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Financing Cleantech Innovation Through Public Markets

June 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SSC Horz

Sustain SoCal presents
a Weekly Community Teleconference Series

Financing Cleantech Innovation

Through Public Markets

June 18 2020 Teleconference Recording

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 2 pm – 3 pm


Delilah Panio
Vice President, U.S. Capital Formation, Toronto Stock Exchange / TSX Venture Exchange


Max Smith
CEO & Director, Last Mile Holdings


Brian Kremer
Managing Director, Investment Banking, ROTH Capital Partners


Bal Bhullar
CFO & Director, ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.


Welcome remarks by: Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain SoCal

Please join us on Thursday, June 18 for a look at Public Markets and the Cleantech Sector, a proven but often arduous pathway for connecting emerging companies focused on cleantech and sustainability with knowledgeable, motivated investors from around the world. These sources of capital have continued to seek out quality investment opportunities, uninterrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. 

This teleconference will also provide a snapshot of Driving Mobility 7, now in its 7th year, an event focused on emerging trends, technologies and investments that are impacting the future of mobility and advanced transportation.

Sustain SoCal invites it members, strategic partners and guests to dial-in to our weekly Community Teleconference. Held each Thursday at 2 pm Pacific time, these informal interactive discussions are led by Sustain SoCal members and address strategies and solutions within our recovery and beyond as they relate to energy, supply chain management, transportation, water, human capital management, agriculture, smart cities, cybersecurity, waste stream management, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), cleantech economic development, ESG and impact investing and more.

To participate in this week’s teleconference, you must be pre-registered. Each upcoming teleconference will require a separate registration. Registrants will receive the dial-in teleconference phone number and an access code the morning of the dial-in event. For questions or assistance in registering, please Contact Us

About the Sustain SoCal Community Teleconference Series:

These informal interactive discussions are led by Sustain SoCal members and address strategies and solutions within our recovery and beyond as they relate to energy, supply chain management, transportation, water, human capital management, agriculture, smart cities, cybersecurity, waste stream management, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), cleantech economic development, ESG and impact investing and more.

About the Presenters:

Delilah Panio
Vice President, U.S. Capital Formation
Toronto Stock Exchange / TSX Venture Exchange

Delilah Panio is Vice President of Capital Formation for Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange, where she advises U.S. companies on the opportunity to list and raise capital on the Canadian capital markets. I was recently named in the 2019 Top 100 People in Finance. As the founder of Stiletto Dash (a consulting firm), she worked with early-stage companies on their business and funding strategy and on getting investor-ready. Passionate about helping women entrepreneurs access capital, she created the proprietary Fortuna Funding Framework for female founders to develop their ideal funding strategy. Delilah is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses and/or with a gender lens, and recently authored the feasibility study “Creating LAIA: The Feasibility of a Women-Focused Incubator and Accelerator in Los Angeles” funded by JPMorgan Chase. Active in the Los Angeles entrepreneur community, she is a frequent speaker, mentor for Founder Institute and the Stubbs Alderton Markiles LLP Preccelerator Program, pitch coach for organizations such as the Women Founders Network, and am the former Co-Chair of Women in LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association). Her background is as a capital markets expert with 10 years previously in business development at Toronto Stock Exchange, including as the Director, Business Development & Strategy, advising many companies on the going public process and providing an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the United States. She holds an MBA in Enterprise Development and a BA in English, and has completed a certification as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner.


Max Smith
CEO & Director
Last Mile Holdings

Max Smith has been a transformative C-suite executive for more than 25 years with 8 successful exits. Most notably, as Head of Corporate Development for World Color Press, Smith was responsible for executing an acquisition growth strategy whereby World Color doubled its revenues from $1B to $2B through strategic acquisitions which enabled World Color to go public as a growth company. While CFO of LinkShare, Smith created a growth plan that enabled the company to grow from a breakeven $20m adtech company to a high-growth, high-margin business that was sold to Rakutan for $425m 3 years later. More recently, as CFO of Blip.tv and Maker Studios, Smith raised capital and worked on two transactions whereby Blip was sold to Maker and then within a year Maker was sold to Disney for nearly $700m. Over his career, Smith has managed the acquisition and integration of over 40 companies and he has raised $Billions of capital including angel, venture capital, IPO and debt (senior, subordinated, and asset based loans) to finance strategic growth.


Brian Kremer
Managing Director, Investment Banking
ROTH Capital Partners

Brian Kremer is a Managing Director in the Cleantech Investment Banking Group at ROTH Capital Partners. Mr. Kremer joined ROTH’s investment banking group in 2007 to focus on cleantech. From 2009 through early 2011, Mr. Kremer worked as a research analyst where he initiated research coverage of the cleantech sector for ROTH. Prior to ROTH, Mr. Kremer was an investment banker at Ardour Capital Investments, a boutique firm in New York City where he worked exclusively with companies in the alternative and renewable energy industries. Prior to Ardour Capital, Mr. Kremer was a Program Executive for NASA’s Project Prometheus, which was developing advanced propulsion and power generation for deep space exploration. Prior to NASA, Mr. Kremer directed all external affairs activities for a US-led international organization building a $4.5B nuclear power plant in North Korea. Mr. Kremer began his career at the US Department of Energy, where he worked on technical, policy, and legislative issues related to nuclear and environmental safety and national security and participated on task forces to develop the National Energy Strategy. Mr. Kremer received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas (summa cum laude).


Bal Bhullar
CFO & Director
ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.

Ms. Baljinder K. Bhullar also known as Bal serves as Chief Financial Officer and as an Executive Board of Director for ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. Ms. Bhullar brings over 25 years of diversified business, financial and risk management experience as an Executive and/or Board Director in both public and private companies which includes such industries in technology, manufacturing, automotive, e-commerce, blockchain, resource, marine, energy, transport, alternative health and health/wellness. Among some of the areas of experience, Ms. Bhullar brings expertise in financial & strategic planning, operational & risk management, regulatory compliance reporting, capital funding, investor relations, marketing, business expansion, start-up operations, financial modeling, program development, product development, corporate financing, and corporate governance/internal controls. Previously, Ms. Bhullar has held various positions including President of BC Risk Management Association of BC, and has held positions as Board Director and CFO of several private and public companies. Currently holds the following positions: CFO/Board Director of ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. NASDAQ: SOLO; CEO/Founder/Board Director of the Board of KISMET Nutrients/American e-Commerce Solutions LLC; CEO/Founder/Board Director of BKB Management Ltd.; (Former CFO/Board Director) Advisory Board of Enertopia Corp. CSE:TOP OTCQX:ENRT. Ms. Bhullar is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant and as well holds a CRM designation from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Financial Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology.


June 18, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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