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Sophia Ruffolo on the Promise of a World with More Women-Owned Businesses

CSE’s Grace Pedota recently hosted Sophia Ruffolo – CEO and Founder of femmebought – to discuss her mission to promote women-owned businesses and close the funding gap for female-led companies.

In this discussion, Sophia shares the insights that are driving her mission for economic parity for women, including the dramatically low number of Fortune 500 companies led by women (3:30), the wide gap in VC funding for male-vs-female led companies (4:25), and the global response to her efforts to promote gender equality in business (8:27).

Listen until the end to hear how she made a 180 degree turn from her legal career in banking, the potential pitfalls of raising private capital, and the role she is playing in demystifying cannabis for women business owners.

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Brian Fowler on the Fundamentals of Mineral Exploration and Geology

CSE’s Anna Serin hosts the debut episode of #HashtagFinance – Westcoast Edition with debut guest Brian Fowler, CEO of NorthStar Gold Corp. (CSE:NSG).

In this discussion, Brian shares many of the lessons and techniques learned over his career in mining exploration. This is a must-listen for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of exploration and geology!

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Vishal Gupta on Using Green Gold to Fund Exploration of (Gold) Gold

CSE’s James Black was recently joined by Vishal Gupta, CEO of California Gold Mining Inc. (CSE:CGM), to discuss his company’s multi-pronged growth strategy in hemp cultivation and wholesaling, as well as gold exploration in California.

In this conversation, Vishal discusses how he is leveraging operating cash flow from their hemp business to fund gold exploration (1:48), the importance of understanding the bottlenecks in the wholesale hemp market (4:54), and why his company isn’t growing hemp in Canada (8:28).

Listen until the end to learn why hemp CBD extraction still needs to grow by an order of magnitude to supply companies like Coca Cola, the environmental benefits of growing hemp, and Vishal’s own experience in investment banking (and how it led him to running a gold/hemp company).

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Melissa Rolston on Empowerment from Skin to Within – the JADA Story

CSE’s Grace Pedota was recently joined by Melissa Rolston, Founder of JADA, who dropped by to share her personal journey in the cannabis industry which has led her to launch her new venture – a cannabis infused skincare brand.

In this discussion, Melissa shares how she was inspired by her work in chronic pain management and photography (1:15), how one particular case she treated demonstrated how cannabinoid therapy can work effectively alongside chemotherapy (4:45), and the key allies in the industry that have helped her in her mission to evangelize “Empowerment from the skin to within” (10:26).

Listen until the end to learn about her new company called JADA, why she has partnered with DANA to address the market for high-end cannabis jewelry, and how her company is set up to help “break the stigma”.

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Dr. Rahul Kushwah on How AI Will Revolutionize Impairment Testing

CSE’s Barrington Miller was recently joined by Dr. Rahul Kushwah, COO at Cultivar Holdings Inc. (CSE:CULT), to discuss his company’s recent listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange and the innovative work his company is pursuing in the application of artificial intelligence to impairment detection.

In this conversation, Dr. Kushwah shares his thoughts on why its important to challenge the widely accepted correlation between impairment and THC levels (1:19), why Fortune 500 companies are interested in their testing (3:13), and how Cultivar is applying AI to non-invasive impairment testing (4:35).

Listen until the end to hear about how Rahul’s experience as a research scientist led him down the path to public entrepreneurship and why the company has cultivation interests in Jamaica.

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Anish Chopra on Why You Need to Understand Risk Tolerance

CSE’s Phillip Shum was recently joined by Anish Chopra, Managing Director at Portfolio Management Corporation, to discuss his market perspectives based on a 20+ year career in asset management.

In this discussion, Anish shares how he sets himself up to recognize good opportunities in bad markets (3:24), why fundamentals are the key entry-point to investing in 2020 (4:55), and why it is imperative to understand risk tolerance before determining a fit with a financial advisor (6:26).

Listen until the end to hear Anish’s thoughts on the differences between the US and Canadian investment landscape, and his professional journey that has led him to being one of the most respected market commentators in Canada.

Peter Hodson on the 103,000 Answers He Has for DIY Investors

CSE’s Phillip Shum recently sat down with Peter Hodson, the founder of 5i Research, and former Chairman of Sprott Asset Management, to discuss what he’s learned over his 50 years of investing experience.

In this discussion, Peter shares the feeling he gets finding the little gems that turn into the “next big thing” (2:29), how his firm has answered over 103,000 questions from DIY investors, (7:08), and his explanation as to why a value investment isn’t necessarily a cheap investment (10:12).

Listen until the end to hear Peter’s thoughts on why there’s always something to worry about (in investing), and how to combat that with a long-term investment plan. Peter also shares his insights on “FANG” stock and why he believes their value may be immune to government intervention.

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Rana Vig on How to Maintain Investor Interest 365 Days a Year in Mining

CSE’s James Black and Barrington Miller (!) both recently sat down with Blue Lagoon Resources Inc. CEO Rana Vig to discuss the company’s new listing (CSE:BLLG) on the CSE and the lessons he’s learned through the first 10 years of his capital markets career.

In this discussion, Rana shares the origin of the company’s name and offers the “best” advice ever shared on #HashtagFinance (2:58), the importance of keeping investor attention year-round (4:27), and why he insists on being the “dumbest” person in the room (10:45).

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Chris Bursey on the Technical Solution for Better Beer Management

CSE’s James Black recently sat down with Chris Bursey, CEO of Direct Communication Solutions, Inc. (CSE:DCSI), to reflect on the company’s innovations in the IoT space and recent public listing on the CSE.

In this discussion, Chris shares the motivating factors behind choosing public capital over venture capital (1:36), DCSI’s plans to revolutionize the bar and restaurant industry through better beer monitoring (2:57), and how he transitioned into entrepreneurship after serving on aircraft carriers as an air traffic controller (7:34).

Listen until the end to hear about Chris’s “Grizzly Bear Theory” and the burden (and honour) of being the head of an organization.

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Andrew Jappy on How Trading Technology is Impacting Today’s Investor

Andrew Jappy, Managing Director of Canada for Iress, recently joined James Black to chat about his recent appointment with the company and to discuss the challenges of deploying order routing solutions for Canada’s multi-market environment.

In this discussion, Andrews shares his theory as to why Canada has 16(!) trading venues (3:15), the basics behind “dark pools” and how they operate (5:38), his observations from the “Flash Boys” phenomena (8:30), and whether he thinks retail investors still stand a chance against pro traders (10:03).

Listen until the end to learn about Andrew’s globe-spanning career in financial IT, as well as his thoughts on the exciting changes and opportunities he sees in a rapidly-evolving financial technology sector.