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What is Partial Upgrading?
There are many different approaches to Partial Upgrading, but the goal is to reduce the amount of sulfur and heavier ends in crude oil, making it less toxic and corrosive, and providing a lighter oil for transport. Partial Upgrading is more cost effective than Full Upgrading, but it is not a commercial practice just yet.   “Partial upgrading is a relatively new technology where bitumen is upgraded to a point where diluent is no longer needed, in turn increasing pipeline capacity. The technology was recommended by the Alberta Royalty Review Advisory Panel as a way to increase revenues for the province.   About 40% of bitumen currently extracted from the oil sands is fully upgraded into light synthetic crude. The remaining 60% is diluted with a generous volume of condensate (as much as 30% by volume) and sold directly to market as heavy oil. Condensate is very expensive, typically trading close to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices and takes up significant volume in the pipelines   Full upgraders have fallen out of favour in Alberta due to high capital costs and waning demand. Most of the refineries in the US are highly complex and designed to process heavy/sour crude. Rising production of light oil from US shale has also boosted the demand for heavy crude, required for blending purposes.1”   Enter Expander Energy Inc., a private Alberta based technology company providing innovative solutions for the energy industry. Expander has engineered the patented FT Crude process to upgrade heavy oil and bitumen into a synthetic heavy crude which is able to be transported via pipeline without the requirements of a diluent blend. In addition, the Expander technology can convert the remaining bottom ends, or left-over bi-product from the upgrading process, into a more valuable synthetic diesel.   To learn more about Expander Energy:     Source: http://www.oilsandsmagazine.com/news/2017/1/5/university-of-calgary-extolls-the-virtues-of-partial-upgrading  
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What is Diluent?
Diluent is an essential part to the Canadian heavy oil industry. It allows oil companies to get their heavy oil out to market for export, it allows oil profits to flow to investors and allows for continued growth and investment in the Alberta energy industry. “Diluent is a diluting or thinning agent and it’s vital to the health of the Alberta oil sands. That is because the bitumen that makes up Canada’s oil sands is too viscous or thick to be pumped through a pipeline. At cold temperatures, bitumen has the viscosity that would be comparable to a thick molasses. By heavily diluting the bitumen with diluent, the oil can more easily flow through pipelines to be refined and sold. The typical or primary diluent for the oil sands is natural gas condensate, though some midstream companies, or those shipping the product, can use refined naphtha or synthetic crude oil as a dilutent. Condensate is the product of choice due to its abundance in North America, as many energy companies have focused on drilling for higher value natural gas liquids such as ethane and propane. These higher value gas liquid wells typically produce a fair amount of condensate, which is also known as natural gasoline. However, even though condensate is plentiful, it is very expensive relative to the sale price of a heavy barrel of oil. Without some form of dilutent Alberta`s heavy oil cannot get to market. Heavy oil producers are required to purchase condensate or find a different way of diluting the oil or making the oil better suited to be transported by pipeline Enter Expander Energy Inc., a private Alberta based technology company providing innovative solutions for the energy industry. Expander has engineered the patented FT Crude process to upgrade heavy oil and bitumen into a synthetic heavy crude which is able to be transported via pipeline without the requirements of a diluent blend. In addition, the Expander technology can convert the remaining bottom ends, or left-over bi-product from the upgrading process, into a more valuable synthetic diesel. To learn more about Expander Energy: Source:  http://www.fool.ca/2013/11/28/oil-sands-105-what-is-diluent-and-why-is-it-important/
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Understand The Synthetic Fuel Industry (3 Part Series)
(Part 2 of 3)The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta (UofA) put together a presentation on Gas-to-Liquid conversion industry. In our first advertorial we spoke to the benefits of Synthetic fuels. In this article, we will look at the challenges faced by this industry. Despite the justification for gas-to-liquids conversion, there are important detractors that limit interest in any alternative carbon feed-to-liquids conversion in general: (a) Technical complexity is high. Which was compared to conventional production of fossil fuels (b) High capital cost for XTL facilities. - The presentation suggested an increased cost per barrel over a 10 year period. Unfortunately it was not clear, but prices ranged from $30,000 bpd to $110,000 bpd for a GTL facility (c) Investment risk, both financially and technically. The financial risk relates to the high upfront cost with long-term revenue being subject to potential price moves in commodities. This type of investment and risk structure is very common for the oil and gas industry to manage. The presentation suggested there has been a hiatus by the US in significant research and development in this space. The question still remains. Would we see significant cost reductions and improved process efficiencies in synthetic fuel production industry if government’s started deploying significant investment in this space? The next advertorial we will address each issue from the view point of a corporation looking to develop the small scale GTL facility utilizing natural gas in Canada. Join us on 8020   Source:   https://www.arpa-e.energy.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/De_Klerk_NatGas_Pres.pdf
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Understand The Synthetic Fuel Industry (3 Part Series)
(Part 1 of 3) The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta (UofA) put together a presentation on Gas-to-Liquid conversion industry. We would like to start a conversation about the justifications and challenges of the Gas-to-Liquid conversion industry. We will be utilizing the information from the UofA presentation and findings as a point of discussion.     We will develop three short advertorials or posts:   1.      Justification 2.      Challenges 3.      Synstream’s model   Justifications for Gas-to-Liquid conversion:   1. Synthetic Diesel is a direct substitute product for oil-based produced diesel. No modification to the engine or vehicle is required in order to use synthetic diesel. This means there is no additional material cost for the consumer to utilize the fuel.   2. Synthetic diesel offers higher octane and zero sulfur emissions. There are numerous articles on the environmental difference between the consumption of oil based diesel and synthetic diesel as it relates to the transportation industry.    3. There are economic benefits given the right pricing environment or structure. In an environment of high oil prices and low gas prices, the economics of Gas-to-Liquid conversion can be easily demonstrated.  (Which SHM will demonstrate!)   Next post will be based on the challenges faced by the Gas-to-Liquid conversion industry   Join us on 8020        Source:   https://www.arpa-e.energy.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/De_Klerk_NatGas_Pres.pdf
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Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard!
The new clean fuel standard to reduce our emissions will take effect in 3 years. This mandate means that refiners, marketers of fuel, natural gas distributors and large industrial users will be required to reduce their emissions by 10% to 15%.  “They could do that by expanding use of electricity and natural gas in home-heating and industrial processes, and electricity, biofuels, natural gas and hydrogen in transportation.” 1 All of these suggested alternatives contain environmental or economic issues. Electricity’s emissions are based on a region’s power generation make-up; coal-heavy regions such as Alberta cannot realistically use electricity to lower emissions. Biofuels lack economics without substantial government subsidy. Natural gas and hydrogen in transportation can require significant changes to engine technology and infrastructure. Is there a better alternative? Yes - by increasing the production of low carbon intensity synthetic fuels such as SynDiesel® and SynJet™. SynDiesel® and SynJet™ are complementary to existing petroleum products and are considered a drop-in fuel that can be railed, trucked or pipelined to any traditional blender or refinery location. They can be used as straight run fuels or blendstock, therefore, no changes are required to existing
infrastructure.2 SynStream Energy Corp is currently engaged in Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) and Biomass-to- Liquids (BTL) development, as well as the acquisition, exploration, development and production of petroleum and natural gas reserves in Western Canada.  Looking for an exciting new Clean Technology investment?  Join the Synstream Investor group on 80-20Connect to learn more: Source: 1https://article.wn.com/view/2017/02/27/Ottawa_targets_gas_heating_in_plan_to_cut_carbon/ 2https://www.8020connect.com/articles/what-is-the-size-of-the-diesel-jet-fuel-market-in-north-america
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History of the Fischer-Tropsch GTL Process
The development of the Fischer-Tropsch (“FT”) process and its technological advancements can be well defined by the old adage “necessity is the mother of invention”. During World War II, it was developed in Germany and later used in South Africa as a result of OPEC and UN oil sanctions. During its history, Malaysia, Russia, New Zealand, the USA, and Qatar have all been, or currently still are, homes to gas-to-liquid plants that utilize the FT process.  “During the course of World War 2 Germany found it increasingly difficult to source conventional oil and refined product supplies for its war effort and was thus incentivized to develop alternative options. The first production of Synthetic Liquid Hydrocarbons (SLH) had been effected from syngas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen) in Germany by F. Fischer and G. Tropsch in 1926. By 1944, based on Fischer-Tropsch technology (FT-synthesis), Germany had developed this to an industrial scale with 9 plants producing some 600 thousand tonnes/year.  Apartheid was proclaimed as the official policy of the Republic of South Africa government following the general election in 1948. In addition to an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations from the 1960s, OPEC members also imposed an oil embargo from 1973 onwards. This was followed by a United Nations oil embargo resolution passed in 1980.  In 1955 the Sasol company built the Sasol-1 plant in Sasolburg which produced some 5,600-8,000 b/d of synthetic hydrocarbon liquids.  The prompt rise in oil prices as a consequence of the 1973 and 1979 oil crises and the impact of sanctions compelled the Republic of South Africa to develop large scale national programs directed to the production of alternative synthetic fuels.  Accordingly, in 1980 and 1983 South Africa commissioned two synthetic liquid hydrocarbon (SLH) plants: Sasol-2 and Sasol-3 in Secunda city. In addition to SLH these enterprises are at the present time manufacturing various chemical products (alcohols, acids, monomers, polymers and many others). Sasol-2 and Sasol-3 still use local brown coal as the raw material for syngas production.  In 1991 PetroSA, the national oil company of the Republic of South Africa, constructed the Mossgas plant based on Sasol technology in Mossel Bay city on the Indian Ocean coast. It was the first commercial GTL plant using natural gas as a raw material for syngas production. ”  SynStream Energy Corp. (TSX.V: SHM) aims to become a key player in reducing Canada’s carbon footprint. They have partnered with Expander Energy Inc. to participate in the commissioning of North America’s first commercial, small-scale, gas-to-liquids plant.    Source: https://www.oxfordenergy.org/wpcms/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/NG-80.pdf            
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History of Alzheimer's
Today, Alzheimer’s is a leading cause of death and over 560,000 Canadians are living with dementia as of 2016. This number is expected to rise to over 930,000 by 2031. These cases are weighing heavily on Canada’s health care system, and it will only increase as time goes on unless treatments are developed. Below is a brief history of the disease: (Click to Enlarge)     PMN: ProMIS Neurosciences is a development stage biotech company that discovers and develops game changing precision therapeutics for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).   Sources: http://caregiver.com/channels/alz/articles/a_brief_history.htm http://www.alz.org/research/science/major_milestones_in_alzheimers.asp http://www.about-axona.com/us/en/cgp/cgp-articles/a-brief-history-of-alzheimers-disease.html http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/dementia-across-space-and-time/ http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/Get-involved/Raise-your-voice/Latest-info-stats      
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Feedstock Sources for Synthetic Diesel
While the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process for gas-to-liquid production has been around for a long time, it has been gaining attention in the last few years as a process to create a cleaner, high performance fuel with a lower Carbon Intensity rating than typical Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD). Feedstock is the first step in the F-T process for creating synthetic diesel. “[Our] GTL plant uses natural gas and/or natural gas liquids as its primary feedstock. Alternately, our synthetic fuels can be manufactured from any carbon rich material such as natural gas, biomass, forestry waste, municipal solid waste (MSW), bitumen residual and asphaltene/petcoke. Expander does not use food source feedstocks.” In November 2016, SynStream and Expander released news that they have entered into a multi-year agreement with an Alberta based feedstock provider. The bulk of the feedstock will be methane and propane, with the balance comprised of other natural gas liquids and will be entirely sourced from a natural gas plant near Carseland, AB. The majority of the feedstock will be from products that have extremely low market offtake values in both the short and medium term. All feedstock will be sourced from Alberta and will be transformed into premium, clean burning, zero sulfur synthetic diesel compatible with existing engines, infrastructure, and suitable for blending to obtain higher cetane diesel blends. SynStream Energy Corp. (TSX.V: SHM) aims to become a key player in reducing Canada’s carbon footprint. They have partnered with Expander Energy to participate in the commissioning of North America’s first commercial, small-scale, gas-to-liquids plant.   Source: http://www.expanderenergy.com/faq.html  
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How Canadian Regulations Impact Oil & Gas Technology
In our article, Canadian Environmental Regulations for Oil & Gas we saw how Canada is a global leader in stringency, transparency and compliance of regulations in the oil and gas sector. While international regulations change as a method to protect people and the environment, it requires a bit of adapting from companies who are on the forefront of new technology, but Canada stays on top. The Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance was created to balance innovative technology and the regulations, and “CEO, Dan Wicklum, says, ‘COSIA is driven to find and develop technologies and solutions that solve our biggest oil sands environmental challenges.’” “Mark Salkeld, CEO of Petroleum Services Association of Canada agrees: ‘Canadian Oilfield services are at the leading edge of world-class environmental technology because they have to be. Their customers, the producers in Canada, expect nothing less in order to support the environmental aspect of their corporate social responsibility commitments. Canadian environmental and clean technology in the oil and gas sector is sought out by countries around the world.’” An example of this is in 1985, Brian Mulroney’s conservative government focused on Acid Rain in Eastern Canada and capping emissions. Companies expected to go out of business, but adapted and ended up more successful than they were prior. “But it was Western Canada that blazed the technological trail, providing many of the solutions it developed to address sour gas that used to kill up to five people per year in Alberta’s oil and gas industry. The industry helped develop H2S worldwide material standards for Houston-based, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, which develops global corrosion prevention and control standards.” Georox Resources is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in Western Canada. The Corporation is growth oriented and has been prudent in its acquisitions. The strategic objective is to grow shareholder value based on current assets while remaining focused on continued expansion, exploration and production opportunities. The strategic focus provides for stable growing production with current assets in Canada.   Source: https://www.albertaoilmagazine.com/2016/11/balancing-environmental-regulation-new-technologies/  
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Utility-Scale Projects & the Growth of Solar
“Utility-scale solar has been generating reliable, clean energy with a stable fuel price for more than two decades. Solar power plants can be developed in a way that balances environmental protection with our energy demands. By enacting federal policies to accelerate growth of utility-scale solar, we can create jobs nationwide and quickly diversify America’s energy portfolio. It’s also clear that the United States needs to do more to address the problem of climate change, and do so quickly. The solar industry is ready now to deploy clean energy, and developing utility-scale solar power is one of the fastest ways to reduce carbon pollution in the atmosphere. A utility-scale solar power plant can be one of several solar technologies – concentrating solar power (CSP), photovoltaics (PV), or concentrating photovoltaics (CPV). What distinguishes utility-scale solar from distributed generation is project size and the fact that the electricity is sold to wholesale utility buyers, not end-use consumers. Utility-scale solar plants provide the benefit of fixed-priced electricity during peak demand periods when electricity from fossil fuels is the most expensive.”2 “Prior to 2009, no PV solar projects larger than 20 MW were operating in the U.S.  In 2011, LPO helped finance the first five utility-scale PV projects in the U.S. larger than 100  MW.  Today, these environmentally-friendly and cost-effective plants have a total generating capacity of 1,502 MW. Here are some other key facts from the report: The cost of PPAs for utility-scale solar have decreased by more than 60 percent between 2008 and 2014. Since 2011, 17 additional PV projects larger than 100 MW have been financed without any DOE loan guarantees. 5,000 MW of utility-scale solar are predicted to be installed in 2015. LPO loan guarantees helped the U.S. reach 57 times more utility-scale PV solar than predicted in 2008. Today, the solar industry employs nearly 175,000 Americans, pumps $15 billion a year into our economy and offsets more than 20 million metric tons of damaging carbon emissions. In the past four years, employment in the solar industry has increased by more than 85 percent – and last year alone, we created one out of every 78 new jobs in America... it’s clear that clean, renewable solar energy will play a major role when it comes to powering America’s future.”1 Greenbriar Capital Corp (TSX.V:GRB) is a leading developer of renewable energy and sustainable real estate projects. Investors can feel comfortable that Greenbriar Capital Corp. is committed to “green energy” in the broadest sense of the term. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments on our investor group:    Sources: 1http://www.seia.org/blog/utility-scale-projects-helping-power-solar-growth 2http://www.seia.org/policy/power-plant-development/utility-scale-solar-power
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Foreign Investment in Indonesia
  ACL International is a Canadian Oil & Gas exploration and development company listed on the TSX Venture with both assets in Indonesia. Their current operations are both onshore and offshore with prolific opportunities in the properties they own. Indonesia offers the largest economy in Southeast Asia and has been a solid performer through the 2008 recession and are expected to continue that momentum for plenty of reasons: “Indonesia offers great opportunities to foreign investors due to the country’s large and young population, rising consumption, abundant natural resources, and cheap labor. Therefore, each year foreign direct investment (FDI) realization in Indonesia tends to grow.” The most attractive reasons for foreign investments in Indonesia are:   “Strong Historic Growth. Indonesia has been one of the best performing investments throughout the world economic crisis that began in 2008. In fact, it was the only economy posting any real economic growth in 2011 and continues to grow in the years since. Less Relative Risk. Indonesia may be less risky than many emerging markets, with an average annual return of over 25% and a beta coefficient of less than 0.8, according to a February 2011 study by MSCI and Bloomberg. Room to Grow. Indonesia's market capitalization is significantly smaller than the BRIC economies, which suggests that it has ample room to grow, even if overall growth rates were to slow down, according to a NYSSA analysis.”   Two risks of investing in Indonesia are inflation, which Indonesia has faced alongside it’s growing economy, and the geopolitical risk for being in Southeast Asia. While these are typical risks for any foreign investment, Indonesia has a strong Economic and Social development plan in place. ACL International is a Leader in Indonesian Oil and Gas Exploration and Development. ACL International Ltd. has 2 key assets: A 50% interest in the Langsa TAC concession located offshore, North Sumatra, Indonesia and a 44.48% interest in a Production Sharing Contract for a block referred to as “South Block A”.   Sources:   http://www.indonesia-investments.com/business/foreign-investment/establish-foreign-company-pt-pma/item5739 http://www2.bkpm.go.id/en/investing-in-indonesia https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-invest-in-indonesia-1979048      
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What is the Size of the Diesel & Jet Fuel Market in North America?
With the importance of cleaner, environmentally conscious fuels growing, it’s imperative to pay attention to companies like SynStream Energy Corp. The market for synthetic diesel - the product SynStream is looking to produce - is growing and it’s anticipated to continue that growth. “As the world requirements for fuels grow and the sustainability of our current fossil fuel reserves diminish, the need for synthetic fuel is imminent. It is estimated by 2030 the diesel fuel market in USA will be 1.4 B.bls/year and in Canada will be 0.47 B.bls/year; the jet fuel market in USA will be 540 M.bls/year and in Canada will be 35 M.bls/year. SynDiesel® and SynJet™ are complementary to existing petroleum products and are considered a drop-in fuel that can be railed, trucked or pipelined to any traditional blender or refinery location. They can be used as straight run fuels or blendstock, therefore, no changes are required to existing 
infrastructure.”   “As we, as a society, move towards a lower-carbon fuel ideal, we must find ways to improve the environmental impact that fuel plays in our life – through the promotion of cleaner fuels and minimizing the cost of its implementation until … new modes of transportation energy are found.” SHM: SynStream Energy Corp. aims to become a key player in reducing Canada’s carbon footprint. They have partnered with Expander Energy to participate in the commissioning of North America’s first commercial, small-scale Gas-To-Liquids plant.   Source: http://www.expanderenergy.com/faq.html
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Leveraging Social Media
Social media is a powerful force, and has become a permanent and ever-growing part of our everyday life. Roughly a quarter of the world’s population is on at least one social network and that number is only going to get bigger. “It’s pretty evident that there’s a mass market to be reached through social network sites, apps, and platforms. The trick is how to engage with these people… You need to bring content to consumers that is exciting and relevant to them!” Some basic tips to leverage this massive market starts with listening to what’s being said about your brand. Read all your Facebook comments and set up a keyword or hashtag stream to watch your reputation and industry. Ask your customers real and thoughtful questions that lead to ways for you to improve your business, and take constructive criticism into consideration. Partnering or promoting related content can generate interest from new consumers. Engaging and talking to these new consumers, like a real person, is appreciated in this medium: People like talking to a real person. “For the average consumer, it’s often easy to forget that there’s an actual human being behind every Facebook and Twitter profile. Use every interaction as an opportunity to change that perception by using their name, your initials, and employing a tone that doesn’t resemble an 80s-era corporate memo.” Engaging customers in this manner is the first step to creating true brand ambassadors for your business and promoting brand awareness, along with interesting and relevant content. “A contest with an enticing grand prize that must be shared by the entrant (spreading your message) is a great method to growing your brand online!” Spriza Media Inc. is the leading social network for prizes and incentives. Join Spriza’s Investor Group on 8020 Connect today to learn more about the Spriza offering! Sources: http://blog.spriza.com/social-network-overload/ https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-use-social-media-to-engage-customers/  
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Indonesian Economic & Social Development
Indonesia’s government is focused on becoming a leader in the global economy, with a competitive and innovative population, a just and peaceful society and democracy, and developmental equality among all its people. The vision of these plans is for Indonesia to become: “Developed and self-reliant; to encourage development that ensures the widest possible equality in the country, supported by quality human resources, developed infrastructure, the application of science and technology, and supported by the implementation of a free and active foreign policy. Just and democratic; to encourage development that ensures the rule of law that is fair, consistent, non-discriminatory, serves the public interest and supports the gradual continuation of democracy in various aspects of political life to be accepted as a constitutional democracy. Peaceful and united; to encourage development that is able to realize a sense of security and peace among all people, able to accommodate the aspirations of this dynamic society, upholding state sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as to protect all people from any threat.” Indonesia has three economic development plans in place, that they aim to reach by 2025: The National Long-Term Development Plan, The National Medium-Term Development Plan, and The Masterplan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Development. The National Long-Term Development Plan “In accordance with Article 4 of Law No. 25/2004 on National Development Planning, the National Long Term Development Plan (RPJPN 2005-2025) of Indonesia was drawn up as a continuation and renewal of earlier stages of development planning in Indonesia. The RPJPN, a development plan that covers 20 years, aims to achieve the development goals as mandated in the Preamble to the Constitution of 1945. This long-term plan involves conducting institutional restructuring while simultaneously keeping the nation in pace with other nations.” The National Medium-Term Development Plan “The National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN, 2010‐2014) is the second phase of implementation of Indonesia's National Long Term Development Plan (abbrev. RPJPN 2005‐2025) promulgated through Law 17/2007. The RPJMN 2010‐2014 forms the basis for ministries and government agencies when formulating their respective Strategic Plans (Renstra‐KL). Regional governments also must take this medium-term plan into account when formulating or adjusting their respective regional development plans.” The Masterplan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Development. The Masterplan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development (abbreviated MP3EI) is an ambitious plan by the Indonesian government to accelerate the realization of becoming a developed country of which the fruits and prosperity will be enjoyed equally among the people. By utilizing the MP3EI, Indonesia aims to earn its place as one of the world’s developed countries by 2025 with expected per capita income of USD $14,250-$15,500 and total gross domestic product of USD $4.0-$4.5 trillion. ACL International Is a Leader in Indonesian Oil and Gas Exploration and Development. Learn more about them here. Sources: http://www.indonesia-investments.com/projects/government-development-plans/item305  
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Young Investor Series – High School Student Invests Bar Mitzvah Money & Becom...
A main goal of the 8020 Connect Shareholder Engagement Platform is to spark an interest in millennials to further educate themselves on the investing process. Bringing social media into the investment world allows for a new level of transparency and interaction between public corporations and investors, and creates a new environment for making better-informed investment decisions. As a millennial, investing may not even be on your radar, but it should be. This series will showcase four young adults who have had some great success and what they’ve done to generate wealth from the investing process, let me introduce you to Timothy Sykes, American penny stock trader and entrepreneur. Timothy is well known in the media for turning his Bar Mitzvah money into over a million dollars. “In 1999, while attending high school, Sykes used $12,415 of his bar mitzvah gift money and began day trading penny stocks. The investment would grant him about $1.65 million when he was around the age of 21. Sykes graduated from Tulane University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a minor in business. While at Tulane, Sykes routinely cut class to day trade. In 2003, during his senior year, he founded Cilantro Fund Management, a short bias hedge fund, using $1 million mostly from Sykes' friends and family. In 2006, Sykes was included on Trader Monthly's "30 Under 30" list of up-and-coming traders in the market, a selection which editor Randall Lane later called "our worst pick" among the chosen honorees. Sykes claimed that the Cilantro Fund was "the number one long-short microstock hedge fund in the country, according to Barclays"; Lane later discovered that the rating came from "the Barclay Group," a small research company based in Fairfield, Iowa, and not the well-known Barclay's British bank. In 2008 Sykes decided to recreate his initial investing success by again starting with $12,415. He named the attempt Transparent Investment Management (TIM). After two years, Sykes turned the sum into $90,368 and was the top ranked trader on Covestor.” He is involved in several financial literacy websites, has published an autobiography, countless blog posts and educational newsletters, and has even appeared on financial reality TV shows. While it is not the norm for fame to follow in investing situations, Timothy’s philosophy about transparency and being completely open and honest about his strategies and how he achieves greatness repeatedly is important for any new investor. Timothy currently offers his wisdom to thousands of students all over the globe. “I come from this world of full transparency: It’s not just about making money, it’s about being honest, and being honest on Wall Street is sadly a revolutionary concept.” Timothy allows his students to see his every move, creates watch lists, and allows them to learn from his mistakes and successes along with him in full transparency. Sources: http://www.timothysykes.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Sykes http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/ 20131210005918/en/Veteran-Trader- Timothy-Sykes-Creates-Millionaire-Students  
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Hydroelectric Power Generation
Hydroelectricity is electricity produced from the kinetic energy contained in moving water. It is also one of the most efficient and lowest cost methods of large scale power generation, making it highly competitive with other sources of electricity. A Hydroelectric project produces no direct waste, and has no greenhouse gas emissions. It is considered to be clean green renewable energy. Alaska Hydro Corporation is currently working to develop the More Creek Hydroelectric Project (the “Project”) which will be located on More Creek which flows into the Iskut River approximately 130 km north of the town of Stewart in northwestern British Columbia. The Project will store water at the head of the More Creek canyon using an 84 m high roller compacted concrete dam to create a water storage reservoir.The anticipated size of the water storage reservoir will be approximately 3000 ha at full operating level with a live storage (useable) volume of approximately 870 million cubic meters. The maximum output of the Project facility is estimated between 70-75 MW resulting in a project that would generate approximately 346 GWh of energy per year at the site.” Alaska Hydro Corporation is engaged in the development of renewable energy projects focused primarily on hydroelectric power generation for resource development in northern climates. Northern British Columbia is undergoing significant resource development with new mines and LNG plants in different stages of planning and construction. These projects, and others to follow, will require a long term reliable supply of power. Since the Northwest Transmission line does not have the capacity to meet all the potential demand for energy, significant opportunity exists for Projects that would provide much needed additional sources of energy at the end of a long and vulnerable transmission line. If you're interested in learning more about Alaska Hydro, Join their Investor Group Here. Sources: http://www.mpoweruk.com/hydro_power.htm http://www.alaskahydro.com/investors/company.php https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroelectricity  
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Georox Resources Inc – Silverdale Project
Georox Resources Inc. owns a 6.9 to 15 per cent interest on lands consisting of 1,040 acres located in Silverdale Saskatchewan. The company produces oil from eight wells in the Manville Channel and three wells from the Sparky Zone. The operators are Husky Oil and Northern Blizzard. At the end of November, Georox released an update on this project: “Recently the Corporation completed a salt water disposal well, 07-012-48-28W3 through its operator. An injectivity test has confirmed that the well is capable of 14,500 bbls of water per day which can handle all the needs of the entire field. This will now lead to the tie-in of all of its eight oil wells and is expected to increase operating cash flow through the handling of produced water through its own facilities. In addition, a high-volume lift program was initiated on the well 10-11-48-28W3 to determine its high volume lift production capability. Gross oil production from this well increased from 25 bopd to 70 bopd. From this test the entire field capability can be extrapolated to justify a complete expansion of the project and it is currently estimated that this field will increase by an estimated 225 bopd gross (15 bopd net to Georox for a total of 35 bopd.” Georox is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in Western Canada. The Corporation is growth oriented and has been prudent in its acquisitions. The strategic objective is to grow shareholder value based on current assets while remaining focused on continued expansion, exploration and production opportunities. The strategic focus provides for stable growing production with current assets in Canada. To learn more about Georox Resources, Check out their Investor Group for up to date news and information. Source: http://www.georoxresources.com/s/Home.asp  
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The Benefits of Wind & Solar Energy
At Greenbriar Capital, we believe that renewable energy - naturally replenished energy that comes from natural resources such as sunlight and wind is in the best interests of humanity and the planet. The environmental cost of renewable development is but a fraction of the impacts to land, water, and air caused by the extraction, refining, and combustion of fossil fuels and by the extraction and disposal of nuclear fuel and the consequence of nuclear accident. Nonetheless, renewables have their impacts, and we want investors to know that the renewable energy industry is heavily regulated in recognition of those impacts, and that we are in full compliance. Environmental laws all follow the same fundamental model. The first step is to study impacts to plants and animals, cultural resources like ruins and artifacts, water and air, and the sounds of turbines and their look on the landscape. The second step is to decide whether any of these impacts are adverse, or whether the impacts outweigh the benefits. The permitting agency makes this decision in consultation with specialized government agencies and the public. When a project with impacts goes forward, those impacts are minimized to the extent possible and mitigated through actions such as the purchase of animal habitat to compensate for habitat impacted by construction. Wind and solar development have unique impacts – wind has the potential to harm birds and bats if turbines are sited in their normal flight paths, and photovoltaic solar has a large footprint that can impact the habitat of sensitive species. Building projects on Federal lands, like those managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), triggers the application of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA sets forth a rigorous analysis of the environmental effects of Federal permitting actions and their alternatives, and the NEPA process produces an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) document that permits the project. Biological studies are the primary focus of impact analysis, with bird and bat monitoring occurring over the course of a year or more if species of concern are at issue, and particular attention is paid to migration seasons. Greenbriar intentionally chooses sites without known avian issues and has never been faced with more than a year of pre-construction bird monitoring. A NEPA analysis is shared with the affected public and public comment is an integral part of a final NEPA document. When listed endangered species may be present, the lead agency is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to consult with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to determine whether the Federal action has the potential to impact a species. Sometimes a project encounters impacts that outweigh its benefits, and we abandon it in the planning stages. Acceptable impacts are minimized to the extent we can through project design and mitigated by measures dictated by USFWS and the action agency. Such mitigation measures may include avoidance of environmentally or culturally significant areas, strict presence of biologists to monitor for endangered species during ground-disturbing activities, and the purchase of land outside the project boundaries to replace lost habitat. Under the ESA, we also work directly with USFWS to develop comprehensive Habitat Conservation Plans that look at our projects and the cumulative impacts of projects in the area as a seamless ecological whole and minimize and mitigate impacts. We also develop projects on land owned by state governments, and on privately owned lands. The ESA still applies directly if an endangered species is present, but in general, state laws that mimic NEPA and the ESA, as well as a host of other laws that protect the environment, govern permitting actions by state and local governments. California has some of the strictest environmental laws in the United States, with its California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and California Endangered Species Act (CESA) dictating more rigorous scrutiny than their Federal counterparts. Under CEQA, the action agency, usually a county government, crafts mitigation measures in consultation with the public and the California Department of Fish & Game and incorporates them into an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that is analogous to the above-mentioned EIS under NEPA. When a state-listed species is present, CESA requires that we obtain an Incidental Take Permit that dictate biological monitoring of all activities and the purchase of replacement habitat. California also requires mitigation of impacts to water through permits obtained from Fish & Game and from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Although other states differ from California in varying degrees, our approach to protecting the environment is informed by our California experience and we work with all state and county government agencies to build projects with minimal impact to the environment. Many counties have Wind Ordinances that require consultation with the state environmental protection agency before a project is permitted, and in those that do not, we consult because it is the right thing to do. Investors can feel comfortable that Greenbriar Capital Corp. is committed to “green energy” in the broadest sense of the term. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. http://www.greenbriarcapitalcorp.com  
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Why Greenbriar Capital CEO, Jeff Ciachurski, Likes The 8020 Connect Platform
Greenbriar Capital Corp is 8020 Connect’s newest client, and CEO, Jeff Ciachurski is already a huge fan of what we do. The 8020 platform is an environment of transparency between management and their shareholders, and rebuilding the trust of the investor from many years of a broken system. His many years of experience in this industry, and as an investor himself, is exactly what makes Mr. Ciachurski such an important advocate for 8020 Connect. “My thoughts towards 8020 was based on (aside from being a participant as an investor since 1978 and as an officer/director since 1985) watching online forums since their earnest inception in the late 90’s having been a hideous and uninformative place of nonsensical chatter; in essence the most modern technology of the century has been hijacked into a back alley of retribution, revolt and rejection. The train completely missed the station. The mission is to explain this simple awakening and get the industry to understand that online connections as they relate to investing should be of the same texture as an online ‘quarterly conference call’ where management is put on the open stage and the public can question and contribute to recorded and meaningful discussions with accountability,” Ciachurski says. If you say it you own it, which is why 8020 does not allow for anonymous individuals to pose questions behind alias’. “Management can also learn from the public if the public cannot hide from their comments installing trust that the comments from shareholders and investors is said in earnest…. It takes courage to make the changes we all need, and dedication to stay the path.” “I hereby challenge all public company officers/directors and investor/shareholders to move away from hiding online through the use of an alias and have an open, transparent, honest and educated discussion on the industries and companies we all participate. It's time to move away from online posting of 1998 and move 20 years into the future in this most dynamic age of information. We all succeed better if everyone's contribution is honest, open and most importantly, accountable.” 8020 Connect’s President, D’Arcy Funfer, responded to Mr. Ciachurski’s glowing review right on the Greenbriar forum in their private group, for all shareholders and potential investors to see. “This is wonderful in that it states exactly the essence of what we have been working towards since our inception. An open honest and transparent dialogue between shareholders, investors industry representatives and corporate management. We have even tried to encourage provincial regulators to participate in open discussion along with our issuers,” Funfer says. If you’re interested in connecting with Jeff, please join the Greenbriar Capital Corp. private investor group on 8020 connect.  
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Young Investor Series – Brandon Fleisher: The Canadian Teen Who Tripled His M...
A main goal of the 8020 Connect Shareholder Engagement Platform is to spark an interest in millennials to further educate themselves on the investing process. Bringing social media into the investment world allows for a new level of transparency and interaction between public corporations and investors, and creates a new environment for making better-informed investment decisions. As a millennial, investing may not even be on your radar, but it should be.This series will showcase four young adults who have had some great success and what they’ve done to generate wealth from the investing process, Let me introduce to you: Brandon Fleisher. The Toronto teen has successfully tripled the money his parents cosigned to an eTrade account for him to invest in the stock market, but not without working for it first! Brandon was initially introduced to investing in eighth grade, during a mock stock market assignment. “The goal was to pick a company that over the course of several weeks would see the highest rate of return. While most of his other classmates chose well-known companies, he realized that a smaller company would have much more growth potential. He actually doesn’t remember if he ended up winning, but he beat almost everyone else, and was hooked.” Investing became something Brandon loves to do. It would be a few more years before Brandon could convince his father to let him invest, as he felt he Brandon was a little young, and he wanted Brandon to prove himself. “Instead, he told Brandon to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the market. And Brandon did, apparently calling Tesla and Netflix as companies poised to exploit ongoing structural changes in consumption habits." Brandon quickly learned, “We’re [millennials] not going to the theatre anymore, they’re going to take over, they’re producing TV shows, they’re way into content’—not just... ‘Wow, Netflix is cool”. [His Father] said. “He brought it to another level and could see how they were going to grow their business model, how they would generate profitability.” At that point, Brandon was given $48,000 to invest, which he has since tripled. (that’s a fair amount of money, but don’t be stressed, you don’t need this much to get started!) Brandon spent his time researching industries, smaller-scale companies and even CEO’s to inform himself before investing. “As Brandon found with Inuvo, small companies sometimes make their leadership accessible to investors, providing a spotlight into the company's brains. ‘It's almost like you can give them a job interview to see if you would want that person to be the CEO,’ Brandon says. Brandon currently runs a website called The Financial Bulls, which offers educational content targeted at younger individuals interested in investing for free, encouraging young people to learn about investing without having to spend money on a course in an online environment in which they thrive. “Welcome to the fundamental idea of 8020 Connect and I would like to thank Brandon for describing this so directly and simply”, Darren Stewart founder of 8020 Connect. Be sure to check out Brandon’s site, we at 8020 love what he is doing. Sources: http://brobible.com/life/article/teenager-makes-so-much-money-on-stocks/ http://fusion.net/story/195534/teen-stock-broker/ http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/28/investing/millennial-investor-17-year-old-brandon-fleisher/  
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Young Investor Series – 21-Year-Old Invests in Real Estate & Lives Rent Free
A main goal of the 8020 Connect Shareholder Engagement Platform is to spark an interest in millennials to further educate themselves on the investing process. Bringing social media into the investment world allows for a new level of transparency and interaction between public corporations and investors, and creates a new environment for making better-informed investment decisions. As a millennial, investing may not even be on your radar, but it should be. This series will showcase four young adults who have had some great success and what they’ve done to generate wealth from the investing process, let me introduce you to Jay from Oregon. Jay contributed his story to a site dedicated to real estate investing, telling his story of how he was essentially born an entrepreneur and investor. He started at the age of 12 selling candy for twice the price he paid. “I realized that the money you make in any venture is made or lost at the time of purchase. For example, had I paid 50 cents for my candy, and sold it for 50 cents, I would have made nothing. I had to horde my supply when it was on sale.” At 18, he purchased a car for $1,200 and sold it three weeks later for $1,500 on a notion that he was not the only one not enjoying the raising gas prices. Over two years, he did this process five more times, always aiming higher. “That's when I stumbled upon real estate--the most stable investment vehicle anyone can put his trust in. So, I began to search for a real estate investment that was affordable for me. The problem is that in the area where I live, home prices have nearly doubled in the last year and a half. Luckily, I was able to find a decent investment before the market exploded. I purchased a four-plex for $152,000. I am able to live in one of my units, collect the rents, and pay my mortgage. Rent free you might say? Hardly. Never forget taxes, insurance, utility bills, my friend. It comes out to be about half of what I'd pay in rent if I lived in someone else's rental. That four-plex for which I paid $152,000 appraised for $235,000 last month when I refinanced. Previously, I had responded to an ad in the paper from a guy looking for a property for a 1031 exchange [the exchange of certain types of property may defer the recognition of capital gains or losses due upon sale, and hence defer any capital gains taxes otherwise due]. He came over and looked at the place and made an offer of $200,000. That was seven months after I bought. There would have been a $48,000 profit. Of course, once I considered that: 1. That's not enough 2. There were no other properties on the market to put that money towards that would have yielded a better return, I told him that the property was no longer for sale. Instead, I refinanced and dropped my payment by $200, so now I am living there for free.” During this time, he also purchased another single-family home for $20,000 under the market value, which allows him to live rent free, and make a profit by the income from that property. “Recently I've read a lot of posts by young investors, and I thought it would be appropriate to say that yes, we can do this at our age! There are downfalls to being a young real estate investor. But, I envision the downfalls to be the single point of a triangle and the benefits to be the opposite side which is innumerably larger. I'd like to share a little analogy that my brother used at my wedding when I was 20. In his best man speech, he summarized not only my wife's and my relationship, but also gave me the perfect mind set for a young real estate investor. He said, "When people tell you that you married too young, look at them and say, 'It just gives us longer to love each other.'" How does that relate to investing in real estate? It should be obvious. "When people tell you that you're too young to invest in real estate, look at them and think, 'It just gives me longer to build my fortune.'" “Building a fortune is not for the faint of heart or the risk averse, so congrats to Jay’s success and willingness to ask for more. Making money comes from working hard and taking risks. Losing money is about investing in things you don’t full understand, or investing with people you don’t truly know. Young people today have a massive opportunity in front of them, if they choose to take the step. Digital information and social media will change the investing landscape by giving you , the investor, access to the people and control over the conversation.” Darren Stewart, Founder and CEO of 80-20 Connect Inc. Source http://www.creonline.com/21-year-old-buys-5-units-lives-rent-free.html#ixzz4S4q6sB9Z  
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Educational Contests
Contests for University students are a fantastic way to challenge yourself, cultivate your skills, the knowledge you have learned in the classroom to practical situations and may offer you the opportunity to learn by a style you hadn’t experienced before. Some are individual entries and some are team-based, helping to brush up your teamwork skills. Worldwide contests like Shell Ideas360, Sony World Photography Awards for Youth, and many other scholarship competitions all encompass these qualities. For instance, a popular type of contest across Canadian universities are called the “Three-Minute-Thesis” competition. Depending on the level of education the students are involved in, the rules can differ, but they are generally competing for scholarship funds or a cash prize. These types of competitions can build valuable skills around public speaking and audience connection and have many benefits for the learning process. “Students may learn in various ways and they may have their own individual styles. Some enjoy group work; others may enjoy individual work. Some may prefer teacher centered instruction; some others may be interested in self-generated research projects. Competitive learning mainly is organized as an extracurricular activity and some sort of project based learning, it can cause motivation and satisfaction which will accomplish through problem solving and creativity.” Studies “suggest that the combination of game theory with the use of friendly competitions provides a strong motivation for students; helping to increase their performance.” Spriza offers its clients the opportunity to generate leads and distribute messaging through peer-to-peer incentivized sharing, while increasing a brand’s conversion rates. The magic is in the formula of exciting prizes that entice users to share, with software automation that tracks and collects data, providing clients with a consumer database for remarketing initiatives. Join Spriza’s Investor Group on 8020 Connect today to learn more about the Spriza offering! Sources: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ article/pii/S0360131510000527 http://dg.icme11.org/document/get/208 http://www.topuniversities.com/blog/top-10-student-competitions  
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Indonesian Business Culture
Culture shock happens when travelling to foreign countries and places we’ve never been before. While travelling is one experience, opening a business in another country is another. Canadian oil and gas exploration and development company, ACL International, operates in Indonesia. The Indonesian business culture is a much different landscape than it is in Canada, and it is very broad due to the 17,000 islands that comprise Indonesia. Some of the key attributes to their business culture are as follows: “There is a strong belief in subjugation to nature, meaning that nature controls your life and there is little you can do as an individual to move yourself ahead. One should accept one’s position in life. Most Indonesians tend to look toward the past as an example for today. There is a strong belief in tradition but also in rules and regulations that need to be followed regardless of practicality. In Indonesia, the proper aspect of humanity is to be expressive and emotional although that expressiveness and emotionalism lives just under the surface. This means that it can be difficult to determine the emotional state of most Indonesian coworkers, but that strong emotions can surface in ways that may be confusing to a Western supervisor. Social relationships tend to be twofold in Indonesian culture. First there is a strong authoritarian framework with natural born leaders and natural born followers. These relationships are clearly defined. However, within each group there is a strong belief that the community makes decisions to avoid individual responsibility. A change in management becomes a particularly difficult situation in Indonesia. Often the corporate home office will not accept common practices and procedures found in Indonesia as a best practice and requires Indonesian managers and staff to adapt to the international corporate culture. A deep understanding of the cultural traits found in Indonesian business is required before an action plan can be completed to implement change. The home corporate office usually has little understanding of the profound cultural complexity of implementing change in Indonesian offices, factories, and businesses. For these reasons and many others, it becomes critical that foreign professionals working in Indonesia look past the elaborate subterfuge found in Indonesian business and incorporate the correct cultural traits to manage Indonesian personnel. Simultaneously, Indonesian managers must be instructed in the expectations of their foreign superiors and coworkers. Without an understanding of the cultural expectations of the other group, frustration and confusion are the norm.” ACL International Is a Leader In Indonesian Oil And Gas Exploration And Development. Sources: http://www.indonesia-investments.com/business/working-living/indonesian-business-culture/item411  
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Canadian Environmental Regulations for Oil & Gas
“On June 1, 1963, Alberta became the first province in Canada to pass legislation specifically focused on land reclamation. The Surface Reclamation Act created a legal obligation to reclaim disturbed land in the surveyed part of the province. In 1969, the Public Lands Act was amended to allow the Alberta government to issue reclamation orders and reclamation certificates for public lands not covered by the Surface Reclamation Act.” A study by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers measured Canada’s stringency, transparency and compliance amongst the full life cycle of a major oil and gas project. Measured along with 10 other oil producing jurisdictions, Canada, along with Queensland, Australia, and the Gulf Coast of the USA were the top performer in all three categories for environmental regulations. These categories look at how comprehensive the laws are, how easy it is for the public to find the information and what are the rules and penalties for compliance. “Projects in Alberta requiring government approval may be reviewed at both a provincial and federal level. When a proposed project is required to undergo both a provincial and federal environmental impact assessment (EIA), the two governments cooperate to minimize overlap. The EIA may be examined by numerous agencies. On average, approximately 10 major project applications requiring an EIA are reviewed by each regulator in a year. Continuous monitoring of water and air emissions is common in Alberta. Routine inspections and audits take place and non-compliance events are tracked and reported by the government. Regulatory non-compliance under Alberta legislation could result in stop work orders, financial penalties, community service, suspensions and/or cancellation of permits. The details of regulatory infractions are made available to the public. Alberta legislation requires that closure plans be submitted during a project application and bond or financial security against end-of-life facility liability is also required. The closure process is transparent with closure plans available to the public and remediation and reclamation efforts reported to stakeholders. Once ecological trends are achieved, a company can apply for reclamation certification.” Perisson Petroleum leverages assets worldwide to build diversity, but their primary concern is at home, in the oil fields of Alberta. Their vision makes the current state of the energy market a fertile ground for development — in assets and in professional talent. Perisson has four major areas in Southern Alberta, each with its own distinct advantages. Development of these areas means investment in Alberta’s economy: creating jobs, generating revenue and improving the province’s oil & gas industry.  
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8020 & TSX Investinit
I’m Trevor Shaw, V.P. of Client Services at 8020 Connect. One of my responsibilities is to work closely on our partnership agreement with the TSX “investinit” program. We want to encourage issuers who are on that platform to engage with their current shareholders and the investment community at large.The issuers who are listed on the “investinit” platform are currently seeking financing, and together with the TSX, are displaying the pertinent information pertaining to their offerings. We at 8020 Connect are working in partnership with the TSX and TSX Venture “investinit” initiative to help these issuers, through our social media platform, to start a public or private forum to engage with the investment community. The goal is to more effectively educate and inform these groups about the company, their projects and business. It is intended through our platform to help explain in detail the use of proceeds sought in their current financing effort. We also specialize in social media dissemination through all social media portals to help issuers with their branding, corporate narrative and transparent information to a global audience. Here are some of my personal observations: Since I started reviewing companies seeking capital in the Canadian market, the list opened at almost 500 companies in late September when we signed our agreement with the Toronto Stock Exchange. Currently we add on average 6-12 new issuers each day to our sales pipeline under the TSX “investinit” initiative. Currently there are 159 companies on the TSX “investinit” seeking capital and after either their financing closes and/or if the Company issues a news release announcing changes to the financing, it will be reposted as it will be updated. Today alone there is $30 million dollars in capital sought through all means of offerings from only 6 new postings. Just in the last week, approximately 30 companies have sought capital for a staggering $300 million dollars. Many of these companies are in the resources sector, and are no-doubt seeking capital to exploit the unique opportunities that are available now, as a direct result of the low commodity prices. At 8020, we are trying to help companies build an investment brand, reach a larger audience of investors and increase the level of shareholder loyalty and support. At first, I thought this was a brilliant idea, but now, I am more convinced than ever before that the idea seems to be a required part of any company’s investor and shareholder outreach programs. I have personally seen the consolidation in the investment industry in the last year, and this will only continue. Some of these consolidation and acquisition activities are fueling the financing efforts of many issuers, and they therefore must be more pro-active in the engagement of shareholders and investors to be successful in their efforts. 8020 will increase shareholder and investor engagement, and help to ensure success for companies looking to raise capital through traditional means. Why are companies hesitant to jump into social media arena to reach a larger audience? Mostly its fear of the great unknown. However, this is indeed the future, and every company should embrace this new communication medium. We at 8020 have been helping our clients through this new transition, and all of them are now saying that they wished they had made this leap a long time ago. Look at this from a very simple reality. As a part of the corporate management team, you probably work daily at speaking with several shareholders and investors. Imagine if that could be thousands or even hundreds of thousands by the simple click of the “enter” button. That’s is what social media brings to the investment community. Exciting!!! So what companies will find their capital ?? Like they always say, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If you’re looking for capital and you want to build investor interest, the only way I know how to generate an audience, (or win elections), is through social media. If you want to know how I can help you build your investment brand – join 8020 Connect today.. Trevor is 8020’s V.P. of Client Services. His primary function is liaison with new companies making the leap in embracing the technology fostering shareholder engagement and transparency. From the initial on-boarding process to scheduling client video shoots to receiving updated contact for client investor groups, Trevor’s commitment is for clients to see the results of their shift to this new movement.
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The Environmental Benefits of SynStream’s Synthetic Fuels
With the increasing emphasis being placed on the state of the environment, the clean energy industry is anticipated to grow significantly. Paraffinic fuels are in the spotlight because they have shown to have an immediate effect on air quality and exceed emission standards, not only in Canada, but globally. Forward-thinking companies, like SynStream, will offer these alternative options to help sustain our future. Here are the benefits: The process SynStream will use offers an alternative use for natural gas. Their manufactured fuels can be used alone or augmented with traditional petroleum based fuels to produce a substantially cleaner fuel. SynStream’s next generation engineered synthetic fuel is designed to exceed the ASTM-D 975 world-wide requirements for diesel and jet fuel. SynStream’s synthetic diesel is designed to: Have a cetane rating of >70 - ready for next generation of diesel engines
 Contain zero Sulphur & minimal aromatics Be ultra clean burning, thereby reducing unburned HC by 60-70%
 Reduce NOx by 13-15%
  Reduce particulates emissions by 52-55%
  Be biodegradable   SHM: SynStream Energy Corp. aims to become a key player in reducing Canada’s carbon footprint. They have partnered with Expander Energy to participate in the commissioning of North America’s first commercial, small-scale Gas-To-Liquids plant. Interested in learning more? Join SynStream’s Investor Group Here.   Sources: http://www.synthetic-fuels.eu/paraffinic-fuels/air-quality             http://www.expanderenergy.com/enivronment.html http://www.expanderenergy.com/FAQ.html
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What is the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) Synthesis Process?
Converting natural gas to synthetic diesel could be a cleaner fuel alternative for our future. The resulting diesel has a high cetane rating, is odourless, colourless and contains almost no impurities. The science behind the gas-to-liquid (GTL) process is the Fischer-Tropsch Process, which was developed in 1925. This process been successfully applied ever since by companies such as Shell and Sasol to produce synthetic hydrocarbons. The Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process produces fuels by converting syngas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen (produced from biomass or fossil fuels such as natural gas and bitumen residuals) into F-T diesel. F-T synthesis is a chemical reaction combining hydrogen (H) and carbon monoxide (CO) in a 2:1 ratio through a catalytic reaction to produce a synthetic hydrocarbon.   SynStream plans to utilize Expander Energy Inc’s EGtL™ process, which offers a competitive advantage over standard F-T plants by maximizing the production of high value diesel fuels by recycling lower value by-products. This process can also use low-cost natural gas liquids (such as ethane and propane) as feedstock, thereby increasing economic returns. SHM: SynStream Energy Corp is currently engaged in gas-to-liquids (GTL) and biomass-to- liquids (BTL) development, as well as the acquisition, exploration, development and production of petroleum and natural gas reserves in Western Canada. Interested in learning more? Join SynStream's Investor Group Here.  
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Georox Resources Inc – Red Earth Project
Red Earth, Alberta is a hamlet located amidst Slave Lake, Peace River and Wabasca with a total population of about 400. Georox Resources owns 2.125 sections of land in this area. There are 8 producing wells and one standing oil well, and Georox believes that there is an opportunity to drill two to three more. “The wells are currently producing approximately 78 barrels of light oil and approximately 20,000 cubic feet per day of solution natural gas (81 barrels of oil equivalent per day net to the corporation) from the Granite Wash & Slave Point formations. Georox believes that potential beyond primary recovery through the implementation of water flood/pressure support to significantly extend the life and recoverable reserves from the Red Earth properties. Georox is currently reviewing and assessing the Red Earth properties in detail to identify opportunities to enhance production before initiating new operations. As oil prices continue to improve Georox is looking at drilling two vertical locations in the Granite Wash formation and one horizontal location to drill in the Slave Point location in 2017. There also is potential beyond primary recovery through the implementation of water flood/pressure support to significantly extend the life and recoverable reserves from the Red Earth properties.  Georox is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in Western Canada. The Corporation is growth oriented and has been prudent in its acquisitions. The strategic objective is to grow shareholder value based on current assets while remaining focused on continued expansion, exploration and production opportunities. The strategic focus provides for stable growing production with current assets in Canada. To learn more, join Georox's investor group on 8020 connect here.   Sources: http://www.mdopportunity.ab.ca/content/red-earth-creek http://www.georoxresources.com/s/Projects.asp  
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Early & Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s Disease can be a daunting diagnosis, especially if it comes before it typically should. Younger-onset Alzheimer’s affects those under 65 years old. While individuals with this diagnosis can live life to the fullest, their best course of action is to become educated on the changes they will need to make to accommodate a new set of challenges. “The majority of people with younger-onset have sporadic Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of Alzheimer’s and is not attributed to genetics....However, researchers know genetics play a role in Alzheimer’s. There are risk genes, which increase the likelihood of developing a disease, but do not guarantee it will happen. There are deterministic genes that directly cause a disease, guaranteeing that anyone who inherits them will develop the disorder. Like many people with younger-onset Alzheimer’s, receiving an accurate diagnosis may have been difficult. Age or medical history can cause doctors to overlook or rule out Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also not uncommon to be told your symptoms may be related to stress, menopause or depression.” Becoming educated about the unique challenges faced with this disease is the beginning of the process. The most common issues experienced with younger-onset Alzheimer’s are: Being a parent to a younger child, The financial and legal aspects of the future, and a change in family dynamic if this person is the sole or primary provider. PMN: ProMIS Neurosciences is a development stage biotech company that discovers and develops game changing precision therapeutics for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ProMIS has recently released some exciting news about their upcoming research. To learn more, join their investor group here.   Source: http://www.alz.org/i-have-alz/if-you-have-younger-onset-alzheimers.asp
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Indonesia & OPEC
At the beginning of this year, Indonesia regained its position as the only Asian member of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and the only net importer of petroleum. While there is still focus on the exporting side, many Indonesian basins have yet to be explored, adding the potential for large reserves, as seen in recent history. The focus has shifted to offshore drilling, accounting for half of ACL International’s Indonesian exploration. “With the largest economy in southeast Asia, Indonesia is a member of the Group of 20 major economies. In addition to petroleum and natural gas, other key industries include manufacturing, agriculture, mining, services and tourism. The nation joined OPEC initially in 1962 and suspended its membership as of 1 January 2009, but this was reactivated as of 1 January 2016. Indonesia’s return to OPEC follows the election of the country’s new President, Joko Widodo, in 2014. Together with Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said, they decided the time was ripe to once more take their seat at the OPEC Conference table and help the Organization as it strives to steer an orderly path for the oil market in the testing years ahead.” (opec) “Indonesia’s re-integration will add roughly 825,000 barrels a day to OPEC’s total output – around 1 percent of total global production.” (thediplomat) “Many Indonesian basins have yet to be extensively explored for oil and gas deposits, making for potentially large additional reserves. While the main producing fields are currently in Sumatra and East Kalimantan (for gas), the focus for exploration is moving eastwards and offshore.” (gbgindonesia)   ACL International is a leader in Indonesian Oil and Gas Exploration and Development. Learn more about them here.   Sources: http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/press_room/3403.htm http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/and-then-there-were-13-indonesia-rejoins-opec/ http://www.gbgindonesia.com/en/energy/article/2014/indonesia_s_oil_and_gas_sector_upstream_challenges.php
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Business In Colombia
Colombia is home to rich history and culture, a welcoming community of people, and is the destination of many travelers. Bordering on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, Colombia offers a huge range of terrain, from the Amazon rainforest near Leticia to the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta as well as the tropical islands of San Andrés and Providencia. The country has 46 million people, a history of a stable economy and the main exports are crude oil, coal, coffee, and non-ferrous metals. “Colombia is South America's third-largest oil producer. The country is also a significant oil exporter, ranking as the fifth-largest crude oil exporter to the United States in 2015. A series of regulatory reforms enacted in 2003 makes the oil and natural gas sector more attractive to foreign investors and has led to an increase in Colombian oil and natural gas production Colombia produced 1 million b/d of petroleum and other liquids in 2015, which includes crude oil, condensate, natural gas plant liquids, other liquids, and refinery processing gain. Colombia's oil production increased by an annual average of 11% from 2008 to 2013, but growth has slowed in recent years, and production was relatively flat after 2013 (Figure 2). Colombia consumed 293,000 b/d in 2015, allowing the country to export most of its oil production.” POG: Perisson Petroleum is an oil and gas exploration and development company with assets located in the Middle Magdalena Basin, Columbia’s most prolific oil and gas producing Basin. Perisson has recently purchased assets in Alberta. 8020 invites Perisson Shareholders and interested investors to join their Investor Group today!     Sources: http://www.eia.gov/beta/international/analysis.cfm?iso=COL
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How Contests Increase Brand Awareness
Contests are a fun and rewarding way to increase brand awareness, positively advertise your service or product and generate leads. Contests can be mutually beneficial to those participating and the company running it: A chance at a great prize, and If executed successfully, can be a great promotional tool for your service or product. The strategy you use will establish the amount of success you have creating brand awareness and loyalty to your company. This includes defining your goals, your promotion strategy and your prize. While it’s important to grow your users or subscribers, it’s also crucial to reward your already loyal fans. Contests are a great way to build your fan base. Depending on the strategy taken, and the prize, contests can provide a huge increase in likes on social media profiles. Fans of your product or offering can quickly become ambassadors for your brand after a contest. Contests also prove to have high engagement, ie. a user-generated content promotion, those participants become naturally interested in your brand and potentially bringing in more participants and awareness by the amount of sharing, liking and reposting they do. Spriza offers its clients the opportunity to generate leads and distribute messaging through peer-to-peer incentivized sharing, while increasing a brand’s conversion rates. The magic is in the formula of exciting prizes that entice users to share, with software automation that tracks and collects data, providing clients with a consumer database for remarketing initiatives.   Join Spriza’s Investor Group on 8020 Connect today to learn more about the Spriza offering! Sources: http://mashable.com/2011/07/21/contest-marketing/#t_JrWdK2Gkqc
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Taiwanese Investment in Canada
Canada and Taiwan have a strong investment relationship across many areas of business and industries. While Taiwan is Canada’s fifth largest trading partner, they share strong ties in education & youth exchanges, science & technology, oil & gas and clean technologies - and this relationship is seeing steady growth with continued investment. “The stock of foreign direct investment, (define), from Taiwan direct  to Canada is valued at $108 million at the end of 2015, while the stock,(define), of Canadian direct investment in Taiwan stood at $115 million in 2015, up from $17 million a year earlier (latest year for which data is available). As Taiwan's economy is dominated by SMEs [Small & Medium Enterprises], the majority of Taiwanese investment in Canada has been pursued by smaller companies, with a sectoral range including chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail and ICT. Areas of potential include renewable energy, biotechnology and wireless technologies.” (can we tie energy to this or investment capital) Why would foreign entities want to invest in Canada? Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with world-class universities, a universal health care system and clean and friendly cities. The OECD’s Better Life Index shows Canada as best in the G7 in terms of overall living conditions and quality of life. Canada is the best country in the G20 to do business, according to both Forbes and Bloomberg. Canada also led all G7 countries in economic growth over the past decade (2006–2015). Canada offers the lowest business costs in the G7 for R&D-intensive sectors, with a 27.7 percent cost advantage over the United States. Total business tax costs in Canada are by far the lowest in the G7 and 46 percent lower than those in the United States. Once CETA comes into force, foreign investors in Canada will have assured preferential access to both NAFTA and the EU - a vibrant market with a combined GDP of nearly US$37 trillion, or one-half of the world’s output of goods and services. Canada’s workforce is the most highly educated among members of the OECD, with half of its working-age population having a tertiary level education. Taiwanese Connections: POG: Perisson Petroleum is an oil and gas exploration and development company with assets located in the Middle Magdalena Basin, Columbia’s most prolific oil and gas producing Basin. Perisson has recently purchased assets in Alberta. Perisson is a Canadian company with Taiwanese and other Asian investment.   8020 Welcomes Perisson as one of our newest clients: Join their Investor Group today!   Sources: http://www.international.gc.ca/investors-investisseurs/advantage-avantage/advantage-avantage.aspx?lang=eng http://www.canada.org.tw/taiwan/bilateral_relations_bilaterales/bilateral_relations.aspx?lang=eng
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Business in Indonesia
Beautiful white-sand beaches, rich culture and history in their ancient temples, music and dances, and the warm, inviting nature of the people who live there, Indonesia is not just a popular travel destination for people around the world. In the last decade, Indonesia has had significant economic growth, becoming Southeast Asia’s largest economy with a GDP of $888 billion, ranking 10th in the world. “Indonesia is a country of big numbers and big opportunity. With 252 million inhabitants it’s the world’s fourth most populous country and the largest in south east Asia. Indonesia has 18,307 islands, over 742 different languages and a middle class larger than the population of Malaysia or Australia. Currently the 16th largest economy in the world, it is projected to be the seventh largest economy in the world by 2030. Doing business in Indonesia takes patience and perseverance. Companies should be prepared to invest time and resources in regular visits over a period of months, sometimes years, before seeing returns.” Indonesia is likely to become a strategic location for international business. “60% of global growth is expected to come from Asia by 2025. Indonesia is part of ASEAN which has a free trade zone. It is also strategically placed to do business with India, China, Japan and Australia.” While ageing infrastructure has proved to be a challenge for meeting production demands, the current government has plans to overcome this. “The Indonesian Government plans to spend $365 Billion USD to deliver major infrastructure plans in the transportation sector. $1.1 Billion USD of this will be through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).” ACL International, 8020 Connect’s newest client, is a leader in Indonesian Oil and Gas Exploration and Development. Join their Investor Group, live on 8020 Connect now to stay informed about ACL.     https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exporting-to-indonesia/exporting-to-indonesia http://2016.export.gov/indonesia/doingbusinessinindonesia/index.asp
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Paraffinic Diesel
Paraffinic diesel is part of a new generation of cleaner fuels that have shown to reduce local emissions, improve air quality. As it’s considered a “drop-in” fuel, no modifications to existing engines or infrastructure is necessary. With air quality being subjected to higher standards and aggressive action plans and air quality-related illness becoming a bigger worry for people around the globe, paraffinic diesel is a cost effective method to reduce sulfur (the fuel is sulfur-free), nitrogen oxides, and particulates emissions. In April 2016, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) announced that the EN15940 standard for paraffinic diesel fuels, leading to more robust quality and safety assurance. Paraffinic diesel is also an excellent blend fuel when used in conjunction with typical petro-diesel, allowing for smoother, more balanced integration towards a lower emissions future. Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) fuels are produced from natural gas using the Fischer-Tropsch process in sites near gas reserves around the world. Companies involved in GTL production include Shell, Petro SA, Sasol, Petronas, Chevron, Mitsubishi, Qatar Petroleum, NNPC, Calumet, and Oxford Catalysts/Velocys. Biomass-To-Liquids (BTL) uses biomass such as woodchips as feedstock to gasification and the Fischer-Tropsch process. While the technology is less advanced than GTL or HVO, several new BTL plants are being developed, supported by NER300 funding from the EU. BTL needs further investment for development but has the potential to use sustainable biomass resources in Europe.” $SHM: SynStream Energy Corp is the newest member of 8020 Connect. SynStream is currently engaged in Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) and Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) development, as well as the acquisition, exploration, development and production of petroleum and natural gas reserves in Western Canada. Visit their Investor Group to join in the conversation. For more information on paraffinic fuels, please visit: http://www.synthetic-fuels.eu/paraffinic-fuels/about-paraffinic-fuels For more information on the technology, please visit: http://www.expanderenergy.com/faq.html
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Why Contests Work
Contests can be a fun and interactive way to gain followers and engage people in your brand, while giving away cool prizes that people want to win. Whether it’s Voting contests where a series of questions are asked to gain insight into your opinions and views, photo and video contests or simply ‘Enter to Win’ Contests, it’s a powerful tool to grow your business’ following and increase brand exposure. “In addition to increasing the sheer number of people who interact with your brand, a contest provides a means to deepen the connection as well. A user-generated content (UGC) promotion such as a photo or video contest is a great way to do just that. UGC contests tap in to the human drive to compete, and they provide an opportunity for everyone to experience their 15 minutes of fame. Most importantly, when participants upload their personal content (e.g., a photo or story) to your promotion, they are naturally invested in your brand.”     $SPZ: Spriza Media Inc. (“Spriza”) is the leading subscriber network for prizes and incentives. Everyone wants to win unbelievable prizes and everyone wants to win with friends. Spriza gives you just that. Now, you can enter to win amazing contests with your friends from the brands we all know and love, all from one platform!   Spriza offers its clients the opportunity to generate leads and distribute messaging through peer-to-peer incentivized sharing, while increasing a brand’s conversion rates. The magic is in the formula of exciting prizes that entice users to share, with software automation that tracks and collects data, providing clients with a consumer database for remarketing initiatives.     Join Spriza’s Investor Group on 8020 Connect today to learn more about the Spriza offering! http://mashable.com/2011/07/21/contest-marketing/#ZciYD2FaeiqW
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Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
There are three main stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, and while the disease affects each individual in a unique way, the disease can be categorized in three major stages, Mild, Moderate, and Severe. Mild Alzheimer’s (also known as MCI, or Mild Cognitive Impairment) “In the early stages of Alzheimer's, a person may function independently. He or she may still drive, work and be part of social activities. Despite this, the person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses, such as forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects. Friends, family or neighbors begin to notice difficulties. During a detailed medical interview, doctors may be able to detect problems in memory or concentration.” Moderate Alzheimer’s “Moderate Alzheimer's is typically the longest stage and can last for many years. As the disease progresses, the person with Alzheimer's will require a greater level of care. You may notice the person with Alzheimer's confusing words, getting frustrated or angry, or acting in unexpected ways, such as refusing to bathe. Damage to nerve cells in the brain can make it difficult to express thoughts and perform routine tasks.” Severe Alzheimer’s “In the final stage of this disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement. They may still say words or phrases, but communicating pain becomes difficult. As memory and cognitive skills continue to worsen, personality changes may take place and individuals need extensive help with daily activities.” PMN: ProMIS Neurosciences is a development stage biotech company that discovers and develops game changing precision therapeutics for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Join their Investor Group on 8020 Connect to stay in-the-know about their technology. http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_stages_of_alzheimers.asp
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Day-to-Day Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be a rewarding job, whether you’re a hired care-giver or a loved one taking care of another loved one. Here are some tips for the day-to-day living with the disease and what is important to those suffering. Routines and reminders Keeping a routine can help people with dementia continue to do things on their own. Activities such as dressing, grooming, bathing and eating can form a pattern in daily living. Routines help the person with dementia know what to expect, and help her to continue to do things on her own. Safety The home is an important place for everyone. For the person with dementia, a familiar environment can help her connect with the past and maintain a sense of who she is. However, some practical changes may need to be made to keep the home "dementia-friendly." When modifying your home environment, keep it familiar, striking a balance between safety and independence. Too many restrictions can make it difficult for her to take part in daily activities, and can seriously affect her self-esteem. Personal care We all want to look good and feel good. People with Alzheimer's disease may need more help as time goes on. Some days, routines can be accomplished with little or no effort. Other days, every task may seem like a challenge. Driving & transportation Alzheimer's disease and other dementias cause changes that affect a person's ability to drive a motor vehicle safely. A diagnosis of dementia, however, does not automatically mean that a person is incapable of driving. Some people may be capable of driving safely for some time after the diagnosis, depending on when in the disease progression the person has been diagnosed and the rate the disease progresses. Staying active The disease progression cannot be stopped, but you can still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat properly. Stay active - ask your doctor what kinds of activities you can do. Rest when you are tired. Take medications as prescribed. Stay connected to family members and friends. Sleep Sleep disturbances are common with Alzheimer’s disease and they impact both the person with the disease and the caregiver. While older adults without the disease may experience changes in their sleep patterns, they tend to be more severe in someone with the disease. Meal time Healthy eating is important for all of us. Sharing meal times with family and friends can provide structure to the day and increase the enjoyment of food. PMN: ProMIS Neurosciences is a development stage biotech company that discovers and develops game changing precision therapeutics for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Join their Investor Group on 8020 Connect to stay in-the-know about their technology. http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/Living-with-dementia/Day-to-day-living  
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Perisson Petroleum Corp. closes Toronto Stock Exchange, September 28, 2016
Wayne Rousch, President, Perisson Petroleum Corp. (POG), joined Kyle Araki, Team Manager, Listed Issuer Services, TSX Venture Exchange to close the market. Perisson Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and development company focused on acquiring and operating high quality petroleum assets in the Western Canadian Sedimentary basin. Perisson Petroleum Corp. commenced trading on TSX Venture Exchange on July 21, 2016.
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What You Should Know About Your Potential Investments
  As a new investor, there are questions you should ask yourself, and research that should be done about a company before you decide to invest your money into them. To a seasoned investor, or an investment broker, this becomes an integral part of their decision process, and it should be routine for all investors. Here are some steps every investor should take before investing in a business. Ask an Expert “Before investing, check registration. Why is registration important? Securities industry professionals are required to register with the securities regulator in each province or territory where they do business. Registration helps protect investors because securities regulators will only register firms and individuals if they are properly qualified. Use the National Registration Search to check if your adviser or firm is registered.” Quick Online Search “Do an online search and look through news releases for information about an individual or firm. The news can often tell you about unhappy victims, court cases and even rumors that you may want to further investigate. You can also keep up to date with the latest investor alerts from across the country.” Other resources suggest doing a quick search on the companies CEO, their vision and their plan for growth. These are all valuable pieces of information to align your goals with your investment – Investments are a long-term relationship! Check Enforcement History “Look up current or previous enforcement proceedings, decisions and orders to see if there is any disciplinary history for a company or individual offering you an investment. Check whether a company or individual is appearing before the ASC or is the subject of a current or upcoming enforcement proceeding. Check out any ASC decisions and orders, or exemption orders for an issuer or registrant. You can also use the national Disciplined list and Cease Trade Orders tool: Go to ASC Proceedings, Decisions & Orders” The Alberta Securities Commission offers several “Helpful Links” and resources for new or inexperienced investors – and important questions that should be answered before investing to be protected from potential fraud. They also offer resources to find a professional investment advisor, which is something every investor should have.
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Trading Halts
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) monitors the timely disclosure of required information of publicly traded companies to ensure proper communication to shareholders. Companies may be subject to trading halts, Cease Trade Orders, Suspensions and/or Business halts dependent upon the circumstance. “A trading halt is issued to suspend trading in a security while material news from the company is disseminated. Halts are usually temporary - less than two hours - with trading resuming once the company has issued the important news. Halts and resumptions are issued by IIROC or a marketplace upon which the security is listed or quoted…. A stock is generally halted pending the release of material news that may affect the price of a stock. A trading halt allows the market to digest this information and also creates a level playing field among investors. Halts are issued by IIROC for regulatory reasons or at the request of the involved company. A Cease Trade Order (CTO) is issued against a company for a variety of reasons including failing to meet its disclosure requirements such as filing a quarterly or annual financial statement, or as a result of an enforcement action that involves an investigation of wrongdoing. A CTO is often in place for an extended period of time and can be indefinite. CTOs are issued by the Securities Commissions, having jurisdiction over the Issuer. A Suspension is issued by an exchange in situations when companies fail to meet listing requirements. A business halt, or an "Exchange halt" is typically a long trading halt implemented by the Exchange due to an ongoing review or business issues such as non-payment of fees. Halts lasting longer than a few hours are usually business halts.”     http://www.iiroc.ca/industry/marketmonitoringanalysis/Pages/Trading-Halts-Timely-Disclosure.aspx
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Common Investing Mistakes
  As new investors, it can be hard to navigate the investment landscape if you’re not 100% sure how it works just yet. These common mistakes are repeat offenses: investors have been making them for years, and will probably continue making them. Avoiding these will greatly increase your chances for success in the investment world. Investing Without a Plan If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. “Investing is like anything else: the more planning you do before you get started the better the chances of success. Trying to build a portfolio without having a clear idea of what it is you want to achieve is like trying to build a house without a blueprint. Before you start sinking cash into stocks, bonds or other investments, you should take some to map out where you want to go.” – Smart Asset Being Impatient Investing is a long-term relationship. “Whether you’re investing a little or a lot, you want your investments to perform well and generate the best returns. This means developing a long-term strategy and sticking with it. If you’re constantly shifting your assets around in an effort to chase returns you’re not really giving your investments a chance to show you what they can do.” – Smart Asset Buying into Financial News Gimmicks “There is almost nothing on financial news shows that can help you achieve your goals. Turn them off. There are few newsletters that can provide you with anything of value. Even if there were, how do you identify them in advance? Think about it - if anyone really had profitable stock tips, trading advice or a secret formula to make big bucks, would they blab it on TV or sell it to you for $49 per month? No - they'd keep their mouth shut, make their millions and not have to sell a newsletter to make a living.” -Investopedia Being a Follower What works for someone else, may not work for you. It’s best to do your research. “Many investors select asset classes, strategies, managers and funds based on recent strong performance. The feeling that "I'm missing out on great returns" has probably led to more bad investment decisions than any other single factor. If a particular asset class, strategy or fund has done extremely well for three or four years, we know one thing with certainty: We should have invested three or four years ago. Now, however, the particular cycle that led to this great performance may be nearing its end.” - Investopedia Leaving your Investments on the Backburner Don’t just invest and never check on what’s happening to your money. “If you’re not actively managing your portfolio, you could be doing yourself a serious financial disservice. That doesn’t mean you have to constantly monitor your investments 24/7 but you should be checking in regularly to evaluate how you’re doing. This includes routinely rebalancing your portfolio so that it reflects our overall investment goals.” – Smart Asset Not Rebalancing Rebalancing offers long-term rewards. “Rebalancing is the process of returning your portfolio to its target asset allocation as outlined in your investment plan. Rebalancing is difficult because it forces you to sell the asset class that is performing well and buy more of your worst performing asset classes. This contrarian action is very difficult for many investors.” - Investopedia The Alberta Securities Commission offers many resources to new investors, including classes new investors can take to learn more. They also provide a resource to find a broker who you can trust who will give you their best professional advice on whether the investments you are interested in based on your own research are suitable for you. https://smartasset.com/investing/5-common-investment-mistakes http://www.investopedia.com/articles/stocks/07/mistakes.asp
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Canada’s Oil & Gas Industry
Canada’s Oil and Gas industry is active in 12 out of 13 provinces. With the use of many goods and services among the provinces of our great country, the oil and gas exploration and production industry has a presence that is felt nationally! Below are some fast facts about each province and how they contribute to Canada’s industry. “Alberta is Canada's largest oil and natural gas producer and is home to vast deposits of oil sands. British Columbia is Canada's second largest natural gas producer. With the development of the Sinclair field, Manitoba has increased its crude oil production four-fold since 1999, and doubled it since 2008. New Brunswick has a long history of crude oil and natural gas production. Newfoundland and Labrador has three producing projects offshore oil projects, one development project and significant exploration activity. Nova Scotia has two producing natural gas projects and several companies are actively exploring offshore. Ontario's manufacturing sector is an important supplier for Canada's oil sands industry. Exploration activity on Prince Edward Island have identified the existence of potential reservoirs, including a discovery made offshore near East Point. New and significant deposits of natural gas from shale rock were found along Québec's St. Lawrence Lowlands in 2008. Saskatchewan is Canada's second largest producer of oil. There are continued advancements being made in the development of new, more efficient technologies and reduced impact on the environment.” Canada’s energy industry is a world leader in producing oil and gas assets which provides environment sustainability for future generations, worksite safety for all those mom’s and dad’s and economic prosperity for Canadian families. Check out one of 80-20 Connects Junior energy companies: $EBY: Emerald Bay Energy a non-traditional oil and gas company who is utilizing Alberta natural gas to produce a more environmentally conscious electricity. Join their Investor Group today   http://www.capp.ca/canadian-oil-and-natural-gas/oil
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Oil & Gas in Sub-Saharan Africa
  West Africa is a promising area for oil and gas exploration, as there have been many significant discoveries there, but because of its vast size, it remains largely unexplored. This is exciting to many oil and gas companies looking to extract natural resources to support the world’s need for energy. There are three main reasons why oil and gas exploration in Africa is a hot topic. “The variety of crude found in Gulf of Guinea is known in industry parlance as ‘light’ and ‘sweet’, meaning it is viscous and low in sulfur, and therefore easier and cheaper to refine than, say, Middle Eastern crude, which tends to be lacking in lower hydrocarbons and is therefore very "’sticky.’" This allows companies to adhere to strict environmental policies that are in place. “Then there is the geographic accident of Africa's being almost entirely surrounded by water, which significantly cuts transport-related costs and risks. The Gulf of Guinea, in particular, is well positioned to allow speedy transport to the major trading ports of Europe and North America.” “Africa offers a tremendously favorable contractual environment. Unlike in, say, Saudi Arabia, where the state owned oil company Saudi Aramco has a monopoly on the exploration, production, and distribution of the country's crude oil, most sub-Saharan African countries operate on the basis of so-called production-sharing agreements, or PSAs.” $XOP: Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited (COPL) is a junior oil and gas company focused in developing oil and gas reservoirs is Sub-Saharan Africa. The company is headquartered in Calgary, Canada and is partnered with one of the world’s largest international oil and gas companies, Exxon Mobil. Want to get to know COPL and their people? Get connected to $XOP on 8020 Connect  and stay informed. http://www.saoga.org.za/commercial-industrial-base/strategic-geographic-position http://www.faculty.fairfield.edu/winston/John%20Ghazvinian.pdf
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Dual Listed Companies
Dual listed companies are those that are listed on two separate stock exchanges, while maintaining two separate legal entities. The company must meet all the listing requirements of both exchanges in order to be dual listed. Companies like Hewlett-Packard and Unilever (Dove and Axe Products) and COPL, for example, are dual listed companies. “When a company's securities are listed on more than one exchange for the purpose of adding liquidity (Liquidity describes the degree to which an asset or security can be quickly bought or sold in the market without affecting the asset's price) to the shares and allowing investors greater choice in where they can trade their shares. Dual listing is not a widely used technique, although it is thought to improve the spread between the bid and ask prices, which helps investors obtain a better price for their securities.” Benefits to dual listing are gaining access to a larger investor pool, increased opportunity for potential mergers and acquisitions, more relevant markets, higher public profile, and greater access to capital. A criticism of dual-listing is a lack of transparency, but 8020 Connect offers that as a solution to a new generation of global investors. 8020 Connect welcomes our newest client, $XOP/COPL: Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited. COPL is a junior oil and gas company focused in Sub-Saharan African. Listed on LSE: COPL & TSXV: XOP. Join their Investor Group to learn more! COPL also has an investor-focused Twitter to keep investors informed.   http://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/duallisting.asp#ixzz4FRGnJA14
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How We Use Oil in Our Everyday Lives
We all know that oil is important to our daily fuel needs: 72% of petroleum consumption is from Gasoline, Diesel and Jet Fuel. Here are some other items you may not have known come from petroleum:     Synthetic Rubber This substance is used for sporting goods, shoes, and tires. The average tire is made using around 8 gallons of oil. Synthetic rubber is also commonly used in wire and cable insulation.     Cosmetics & Haircare Oils, waxes, perfumes, dyes, shampoos, conditioners, and hair dyes all contain petroleum by-products.     Medications A majority of medications are derived from benzene, which comes from petroleum. Petrochemicals make up acetylsalicylic acid that is in aspirin. It may be in the coating around the pill as well, since petroleum is used to make the digestible empty capsules.    Lubricants Possibly the most common lubricant is your regularly scheduled oil change [motor oil], grease and paraffin wax in candles. Since some lubricants can contain as much as 90% oil, they are almost a pure petroleum by-product.     Cleaning products Glycerin, a petrochemical, is often found in detergents.     Fabrics Acrylic, Nylon and Polyester are all petroleum based fibers. They are durable, cheap, readily available and easily cared for.     Asphalt Asphalt is a semi-solid form of petroleum and can be either natural or refined. Its main purpose is to act as the glue between various minerals, creating a material known as asphalt concrete.     Plastic Nearly all plastics are made from petrochemicals and plastic is absolutely everywhere.     Food Petroleum by-products are used in many synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, including organic. The use of petrochemicals is also in preservatives, flavorings, colorings, and chewing gum. Oil helps produce more food, faster, and keeps it fresh longer.     Quattro Exploration & Production is a Calgary-based energy company focused on growth in Western Canada. Check out their Investor Group on 8020 Connect to learn more about Quattro.     http://listverse.com/2012/12/23/10-everyday-things-that-started-life-as-oil/
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Protecting Yourself: Recognizing Investing Scams
There is always some risk in any kind of investing transaction, but it is important to know first hand the signs of a scam. Being protected against fraud and loss should be a top priority for any investor, and the Alberta Securities Commission provides tools that will arm any investor with the knowledge they need to be aware. There are so many scams that can plague investors, but the Alberta Securities Commission has outlined the details in how to spot them. From Group fraud, where scammers prey on the bonds formed through religious and professional relationships, to Investment Clubs where people group their funds together to invest, to Ponzi and pyramid schemes with high promises and no risk, these scams are all very easy to detect with the right tools and knowledge on the investors side. For detailed information on all of the potential types of scams, please visit the Alberta Securities Commission website and protect yourself against fraud and loss. The Alberta Securities Commission offers resources on their website for investors to report suspected suspicious activities and investment opportunities. Local Securities Commissions, like Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia have educational sections for new investors and offer courses for those interested.     http://www.albertasecurities.com/investor/recognize-report-a-scam/Pages/recognizing-a-scam.aspx
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Knowing the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and accounts for 60%-80% of dementia cases. As we get older, some of these signs may seem as a natural part of the aging process, but the more severe they are, the more likely it goes beyond the typical.Here are the most common early signs of this disease:   Memory loss that effects daily life: Forgetting things and remembering them later may be a sign of normal aging. Often forgetting names and dates, asking for information repeatedly and relying heavily on reminder notes or electronic devices/calendars may be signs of early Alzheimer’s. Difficulty in solving problems or planning: This can include troubles following instructions or difficulty with numbers, including recipes or budgets. Challenges in completing daily tasks: This might be losing familiarity with commonly visited places, forgetting important information, etc. Confusion with time or place: Losing track of dates, months, seasons, timelines. Trouble understanding images or judging distance: Difficulty reading, judging distance and differentiating colour contrast, which can lead to problems driving. New problems with speech or writing: Struggling in social conversations, repeating what they are saying, losing train of thought entirely. Losing items or the ability to retrace steps: Misplacing items or putting them in unusual spots, and accusing them of being stolen. Poor judgement or decision making: Decisions like struggling with money and giving a large amount of money to a scam, telemarketer etc. Withdrawal from work or hobbies: Being unable to remember sports, social activities or falling behind on hobbies because they don’t remember how to complete them. Changes in mood or personality: People suffering from Alzheimer’s can become confused, fearful, depressed, anxious, on-edge and can be easily irritable. $PMN: ProMIS™ Neurosciences Inc., is a development stage biotech company that discovers and develops game changing precision therapeutics for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They are the newest client of 8020 Connect, check out their Investor Group today to learn more. http://alz.org/10-signs-symptoms-alzheimers-dementia.asp  
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Basic Economics of Canadian Oil
With oil and gas being active in 12 out of 13 provinces, this national industry accounts for $110 billion per year and vital energy and other products for Canadians. This industry will contribute $4 trillion to the Canadian economy over the next 20 years. “The oil and gas industry is Canada’s largest private sector investor, with oil sands alone injecting almost $23 billion into the economy in 2015. The oil sands industry and its suppliers contribute to government revenues through corporate taxes, personal income taxes, property taxes, royalties, land sales and other costs.” “In Canada, the oil and natural gas industry currently directly and indirectly employs more than 440,000 Canadians and is a key element of our national economy. While the oil and gas industry has undergone significant job losses in 2016 due to the decline in oil prices, the Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Enform expects rehiring will begin in 2017 as capital investment resumes and there is a need to fill positions left vacant by retiring baby boomers. By 2020, PetroLMI estimates the industry will require up to 55,300 new workers if oil prices increase to the US$60-$80/bbl range and historical retirements remain the same.” Not only does the Canadian oil industry produce jobs and economic benefit for all of Canada. Our oil and gas industry is one of the most regulated, most environmentally conscious and regards human safety as priority not a check list item. Canada should be the standard for which all other countries manage their energy assets and safety programs. Check out one of Canada’s junior energy companies on 80-20 connect: $QXP: Quattro Exploration & Production is a Calgary-based energy company focused on growth in Western Canada. http://www.capp.ca/canadian-oil-and-natural-gas/economic-competitiveness/labour http://www.canadasoilsands.ca/en/explore-topics/economic-contribution
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Investing For Youth
Investing can be hugely helpful in achieving long-term savings goals, like buying your first car, saving up for tuition for post-secondary education and even purchasing your first house. The Alberta Securities Commission has great resources on educating youth on the power of Investing. Here is some great information they provide on the different types of investments: Cash and cash equivalents Cash includes the money in your bank account and other “cash-like” investments that can earn you interest. These include savings bonds, treasury bills and guaranteed investment certificates. Cash investments are generally very safe, or “low risk,” and give you quick access to your money. However, they often have lower rates of return than other types of investments. Bonds When you buy a bond, you are lending your money to a government or company for a certain period of time. In return, they promise to pay you a fixed rate of interest at certain times and to repay the “face value” at the end of the bond’s term (its maturity date). Bonds typically offer better rates of return than cash investments because you’re taking on more risk by lending out your money for a longer period. Many bonds come with a guarantee and are relatively safe. Others offer much higher rates of return, but can be very risky and have no guarantees. Stocks When you buy stocks or “equities,” you become a part owner in a business. Depending on the size of the business, there could be hundreds or thousands of other part owners, or shareholders. You can make money on a stock in two ways: if the stock increases in value and or if the company pays a dividend. A dividends is a percentage of profits some companies may allocate to its shareholders. The share value of a stocks can go up or down— sometimes frequently and sometimes by a lot. Stocks can provide higher returns than other types of investments, but you also have a higher risk of losing some or all of your investment. Mutual funds Mutual funds are a collection of investments from one or more categories. Each fund focuses on specific investments, like government bonds, stocks from large companies, stocks from certain countries, or a mix of stocks and bonds. The level of risk and return depends on what the fund invests in. Alternative Investments Alternative investments include more complicated types of investments like options, futures and forward contracts, income trusts, limited partnerships, hedge funds and foreign currency trading. These are typically meant for sophisticated investors who can afford to take more risks. Risk and return Risk means the possibility of losing money on your investment. Return is the amount of money that you earn on an investment. Usually, the higher the potential return, the higher the risk.” The Alberta Securities Commission also offers the Make it Count website for parents, to help teach money management to their children. For more resources, please visit the ASC page for Students! “These are very basic descriptions of some of the investments available to investors and we will continue to provide you information on investing and investments. However, please take the time to learn about your investments before investing and always ask an investment professional or trusted family member before making an investment.” -Darren Stewart CEO 80-20 Connect. Alberta Securities Commission Resources Games and Learning Tools The Game of Life – board game, and zAPPed Edition (for iPad, iPhone, iPod) FSI: Fraud Scene Investigator (for high school), created by the North American Securities Administrators Association Gazillionaire, Zapitalism, and Profitania – games by LavaMind Hollywood Stock Exchange® – Buy and sell virtual shares of celebrities and movies. Live “Stock” Adventure (Junior High) – created by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Monopoly – various editions of board game, or online (zAPPed, Arcade Challenge, Wii Mini-Game) Stock Ticker – board game and online   http://www.albertasecurities.com/investor-education/CSA-investments-101.pdf
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