After previously appearing as a special guest moderator on CSE’s Esports in the Capital Markets program, Esports executive Ben Feferman returns to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs podcast to talk about the current state of the Esports industry.
After riding a wave of growth driven by public markets speculation prior to the pandemic, the industry finds itself re-calibrating after several shakeups in the industry. Ben highlights some the challenges that have faced the Esports category but also shares where he sees growth prospects in the sector and where it will ultimately find wins as business models mature in this still-nascent business.
Host: James Black Producer: James Black Guest: Ben Feferman
We start our second show of the season by revisiting one of the most memorable interviews from last season with Ilan Sobel, CEO of BioHarvest Sciences (CSE:BHSC). On last year’s interview we learned about the driving mission of his company to build “human utility value”. We use that as a jumping-off point as we re-unite after a notable year for the company despite global and economic headwinds.
Ilan provides an update on BioHarvest’s two key product verticals in the Polyphenol and Cannabis sectors, and how each are taking unique (and in some cases, similar) paths to market. Ilan also reflects on some of the choices the company has made with respect to developing its sales funnel and shares valuable lessons about acting as a “learning” organization and listening to your customers.
Mr. Sobel is Chief Executive officer of BioHarvest Sciences Inc. (CSE:BHSC) – the developer and exclusive owner of the proprietary and patent-protected BioFarming technology. It is the first and only industrial-scale plant cell technology capable of producing the active plant ingredients without the necessity to grow the plant itself. The Company’s technology is non-GMO and has already been validated by VINIA®, the red grapes cells functional food/dietary supplement produced and sold by BioHarvest Sciences Inc. The Company plans to generate significant revenue within the global nutraceutical ingredients and dietary supplements market with VINIA® and other Super Fruit Nutraceutical products. Further, by adapting this technology to the Cannabis plant, and building adequate production capacity, BioHarvest Sciences Inc.’s objective is to become a leading supplier of Cannabis for both medicinal and legal recreational purposes.
Jay Martin, President and CEO of Cambridge House International makes his long-overdue return to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs podcast!
In this episode we follow-up 30 months after our last conversation with Jay when the impact of the global pandemic was starting to irreversibly alter the path of his business at Cambridge House International – a business anchored by several well-known investment conferences. Since that time Jay has moved most of Cambridge’s activities into the online-content world with the exception of the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC), which takes its rightful place again in Vancouver from January 29-30, 2023.
In this discussion Jay reveals the reasons for bringing back the show and why its still critically important to bring investors and entrepreneurs together under one roof. He also highlights how his experience with one former Prime Minister re-affirmed his belief in bringing the conference back as an in-person event.
Mr. Martin also discusses his viewpoints on investors newsletters and how he sources his own motivation for writing a weekly digest for his followers. For those looking for advice on who to follow or what newsletters to consider then look no further than Jay’s principles shared on this week’s program.
Welcome back to a new season of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast!
This year promises to be another compelling year of discussion with entrepreneurs, investors and influencers standing firmly in the intersection between entrepreneurship and the public markets.
Season 3’s inaugural interview is with returning guest Cameron Chell. Cam is the Co-Founder and CEO Co-Founder of Draganfly Innovations Inc. (CSE:DPRO), a global UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) leader in hardware, software, logistics & services.
Cam reflects on his experiences since his last appearance on the show during the onset of the pandemic in 2020. Since that time his company has ventured into Ukraine to deliver life-saving technology to the warring nation. Cam explains why he was willing to take the risk to take his business into a warzone and why there wasn’t any other choice as an entrepreneur.
Mr. Chell is also Co-Founder and Chairman MetaWorks Platforms (CSE:MWRK) – an award winning blockchain and Web3 development platform that empowers Fortune 5000 brands to create and monetize their own metaverse. We spend time reflecting on the post-FTX reality for companies in the crypto/blockchain space and why the fall of FTX might have been inevitable yet necessary.
Episode 31 of The Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast is live! The CSE’s Barrington Miller chats with Millennial Strategies Partner Jeffrey Guillot about the company’s lobbying work, cannabis legalization in the US, and New York State’s positioning within the industry. The conversation also addresses CAURD licenses, the illicit versus legal markets, and cannabis oversupply.
Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Jeffrey discuss in this edition of The Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast:
00:00 – Introduction 00:24 – What is Millennial Strategies all about? 01:42 – What does a lobbyist do? 03:06 – Cannabis in New York State 08:01 – New York State’s potential 11:15 – What will happen to the legacy market? 15:36 – Is Federal legalization possible? 21:45 – What can be done about oversupply? 25:20 – Where can we learn more about Millennial Strategies?
Episode 30 of The Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast is live! The CSE’s Barrington Miller chats with Malvados Founder & CEO Jen Rainnie about her journey from being a former Canadian windsurfing champion to a fashion entrepreneur, her advice for women in business, and Malvados’s beach-inspired footwear and authentic brand identity. The conversation also addresses the steps Malvados is taking toward environmental, social and governance (ESG).
Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Jen discuss in this edition of The Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast:
00:00 – Introduction 03:27 – What is Barrington wearing? 04:19 – What is the landscape like being a female entrepreneur? 05:46 – What exactly is surf culture today? 06:51 – Who is your customer? 09:55 – What advice would you give to yourself knowing what you know now? 12:23 – What market has surprised you the most? 16:12 – What are your long term goals?
About Jen Rainnie
Upon her arrival home to Canada, Jen began a long and successful career in the action sportswear industry. Noticing a need for a more luxurious, yet comfortable sandal, an idea was sparked. Always one to seize an opportunity, Jen set out to create her own fashion-forward footwear label, one that would prove sandals aren’t just for the beach—they’re also for every festival, wind-in-your-hair, road-tripping moment in between. And so the story goes, MALVADOS was born.
The CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Beau Whitney, Founder of Whitney Economics, to discuss data-driven trends in cannabis globally, including US legalization, emerging markets, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG). The conversation also addresses how Whitney Economics uses data to help cannabis operators navigate the industry.
Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Beau discuss in this edition of The Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast:
00:00 – Introduction 02:00 – Global trends in the cannabis industry 03:28 – The cannabis industry in Canada and the US 07:05 – How do American cannabis companies differ from coast to coast? How is the industry shaped by state legislation? 11:33 – How do ESG (environmental and social governance) mandates tie into the valuation of multi-state operators? 14:40 – Is the current economic data contributing to the liberalization of cannabis policy in the US? 16:52 – What are the data points that have shifted over the last 7 years? 19:32 – Have there been any surprising individuals, organizations, and corporations that have reached out to collaborate? 22:59 – Within the business of data, who are Whitney Economics’ competitors and/or collaborators? 24:29 – Key findings from the business report that Whitney Economics published in 2020
About Beau Whitney
Whitney Economics was founded in October 2014 by Beau Whitney, in Portland Oregon. Mr. Whitney is currently the Chief Economist for the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). A member of the American Economic Association, the Oregon chapter president of the National Association of Business Economics and a participant in meetings of the Oregon council of economic advisors, he is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading cannabis economists. A registered member of the European Industrial Hemp Association, Mr. Whitney is also a member of multiple local regulatory advisory committees throughout the U.S. including the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) RAC for both hemp and cannabis.
The CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by President and CEO of Dable Advisory and Consulting Services Paul Rice, and CFO, Transaction Advisory, Corporate Development, and Corporate Strategy of Kinza Consulting Michael Perron in this special edition podcast to discuss the history of business for Indigenous communities, how steps for reconciliation can be taken, and hopes for the future.
The CSE’s Barrington Miller and Scott Pritchard are joined by X Machina Co-Founder & VP of Growth and Value Creation Vaughn DiMarco and Co-Founder, CTO, & CPO Daniel Drouet to discuss the funding gap in the market for early-stage tech companies and how X Machina aims to bridge that gap. The conversation also addresses the potential uses of AI for industrial applications and why Montreal is a growing hub for the technology sector.
Here’s an overview of the discussion in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:
00:00 – Introduction 04:02 – What does X Machina do? 07:25 – How does X Machina choose AI companies? 09:55 – What is the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning? 14:48 – What is Startupfest and how does X Machina choose companies? Where do you see the best opportunities? 18:43 – How does X Machina provide value to potential companies? 21:59 – Why is Montreal an AI and tech hub? 29:21 – What are SR&ED credits? 36:05 – How many companies has X Machina looked at in 2022? 38:20 – What types of companies/industries are emerging? 39:38 – Are there any companies coming from outside of North America into Montreal?
About Vaughn DiMarco
Vaughn is an investor, entrepreneur, and engineer applying AI best practices across industries. As Investment Director at IVADO LABS, he was part of a small team managing INVEST-AI, a $35M Quebec fund. He led due diligence on hundreds of companies, managed a large portfolio, and funding dozens of successful initiatives including but not limited to manufacturing, construction, finance, media, entertainment, medical devices, and tech.
About Daniel Drouet
Daniel has been deeply involved in tech for over twenty years as an engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and mentor. He has expertise in product management, engineering, and venture financing. He has conceived and overseen the delivery of numerous software products and IT services and founded several tech companies. He was a founding partner of Real Ventures, Canada’s most active early-stage venture capital fund, and helped grow Anges Quebec into one of the largest angel investor networks in the country.
In a special episode recorded during the PDAC conference, the CSE’s Anna Serin is joined by CSE Listings Manager & In-House Geologist Darcy Krohman and Alixe Cormick, a lawyer at Venture Law Corporation, to discuss the request for feedback on the 43-101 mining legislation, including its background, the potential for modernization, and ESG accountability. The conversation also addresses what is being asked of mining companies to submit and suggestions to involve investors.
About Alixe Cormick Alixe Cormick is Founder of Venture Law Corporation and a practicing public company lawyer. Alixe’s law practice is transaction oriented and weighted towards industrial, technology and biotechnology companies located in North America and Asia.
About Darcy Krohman Darcy Krohman is CSE’s Listings Manager and In-House Geologist. He works at the unique intersection of finance, mining, and public markets. His career in mining first started with the UBC, and he has also worked for mines in the Coastal Mountains of BC and on Vancouver Island.