Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. is expanding its investment banking business to Western Canada even as many other dealers are undergoing cuts in the region as a result of the energy-industry downturn.
A new Calgary office – Echelon’s first capital markets operation west of Toronto – will serve oil and gas clients, but also concentrate on sectors such as power generation, renewable energy and clean tech.
Echelon has hired investment banker Ryan Mooney as its new managing director to lead the effort. His territory will also include Vancouver and Edmonton. Mr. Mooney is an energy specialist who was previously at Cormark Securities and the former Dundee Capital Markets.
“Echelon is a growing firm, and we are trying to add sector coverage and add product coverage materially right now, so if we can make a play in energy, if we can make a play in hydrogen or geothermal, all of it’s great as long as we make it opportunistically,” said Karanjit Bhugra, Echelon’s co-head of capital markets.
“We’re looking to double our business in a couple years, and hiring people like Ryan is going to be instrumental to doing that.”
In September, the dealer brought on another oil and gas veteran, Simon Akit, as head of institutional sales and trading in its Toronto office. Mr. Akit had been global head of energy sales at Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., where he worked for 12 years.
The Alberta-based energy sector remains under intense pressure owing to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which exacerbated a half-decade downturn that followed a drop in crude oil prices. That has prompted cuts at several investment banks with operations in Calgary.
The most recent staff reductions were at Stifel Canada, which last week laid off five people in its Calgary office, including veteran investment banking and research professionals.
Mr. Bhugra pointed out that Echelon is not looking to add a full complement of staff to the new Calgary office, but will support Mr. Mooney with its resources in Toronto.
Analysts and bankers expect mergers and acquisitions to pick up in the coming months as many small and mid-size oil producers struggle with sharp reductions in cash flow and heavy debt. But Mr. Bhugra said Echelon sees value in expanding the scope of the franchise to encompass other energy sources expected to play major roles in the shift to a greener economy.
Although late to the transition, the Alberta government has recently established financial incentives for diversifying its fossil-fuel denominated economy into other related energy sources, such as hydrogen and geothermal.
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Eat Beyond Welcomes Downstream Marketing Strategist Michael Owen to its Investment Committee – Canada NewsWire
Michael Owen brings over 30 years of expertise to provide hands-on support to drive the growth of the Eat Beyond portfolio companies
VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 26, 2020 /CNW/ – Eat Beyond Global Holdings Inc. (CSE: EATS) (FSE: 988) (“Eat Beyond” or the “Company“), an investment issuer focused on the global plant-based and alternative food sector, is announcing that Michael Owen has joined the Eat Beyond investment committee.
Mr. Owen has over 30 years of experience and is a senior marketing and sales executive. He has held leadership positions in a range of companies focused on consumer packaged goods, with leadership experience in marketing, sales, and supply chain. He spent over 10 years as a partner at Crombie Kennedy, a leading Canadian sales agency, which was acquired by Advantage Solutions in 2010. With Advantage Solutions, Mr. Owen played an instrumental role doubling EBITDA as VP Business Development, responsible for creating innovative sales and supply chain solutions for leading brands across multiple categories during the 5 years post-acquisition.
Prior to this, he held marketing and sales positions with Robin Hood Multifoods Inc., Unilever, Nestle, and Mars Incorporated, where he was CMO of the Uncle Ben’s Rice U.S. division. Previously Mr. Owen has enjoyed entrepreneurial success including ownership of the Duncan Hines brand in Canada and participation in several food company startups. Mr. Owen is also an advisory board member for Nature Bio Foods, India’s largest exporter of organic foods and ingredients.
“Eat Beyond is focused on an area that I consider to be one of the most exciting in the consumer packaged goods, and food space in general. Consumers are seeking healthier, smarter, plant-based, and non-traditional products,” said Michael Owen. “I believe that my extensive operating experience in sales and marketing can add tremendous value and insight to the Eat Beyond portfolio.”
Mr. Owen joins Lloyd Lockhart, Diane Jang, and Allen Linder on the investment committee, rounding out the team with his marketing and sales expertise. The investment committee works to scout and select companies for the Eat Beyond portfolio, and is also hands-on, working closely with the Eat Beyond portfolio companies to support their success.
“We are active in supporting our portfolio companies, helping them to navigate growth and connecting them to industry contacts and resources,” said Patrick Morris, CEO of Eat Beyond. “Mr. Owen is a terrific candidate for the investment committee, with his exceptional track record and breadth of experience in marketing, sales, and growth for consumer packaged goods. We are thrilled to welcome him to the team.”
The Company further announces a grant of 100,000 stock options of the Company to Mr. Owen, exercisable at $0.71 expiring 5 years from the date of grant, subject to regulatory approval.
The Company is also pleased to announce that its common shares were accepted for listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) under the trading symbol (988). The Company’s common shares are now cross-listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) and the FSE.
About Eat Beyond Global Holdings
Eat Beyond Global Holdings Inc. (“Eat Beyond”) (CSE: EATS) (FSE: 988) is an investment issuer that makes it easy to invest in the future of food. Eat Beyond identifies and makes equity investments in global companies that are developing and commercializing innovative food tech as well as plant-based and alternative food products. Led by a team of food industry experts, Eat Beyond is the first issuer of its kind in Canada, providing retail investors with the unique opportunity to participate in the growth of a broad cross-section of opportunities in the alternative food sector, and access companies that are leading the charge toward a smarter, more secure food supply. Learn more: https://eatbeyondglobal.com/
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Red White & Bloom Announces Participation in Upcoming Investment Conferences – GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB and OTC: RWBYF) (“RWB” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce they will be in attendance at two invitational investment conferences this month.
2020 Cantor Fitzgerald Virtual MSO Cannabis Summit
Presentation: Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 – 3:00PM ET
For more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with RWB’s management during these events, please contact Red White & Bloom’s Investor Relations at IR@redwhitebloom.com.
About Red White & Bloom Brands Inc.
The Company is positioning itself to be one of the top three multi-state cannabis operators active in the U.S. legal cannabis and hemp sector. RWB is predominantly focusing its investments on the major US markets of Michigan, Illinois, California, Arizona, Oklahoma and Massachusetts with respect to cannabis, and the US and internationally for hemp-based CBD products.
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Tyler Troup, Managing Director
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Feds should invest to meet climate goals, catalyze recovery: RBC – Investment Executive
“Making these investments now could help underpin a low-carbon transition, drawing in business investment, and complementing the government’s efforts to support jobs and economic recovery,” it said.
The government has planned emissions reductions toward the ultimate goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
Yet, for major polluters, such as the energy sector and heavy industry (such as concrete and steel), carbon capture is technically feasible but “often seen to be cost prohibitive,” RBC noted.
Carbon capture projects “are capital intensive and high-risk during the extended construction phase,” it said, adding that this discourages private investment.
This is where government should be stepping into the breach with public funding for research, RBC suggested. Ultimately, driving down costs and developing effective technology will help the projects become more viable for private investment.
“As it lays out long-term climate plans, the federal government has an opportunity to write a new chapter in Canadian climate policy: one that acknowledges the importance of the energy sector, encourages abatement across industries, leverages investment from the private sector, and spurs innovation in sectors that contribute the most to our climate challenge,” the report said.
At the same time, government investment can help combat the long-lasting effects of the Covid-19 crisis, the report said.
“While crisis support for the economy has rightly been the government’s focus, investment in new technologies and industries can limit lasting scars from this recession,” it said.
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