Category Archives: Public Entrepreneur

Stephen Stewart on Hunting for Kirkland Lake Gold | #HashtagFinance

On this episode of #HashtagFinance, CSE’s Barrington Miller was joined by Stephen Stewart, Director of Mistango River Resources Inc. (CSE:MIS) to discuss the why they are hunting for Kirkland Lake gold. He also addresses the dramatic evolution of the company over the past 12 months and why he’s excited about the prospects for the company’s assets in the Kirkland Lake camp.

In this discussion, Stephen Stewart shares how the company is focused on two flagship assets located on the Abitibi Greenstone Belt (3:39), the intertwined history of Kirkland Lake and the mysterious Sir Harry Oakes (6:31), and what drew mining finance legend Eric Sprott to invest in the company. Listen until the end to hear Stephen’s views on the risk and reward factors in mineral exploration, how the “gold bug” narrative is impacting their business, and details concerning this summer’s exploration program.

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Paul Woodward and Greg James on the Road to Base Metal Catalytic Converters

CSE’s Anil Mall was joined by Paul Woodward, President, and Greg James, COO of Aether Catalyst Solutions, Inc. (CSE:ATHR) to share how the company is progressing its research in developing a low-cost, high-performance, three-way catalyst to replace the costly precious metals currently utilized in automotive catalytic converters.

In this three-way conversation, Paul and Greg explain the cost ramifications of developing a base metal catalyst (2:39), how Greg is applying his 20 years of experience from Ballard Power (7:21), and why OEMs like Ford and Volkswagen are looking for a lower cost catalytic converter (13:56).

Listen until the end to learn about the chemistry of what happens in a catalytic converter, why their company doesn’t need a marketing department, and why 90% cost reduction for catalytic converters is the ultimate goal.

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www.aethercatalyst.com
thecse.com/en/listings/technology/aether-catalyst-solutions-inc

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Mike Sieb on Treasure Hunting in Fondaway Canyon, NV

CSE’s Barrington Miller was joined by Mike Sieb, Director of Getchell Gold Corp. (CSE:GTCH) to inaugurate the first ever “Mining Monday” session of #HashtagFinance.

In this discussion, Mike shares why Nevada is his favourite jurisdiction for mineral exploration (4:24), the hallmarks of great opportunities in the mining business (7:22), and the factors that are supporting his outlook for gold prices through the end of the year (12:02).

Listen until the end to hear where the company came up with its name, how they differentiate from the competition and why they are committed to their current projects for the immediate future.

Related links:
thecse.com/en/listings/mining/getchell-gold-corp
www.getchellgold.com/

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Sahar Ayinehsazian on Her L.A. Story in the Cannabis Banking Business

CSE’s Barrington Miller recently sat down with Sahar Ayinehsazian, Attorney at Vicente Sederberg, to discuss the many reasons why there is an increasing demand for legal advice from cannabis operators in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this discussion, Sahar shares how Vincente Sederberg is purpose-built as a cannabis law firm to best serve clients in the sector (4:43), the current state of banking access for cannabis operators in the US (7:16), and how her outlook for the year has actually been expedited as a result of the global pandemic (16:55).

Listen until the end to hear about Sahar’s thoughts on the lagging impact of the 2018 Farm Bill, Barrington and Sahar’s common affection for the lulo fruit, and how quarantine has been anything but boring!

Related link:
vicentesederberg.com

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Happy Munkey on Why Cannabis Corporate Can’t Ignore Cannabis Culture | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s James Black, Barrington Miller, and Anil Mall were pleased to finally return the favour and host Happy Munkey LLC’s Vladimir Bautista and Ramon Reyes for a deep dive on the intersection of cannabis corporate AND cannabis culture.

In this expansive discussion, the team shares why their recent feature in Forbes is further validation of their mission (2:06), how they are adapting and evolving their business during the pandemic (7:42), and their selections for “five mic” recipients in the cannabis industry (15:23).

Listen until the end to hear how they are preparing for cannabis deregulation in NY state (29:41), their plans for a post-COVID tour (36:30), reflections on their formative years of cannabis-use (42:17), and why industry pioneer Steve DeAngelo called them “superheroes” (48:55).

Related links:
www.happymunkey.com

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Bruce Linton on How the Game is Changing for the Tech, Cannabis and Health Sectors

CSE’s James Black recently spoke to Bruce Linton, Founder and former Chairman and CEO at Canopy Growth Corporation to reflect on his recent investment and advising activities in the technology, cannabis, and ‘neuro-pharmaceuticals’ sectors.

In this conversation Bruce explains how the pandemic is forcing us to rethink healthcare and how we need to leverage technology’s use in medicine (3:51), why he didn’t take time off after his departure from Canopy (8:30), and the two different paths that the US and Canadian cannabis markets are taking as the global market continues to develop (13:59).

Listen until the end to hear Bruce’s reflections on what it is like to work with Sir Terry Matthews, his interest in the neuro-pharmaceuticals space (aka “psychedelics”), and what he’s learned about leadership in tumultuous times.

Related Links
brucelinton.com
vireohealth.com
slangww.com

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Arash Adnani on How to Follow the Money From the Comfort of Your Couch

CSE’s Anna Serin recently had the pleasure of hosting Arash Adnani, President of Blender Media and Founder of PrivatePlacements.com to discuss his growing platform that aggregates, analyzes, and delivers daily, free information about private placements activity in the Canadian public capital markets.

In this discussion, Arash shares his thoughts on the surprising ways in which smartphones have changed how we consume financial data (1:34), how his new platform helps investors “follow the money” (8:34), and the many advantages of participating in private placements, including a primer on “sweeteners” (14:14).

Listen until the end to hear his thoughts on what the numbers are telling us about the health of the cannabis industry, how savvy investors are approaching the downturn in the market, and why numbers always tell the true story beyond the news headlines (see: oil and gas).

Related Links
privateplacements.com
blendermedia.com

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Jason Ackerman on Going from Cod to Cannabis

The CSE’s Barrington Miller sat down with Jason Ackerman, the CEO of TerrAscend Corp. (CSE:TER) to dig deeper into his vision for the company as the recently appointed CEO of the organization.

In this discussion, the reformed banker and online grocer shares how his past experiences have equipped him for a career in cannabis, including his thoughts on how delivering cannabis is a lot easier than convincing people to buy fish online (3:53), how previous crises (e.g. hurricanes) have helped him build a playbook for COVID-19 (8:31), and why banking reform for cannabis businesses will dramatically reduce the cost of capital and help legal business compete with black market suppliers (11:50).

Listen until the end to hear how TerrAscend is attracting new customers in today’s market, the strategic relationship with Canopy Growth, and why he’s excited for the upcoming M&A cycle in the industry.

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www.terrascend.com
thecse.com/en/listings/life-sciences/terrascend-corp

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Shafin Diamond Tejani on the Growing Impact of Technology on Everyday Life

CSE’s Anil Mall was recently joined by Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST) to discuss the impact of technology on our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and how he envisions the future as an investor.

In this wide-ranging chat, Shafin reflects on his 25 year career in tech including how VST was conditioned to work-from-home (WFH) with its 20 portfolio companies (4:59), how the pandemic will influence a new era of innovation (10:45), and why he’s particularly focused on the AR/VR and cyber security sectors during times of increased virtualization of our lives (16:43).

Listen until the end to hear how Shafin is managing the balance of fatherhood and WFH, the industries he’s forecasting for sustained growth over the next 10-20 years, the career advice he’d give a younger version of himself, and the well of inspiration and wisdom he regularly taps from hip-hop music.

Related Links
victorysquare.com
thecse.com/en/listings/technology/victory-square-technologies-inc

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Gary Santo on the “Patient” Approach to Growing a US Cannabis Leader

CSE’s Anil Mall was recently joined by Gary Santo, Vice President of Investor Relations, for Columbia Care Inc. (CSE:CCHW), to discuss recent developments at the leading multi-state operator (MSO) as they embark on their next phase in the public markets as a listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

In this conversation, Gary shares the founders’ pragmatic reasons for establishing the company in Washington, DC back in 2012 (6:14), why one of the major foundations for the company is rooted in the capture of transactional data (7:59), and how Columbia Care – now in 18 jurisdictions – strategically selects its geographic markets for growth (10:33).

Listen until the end to hear how Columbia Care qualifies targets for M&A (and how much they are willing to pay!), their quick adjustments to assure customer service and fulfillment while operating in the COVID-19 environment, and how they assess the importance of Federal legalization vis-à-vis banking reform in the US.

Related Links:
col-care.com
thecse.com/en/listings/life-sciences/columbia-care-inc

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