Evolve ETFs: The Innovators Behind Disruption with Raj Lala
By Evolve ETFs
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.
Episode 43 – Everything Crypto with Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano
EPISODE #43 - Everything Crypto with Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we explore the current cryptocurrency landscape and what’s next for bitcoin and ether with Elliot Johnson and keynote speaker, Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano. TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Opening remarks 1:53 Key opportunities and challenges in bitcoin 7:25 Nation-state adoption of bitcoin & regulations 18:33 Bitcoin adoption in industries 19:35 US ETFs 22:53 Canadian cryptocurrency ETFs 27:40 Institutional adoption of cryptocurrency 33:26 Financial advisors & investing in cryptocurrency 41:24 Closing remarks GUEST SPEAKERS: Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano, Entrepreneur and Technology Investor – The Pomp Podcast Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano is an entrepreneur and technology investor. Most people simply call him “Pomp.” Pomp currently manages an investment portfolio valued at more than $500 million, including investments in many of the largest companies across the bitcoin and crypto industry. He also hosts the popular podcast “The Pomp Podcast,” which has been downloaded more than 20 million times. He writes a daily letter that is read by more than 150,000 investors each morning. Pomp’s interests lie at the intersection of finance, technology, entrepreneurship, and economics, which he tweets about extensively to his more than 1.1 million followers. Elliot Johnson, CIO & COO - Evolve ETFs Elliot is Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operation Officer at Evolve ETFs. Prior to joining Evolve ETFs, Elliot was Senior Vice President, Retail Markets at Fiera Capital Corporation, a prominent Canadian investment management firm. Elliot has been a featured guest on BNN Bloomberg and featured in top publications such as, Toronto Star, Yahoo Finance, Benzinga, Investment Executive, Wealth Professional and Motley Fool. Elliot is also a frequent guest on various industry webinars, ETF panels, wealth and cryptocurrency podcasts, including Jessica Moorhouse and BTC Media.
October 8, 2021
Episode 42 – Midyear ETF Industry Update with Eric Balchunas
EPISODE #42 - Midyear ETF Industry Update with Eric Balchunas In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we chat with Bloomberg senior ETF analyst, Eric Balchunas on the ETF market thus far in 2021. TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Opening remarks 1:20 This year so far 3:30 How is growth spread between DIY and advisors? 6:50 What are the biggest trends that are being seen now? 12:05 Why ESG investing could be on the up 16:50 Bullish on Clean Energy ETFs 20:05 Overall thoughts on disruptive tech from Eric 22:00 Making sense of retail-driven purchases 30:00 Competing with the big boys of disruptive tech 32:30 Predictions of when crypto ETFs will hit the US market 37:20 Predictions for the first-day volume of Bitcoin ETFs in the US 43:55 Favourite tickers 49:50 Closing remarks GUEST SPEAKER: Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst - Bloomberg
August 6, 2021
Episode 41 – The Future of Disruptive Innovation with Shawn Kanungo
EPISODE #41 - The Future of Disruptive Innovation with Shawn Kanungo In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we explore what the future of disruptive innovation could look like with keynote speaker, Shawn Kanungo. TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Opening remarks 2:00 Are organizations embracing disruptive tech? 6:00 Electricity the backbone of the future 9:15 The growth of automation and AI 14:26 The bubble of crypto 19:05 The biggest disruptive forces to come 22:37 Bio-tech, genomics and autonomous vehicles 25:00 What advice would you give the younger generation 28:34 The paradox of disruption 31:59 Is a Metaverse ETF to come? 35:15 The new industries of the metaverse 35:50 Closing remarks GUEST SPEAKER: Shawn Kanungo, Keynote Speaker - Disruptive Innovation Shawn Kanungo is a globally recognized innovation strategist. He previously spent 12 years at Deloitte working closely with leaders to better plan for the opportunities associated with disruptive innovation. Shawn is a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends, and actively invests in early-stage ventures. His work and interviews have been featured in The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV. He has been recognized as Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40. In 2021, he was named in Forbes as the “Best Virtual Keynote Speaker I’ve Ever Seen”. Shawn’s content on innovation has garnered millions of views, respectively across LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube & Facebook.
July 22, 2021
Episode 40 – The Ever Evolving Privacy Law with Carole Piovesan
In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we sit down with Carole Piovesan of INQ Law to discuss how spending on cybersecurity is divided and which ways data privacy is involved in everyday life. TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Opening remarks 1:30 Banning paying ransom on ransomware attacks 3:50 The three spends of technical defence 5:35 Data privacy in everyday life 7:25 Giving up control of privacy 9:20 Big tech privacy adjustments 12:00 Recent changes of privacy 13:45 AI in the healthcare sector 16:30 Bridging the divide between tech and medicine 17:15 Canadian GDPR 18:50 Closing Remarks GUEST SPEAKER: Carole Piovesan - Managing partner, INQ Law Carole is managing partner at INQ Law, focusing her practice on privacy, cyber readiness, data governance and artificial intelligence (AI) risk management. She regularly counsels clients on a wide range of matters related to privacy, cyber readiness and breach response, data governance, ethical AI and responsible innovation. Prior to founding INQ Law, Carole was co-lead of the national Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group at McCarthy Tétrault. She has represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada. Carole plays an active role in shaping data law, policy and standards in Canada and globally. She is the co-chair of the federal government’s Exposure Notification application. She also co-chairs the data governance working group for the Data Governance Standardization Collaborative at the Standards Council of Canada. She is a member of the Data Governance Working Group for the Global Partnership on AI, as well as an advisor to several AI start-ups. In 2018, Carole was appointed by the federal Minister of Innovation to serve as one of six Digital Leaders in the national data and digital transformation consultations. In this role, she led consultations with businesses, academics, civil society and industry associations to inform the first national Digital Charter. Announced on May 21, 2019, the Digital Charter has led to significant proposed reforms to Canada’s federal private sector privacy law.
June 30, 2021
Episode 39 – Understanding eSports With Chris Overholt
In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we sit down with Chris Overholt of OverActive Media to discuss the ever-growing eSports industry. This discussion ranges from the ins and outs of being an eSport professional, the financial growth this industry will see and where Toronto fits into the potential space for an eSports performance centre. TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Opening remarks 2:05 Getting involve in eSports 4:10 The difference between eSport and eGaming 7:15 A day in the life of an eSports professional 10:00 eSports – A growing industry 12:35 Prize pools 15:30 How the traditional eGaming companies are involved in eSports 20:10 Viewership in eSports during Covid-19 23:00 Reopening plans post Covid-19 25:00 An eSport performance centre 26:40 Toronto’s talent pool 29:00 Closing remarks
June 16, 2021
Episode 38 – Putting a Price on Pollution with Mike Szabo
In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we sit down with Mike Szabo of Carbon Pulse to discuss the impact of climate change and the steps put in place to combat carbon emissions. While there is a social cost and the very obvious environmental cost, economists have decided to deal with this by putting a monetary cost on pollution and we discuss the two main approaches.
May 17, 2021
Episode 37 – The Next Phase for Bitcoin with Tyler Winklevoss
In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we discuss how the rapid rise of bitcoin has sparked an increase in conversations about the future growth of digital finance. As a non-correlated asset class, bitcoin is being viewed as a store of value and a potential hedge against inflation.
May 12, 2021
Episode 36 – Solving Problems Using Tech with Drew Orsinger
In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we chat with Drew Orsinger, CEO & Co-Founder of TradeX. Drew is a career security professional who has served as Chief Security Officer at several companies including SpaceX, CME Group, and Honeywell. Drew is excited to fuse a proven Department of Defense technology with blockchain to innovate a market data solution to propel the financial services industry forward. He also served in the U.S. government in a variety of capacities, including leading a resilience and security practice at a National Laboratory providing analysis on infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, and data loss prevention.
May 1, 2021
Episode 35 – Generational Themes with Robert Di Iorio
In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we chat with Robert Di Iorio. Robert is Vice-President & Portfolio Manager at RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Robert focuses on working with clients to create long-term, mathematically attainable, personalized plans, and oversees overall portfolio design. In this conversation, we discuss how to discuss a volatile market with clients, how growth themes affect our lives, and which disruptive themes will change our lives.
April 9, 2021
Episode 34 – Cryptocurrency Advancements with Anthony Di Iorio
In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we chat with Anthony Di Iorio. Anthony is founder and CEO of Decentral Inc. He funded and co-founded Ethereum, the decentralized smart contract platform. In this conversation, we discuss the ethereum blockchain, cryptocurrencies (ether/bitcoin), disruptive technologies, giving back to the community and helping solve problems. TIMESTAMPS: 0:15 Opening remarks 0:50 Introduction to Anthony 1:37 How Decentral started 4:15 Who is the Decentral audience 5:25 Background of Di Iorio 8:00 The breakthrough of Crypto 10:30 Creating a win for the public 12:40 Anti-trust movement 16:10 What is Ethereum 17:45 What is required for crypto adoption 20:15 Is wider adoption of crypto coming? 22:15 Top disruptive themes in the next 5 years 23:15 Three influential people in Anthony’s life 25:30 Top podcasts 26:40 Closing remarks
April 4, 2021
Disruption vs. Evolution with Darren Cabral
Episode Length: 27:22 Learn about: · Defining disruption and evolution · Technological advancements in the banking industry · Clientelligent services in the financial industry · Deep learning for product recommendations · Data-driven lead generation · Deep learning model development · Views on industries to watch for disruptive innovation · Predictions on the adoption of evolutionary technology Keynote Speaker: Darren Cabral, Co-Founder & CEO, Clientelligent, Canada Darren Cabral is a co-founder & CEO of Clientelligent, a machine learning company dedicated to helping financial services companies better engage with their clients. Prior to Clientelligent, Darren was a financial services executive. He spent the majority of his career as a Partner and Director at Connor, Clark & Lunn Capital Markets Inc. (CC&LCM), a retail investment management subsidiary of Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group, one of Canada's largest asset managers. Darren held several senior leadership roles at CC&LCM, serving as CFO and later as President after a controlling interest in the company was sold to Aston Hill. As a portfolio manager, Darren managed quantitative and derivative-based strategies for CC&LCM and two Canadian banks. Prior to CC&LCM, Darren worked in Canada and the UK for a boutique investment management company. Darren has an MBA and a mathematics (operations research) degree from York University. He is also a CFA charterholder and a recipient of the Canadian Operations Research Society diploma.
December 18, 2019
Mid-Year Recap: The North American ETF Market with Andres Rincon and James Seyffart
Episode Length: 32:58 Learn about: · Overview of the Canadian and U.S. ETF markets · Actively managed ETF strategies · Smart beta strategies · How the ETF market eclipsed the mutual fund market in Canada · U.S. ETF market trends · Why financial advisors use ETFs in Canada and the U.S. · Views on whether or not the ETF market is overcrowded · Growing interests in thematic ETFs · Institutional investors and ESG · Expectations on the growth of Canadian thematic ETFs · Predictions on the future of the North American ETF market · Favourite ETF tickers Keynote Speakers: Andres Rincon, CMT, Director, Equity Derivatives & ETF Strategy, TD Securities Andres Rincon, CMT, is director of equity, ETFs and derivatives strategy at TD Securities. He advises institutional and wealth investors on ETF and option strategies, publishes a broad array of ETF and derivative publications, and works with TD's ETF market making team in facilitating ETF orders. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree in commerce, finance from the University of Ottawa James Seyffart, CFA, CAIA, ETF & Commodities Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence James Seyffart is a research analyst within Bloomberg Intelligence (Bloomberg LP's Research Department). He focuses on the research of the broader asset management industry with specialized expertise in the coverage of ETFs, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds. Works with Bloomberg's commodity strategist in the research of cryptocurrencies and assists in the production of Bloomberg's ETF IQ, the only TV show fully devoted to all things ETFs. He has a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from The College Of New Jersey (TCNJ).
August 9, 2019
Cybercrime: Industrial Security & the Internet of Things with Stew Wolfe
Episode Length: 24:11 Learn about: · Views on the recent Capital One data breach · Canadian law on data breaches · Global spending in the cybersecurity industry · What CEOs are most concerned about regarding cybersecurity · Outsourcing of cybersecurity services · What banks are doing to protect themselves from security breaches · The biggest shift in the types of cyber attacks · Sectors that may need to increase cybersecurity spending and efforts · How ransom requests are being dealt with · The importance of industrial cybersecurity · Top predictions for the cybersecurity industry Keynote Speaker: Stew Wolfe CISSP, CISM, CISA, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), Canadian Cybersecurity Practice Lead | Canada | Americas Mr. Wolfe leads the NTT Canadian Cybersecurity practice as well as the America’s pre-sales security Industrial and Internet of Everything go to market strategy. He has over 26 years in the IT field of which 20 were spent in security, including positions at IBM and Cisco. Mr. Wolfe has focused in various areas within the security field including ethical hacking, executive advisory consulting as well as industrial and healthcare security. Hosted by: Raj Lala, President & CEO, Evolve ETFs Prior 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.
July 31, 2019
The Booming eSports Industry with Robert Young
Episode Length: 20:09 Learn about: · The catalysts for growth in the technology sector · Differences between eGaming and eSports · How revenue streams have changed in the gaming industry · eSports leagues and teams · Size and growth of the eGaming sector · How 5G and cloud computing affects eGaming · Global demographics of gamers · eSports viewership · Top predictions on the eGaming & eSports industry Keynote Speaker: Robert Young, Director, Technology Equity Research, Canaccord Genuity Corp. (Canada) Robert Young has covered the Canadian technology sector since 2008 and joined Canaccord Genuity as part of the integration of Genuity Capital Markets in 2010. Awards include Starmine’s No. 1 stock picker in Canadian IT Equipment. Previously, Robert worked as a technology strategy consultant with IBM and as a systems engineer for Nortel Networks. Robert holds an Masters in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario as well as a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University.
July 26, 2019
The Canadian Cannabis Landscape
Episode Length: 22:24 Learn 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 industry Keynote 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 ETFs Prior 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.
July 12, 2019
The Value of ETFs Within Client Portfolios with John De Goey
Episode Length: 18:13 Learn 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 investors Keynote 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 ETFs Prior 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.
June 14, 2019
Evolving Risks of Cybercrime with Matthew Rosenquist
Episode Length: 33:48 Learn 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 attacks Keynote Speaker: Matthew Rosenquist, Cybersecurity Strategist, Intel Corporation About 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 ETFs Prior 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)
June 7, 2019
AI and Its Impact on Society with Nicolas Chapados
Episode Length: 35:42 Learn 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 networks Interested in investing in technology and innovation? Consider the Evolve Innovation Index Fund (EDGE): https://evolveetfs.com/product/edge Keynote Speaker: Nicolas Chapados, Co-founder & CSO, Element AI & Imagia Cybernetics Nicolas 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 ETFs Prior 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.
May 24, 2019
Insights on Innovative Technologies with Matt Ward
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
March 20, 2019
Artificial Intelligence with Salim Naran
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
March 11, 2019
AI and Cyber Security with Carole Piovesan
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
January 29, 2019
Gender Diversity Inspiring Change with Julia Smith & Raj Lala
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
January 16, 2019
Growth of the ETF Industry in North America with Tom Psarofagis & Cam Gill
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/
December 12, 2018
Growth in Robotics with Dr. Jonathan Kelly & Raj Lala
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
November 1, 2018
Growth of Cannabis Infused Beverage Market with Dooma Wendschuh
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) - evolveetfs.com/SEED
August 29, 2018
The Perils of Cybercrime with David Senf & Raj Lala
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) - https://evolveetfs.com/CYBR
August 17, 2018
Reimagining Work with AI and Dr. Chitra Dorai
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) - https://evolveetfs.com/edge
August 8, 2018
Benefits of Responsible Investing with Dustyn Lanz
Find out how the terms ESG (environmental, social and governance) and SRI (socially responsible investing) are intertwined and different from each other, the business case for ESG, Millennial investing trends, the suitability of cannabis for responsible investing, especially with the upcoming legalization, the priority for ESG in the institutional space, ESG trends over the next few years from an investment perspective and more. • About Dustyn Lanz • Dustyn is CEO of Responsible Investment Association. Dustyn is quoted regularly in the national media as an expert on responsible investing and a frequent public speaker at some of Canada’s leading business schools and investment conferences. In 2014, he helped to launch Canada’s first financial designations for advisors with expertise in responsible investing. In 2016, Dustyn received a Clean50 Emerging Leader Award for his contributions to responsible investing in Canada. Learn more about Evolve ETFs: https://evolveetfs.com
August 2, 2018
Autonomous Driving with Marc Hoag & Raj Lala
Learn about the levels of automation for autonomous cars, the behavioural shift to autonomous driving from traditional petrol cars, the significance of technology vs. legislation, the prediction for 2020 as an important year as level 5 autonomous vehicles will be available for public consumption, which companies are making the most progress towards electric/autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle market drivers, and more. • Marc Hoag • Marc is a California-licensed attorney-turned-2x-startup founder with nearly 8 years of experience as head of product. He has an undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA. Shortly after law school, he successfully raised a Series A to build his first startup in the job/talent space, from which he spun out an internal tool that became Twibble.io, a social media scheduling and automation platform. He also launched his podcast Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag. Learn about Canda's First Future Cars ETF (TSX: CARS): evolveetfs.com/CARS
July 24, 2018
Disrupting the Financial Services Industry with Jos Schmitt
Discover the evolution of stock exchanges, the vision and differentiator for NEO Exchange (a new and innovative Canadian stock exchange), the differences between Canadian and US markets in terms of market data transparency, how PTFs (Platform Traded Funds) work and its expected growth, the launch of NEO Connect, predictions for the industry and more. • About Jos Schmitt • Jos Schmitt is one of the founders and President & CEO of the Aequitas NEO Exchange, a stock exchange he formed with the support of a number of blue-chip financial institutions. Jos has over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry internationally, with particular expertise in the market infrastructure space, across asset classes and across geographies. Prior to NEO and in the role of President & CEO, Jos formed together with a number of blue-chip financial institutions the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Stock Exchange.
July 18, 2018
The Future of Marijuana Legalization with Vahan Ajamian
Get an update regarding recreational marijuana legalization in Canada and around the world. Learn about policing, supply and demand predictions once recreational marijuana is legalized, expected average price per gram (in Canada) towards the end of 2018, number of regulated retail stores in Ontario, the opportunity for a hybrid system (privately owned and government owned stores), global market demand, importing and exporting, predictions for developing countries, the importance of branding, and more. • About Vahan Ajamian • Vahan Ajamian is Managing Director of Analyst Relations at MedMen and is the 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 expert in the cannabis sector with more than a dozen years of experience in equity research and analysis. Learn more about the Evolve Marijuana ETF (TSX: SEED): evolveetfs.com/SEED
July 11, 2018
Disruption Through ESG with Doug Morrow
Learn more about the fundamentals of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), how portfolio managers are using ESG strategies within their funds, the potential growth of ESG interest with the transfer of wealth to Millennials, long-term trends for companies that perform well by utilizing ESG indicators, how institutional investors are looking at ESG strategies, and more. • About Doug Morrow • Doug Morrow is the Director of Sustainalytics’ award-winning thematic research team. His work is broadly focused on exploring the investment risks and opportunities associated with macro ESG themes, including climate change, water scarcity, gender diversity, energy transition and health & wellness. Doug has consulted with institutional investors, asset management start-ups and multilateral organizations on ESG integration strategies across asset classes.
July 6, 2018
Personal Disruption with Whitney Johnson & Raj Lala
Find out what personal disruption means, key tips for C-Suite execs considering a change in their business and/or personal lives, the difference in experiencing disruption for males and females, examples of how Whitney applied disruption in her life, advice for parents trying to embrace disruption within their lives, and more. • About Whitney Johnson • Recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50), Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codifies in the critically acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work and in her latest book Build an “A” Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve. (Harvard Business Press, 2018). She co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen and spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.
June 20, 2018
Investing in ETFs with Mike Newton
Learn about the innovations taking place within wealth management, the changing investment decision-making process regarding ETFs, active vs. passive ETFs, Millennial investing trends, and ETF predictions for the next few years with Mike Newton, Portfolio Manager & Director at Scotia Wealth Management, and Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs. • About Mike Newton • Michael S. Newton, CIM®, FCSI® is Portfolio Manager & Director at Scotia Wealth Management. Michael develops comprehensive financial plans to help his clients achieve their long-term goals, covering the investment, insurance, tax and estate planning aspects of their individual situations. Michael began his career in the financial services industry in 1992. He is a frequent guest on BNN Market Call, where he takes viewer emails and calls in a live format and has been featured in The Globe and Mail Report on Business.
June 13, 2018
Cyber Security with Sean Sullivan (F-Secure) & Raj Lala
Sean discusses how the Internet of Things (IoT) exposes consumers to potential cybercrime, which industries are most susceptible to cyber attacks, the percentage of companies that are confident in their cyber security measures, and predictions for the cyber security industry. • About Sean Sullivan • Sean Sullivan is a Security Advisor and researcher at F-Secure, which he joined in 2006. Based in Helsinki, he works with a dynamic group of cyber security experts from over dozen countries. He works primarily with the analyst teams who handle the classification of incoming malware samples and develop antimalware automation, and secondarily with the research teams who develop new antimalware technologies. Sean is an active member of “InfoSec Twitter” and also participates in academic events. Mr. Sullivan has briefed government officials and technical experts from around the world on computer security issues and antimalware technologies and is frequently interviewed by media worldwide.
June 6, 2018
Insights with Senior Futurist Thomas Frey & Raj Lala
Thomas explains what a futurist is, the future of colleges and education, potential changes to our daily lives, 3D printing, self-driving cars, weaponized AI, passenger drones, the future of commuting and travelling, the relevance of social media, and more. • About Thomas Frey • Thomas Frey is Senior Futurist and founder of the DaVinci Institute and an internationally renown futurist, author and keynote speaker. He has spoken to audiences of high-level government officials such as those of NASA, executives of Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa and Ford Motor Company. He has also been featured in thousands of articles for both national and international publications including New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, Forbes, Fast Company, World Economic Forum, and Times.
May 30, 2018
Marijuana Industry Update with Cronos CEO & Raj Lala
Mike Gorenstein, Chairman, President & CEO of Cronos Group, addresses questions regarding Bill C-45, policing of cannabis, average retail price per gram, global market size predictions, consolidation, and more. • About Mike Gorenstein • Michael Gorenstein is the Chairman, President & CEO of Cronos Group. Before joining Cronos, Mr. Gorenstein was a partner at Alphabet Ventures LLC, a multi-strategy investment management firm located in New York City. Prior to Alphabet Management, Michael was the VP and General Counsel of Saiers Capital LLC and a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell where he focused on Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Market transactions. Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a JD, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a certificate in BEPP and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a BSB in Finance. Learn more about the Evolve Marijuana ETF (TSX: SEED): https://evolveetfs.com/SEED
May 23, 2018
Insights with Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton & Raj Lala
Nikolas will give you essential insights into the way the future world will work. In this episode, he speaks about the "Fourth Industrial Revolution": communications, energy, and transportation. He dives deeper into the topics of genomics (including CRISPR), adoption and timelines for electric and autonomous vehicles, smart cities (including Google Sidewalk Labs projects), and big data. • About Nikolas Badminton • Nikolas is a world-respected futurist speaker, author, and researcher. He wows audiences with keynote speeches on the impact of exponential technologies including: Renewable Energy, Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality; Gene Editing and Personalized Healthcare; Work Productivity; Autonomous Transportation; Smart Cities; and The Future of AI integrated with Life and Business. Nikolas regularly appears on the BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, VICE, and writes for the Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat, Betakit, TechVibes, Business.com, and other media
May 16, 2018
Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Stuart Sherman & Raj Lala
Discover how big data has changed over the last 10 years and why it matters, the differences between machine learning and artificial intelligence, what Watson aims to accomplish (an IBM supercomputer that combines AI and analytical software), and more with Stuart Sherman, CEO, IMC Inc., and Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs. • About Stuart Sherman • Stuart runs one of the most innovative AI companies in the world, pioneering two new classes of AI, “Behavioural AI”, an “Simulation AI”. Having studied Managerial Sciences in university, specifically the aspects of Managerial Accounting relating to Behavioural Economics, and Organisational Behaviour. Stuart went on to start an early Management Information Services company and founded one of Canada’s first Digital Agencies. Today you will find him working with some of the worlds’ largest companies, designing and implementing AI designed to change the way they understand their Big Data.
May 8, 2018
Cyber Security with Robert Hudyma (Ryerson Professor) & Raj Lala
Find out how the government is tackling cyber threats, legislation for cyber security, gender diversity in STEM, cybercrime predictions and more with Robert Hudyma, Professor at Ryerson University in the Ted Rogers School of Management, and Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs. • About Robert Hudyma • Robert is a Professor at Ryerson University in the Ted Rogers School of Management, where he delivers courses in Business Technology Management. His research interests are in: Cryptography, Information Security, Wireless communications systems, and Deep Learning. Prior to coming to Ryerson Robert was a Vice-President of R&D for a large multinational corporation where he led a team of engineers and developed computer and consumer electronics products. Robert holds degrees in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Learn more about the Evolve Cyber Security Index ETF (TSX: CYBR): evolveetfs.com/product/cybr/
April 24, 2018
Cyber Security with Stew Wolfe (Cisco) & Raj Lala
Learn more about how IoT is posing new cyber threats, how Fortune 500 companies are integrating cyber security into their firm, biggest threats & opportunities, and more with Stew Wolfe, Associate Principal, Cisco Global Security, and Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs. • About Stew Wolfe • Stew Wolfe serves as an Associate Director in Cisco's global security practice. In his current role, Stew is focused on cross-architecture plays for security including Data Center, Network and Cloud Cisco services offerings as well as the development of Anything as a Service model. Stew is a member of ISACA, ISC2 and is ITIL certified with 25 years of IT experience. Learn more about the Evolve Cyber Security Index ETF (TSX: CYBR): evolveetfs.com/product/cybr/
April 24, 2018
ETF Education with Eric Balchunas (Bloomberg) & Raj Lala
Build your ETF knowledge base. Learn the differences between ETFs and mutual funds, the growth potential of the ETF market, investor demographics, top ETF predictions, and more with Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence, and Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs. • About Eric Balchunas • Eric is Senior ETF Analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, economics, government, credit, ETFs and litigation available on the Bloomberg Professional service at BI . Eric also appears on and helped create the first-ever ETF TV show called “Bloomberg ETF IQ” as well as a weekly segment for Bloomberg TV and Radio called "Exchange-Traded Friday.” He is also a Bloomberg View columnist as well as co-host of a new podcast on ETFs called “Trillions.” He authored "The Institutional ETF Toolbox," which was published by Wiley in March 2016. Learn more about Evolve ETFs: https://evolveetfs.com/
April 16, 2018
Cyber Security with Scott Schober (BVS) & Raj Lala
Discover how cybercrime is changing, the economic impact of cybercrime, the future of cyber security, and more with Scott N. Schober, President/CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc., and Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs. • About Scott Schober • Schober is the President and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems (BVS), a forty-year-old New Jersey-based privately held company and leading provider of advanced, world-class wireless test and security solutions. Schober also invented BVS’s cell phone detection tools, used to enforce a “no cell phone policy” in prisons and secure government facilities. Scott is a highly sought-after subject expert on the topic of cybersecurity. TV appearances include: ABC News, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera America, CBS This Morning News, CCTV America, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, MSNBC, and many more. Learn more about the Evolve Cyber Security Index ETF (TSX: CYBR): https://evolveetfs.com/product/cybr/
April 6, 2018