Cyber Security

Oculus VisionTech Inc. (TSXV: OVT) (OTCQB: OVTZ) (FSE: USF1), announces preparation for the launch of their "Forget Me Yes™". data privacy compliance platform.

The launch of the "Forget Me Yes™" (FMY) platform, in conjunction with its Data Protection System (DPS), will allow Oculus VisionTech to offer a line of security and regulatory required product(s) that target the fast growing market for cloud native and hybrid cloud business.

"The "FMY™" platform will be a business-critical component for most databases that operate with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software tools. This would mean businesses in countries where Data Privacy regulation have been implemented (including Canada's newly proposed C-11 draft to PIPEDA) are potential customers of Oculus VisionTech.," stated Rowland Perkins, CEO of Oculus VisionTech.

International Data Corporation (https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US46214219) forecasts that the worldwide data privacy market grew 60.29% in 2019 and is expected to be a multi-billion market by 2023.

In addition, OVT advises that our wholly owned subsidiary OCL Technologies Corp. has recently been featured on Blocks & Files (https://blocksandfiles.com/about/) regarding our FMY™ Software-as-a-Service API Platform (https://blocksandfiles.com/2020/11/19/gdpr-right-to-be-forgotten-verification-tool/). No financial nor share consideration was paid for this blog, and OVT is not aware as to whether B&F currently have any share ownership.

The "Forget Me Yes™" (FMY) service manages both organizational and individual Right-to-be-Forgotten (RtbF) and Right-of-Erase (RoE) compliance of structured data for California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Nevada SB220, Washington Privacy Act (WPA), Brazil's LGPD and Europe's GDPR. Features include easy integration for Salesforce and other third parties, in-time compliance, automated persistent re-query delete including an audit trail for continuous compliance.

About Oculus

Oculus, http://ovtz.com/, is a cyber security company that creates systems for document and multimedia protection to combat tampering and digital piracy. Utilizing proprietary technology originally created for embedding digital watermarking video-on-demand (VOD) systems, Oculus has created a Cloud-based document protection system based on embedded digital watermarking. The Company's systems, services and delivery solutions include document, still image and motion video digital watermark solutions and documents, photographs (still image) and video content protection. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Oculus was founded by experts in image processing and is operated by an experienced management team.

Learn more about Oculus at http://ovtz.com/ or follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/OculusVT) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OculusVisiontech).

About OCL

OCL Technologies https://www.ocltechnologies.com/, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oculus, is specifically focused on providing enterprise organizations and individuals with highly-secure data privacy tools that provide sustained and continuous global regulatory compliance of data subject rights. Headquartered in San Diego, California, OCL Technologies was founded by industry veteran storage technology experts and is operated by an experienced management team.

Learn more about OCL Technologies at https://www.ocltechnologies.com/.

For further information, contact:

Anton Drescher
Telephone: (604) 685-1017
Fax: (604) 685-5777

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This news release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking statements"), including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this news release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among others, statements as to the intended uses of the proceeds received from the Offering. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "pro forma", "plans", "expects", "may", "should", "budget", "schedules", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "potential" or variations of such words including negative variations thereof and phrases that refer to certain actions, events or results that may, could, would, might or will occur or be taken or achieved. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including risks and uncertainties relating to, among others, the change of business focus of the management of Oculus, the inability of Oculus to pursue its current business objectives, the ability of the Company to obtain any required governmental, regulatory or stock exchange approvals, permits, consents or authorizations required, including TSXV final acceptance of the Offering and any planned future activities, and obtain the financing required to carry out its planned future activities. Other factors such as general economic, market or business conditions or changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting the Company's industry, may also adversely affect the future results or performance of the Company. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and Oculus assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Although Oculus believes that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance those beliefs, plans, expectations, or intentions will prove to be accurate.

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Oculus VisionTech

Overview

Oculus VisionTech (TSXV:OVT,OTCQB:OVTZ,FSE:USF1) is a technology company focused on developing innovative data privacy solutions within the growing data governance and compliance markets. The company’s Forget Me Yes solution is a software as a service (SaaS) platform that aims to streamline how companies handle data and navigate complex regulatory environments. Oculus VisionTech is targeting the global RegTech market that is expected to reach US$55.28 billion by 2025 expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 52.8 percent according to Markets and Markets.

Today’s companies are expected to keep pace with modern data protection regulations. While these regulations vary by jurisdiction, modern governments continue to assess and pass new laws regarding data privacy. For example, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) represent two of the most stringent systems of data regulation in the world. These regulations empower individuals and organizations with the right to access and request the deletion of personal information—otherwise known as the right to be forgotten, or the right of erasure.

Regulations like the GDPR and the CCPA allow individuals to submit what’s known as a data subject access request (DSAR), which must be fulfilled within a certain timeframe and cannot require a fee. A DSAR response on behalf of an organization typically includes access to personal data, a lawful basis for its possession, and the names of third parties that share its access, among other relevant details.

The GDPR is arguably the most challenging compliance framework businesses could encounter. The average cost of compliance for organizations across all industries is US$5.47 million, however, these costs can vary significantly based on the digital infrastructure needed for compliance. The growth of the data governance market can be attributed to growing privacy concerns among the public as well as the risk of non-compliance penalties, which are often substantial. The importance of data privacy and protections took the mainstream by storm in 2018 when data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica was revealed to be harvesting the Facebook data of tens of millions of users. The data was then allegedly used to influence the United States’ Presidential Election. While the cost of the Cambridge Analytica scandal remains incalculable, a recent GDPR breach survey estimates more than 175 million Euros has been collected in GDPR fines since 2018.

On average, non-compliance costs businesses upwards of US$4 million. Importantly, non-compliance costs more than twice the cost of maintaining compliance, incentivizing companies to get ahead of the regulatory challenges involved with handling digital data. Oculus VisionTech is hoping to streamline compliance with a data privacy tool that guarantees the right to be forgotten by targeting long-term data storage that has been held for backup and recovery purposes. “Our Right-To-Be-Forgotten platform will address the requirements of data privacy regulation implementing a modern platform to ensure compliance across an organization’s entire array of data processing capabilities,” said CEO Rowland Perkins. “We are excited to incorporate innovative data protections into the Oculus product offering. As a developer of next-generation data protection and security offerings, we see a synergy between Oculus and the Right-To-Be-Forgotten Platform and our team will be examining unique applications and market opportunities for Oculus.”

Since the GDPR was implemented in May 2018, organizations have been forced to adapt to comprehensive compliance legislation and growing privacy concerns. In addition to the GDPR, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced both public and private sectors to rethink data privacy once more. In particular, the rapid transition between in-office and remote work has forced many IT departments to remain compliant while large portions of the workforce transition to remote workspaces. As businesses continue to rely heavily on digital systems to maintain and protect their data, Oculus VisionTech aims to provide secure solutions to both protect and permanently delete sensitive information.

Oculus VisionTech’s management team consists of industry experts who have held high-level positions at corporations such as Sony, HP, and Amazon Web Services. The company plans to leverage its experience and expertise in the tech industry while continuing to develop and market its innovative products and services. President and founder Michael Johson in particular is a tech industry veteran, creating Oculus VisionTech after spending time as the Business Development Director with the Archival Solutions Division at Sony Electronics.

Company Highlights

  • Forget Me Yes platform is designed to secure, protect and delete sensitive information used by corporations with data-heavy business models
  • The RegTech market is expected to reach US$55.28 billion by 2025 expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 52.8 percent
  • The average cost of compliance for organizations across all industries is US$5.47 million
  • The approximate cost to non-compliant businesses is double the estimated cost of implementing compliant systems and platforms
  • The growth of the data governance market can be attributed to growing privacy concerns, especially those driven by the Cambridge Analytica scandal
  • Forget Me Yes platform is compliant with the GDPR, the most stringent data privacy protection legislation in the world
  • President and CEO Michael Johnson brings significant experience to the team, including time spent as Development Director with the Archival Solutions Division at Sony Electronics
  • Recent agreement with NOX Co. Ltd. to introduce the ComplyScanTM cloud-backup compliance reporting and Forget-Me-YesTM data privacy management products through Japan and Asia-Pacific (APAC) wide sales channels.
  • Agreement with Nitech to introduce the ComplyScanTM cloud-backup compliance reporting and Forget-Me-YesTM data privacy management products to their Western US-based SMB and Enterprise customers.

“Forget Me Yes” Platform

Data privacy has always been important, however, increasing public awareness and government action have turned privacy into a highly-publicized issue. Growing concerns about how personal data was being used by massive corporations came to a head in the first half of 2018, when Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal captured the attention—and outrage—of the media, the public, and most importantly, regulators around the world.

In May 2018, the GDPR took effect for any organization operating within the European Union as well as its business partners. In practice, the data protection methods outlined by the GDPR can be costly and burdensome, however, the costs of fines and repairs to non-compliant systems can be even heavier.

Streamlining Compliance

Oculus VisionTech is developing a SaaS platform designed to meet the complex compliance requirements set forth by the GDPR and similar data governance legislation. The platform guarantees the right to be forgotten by ensuring that personal data is stored in a way that neither the customer nor a third-party service may gain direct access. The Forget Me Yes platform does this by “remembering” what information to “forget” through the encrypted protections and automatic systems of deletion.

The platform will follow what is commonly referred to as zero-knowledge protocol with end-to-end encryption, whereby only the subscriber can access their personal data. The Forget Me Yes platform is designed to help businesses avoid non-compliance fines while satisfying consumer concerns over data protection and privacy.

Next Steps

The Forget Me Yes platform is on track for deployment by the first quarter of 2021. The worldwide market for privacy management software reached US$5.2 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.7 percent between 2019 and 2027. The global market for GDPR services alone is expected to reach US$4.04 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of 23.4 percent.

The global market for data compliance management may continue to grow due to the rapid transition between in-person and remote work catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As organizations continue the search for data privacy tools that are easy to implement while remaining reliably effective, Oculus VisionTech is aiming to fulfill this need with its upcoming SaaS platform.

Management Team

Rowland Perkins – President, CEO, and Director

Mr. Perkins was formerly the President & Chief Executive Officer of ebackup Inc. (2001-2015) (a private corporation), a digital cloud data service provider specializing in cloud services, data backup and business continuity. Mr. Perkins has over 45 years of business experience and 30 years with various public companies. Mr. Perkins is a director of one other publicly trade company: Corvus Gold Inc, since August 2010, he is a former director of Xiana Mining Inc. (TSXV) from 2011 to 2018, and of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Perkins is also a director of Blue Rhino Capital Corp. and Lamaska Capital Corp. Mr. Perkins has a degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba.

Anton J. Drescher – CFO, Secretary, and Director

Mr. Drescher has been a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant since 1981. He is currently involved with several public companies including as: a director (since 1991) of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., a public mining company listed on the TSX and the NYSE-MKT; a director (since 1996) and Chief Financial Officer (since 2012) of Xiana Mining Inc., a public mineral exploration company listed on the TSXV; a director (since 2007) and the Chief Financial Officer of Oculus VisionTech Inc., a public company involved in watermarking of film and data listed on the TSXV and the OTC Bulletin Board; a director (since 2014) of CENTR Brands Corp., a public company listen on the CSE; a director (since 2020) of Blue Rhino Capital Corp., a public company listen on the TSXV; a director (since 2020) of Lamaska Capital Corp., a public company listed on the TSXV. Mr. Drescher is also the President (since 1979) of Westpoint Management Consultants Limited, a private company engaged in tax and accounting consulting for business reorganizations, and the President (since 1998) of Harbour Pacific Capital Corp., a private company involved in regulatory filings for businesses in Canada.

Michael Johnson – President and Co-Founder

Mr. Johnson is a business development executive who co-founded and is currently President of OCL Technologies Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oculus VisionTech. A data protection and compliance market entrepreneur, he has been actively involved in the creation of regulatory-compliant data storage solutions for the Financial Services, Healthcare, Government, Insurance and Media & Entertainment markets. Prior to OCLT, Michael was a Business Development Director with the Archival Solutions Division at Sony Electronics, providing thought-leadership for the introduction of ExaByte-class enterprise storage solutions to the Autonomous Vehicle/IoT, Big Data and high-performance compute markets worldwide.

Tom Perovic – Director and CTO

Mr. Perovic has over 30 years of experience in high technology management, from research and development to high-level and top development and executive positions in businesses including automotive industry, in particular in developing and releasing autonomous driving AD Perception products , and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), based on AI – Machine/Deep learning models, for major OEMs, including Daimler, BMW, Toyota, Honda Ford and GM, electronics (embedded hardware, imaging/video processing based products), real-time automotive grade, functional safety compliant embedded software development, running on intelligent RTOS (Real Time Operating System), sensor fusion (camera, LiDAR, Radar, ultrasonic) data capture, and real-time processed by deep learning Neural Networks, Internet centric streaming video content (movies) watermarking products for the entertainment industry, machine vision, IP based video communications, PCB production/development equipment, professional video (TV broadcasting), Internet imaging, security video surveillance, contract manufacturing, material handling/logistics and production/distribution. He has been a co-founder, President and CTO of ASPRO Technologies, a digital security/surveillance technology start-up from 1992-2002, General Manager of Magna International Inc. and Global Director of Engineering at Magna Electronics (Magna Vectrics) from 2002 to 2018 where he was responsible for restructuring since a takeover, P/L, development strategy, operational team building and leadership, and since 2018 till present Sr. Director, Toronto Automotive Center of Excellence (TACoE), LeddarTech Inc, LiDAR high technology company. He established TACoE AI based AD/ADAS/Perception division of LeddarTech from scratch, including building the scientific, engineering, and vehicle integration and quality teams, OPEX and CAPEX. Tom has been instrumental in several technology companies M&A process.

Kevin Yorio – Investor Relations

Kevin Yorio has been working in the technology sector for 20 years. Mr. Yorio started CCG Telecom in 2004 and has grown it to be an international provider of telecommunications products and services. CCG Telecom primarily focuses on Voice Over IP services specifically Microsoft Teams. Mr. Yorio also has a background in raising money for emerging public companies on the OTC Bulletin Board, and TSX Venture exchange. In addition to CCG Telecom Mr. Yorio also owns other small business’ interest. Mr. Yorio lives in Westerly Rhode Island.

Naturally Splendid Summarizes Plantein Distribution Network

Naturally Splendid Summarizes Plantein Distribution Network

Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd. ("Naturally Splendid", "NSE" or "the Company") (FRANKFURT:50N)(TSX-V:NSP)(OTC PINK:NSPDD) is pleased to provide the following summary of the Distribution Network assembled for sales and distribution of the Company's PlanteinTM line of plant-based foods

Naturally Splendid CEO Mr. J. Craig Goodwin states, "We have made several announcements recently regarding the build-out of our distribution network. I am pleased to report that we have assembled a superb network of Distributors servicing Canada from coast to coast. We have secured two (2) of the largest foodservice distributors in North America, which are complemented by Regional and Specialty Distributors. Our Regional and Specialty Distributors have been selected for their established clientele and ability to service niche markets, while the larger distributors will service the mainstream market through their national infrastructure".

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CoinSmart Announces Acquisition by Coinsquare, Creating one of Canada's Largest Crypto Asset Trading Platforms

CoinSmart Announces Acquisition by Coinsquare, Creating one of Canada's Largest Crypto Asset Trading Platforms

CoinSmart Financial Inc. (" CoinSmart " or the " Company ") (NEO: SMRT) (FSE: IIR), announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement dated September 22, 2022 (the " Purchase Agreement ") with Coinsquare Ltd. (" Coinsquare "), a leading Canadian crypto asset trading platform, pursuant to which CoinSmart has agreed to sell to Coinsquare all of the issued and outstanding shares of its wholly-owned operating subsidiary Simply Digital Technologies Inc. (" Simply Digital ") (the " Transaction ").

CoinSmart Financial Inc. Making Cryptocurrency Accessible. Buy, Sell and trade Bitcoin, Etherium, Solana, and more. (CNW Group/CoinSmart)

The acquisition and integration of these two businesses will establish Coinsquare as one of Canada's largest crypto asset trading platforms with a diversified and compliant offering across various business lines, including both retail and institutional trading, crypto payment processing, and digital asset custody. CoinSmart will hold approximately 12% ownership in Coinsquare on a pro-forma basis. The combined company has transacted over $10 billion since January 2018 , and will have over $350 million in assets under custody with a combined user base in excess of 1 million.

Coinsquare is in the final stages of its approval to become Canada's first crypto asset trading platform regulated as an Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (" IIROC ") dealer and marketplace member.

"Today is an exciting day for all of us at CoinSmart," said CoinSmart CEO Justin Hartzman . "We are thrilled to be working alongside the Coinsquare team to build one of the largest regulated crypto asset trading platforms in Canada and I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished so far. With a diversified product suite, exceptional crypto talent, and one of the largest user bases in Canada , the combined company will be well-positioned to pursue its aggressive expansion plans. While the crypto market is in the building phase of its life cycle, this transaction will provide the torque needed to be in a favourable position entering the next bull run."

"This acquisition represents a monumental and exciting milestone for both companies and brings together two industry leading management teams." said Coinsquare, CEO Martin Piszel . "We are excited to work together to shape how the crypto industry in Canada grows and evolves, and together we will be able to offer our clients the most innovative and secure products backed by the highest standards of regulation in the industry."

Key Transaction Benefits

  • One of Canada's Largest Crypto Asset Trading Platforms: combined company will have transacted over $10 billion in crypto transactions since January 2018 and will have over $350 million in assets under custody, together with a diversified and regulated platform across trading, payments, asset management, and digital asset custody.
  • Acquisition of Cash and Shares with Upside to Shareholders: consideration payable to CoinSmart at closing of $3 million in cash, and the issuance of 5,222,222 common shares of Coinsquare (" Coinsquare Shares "), with an aggregate deemed value of approximately $26,215,555 , plus the ability to receive up to approximately $20 million in additional cash consideration on the achievement of SmartPay business earn-out targets and 1,100,000 Coinsquare Shares on the achievement of over-the-counter (" OTC ") business earn-out targets. It is further anticipated that CoinSmart will hold cash (or crypto assets) of approximately $10 million on completion of the Transaction.
  • Investment in Canada's only Qualified Custodian for Digital Assets: backed by Coinsquare, Coinbase Ventures and other well-known financial institutions, Tetra Trust is Canada's only qualified custodian for digital assets, and represents significant potential upside for Coinsquare shareholders.
  • Exposure to Diversified Investment Portfolio: Coinsquare, through its subsidiary Coinsquare Investments Ltd., holds a diversified investment portfolio in assets, such as FRNT Financial (TSXV: FRNT) and two Blockchange Ventures funds.
  • Management Team to Join Coinsquare : CoinSmart Co-Founders Justin Hartzman, Jeremy Koven , and Michael Koral , amongst others, will join Coinsquare. Justin Hartzman will join the Coinsquare Executive Team and CoinSmart will be entitled to a nominee to join the Coinsquare Board of Directors upon completion of the Transaction.
  • Voting Support by Senior Officers and Directors of ~45%: each of the directors and certain senior officers of CoinSmart have entered into support and voting agreements with Coinsquare pursuant to which they have agreed to vote in favour of the Transaction.

Transaction Details

Pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, Coinsquare will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Simply Digital on a cash-free, debt-free basis.

The purchase price, which is subject to standard post-closing adjustments as set out in the Purchase Agreement, will be satisfied on closing by (i) the payment to CoinSmart of $3 million in cash, and (ii) the issuance of 5,222,222 Coinsquare Shares to CoinSmart. Coinsquare's largest shareholder, Mogo Inc. (NASDAQ: MOGO) (TSX: MOGO), disclosed in their most recent financials that they valued the Coinsquare Shares at approximately $5.02 per Coinsquare Share as of June 30 , 2022. There can be no assurance that such value per Coinsquare Share has not changed since June 30, 2022 .

Subject to the terms set forth in the Purchase Agreement, additional consideration will be payable to CoinSmart pursuant to the Transaction upon the achievement of certain revenue-based earn-out targets related to CoinSmart's SmartPay business and OTC trading business. Up to an additional $20 million in cash may be payable pursuant to the SmartPay earn-out (over a period of three years following closing of the Transaction) and up to an additional 1,100,000 Coinsquare Shares may be issuable pursuant to the OTC earn-out (over a period of one year following closing of the Transaction).

On completion of the Transaction, CoinSmart will hold approximately 12% of the issued and outstanding Coinsquare Shares. Coinsquare is a privately held company incorporated under the laws of Canada . Other than its interest in Coinsquare Shares and cash, CoinSmart will hold no other material assets immediately following the completion of the Transaction. The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of the Company (the " Board ").

Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Board may respond to an unsolicited bona fide written proposal that, having regard to all relevant terms and conditions of such proposal, constitutes or could reasonably be expected to constitute or lead to a Superior Proposal (as defined in the Purchase Agreement).

The Transaction will constitute the sale of all or substantially all of the undertaking of CoinSmart pursuant to the Business Corporations Act ( British Columbia ) and, accordingly, will require approval by not less than two-thirds of the votes cast at a special meeting of the shareholders of CoinSmart (the " Meeting "). CoinSmart currently expects to mail the management information circular in connection with the Meeting to shareholders on or before October 29, 2022 , and to hold the Meeting on or before November 29, 2022 . Subject to the satisfaction (or waiver) of applicable closing conditions as set forth in the Purchase Agreement, the closing of the Transaction is anticipated to occur in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The management of CoinSmart will be employed by Coinsquare following the closing of the Transaction and will continue to play an active role in the ongoing and future business of Simply Digital (including the SmartPay business and the OTC business).

Board Recommendation

The Board has unanimously determined that the Transaction is in the best interests of CoinSmart. Accordingly, the Board approved the Purchase Agreement and recommends that Shareholders vote in favour of the resolution to approve the Transaction at the Meeting.

Each of the directors and certain senior officers of the Company, collectively holding approximately 45% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company, have entered into support and voting agreements with Coinsquare pursuant to which they have agreed to support and vote in favour of the Transaction. In making its determination, the Board considered, among other things, an opinion provided to the Board by Eight Capital to the effect that, based upon and subject to the limitations, assumptions and qualifications stated in such opinion, the consideration to be received by CoinSmart pursuant to the Transaction is fair, from a financial point of view, to CoinSmart.

Financial Advisors and Counsel

In connection with the Transaction, CoinSmart has engaged Eight Capital as its financial advisor and Wildeboer Dellelce LLP as its legal advisor. Coinsquare has engaged Origin Merchant Partners as its financial advisor and Goodmans LLP as its legal advisor.

Additional Information

Complete details of the terms and conditions of the Transaction are set out in the Purchase Agreement, which will be filed by CoinSmart under its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .

In addition, further information regarding the Transaction will be contained in the management information circular in respect of the Meeting which will be filed on SEDAR at the time that it is mailed to shareholders. All shareholders are urged to read the information circular once it becomes available, as it will contain additional important information concerning the Transaction.

ABOUT COINSMART

CoinSmart is a leading Canadian-headquartered crypto asset trading platform dedicated to providing customers with an intuitive way for buying and selling digital assets, like Bitcoin and Ethereum. CoinSmart is one of the few crypto asset trading platforms in Canada to be registered as a securities dealer and marketplace with the Ontario Securities Commission. CoinSmart is also one of the first Canadian headquartered trading platforms to have an international presence, accepting customers across 40+ countries at a time when the digital asset industry continues to rapidly expand. CoinSmart further builds on its mission to make cryptocurrency accessible by providing educational resources tailored to every level of cryptocurrency knowledge and unparalleled 24/7 omni-channel customer support. Offering instant verification, industry leading cold wallet storage, advanced charting with order book functionality and over-the-counter premium services, CoinSmart ensures every client's needs are met with the highest level of quality and care. For more information, please visit www.coinsmart.com .

ABOUT COINSQUARE

Founded in 2014, Coinsquare, a private company incorporated under the laws of Canada provides customers with a proprietary platform engineered to deliver a robust, secure, and intelligent interface for trading Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and other digital assets. Coinsquare has grown to become Canada's oldest operating digital asset firm, trading on behalf of over half a million Canadians. Coinsquare has raised over $100M in capital and has successfully executed trades in excess of $8 billion to date. For more information, please visit www.coinsquare.com .

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains "forward-looking information" which may include, but is not limited to, information with respect to the activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future. Such forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words and phrases such as "plans," "expects," "is expected," "budget," "scheduled," "estimates," "forecasts," "intends," "anticipates," or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may," "could," "would," "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information in this press release includes, among other things, statements and information concerning: the anticipated benefits of the completion of the Transaction; the opportunities available to the combined company on completion of the Transaction; the consideration payable to the Company pursuant to the Transaction, including potential additional consideration payable upon the achievement of specified earn-out targets; the Company's pro-forma ownership of Coinsquare following completion of the Transaction; membership of the Company nominee on the board of Coinsquare following the completion of the Transaction; the requirement for the Company to obtain shareholder approval of the Transaction; the anticipated timing of the Meeting; the parties' ability to satisfy closing conditions, including the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals; and the anticipated timing for completion of the Transaction.

Various assumptions or factors are typically applied in drawing conclusions or making the forecasts or projections set out in forward-looking information. Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the Company. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other risk factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such risks in respect of forward-looking information in this press release include: risks associated with the Transaction and with purchase and sale transactions generally, such as the failure to satisfy closing conditions contained in the Purchase Agreement, the failure to obtain shareholder or regulatory approvals, and the absence of material adverse changes or other events which may give the parties a basis on which to terminate the Purchase Agreement; and the risk that the Transaction may not close on the anticipated timeline, or at all. In addition there are business risks and uncertainties associated with the digital currency industry generally, including: adapting to technological change, new products and standards; increased competition that adversely affects business; additional competition from new or existing technologies that adversely affect business; software products and/or services may contain undetected errors or "bugs", vulnerabilities or defects; damage or failure of information technology; cybersecurity risks associated with data security and hacking; potential violations of applicable privacy laws; political, economic and other uncertainties in respect of digital currencies; and various other risks as set out in the annual information form of the Company dated March 31, 2022 , in respect of the financial year ended December 31, 2021 , a copy of which is available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com . Although the Company has attempted to identify certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward- looking information. The Company undertakes no obligation, except as otherwise required by law, to update these forward-looking statements if management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors change.

The Transaction cannot close until the required shareholder and regulatory approvals are obtained. There can be no assurance that the Transaction will be completed as proposed or at all. The Transaction could be modified, restructured or terminated. Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the Purchase Agreement or management information circular to be delivered to shareholders in connection with the Transaction, copies of each of which are or will be filed under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com , any information released or received with respect to the Transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon.

The NEO Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news release.

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BTV Discusses ESG with GCM Mining, Green Impact Partners, Greenlane Renewables, Vertex Resource Group, & Electric Royalties

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Progressus Clean Technologies Executes Letter of Intent  with Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp for Industry-Leading Clean Hydrogen Joint Venture Pilot

Progressus Clean Technologies Executes Letter of Intent with Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp for Industry-Leading Clean Hydrogen Joint Venture Pilot

  • Pilot project to provide in-field proof of concept and operational data
  • Advancing a potential solution for global utility companies to blend hydrogen and natural gas
  • JV structured to support potential future growth and additional partnerships

Progressus Clean Technologies Inc. ("Progressus" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the execution of a letter of intent ("LOI") with Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp. (NEO: PWWR) (OTCQB:ALKFF) (Frankfurt: 77R, WKN: A3CTYF) ("AFCP") executed on September 12, 2022, to complete a joint venture ("JV") pilot project that aims to provide a solution for natural gas utilities to directly power both residential and commercial businesses. Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp. is a diversified investment platform developing affordable, renewable, and reliable energy assets and cleantech. The JV is intended to provide proof of concept for each company's technologies and assess the ability to combine various Progressus technologies with AFCP fuel cells to serve residential and small building customers across North America.

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REPEAT - Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp. Executes Letter of Intent with Progressus Clean Technologies Inc. for Industry-Leading Clean Hydrogen Joint Venture Pilot

REPEAT - Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp. Executes Letter of Intent with Progressus Clean Technologies Inc. for Industry-Leading Clean Hydrogen Joint Venture Pilot

  • Pilot project to provide in-field proof of concept and operational data
  • Advancing a potential solution for global utility companies to blend hydrogen and natural gas
  • JV structured to support potential future growth and additional partnerships

Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp. (NEO: PWWR) (OTCQB:ALKFF) (Frankfurt: 77R, WKN: A3CTYF) ("AFCP" or the "Company") a diversified investment platform developing affordable, renewable, and reliable energy assets and cleantech, is pleased to announce the execution of a letter of intent (" LOI ") with Progressus Clean Technologies Inc. (" Progressus ") executed on September 12, 2022, to complete a joint venture (" JV ") pilot project that aims to provide a solution for natural gas utilities to directly power both residential and commercial businesses. Progressus is a venture-stage green technology company developing solutions for hydrogen generation and separation, which are complementary to AFCP's fuel cell technologies. The JV is intended to provide proof of concept for each company's technologies and assess the ability to combine various Progressus technologies with AFCP fuel cells to serve residential and small building customers across North America.

Channce Fuller, President and CEO of Progressus and Frank Carnevale, CEO of Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp. shake hands upon finalizing the LOI.

Figure 1- Channce Fuller, President and CEO of Progressus and Frank Carnevale, CEO of Alkaline Fuel Cell Power Corp. shake hands upon finalizing the LOI.

"Alkaline Fuel Cell Power is pleased to be working with the talented team at Progressus to combine our respective technologies and accelerate the ability for utility companies to utilize natural gas pipelines for the distribution of hydrogen for residential and commercial customers, more immediately," said Frank Carnevale, Chief Executive Officer of AFCP. "This JV pilot project is a key milestone in our goal of making zero emission fuel cells widely available, handing ‘power to the people' so that individuals can both save on energy costs while positively contributing to global emission reduction targets."

"The missions and combined vision of AFCP and Progressus are very complementary to one another. By leveraging the strengths of both organizations, we can more efficiently and effectively solve the growing need for innovative hydrogen solutions. The proposed JV pilot project with AFCP is an active step towards progressing hydrogen innovation and combining the suite of technologies that will ultimately be needed for global hydrogen solutions in the future." said Channce Fuller, Chief Executive Officer of Progressus.

Summary of the JV

To reduce the CO2 emissions around the world, gas distribution companies and municipalities are setting-up projects to inject hydrogen into the local gas distribution grid. This gas mixture generally aims to contain up to 20% hydrogen and its use is targeted for residential and commercial buildings.

AFCP and Progressus will work together to execute a JV pilot project utilizing technologies from each company to provide in-field proof-of-concept, generate operational data that can inform continued development and market opportunities, and establish a platform to support future potential growth and additional partnerships. The exact location of the JV pilot project remains under consideration but initially, North America will be the focus with secondary priority given to potential future pilots in Europe.

Progressus technologies enable the extraction of dilute hydrogen from gas streams, a critical component as utility companies globally increasingly strive to inject hydrogen into natural gas streams. Progressus represents a solution that can extract the hydrogen at high efficiencies, complementing AFCP's low-cost combined heat and power (" CHP ") alkaline fuel cell and generator development.

The JV pilot project is designed to use the Progressus hydrogen separation technology to efficiently extract hydrogen at high purities from the existing natural gas grid, and then convert the purified hydrogen using either AFCP's 4 kW Micro-CHP or 4 kW generator to produce electricity, and potentially heat. This project could be put to immediate use in a residential home or commercial building, providing truly zero-emission power. AFCP has already identified interest from natural gas and electric utilities and municipalities to pilot the concept.

By accelerating the distribution of hydrogen through natural gas transportation networks, particularly in North America, sales of AFCP's alkaline fuel cell CHP units and generator systems could be rapidly scaled. Combining AFCP's and Progressus' technologies offers an ideal potential solution to support the generation of low carbon energy that contributes to the world's clean energy transition.

AFCP's conceptual designs for the 4 kW Micro-CHP and 10 kW Fuel Cell Generator systems

Figure 2- AFCP's conceptual designs for the 4 kW Micro-CHP and 10 kW Fuel Cell Generator systems

Background to the JV

The energy sector currently contributes approximately three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions and is therefore simultaneously capable of averting the worst effects of climate change 1 . To reduce CO 2 emissions, gas distribution companies and municipalities are advancing projects that facilitate the injection of hydrogen into the local gas distribution grid as a cleaner energy source.

In the last two years alone, more than two dozen hydrogen injection projects have been announced in the U.S., with additional commitments outlined in early 2022 2 . With the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), there is massive momentum building for additional investment in clean hydrogen solutions. Beyond the U.S., the largest global gas utilities (including SoCalGas, Enbridge, ATCO Gas, Snam SpA, Enagas S.A., and Open Grid Europe, to name a few) are all actively working on projects to inject hydrogen into their natural gas grids 3 .

The proposed pilot project would initially cover one extraction system linked to one 4 kW Micro-CHP or generator system, with expansion to a larger scale in future pilots designed to provide clean hydrogen and power for multiple residential users or commercial applications.

As the Company disclosed on August 26, 2002 , AFCP is expecting to have six prototype fuel cells to utilize within pilots, globally.

Outlook for Second Half of 2022

On June 20, 2002, the Company provided an outlook for the balance of 2022 and over the longer-term. As an example, the Company indicated that it will further accelerate and ramp up efforts to bring fuel cells to market, globally. The Company also indicated that it will look to secure additional strategic partnerships for the piloting and deployment of fuel cells in North America.

With this announcement, AFCP is pleased to continue to meet its outlook objectives for the second half of 2022.

ABOUT PROGRESSUS CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES

Progress Clean Technologies (formerly AES-100 Inc.) is a venture stage green technology company focused on the development of novel hydrogen generation and separation technologies. Progressus Clean Technologies owns the exclusive rights and intellectual property pertaining to the Advanced Electrolyzer System for the production of hydrogen from dilute syngas.

ABOUT Alkaline Fuel Cell Power CORP. (NEO: PWWR)

AFCP is a diversified investment platform developing affordable, renewable, and reliable energy assets and cleantech. We bring ‘Power to the People' today, combining a stable revenue stream with a future- forward vision to commercialize our advanced hydrogen fuel cell technology to meet the massive global market need, and ultimately generate compelling returns for investors.

AFCP operates through two global entities: Fuel Cell Power NV, a wholly owned subsidiary in Belgium, and PWWR Flow Streams ("PWWR Flow"), an AFCP brand in Canada.

  • Fuel Cell Power NV is focused on the development, production and commercialization of micro- combined heat and power ("micro-CHP") systems and off-grid and back-up power generators based on advanced alkaline fuel cell technology that generates zero CO2 emissions. Fuel Cell Power NV is working through milestones to deliver a commercialized alkaline fuel cell in 2024.
  • PWWR Flow is focused on the development, ownership and operations of combined heat and power ("CHP") assets. PWWR Flow assets deliver efficiency improvements of over 20% with reduced costs to customers in multi-residential and commercial applications. PWWR Flow has contracted existing CHP assets in Toronto, Canada, and has an additional pipeline of potential contracts valued at over $50 million currently in development.

AFCP is well positioned to deliver ‘Power to the People' in the global energy transition while offering a diversified cleantech growth platform for investors.

Further information is available on the Company website at https://www.fuelcellpower.com/ , and the Company encourages investors and other interested stakeholders to follow it on:

LinkedIn , Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Common shares are listed for trading on the NEO Exchange ("NEO") under the symbol " PWWR ", the OTC Venture Exchange "OTCQB" under the symbol " ALKFF " and on the Frankfurt Exchange under symbol " 77R " and " WKN A3CTYF " .

For further information, please contact:

Frank Carnevale
Chief Executive Officer
+1 (647) 531-8264
fcarnevale@fuelcellpower.com

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements relate to future events or future performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements or information. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", "occur" or "achieve". Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the Company's technology, intellectual property, business plan, objectives and strategy.

Forward-looking statements and information are provided for the purpose of providing information about the current expectations and plans of management of the Company relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that reliance on such statements and information may not be appropriate for other purposes, such as making investment decisions. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. The forward- looking statements and information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and no undertaking is given to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

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