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Colin Lynch on the Black Opportunity Fund | The CSE Podcast Ep17-S2

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Colin Lynch, Managing Director at TD Asset Management, to discuss the Black Opportunity Fund (BOF), a registered charity that provides access to capital and capacity to Black entrepreneurs. The conversation addresses barriers to accessing capital in Canada, COVID-19’s impact, and steps to obtaining a grant or loan through BOF.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Colin discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

00:00 – Introduction and background
02:05 – What is the Black Opportunity Fund?
05:10 – How to apply for funding
09:00 – Requirements and repayment process
13:16 – Social media links and website information

About Colin Lynch
In 2020, Colin was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an annual recognition of the exceptional achievements of 40 outstanding Canadians under the age of 40. Top 40 has recognized more than 800 outstanding Canadians and is the country’s most coveted award for young business leaders. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s University Toronto Branch Award, which is presented to Toronto-area alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers, in their volunteer work, in the arts, or in other ways they have contributed to society. In 2021, Colin was named a Trustee Emeritus of Queen’s University in recognition of his exemplary service to Queen’s University and its Board of Trustees.

Learn more about the Black Opportunity Fund at https://blackopportunityfund.ca/ 

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Chelsie Hodge & Arinn Ryan on Entrepreneurial Spirit | The CSE Podcast Ep16-S2 (IWD 2022)

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Chelsie Hodge, Founder and CEO, and Arinn Ryan, Director of Marketing at Blender Bites (CSE:BITE), for a special International Women’s Day episode. The group discusses nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, and the journey they took to bring their business to market. The conversation also addresses overcoming challenges experienced by women entrepreneurs in the capital markets.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington, Chelsie, and Arinn discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

00:00 – Background and introduction
02:35 – Arinn Ryan’s journey
04:10 – Chelsie Hodge’s journey
06:40 – Arinn’s decision to join Blender Bites
09:00 – Overcoming CEO hurdles
11:30 – Blender Bites’ special announcement
12:40 – The pros and cons of social media
17:00 – Where to find Blender Bites on social media
18:45 – Supporting other women entrepreneurs
20:05 – Advice to Chelsie’s and Arinn’s younger selves

About Chelsie Hodge
Chelsie brings a unique skill set to the table with over a decade of working experience in the high-growth plant-based consumer packaged goods sector along with over fifteen years in capital market. Chelsie has held Sales and Business Development positions with industry disruptors such as VEGA along with Investor Relations roles for a variety of public company sectors.

About Arinn Ryan
Arinn is an experienced marketing and communications professional with a strong background in retail-focused marketing activations and influencer relations. A people connector by nature, Arinn strives to cultivate meaningful networks and relations and aspire to do work that moves people.

About Blender Bites Ltd.
Blender Bites is a Canadian company involved in the development and marketing of a line of premium frozen food products with a focus on functionality. Blender Bites was founded in 2016 and sell a pre-portioned “easy smoothie” product that is free of any unnecessary inner plastic packaging. Blender Bites products are organic, vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. They contain no added sugars and are made in Canada. Blender Bites products are distributed nationally across Canada and are currently sold in over 800 stores, including Sobeys, Safeway, Save on Foods, Whole Foods Market, Buy-Low/Nesters, IGA, and Fresh Street, with a launch planned into the United States marketplace. Blender Bites anticipates expanding its plant-based footprint in North America through organic growth of the existing brand and through new acquisitions.

Learn more about Blender Bites Ltd. at https://thecse.com/en/listings/diversified-industries/blender-bites-limited

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Erica Williams on Overcoming CEO Hurdles | The CSE Podcast Ep15-S2 (IWD 2022)

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Erica Williams, Founder and CEO of The Yumy Candy Company (CSE:TYUM), for a special International Women’s Day episode to discuss being a woman entrepreneur in the capital markets, including seeking opportunities, overcoming hurdles, and finding and providing support. The conversation also addresses brand marketing via social media.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Erica discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

00:00 – Background and introduction
02:30 – The creation of The Yumy Candy Company
06:30 – Marketing your brand with social media
09:30 – Dealing with social media negativity
12:20 – What advice would you give to your younger self?
13:30 – Tackling hurdles related to your position
16:05 – Team and culture
18:20 – Supporting other women entrepreneurs
19:20 – Childhood role models
21:55 – Social media links and other information

About Erica Williams
Erica is a serial entrepreneur and has a longstanding passion for health and wellness. She has always been a candy lover but couldn’t find a healthier option that was also affordable. Her health journey began years ago when she developed an unhealthy relationship with food and realized to live a healthier lifestyle, education was key. Erica undertook studies in Kinesiology at the University of Fraser Valley and even furthered her knowledge with personal training and nutritional certification. During her studies, Erica competed in fitness competitions across Canada and created a consistent, healthier lifestyle and positive attitude towards foods. The Yumy Candy Company Inc. is founded on the “Feel Good” philosophy Erica now follows in her day-to-day. From her experience with coaching clients, the number one thing on everyone’s agenda was searching for low-sugar, plant-based snack options.

About The Yumy Candy Company Inc.
The Yumy Candy Company is an affordable health-conscious low-sugar plant-based confectionery company based in Vancouver, British Columbia and it has developed a portfolio of healthier gelatine-free candies made from Non-GMO ingredients with proprietary recipes. All of its products are free of gelatin, soy, gluten, nuts, dairy, eggs, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, and genetically modified organisms.

Learn more about The Yumy Candy Company Inc. at https://thecse.com/en/listings/diversified-industries/the-yumy-candy-company-inc

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Discussions on our Other Selves with Tarisai Madambi and Theresa Nyabeze | The CSE Podcast Ep14-S2

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Tarisai Madambi, Senior Manager at KPMG, and Theresa Nyabeze, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair at The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), for a special Black History Month episode. The group discusses representation, intentional inclusion, and feeling comfortable with being your authentic self in the workplace.

Here’s an overview of what topics Barrington, Tarisai, and Theresa cover in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

00:00 – Introduction and Background
03:10 – Theresa’s professional journey
06:00 – Tarisai’s professional journey
10:25 – Bringing your full, authentic self to the workplace
20:05 – Intentional inclusion and professional friendships
24:05 – The importance of diversity of opinion
39:00 – The role of commercialization in diverse representation
48:30 – Calling people “in” vs calling them out
52:30 – Intentions and resulting impact

About Tarisai Madambi
Tarisai is a Finance leader providing strategic counsel to finance executives with a proven record of implementing transformation projects and programs. Currently, she maintains her focus on elevating the role of finance as a change leader and strategic business partner, embedding new technologies and innovation to deliver data-driven insights in decision-making. Tarisai is a passionate advocate for equity and inclusion with particular interest on matters related to mental health, gender, race and ethnicity. She was the motivating force behind establishing the Black Professionals Network in 2019 and continues to drive action on the firm’s Anti-Racism strategy to dismantle systemic barriers for under-represented groups.

About Theresa Nyabeze
Theresa Nyabeze is a Professional Mining Engineer who prides herself as a contributor to an industry that produces the materials with which the modern economy is built. In addition to her 20+ years career in mining, Theresa is actively engaged in promoting * Diversity and Inclusion in the mining industry as a whole*. As the co-Chair for Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, she has led engagements aimed at educating professionals and organizations on the positive impact of diverse and inclusive workplaces. Theresa is an advocate for women and girls, and has published papers peering into the careers of women in mining, and also written a children’s book – Underground my mining adventure – to spur young girls to take up careers in STEM, using mining as a gateway. Theresa was recently named among top 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada, an honour she shares with many notable figures including the Honourable Jean Augustine.

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Alex Halperin on the State of the Cannabis Market in the US | The CSE Podcast Ep13-S2

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Alex Halperin, Editor of WeedWeek, to discuss the cannabis industry in the United States, with a particular focus on the markets in California, New York, and the southern states. The conversation also dives into the dynamic of politics in US federal legalization, WeedWeek’s 2022 outlook, and the potential role of Big Pharma in the sector.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Alex discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

00:00 – Introduction and background
04:30 – Cannabis culture in California
07:30 – The challenge of running a cannabis business in California
11:00 – New York’s cannabis market
13:30 – Oklahoma’s cannabis market
17:30 – Texas’ cannabis market
19:10 – Cannabis legalization in Washington
22:20 – WeedWeek’s outlook on 2022
25:10 – What is Delta-8?
28:50 – Big Pharma’s involvement in the cannabis market

About WeedWeek
Business journalist Alex Halperin started writing the WeedWeek newsletter in 2015. It now has more than 8,000 subscribers including many of the most influential figures in the cannabis world. They appreciate WeedWeek’s incisive writing, aggressive reporting and that they are editorially independent. Advertisers have no influence on their editorial content. In 2020, they launched a major expansion and they now publish original reporting and analysis daily.

Learn more about WeedWeek at https://www.weedweek.com/

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Dexter John on the Experience of Being Black on Bay Street | The CSE Podcast Ep12-S2

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Dexter John, CEO of Morrow Sodali (Canada), for a special Black History Month episode to discuss the experience of being a Black executive in Canada’s corporate world, including the importance of seeking mentorship and taking advantage of opportunities. The conversation also includes Dexter’s advice for young people to succeed and for executives to promote greater diversity.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Dexter discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

0:00 – Introduction and background
1:52 – Thoughts on being a Black executive in Canada
5:30 – The importance of finding mentors among people of influence
8:33 – On entering business and corporate Canada
10:59 – His experience dealing with prejudice among coworkers and classmates
13:06 – Dexter’s experience being a CEO
15:59 – His advice for the youth of tomorrow to succeed in business
22:25 – On the future of corporate Canada in terms of diversity

About Dexter John
Dexter is the Chief Executive Officer at Morrow Sodali (Canada). He represents and advises clients on a wide range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, executive compensation issues, public company reporting, capital markets transactions and general corporate matters.

About Morrow Sodali
Morrow Sodali provides corporate boards and executives with strategic advice and services relating to corporate governance, shareholder and bondholder communication and engagement, capital markets intelligence, proxy solicitation, shareholder activism and mergers and acquisitions.

Learn more about Morrow Sodali at https://morrowsodali.com/ 

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Chris Beals on Legalization and its Effects on the Market | The CSE Podcast Ep11-S2

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Chris Beals, CEO of Weedmaps, to discuss their role as a technology company that provides a comprehensive platform allowing consumers to access and locate cannabis goods and services. The conversation also addresses the effects of legalization on Weedmaps as well as the larger cannabis business community.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Chris discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Chris Beals and Weedmaps
2:31 – Weedmaps’ connection to Toronto
4:41 – Interesting findings from data collected using the Weedmaps platform
7:21 – Ubiquity of Weedmaps’ software
8:45 – Legalization and how it affects Weedmaps
14:51 – How Europe deals with legalization relating to cannabis
17:51 – What to expect from Weedmaps in the future
20:16 – Will Weedmaps be joining the Metaverse?

About Weedmaps
The company was founded in 2008 with a strong belief in the power of cannabis and the importance of enabling safe, legal access to consumers worldwide. Since then, WM Technology has worked tirelessly, not only to be the most comprehensive platform for consumers, but to build the software solutions that power businesses compliantly in the space, to advocate for legalization, social equity, and licensing in many jurisdictions, and to facilitate further learning through partnering with dozens of subject matter experts on providing detailed, accurate information about the plant.

Learn more about Weedmaps at https://weedmaps.com/

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Bill Besenhofer on Being a B Corp & Making the Food Chain Efficient | The CSE Podcast Ep10-S2

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Bill Besenhofer, Co-Founder and CEO of The Fresh Factory, to discuss consumer and investor “appetite” for plant-based, clean-label food, becoming a B Corp, and how technology plays a role in how they serve emerging and existing brands in this space. The conversation also highlights Bill’s thoughts on where he sees the clean food landscape going.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Bill discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

0:00 – Background of The Fresh Factory and COVID-19’s impact
3:44 – Achieving brand loyalty
4:31 – What it takes to be a B Corp
9:46 – Technology’s role in how they help brands
17:26 – Hurdles for companies in this space
20:05 – Will The Fresh Factory be joining the metaverse?
20:50 – The Fresh Factory’s team and stakeholders
22:50 – Where the clean eating landscape is going
26:50 – What investors can expect from The Fresh Factory

About The Fresh Factory
The Fresh Factory is a vertically integrated company focused on accelerating the growth of the plant-based, clean-label food and beverage brands of tomorrow. The Fresh Factory owns or partners with emerging brands in the plant-based space to develop, manufacture, and sell products made from fresh produce and recognizable ingredients. It operates from its centrally located manufacturing facility near Chicago, serving customers across the US. As a B Corporation, The Fresh Factory is ESG-focused, driven to make a lighter, greener impact on the environment and a stronger, positive impact on local communities and the food supply system as a whole.

Learn more about The Fresh Factory at The Fresh Factory B.C Ltd. | CSE – Canadian Securities Exchange (thecse.com)

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Adriana Kertzer on Representing the Power of the Plant | The CSE Podcast Ep9-S2

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Adriana Kertzer, Co-Founder of Plant Medicine Law Group, to discuss the unique aspects of representing clients in the cannabis and psychedelics sectors, ongoing policy and regulation issues, and what makes their law firm different from others in this space. The conversation also highlights Adriana’s thoughts on how she sees the plant medicine landscape evolving.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Adriana discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Adriana Kertzer and Plant Medicine Law Group
4:13 – Client segments across the psychedelic and cannabis industries
7:43 – A diversity of opinions on plant medicine policy
15:40 – Legality and the psychedelic ecosystem
23:49 – Unique differentiators of Plant Medicine Law Group
28:28 – Going public and being part of a larger community

About Plant Medicine Law Group
Plant Medicine Law Group expands equitable and legal access to plant medicine by helping companies in the psychedelic and cannabis industries thrive in a complex, emerging market. Their strategic expertise empowers clients to successfully launch, fund and scale their business.

Learn more about Plant Medicine Law Group at https://www.plantmedicinelaw.com/

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Iris Bincovich on Exporting Ingenuity and the Importance of Milestones | The CSE Podcast Ep8-S2

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Iris Bincovich, CEO of InnoCan Pharma (CSE:INNO) to discuss the company’s focus as a specialty pharmaceutical company including the development of products that harness the unique properties of Cannabinoids combined with smart delivery formulations. The conversation also highlights the importance – and impact – that achieving milestones has had on the company’s life as a public company.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Iris discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:

0:00 – Re-introducing Iris Bincovich and Innocan Pharma
3:31 – Iris’ background in chemistry and the healthcare industry
5:22 – Exporting Israeli innovation across the globe
8:41 – Going public in Canada and the importance of meeting milestones
13:47 – Opportunities for growth in 2022
16:19 – Accessing Innocan’s products
18:35 – Iris’ favourite restaurant

About InnoCan Pharma Corporation
The Corporation’s business can be described as three distinct operating segments relating to the incorporation in products of CBD in their formulation: (i) research, development, marketing, distribution and sales of InnoCan-branded OTC pharmaceutical products; (ii) research and development of non-pharmaceutical products for third parties in exchange for fees and/or royalties; and (iii) research and development of hydrogels containing liposomes intended for licensing or sale to third party pharmaceutical corporations for manufacturing, distribution and sales.

Learn more about InnoCan Pharma at InnoCan Pharma Corporation | CSE – Canadian Securities Exchange (thecse.com)

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