The CSE’s James Black and Mark Francis were joined by Ronnie Jaegermann, Venture Partner from Beyond Ventures, Simon Weintraub, Partner from Yigal Arnon & Co., and Tomer Nitzan, Presiding Officer, US-Israel Desk at BDO, for a webinar on June 11th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, our panel of capital markets professionals talked about the current state of the technology sector from the perspective of capital markets professionals in Israel.
Panelists discussed Israel’s technology ecosystem and the growth of high-tech capital-raising. Their talks included a by-the-numbers breakdown of Israel from an investment standpoint and a look at the factors that make it a unique environment for tech development, as well as how the technology sector evolved in 2019 and responded to COVID-19 in 2020.
The ensuing discussion looked at the character of Israeli investors and what factors make them consider investing in startups. The panel of investment professionals also talked about the merits of institutional investment and venture capitalism, how they hope the Israeli context evolves, and areas to watch in the future.
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 Barrington Miller recently caught-up with NexTech AR Solutions Corp. (CSE:NTAR) CEO Evan Gappelberg to discuss his company’s current state of operations during the Coronavirus outbreak in NYC.
During this discussion, Evan provides commentary on the (positive) impact that the pandemic is having on his business (1:19), how their AR (augmented reality) technology fits within the shop-from home-paradigm (4:43), and his prospects for the stock market and predicted timeline for recovery (15:18).
Listen to the entire show to learn about Evan’s past history with Grand Theft Auto (the video game) and his positive experience taking a company public on the Canada Securities Exchange.
Andrew Jappy, Managing Director of Canada for Iress, recently joined James Black to chat about his recent appointment with the company and to discuss the challenges of deploying order routing solutions for Canada’s multi-market environment.
In this discussion, Andrews shares his theory as to why Canada has 16(!) trading venues (3:15), the basics behind “dark pools” and how they operate (5:38), his observations from the “Flash Boys” phenomena (8:30), and whether he thinks retail investors still stand a chance against pro traders (10:03).
Listen until the end to learn about Andrew’s globe-spanning career in financial IT, as well as his thoughts on the exciting changes and opportunities he sees in a rapidly-evolving financial technology sector.
The CSE was excited to welcome Iress to the CSE Media Centre for the first Market Open of the new year on January 9th, 2020.
Iress is a technology company that provides software to the financial services industry, with a focus on financial advice, trading and market data, financial advice, investment management, mortgages, superannuation, life and pensions, and data intelligence. Iress’s solutions are used by more than 9,000 businesses and 500,000 users globally, and the company has a team of 1,950 people based in Asia-Pacific, North America, Africa, and Europe.
“It means a great deal for Iress to open the market here at the CSE. We’ve been vendor partners with the CSE for more than fifteen years,” said Andrew Jappy, Managing Director at Iress.
“Iress essentially is a software technology firm. We deliver solutions – trading solutions, routing solutions, best market router [solutions], smart order router solutions – to Canadian brokerage firms primarily. We’ve done that for many years. We were here as the multiple markets initiated in 2007,” he remarked. “So in Canada, within Iress, we would certainly be viewed as a centre of knowledge and excellence for multi-markets and trading. And we also have some wealth and quotation work stations, and those are some more recent offerings to the street in Canada.”
Joining Andrew at the Market Open were Group Executive Simon New and other key members of the Iress team.
View the podcast on this Market Open featuring Andrew Jappy here.
For more details about the CSE Media Centre, including information on upcoming Market Opens, please visit the CSE website, or follow us on social media.
The CSE proudly welcomed Deveron UAS Corp. (CSE:DVR) to the CSE Media Centre for a Market Open on November 14th, 2019.
Deveron is a technology company that provides data acquisition services and data analysis to growers within the agricultural industry in North America. Deveron obtains data and insights through its on-demand network of drone pilots and soil sampling technicians. As well, the company provides farmers with independent data analytics through its wholly owned subsidiary Veritas Farm Management.
“We’re a data services company for agriculture that uses drones, soil sampling, and all types of information on the farm to drive increased yields, reduced costs, and improved farm outcomes for the farmers,” said CEO and President David MacMillan.
“To bring people together today to get to open the market in Toronto is a really special thing for all of us to share. It’s one of those symbolic gratifications,” he added.
Other key members of the Deveron team from both Canada and the US were also in attendance at the Market Open.
View the podcast for this Market Open featuring David MacMillan here.
For more details about the CSE Media Centre, including information on upcoming Market Opens, please visit the CSE website, or follow us on social media.
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!
Could today’s trash be the solution to ending global poverty? Can centennial lifespans become the norm? Will the substances considered criminal today be able to treat and resolve health concerns we see on the rise? The 2019 Extraordinary Future Conference offers attendees the chance to explore the ideas that are shaping the world of tomorrow, and to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to entrepreneurial innovation.
Now in its third year, the Canadian Securities Exchange is proud to once again sponsor the Extraordinary Future conference, which takes place in Vancouver on September 22nd and 23rd. Hosted by Cambridge House International, and featuring talks from thought leaders across a wide spectrum of industries in addition to a diverse lineup of exhibitors, XFuture will help distil the efforts of innovative imaginations and creative changemakers into a cohesive vision of the future.
With over 100 leading public and private technology companies and startups and more than 2,500 attendees expected, this event will be an amazing chance to meet entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors. And a quick look back at XFuture 2018 proves that there are a lot of reasons to get extraordinarily excited about this year’s event.
Highlights from Extraordinary Future 2018
The speakers at Extraordinary Future 2018 took on some of the most daring topics of the day, including an exploration of the fine line between illegal substances and medical marvels, the explosive growth of eSports, and trailblazing distributed ledger technology that has the potential to evolve the fundamentals of investing.
In a controversial presentation on psychedelics, Hamilton Morris explained the potential applications of psilocybin. Leading a panel discussion on an equally hot topic, Genevieve Roch-Decter of Grit Capital guided a group of entrepreneurs in deconstructing one of the fastest-growing and most talked about market segments: eSports. Exemplifying the entrepreneurial, forward-looking spirit of the conference, CSE CEO Richard Carleton provided insights into the future of finance via tokenized securities, and this was just the beginning of a long list of insightful, eye-opening sessions that happened last year.
Looking Ahead to Extraordinary Future 2019
Life on the bleeding edge of innovation is familiar territory for the Exchange for Entrepreneurs. As with previous shows, this year’s conference will spark discussions about the changes that will revolutionize technology, society, and the economy. From biohacking, to psychedelics to sustainability, here’s a preview of some of the fascinating topics and personalities at this year’s show.
Fitness and health expert, and host of his own podcast, Ben Greenfield will explore the topic of well-being in a high-tech world in his presentation on “The Future of Health: Biohacking and Beyond.” The presentation will explore forward-thinking concepts related to boosting mental and physical performance and extending life.
American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author, Dennis McKenna will discuss “From the Plant Medicine Frontier – How Psychedelics like Psilocybin Could Upturn the Mental Health Industry.” This presentation will look into new ways of applying known psychoactive substances that have been controlled, instead of being utilized in the pharmaceutical industry.
Known for the innovative and revolutionary Plastic Bank solution that tackles poverty and ocean pollution simultaneously, David Katz is a dynamic, inspirational speaker described by many as “the best in the sustainability industry.” In an unprecedented move of ingenuity, Katz connected both the need of clean oceans and economic support in impoverished areas into a business that now produces recycled plastic pellets for commercial use. Katz ranks fourth in The World’s Top 100 Compassionate Business Leaders according to Salt Magazine for his entrepreneurial and inventive undertakings, and will be discussing sustainability and innovation in his presentation at the conference.
Looking into the future and constructing his vision of it through active entrepreneurship, Gerard Barron has a record of building globally-focused companies in technology, media and sustainable resource development. As the Chairman and CEO of DeepGreen Metals Inc., Barron is focused on making less-environmentally-disruptive nodule-derived base metals the norm for future automotive construction.
A glimpse of tomorrow can also be caught on the conference floor. With over 50 exhibitors displaying ideas, and products on the leading edge of innovation, this is a great opportunity to see what is driving growth in industries like canntech, eSports, agriculture, digital advertising, and much more. In addition to sponsoring and speaking at this year’s show, the CSE will also be visible on the show floor. Not only will the CSE have its own booth but several CSE-listed firms will also be exhibiting, including BevCanna Enterprises, Lexaria, Rubicon Organics and Bee Vectoring Technology.
New Edition of the Public Entrepreneur Magazine
Another reason to look forward to this year’s show will be the launch of the special Extraordinary Future issue of the CSE’s magazine, Public Entrepreneur. The theme of this issue is also forward-looking and extends the conversation about disruption and innovation by profiling entrepreneurs who are actively doing both in their respective industries. There is also an extra special reason to pick up this next issue as it will feature access to exclusive and groundbreaking content. The #XF2019 edition of Public Entrepreneur magazine will provide a new dimension on digital storytelling that will bring the exciting work of trailblazing entrepreneurs into a whole new light. Be sure to register here to receive your copy when it goes live or pick up an exclusive physical copy at the show itself.
See You in the Future!
Step into the future by joining the CSE, Cambridge House and an exceptional lineup of speakers and entrepreneurs at XFuture 2019. This show offers a unique opportunity to access the ideas, trends and technological innovations that have the potential to shape our future into something extraordinary.
Click here to register to attend the 2019 Extraordinary Future Conference today.
Neil Seeman, Founder and CEO of RIWI Corp. (CSE:RIW), joins James Black to discuss how RIWI generates actionable insights via global trend tracking and predictive analysis, or “big data” (1:26), the company’s efforts to track consumer sentiment in China (5:34), and the challenges and opportunities that come with being a publicly-listed technology company (14:43). Listen until the end to hear how they use machine learning to evaluate the veracity of their data, for Neil’s thoughts on the new reality of investing in the tech world, and to learn more about the “spicy chicken problem.”