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Canadian Securities Exchange, Gowling WLG, MGO and MNP LLP Join Forces for Their Return to MJBizCon 2022 in Las Vegas



Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – November 8, 2022) – The Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE” or “the Exchange”), Gowling WLG, MGO and MNP LLP join forces as the Cannabis Growth Strategies Advisors for their return to MJBizCon 2022 in Las Vegas. The four firms work hand-in-hand to provide comprehensive legal, accounting, business consulting and logistical support to Canadian, US and global companies operating in the cannabis sector that are looking for their next phase of growth.

The Cannabis Growth Strategies Advisors will be front and center at the upcoming MJBizCon conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 16 – 18, 2022. MJBizCon is the largest gathering of cannabis business professionals in the world and features programming to benefit every sector of the industry. The conference is expected to attract approximately 35,000 attendees and feature more than 1,400+ exhibitors.

The Canadian Securities Exchange, Gowling WLG, MGO and MNP LLP are excited to return to Las Vegas for MJBizCon as the cannabis sector continues to grow and mature – and as different jurisdictions around the world continue to develop cannabis regulations.

“With President Biden’s recent remarks on cannabis legislation, investors are again looking at this fast-growing industry with interest. MJBiz will be a great opportunity for the entrepreneurs leading this growth to re-connect with the global investment community,” said Richard Carleton, Chief Executive Officer of the CSE. “MJBiz will be a great opportunity for the entrepreneurs leading this growth to re-connect with the global investment community.”

“MNP is excited to reconnect with the global cannabis sector at MJBiz. We’ve seen the cannabis sector mature over the past few years and we look forward to speaking with industry leaders to gather more valuable insights about where they see the industry headed in the near and future terms,” said Maruf Raza, Co-Leader of Cannabis Services at MNP. “Cannabis regulations are quickly developing and changing around the world – and we think this will start to open up new opportunities for cannabis companies across the globe. With that, we think that MJBiz will be a great forum for cannabis leaders to reconnect and brainstorm what the future of growth looks like in their respective jurisdictions.”

“In light of the recent federal pardons for simple possession, the next six months for the cannabis industry looks very promising,” said Peter Simeon, Partner and Leader of the Cannabis Group at Gowling WLG. “There is a great deal of M&A activity and consolidation happening currently and we expect the companies that survive to be stronger and better equipped to deal with the realities of the market.”

“MGO looks forward to MJBizCon every year, not only for the connectivity with our existing clients and colleagues, but the opportunity to forge valuable connections with new partners,” said Scott Hammon, Cannabis Leader at MGO. “The cyclical nature of our industry means there is always something important to talk about, and progress to make. We value the opportunity to meet with our peers and to continue to support the industry as it navigates the current market cycle and prepares for the next.”

To connect with the Cannabis Growth Strategies Advisors, visit them in the Business Services section of the expo floor at booth 1119.

About The Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE” or “the Exchange”) – Booth #1216:

The CSE is home to more than 800 uniquely-listed issues covering a broad range of industry sectors, including cannabis-related businesses in cultivation and sale, life sciences, specialty finance and technology.

Since 2014, the exchange has become the home to over 175 cannabis sector companies, having established itself as a global destination for companies with operations in Canada, the United States and abroad. Funds raised into the sector have exceeded C$16B.

About Gowling WLG – Booth #1218:

At Gowling WLG, we help a wide range of leading cannabis companies and other companies supporting the cannabis industry, advising on everything from initial public offerings to real estate to intellectual property and product regulatory matters. Our professionals have rich insight into the unique issues and opportunities the sector faces, as well as a nuanced understanding of the emerging regulations that govern it.

To succeed, you need a legal partner that fully understands your company, the cannabis industry and the complex legal environment in which you operate. With offices around the world and industry-leading experience across a number of practice areas – we have the talent you need, where you need it, to take your business to the next level.

About MGO – Booth #1117:

One of the top 60 CPA firms in the US, MGO was one of the first national accounting firms to develop and provide targeted accounting, tax, audit, and advisory services to the cannabis and hemp industries. We have helped numerous cannabis companies with their go-public and liquidity transactions. Today, MGO provides industry-leading experience and a suite of proven solutions to help operators, regulators, institutional investors, and brands navigate the complexities of the cannabis and hemp industries. For more information, visit MGO.

About MNP – Booth #1119:

MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada. We proudly serve and respond to the needs of our clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Through partner-led engagements, we provide a collaborative, cost-effective approach to doing business and personalized strategies to help organizations succeed across the country and around the world.

For years, the professionals of MNP have been working with licensed producers, entrepreneurs and investors in the cannabis sector to establish successful enterprises. We work with a significant number of pre- and licensed producers and have assisted more than half a dozen cannabis clients in going public.

Understanding the accounting, audit, tax, financial and regulatory issues that are integral to the success of these businesses, MNP has become an industry leader

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Nagad’s Digital Bank on cards, Sadaf to lead the side




Nagad, Bangladesh’s leading Mobile Financial Service (MFS) provider, is gearing up to establish the much-anticipated digital bank, as it is going to secure a licence from the Bangladesh Bank within a couple of months.

Sadaf Roksana, a co-founder and executive director of Nagad Ltd., has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading her company’s transformative venture that will bring greater convenience to the lives of millions of Bangladeshis, reducing their reliance on traditional brick-and-mortar banks.

The MFS provider earlier applied to secure a digital bank licence following the central bank’s call for applications through its website. The Bangladesh Bank also formulated necessary guidelines to widen and accelerate financial inclusion, which will also create jobs for young IT workers.

The world’s fastest mobile money carrier is going to venture into the digital banking era at a time when the financial landscape across the globe is fast evolving towards digitalisation, driven by technological advancements and changing consumer preferences.

Taking on the new assignment, Sadaf, a seasoned financial executive with a remarkable track record in the fintech industry, is poised to steer Nagad’s digital bank towards success. Once Nagad gets the digital bank licence, it will provide its consumers with innovative and convenient banking solutions.

“We are very excited that we are going to introduce digital banking services to the people of Bangladesh within a couple of months,” Sadaf said, adding, “This endeavour aligns perfectly with our vision of enhancing financial inclusion and ensuring easy access to all financial services also at affordable prices.”

Nagad is already well-equipped to launch a digital bank. It will start serving customers soon after getting the licence, Sadaf assured.

Under its digital banking platform, Nagad will introduce many new services, such as single-digit and collateral-free loans for small informal businesses and farmers who now are to take loans from moneylenders even at 40% interest rate per day, she pointed out.

“Thus, we will encourage them to come under financial inclusion, thus putting their money into the formal channel,” she expressed her optimism.

To assess one’s creditworthiness, Nagad has created an AI-based credit rating system that will analyse all transactions-related data available on public domains using one’s NID and mobile number, Sadaf Roksana added.

As Nagad goes ahead with its plans, all eyes will be on Sadaf Roksana and her team as they will embark on this exciting journey towards a more digitised and inclusive financial future for the country.

SOURCE Nagad Limited

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Newly inaugurated Yashobhoomi (IICC Dwarka) to host Trescon’s DATE 2023 with Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman amongst the dignitaries




Excitement surrounds Trescon’s Digital Acceleration & Transformation Expo (DATE) as the Honorable Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman confirms to speak at the event and highlight India’s financial innovation and FinTech revolution. The inaugural expo, scheduled for 23-24 November 2023 at the newly inaugurated Yashobhoomi (IICC Dwarka) in New Delhi, is set to be a grand spectacle, representing India’s enthusiastic stride towards its technological dreams, inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

DATE’s vision is not just to gaze into the future but to actively shape it, offering a rare confluence for government, enterprises, tech companies including startups and discerning global investors. With a dynamic setup featuring five main themes, three conference tracks for in-depth discussions, and multiple exhibition zones for tech showcase, DATE offers a glimpse into both current and future tech trends.

“Technology is shaping our world and enabling better governance in India. Hosting the inaugural DATE 2023 in India is a testament to our digitization efforts and reflects our commitment to national advancements and ambitions under our leader Shri Narendra Modi,” said Shri Tejasvi Surya, Honorable Member of Parliament and an advisory board member of DATE.

Shri Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, Chairperson of Cyberverse, a Strategic Partner of DATE 2023, said, “DATE isn’t just an event; it’s the essence of India’s tech aspirations and its journey towards a brighter, digital future. With our Finance Minister joining the line-up of dignitaries and speakers, the event is well poised to bring the FinTech community together and augment our overall digital ecosystem.”

“DATE is our commitment to catalyze India’s digital evolution, bringing together innovation, expertise, and limitless possibilities,” said Mohammed Saleem, Founder & Chairman of Trescon. “This event is the essence of India’s tech aspirations and its journey towards a brighter, digital future,” he added.

Naveen Bharadwaj, Group CEO of Trescon, the organiser of DATE added, “We are honored to welcome Hon’ble Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman at DATE 2023 and eager to learn about some of the impactful initiatives being led by her as we mobilise the key tech community, showcasing cutting edge technologies, introducing startups to global investors and fueling India’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

Entrepreneurs continue to be drawn to India, aiming to revolutionize the narrative of digital transformation. Segments including esports, cybersecurity, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, the metaverse, and more are witnessing a continual upward trend as startups enter the markets and redefine the digital landscape.

DATE 2023’s objective is beyond mere envisioning; it’s about realization. Boasting over 100 global speakers and 3,000 participants, DATE 2023 promises enlightening insights into the latest tech trends, opportunities, challenges, and practical success stories. It aims to be the place-to-be for top decision-makers, tech leaders, CIOs, CTOs, and other experts from various sectors across India.

To further enhance India’s digital transformation journey, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI)’s support serves as a key driver that will accelerate India’s digital transformation journey. Their association with DATE underscores the shared commitment towards building a robust innovation ecosystem.

In addition to STPI, DATE 2023 is proud to welcome Innovation Mission of Punjab, Goa Technology Association, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Gujarat Electronics and Software Industries Association (GESIA), and Federation of IT Associations of Gujarati (FITAG) as valuable association partners. Their collaboration fortifies DATE’s mission to foster digital innovation and transformation in India.

For more info or to register for DATE, please visit

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Tonik Digital Bank is proud to announce its recognition as the Philippines’ Best Customer Service for 2023, cementing its status as the number one digital bank for customer service in the country.

Tonik thanks its radically different approach from the get-go, as customer service is not just an aspect of their operations, it is their very essence incorporated in every level of the organization.

“Tonik is proud to be recognized for our customer service by none other than our consumers,” says Mila Bedrenets, Chief Growth Hacker of Tonik Digital Bank. “This award is important for us, as this validates the dedication and passion that we have poured into providing the best banking experience to all our customers.”

The recognition comes from an independent survey launched by Statista, a globally established company publishing brand top lists in cooperation with high-profile media partners. For the Philippines, Statista partnered with Philippine Daily Inquirer, the nation’s leading broadsheet.

Statista surveyed a vast sample of 11,000 Filipino customers who have either made purchases, used services, or gathered information about products or services in the past three years.


Tonik stands out from other banking institutions in such a way that customer service is a collaborative effort across all its teams.

From its agents up to members of its senior management, the bank integrates agility and care in listening to customer feedback to further enhance its app, making sure that every interaction leads to a better overall banking experience.

Bedrenets mentions that at this day and age of social media, identifying customer pain points are simple, and that it is just a matter of learning to listen and act on them quickly to address and resolve any concerns.

“I am [literally] sending screenshots of customer complaints to fellow top managers daily, just so everyone is duly aware of customer pain points,” Bedrenets said. “Once the specific complaint is addressed, we also make sure that the same issue will not be experienced by other customers.”

Tonik also utilizes the fastest possible flow of communication across all its teams to address customer issues and concerns and employs tools to effectively alleviate customer pain points.

“The ‘Voice of Customer’ unit is not a side structure for us, nor is it buried in a deeper level of our organization. We make sure that is very much present in our management committee front and center, as we understand that the more you care about customer experience, the less you will need to care about good sales performance,” Bedrenets added.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)-licensed digital bank also goes the extra mile by proactively informing its customers of both internal and external service improvements, changes, as well as scheduled downtimes, which may affect their app experience. This transparent communication ensures that customers are informed and updated, fostering trust and reliability.

As they continue to revolutionize the digital banking landscape in the Philippines, Tonik Digital Bank invites customers to experience banking that is truly centered around their needs, values, and aspirations.

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