The CSE’s James Black and Mark Francis were joined by Ronnie Jaegermann, Venture Partner from Beyond Ventures, Simon Weintraub, Partner from Yigal Arnon & Co., and Tomer Nitzan, Presiding Officer, US-Israel Desk at BDO, for a webinar on June 11th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, our panel of capital markets professionals talked about the current state of the technology sector from the perspective of capital markets professionals in Israel.
Panelists discussed Israel’s technology ecosystem and the growth of high-tech capital-raising. Their talks included a by-the-numbers breakdown of Israel from an investment standpoint and a look at the factors that make it a unique environment for tech development, as well as how the technology sector evolved in 2019 and responded to COVID-19 in 2020.
The ensuing discussion looked at the character of Israeli investors and what factors make them consider investing in startups. The panel of investment professionals also talked about the merits of institutional investment and venture capitalism, how they hope the Israeli context evolves, and areas to watch in the future.
The CSE’s James Black and Mark Francis were joined by Angela Jackson, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Portland Seed Fund, Derek Hunter, President and CEO of Bluesky Equities Ltd., and Sean Peasgood, President and CEO of Sophic Capital, for a webinar on May 19th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, our panel of microcap investment specialists talked about what qualifies technology companies for investment.
In this timely webinar, our guests talked about how they approach companies for early-stage investment, including what criteria companies have to meet, the importance of management having “skin in the game,” how disruptive tech companies can respond to COVID-19, and how their portfolios have adapted or pivoted to meet the current economic crisis.
Following initial presentations, our panel of specialists dove into what specific management qualities they look for, as well as the importance of letting management demonstrate its competence after a first round of investment. Panelists also talked about the effects that COVID-19 has had on setting apart adaptable from stagnant companies, which companies caught a tailwind from the current situation, and the merit in taking a down round in valuation in order to come back stronger.
The CSE’s James Black was joined by Ron Sedran, Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets from Canaccord Genuity, and Chad Schneider, Partner at Blakes Law Firm, for a special webinar on April 28th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, Sedran and Schneider cover the highly requested topic of “at-the-market” (ATM) programs.
During the thought-provoking webinar, our esteemed guests discuss the background of ATM offerings and their applicability to our current market situation (2:50), the benefits of ATM distributions for issuers (10:36), the simple process of implementing an ATM distribution plan (15:16), and how Canada is looking to emulate American practices with proposed amendments relating to ATM distributions (27:03).
Following the presentation, Sedran and Schneider also provide additional insight on ATM programs by answering conference participants’ questions. Watch until the end for their valuable tips on how corporate clients can effectively communicate their ATM programs, as well as their top picks of Netflix shows to binge-watch during the lockdown.
Kenneth Sam, Partner of Capital Markets at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, joined the CSE in this fourth instalment of our educational conference series, “All Locked Down and No Place to Go.” In this highly insightful webinar, Sam uses his background as a cross-border securities lawyer in Canada and the US to lead the conversation on Regulation A+, also known as Reg A+.
In this comprehensive presentation, Sam discusses the importance of Reg A+ to the global economy and global markets (3:15), the eligibility of issuers for using Reg A+ (10:30), and the advantages of the regulation (12:40). He also talks about how Reg A+ can apply to the CSE, including the reasons CSE-listed companies would look to use this offering (35:34) and how Reg A+ can help US companies that want to go public on the CSE (37:27).
Watch until the end to hear Sam’s valuable answers to the thought-provoking questions from the conference participants, including a question on the reduction and regulatory burden of Reg A+ compared to the normal systems. As well, Sam provides additional resources on the subject.
When: Tuesday, April 28th at 1:15PM PDT / 4:15PM EDT Where: Zoom Video Conference How: RSVP to email@example.com
The CSE looks forward to hosting “A Primer on At-the-Market (ATM) Offerings” on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020.
Part of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” educational conference series, next Tuesday’s webinar will centre on ‘at-the-market’ (ATM) offerings – a financing strategy that is becoming progressively utilized in Canadian public markets as it provides the ability to lower a company’s cost of capital relative to other financing options.
We are pleased to welcome Ron Sedran, Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets from Canaccord Genuity, and Chad Schneider, Partner at Blakes, to highlight the advantages of this funding mechanism and to share their own professional advice on when, and how, to facilitate an ATM offering.
To participate in this insightful discussion, please RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSE had an extraordinary time at the Extraordinary Future conference on September 22nd and 23rd in Vancouver. We are proud to have been a Gold sponsor of this Cambridge House International event, gaining insights into projects and ideas at the forefront of Canadian technological innovation.
The question at the heart of the Extraordinary Future Conference has always been “what’s next?” And with the third iteration of the conference now complete, it’s exciting to reflect upon what emerged from bringing together a community of innovators, investors, and intellects to spark conversations about the next big thing.
At the Exchange for Entrepreneurs, we’ve had the unique advantage of seeing how technology in the hands of capable, motivated, growth-seeking innovators can rapidly scale or disrupt existing industies, or create entirely new ones. This was evident at XFuture 2019, as individuals covered groundbreaking topics such as cannabis technology, eSports, biohacking, psilocybin, sustainability, augmented reality (AR), and much more. It was fantastic to learn more about how these future-focused entrepreneurs are harnessing the incredible, transformative power of technology to create extraordinary futures.
At the event, we also had the opportunity to sit down with many leaders at the helm of CSE-listed companies, and to find out what’s on the horizon for these entrepreneurs. To watch these exclusive interviews, visit the CSE TV channel on YouTube here.
For even more future-focused content, we encourage you to explore the recently-released Technology Issue of Public Entrepreneur Magazine. In the spirit of XFuture, this edition moves the magazine experience into a whole new digital medium by enabling readers to access dynamic featured content on their smartphones through the power of augmented reality (AR) technology. Read it here.
Thank you to everyone who joined us, and we can’t wait to see what’s next at Extraordinary Future 2020!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Featuring a unique blend of both publicly traded and private companies, Extraordinary Future showcases cutting-edge ideas and products as well as the companies bringing them into reality.
Produced by Cambridge House International, this year’s show will take place over two days, September 19th and 20th, at the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver.
With over 2500 attendees forecasted to attend and 70+ companies exhibiting spanning everything from quantum computing, to blockchain to healthcare, there’s lots to be excited about at this year’s show.
Here are five things the Canadian Securities Exchange is particularly excited about for Extraordinary Future 2018:
This year’s speakers represent a diverse cross section of the innovation spectrum. Starting first with a central figure in the conversation around weaponizing data, Christopher Wylie. As a social researcher and data scientist, Wylie also formerly served as the Director of Research for Cambridge Analytica and has witnessed first-hand the power of data analytics and the increasingly sophisticated targeting that such information tools can create.
Another reason to attend this year’s show will be to take a glimpse into the power of quantum computing. A global leader in this space, Vancouver-based D-Wave Systems is writing the book on this frontier technology that may one day introduce dramatically more powerful computing systems. Dan Cohrs, CFO at D-Wave, will walk attendees through quantum computers and how they’re poised to fundamentally change information technology and the pace at which innovation can happen.
It’s not just the dynamic speakers themselves that are also a big draw to the show, but also the lively discussion around the bold ideas set to innovate the world in which we live.
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest technology talking points will be blockchain. In a relatively short amount of time, the proposed uses for this technology have expanded well beyond bitcoin and this year’s show will highlight the diversity of use cases for blockchain in the securities marketplaces, for intellectual property – including in the music industry, as well as cashless payment.
Another big topical theme of this year’s show will be battery technology. The combination of power-hungry devices with the increasing consumer demands for computational power has translated into an explosion in the use of batteries and the need for battery technology to evolve quickly. On the horizon, of course, is the next big wave of battery technology that will be required to support electric vehicles and complex energy storage solutions.
Finally, the ever-popular and constantly evolving healthcare space will be up for discussion at Extraordinary Future. The conversation will focus on mental health and longevity and the technology required to extend both the quantity and quality of life. Cannabis will also be in the spotlight. Technological advancements in delivery systems offer new ways for the medicinal benefits of cannabis to be administered.
As with last year’s Extraordinary Future, this year’s show features a mix between innovative private and publicly listed companies working across diverse sectors. The Canadian Securities Exchange will also be well represented on the show floor, with at least five CSE-listed companies scheduled to exhibit. The CSE team will also be on hand to answer questions and meet with investors and entrepreneurs.
In addition to companies working directly in these frontier industries, there will an ecosystem of service providers who will also be present. Some of the notable firms in attendance include media organizations such as BNN Bloomberg, BTV, Smallcap Power and more.
Another reason the CSE is looking forward to Extraordinary Future 2018 is the opportunity to connect with the Canadian investor community. Both retail and institutional investors will be on hand, so companies can pitch deals and arrange for meetings on site in the ‘deal rooms’ section. As part of this year’s show there will also be a startup competition to recognize emerging tech talent.
New Edition of the Public Entrepreneur Magazine
Finally, the special Extraordinary Future issue of the CSE’s magazine, Public Entrepreneur, will also be launched and ready for this year’s show. Public Entrepreneur rolled out in 2017 as a successor to the CSE Quarterly magazine to provide a voice and platform for entrepreneurs in public markets. The upcoming #XF2018 edition will offer up a compelling read so be sure to register here to receive your copy when it goes live.
Vancouver continues to play host to a rich and diverse ecosystem of innovation. As a founding sponsor of Extraordinary Future, not only is the CSE excited to help bring the next wave of technologies into focus, but the CSE is equally proud to support and celebrate Canadian innovation, entrepreneurship and the ability of Canadian capital markets to foster bold ideas.
It’s one thing to talk about ‘the next big thing’ but it’s another to actually meet the entrepreneurs and thought leaders making it happen.
This month, investors and technology enthusiasts will have the opportunity to attend the first-ever Extraordinary Future conference in Vancouver. Attendees will be able to meet and engage directly with companies working on a number of cutting edge technologies, including blockchain and cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and more.
Produced by Cambridge House International and sponsored by the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Extraordinary Future conference aims to connect the vibrant entrepreneurial community of the West Coast with investors who are both curious and keen to stay on top of the latest developments in these fast-moving spaces.
Extraordinary Future: Highlights
One of the biggest attractions for this year’s conference is the opportunity to hear from the innovators defining the commercial landscape for some of the most talked-about ideas making headlines today.
Among the highlights of the show for the Canadian Securities Exchange will be the Technology & Finance panel discussion (taking place at 4:50pm). The CSE’s VP of Listings Development, James Black, will be moderating a group discussion between technology entrepreneurs and investment professionals including Jamie Brown – Vice Chairman, Managing Director Investment Banking at Canaccord Genuity; Tom Rossiter – CEO at RESAAS Services (CSE:RSS); Bill McGraw – Executive in Residence at Wavefront and Aimee Gagnon – VP Marketing & Co-Founder at Dojo Card.
With a mixture of panel discussions as well as company presentations, attendees will have the chance to discover what the entrepreneurs working in this space see as challenges and opportunities on the path to growth.
Another unique and highly-prized feature of the Extraordinary Future conference is the ability to meet directly with company management and executives. Going beyond being able to meet on the show floor, this conference enables individuals to schedule personal meetings with companies to ask in-depth questions of the company. In fact, via the conference registration software, companies and investors can coordinate meeting with one another.
According to Jay Martin, president of Cambridge House International, there is a palpable appetite in Vancouver for a technology show of this nature. One of the most compelling reasons is because growth stage companies are looking to raise capital. The launch of the Extraordinary Future conference offers entrepreneurs convenient access to a critical mass of well-establish brokerage firms and experienced deal-makers who can consult on options available to raising capital – including on how to do so by being public.
Building bridges for innovation
As the Exchange for Entrepreneurs, the CSE recognizes that accessing public capital is one strategy that has proven effective for companies looking to scale their growth. In addition to representatives from the CSE being present, there will also be a number of CSE-listed firms in attendance demonstrating that with the right exchange, the cost of raising capital can actually be competitive with other methods while providing the advantages associated with being public.
For growth stage companies working in such frontier opportunities, the path to going public requires working with partners with an expertise and appreciation for innovation. The CSE is no stranger to bold ideas, a fact borne out by their own revolutionary approach to the Canadian publicly listed marketplace.
In a recent interview, director of the Canadian Securities Exchange and renowned investor Thomas Caldwell stated:
“We felt access to public capital markets for up and coming Canadian entrepreneurs must be made simpler and less onerous. That does not mean less safeguards. The CSE’s collective mission is embodied in our byline “The Exchange for Entrepreneurs”. Our concern is exemplified in the fact that only a single digit number of new companies became public (IPOs) in Canada in 2016. Most were CSE listings.”
By focusing on what would enable entrepreneurs to succeed, including streamlining the listing process, the CSE is arguably the most entrepreneur friendly exchange in Canada. Their leadership and subsequent success in the commercial cannabis sector, is clear evidence of that.
James Black, VP of listings development at the CSE, also shared his thoughts on the upcoming conference stating: “the CSE is thrilled to be a founding sponsor of the Extraordinary Future Conference. We are excited at the prospect of growing this event into Vancouver’s premier technology investment show by focusing on the topics and themes that are going to dictate the future of our markets for years to come. Vancouver is building a reputation as a world-class tech centre.”
To that end, in addition to being a title sponsor of the event, the Canadian Securities Exchange is offering an exclusive discount code for the Extraordinary Future conference of 25% off the ticket price. Attendees can use code CSE25 during the ticket registration (available here) to receive the discount.
Looking forward to the future
Without question, technology will reshape the world in which we live. To realize its promise, however, ideas need to make the leap into products and services. For that to happen, there needs to be a well-functioning innovation ecosystem, one that brings together companies working on ‘the next big thing’ with those who wish to invest capital and resources to make it happen.
As the Exchange for Entrepreneurs, the CSE is actively working alongside great partners, investors and entrepreneurs at this conference to help ensure the future looks extraordinary.
For more information on the Extraordinary Future Conference, visit the conference website here. To follow the conference activities on Twitter, use the hashtag #XF2017.
The Spring 2016 edition of the CSE Day Toronto was another great event. With guest speakers, listed issuers, capital markets professionals, investors as well as the CSE team, it was a full day of activity followed by a delicious networking reception.