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).
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.
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.
CSE’s Phillip Shum recently sat down with Mo Lidsky, CEO of Prime Quadrant, to discuss the market perspectives he has earned through advising 120 ultra-high net-worth families comprising $15 billion in assets under management.
In this discussion, Mo shares how his own challenge in obtaining unbiased, conflict-free investment advice led him to start Prime Quadrant (0:57), why his firm is applying a “super protective” mindset during these rising markets (5:09), his common principles and best practices for investing (10:39), and why it is potentially dangerous to apply recency bias when investing in fixed income products (14:42).
Listen until the end to hear how Mo’s own encounter with a fraudster led him to research and write his new book, “Selling Snake Oil” (19:03), and how he has leveraged his family office network to support his philanthropic efforts every year at the Prime Quadrant Conference (24:14).
CSE’s Phillip Shum recently caught up with Ian Tennant, Co-Founder and Director of Newsfile Corp., to reflect on the company’s origins starting 20 years ago.
In this chat, Ian shares how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act presented an opportunity for a new, national newswire service (1:04), his tips to maximize the most important real estate of a press release (4:00), and the key ingredients to reaching both Canadian and US investors (8:09).
CSE’s Grace Pedota recently caught up with Helen Bilhete, Head of Corporate Development at Newsfile, to discuss her recent experience at the “boutique” newswire service and her other career endeavors, including acting.
During this chat, Helen shares her perspective on how newswire services work a lot like courier systems (3:10), the journey she underwent to build courage and success in sales (8:55), and the distinct benefits of not being afraid to “stand out” on Bay Street (12:34).
CSE’s James Black recently joined his colleagues Barrington Miller and Phillip Shum to reflect on another eventful year at the Exchange for Entrepreneurs.
This special episode includes a wide-ranging discussion on the many highlights from 2019. The team discusses the numerous global destinations that the CSE covered throughout the year (1:53), the fascinating intersection between public cannabis companies and famous athletes (7:11), and the memorable events that left a lasting impression (11:25).
Listen until the end to hear James, Barrington, and Phil’s insights from interviewing over 80 entrepreneurs on the #HashtagFinance podcast, and the inspiration generated by the newly launched Market Open at the CSE Media Centre in Toronto (27:53).
CSE’s Barrington Miller recently sat down with Joel Shacker, CEO of Mota Ventures Corp. (CSE:MOTA), to discuss the company’s newly-listed cannabis cultivation business in Colombia.
In this discussion, Joel shares the three core reasons why Colombia is one of the ideal countries in the world for cannabis cultivation (2:04), the linguistic meaning behind the name “Mota” (6:07), and Joel’s many tips on what to eat while in Colombia (7:08).
Listen until the end to hear his perspective on what it means to work as a young CEO in a foreign country and Mota’s future plans to potentially expand the business beyond CBD.
CSE’s Barrington Miller recently sat down with Michael Caridi, Chairman of Tree of Knowledge International Corp. (CSE:TOKI), to discuss the company’s journey from its early days as an X Games sponsor to now being a fixture in Walmart-based pain clinics.
In this discussion, Michael shares how the company’s strategic alliance with Jack Nathan Medical is helping steer patients toward opioid alternatives (1:10), the reasons why education is a key differentiator in the industry (5:10), and how one innovation they have developed applies nanotechnology utilizing CBD and gold particles to treat tumors through ultrasound (7:27).
Listen until the end to learn what surprised Michael in the cannabis space in 2019 and the life changing epilepsy treatments he has witnessed in Brazil.