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Beau Whitney on Data-driven Economic Models for Cannabis | The CSE Podcast Ep29-S2

The CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Beau Whitney, Founder of Whitney Economics, to discuss data-driven trends in cannabis globally, including US legalization, emerging markets, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG). The conversation also addresses how Whitney Economics uses data to help cannabis operators navigate the industry.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Beau discuss in this edition of The Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast:

00:00 – Introduction
02:00 – Global trends in the cannabis industry
03:28 – The cannabis industry in Canada and the US
07:05 – How do American cannabis companies differ from coast to coast? How is the industry shaped by state legislation?
11:33 – How do ESG (environmental and social governance) mandates tie into the valuation of multi-state operators?
14:40 – Is the current economic data contributing to the liberalization of cannabis policy in the US?
16:52 – What are the data points that have shifted over the last 7 years?
19:32 – Have there been any surprising individuals, organizations, and corporations that have reached out to collaborate?
22:59 – Within the business of data, who are Whitney Economics’ competitors and/or collaborators?
24:29 – Key findings from the business report that Whitney Economics published in 2020

About Beau Whitney

Whitney Economics was founded in October 2014 by Beau Whitney, in Portland Oregon. Mr. Whitney is currently the Chief Economist for the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). A member of the American Economic Association, the Oregon chapter president of the National Association of Business Economics and a participant in meetings of the Oregon council of economic advisors, he is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading cannabis economists. A registered member of the European Industrial Hemp Association, Mr. Whitney is also a member of multiple local regulatory advisory committees throughout the U.S. including the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) RAC for both hemp and cannabis.

Learn more about Whitney Economics at https://whitneyeconomics.com/

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Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine: The Cannabis 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.

Since launching just under a decade ago, the agility of the commercial cannabis industry has been nothing short of remarkable. As the global leader in publicly-listed cannabis securities, the Canadian Securities Exchange is acutely aware of just how nimble the various stakeholders in the industry have had to be in the face of various multifaceted challenges. 

In this issue of Canadian Securities Exchange Magazine, we feature executives from six of the most influential CSE-listed cannabis companies, as well as industry experts, who provide their perspectives on how the cannabis industry can maneuver through the current market conditions and where they see the industry going.

The CSE-listed companies featured in this issue include:

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

 

Paul Rice and Michael Perron on Indigenous Communities and Business | The CSE Podcast Ep28-S2

The CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by President and CEO of Dable Advisory and Consulting Services Paul Rice, and CFO, Transaction Advisory, Corporate Development, and Corporate Strategy of Kinza Consulting Michael Perron in this special edition podcast to discuss the history of business for Indigenous communities, how steps for reconciliation can be taken, and hopes for the future.

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Blockchain Venture Capital Inc. (CSE:BVCI) Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE warmly welcomed Blockchain Venture Capital Inc. (CSE:BVCI) for a virtual Market Open on August 18, 2022. 

Blockchain Venture Capital is a financial services company providing an innovative technology infrastructure to participants in the emerging blockchain and distributed ledger technology industry. They’ve developed BVC-Chain, a public, decentralized blockchain built on open blockchain technologies; BvcPay, a mobile app developed on BVC-Chain that functions as a digital asset wallet; and CADT, a digital asset that is 100 percent backed by the Canadian dollar.

CEO Richard Zhou and other members of the Blockchain Venture Capita team kicked off the day’s trading, and Director Justin Poy shared more about the company’s vision and mission. 

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Relevant Gold Corp. (CSE:RGC) Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE warmly welcomed Relevant Gold Corp. (CSE:RGC) for a virtual Market Open on August 11, 2022. 

Relevant Gold is a North American gold exploration company founded by exploration geologists with a focus on the acquisition, exploration, discovery and development of district-scale gold projects in the US state of Wyoming. 

CEO Robert Bergmann and other members of the Relevant Gold team kicked off the day’s trading with their “Wyoming-style” virtual Market Open. 

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Spotlight on Darcy Krohman

Your education and experience are at a unique intersection of finance and mining. What made you decide to pursue this career trajectory?

During my undergrad, I completed several business courses which set me on a path to pursue the Chartered Accountant program, articling with KPMG. My intent was always to integrate finance and mining, as, from my perspective, the subject matter and information derived from these two disciplines provide the “nuts and bolts” of the operations of any mining or mineral exploration company.

Where did your career in mining start?

My first jobs in the mining space were with the UBC working for a PhD student and mapping a large region near the Mascot Gold Mine in the Similkameen Valley of southern BC, followed by summers working for BHP-Utah Mines in the Coastal Mountains of BC and on Vancouver Island at their Island Copper Mine.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned during your time at the CSE?

The importance of patience and flexibility while working with issuers to achieve their objectives. Many junior companies do not have the in-house expertise or resources to address many of the complex issues to get their companies and mineral projects past the exchange listing “finish line.” EThe services the CSE provides for listing and ongoing continuous disclosure processes are integral to obtaining a positive outcome for the company, investors and the CSE.

What is the most important thing mining companies need to consider when going public?

The single most important aspect of any company, public or private, is having the right people doing the right functions. The mining industry is littered with examples of good projects significantly impaired by management with the wrong skill sets. Mining companies, like all companies who decide to go public, must also realize that the rules of the game change once you decide to go public. The assets of the company are no longer solely for the benefit of the directors, officers, management and insiders, and there is an ongoing obligation to account for those assets.

From your perspective, what are some challenges that public mining companies are currently facing?

In a complex industry like mining, there are numerous challenges faced by public companies. Some of these include identifying resources, dealing with longer lead times, developing new technology, finding qualified labour, working in remote and complicated jurisdictions, and complying with corporate social responsibility to stakeholders, Indigenous peoples, and the environment.

What are some misconceptions about mining you think people should know?

Probably the amount of environmental damage a mine will have if developed responsibly. To maintain our current standard of living, metals have to be produced, and environmental impact and surface disturbance will, unfortunately, occur. However, that impact can be mitigated by using evolving technologies, completing a cost-benefit analysis at each stage, and complying with professional and industry standards. Canada has high environmental standards, and I believe the export of these standards will help improve the acceptance of mining as a sustainable industry worldwide.

This story was featured in the Canadian Securities Exchange magazine.

Vaughn DiMarco & Daniel Drouet on Investing in AI | The CSE Podcast Ep27-S2

The CSE’s Barrington Miller and Scott Pritchard are joined by X Machina Co-Founder & VP of Growth and Value Creation Vaughn DiMarco and Co-Founder, CTO, & CPO Daniel Drouet to discuss the funding gap in the market for early-stage tech companies and how X Machina aims to bridge that gap. The conversation also addresses the potential uses of AI for industrial applications and why Montreal is a growing hub for the technology sector.

Here’s an overview of the discussion in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

00:00 – Introduction
04:02 – What does X Machina do?
07:25 – How does X Machina choose AI companies?
09:55 – What is the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning?
14:48 – What is Startupfest and how does X Machina choose companies? Where do you see the best opportunities?
18:43 – How does X Machina provide value to potential companies?
21:59 – Why is Montreal an AI and tech hub?
29:21 – What are SR&ED credits?
36:05 – How many companies has X Machina looked at in 2022?
38:20 – What types of companies/industries are emerging?
39:38 – Are there any companies coming from outside of North America into Montreal?

About Vaughn DiMarco

Vaughn is an investor, entrepreneur, and engineer applying AI best practices across industries. As Investment Director at IVADO LABS, he was part of a small team managing INVEST-AI, a $35M Quebec fund. He led due diligence on hundreds of companies, managed a large portfolio, and funding dozens of successful initiatives including but not limited to manufacturing, construction, finance, media, entertainment, medical devices, and tech. 

About Daniel Drouet

Daniel has been deeply involved in tech for over twenty years as an engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and mentor. He has expertise in product management, engineering, and venture financing.  He has conceived and overseen the delivery of numerous software products and IT services and founded several tech companies. He was a founding partner of Real Ventures, Canada’s most active early-stage venture capital fund, and helped grow Anges Quebec into one of the largest angel investor networks in the country.

Learn more about X Machina at https://machina-ai.com/.

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MariMed Inc. (CSE:MRMD) Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE warmly welcomed MariMed Inc. (CSE:MRMD) for a virtual Market Open on July 12, 2022. 

MariMed, a multi-state cannabis operator, is dedicated to improving lives every day through its high-quality products, actions, and values. They develop, own, and manage seed to sale state-licensed cannabis facilities which focus on leading horticultural principles, cannabis cultivation techniques, cannabis-infused products, and dispensary operations. 

“Many people have been calling MariMed the best kept secret in cannabis over the years,” noted CAO Jon Levine, stating, “We believe that listing on the CSE will help us get the word out about our company, increase our liquidity and secure more analyst coverage as well.” 

James Black, VP of Listings Development at the CSE, added, “We are thrilled to welcome MariMed to the Canadian public markets! The company has a deep history in the sector and is a welcome addition amongst its industry peers on the Exchange.”

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Spotlight on Theresa Nyabeze

Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee Co-Chair Theresa Nyabeze talks about advocating for diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the mining industry and beyond.

What initially drew you to STEM?

A curiosity about how things worked. I grew up with very curious siblings who were always experimenting with multiple endeavours growing up, like raising silkworms, beekeeping and so on.

How did your career in mining begin?

By accident! In school, I learned that while I enjoyed math and sciences, I hated biology. I needed a program free from human anatomy, and as a younger-than-usual first-year student, I was hesitant to leave my home of Sudbury, Ontario where I lived since I was 12 – so, the mining program at Laurentian University it was! 

Speaking personally, why do you believe diversity and inclusion are important?

I just think it’s the absolute most common-sense lever in everything I do. When I have volunteered in groups or worked in teams, the more people felt understood and included, the more creative they became and the more they seemed to thrive within and outside my engagement with them. From that point of view, I think it’s critical.

As Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committe Co-Chair at CIM, what are some of the challenges you’ve seen or encountered when it comes to D&I in the mining industry?

I think connecting our stories and learning, growing and collaborating continues to be a challenge. I see so many well-intentioned initiatives and driven individuals. We need to break out of tackling challenges in silos.

In your opinion, what is the current state of diversity and inclusion in mining? How does it differ from when you began your career?

The mining industry is on an impressive growth curve, and we are making large strides in embracing D&I. Why I say that is because we are leaders in safety; taking care of the whole ecosystem is something that comes naturally. As we harness this similarity, we are making progress. Look around at mining companies: You will see a major effort to really embrace the learnings from society. There are signs and symbols that progress is underway to diversify workforces, as well as increased training and awareness-raising of key topics.

What efforts can people make to better foster inclusivity?

Investy time in the concept of “unlearning,” and become curious about your teammates and what belonging means to them. This is at a personal, team, and company level.

What do you feel is most important for people to know about diversity and inclusion?

We all need it – regardless of our appearance. Think about your experiences when you were in school until this day; we all thrive when we have a friendship group or people who “get” us. The same sense of belonging you need is what everyone else seeks. There is room for everyone to participate in this movement. Consider this your invitation if you need one! 

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Living out my values and being recognized for my radical authenticity.

This story was featured in the Canadian Securities Exchange magazine.

Alixe Cormick and Darcy Krohman on Proposed “Changes” to 43-101 | PDAC | The CSE Podcast Ep26-S2

In a special episode recorded during the PDAC conference, the CSE’s Anna Serin is joined by CSE Listings Manager & In-House Geologist Darcy Krohman and Alixe Cormick, a lawyer at Venture Law Corporation, to discuss the request for feedback on the 43-101 mining legislation, including its background, the potential for modernization, and ESG accountability. The conversation also addresses what is being asked of mining companies to submit and suggestions to involve investors.

About Alixe Cormick
Alixe Cormick is Founder of Venture Law Corporation and a practicing public company lawyer. Alixe’s law practice is transaction oriented and weighted towards industrial, technology and biotechnology companies located in North America and Asia.

About Darcy Krohman
Darcy Krohman is CSE’s Listings Manager and In-House Geologist. He works at the unique intersection of finance, mining, and public markets. His career in mining first started with the UBC, and he has also worked for mines in the Coastal Mountains of BC and on Vancouver Island.

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