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iAnthus Capital Holdings Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE was happy to welcome the team from iAnthus Capital Holdings (CSE:IAN) to participate in a Market Open at the CSE Media Centre on October 4th, 2019.

iAnthus Capital Holdings is a multi-state cannabis operator that owns and operates licensed cannabis cultivation, processing, and dispensary facilities in the United States. Founded by entrepreneurs with decades of experience in operations, investment banking, corporate finance, law, and healthcare services, iAnthus provides a unique combination of capital and hands-on operating and management expertise, with the goal of delighting their customers.

“I think it’s a tremendous honour to be opening the market. We’ve worked with the CSE from day one, the exchange has been tremendously welcoming, and you do need good execution for your shareholder perspective. You also need good execution in the marketplace, even from an employee perspective, because they watch the stock every day, and their efforts and hard work in delighting our customers are reflected in that,” remarked CEO Hadley Ford.

“We delight our customers because that’s the essence of what a business should be. If you don’t have customers, you’re not in business. A customer comes in, they need to be delighted by that experience and they need to come back.”

In addition to CEO Hadley Ford, several members of the iAnthus team were present at the Market Open. Elizabeth Stavola, Chief Strategy Officer, had the honour of ringing the opening bell.

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

StableView Asset Management Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE welcomed the team from StableView Asset Management on October 2nd, 2019 to open the market at the CSE Media Centre.

StableView is a financial asset management firm serving the needs of both institutions and individual clients. Utilizing proprietary investment and risk management processes, StableView’s investment mandates serve a wide variety of investment needs and objectives. Their Market Open at the CSE Media Centre took place just ahead of their technology event StableView TECH19, happening on October 3rd.

“This is our sixth year we’ve been doing this, this is the third year the CSE has been sponsoring us, so thank you very much CSE,” said Portfolio Manager & President Colin Fisher.

“It’s nice to have a partner in the ecosystem that’s looking to help do what we’re trying to get done, which is grow the ecosystem of technology in Canada and help attract capital to the Canadian technology companies that desperately need it. What we’re hoping to see is ever more Canadian capital coming into the Canadian technology scene.”

Joining Colin Fisher at the Market Open were several members of the StableView team, including Stephanie Barnes, Aimee Smith, and David Campbell.

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

Business of Cannabis Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE was pleased to welcome the team from Business of Cannabis to the CSE Media Centre to open the market on September 26th, 2019, just ahead of their event Business of Cannabis Presents: Cannabis + Technology, which took place on September 27th in Toronto.

Business of Cannabis is an authoritative platform for news, analysis, and insights into the business of Canada’s cannabis sector. Producing original, multi-platform content and cross-sector coverage, BofC serves those working in and alongside the cannabis industry. Their September 27th event tracked the convergence of cannabis and technology – two of the fastest growing sectors in Canada.

“We opened the CSE today, which is great because we’re celebrating cannabis and technology tomorrow here in Toronto,” said Co-Founder and President Jay Rosenthal.

“We have the CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange coming in, we have Ken Weisbrod from Shoppers Drug Mart, and we have Karim Ramji from the Ontario Cannabis Store, all speaking about really what is the intersection of cannabis and technology, where compliance, and transparency, and Canada, and technology all intersect.”

Accompanying Jay Rosenthal at the Market Open were several members of the Business of Cannabis team, in addition to associates within the cannabis industry that are focused on cannabis and technology.

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

Wikileaf Technologies Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE welcomed the team from Wikileaf Technologies (CSE:WIKI) to open the market at the CSE Media Centre on September 23, 2019.

With a mission to empower cannabis consumers using pricing information and tools, Wikileaf owns and operates wikileaf.com, a comparison site that helps consumers find location-based pricing information on cannabis strains and products. The Market Open on September 23 marked the start of Wikileaf’s journey as a CSE-listed company.

“At Wikileaf, we’re the first price comparison engine for the legal cannabis market. We have 4,000 dispensaries on our platform with almost a million people using the site every month,” remarked CEO Dan Nelson.

“It’s a huge honour to be listed on the CSE today. This is a monumental moment for our company. We’ve been looking forward to this day for two years, and we’re just so thrilled for the CSE to have us.”

Several key members of the Wikileaf team joined Dan Nelson at the Market Open, including Patrick Lalonde and Chuck Rifici, and it was a pleasure to welcome Wikileaf Technologies to celebrate both their Market Open milestone and their recent listing on the CSE.

View the podcast for this Market Open featuring Dan Nelson here.

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

World Class Extractions Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE is pleased to announce that World Class Extractions (CSE:PUMP) opened the market at the CSE Media Centre on September 17th, 2019. World Class Extractions is a Canadian publicly traded company which operates through two vertically integrated subsidiaries, Soma Labs Scientific and Greenmantle Products.

The company provides scalable extraction and processing solutions for the cannabis and hemp industries, including proprietary industrial-grade equipment, custom processing facilities, ancillary products, and scientific services. This Market Open followed the merger of World Class Extractions and Quadron Cannatech, and helped celebrate the beginning of the company’s journey as a merged entity.

“It’s really exciting for us to be here at the Media Centre, ringing the bell for the CSE,” said CEO Rosy Mondin. “We’ve been listed since 2017 through Quadron Cannatech, so for us to ring today, it’s fantastic, as it follows our merger with World Class Extractions.”

“It was a merger of strengths,” added Chairman Anthony Durkacz. “At the end of the day they had a great operational team and great technology. We had great technology and great capital markets access.”

It was a pleasure to welcome the team from World Class Extractions to celebrate both the Market Open and the recent merger. For more details about the CSE Media Centre, including information on upcoming Market Opens, please visit the CSE website, or follow us on social media.

The Public Entrepreneur Magazine – The Technology Issue – Now Live!

Welcome to the latest issue of Public Entrepreneur Magazine, your source for in-depth stories from entrepreneurs across a diverse range of industries.

In this third issue of 2019, we take a look at the transformative and disruptive power of tech, with insights into how visionary entrepreneurs are harnessing technology to shape extraordinary futures.

CSE-listed companies featured in this issue include:

Check out the latest issue of Public Entrepreneur magazine below.

(Trouble accessing the publication? CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ISSUE)

Countdown to Extraordinary Future 2019

Could today’s trash be the solution to ending global poverty? Can centennial lifespans become the norm? Will the substances considered criminal today be able to treat and resolve health concerns we see on the rise? The 2019 Extraordinary Future Conference offers attendees the chance to explore the ideas that are shaping the world of tomorrow, and to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to entrepreneurial innovation.

Now in its third year, the Canadian Securities Exchange is proud to once again sponsor the Extraordinary Future conference, which takes place in Vancouver on September 22nd and 23rd. Hosted by Cambridge House International, and featuring talks from thought leaders across a wide spectrum of industries in addition to a diverse lineup of exhibitors, XFuture will help distil the efforts of innovative imaginations and creative changemakers into a cohesive vision of the future.

With over 100 leading public and private technology companies and startups and more than 2,500 attendees expected, this event will be an amazing chance to meet entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors. And a quick look back at XFuture 2018 proves that there are a lot of reasons to get extraordinarily excited about this year’s event.

Highlights from Extraordinary Future 2018

The speakers at Extraordinary Future 2018 took on some of the most daring topics of the day, including an exploration of the fine line between illegal substances and medical marvels, the explosive growth of eSports, and trailblazing distributed ledger technology that has the potential to evolve the fundamentals of investing.

Richard Carleton presenting on investment and tokenized securities

In a controversial presentation on psychedelics, Hamilton Morris explained the potential applications of psilocybin. Leading a panel discussion on an equally hot topic, Genevieve Roch-Decter of Grit Capital guided a group of entrepreneurs in deconstructing one of the fastest-growing and most talked about market segments: eSports. Exemplifying the entrepreneurial, forward-looking spirit of the conference, CSE CEO Richard Carleton provided insights into the future of finance via tokenized securities, and this was just the beginning of a long list of insightful, eye-opening sessions that happened last year.

Looking Ahead to Extraordinary Future 2019

Life on the bleeding edge of innovation is familiar territory for the Exchange for Entrepreneurs. As with previous shows, this year’s conference will spark discussions about the changes that will revolutionize technology, society, and the economy. From biohacking, to psychedelics to sustainability, here’s a preview of some of the fascinating topics and personalities at this year’s show.

Future-Forward Speakers

Fitness and health expert, and host of his own podcast, Ben Greenfield will explore the topic of well-being in a high-tech world in his presentation on “The Future of Health: Biohacking and Beyond.” The presentation will explore forward-thinking concepts related to boosting mental and physical performance and extending life.

American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author, Dennis McKenna will discuss “From the Plant Medicine Frontier – How Psychedelics like Psilocybin Could Upturn the Mental Health Industry.” This presentation will look into new ways of applying known psychoactive substances that have been controlled, instead of being utilized in the pharmaceutical industry.

Known for the innovative and revolutionary Plastic Bank solution that tackles poverty and ocean pollution simultaneously, David Katz is a dynamic, inspirational speaker described by many as “the best in the sustainability industry.” In an unprecedented move of ingenuity, Katz connected both the need of clean oceans and economic support in impoverished areas into a business that now produces recycled plastic pellets for commercial use. Katz ranks fourth in The World’s Top 100 Compassionate Business Leaders according to Salt Magazine for his entrepreneurial and inventive undertakings, and will be discussing sustainability and innovation in his presentation at the conference.

Looking into the future and constructing his vision of it through active entrepreneurship, Gerard Barron has a record of building globally-focused companies in technology, media and sustainable resource development. As the Chairman and CEO of DeepGreen Metals Inc., Barron is focused on making less-environmentally-disruptive nodule-derived base metals the norm for future automotive construction.

Entrepreneurial Exhibitors

Photo via Facebook: @cambridgehouseconferences

A glimpse of tomorrow can also be caught on the conference floor. With over 50 exhibitors displaying ideas, and products on the leading edge of innovation, this is a great opportunity to see what is driving growth in industries like canntech, eSports, agriculture, digital advertising, and much more. In addition to sponsoring and speaking at this year’s show, the CSE will also be visible on the show floor. Not only will the CSE have its own booth but several CSE-listed firms will also be exhibiting, including BevCanna Enterprises, Lexaria, Rubicon Organics and Bee Vectoring Technology.

New Edition of the Public Entrepreneur Magazine

Another reason to look forward to this year’s show will be the launch of the special Extraordinary Future issue of the CSE’s magazine, Public Entrepreneur. The theme of this issue is also forward-looking and extends the conversation about disruption and innovation by profiling entrepreneurs who are actively doing both in their respective industries. There is also an extra special reason to pick up this next issue as it will feature access to exclusive and groundbreaking content. The #XF2019 edition of Public Entrepreneur magazine will provide a new dimension on digital storytelling that will bring the exciting work of trailblazing entrepreneurs into a whole new light. Be sure to register here to receive your copy when it goes live or pick up an exclusive physical copy at the show itself.

See You in the Future!

Step into the future by joining the CSE, Cambridge House and an exceptional lineup of speakers and entrepreneurs at XFuture 2019. This show offers a unique opportunity to access the ideas, trends and technological innovations that have the potential to shape our future into something extraordinary.

Click here to register to attend the 2019 Extraordinary Future Conference today.

DealMaker Deals: Deconstructed

Our first instalment of Deals Deconstructed celebrates a groundbreaking raise from Stately Cannabis Brands Ltd. (“Stately”), a US focused cannabis strategic acquisition company founded by three serial entrepreneurs.

Trent Kitsch, Jeff Barber, and Ryan Foreman have already founded, scaled, and commercialized several Canadian success stories, including DOJA / HIKU (a vertically integrated cannabis lifestyle brand and brand house) and SAXX (premium apparel).

Stately plans on tapping into its deep network and leveraging its team’s proven expertise in cannabis, branding and consumer packaged goods to identify an emerging cannabis brand that has the potential to become a market leader and nationally recognized brand.

So, when it came time for the seasoned entrepreneurs to capitalize their newest venture, speed, efficiency and a broad reach driven by digital marketing was top of mind.

That’s where DealMaker makes new realities possible.

The deal was quarterbacked by Pushor Mitchell LLP, a premier regional firm based in British Columbia.

Using DealMaker, Stately and Pushor Mitchell were able to reach and close retail investors based around the world – leveraging the power of the internet. In just a matter of weeks, the company brought in approximately $9.6 million from over five hundred investors, all while based in their hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia.

Investors from
73 cities
across
4 continents
subscribed to Stately through DealMaker.

154 investors
completed their subscriptions within
24 hours
of receiving their e-mail invitations.

289 investors
closed their subscriptions
completely online
without needing to print or fax a single piece of paper.

Like many entrepreneurs, Trent, Jeff and Ryan like to be “hands-on,” so DealMaker’s real-time progress updates and data insights were much appreciated.

“We had access to an unprecedented depth and richness of insight with DealMaker. The ability to understand and adapt to our investors’ progress was a real game-changer.”
– Jeff Barber, founding partner and CEO, Stately Brands Cannabis Ltd.

DealMaker also unlocked tremendous efficiencies for the issuer’s counsel, Pushor Mitchell.  DealMaker helped the firm deliver nimble, cost-efficient solutions to a key client, while focusing its attention on providing high-value legal advice rather than pushing paper – a game-changer for capital raises.

“The use of the DealMaker platform reduced the number of email exchanges and phone calls, resulting in a more efficient process overall. DealMaker made it easy to keep track of the progress of our client’s financing.”
– Keith Inman, Partner, Pushor Mitchell LLP

Trent, Jeff, and Ryan know how to create excitement, they know how to operate efficiently, and they know how to build a business. And for Keith at Pushor Mitchell, reputation, client service and excellence are paramount.  Where speed, efficiency, and quality are critical, issuers and counsel need a reliable solution that keeps up with the pace of the markets. DealMaker delivers.

Want to learn more about Stately?

Stately Cannabis Brands can be reached at https://www.statelybrands.com and info@statelybrands.com.

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If you’re ready to take advantage of the groundbreaking DealMaker platform, feel free to contact DealMaker at info@dealmaker.tech or  +1 855 550 1683.

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CSE Unveils Media Centre and Celebrates 15 Years as a Recognized Exchange

Since its inception, the Canadian Securities Exchange has demonstrated exceptional leadership when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation. On September 10, 2019, those themes took on an exciting new form with the official launch of the CSE Media Centre, a development that coincided with the CSE’s 15-year anniversary as a recognized stock exchange.

The introduction of the CSE Media Centre marks an important milestone in the evolution of the client experience with the CSE. This new space will provide a platform for CSE-listed companies to celebrate their own entrepreneurial milestones by participating in Market Opens. In addition, it will enable stakeholders and investors to engage with compelling digital and social media content featuring CSE-listed companies.

Located in the new CSE offices on the top floor of First Canadian Place in Toronto, and providing unobstructed views of the CN Tower and Lake Ontario, the CSE Media Centre is ideally situated to provide the CSE’s clients with a unique and inspiring space in which to engage in “big picture” thinking and discussions.

Anchoring this environment is the CSE Media Wall, a state-of-the-art digital LED media display. In addition to serving as a ceremonial backdrop for Market Opens, as well as a rich source of relevant news and information from the capital markets, it’s also an embodiment of the dynamic, diverse, and ambitious visions that characterize the entrepreneurial journey of publicly listed companies.

2019_CSE_Media_Centre

The CSE Media Centre also reflects the continuing investment in, and expansion of, the CSE’s digital ecosystem, which now includes a compelling range of audio, video, social media, and blog content. Companies that participate in Market Opens at the new Media Centre will be able to easily share these experiences via the CSE’s digital network, encouraging conversations about emerging trends and opportunities across a variety of industries, and helping stakeholders stay up to date on the latest developments from CSE-listed issuers.

“We are thrilled to launch the CSE Media Centre, the intersect of premier client service and compelling digital content, two themes we are truly passionate about at the CSE,” noted VP James Black. “We look forward to providing a venue to celebrate our clients’ success and sharing more engaging content across our digital channels in written, audio, and video formats.”

The CSE team had the honour of celebrating the inaugural Market Open, and ringing the official opening bell to usher in the day’s trading session. Notable members of the team on-hand included Bonnie Lauer, Mark Faulkner, Robert Cook, Radhika Ramkarran, Robert Theriault, Adam Conyers, David Timpany, Bernard Chua, and Richard Carleton, who all share the distinction of being part of the CSE team since its inception in 2003. This core team has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of the CSE, so it was especially impactful to celebrate this latest milestone with them.

Check out our video showcasing the launch of our Media Centre and inaugural Market Open:

The unveiling of the CSE Media Centre took place on the CSE’s 15-year anniversary as a recognized stock exchange. This celebration not only represents the growth and successes the CSE has enjoyed over the past 15 years, but the entrepreneurial vision that has driven these achievements, and will continue to do so as the CSE looks towards the next 15 years, and beyond.

Added CSE CEO Richard Carleton, “Since our recognition as a stock exchange in 2004, the CSE has evolved to become home to over 530 listed securities, proving itself to be Canada’s Exchange for Entrepreneurs, including establishing itself as the pre-eminent global listing venue for companies in the cannabis sector. The introduction of the CSE Media Centre is just the first of several new initiatives we are excited to unveil in the coming months.”

For more details about the CSE Media Centre, including schedules, video, and content from recent market opens, please visit the Market at the CSE Media Centre page on the CSE website.

Marlene Street Forrest on Creating Wealth via Transparent Processes

Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, joins Barrington Miller in the podcast studio during the JSE’s visit to Toronto to discuss their 50th anniversary and recent recognition as a top-performing exchange (1:46), the launch of the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange (3:21), and the requirements for listing on the JSE (4:53). Listen until the end to learn about what’s ahead in 2020 for the JSE, including the expansion of their online trading platform, and for their key message to investors about creating wealth.

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