E-Commerce

Augmented reality eCommerce from couches to coffee (NPR interview of Digi-Capital’s Tim Merel)

National Public Radio interview of Digi-Capital‘s Tim Merel about how Alibaba, Starbucks, IKEA, Houzz and others could drive AR eCommerce to become one of AR/VR’s largest revenue drivers by 2022. https://www.digi-capital.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/NPR-Augmened-Reality-interview-of-Dig ...

Shopify may be expensive but it’s still a buy, Canaccord Genuity says

Shares of Shopify (NYSE:SHOP, TSX:SHOP) may be on an extended run, but is there still more upside to Canada’s e-commerce sensation? Definitely, says analyst Richard Davis from Canaccord Genuity, who insists that despite the sky-high valuation, Shopify’s continued high-pace growth means the sto ...

Ontario chooses Shopify to run online cannabis sales

Ontario has chosen Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales in-stores and online. ...

Canadian Copyright Diplomacy: My Appearance before the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs

Last week, I appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs as part of its study on the impact and utilization of culture and arts in foreign policy and diplomacy. I was asked to consider the impact of Canadian copyright in foreign diplomacy, leading to an interesting and engaging ...

A rising tide for fixed income?

In my recent blog on the impact of the tax reform, I explained why I believe the new tax law should be extremely supportive of the U.S. investment grade (IG) bond market, including provisions that could lead to reduced supply. Looking beyond IG, the news appears to look good for other fixed income ...

How Much Does a Website Really Cost to Build?

What’s the price-tag for a new or refreshed startup? Truth be told, I don’t really know. It is a difficult question to answer because it depends on things such as the number of pages, bells and whistles, e-commerce capabilities and the ability to play nice with other software. My uncertainty a ...

How Much Does a Website Really Cost to Build?

What’s the price-tag for a new or refreshed startup? Truth be told, I don’t really know. It is a difficult question to answer because it depends on things such as the number of pages, bells and whistles, e-commerce capabilities and the ability to play nice with other software. My uncertainty a ...

Ubiquitous $90 billion AR to dominate focused $15 billion VR by 2022

AR (mobile AR, smartglasses) could approach three and a half billion installed base and $85 billion to $90 billion revenue within 5 years. At the same time, VR (mobile, standalone, console, PC) might deliver 50 to 60 million installed base and $10 billion to $15 billion. That’s a pretty big diff ...

When Consultations Count: Why the TPP is a Reminder of the Value of Speaking Out

In June 2016, I appeared at one of the government’s public town hall meetings on the TPP.  Alongside then-International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland (now Global Affairs minister), C.D. Howe’s Daniel Schwanen, and Unifor’s Jerry Dias, I had the chance to raise concerns with the TPP’s IP ...

Canada Successfully Stands Up For Balanced IP and Canadian Culture in TPP Deal

While the NAFTA negotiations in Montreal were expected to be the lead trade story this week, the Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Tokyo have stolen the show with the remaining 11 countries reaching agreement on a deal that is likely to be signed in March. Canada faced intense criticism last year ...