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Kosher weed anyone? Canadian company’s marijuana certified for Jewish dietary law

A Quebec medical marijuana company is calling itself the first in Canada to gain kosher certification for its cannabis products. Just in time for the Rosh Hashana celebrations of the Jewish New Year on September 20, Gatineau-based Hydropothecary has announced that its processed medical marijuana ha ...

HOOPP's New CLO Risk Retention Vehicle?

Kirk Falconer of PE Hub reports, HOOPP partners with CIFC in new risk retention vehicle:Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) has formed a strategic partnership with CIFC LLC, a U.S. private debt manager specializing in U.S. corporate and structured credit strategies. HOOPP has committed a “ ...

HIVE Blockchain soars 220% in trading debut

Jumping headlong into the middle of the cryptocurrency frenzy, HIVE Blockchain (TSXV:HIVE) began trading today on the TSX Venture Exchange, ending the day as the top percentage gainer and the most actively traded stock on the junior exchange. After completing a special warrant private placement at ...

Episode 58: Integrating AI into Your Business Strategy

Artificial intelligence is on the mind of entrepreneurs and business executives all over the world. And while everyone is talking about it, understanding how and where to actually apply it to your business is quite a different matter. In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Bradford Cross, a founding ...

Encryption-breaking quantum computers getting closer, warns Canadian expert

With research accelerating around the world on next-generation quantum supercomputers, the odds of someone creating a new machine able to crack current encryption methods protecting data has increased in the last 12 months, says a Canadian expert. Last year at this time, when experts from around th ...

City of Toronto launches Civic Innovation Office

The city of Toronto is putting its money where Mayor John Tory’s mouth is by launching a Civic Innovation Office. Tory himself announced the new division Tuesday during Elevate Toronto, a new conference organized by Achievers founder Razor Suleman aimed at bringing the city’s tech industry toge ...

The Business Leadership Podcast: Cody Green, Founder & Co-CEO at Canada Drives

Born in Salmon Arm, B.C., founder and Co-CEO Cody Green started the online auto financing company in 2010 after working as a car salesman in Saskatoon. Cody stopped selling cars to pursue the venture in 2010, which he named Canada Drives. In 2016, Canada Drives, placed first PROFIT 500 list as Cana ...

Canadian science needs more than funding: it needs public champions

by Dr. Sarah Boon, Science Borealis co-founder and Board of Directors member Two reviews of Canadian science were released recently: the Naylor Report and the Global Young Academy report. While both champion Canadian science, neither report mentions that increasing funding for Canadian science requi ...

Toronto, Vancouver to compete for Amazon’s second North American headquarters

The Great White North could soon be a second home to Amazon.com Inc., if the city of Toronto has its way. On Thursday the Seattle-based tech giant announced plans to open a second North American headquarters, nicknamed “Amazon HQ2.” And in an emailed statement provided to IT World Canada, Toron ...

Four years at Version One & some thoughts on “Moneyball for VC”

This week marks my fourth year at Version One. And to celebrate, I want to share the story of my interviews with Boris, my first endeavour to build a sourcing model, and his incredible leap of faith. In the summer of 2013, I was introduced to Boris by a fellow Canadian, Brendan Baker. I had met Br ...