John Stewart, President of Emblem Pharmaceutical, used to run the pharmaceutical company behind the narcotic painkiller OxyContin, Purdue Pharma. Since leaving one of the largest privately owned pharmaceutical companies in the world, John is now one of the founders and key people behind Emblem Cannabis Corp.
Emblem IPO’d in December of 2016 and is listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V: EMC) as well as in the U.S. (EMMBF). The Emblem stock instantly became a market darling and is one of the top Canadian Licenced Producers with the largest number of shareholders.
At the Canaccord Cannabis Investment Conference in Vancouver we had the opportunity to talk with John about Emblem and its pharma division. This 20-min piece is a must listen as John is one of the most respected people in the Canadian marijuana industry.
We have met Silver One’s CEO Greg Crowe on several occasions and after every meeting, we are left with a strong conviction that he is absolutely perfect to run this company. Greg is not only hard working and driven, he also posseses a lot of experience in building companies.
On January 17th, Silver One announced a deal with silver mining giant Silver Standard, where Silver One options 100% ownership in the 130 million ounces silver development project Candelaria (Nevada, USA).
In this 17 minute long interview, Greg talks about the Candelaria Project’s production history up until Kinross sold the mine to Silver Standard. He also explains how he was able to make such a beneficial deal for Silver One as this project was purchased for only 3 cents/oz in the ground (historical resources).
One of the great visionairies in the mining sector today is Keith Neumeyer. He has a trackrecord and a great sense of timing that is hard to beat.
Many of the investors that have made money with Keith in the past continue to do so in new ventures associated with his name.
In today’s interview we touch on three companies Keith personally is invested in; First Majestic, First Mining Finance and Silver One Resources. Keith also explains why he thinks smaller investors are at least as important to larger institutions. He ended the 20 min long talk with his views on the precious metals market and where it all might end in terms of prices for gold and silver.
Our latest addition to the Gecko Portfolio is a tech company called Hello Pal, with its main listing on the Canadian Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘HP’.
Today we talked with KL Wong, founder and CEO, about how Hello Pal got started, what to expect in the future and also on the importance of having New Margin as one of its largest shareholders. New Margin has invested more than $1.7B in more than 160 companies of which over 40 have gone public in domestic or international stock exchanges.
KL, a Malaysian born, studied and worked in the UK for 10 years. He graduated with a law degree from Cambridge University and started off his career as a lawyer at Clifford Chance (world’s largest law firm) in the UK and Hong Kong. KL is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and has a working knowledge of Malay and French. He is currently learning Japanese and Korean.
In 2008, shortly after the birth of his daughter Felicity, KL founded BrillKids Inc., creator of the multiple award-winning early childhood education program Little Reader. Having already one internet success under his belt, KL Wong knows what it takes to make Hallo Pal his next success.
On April 14 of this year we added TomaGold (lot.v) to our portfolio and since then we have seen a double in the share price. The releases discussed in today’s interview could prove to not only establish a floor in the share price, but also set the stock up for another leg up over the next few months.
Since May 31st, TomaGold have been releasing two acquisitions as well as drill results from the JV with IAMGOLD on its flagship property Monster Lake.
The three properties should all be news generators in the relative near term (1-6 months).
An update from the company was long overdue so when we finally had the opportunity to talk to David Grondin, we discussed all three releases in one go.
Topics of our talk:
1) IAMGOLD continues to spend money on exploring Monster Lake, hence a continued free ride for TomaGold.
2) The Obalski Property is a former mine just 30 kms from the Monster Lake Project.
3) Through TomaGold’s latest acquisition the company becomes JV partner with Goldcorp.