate to the world of decentralized finance and crypto.

Alex’s new book! Web3: Charting the Internet’s Next Economic and Cultural Frontier eBook : Tapscott, Alex: Kindle Store

Last time Alex was on the show: Alex Tapscott on his Unshakeable Belief in the Blockchain Revolution

About Blockchain Research Institute: The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) is an independent, global think tank, dedicated to exploring and sharing knowledge about the strategic implications of blockchain on business, government, and society. Co-founded by Don and Alex Tapscott, BRI is funded by a consortium of international corporations and government agencies. The BRI’s latest program – Toward Web3: Digital Assets, Digital Transformation – is designed to assist our Members in understanding the potential uses and benefits of Web3 technologies, and to provide guidance on how to successfully integrate blockchain into their operations.


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Bill Besenhofer on Creating “Honest Food” for All | The CSE Podcast S3-E10

On this episode of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast we welcome back Bill Besenhofer, CEO of The Fresh Factory (CSE:FRSH). In this week’s conversation, we chat about the platform they have  built to accelerate the growth of disruptive food and beverage brands that are vertically integrated from the farm to shelf. 

The Fresh Factory strives to provide tangible answers to some profound questions facing modern consumers – how do we eat healthier? How do we do this at scale? How do we get better products on the shelves for ourselves and for our children? Delivering answers to these questions comes down to a shared vision across the value-chain of those participating in the food business AND a dedication to execution from the manufacturing-end to ensure safe, consistent and healthy products end-up on consumers tables. It’s not easy and Bill goes into detail as to how they are pulling it ALL together.

About The Fresh Factory: The Fresh Factory is a vertically integrated company focused on accelerating the growth of the fresh, clean-label, plant-based food and beverage brands of tomorrow. The Fresh Factory owns or partners with emerging brands in the plant-based space to develop, manufacture, and sell products made from fresh produce and recognizable ingredients. It operates from its centrally located manufacturing facility near Chicago, serving customers across the US. As a public benefits corporation, The Fresh Factory is ESG-focused, driven to make a lighter, greener impact on the environment and a stronger, positive impact on local communities and the food system as a whole. 


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