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 Grace Pedota recently sat down with Ingrid Hibbard, CEO & President of Pelangio Exploration Inc., to reflect on her career as an explorer, including a 23 year run as CEO of Pelangio Exploration.
In this discussion, Ingrid shares why “location, location, location” is still the name of the game in prospecting (1:15), how many people misunderstand the technical sophistication of the industry (4:38), and the technique she and her father used to stake claims when she was younger. (Hint: it involved an airplane and toilet paper.) (6:31)
Listen until the end to hear her thoughts on ecological sustainability in the industry, how the price of gold is going to influence this year’s PDAC Convention, and why millennials should care about investing in the mining sector!
Cameron Chell, Founder and Chairman at Draganfly Inc., joined Grace Pedota in the podcast studio to share his thoughts on delivering drone systems innovation to the public markets (1:02), the opportunities emerging as a result of US government security concerns around foreign drone systems control (2:23), and the future of unmanned vehicles beyond aerial drones (4:11). Listen until the end to hear how Cameron envisions Draganfly punching above its “weight class.”
Jo Vos, Managing Director of Leafly, joined Grace Pedota in the podcast studio to share how their platform is empowering cannabis shoppers through education (2:04), the challenge of presenting plant data differently to keep pace with a rapidly maturing audience (4:02), and the importance of standardizing industry terminology (11:38). Listen until the end to learn more about Jo’s vision of how Leafly is bridging the cannabis marketing world and regulation, the ongoing opportunity to break down cannabis stigma through informed dialogue, and her personal tips for downhill cyclists!
Dan Nelson, CEO of Wikileaf Technologies (CSE:WIKI), joins Grace Pedota to discuss the Wikileaf Market Open at the CSE Media Centre (0:39), how his own experience with cannabis inspired him to create a dispensary comparison platform (2:09), and Wikileaf’s mission to empower cannabis consumers with information (12:07). Listen until the end to learn about the company’s partnership with Chuck Rifici and Nesta Holding Co., for his experience with consumer brand and product loyalty, and to hear about Dan’s climb up Mount Kilimanjaro!
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.
Mark Bunting, President of Capital Ideas, dropped into the #HashtagFinance studio to chat with Grace Pedota and share his favourite podcasts and thoughts on the format for financial interviews (1:15), observations on what’s next in financial news media (5:12), and play a game of financial “word blurt” (a #HashtagFinance first at 10:43). Listen until the end to learn about his most interesting interviews, his thoughts on the Beyond Meat IPO, the cannabis sector, and blockchain stocks!
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!
Peekaboo Beans (CSE:BEAN) CEO, Traci Costa, sat down with Grace Pedota to talk about her lifestyle children’s clothing brand and how they recently pivoted to an omni-channel distribution model (1:00), while also discussing the network effect of social retailing (3:15), and utilizing technology to bring a brand to life (7:00). Listen until the end to hear Traci’s personal story on why she started the business, the importance of speaking to, and learning from other women entrepreneurs, and her advice for ANYONE starting a new business.
Quinsam Capital CEO (and Harvard Business School graduate) Roger Dent sat down with Grace Pedota to discuss his love of small cap stocks and his career analyzing and investing in this asset class over the past 30 years. In this discussion, Roger shares the distinctions between companies that should go public versus those that should raise venture capital, why cannabis companies have been a perfect fit in the public markets, and his initial impressions of Canopy Growth as an investment opportunity, and why he thinks going public has been a major contributor to their success. Listen until the end to hear why he steered Quinsam Capital 100% into cannabis, why he believes there’s still a lot of investment potential in the sector, and his take on the burgeoning eSports space.