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Looking Back to the Extraordinary Future 2019 Conference

The CSE had an extraordinary time at the Extraordinary Future conference on September 22nd and 23rd in Vancouver. We are proud to have been a Gold sponsor of this Cambridge House International event, gaining insights into projects and ideas at the forefront of Canadian technological innovation.

The question at the heart of the Extraordinary Future Conference has always been “what’s next?” And with the third iteration of the conference now complete, it’s exciting to reflect upon what emerged from bringing together a community of innovators, investors, and intellects to spark conversations about the next big thing.

At the Exchange for Entrepreneurs, we’ve had the unique advantage of seeing how technology in the hands of capable, motivated, growth-seeking innovators can rapidly scale or disrupt existing industies, or create entirely new ones. This was evident at XFuture 2019, as individuals covered groundbreaking topics such as cannabis technology, eSports, biohacking, psilocybin, sustainability, augmented reality (AR), and much more. It was fantastic to learn more about how these future-focused entrepreneurs are harnessing the incredible, transformative power of technology to create extraordinary futures.

At the event, we also had the opportunity to sit down with many leaders at the helm of CSE-listed companies, and to find out what’s on the horizon for these entrepreneurs. To watch these exclusive interviews, visit the CSE TV channel on YouTube here.


For even more future-focused content, we encourage you to explore the recently-released Technology Issue of Public Entrepreneur Magazine. In the spirit of XFuture, this edition moves the magazine experience into a whole new digital medium by enabling readers to access dynamic featured content on their smartphones through the power of augmented reality (AR) technology. Read it here.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and we can’t wait to see what’s next at Extraordinary Future 2020!

Paul Pedersen on Evolving Edibles with Advanced Extraction Technology

Paul Pedersen, CEO and Co-Founder of Nextleaf Solutions (CSE:OILS), joins Phillip Shum to discuss why the company decided to enter the cannabis space with a focus on cannabinoid extraction in lieu of plant production (1:12), what the upcoming Canadian legalization of edibles and concentrates means for Nextleaf (3:59), and the methods they use to turn dry biomass into standardized THC and CBD molecules for infused products (5:50). Listen until the end to hear how the company is taking a leadership role in the commercialization of intellectual property, and to learn what else is next for Nextleaf in 2020!

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Robert Galarza on Bringing Blockchain into the Cannabis World

Robert Galarza, CEO and Director of TruTrace Technologies Inc. (CSE:TTT), joins James Black to discuss how TruTrace established its position at the intersection of blockchain and cannabis (2:09), how their data management platform operates at various stages of cannabis production and testing (5:07), and why Major League baseball was an impetus to get into data architecture (11:21). Listen until the end to learn more about the company’s partnerships with Shoppers and Deloitte, to hear about Robert’s time as a lawyer, and his thoughts on how cannabis companies will be structured in the future.

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DealMaker Deals: Deconstructed

Our first instalment of Deals Deconstructed celebrates a groundbreaking raise from Stately Cannabis Brands Ltd. (“Stately”), a US focused cannabis strategic acquisition company founded by three serial entrepreneurs.

Trent Kitsch, Jeff Barber, and Ryan Foreman have already founded, scaled, and commercialized several Canadian success stories, including DOJA / HIKU (a vertically integrated cannabis lifestyle brand and brand house) and SAXX (premium apparel).

Stately plans on tapping into its deep network and leveraging its team’s proven expertise in cannabis, branding and consumer packaged goods to identify an emerging cannabis brand that has the potential to become a market leader and nationally recognized brand.

So, when it came time for the seasoned entrepreneurs to capitalize their newest venture, speed, efficiency and a broad reach driven by digital marketing was top of mind.

That’s where DealMaker makes new realities possible.

The deal was quarterbacked by Pushor Mitchell LLP, a premier regional firm based in British Columbia.

Using DealMaker, Stately and Pushor Mitchell were able to reach and close retail investors based around the world – leveraging the power of the internet. In just a matter of weeks, the company brought in approximately $9.6 million from over five hundred investors, all while based in their hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia.

Investors from
73 cities
across
4 continents
subscribed to Stately through DealMaker.

154 investors
completed their subscriptions within
24 hours
of receiving their e-mail invitations.

289 investors
closed their subscriptions
completely online
without needing to print or fax a single piece of paper.

Like many entrepreneurs, Trent, Jeff and Ryan like to be “hands-on,” so DealMaker’s real-time progress updates and data insights were much appreciated.

“We had access to an unprecedented depth and richness of insight with DealMaker. The ability to understand and adapt to our investors’ progress was a real game-changer.”
– Jeff Barber, founding partner and CEO, Stately Brands Cannabis Ltd.

DealMaker also unlocked tremendous efficiencies for the issuer’s counsel, Pushor Mitchell.  DealMaker helped the firm deliver nimble, cost-efficient solutions to a key client, while focusing its attention on providing high-value legal advice rather than pushing paper – a game-changer for capital raises.

“The use of the DealMaker platform reduced the number of email exchanges and phone calls, resulting in a more efficient process overall. DealMaker made it easy to keep track of the progress of our client’s financing.”
– Keith Inman, Partner, Pushor Mitchell LLP

Trent, Jeff, and Ryan know how to create excitement, they know how to operate efficiently, and they know how to build a business. And for Keith at Pushor Mitchell, reputation, client service and excellence are paramount.  Where speed, efficiency, and quality are critical, issuers and counsel need a reliable solution that keeps up with the pace of the markets. DealMaker delivers.

Want to learn more about Stately?

Stately Cannabis Brands can be reached at https://www.statelybrands.com and info@statelybrands.com.

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If you’re ready to take advantage of the groundbreaking DealMaker platform, feel free to contact DealMaker at info@dealmaker.tech or  +1 855 550 1683.

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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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Rosy Mondin on the Hard Road to Cannabis Legalization in Canada

Rosy Mondin, CEO of Quadron Cannatech (CSE:PUMP), sat down with Grace Pedota to share her story as a reformed lawyer and cannabis advocate and how her experience and passion led to the origin of Quadron Cannatech (3:00), the role she has played as a champion for cannabis within the tiers of Canadian government (9:30), and the circumstances that led her to build the “Boss” extractor (12:00). Listen until the end to hear Rosy’s plans for vape pens, hemp extraction, and the introduction of the “Big Boss” extractor!

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Kim Rivers on Emulating the Whole Foods Retail Model in Cannabis | #HashtagFinance

Trulieve (CSE:TRUL) CEO Kim Rivers joined Grace Pedota during #WeedWeek to discuss the importance of inclusion as a value for the company and it’s “Trulievers” (3:00), the lessons learned becoming the first company approved to sell flower in Florida (8:00), and taking their expertise into new, competitive states in the U.S. (12:30). Listen until the end to hear how Trulieve is emulating the Whole Foods retail model, the importance of loyalty programs and data, and her pivot to the Cannabis industry as a recovering lawyer.

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Omar Khan on Navigating the Challenges of Marketing Cannabis | #HashtagFinance

Episode 3 — Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Omar Khan sits down with Barrington Miller to discuss his perspective on the SNC Lavalin Affair (1:45), the challenges of marketing cannabis products (7:15), and his analysis of the Ontario cannabis lottery (11:45). Listen until the end to hear Omar’s thoughts on what the legal cannabis industry will need to do to bring more users over from the black market!

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Richard Carleton on Ushering the CSE into the Cannabis Era and Ukulele! | #HashtagFinance

Episode 2 — In this wide-ranging discussion with Canadian Securities Exchange CEO Richard Carleton, he shows Grace Pedota his chops on the ukulele, discusses the Exchange’s recent trip to Davos, Switzerland (5:15), and shares how the CSE embraced the cannabis industry (12:15). Listen until the end to hear Richard’s origin story as CSE’s CEO and for summer travelling tips!

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