All posts by CSE Blogger

Public Entrepreneur Magazine: The Inspiration Issue – Now Live!

Welcome to the latest issue of Public Entrepreneur magazine, your source for in-depth stories of business leaders and entrepreneurs shaping the capital markets.

2020 has tested their resilience like never before, but the good news buried amidst all of this year’s difficult news is that smart capital sees opportunity on the horizon. In this Inspiration issue of Public Entrepreneur, we shine a spotlight on innovative companies in fields as diverse as plant-based foods, organic pesticides delivered by bees, hemp-based cigarettes, psychedelics and cannabis.

CSE-listed companies featured in this issue include:

  • The Very Good Food Company Inc. (CSE:VERY)
  • Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE:PLTH)
  • Taat Lifestyle & Wellness Ltd. (CSE:TAAT)
  • Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. (CSE:BEE)
  • Jushi Holdings Inc. (CSE:JUSH)
  • Red Light Holland Corp. (CSE:TRIP)

Check out the most recent edition of Public Entrepreneur to learn how these companies’ visionary leaders and entrepreneurs are inspiring investors to put their capital to work:

Psyched Wellness Ltd. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE was happy to welcome Psyched Wellness Ltd. (CSE:PSYC) to a virtual Market Open on December 14th, 2020. 

Based in Canada, Psyched Wellness is a health supplements company that is dedicated to the research, development, production, and distribution of artisanal medicinal mushrooms and associated consumer packaged goods. With a focus on healthy bodies and minds, the company aims to become a leading North American brand in the emerging functional food category with their premium mushroom-derived products. 

Psyched Wellness CEO Jeffrey Stevens and his team were in attendance at the virtual event, joining the CSE for the iconic Market Open countdown to signify the start of the day’s trading session. 

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

Service Providers Magazine: December 2020 Edition – Now Live!

Welcome to the latest issue of the Service Providers magazine!

We launched this publication two years ago as a comprehensive guide to third-party service providers that offer exclusive services and discounts to companies listed on the CSE. This year’s edition includes even more resources and tools to help your company achieve its goals and prosper. 

The providers in this issue cover a wide variety of public company needs, including Governance, Investor Relations, Media and Communications, Research and Intelligence, News Dissemination, Trust and Transfer Agencies, and Market Access.

Check out the companies featured in the most recent edition of Service Providers here:

Maitri Health Technologies Corp. Joins the CSE for a Virtual Market Open

The CSE proudly welcomed Maitri Health Technologies Corp. (CSE:MTEC) to a virtual Market Open on December 11th, 2020. 

This year, the healthcare sector has faced unprecedented challenges. With a focus on healthcare supply security, Maitri Health Technologies is a global platform that ensures reliable and high-quality delivery of Canadian and North American–manufactured personal protective equipment, with transparent supply chains and reasonable pricing. 

Backed by industry professionals, the company’s platform is establishing new protocols for production, logistics, testing, and management of essential healthcare needs, achieved through combining reliable supply chains with information technology. 

Key members of the Maitri Health Technologies team, including CEO Andrew Morton, joined the CSE for the momentous event and the iconic Market Open countdown. 

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

Public Entrepreneur Magazine: The Technology Issue – Now Live!

Welcome to the latest issue of Public Entrepreneur magazine, your source for in-depth stories of entrepreneurs from a wealth of different industries.

While social distancing measures in recent months have forced individuals to stay apart, one constant has kept everyone connected: technology. In this issue of Public Entrepreneur, we examine how technology has become more important than ever in the healthcare industry and how it has proven to be vital in fighting COVID-19.

We take a closer look at how visionary leaders and entrepreneurs are harnessing the power of innovation to change the world from enhancing video conferencing with augmented reality, to monitoring community health, to using rapid-detection technology to quickly test for the virus.

CSE-listed companies featured in this issue include:

Check out the most recent edition of Public Entrepreneur here: