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.
Convincing investors to forego beautiful Vancouver spring weather is no easy feat. Yet, the lure of dozens of exhibitors and 40 plus speakers touting everything from green technology to the frontiers of applied neuroscience was enough to attract investors into this year’s edition of the Canadian Investor Conference (aka Canvest) on May 31st and June 1st.
The combination of both publicly-listed and private companies afforded visitors the chance to interact with entrepreneurs of all stripes. In addition to the mining and natural resource focused companies, one of the major draws for investors was the PowerHaus Pavillion, a section of the conference floor that housed two dozen private companies from a diverse set of industries.
It was fitting that in a room full of entrepreneurs that the Exchange for Entrepreneurs also played a major role as a supporter of this year’s show.
In addition to being a major sponsor, the CSE also participated as an exhibitor and in a panel discussion. CSE representatives Natalie Kovacs, Mark Francis and James Black were on-hand to answer questions about the Exchange. CEO of the CSE, Richard Carleton, was also present on Sunday and Monday, meeting, greeting and even doling out the occasional hug.
Private vs Public: An Evolving Dialogue
One of the key events the CSE participated in was the panel discussion on public versus private investment. Moderated by Blake Corbet of PI Financial Corp., the panel featured Jason Paltrowitz (OTC Markets Group Inc.), Richard Carleton (CSE), Marcus New (InvestX Capital Ltd.) and John McCoach (TSX Venture Exchange).
The lively and spirited discussion touched on a number of issues important to investors and entrepreneurs alike.
For example, one key message was that investors need to do their due diligence when looking for investment opportunities in either the private or public spheres. Recent regulatory reforms in the US as well as the new channels that investors can tap into to participate in exciting growth stories, are all designed to make access to early-stage capital easier. That said, panelists recognized the inherent risks associated with growth-stage firms and encouraged investors to take a measured approach to assessing investment opportunities in this space.
Another interesting perspective raised in the panel, was the shift in focus of investment capital into the technology sector.
As pointed out by Richard Carleton, technology companies listed on the CSE have accounted for the vast majority of financing deals that have taken place this past year. In fact, it is interesting to note the parallel shift experienced by the Canadian Investor Conference which has also seen a significant transition away from being exclusively natural resource companies to now showcasing up-and-coming technology stories.
Around the Conference
Richard Carleton was also interviewed on site by the Investing News Network – check out the full interview in the video below.
Several CSE-listed firms were also exhibiting at Canvest, including:
Check out some of the highlights from the Canadian Investor Conference in the picture gallery at the end of this post.
Winds of Change
Despite the challenges faced by small-cap and junior companies, the 2015 Canadian Investor Conference offered entrepreneurial firms with an interest in telling their story to find an audience to tell it to.
VP Listings Development, James Black, noted “Once again, we were happy with the outcome of this conference and always come away with new intelligence on how our marketplace is evolving. For instance, it’s clear that investment interest is starting to shift decidedly in favour of non-resource stories, even in Vancouver where mineral exploration deals been the bread-and-butter of the street. Our own stats further support this viewpoint as we are seeing a growing trend of IT, Biotech, and Cleantech companies attracting financing, specifically those based in BC.
As the last several years have shown, regardless of market conditions, innovators always find a way to thrive.
With the diversity and number of firms joining the CSE continuing to increase, it seems the market is also telling a story of its own: making capital easier to access and more affordable to raise is something entrepreneurs want and need in order to stay competitive.
To help get your day started right and also provide some food for thought, the Canadian Securities Exchange, along with sponsoring partners Clark Wilson, Davidson & Company LLP, and Equities.com, are holding a complimentary breakfast update session for public venture companies.
The breakfast information session is part of The CSE Day Vancouver, which takes place on Thursday April 23rd from 8:30am to 10am at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver in the Coal Harbour Room. Further details and RSVP information are provided below.
Attendees of this event will be treated to breakfast as well as to a number of informative presentations. First, CSE representatives will provide an update of the activities and milestones achieved by the CSE this year. In addition, the CSE will provide a brief overview of the listing requirements and process to join Canada’s fastest growing securities exchange. Pertinent topics for public venture companies will be covered by Clark Wilson LLP and Davidson & Company including:
Amendments to continuous disclosure and corporate governance obligations of venture issuers;
Update on Regulation A+ offering reforms;
Accounting hot-topics for public companies.
This inaugural “CSE Day” stands to be a popular session so be sure to RSVP online here as seating for this breakfast event is limited.
As with years past, there was a lot to see and do at the 2015 edition of the PDAC. Over 23,000 individuals including mining executives, resource & exploration professionals and enthusiasts from 116 different nations braved the March weather to attend this year’s conference and get a flavour for the current state of the mining industry around the world.
The team from the Canadian Securities Exchange was on hand at the CSE booth and to co-host a networking luncheon alongside MNP LLP, Newsfile and Peterson & Company LLP. In addition, the CSE initiated a sponsorship this year for Mining Matters, a youth program aimed at inspiring the next generation of mining and resource enthusiasts.
For the CSE, it was another great conference with steady traffic to the exhibition booth as well as a strong turnout to the networking luncheon, great speakers, great food and of course great company.
Click through the slideshow below to see pictures from the exhibition floor and the networking luncheon.
In just a few weeks, mining and exploration companies, investors and dignitaries from across the globe will brave the Toronto weather for the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference, the world’s largest mining and exploration conference.
The PDAC 2015 edition will feature a dizzying number of events packed into the first four days of March. From soil samples to soirées, there will most certainly be something for everyone.
This year’s PDAC will also be an exciting one for the CSE. In addition to exhibiting at the Investor’s Exchange, the CSE will also be hosting an investor networking luncheon as well as signing on as a sponsor for the outreach organization Mining Matters.
In addition to exhibiting at the PDAC, the CSE in partnership with MNP LLP, Newsfile and Peterson & Company LLP, will be hosting a special investor luncheon on Tuesday March 3rd from 11:30am to 1pm. During the luncheon, attendees will hear from a number of CSE-listed firms and will also have the chance to network with and ask questions to CSE representatives.
With a significant portion of their listings coming from across the natural resources sectors, the CSE is keenly aware of the current climate for publicly listed mining and exploration companies. Though there may be headwinds facing the mining industry, the PDAC typically demonstrates the enthusiasm with which those challenges are met. According to CSE CEO Richard Carleton, “We’re excited to be back at the PDAC. The energy of the conference is great and we look forward to connecting with entrepreneurs who demonstrate, time and again, the ability to overcome the challenges that the mineral exploration sector throws their way.”
Without question, the PDAC 2015 will showcase the great entrepreneurial spirit and resilience that characterizes the mining industry. The fact that they’re willing to brave Toronto in March is a testament to that.
As public companies know, having access to a wide investor base is an important component to the health of a public listing. For Canadian listed firms, however, knowing how, where and when to take the next step to leverage greater access to the US capital markets is often difficult and time consuming process to navigate.
The CSE in partnership with OTC Markets Group, MNP LLP, BCF, Dentons, Canaccord Genuity, and Torys will be holding an information session on listing in the US via one of the OTC Markets Group venues.
The session itself will take place in Montreal on February 24th and includes speakers and representatives from the CSE as well as OTC Markets Group. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the experts specific questions related to the process of operating within the OTC group of marketplaces via a listing on the CSE.
Attendees can expect to learn about a number of valuable topics, including:
CSE listing standards and the process of listing a company on a Canadian stock exchange
OTC Markets overview, quotation standards, and process to get a stock quoted in the US
Legal and accounting considerations of companies seeking a public presence in Canadian and US capital markets
Insight into trading dynamics of stocks that are quoted in Canada and the US
Trends in financing early-stage ventures, both in Canada, and the US
Space is limited for this event so be sure to register early to claim your spot. For more information or to register, click this link or contact Scott Pritchard at (514) 594-6848 or firstname.lastname@example.org