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Getting high on profits at Washington’s first ever marijuana auction

5Q Scott Boyes, cannabis capitalist

From a business perspective, there’s huge potential on the medical side and then there’s the hidden carrot of controlled recreational use down the road

  • US Canada
    5Q: Brian Wruk, the American in Canada (and vice versa) expert Andrew Seale

    Working as a financial advisor, it was a culture shock to see how more entrepreneurial Americans are and how comfortable with debt. They’re very bold and brash and risk taking and there comfort level with …

    US Canada

    Working as a financial advisor, it was a culture shock to see how more entrepreneurial Americans are and how comfortable with debt. They’re very bold and brash and risk taking and there comfort level with debt and lack of savings was way different, at least back in ‘96 compared to Canadians

  • Klever Freire with PlexiDrone
    5Q: Klever Freire, drone aficionado Andrew Seale

    Not only did the 30-year-old CEO and founder of drone maker DreamQii Inc. just ink a deal with the Henry’s camera store chain for 500 of his unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with cameras attached to them, …

    Klever Freire with PlexiDrone

    Not only did the 30-year-old CEO and founder of drone maker DreamQii Inc. just ink a deal with the Henry’s camera store chain for 500 of his unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with cameras attached to them, his crowdfunding campaign raised over $1 million, far surpassing his $100,000 in 60 days goal

  • Kinetic
    5Q: Serial entrepreneur Chris Carder on the store of the future (and starting up in Canada) Andrew Seale

    e want to transform the entire experience of that person – from the second you’re approaching that store to the second that you leave.

    Kinetic

    e want to transform the entire experience of that person – from the second you’re approaching that store to the second that you leave.

  • Carrie Dore
    5Q: Carrie Dorr, Pure Barre founder on exercise fads Andrew Seale

    Pure Barre is finally making that push north, hoping to elbow out a niche in the lucrative Canadian fitness market that brings in $2 billion annually. But it won’t be easy. The fitness industry in Canada …

    Carrie Dore

    Pure Barre is finally making that push north, hoping to elbow out a niche in the lucrative Canadian fitness market that brings in $2 billion annually. But it won’t be easy. The fitness industry in Canada is heavily saturated with over 4,600 businesses ranging from mom and pop shops to big brand gyms like Good Life or Extreme …

  • Jay Klein, PÜR Gum
    5Q: Jay Klein, emerging chewing gum mogul Andrew Seale

    From shelf space in health food shops to 25,000 stores including Petro Canada, Rexall and Loblaws. PÜR is now sold in 25 countries globally and cracked $10 million in sales last year.

    Jay Klein, PÜR Gum

    From shelf space in health food shops to 25,000 stores including Petro Canada, Rexall and Loblaws. PÜR is now sold in 25 countries globally and cracked $10 million in sales last year.

  • Barrie Kirk
    5Q: Barrie Kirk on the (very near) future for driverless cars Andrew Seale

    The early adopters are going to be the young, the old and the disabled. In my generation, getting your driver’s license was a right of passage but today young people have far less interest in driver’s …

    Barrie Kirk

    The early adopters are going to be the young, the old and the disabled. In my generation, getting your driver’s license was a right of passage but today young people have far less interest in driver’s licenses and owning a car

  • Michael Wekerle
    5Q: Dragons' Den star Mike Wekerle on being the baddest big shot on Bay Street Andrew Seale

    The world always changes – like any industry you have to understand the rules of engagement. So if you don’t know the rules you can’t play. But if you know the rules, you know how to work alongside the …

    Michael Wekerle

    The world always changes – like any industry you have to understand the rules of engagement. So if you don’t know the rules you can’t play. But if you know the rules, you know how to work alongside the rules and how to optimize your decisions

  • Anne Wojcicki
    5Q: Anne Wojcicki, CEO 23andMe on knowing your DNA data (and being married to the boss of Google) Darah Hansen

    Want to know why you crave coffee or how much, or little, cave man DNA runs through your blood? More practical users can also access to 108 health-related reports that list genetic risk factors for various …

    Anne Wojcicki

    Want to know why you crave coffee or how much, or little, cave man DNA runs through your blood? More practical users can also access to 108 health-related reports that list genetic risk factors for various health conditions, drug response, trait reports and inherited conditions. The product, which includes a Canadian-made …

  • Kenji Yoshino
    5Q: NYU Law professor Kenji Yoshino on 'covering' in the workplace Darah Hansen

    Who doesn`t want to be more authentic? Who doesn’t want to be able to stop managing their identity alongside their job? One of the phrases that we kept hearing over and over again in the survey is, ‘Wouldn’t …

    Kenji Yoshino

    Who doesn`t want to be more authentic? Who doesn’t want to be able to stop managing their identity alongside their job? One of the phrases that we kept hearing over and over again in the survey is, ‘Wouldn’t it be a relief if I could focus on my job without having to manage my presentation all the time?’”

  • 5Q: Concert promoter Norman Perry on life after the Rolling Stones Andrew Seale

    We used to think The Rolling Stones were pretty big business and they were a billion dollar business. We were blessed at one point to be part of their team, some of us were working on concert promotion, …

    We used to think The Rolling Stones were pretty big business and they were a billion dollar business. We were blessed at one point to be part of their team, some of us were working on concert promotion, others on sponsorship and some on merchandizing and licensing and it was all for this big, big entity called The Rolling …

  • Aaron Zifkin, AirBNB country manager
    5Q: Aaron Zifkin on where Airbnb is going next Andrew Seale

    We operate in 190 countries and 35,000 cities around the world and taxes always vary not only by country but municipalities. So there’s a lot of conversations that have to happen which we are engaged in …

    Aaron Zifkin, AirBNB country manager

    We operate in 190 countries and 35,000 cities around the world and taxes always vary not only by country but municipalities. So there’s a lot of conversations that have to happen which we are engaged in full right now across the country. It’s certainly not something that we’re circumventing but the problem with a lot of …

  • Hussain Amarshi
    5Q: Hussain Amarshi - on buying the best film at TIFF Andrew Seale

    "We are looking for films that we can buy at the right price and position them for the Canadian marketplace. I’ve made several bad picks of course but I don’t even know where to begin and I probably wouldn’t …

    Hussain Amarshi

    "We are looking for films that we can buy at the right price and position them for the Canadian marketplace. I’ve made several bad picks of course but I don’t even know where to begin and I probably wouldn’t name them; the creative world is a risky business"

  • 5Q: Jennifer Reynolds - Why women don't run Bay Street Darah Hansen

    "I know from experience, when you are working as hard as you do that if you feel you are not as valued as the guy sitting next to you, you pretty quickly make some decisions. That's what's driving women …

    "I know from experience, when you are working as hard as you do that if you feel you are not as valued as the guy sitting next to you, you pretty quickly make some decisions. That's what's driving women to leave"

  • Tamara Vroonman
    5Q: Tamara Vrooman, friend of the Pope, Vancity CEO Darah Hansen

    To be totally honest, I don`t know if we will be able to get [economic equality] back to where it should be, but I do know that if we don`t try we certainly never will

    Tamara Vroonman

    To be totally honest, I don`t know if we will be able to get [economic equality] back to where it should be, but I do know that if we don`t try we certainly never will

  • Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison
    5Q: Noel Biderman, Ashley Madison CEO Andrew Seale

    When it comes to infidelity there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that we're a monogamous species or that we ever have been so the notion I came along and invented infidelity is a fallacy. Secondly, if …

    Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison

    When it comes to infidelity there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that we're a monogamous species or that we ever have been so the notion I came along and invented infidelity is a fallacy. Secondly, if we believe that monogamy is so fulfilling there should be evidence of it, we fall in love and stay together – the research …