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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: Amazon.ca: 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.

#alwaysinvested

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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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IWD 2023 Special: Women in Capital Markets | The CSE Podcast S3-Ep9

It’s International Women’s Day! Join the Canadian Securities Exchange’s Anna Serin as she’s joined by CSE CFO Mary Anne Palangio and CSE CLO Tracey Stern for a special edition of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast.

In this episode, Mary Anne and Tracey share perspectives earned through their unique journeys in the Canadian Capital Markets, including the specific challenges and opportunities they see for women building their careers in the legal, finance, and accounting sectors.

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Todd Shapiro on a “Exotic” Expansion in the Mushroom Business | The CSE Podcast S3-Ep8

On this week’s episode of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast we welcome back Todd Shapiro, CEO of Red Light Holland (CSE:TRIP). In this week’s conversation, we discuss why their stock symbol isn’t quite as representative of the company as it once was (or was meant to be) and “dig” into  the things they are doing to diversify within the realm of mushrooms.

Red Light Holland is a company that originally found its platform around psychotropic (or hallucinogenic) truffles, specifically in the realm of microdosing. Now the company has expanded its business to the world of “exotic” mushrooms, and Todd explains why this movement beyond psychedelic mushrooms is part of a larger vision and passion to build a legacy business that can extend to future generations.

About Red Light Holland: Red Light Holland is an Ontario-based corporation engaged in the production, growth and sale of functional mushrooms and mushroom home grow kits in North America and Europe, and a premium brand of psilocybin truffles to the legal, recreational market within the Netherlands, in compliance with all applicable laws. 

Learn more about Red Light Holland at https://redlight.co/

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Ray Williams on “Capitalizing” on Diversity | The CSE Podcast Ep7-S3

On this week’s show of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast we welcome Ray Williams to discuss  diversity, race, and social equity, and why these themes are critical on both a human and economic level.

Ray Williams is the Vice Chairman – Financial Markets at National Bank Financial and has a storied banking career that has spanned decades. We discuss the legacy he’s working to achieve through National Bank and organizations like the Black Opportunity Fund and 100 Strong. Notably, this discussion provides a prompt for executives and investors alike to ask themselves the question of whether they’re doing enough to investigate, encourage, and mentor talent from all backgrounds and to best position their firms with the best people that will bring their enterprises the greatest success.

Learn more about the Rotman School of Management at https://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/
Learn more about the Black Opportunity Fund at https://blackopportunityfund.ca/
Learn more about the 100 Strong at https://100strongfoundation.ca/

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Brayden Sutton on Getting “Back-to-Basics” in the Bud Business | The CSE Podcast Ep6-S3

The sixth episode of this year’s program has us catching up with Brayden Sutton, CEO of The BC Bud Corporation (CSE:BCBC).

Brayden isn’t just a CEO… he’s had a colorful career as a trader, as an entrepreneur, and investor at a young age. He’s even written a book called Money Mind: Beyond Speculation – a deep dive on his own journey in speculative investing and portfolio management. In this conversation we discuss what brought him back to the cannabis industry after his experiences with Supreme Cannabis and 1933 Industries and then we dive deeper into the motivations for writing a personal finance book.

About The BC Bud Corporation: The BC Bud Co is a house of brands created by industry professionals who are passionate about the user experience and ever-changing consumer demand. Founder-led and based in British Columbia; we take the heritage of BC Bud seriously.

Learn more about The BC Bud Co at https://www.thebcbc.com/

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Taking a Tour of Israel Tech | The CSE Podcast Ep5-S3

This week we take the show on-the-road to Tel Aviv, Israel where we get caught up with tech executives in the health tech, cannabis, life sciences and food tech sectors.

First-up is an intro to VVT Medical led by Erez Tetro and Concenter BioPharma, led by Dror Chevion. After introducing their respective businesses Erez and Dror sit down with guest host Mark Francis to discuss the motivations behind their businesses and the hard lessons learned bringing their visions to market.

Following that, we go rapid-fire with Rob Cook, who introduces several more innovators and executives from the Israeli tech space, including those standing firmly at the intersection of public markets and entrepreneurship. Featured on this week’s show are:

Erez Tetro – CEO of VVT Medical
Dror Chevion – CEO, Co-Founder, Director of Concenter BioPharma
Jonathan Ben-Cnaan – Co-Founder of Atlas Global Brands (CSE:ATL)
Eli Ben Haroosh – CEO of Stickit Labs
Tamir Gedo – CEO of Beyond Oil (CSE:BOIL)
Yoav Bar Joseph – Founder & CEO of Cannibble Foodtech (CSE:PLCN)
and
Iris Bincovich – CEO of InnoCan Pharma (CSE:INNO)
 
It’s a fascinating cross sector of the types of companies one can find in the “start-up nation” and great examples of innovation at work – so please enjoy the show and our apologies for some of the spotty audio on this week’s recording – we did our best within very noisy environments to bring you this week’s episode – enjoy!
 
Hosts: James Black, Rob Cook and Mark Francis
Producer: James Black

Learn more about VVT Medical at https://www.vvtmed.com/
Learn more about Concenter BioPharma at https://www.concenterbiopharma.com/
Learn more about Atlas Global Brands at https://atlasglobalbrands.com/
Learn more about Stickit Labs at https://stickit-labs.com/
Learn more about Beyond Oil at https://www.beyondoil.co/
Learn more about Cannibble Foodtech at https://cannibble.world/
Learn more about InnoCan Pharma at https://innocanpharma.com/

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Ben Feferman on the State-of-“Play” in Esports | The CSE Podcast Ep4-S3

After previously appearing as a special guest moderator on CSE’s Esports in the Capital Markets program, Esports executive Ben Feferman returns to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs podcast to talk about the current state of the Esports industry.

After riding a wave of growth driven by public markets speculation prior to the pandemic, the industry finds itself re-calibrating after several shakeups in the industry. Ben highlights some the challenges that have faced the Esports category but also shares where he sees growth prospects in the sector and where it will ultimately find wins as business models mature in this still-nascent business.

Host: James Black
Producer: James Black
Guest: Ben Feferman

Learn more about GamerSaloon at https://www.gamersaloon.com/

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Ilan Sobel on Executing the “Scale-Up” | The CSE Podcast Ep2-S3

We start our second show of the season by revisiting one of the most memorable interviews from last season with Ilan Sobel, CEO of BioHarvest Sciences (CSE:BHSC). On last year’s interview we learned about the driving mission of his company to build “human utility value”. We use that as a jumping-off point as we re-unite after a notable year for the company despite global and economic headwinds.

Ilan provides an update on BioHarvest’s two key product verticals in the  Polyphenol and Cannabis sectors, and how each are taking unique (and in some cases, similar) paths to market. Ilan also reflects on some of the choices the company has made with respect to developing its sales funnel and shares valuable lessons about acting as a “learning” organization and listening to your customers.

Mr. Sobel is Chief Executive officer of  BioHarvest Sciences Inc. (CSE:BHSC)  –  the developer and exclusive owner of the proprietary and patent-protected BioFarming technology. It is the first and only industrial-scale plant cell technology capable of producing the active plant ingredients without the necessity to grow the plant itself. The Company’s technology is non-GMO and has already been validated by VINIA®, the red grapes cells functional food/dietary supplement produced and sold by BioHarvest Sciences Inc. The Company plans to generate significant revenue within the global nutraceutical ingredients and dietary supplements market with VINIA® and other Super Fruit Nutraceutical products. Further, by adapting this technology to the Cannabis plant, and building adequate production capacity, BioHarvest Sciences Inc.’s objective is to become a leading supplier of Cannabis for both medicinal and legal recreational purposes.

Learn more about BioHarvest Sciences at https://bioharvest.com/

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