CSE’s Barrington Miller chats with Paul Rosen, CEO of 1933 Industries Inc. (CSE:TGIF) about his recent appointment as Interim CEO of the company and his operating philosophy moving forward in the face of COVID-19. Paul also shares his personal journey as an early leader in the cannabis industry and makes note of the many changes he’s observed in the C-suite among his cannabis sector peer group.
Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Paul cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:
2:00 – Paul’s early beginnings in the Cannabis industry in the late 80’s as a constitutional lawyer.
3:58 – Hortican Inc.’s pre-MMPR history and evolution with PharmaCan Capital Corp./The Chronos Group.
6:57 – His transition into a management role at 1933 Industries.
7:55 – How Cannabis 2.0 has impacted C-suites in the industry.
11:58 – Highlighting traits of the early-stage Cannabis entrepreneurs.
13:28 – The unique challenges of running a public cannabis company.
17:16 – The imperative of running a clean balance sheet in today’s COVID-19 environment.
20:14 – Las Vegas’ cannabis prospects in light of the severe downturn in tourism.
25:25 – Paul’s view on how the global pandemic will hasten tax generation from cannabis and social justice.
29:35 – Why preparing for domestic (US) demand is still the biggest opportunity in cannabis.
31:57 – The shift to prioritizing profitability first.
1933 Industries is a vertically-integrated, growth-orientated company, focusing on the cultivation and manufacturing of cannabis consumer branded goods in a wide range of product formats.
CSE’s Anil Mall was joined by Paul Woodward, President, and Greg James, COO of Aether Catalyst Solutions, Inc. (CSE:ATHR) to share how the company is progressing its research in developing a low-cost, high-performance, three-way catalyst to replace the costly precious metals currently utilized in automotive catalytic converters.
In this three-way conversation, Paul and Greg explain the cost ramifications of developing a base metal catalyst (2:39), how Greg is applying his 20 years of experience from Ballard Power (7:21), and why OEMs like Ford and Volkswagen are looking for a lower cost catalytic converter (13:56).
Listen until the end to learn about the chemistry of what happens in a catalytic converter, why their company doesn’t need a marketing department, and why 90% cost reduction for catalytic converters is the ultimate goal.
CSE’s Barrington Miller was joined by Mike Sieb, Director of Getchell Gold Corp. (CSE:GTCH) to inaugurate the first ever “Mining Monday” session of #HashtagFinance.
In this discussion, Mike shares why Nevada is his favourite jurisdiction for mineral exploration (4:24), the hallmarks of great opportunities in the mining business (7:22), and the factors that are supporting his outlook for gold prices through the end of the year (12:02).
Listen until the end to hear where the company came up with its name, how they differentiate from the competition and why they are committed to their current projects for the immediate future.
CSE’s Barrington Miller recently sat down with Sahar Ayinehsazian, Attorney at Vicente Sederberg, to discuss the many reasons why there is an increasing demand for legal advice from cannabis operators in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this discussion, Sahar shares how Vincente Sederberg is purpose-built as a cannabis law firm to best serve clients in the sector (4:43), the current state of banking access for cannabis operators in the US (7:16), and how her outlook for the year has actually been expedited as a result of the global pandemic (16:55).
Listen until the end to hear about Sahar’s thoughts on the lagging impact of the 2018 Farm Bill, Barrington and Sahar’s common affection for the lulo fruit, and how quarantine has been anything but boring!
CSE’s James Black recently spoke to Bruce Linton, Founder and former Chairman and CEO at Canopy Growth Corporation to reflect on his recent investment and advising activities in the technology, cannabis, and ‘neuro-pharmaceuticals’ sectors.
In this conversation Bruce explains how the pandemic is forcing us to rethink healthcare and how we need to leverage technology’s use in medicine (3:51), why he didn’t take time off after his departure from Canopy (8:30), and the two different paths that the US and Canadian cannabis markets are taking as the global market continues to develop (13:59).
Listen until the end to hear Bruce’s reflections on what it is like to work with Sir Terry Matthews, his interest in the neuro-pharmaceuticals space (aka “psychedelics”), and what he’s learned about leadership in tumultuous times.
CSE’s Anna Serin recently had the pleasure of hosting Arash Adnani, President of Blender Media and Founder of PrivatePlacements.com to discuss his growing platform that aggregates, analyzes, and delivers daily, free information about private placements activity in the Canadian public capital markets.
In this discussion, Arash shares his thoughts on the surprising ways in which smartphones have changed how we consume financial data (1:34), how his new platform helps investors “follow the money” (8:34), and the many advantages of participating in private placements, including a primer on “sweeteners” (14:14).
Listen until the end to hear his thoughts on what the numbers are telling us about the health of the cannabis industry, how savvy investors are approaching the downturn in the market, and why numbers always tell the true story beyond the news headlines (see: oil and gas).
The CSE’s Barrington Miller sat down with Jason Ackerman, the CEO of TerrAscend Corp. (CSE:TER) to dig deeper into his vision for the company as the recently appointed CEO of the organization.
In this discussion, the reformed banker and online grocer shares how his past experiences have equipped him for a career in cannabis, including his thoughts on how delivering cannabis is a lot easier than convincing people to buy fish online (3:53), how previous crises (e.g. hurricanes) have helped him build a playbook for COVID-19 (8:31), and why banking reform for cannabis businesses will dramatically reduce the cost of capital and help legal business compete with black market suppliers (11:50).
Listen until the end to hear how TerrAscend is attracting new customers in today’s market, the strategic relationship with Canopy Growth, and why he’s excited for the upcoming M&A cycle in the industry.
CSE’s Anil Mall was recently joined by Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST) to discuss the impact of technology on our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and how he envisions the future as an investor.
In this wide-ranging chat, Shafin reflects on his 25 year career in tech including how VST was conditioned to work-from-home (WFH) with its 20 portfolio companies (4:59), how the pandemic will influence a new era of innovation (10:45), and why he’s particularly focused on the AR/VR and cyber security sectors during times of increased virtualization of our lives (16:43).
Listen until the end to hear how Shafin is managing the balance of fatherhood and WFH, the industries he’s forecasting for sustained growth over the next 10-20 years, the career advice he’d give a younger version of himself, and the well of inspiration and wisdom he regularly taps from hip-hop music.
CSE’s Anil Mall was recently joined by Gary Santo, Vice President of Investor Relations, for Columbia Care Inc. (CSE:CCHW), to discuss recent developments at the leading multi-state operator (MSO) as they embark on their next phase in the public markets as a listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange.
In this conversation, Gary shares the founders’ pragmatic reasons for establishing the company in Washington, DC back in 2012 (6:14), why one of the major foundations for the company is rooted in the capture of transactional data (7:59), and how Columbia Care – now in 18 jurisdictions – strategically selects its geographic markets for growth (10:33).
Listen until the end to hear how Columbia Care qualifies targets for M&A (and how much they are willing to pay!), their quick adjustments to assure customer service and fulfillment while operating in the COVID-19 environment, and how they assess the importance of Federal legalization vis-à-vis banking reform in the US.
CSE’s Barrington Miller recently chatted with Iris Bincovich, the CEO of InnoCan Pharma Corporation (CSE:INNO) to discuss their recent patent application. In this chat, Iris shares how her team is designing CBD-loaded exosomes for targeting Coronavirus infected lung cells (2:15), how to improve CBD delivery through an injectable solution (7:53), and her prospects concerning a second wave of the virus later in the year (9:48).