InnoCan Pharma Corporation Opens the Market

The CSE was happy to join InnoCan Pharma Corporation (CSE:INNO) for a Market Open from a special international location, with members of the InnoCan team ringing the bell on a beach in Tel Aviv, Israel.

InnoCan Pharma Corporation is an Israel-based speciality pharmaceutical company that uses cannabis products to target health issues. The company specializes in the research, development, marketing, and sales of InnoCan-branded over the counter pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical products. InnoCan believes that by merging pharma, science, and the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids, it is possible to create a truly effective over the counter topical treatments product line.

“We are proud to open the market from the beautiful beach of Tel Aviv,” said InnoCan Pharma Corporation CEO Iris Bincovich.

“We are honoured and happy to be the first Israeli cannabis company that has filed in the CSE and concluded a successful round of fundraising,” remarked Innocan Pharma Corporation Executive Chairman Ron Mayron. “InnoCan is a unique value proposition company which can offer a wide range of products and a wide range of system deliveries, and we hope we’ll be one of the leading companies in this area in Canada.”

Joining Bincovich and Mayron at this momentous Market Open were other key members of the InnoCan Pharma Corporation team, as well as Mark Francis, Capital Markets Consultant and Senior Advisor at the CSE.

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Passport to Canada’s Cannabis Sector Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE proudly welcomed the Passport to Canada’s Cannabis Sector to open the market at the CSE Media Centre on November 20th, 2019.

The Passport to Canada’s Cannabis Sector is an alliance between Aird & Berlis, MNP, MGO, ELLO, and the CSE. The alliance will be joining over 35,000 cannabis industry professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs at MJBizCon in Las Vegas next month, where the future of the cannabis industry will be discussed and new innovations within the cannabis space will be showcased.

“This group – us and these service providers – is going to Vegas for MJBiz 2019. We’re going to go there and share our story about how we can serve the industry and continue to help grow the cannabis industry by bringing companies to Canada to raise capital and list publicly on our exchange,” said James Black, Vice President of Listings Development at the CSE.

“Aird & Berlis has always taken a cross-disciplinary approach to the cannabis sector. We’re a full service firm and that’s how we’re treating our clients in the sector. And it’s been really important as we continue to support them in various stages of growth and advancement,” remarked Sherri Altshuler, Partner at Aird & Berlis.

“MNP is a full service provider for accounting, tax, and advisory services. We do all of those services in the cannabis sector,” said Glenn Fraser, Partner and National Leader of Food & Beverage Processing at MNP. “I’m really excited to be a part of the alliance because I think we have some of the pre-eminent service providers in the industry partnering with us during the show. I think it’ll be a pretty exciting time this year,” he added.

Joining Altshuler and Fraser were other key members of the Passport to Canada’s Cannabis Sector alliance.

View the podcast for this Market Open featuring Sherri Altshuler and Glenn Fraser here.

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Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE was happy to welcome Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. (CSE:PKK) to the CSE Media Centre for a Market Open on November 19th, 2019.

Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. is the parent company of a group of innovative technology (Fintech) subsidiaries operating in China’s commercial lending industry. Through its subsidiaries, Peak uses technology, analytics, and artificial intelligence to create an ecosystem of lenders, borrowers, and other participants in the commercial lending space in China. Peak’s goal is to provide North American investors with an opportunity to participate in China’s digitized financial services industry and its expanding Fintech sector.

“The company is starting to take off right now. So, being here today – having this opportunity to open the market – gives us an opportunity to reach out to some people who may not already know about the company and to also thank our current investors who have supported the company for these past few years,” remarked CEO Johnson Joseph.

“We have fantastic technology. But surrounding that technology, we look to add different pieces. We are in the process of adding some significant pieces, hopefully before the end of this year. But certainly 2020 is expected to be a significant year for Peak,” added Joseph. “This is just the beginning. We have a lot of things ahead of us – a lot of opportunities. And the best is yet to come for Peak Positioning.”

Joining Joseph at the Market Open were CFO Jean Landreville and Manager of Banking Business Development, Mei Li. Key members from Peak Positioning’s investor, CHF Capital Markets, were also in attendance.

View the podcast for this Market Open featuring Johnson Joseph here. 

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Alan Brochstein on Why the Numbers Don’t Lie in the Cannabis Market

Cannabis industry pioneer, and Founder of 420 Investor, Alan Brochstein, recently joined Barrington Miller for a Skype chat to discuss recent developments in the cannabis market.

In this conversation, Alan share’s his opinions on Drake’s recent deal with Canopy Growth and their challenge to repurpose assets from the Bruce Linton era (1:58), Vireo Health’s recent high profile edition to their board of directors (5:42), and what his cannabis indices are telling him about a potential market bottom in the sector (9:29). Listen until the end to hear his thoughts on the role of the cannabis black market and the impact of illicit vaping products as well as Alan’s recent exposure to CBD oxygen!

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George Tsiolis on his Mission to Win the Attention War with Investors

George Tsiolis, Founder of AGORACOM, joined James Black to share his thoughts on how public companies are losing the attention war with investors (2:10), the trouble with relying on one-way digital communications (6:40), and how the crypto space provides some useful examples of how to engage investor audiences online (9:36). George further outlines the four issues that are holding companies back from deploying an effective and engaging digital strategy (10:34). Listen until the end to hear George’s pro tip for “lighting up” your investor audience and the importance of building a loyal, long-term shareholder base.

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ICEsoft Technologies Canada: Modern elements key to engineering broader acceptance of life-saving community alerts

When a small-cap company launches a new product line, having an established legacy business in the background is a dream scenario. Count ICEsoft Technologies Canada (CSE:ISFT) amongst those lucky few. The company is already a leading global provider of critical enterprise software solutions for desktop and mobile enterprise, its rich Internet application products being used by more than 20,000 enterprises and 150,000 developers, with a subscriber base spanning more than 400 corporations.

Eager to do more with its mobile technology expertise, the company, which went public on the Canadian Securities Exchange in June, developed an affordable smart communication platform called Voyent Alert!.

Designed specifically for local and regional governments to alert and communicate with the public during both emergencies and non-critical events, Voyent Alert! is a great example of technology being used to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives…perhaps even saving them.

Public Entrepreneur spoke with ICEsoft President and Chief Executive Officer Brian McKinney recently about the Voyent Alert! platform and the company’s plans going forward.

Voyent Alert! sounds like something quite different for ICEsoft. What compelled you to develop a multi-purpose, mass-notification system? 

Our legacy business is profitable and it’s a very interesting business, but it’s also hyper-technical and certainly a maturing market. About 18 to 20 months ago we were tapped on the shoulder by some of our west coast clients and asked if we could repurpose some of our mobile technologies into a new kind of community-alerting system. That’s kind of the genesis of the pivot we undertook. It really represented the kind of next-generation platform that we wanted to go after.

What makes Voyent Alert! different from other mass-notification systems like the Emergency Alert System or AMBER alerts?  

Conventionally speaking, information tends to be issued in a very text-centric format. The text looks like a bunch of words kind of jumbled together. And one of the things we felt strongly about was that a lot of people won’t process that information, or they’ll read the first two lines of a bunch of text and then they’ll move on.

We felt that if we could make it more visual and provide a lot more context to the user, the alert would be far more valuable to them. It would allow them to process things faster and make better, more informed decisions more quickly. It’s one thing to know that there’s a fire on 6th and Main. It’s another to get a picture on your phone that shows you on a map here’s the fire, here’s your mother’s house, and it’s 500 metres south of the fire so she’s subject to an evacuation order. That’s very specific to you and very visual. And it’s our contention that that kind of alert would drive a higher level of community engagement.

Day-to-day communications with citizens are also leveraged through the service. It’s not just for emergencies. Our community clients can advise about snow removal plans, targeting specific communities and advising “you have to get your cars off the street, or they will be subject to tow.” Waste recycling pickup schedules have changed. Here are the city council meeting minutes. That sort of thing. If people learn to trust it at a municipal level, they’ll pay attention to it when it’s a real emergency.

Who is the target market for Voyent Alert!?

There are a number of players in the market right now, but the vast majority of them are focusing on large urban deployments. They’re looking to the Bostons, the New Yorks and Torontos to develop solutions for. And they tend to be larger more complex systems, heavy on the back end to accommodate system infrastructure integration.

Fifty percent of North Americans, for example, live in communities of less than 50,000 people. And conventional wisdom alone tells you that a solution that works for New York generally isn’t going to work for a community with a population of 50,000. As a result, a lot of these smaller communities weren’t being serviced very effectively or efficiently by the solutions that were available.

We decided we wanted to move forward with rich, personalized messaging and really focus on targeting smaller communities and more rural regional districts. Strategically, we want to dominate the smaller communities, as our peers basically target large urban deployments. We want to carve out for ourselves that dominant position in the small to medium-sized communities.

Our product is engineered for that service. It’s simpler and easier to use at a lower cost. It’s not like it’s a trivial market. We are focusing exclusively on building up a subscription base. This is a software-as-a-service play with a large recurring revenue stream. One of the advantages of these smaller markets is that they’re very sticky. You know when you get a client, you’re likely to have that client for six or seven years.

That’s a sticky client base indeed. How would you describe the typical entity that subscribes for Voyent Alert!? 

We basically sell to governments – cities, towns, regional districts, and counties. Those organizations purchase it on behalf of their citizens and then the citizens can download the mobile app and register for the service for free. We’re providing coverage to about 55 different communities in Canada that we’ve onboarded in the last 14 months. Since we launched, the number of communities that we’re servicing has been doubling quarter over quarter. We’re anticipating a launch into the US by the end of this year.

There are several competitors in the mass-notification alert sector. Who is your biggest rival and how does ICEsoft stack up against the competition? 

Roughly speaking, about 30-40% of the communities with less than 50,000 population have no solution whatsoever. The rest might have an older kind of solution that might be an e-mail alert system or something that’s a little bit more dated. Our primary competition comes from the market leader, which is a company called Everbridge out of the US east coast. One of the things we find gratifying is that probably the last seven or eight deals where we’ve been up against other competitors, Everbridge primarily, we’ve been winning those deals. It’s been well over a year since we’ve lost a deal to Everbridge. That says that something we’re doing is resonating with the client.

To wrap up, what’s the strategy for Voyent Alert! for the balance of 2019 and into next year?

We are looking very aggressively at other vertical opportunities that face similar challenges to the ones we are solving for our municipal clients. The residential home construction market is one of those opportunities. Residential builders and trades have a big problem keeping track of their people and ensuring their safety status as well as that of the worksite. There is a significant and clear value proposition here that makes the opportunity very attractive.

In addition to expanding into new market verticals we are also looking to broaden the market footprint for Voyent Alert!. This activity sees us focusing on expanding our presence across Canada between now and the end-of-year timeframe. We will then use that presence as a launching pad into the US market.

We’ll be selective about the markets we want to target in the US. We want to make sure they are the ones that would resonate with the value proposition we’re offering. It’s unlikely we’d go out and target eastern seaboard, high-density urban centers. The Midwest and the western states are the more likely candidates that we’re going to launch into. They are more rural and are faced with the kinds of challenges where we can make the biggest difference.

This story was featured in the Public Entrepreneur magazine.

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Deveron UAS Corp. Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE proudly welcomed Deveron UAS Corp. (CSE:DVR) to the CSE Media Centre for a Market Open on November 14th, 2019.

Deveron is a technology company that provides data acquisition services and data analysis to growers within the agricultural industry in North America. Deveron obtains data and insights through its on-demand network of drone pilots and soil sampling technicians. As well, the company provides farmers with independent data analytics through its wholly owned subsidiary Veritas Farm Management.

“We’re a data services company for agriculture that uses drones, soil sampling, and all types of information on the farm to drive increased yields, reduced costs, and improved farm outcomes for the farmers,” said CEO and President David MacMillan.

“To bring people together today to get to open the market in Toronto is a really special thing for all of us to share. It’s one of those symbolic gratifications,” he added.

Other key members of the Deveron team from both Canada and the US were also in attendance at the Market Open.

View the podcast for this Market Open featuring David MacMillan here.

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New Wave Esports Corp. Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE was happy to welcome New Wave Esports Corp. (CSE:NWES) to the CSE Media Centre on November 12th, 2019 to open the market.

An investment company with a focus on the esports and competitive gaming industries, New Wave Esports provides capital and advisory services to esports organizations, teams, leagues, events, and technology innovators. The company’s goal is to enhance all aspects of the industry for existing fans, players, and associated organizations.

“We’ve been working very hard all year to get up to this point. We’ve built a great portfolio behind us to bring to the public. So, now the public has access into investing into the esports ecosystem and continuing investing and growing the esports industry as we move forward,” said CEO Daniel Mitre.

“Looking forward, we’re expanding globally. We’re looking at deals across the world – Asia and Europe – where we’re continuing to build our portfolio,” he added.

Joining Mitre at the Market Open were several members of the New Wave Esports team, including President Trumbull Fisher.

View the podcast for this Market Open featuring Daniel Mitre here.

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Daniel Mitre on How Old School Gaming has Influenced the New Wave of eSports

Daniel Mitre, CEO of New Wave Esports Corp. (CSE:NWES), joined James Black at the CSE Media Centre (couch) to play some retro SNES video games and share his origins as a gamer (0:46), the evolution of the competitive gaming scene since the 1990’s (3:31) and why the competitive gaming market has gravitated towards first person shooters (6:36). Dan also discloses the size of the gaming and eSports industries (9:22), as well as the four eSports ecosystem verticals that New Wave focuses and invests in (10:49). Listen until the end to hear his thoughts on competitive player health and development (14:17), and the overwhelming demand for content from professional streamers (17:28).

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EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. Opens the Market at the CSE Media Centre

The CSE proudly welcomed EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. (CSE:ETI) to the CSE Media Centre for a Market Open on November 7th, 2019.

EnviroLeach is a technology company that is engaged in the development and commercialization of environmentally-friendly formulas and technologies for the treatment of materials in the mining and recycling sectors. Using their eco-friendly, proprietary treatment process, EnviroLeach extracts precious metals from ores, concentrates, and E-Waste.

“We’re really excited about opening the market today at the CSE. It’s been a big part of the company’s evolution,” remarked CEO Duane Nelson.

“The company has developed the world’s only environmentally-friendly solution to recover gold from mineral ores, and also from E-Waste,” he added. “Some of the most brilliant scientists, doctors, [and] engineers have brought this innovation to life.”

Nelson was joined by CFO Don Weatherbee and COO Wayne Moorhouse at the Market Open.

View the podcast for this Market Open featuring Duane Nelson here.

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