Category Archives: Podcasts

Frank Holmes on the Evolution of Cryptocurrency and Macroeconomics

Frank Holmes, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Global Investors and Chairman of Hive Blockchain, joins Grace Pedota to talk about gold mining and investments (2:47), the reasons why millennials place more trust in cryptocurrency than other generations (7:33), and the importance of macroeconomics when it comes to understanding the economy (16:51). Listen until the end for Frank’s opinion on the significance of cryptocurrency worldwide, his advice to millennials who are just starting out in finance, and to hear about his days in the boxing ring!

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Sherry Boodram on Cannabis Regulation and Compliance in an Evolving Market

Dr. Sherry Boodram, CEO and Co-Founder of CannDelta Inc., joined Grace Pedota to talk about her experience as a drug forensic chemist with Health Canada (1:54), why other countries are choosing to use Canada’s cannabis regulations as a template (15:28), and what makes CannDelta different from other cannabis regulatory consulting companies (17:32). Listen until the end for her thoughts on the incoming regulations around edibles and extracts, and her advice to companies who are looking to produce new product types under these regulations.

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Jay Rosenthal on Compelling Storytelling in the Cannabis Industry

Jay Rosenthal, Business of Cannabis Co-Founder and President, joins Barrington Miller to discuss the importance of sharing compelling stories from the cannabis space (1:15), his thoughts on the issues surrounding current cannabis regulations and product offerings, and how these might evolve in the future (7:50), and the persistent Canadian interest in cannabis-infused beverages (21:40). Listen until the end to hear Jay’s thoughts about the ongoing “CBD craze,” and to learn what Business of Cannabis is doing to bring the next wave of cannabis innovators into the spotlight.

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Dafina Lovelace and Kellie Sauls on Investing in What You Consume

Dafina Lovelace and Kellie Sauls, Co-Founders of the investment group Get Rich or Die Trying (G.R.O.D.T.), join Barrington Miller to discuss the origins and structure of their group (2:22), how looking at personal consumer habits can affect investment choices (9:00), and the societal shifts around the cannabis space that influenced their decision to enter that market (16:45). Listen until the end to hear Kellie and Dafina’s thoughts on increasing financial literacy for young women of colour, some strategies for saving, and an impromptu song!

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Paul Duffy on Evolving the Retail Experience Using Augmented Reality

Paul Duffy, President of NexTech AR Solutions Corp. (CSE:NTAR), joins Barrington Miller to discuss the practical applications of “ARitizing” products into the augmented reality space using the NexTech platform (1:01), the differences between augmented reality and virtual reality (4:44), and how augmented reality is fundamentally changing the way people shop (12:51). Listen until the end to learn about Paul’s personal experiences with augmented reality, what’s next for AR in entertainment, and his opinions on how AR may impact social interaction within the next five years.

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Fabrice Taylor on the Value of Promotion and Messaging in the Public Markets

In his podcasting debut, Fabrice Taylor, Founder and Publisher of The President’s Club Investment Letter, joined James Black to discuss the origin of The President’s Club (2:56), the evolution of journalism and media (4:22), and some telltale signs that an investment may (or may not) be worth considering (12:28). Listen until the end to learn why he feels surprises are a good thing, the importance of having a strong network, and his recommendation on where to have lunch in Edmonton!

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Emma Andrews on Bringing a Cannabis Beverage Brand to Life

Emma Andrews, Chief Commercial Officer at BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (CSE:BEV), sat down with Grace Pedota to share her thoughts on the type of beverages we should expect when infused cannabis beverages go legal in Canada this October (2:13), how she applies her background as a nutritionist into the cannabis industry (6:26), her experience with cannabis as an endurance runner (8:14), and her perspective on plant-based food in the fast food industry (10:44). Listen until the end to hear her thoughts on cannabis consumption as an expecting mother, and her outlook for cannabis in health and wellness products over the next 20 to 30 years.

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Alex Freedman on the Critical Role of Social Equity in Cannabis

Alex Freedman from the LA Department of Cannabis Regulation joins Barrington Miller for the inaugural #HashtagFinance Skype interview. This educational discussion focuses on the topic of ‘social equity’, including a definition of the term as it relates to the cannabis sector (2:00), how social equity works to have a positive impact on those negatively impacted by the “War on Drugs” (4:50), and the differences and similarities between social equity programs in Northern and Southern California (11:35). Listen until the end to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing community reinvestment from successful investee companies, navigating the long-term impact of social equity, and the growing demand for social equity mandates from cannabis investors!

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JB and Bear on Navigating the Travel Dining Scene and Business Lunches

In this special “all killer, no filler” edition of #HashtagFinance, Barrington Miller (2X Ontario Chili Cook-Off Champ) joins James Black (habitual eater, and sometimes host) to discuss their eating experiences as frequent business travellers and share some “pro tips” for dining on the road. A full plate is served on this episode including:

– Barrington’s recent food experience in Colombia, the 60-year-old food stand, and the world’s best fruit (NOT apples)
– Where the world’s best shawarma is located (hint – not in Canada!)
– James’ warning about very late-night eating situations
– How to navigate the dicey food scene at Miami International Airport
– Bear’s discovery (and description) of grits in Charleston South Carolina
– Where the best fried chicken can be located in North Carolina
– Special feature – “Where’s Lunch??” in Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto
– Barrington and James’ thoughts on when you can/should eat breakfast
– A special plea for the restaurant community in Toronto

Listen until the end to get pro tips, including:

1. What to do when you don’t see anyone in a restaurant
2. Why you need to fly into, or out of LaGuardia, and NOT Newark Liberty International
3. How to beat long line-ups for good food

Bon appetit!

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Margot Micallef on Building a Wellness Brand Through Passion and Experience

Margot Micallef sat down with Barrington Miller to discuss her company, Gabriella’s Kitchen, including what she did when she was fired from her high profile communications job (2:00), how cannabis become a key ingredient at Gabriella’s Kitchen (6:43), and why they are applying a consumer packaged goods business model (14:08). Listen until the end to hear about Margot’s favourite product, the company’s recent (and over-subscribed) financing, and the five-year outlook for the company!

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