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We’re six months into the legalization of cannabis in Canada and we’ve heard all about the shortage of supplies, the ever-changing municipal regulations and allotment of retail stores in Ontario.

With the Canadian economy virtually grinding to a halt in the fourth quarter of 2018, investors are understandably cautious when it comes to the real estate sector.

As a market operator with a worldwide client base, TMX monitors evolving trends and developments on international markets on an ongoing basis. Over the past year, our global business development team has been paying close attention to the European equity markets and specifically to gauge the impacts of a new regulatory framework called Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, commonly known as MiFID II, which came into effect in January 2018.

PDAC, the premier international event for the minerals and mining industry, with its scale and global reach is the ultimate barometer to gauge the mood of the sector overall. This year I noticed with its variety of panels, sessions, meetings and roundtables, there was an encouraging and welcome mood that signaled a “back to business” feeling that permeated the convention.

Entrepreneurs drive growth and innovation, and lead Canadian companies into new markets. As a country, we have a rich history and tradition of entrepreneurship and people that inspire us through creativity, leadership and impact.

It is always interesting to take a pause at the start of a new year - to reflect and look towards the coming year. This January there is a lot to consider. There was a lot of change in the global capital markets in 2018 and this could have a big impact on investor sentiment and mining companies looking to raise capital in 2019.

There were two hot topics on everyone's mind at the Cantech Investment Conference this year; eSports and cannabis. Now, cannabis, comes as no surprise, but eSports may not be as familiar to some.

Few industries have been as impacted by technological change as retail and consumer goods. To cope with the rapid rise of e-commerce and other changes in shopper habits, many brands and store chains have invested significantly to digitize their business models, from new websites, apps and point-of-sale technology to using analytics and automation in distribution centres.

As of January 3rd liquid alternatives are here, but what does this all mean? Will this new asset class make inroads into Canadian retail portfolios?

October 17, 2018 will be a date written in history books, the date recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada. And while that date is an important milestone in this burgeoning industry, it is also important to note the foundation set by the Canadian capital markets to provide a marketplace to support the growth of the legal cannabis industry.