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Evolve ETFs: The Innovators Behind Disruption with Raj Lala

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Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs, joins industry experts to discuss topics such as; cyber security, artificial intelligence (A.I.), auto innovation (including electric and self-driving cars), blockchain, ETFs, and more.
26 Episodes
Episode Length: 35:42Learn about:· Defining artificial intelligence (AI) and the importance of decision making· Data processing and portfolio rebalancing through AI · How AI affects investing and portfolio management· The relationship between AI and cyber security· Predictions on self-driving cars in Canada· The role of data, aggregate data, and data privacy in AI· Data privacy, data ownership, and data trust   · Montreal as a major hub of AI and deep learning research and development· What to watch out for in AI development – causality and neural networksInterested in investing in technology and innovation? Consider the Evolve Innovation Index Fund (EDGE): Speaker: Nicolas Chapados, Co-founder & CSO, Element AI & Imagia CyberneticsNicolas is the co-founder and CSO of Element AI, one of the largest artificial intelligence companies in the world. He also co-founded Imagia Cybernetics, an applied research lab in AI that has the capability to detect and quantify cancer in the early stages through AI analysis of medical images. He holds an engineering degree from McGill University and a PhD in computer science from the University of Montreal. Nicolas also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.Hosted by: Raj Lala, President & CEO, Evolve ETFsPrior to founding Evolve ETFs, Mr. Lala served as Head of WisdomTree Canada – a division of WisdomTree Investments Inc., one of the world’s largest ETF issuers. Prior to this, Mr. Lala was Executive Vice President and Head of Retail Markets for Fiera Capital Corporation, a prominent Canadian investment management firm with over $100 billion in assets under management. Mr. Lala co-founded and served as President and CEO of Propel Capital Corporation (which was acquired by Fiera Capital Corporation in September 2014). Propel raised approximately $1 Billion in structured products in its five years of operation. Prior to Propel, Mr. Lala worked with Jovian Capital. Mr. Lala held several roles at Jovian including President of JovFunds Inc., an asset management division of Jovian Capital. Mr. Lala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.
Learn about:· What may be the biggest concerns for the future· Amazon and how they affect and disrupt various industries· How 5G may affect different parts of the world and impact lives· How artificial intelligence and automation may affect the future job market· Defining robots in the home and their role in our day to day lives· Sustainability and future of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies · Predictions about top innovative technologies in the next decade  • About Matt Ward •  Matt is an angel investor, startup advisor and serial entrepreneur, author, futurist and podcaster focused on building a better future through innovation and entrepreneurship. He runs the popular exponential tech podcast Disruptors.FM, is a top blogger on, and is the author of Gods of the Valley - How Today’s Tech Giants Monopolize the Future.Learn about Evolve Innovation Index ETF (EDGE):
Learn about:· How artificial intelligence (AI) works within the financial services industry· Black box AI & glass box AI, and regulations around AI· The impact of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in the US & Canada· How data and digitalization is changing the banking landscape· The decreasing importance of cash · Predictions on new entrants into the financial industry  • About Salim Naran •  Sal is the co-founder of Savvyy, a Toronto-based technology company, and co-founder of Borrowell, an innovative marketplace lending platform. He previously held the position of SVP of Information Technology at Paradigm Quest, a business process outsourcing company in the Canadian mortgage industry. He also served as Director of IT and Chief Privacy Officer at Securitas North America, and was responsible for the Canadian information technology department of Canada's third largest security services provider. Learn about Evolve Cyber Security Index ETF (CYBR):
Learn about how artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber security are intertwined, the association of increased connectivity to cybercrime, the trade-off between convenience and privacy, the impact of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), top predictions, and more.   • About Carole Piovesan • Carole Piovesan is Lawyer, Lead in Artificial Intelligence, and Co-Lead of the firm’s National Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group for McCarthy Tetrault. She regularly consults across various sectors on legal and policy issues regarding data and AI. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to transformative  technology, data and artificial intelligence. Learn about Evolve Cyber Security Index ETF (CYBR):
Find out how Canada's gender-balanced cabinet has changed the dynamic and views within the government over the past few years; the three biggest challenges in closing the overall gender gap; what is being done to encourage females to enter the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields; and gender diversity in the United States. • About Julia Smith • Julia Smith is Senior Policy Analyst, Policy and External Relations Directorate, Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) / Government of Canada. She helped develop Canada’s first public sector internship program for immigrants, Ontario’s first provincial immigration program and Canada’s first federal gender-based budgeting process. She has also represented Canada around the world on issues including genocide education, organized crime, and building inclusive government institutions.Julia holds a JD and a BBA from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University. She is a BMW Foundation Global Responsible Leader. Currently, she is a Senior Advisor in the Department for Women and Gender Equality.Learn about Evolve North American Gender Diversity Index ETF (HERS):
Listen to discussions about the overview of the 2018 Canadian and US ETF market, the importance of active management for fixed income, the role of ETFs in the current market environment, key differences in the way advisors use ETFs in Canada and the US, the effects of regulations in the US regarding launching active ETFs, pros and cons of the race to zero fees, competition in the ETF space, and thematic ETFs.• Tom Psarofagis & Cam Gill • Tom Psarofagis is an ETF analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he held roles in ETF groups at both Oppenheimer Funds and IndexIQ. Previously, Tom was in Product Development at Nasdaq where he worked on creating innovative indexes for ETF sponsors. Tom attended the University of Connecticut where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Tom is a Chartered Market Technician and a member of the Market Technicians Association.Cam Gill currently leads CIBC’s ETF Execution and Retail Block trading businesses and is responsible for institutional sales, market-making and risk management across all ETF asset classes. Cam and his team actively advise ETF manufacturers and play an integral role in the launch of new ETF products.Learn about Evolve ETFs:
Learn about the definition and differences between "automation" and "robotics", predictions for collaborative robots (cobots) that help with day-to-day chores at home, view on surgical robots, the convergence of embodied intelligence in machines, the shift from robots using a preplanned series of actions to robots that are able to be intelligent and adaptive, the industries that are most likely to be affected by robotic automation, how Canada ranks in regards to A.I. innovation, advancements from the University of Toronto, and predictions for the next 5-10 years.  • About Dr. Jonathan Kelly • Dr. Kelly is Dean’s Catalyst Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and Director of the Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems (STARS) Laboratory. Before joining the UofT, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his PhD degree from the University of Southern California, where his dissertation work focused on sensor fusion for robust robot navigation. Prior to graduate school, he was a software engineer at the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of estimation and machine learning for navigation and mapping, applied to both robotics and human-centred assistive technologies.Learn more about the Evolve Innovation Index ETF (TSX: EDGE) -
Learn about why cannabis-infused beverages are at the forefront of the "cannabis format war", barriers to entry into the market, views on how the industry will grow, how big the cannabis-infused beverages market is expected to be in Canada, recreational marijuana legalization predictions for other countries, the importance of brand recognition to gain market share, and more.• About Dooma Wendschuh • Dooma Wendschuh is the Co-Founder and CEO of Province Brands, a highly disruptive, Toronto-based startup in Canada’s legal cannabis industry. With 30+ speaking engagements, 20+ national television appearances and hundreds of media interviews, Wendschuh has emerged as a leading voice in the burgeoning cannabis industry. Learn more about the Evolve Marijuana ETF (TSX: SEED) -
Learn about: the importance of cyber security measures for low-risk devices, how companies can protect themselves from internal risks vs. external forces, the federal government’s cyber security initiatives including new mandatory data-breach reporting rules, average budget allocations to cyber security for large organizations, the increase in spending on detection instead of just protection, and more. • About David Senf • David is an IT research and advisory thought leader and executive with a particular focus on cybersecurity. He spent close to two decades analyzing and delivering vendor, provider, channel and end-user success. Previously he was a VP at IDC where he worked with and presented to countless organizations – and much of the IT vendor community. He has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Star, Wall Street Journal, and Wired.Learn more about Canada’s First Cyber Security ETF (TSX: CYBR) -
Learn what cognitive computing is, the development of AI from machine learning and taking into account reasoning, planning, and scheduling, how infusing intelligent automation and deeper meaningful engagement with customers can transform businesses, the benefits of deploying chatbots to assist customer service agents and reduce second calls by 15-20%, the importance of data in an increasingly connected world, recommended data safety measures, self-driving vehicle technology progress, what being an IBM Fellow means to her as a female, predictions and more. • About Dr. Chitra Dorai • Dr. Dorai is a Computer Scientist, Data Science and AI Expert, Innovation Advisor, and Entrepreneur. She was formerly at IBM as an IBM Fellow & CTO. She has 25+ years of R&D experience and an extensive portfolio of innovations with research contributions in computer science. Learn about Canada's First Innovation ETF (TSX: EDGE) -
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