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.
Caldwell Securities Vice President of Marketing, Elizabeth Naumovski, sat down with Grace Pedota to discuss her experience climbing Stromboli, an active volcano in Sicily (1:40), developing her own financial literacy show that was influenced from her fear of finance along with her experience of hosting various finance shows (10:18), and the lessons she learned growing up in an immigrant family that helped her to live a debt-free life (16:33). Listen until the end to learn more about Elizabeth’s nomination at the Wealth Professional Awards on May 30th, and how her love for educating others in finance influenced her to become a finalist.
Harvest Health and Recreation CEO Steve White sat down for the final #WeedWeek episode with Grace Pedota to discuss how his company created a cannabis retail experience that had never been seen before (1:45), the importance of opening employment opportunities for veterans, women, and minorities (5:00) and why the cannabis industry is populated by so many ex-lawyers (12:15). Listen to the entire episode to hear Steve’s insight into how the $850m acquisition Verano Holdings materialized.
DionyMed CEO Edward Fields sat down with Grace Pedota during #WeedWeek to chat about his experience in making the shift from the Silicon Valley technology world to the cannabis industry (1:00), the challenges and advantages of keeping pace with rapid regulatory changes and new laws (9:15), and defining the characteristics of the “canna curious” consumer (13:45). Listen until the end to hear Edward’s advice to young, cannabis startup entrepreneurs and how he was initially introduced to cannabis by his doctor to treat back pain.
Susan Ameel, Partner at Global Regulatory Risk Advisors LLC, recently sat down with Grace Pedota during #WeedWeek to highlight how her firm is leveraging technology to keep up with the rapidly evolving regulatory framework for cannabis (3:45), juxtapose the “.com” bubble with the current boom in cannabis (10:45), and outline the important balance of having regulation that doesn’t curb industry innovation (14:30). Listen until the end to hear Susan’s impression of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City and how she used to regularly swim to Canada from her home in Michigan!
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.
David Macmillan, CEO of Deveron UAS (CSE:DVR) recently sat down with Grace Pedota to discuss how drones are changing the manner in which farmers are collecting and using data (5:00), the important similarities shared by farmers and Bay St. bankers, (10:15) and an explanation of why Deveron is laser focused on the agricultural industry (for now) (15:00). Listen until the end to learn how a visit to Silicon Valley was the catalyst to focus on agriculture, what to wear (and not wear) to a farm meeting, and David’s unfortunate run-in with a turkey vulture in the field.
StableView’s Colin Fisher joins Grace Pedota for a spirited chat about the recent and current trends in Canadian tech finance including an explanation as to why blockchain is still important, despite the initial failures of crypto currency (3:00), why he actually built a crypto mining rig in his office (11:30), and the opportunities emerging in the rapidly growing eSports sector (21:15). Listen until the end to hear his thoughts on going public versus staying private, his solution for tech finance in Canada, and a tease of this year’s upcoming StableView Conference!
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!
IBK Capital’s Miranda Werstiuk sits down with Grace Pedota to reflect on her career in capital markets, being a woman in mining finance (4:15), and to share her vision for sustainable mining practices utilizing blockchain (9:45) and more.