Investing in the Cannabis Industry: The Highs and Lows of Cannabis Finance

Thursday, December 9, 2021

4:00 – 6:00 pm EST


Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC

Tyler Beuerlein

Tyler Beuerlein

CBDO at Hypur Inc. / Chairman Emeritus / Marijuana Business Daily Advisory Board

Matthew J. Nordgren

Matthew J. Nordgren

CEO and Founder of ARCADIAN Fund and ARCADIAN Capital Management

Jon Pedley

Jon Pedley

Serial Entrepreneur

Paul Vancea

Paul Vancea

Founder of WXYD Capital

Christina Björnström

Christina Björnström

Event Organizer and Manager

Investing in the Cannabis Industry: The Highs and Lows of Cannabis Finance

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You are cordially invited on behalf of the Financial Policy Council’s Board of Directors to our next Financial Policy Council webinar featuring a panel discussion about “Investing in the Cannabis Industry”


  • TOPIC: Investing in the Cannabis Industry: The Highs and Lows of Cannabis Finance
  • DATE: Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 pm EST
  • LOCATION: Worldwide
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, December 6, 2021

Topics to be Covered:

    • Who are the players that have invested in the Cannabis industry so far, who is investing now, and who is going to invest only later on?
    • Should investors look to the Cannabis stock market or should they invest in private cannabis companies?
    • Why is Wall Street investing / lending billions of millions of dollars in Cannabis, while banks won’t touch this industry?
    • Realistically speaking, when do you think federal legalization will happen? Is it right around the corner, or 3-5 years away, or longer?
    • Do you think interstate commerce will happen, and if so, how do investors hedge their investments?
    • If you had $100 million dollars to invest in Cannabis, exactly how would you allocate it, and what returns would you expect?
    • What do you have to say to people who think psychedelics (shrooms) will be the new cannabis industry?


Ziad K. Abdelnour is Founder, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc. a private “family office” in the business of originating, structuring & acting as equity investor in strategic corporate investments and co-Founder of Aeros-Blackhawk Partners; a trading platform focusing on the financing of real estate and project finance properties throughout the US.

Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council ; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation’s quintessential power brokers and policymakers

A member of TIGER 21, a peer-to-peer learning group for super high net worth individuals and of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) – a private group of global chief executives whose companies employ 16 million people and generate 6-trillion USD in annual revenues

Author of the bestselling book “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” and ”Startup Saboteurs: How Incompetence, Ego, and Small Thinking Prevent True Wealth Creation” to be published in Summer 2019.

Mr. Abdelnour has over 30 year experience on Wall Street backing over 125 companies & serial entrepreneurs worth in aggregate over 20 billion dollars in the private equity, high yield bond and distressed debt markets.

He holds a MBA in Finance Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania & BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut

Today, Mr. Abdelnour continues to be featured in hundreds of media channels and publications every year and is widely seen as one of the top business leaders by millions around the world.

He was just recently been featured as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World

The Panelists:

Tyler Beuerlein – Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) at Hypur Inc./ Chairman Emeritus, NCIA Banking and Financial Services Committee/ Marijuana Business Daily Advisory Board

In his role as Hypur’s Chief Revenue Officer, Tyler leverages his extensive experience in building brands, managing key relationships and strategic partnerships.

Tyler has been at the forefront of Hypur’s expansion efforts for over five years and touches Financial Institutions, Government Officials, Regulatory Bodies and the State Legal Cannabis industry. As a result, he possesses an intricate knowledge of the Banking and Regulatory climate, key industry influencers, industry dynamics and market history. He has also become a key contact for media outlets, analytics companies, industry consultants and investment firms searching for reliable, accurate sources of industry information.

Tyler’s contacts and relationships in the US State Legal cannabis industry are unparalleled.

As a result of his influential value, he was selected to be Chairman of the National Cannabis Industry Association Banking and Financial Services Committee. He is also a member of the Forbes Business Development Council, frequently publishing articles about the banking and payment environment in the cannabis industry.

Tyler founded and managed a large beverage company prior to joining the Hypur team and was a Professional athlete in the New York Mets Organization.

Matthew J. Nordgren – CEO and Founder of ARCADIAN Fund and ARCADIAN Capital Management

Matthew Jason Nordgren is an ambitious executive, dedicated philanthropist, and accomplished athlete who brings a unique passion for creating strategic alliances. He brings breadth and depth of experience in finance, corporate development, and capital sourcing, as well as in building highly motivated teams of skilled professionals.

In 2005, Mr. Nordgren received his education at the University of Texas at Austin, while playing football for the Texas Longhorns football team. As a quarterback on a National Championship winning team, he developed skills that would be carried through his lifetime and core business philosophies. While playing football on scholarship for The University of Texas, he was able to graduate with two degrees in less than four years and was accepted into and pursued a dual master’s degree program at the University of Dallas. After playing professionally briefly with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles, Mr. Nordgren went on to earn two additional master’s degrees in both business and sports management from the University of Dallas. He was subsequently featured on the Bravo TV show “Most Eligible Dallas,” while becoming a partner in the family business, NORDCO, Inc., a Dallas-based energy firm. This is also when he helped to develop, manage and build his first private equity/family office business with a sports and media focus which lead to a career in running various investment vehicles across a broad spectrum of strategies.

Throughout his career, Mr. Nordgren has been appointed to many executive leadership positions at a wide-ranging group of companies and industries. From real estate to sports and entertainment, from hospitality to insurance and financial services, from emerging industries to later stage leveraged buy outs, he is singularly focused on finding synergistic opportunities in early stage private growth rounds that have upside potential. He is committed to successfully helping manage the overall financial state of his partners businesses and the companies with which he and his partners have interests within.

Mr. Nordgren is currently CEO and Founder of ARCADIAN Fund and ARCADIAN Capital Management, a venture fund/private equity strategy focused on the ancillary service providing companies in and around the cannabis and hemp industries. More specifically, on Series A/B type opportunities where proven businesses are looking for growth equity to continue scaling into new markets. He was recently name one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the Cannabis Industry” by High Times Magazine and ranked number 3 globally by Business Insider in terms of investment companies focused on the emerging cannabis and hemp sectors. Additionally, he is the founder of Nordco Consulting LLC, a private consulting firm dedicated to the business development of middle market companies with forward-thinking vision. To date, Mr. Nordgren has personally been involved with over $7 billion in transactions and maintains a portfolio of approximately 30 plus companies.

Jon Pedley is an Englishman based in East Africa who believes in the power of capitalism to positively transform lives, communities and countries dramatically and sustainably.

After a number of successes in IT, online and FMCG businesses Jon has already been a part of two successful UK medical marijuana start-ups and is currently working on a third which will create up to 10,000 jobs in Uganda as part of a huge grow operation and a centre of excellence for medical and recreational cannabis.

Jon believes that the biggest opportunity for cannabis investment and returns is a developing European consumer market supplied by a low-cost, high quality sub Saharan African supply chain.

Paul Vancea – Founder of WXYD Capital
Paul moved from Romania to San Diego at 14 years old, and he later graduated from Brandeis University, Magna Cum Laude with a triple major in economics, business and film.

Paul started his career as a corporate financial analyst for a $7B telecommunications company in Massachusetts and subsequently worked in the Boston tech industry, where he helped create several Fintech startups and an investment fund, raising millions of dollars. ​
A few years later, Paul moved to Denver, CO to join a cannabis publicly traded company, where he led the finance and accounting departments.

Once in the industry, Paul learned about the lack of access to capital and financial infrastructure in the cannabis industry, and saw an opportunity to use his finance skills and network of financial institutions and private funders to help build the cannabis financial services ecosystem.

The Cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industry in the nation, with the least access to capital and financial infrastructure. This needs to change.

Paul created WXYD Capital to work with current and future Cannabis lenders and financial services providers to bring as much capital as possible into the cannabis industry, through both education and facilitating deals.

Paul’s goal with WXYD Capital is to help develop the cannabis financial services industry so that it can allow producers and retailers provide consumers access to cannabis in the most efficient ways possible. ​

Paul is also a Board Member and Head of Publications Committee for the Financial Policy Council in NYC, and serves on the Banking and Financial Services Committee with the National Cannabis Industry Association.


Christina Björnström is a serial tech entrepreneur, journalist, advisor, and speaker. Christina Björnström has previously cofounded 3 startups, held executive roles at tech companies, and served as President and Executive Director of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce New England (2015-2018), where she helped establish Boston as a point of national/strategic interest for the Swedish government.

Christina has launched several seminal STEM initiatives in Boston including hackathons for elementary school children and innovation bootcamps. Currently the Cofounder and CEO of a stealth artificial intelligence/security platform, Christina is also the Founder of Ström Consulting, an MBA admissions consultancy, and regularly advises autonomous driving, AI, and cryptocurrency startups on fundraising, business development, and commercializing R&D.

A frequent contributor to panel discussions and podcasts on entrepreneurship, deep tech, and women in tech, Christina serves as an Instructor for FutureHack, Community Leader for Fishbowl’s Women in Tech, Judge for the Hult Prize Finals, and mentor for the Entrepreneur Futures Network.

Christina holds a BA(Hons) Politics and Human Rights from the University of Essex and an MA in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management from Harvard University.

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