Category: Technology

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Canadian Securities Regulators Clear a Path for Bitcoin Funds

September 19, 2017

The British Columbia and Ontario securities regulators have taken a leap forward in the regulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with the first registration of a fintech start-up, First Block Capital Inc., which intends to launch a fund that will invest all of its assets in bitcoin. The regulatory backdrop for this landmark registration is provided by the Canadian Securities…

Industry Responds to CSA Guidance on Cryptocurrency Offerings

September 18, 2017

The rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies and the spread of cryptocurrency offerings have attracted increased attention from securities regulators in Canada and abroad. Recently, staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) (other than Saskatchewan) published Staff Notice 46-307 – Cryptocurrency Offerings (Staff Notice), in response to requests from fintech businesses for guidance on the applicability of Canadian securities laws to…

Opportunities for Canadian Companies Increase as India Accelerates Its Smart Cities Mission

September 13, 2017

The Government of India recently announced it is accelerating the pace of its Smart Cities Mission by asking states to focus on impactful and public-private-partnership-based smart city projects, which can achieve results over the next year and have a rigorous review mechanism in place. The Smart Cities Mission presents many opportunities for Canadian players in the technology and infrastructure sectors…

Rise of the Machines: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

April 27, 2017

Cognitive computing and big data are making their way into retail, medicine, data analysis, payment cards, mobile apps and even law. Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are the hot topics in the tech world. The technology is moving quickly, but very few understand it and its potential. Please join our experts for an in-depth look at how big…

5 Ways to Foster Innovation in Your Business

January 11, 2017

At the Blakes Innovation Forum recently held at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, leading entrepreneurs, academics, policymakers, legal experts and business leaders came together to discuss how to bring innovation into the workplace. Here are their suggestions: 1) Adapt to Change Dean Tseretopoulos, associate vice-president of utility capabilities and digital channels at TD Bank Group, said in order to keep…

How Can Canada’s New Anti Spam Law Help Your Business?

October 3, 2014

First and foremost, I am an advocate of good, old-fashioned customer service and customer support. I think brands should interact with customers on a personal level for numerous reasons. Other businesses are starting to get the message one way or another. New Canadian regulations reduce spam and force companies to rethink effective brand to consumer communication strategies. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation…

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