In this very special 50th episode of #HashtagFinance, CSE CEO Richard Carleton joins James Black as the podcast’s first-ever repeat guest to celebrate the CSE’s 15-year anniversary as a recognized exchange (1:02), to reflect on how the growth of the cannabis industry affected the evolution of the CSE (7:08), to discuss the upcoming expansion from junior exchange to an exchange that’s focused on a broader base of securities (12:48), and how it felt to ring the bell at the very first Market Open at the CSE Media Centre (24:10). Listen until the end to learn more about the culture and people who have helped the CSE achieve this milestone, why Richard loves coming into the office every day, for details on the new Media Centre, and to see what’s ahead for the CSE. Cheers to 15 years!
Paul Rosen, CEO of Pantry Food, joins Phillip Shum to discuss what makes a good (and not so good) cannabis operator (5:08), how Pantry is evolving cannabis edibles from a “broken category” into a wellness-based, artisanal industry (10:05), and developments in the cannabis space that he believes may cause investors to be more particular about where they choose to invest going forward (16:08). Listen until the end to learn about his history as an avid entrepreneur and early entrant into the cannabis space, for his advice to investors who are looking to enter the industry, and to hear why he believes hemp is the “sleeping giant” of the economy.
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!
In this special episode of #HashtagFinance, Kevin Murphy, CEO and Founder of Acreage Holdings (CSE:ACRG.U), joins James Black to discuss what the upcoming House vote on the SAFE Banking Act could mean for US cannabis (2:44), how the growing acceptance of cannabis as a valid medicinal product has impacted the company (5:45), and the progress that has resulted from Acreage’s alignment with Canopy Growth (9:18). Listen until the end to learn more about the remaining challenges for cannabis in the US, for Kevin’s opinion on states’ rights, and to find out what’s ahead for Acreage in the next six months.
Robert Weakley, CEO and Co-Founder of Indus Holdings, joins Barrington Miller to talk about the reasons why he switched from the food and hospitality industry to cannabis edibles (2:01), what Indus learned being the only licensed cannabis manufacturer in California for two years (8:51), and the company’s strategic move into other US states (15:29). Listen until the end to learn about the regulatory differences between Northern and Southern California, for Robert’s opinion on federal legalization of cannabis in the US, and to hear what his favourite go-to meals are when he’s on the road.
Paul Pedersen, CEO and Co-Founder of Nextleaf Solutions (CSE:OILS), joins Phillip Shum to discuss why the company decided to enter the cannabis space with a focus on cannabinoid extraction in lieu of plant production (1:12), what the upcoming Canadian legalization of edibles and concentrates means for Nextleaf (3:59), and the methods they use to turn dry biomass into standardized THC and CBD molecules for infused products (5:50). Listen until the end to hear how the company is taking a leadership role in the commercialization of intellectual property, and to learn what else is next for Nextleaf in 2020!
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.”
Robert Galarza, CEO and Director of TruTrace Technologies Inc. (CSE:TTT), joins James Black to discuss how TruTrace established its position at the intersection of blockchain and cannabis (2:09), how their data management platform operates at various stages of cannabis production and testing (5:07), and why Major League baseball was an impetus to get into data architecture (11:21). Listen until the end to learn more about the company’s partnerships with Shoppers and Deloitte, to hear about Robert’s time as a lawyer, and his thoughts on how cannabis companies will be structured in the future.
Gianni Kovacevic, CEO of Copperbank Resources (CSE:CBK) and author of My Electrician Drives a Porsche?, joins Grace Pedota to discuss how he became a “modern energy expert” (1:12), how electrification is causing a fundamental shift in the automotive industry (3:27), and why copper is such a vital resource as many industries move towards sustainable, emission-free solutions (10:19). Listen until the end to hear about Gianni’s road trip across America in an electric car, for more information about his book, and for the biggest investing lesson he’s learned.
Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, joins Barrington Miller in the podcast studio during the JSE’s visit to Toronto to discuss their 50th anniversary and recent recognition as a top-performing exchange (1:46), the launch of the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange (3:21), and the requirements for listing on the JSE (4:53). Listen until the end to learn about what’s ahead in 2020 for the JSE, including the expansion of their online trading platform, and for their key message to investors about creating wealth.