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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.
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Episode Length: 22:24Learn about:· How the Canadian cannabis market is changing · The role of retail in the cannabis space· Recent developments in the U.S. cannabis industry· Insights on legalization in the U.S.· How the U.S market is developing in comparison with the Canadian market · The cannabis market in California· Market projections for the Canadian and U.S. cannabis industry· Latest company updates on MedMen· Predictions on the top investment opportunities in the cannabis industryKeynote Speaker: Vahan Ajamian, Managing Director of Analyst Relations, MedMen Inc. About Keynote Speaker: Vahan Ajamian is MedMen’s principal liaison with brokers and financial analysts covering investment opportunities in the cannabis space. Named a rising star in marijuana investment by Business Insider, he is a capital markets forerunner and expert in the cannabis sector with more than a dozen years of experience in equity research and analysis. Prior to joining MedMen, he was an analyst at Beacon Securities Limited, a full-service independent investment firm in Canada, and at TD Securities.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.
Episode Length: 18:13Learn about:· The evolving role of the financial advisor · Changes to the wealth management industry· Rising popularity of ETFs· Current investor trends and socially responsible investing mandates· Current investment themes· Views on how age may play a factor to investment decisions· Predictions on the future of the Canadian ETF industry· Helpful tips for investorsKeynote Speaker: John De Goey, Portfolio Manager, Wellington-Altus Private Wealth Inc.John is a portfolio manager at Wellington-Altus Private Wealth Inc. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Investment Manager (CIM) and Fellow of the FPSC. John enjoys a national reputation as an authority on professional, transparent financial advice in Canada. He has been named one of Canada's Top 50 Advisors by Wealthy Professional Magazine twice and is the 2017 recipient of the Donald J. Johnston Award for lifetime contribution to financial planning. He is also the author of the Professional Financial Advisor Series of books.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.
Episode Length: 33:48Learn about:· Growing systemic challenges in cybersecurity· How the public sector can protect itself from cybercrime· the NSA and its role in the recent Baltimore ransomware attack· Opinions on Baltimore’s decision not to pay their cyber attackers· CEOs recognizing cyber security as a major business risk · Cybersecurity demand and spend· Government concerns about cyber threats· Advice on how to protect yourself from cyber attacksKeynote Speaker: Matthew Rosenquist, Cybersecurity Strategist, Intel CorporationAbout Keynote Speaker: Matthew is a cybersecurity strategist of Intel Corporation. With about 30 years in the security field, he has operational, strategic, analytical, organizational and leadership experience in the industry. He advises and collaborates with top academia, boards, executives, government, industry groups, tech companies, consumer audiences, and the media on the risks and relevance of cybersecurity issues, best practices and identifying emerging risks and opportunities.    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.Interested in investing in cybersecurity? Consider the Evolve Cyber Security Index Fund (CYBR) (https://evolveetfs.com/product/cybr)
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): https://evolveetfs.com/product/edgeKeynote 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 Medium.com, and is the author of Gods of the Valley - How Today’s Tech Giants Monopolize the Future.Learn about Evolve Innovation Index ETF (EDGE): https://evolveetfs.com/product/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): https://evolveetfs.com/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): https://evolveetfs.com/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): https://evolveetfs.com/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: https://evolveetfs.com/
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) - evolveetfs.com/EDGE
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