How to access capital markets in cannabis through the Canadian Securities Exchange

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On this episode of BofC Live, we connect with Richard Carleton, CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). The CSE has played a pivotal role in the cannabis sector by allowing cannabis companies to access capital markets. The CSE is also a sponsor of our upcoming event: Business of Cannabis: New York – focused on the emerging New York market and the role New York will play in the larger cannabis sector.

We wanted to connect with Carleton in advance of Business of Cannabis: New York in order to get his gauge on the sector today – especially in the midst of increased focus on federal legalization in the US.

Richard Carleton was appointed CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange in July 2011. During his tenure, Richard and the CSE team led a re-capitalization of the exchange in 2012-2013 and established relationships with key influencers in the Canadian securities industry and beyond. These efforts positioned the exchange to take a leading role in the provision of public capital to entrepreneurial companies; from 2014 on, the CSE set a series of records for new listings, capital raised by issuers and trading turnover. An early advocate for the cannabis industry, the CSE is now the global exchange leader in the listing of issuers in the sector. Recognized by the Financial Post Magazine as one of Canada’s “25 Cannabis Industry Power Players”, and a recipient of the American Trade Association’s “Captain of Industry” Award in November 2018, Richard is a frequent speaker on early-stage company finance issues around the world.

A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1987, Richard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.A. ’81) and the University of Toronto (LL.B. ’85). He has also completed the executive development program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 

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