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DSI Columns® Feature A New System to Provide Maximum Wind Resistance for Homes in Coastal and Storm Prone Areas

Digger Specialties, Inc (DSI)

Digger Specialties Inc. (DSI), a leading manufacturer of building materials offers an in-depth selection of beautiful, durable, and functional columns that provide upscale curb appeal to the porch, front entry, or exterior of residential homes or commercial properties. DSI Columns ® offer quality craftsmanship, impeccable design, and integrated architectural elements to deliver an elegant, low-maintenance, and long-lasting column. Effective immediately, DSI is now offering Uplift Kits for most of its column designs which provide protection during high wind situations by reducing vertical movement of the column. Columns installed with Uplift Kits have been tested to an industry best 5,000 pounds of wind uplift resistance. These kits are appropriate in any geographic area are but are particularly effective in coastal areas or any locations subject to high winds. DSI columns are available in aluminum, composite, and fiberglass materials and a variety of aesthetic designs can be selected which include round, raised and recessed panels, and square and fluted columns depending on the material selected. Aluminum columns are available in 12 standard colors. These structural and non-structural columns from DSI provide numerous options for homeowners and builders. One of the major benefits of DSI Columns ® is a significant labor savings compared to site built columns. All DSI Columns ® products are designed for ease of installation. DSI Columns ® can also serve the function of providing a wrap over existing wood or other supports for a classic and more beautiful, weather resistant, and durable upgrade. Larry G. Boyts, VP of Sales and Marketing for Digger Specialties, Inc., stated “DSI Columns ® offer significant aesthetic and installation benefits unmatched in the marketplace. The comprehensive group of materials, styles, and designs are offered to provide a wide array of solutions to the property owner and builder. Uplift Kits add durability and capability to our company’s column product line”. DSI Columns ® come with a lifetime limited warranty from DSI, a leading manufacturer of building products. For more information about DSI Columns ® and their new optional Uplift Kits, visit DSI is an industry leading manufacturer of aluminum and vinyl railing, aluminum and vinyl fencing, gates, composite, aluminum, and fiberglass architectural columns and outdoor lighting. For information about DSI’s entire group of products visit Attachment: DSI Columns ® photo Contact Details DSI/Westbury aluminum railing Chris H. Beyer +1 704-438-7998 Company Website

May 02, 2022 01:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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TJ44 and Provana Establish Compliance Advisory


Provana, provider of the industry’s first unified platform for compliance and performance management, today announced a strategic partnership with TJ44 Consulting LLC, a compliance consultancy founded by Tara Trantham, who was previously Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Southern Management Corporation, in addition to General Counsel and Senior Vice President at World Acceptance Corporation (WRLD). The new solution combines Tara’s legal and compliance acumen, built across years working directly with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and Provana’s comprehensive compliance management suite, IPACS. The announcement was made from the American Financial Services Association’s (AFSA) Independents Conference & Expo in La Quinta, California. Coming at a pivotal moment, on the heels of the CFPB’s announcement that it will exercise its dormant authority to examine non-bank lenders and financial services companies, the joint solution aims to help a broad scope of now regulated organizations achieve compliance rigor. “In today’s ever-changing regulatory environment, it is incredibly valuable to understand what’s happening with state-level regulators as well as state and national industry associations to stay ahead of impactful law changes,” said Tara Trantham, Founder and CEO of TJ44 Consulting LLC. “I’m thrilled to bring my experiences from working on Capitol Hill to Provana so we can help agencies and fintechs alike establish an effective compliance solution.” Sean Clark, SVP of Platforms at Provana, added, “Tara’s deep, hands-on experience of working intimately with regulators in Washington, D.C. is invaluable for organizations of all types who are grappling with the regulatory changes coming from the CFPB. We’re excited to incorporate Tara’s knowledge into our tech platforms to help more clients automate and uphold top-notch compliance programs.” About Provana Provana’s SaaS-based digital operating platform is the first of its kind, giving leaders control over process-intensive operations. We serve law firms, insurance companies, accounts receivable agencies and networked enterprises in the US market that are tightly regulated by the CFPB and other authorities. Built on decades of experience in machine learning, natural language processing and business process management, Provana helps customers manage sensitive interactions, analyze unstructured data, process personal information, and ensure compliance. Provana is backed by a NYC-based Fintech PE, most recently raising funds in November 2020. Learn more at About TJ44 Consulting, LLC Built on decades of litigation experience with the CFPB, SEC, DOJ, OCC and FBI, TJ44 Consulting LLC – Compliance and More on Demand has established itself as the foremost authority on compliance, risk management and creditors’ rights. With over 50 combined years of experience in financial services, consumer credit and collection, auto and mortgage landing, TJ44 offers complete back-office solutions, risk identification and management services, bankruptcy services, and more. Contact Details Britney Schaeffer +1 469-774-2409 Company Website

May 02, 2022 07:05 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Shareholder Activist Wants Warren Buffett to 'Save' Capitalism

National Legal & Policy Center

Peter Flaherty, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), will today present a shareholder proposal to separate the roles of Chairman and CEO at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha. Both positions are held by Warren Buffett. Here is the complete text of Flaherty's planned remarks: I am Peter Flaherty, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center. Our mission is to promote ethics in public life. Toward that end, we sponsor the Corporate Integrity Project. Our proposal would separate the roles of Chairman and CEO. I’d take it one step further and suggest that Berkshire remove itself from corporate America’s assault on American institutions and culture. I am proud to say that I am a capitalist, but it is obvious to me be that capitalism is failing to deliver for the American people. Is this meeting Woodstock for capitalists, or is it Altamont? Real wages have been falling for years. Wealth disparity has never been greater. And right outside my hotel window here in Omaha is a homeless encampment, an all-too-familiar sight in American cities. We don’t have a free economy; we have bailout capitalism. When small businesses lose money, they go out of business, but when billionaires bet wrong, government steps in to save their fortunes. Money printing by the Federal Reserve and irresponsible, debt-fueled spending by politicians — called fiscal stimulus — have artificially inflated asset values. So those with the most assets benefit the most. Wage earners get ruinous inflation. But even worse than the wealth gap is the values gap. The top 1% now seek to impose their corrupt morality upon the rest of us, whether it is in the form of Critical Race Theory, transgenderism, or the myriad of other “woke” causes that permeate corporate advertising and messaging. Why has corporate America embraced both economic and cultural radicalism? It’s pretty simple. When you have so much money, your fortune is going to come under scrutiny. The best way to insulate yourself and keep anti-business activists off your back is to embrace their causes, even if in the process you undermine the system that produces your wealth. That is what allows Mr. Buffett to advocate higher taxes, even though everyone knows they will fall mainly on the middle class, or bankroll the likes of Hillary Clinton. The Federal Reserve has offered free money to corporate America for over a decade now, creating a class of oligarchs, and greatly enhancing corporate political power. Executives now believe they can tell elected governors and legislators what to do, as we have seen in Indiana, Georgia, Texas and Florida. Last year, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey, a British citizen, sought to kill Georgia’s new voter integrity law by making inaccurate and inflammatory statements about it. He also instituted diversity training whereby white employees were encouraged to “try to be less white.” Despite being Coke’s most celebrated shareholder, Warren Buffett has done nothing about Quincey. In fact, Mr. Buffett jumped on the “America is racist” bandwagon by signing a statement by corporate leaders suggesting that Republicans seek to restrict ballot access based on race. All this did not prevent Coke from sponsoring the Winter Olympics in China, which has never had a free election, and where minority communities are the victims of genocidal policies. And what about Apple? A large part of Apple’s supply chain is in China. The company removes apps from the app store at the request of the Chinese government because they are used by human rights activists. And of course, Apple is the world’s most successful corporate-tax minimizer, famous for routing profits through offshore tax shelters. Over at American Express, the company instituted an “Anti-Racist Initiative” for employees that teaches that capitalism is fundamentally racist and requires workers to engage in an exercise to determine whether they are “oppressor” or “oppressed.” Activism by “woke” CEOs may be reaching its limits. The people of Florida are fighting back against Disney’s Robert Chapek, who not only embraces the view that gender is a form of oppression, but that kindergarteners must be forced to confront it. Mr. Buffett has praised the brand endurance of Disney’s characters and the trust parents place in its content to be safe and appropriate for children. But now the company is adding warnings to Dumbo, Peter Pan and Aladdin about the stereotypes they allegedly portray. And poor Prince Charming has been excised for kissing Snow White QUOTE, UNQUOTE “without consent.” Warren Buffett has yet to address the crisis gripping corporate America, and I fear he never will. Yes, Berkshire may be a holding company, and Mr. Buffett may stay out of the way of managers, but what happens when these executives use their companies to wage a social revolution that most Americans don’t want? Is he not responsible? He can’t have it both ways. In this country, wealth has been admired and even celebrated because our system allows anyone to become rich. But what happens when Americans suddenly find their history and future under attack by Corporate America? The social contract that permits for such affluence will be broken. Mr. Buffett, if you are the face of capitalism, why don’t you do something to save it? Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Peter Flaherty +1 202-329-8357 Company Website

April 30, 2022 10:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Velocity Global to play ball in partnership with the Rockies in 2022

Velocity Global

Talent solutions company to sponsor fastest pitch of the game, other brand engagements at Coors Field Velocity Global to serve as the official global workforce solution platform for the Colorado Rockies Velocity Global, the leading provider of global talent solutions, and the Colorado Rockies baseball franchise today announced a robust partnership for the 2022 season. Velocity Global will serve as the official global workforce solutions platform of the Colorado Rockies. As part of the sponsorship, Velocity Global will present the fastest pitch of the game after the first six innings and will also receive an in-game feature during an inning break or pitching change on the main video board. “Like the Rockies, we’re proud to be a part of what makes Denver a better place to live and raise a family,” stated Velocity Global founder and CEO Ben Wright. “Just as our name implies, our company has grown and works with extreme velocity, so this partnership is truly a home run. Working with the Rockies allows us to further our commitment to the city our company calls home, and we look forward to our employees joining others in the community to enjoy Rockies game days.” “Velocity Global is a cutting-edge tech company that represents the future of the workforce,” said Walker Monfort, Rockies Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “As a Denver-based employer that understands the changing dynamics in today’s world, we’re thrilled to team up with Velocity Global this season.” In addition to the high-speed pitch of the game, Velocity Global will be featured around the stadium in engaging and dynamic physical and digital assets. These assets will prominently display Velocity Global’s branding and messaging around Coors Field (home and visitor bullpens, and concourse televisions framing). As the largest global Employer of Record (EoR) in 185 countries and all 50 United States, Velocity Global manages a client’s talent, providing in-country and in-state compliance, payroll, and benefits for the supported employees. About Velocity Global Velocity Global accelerates the future of work for anyone, anywhere, anyhow. Its Global Work Platform™ simplifies the employer and talent experience through its proprietary cloud-based talent management technology, backed by personalized expertise and unmatched global scale. The platform offers a full suite of talent solutions, including global Employer of Record and Contractor Management, to help companies onboard, manage, and pay talent in more than 185 countries and all 50 United States. Thousands of brands rely on Velocity Global to build international teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. Velocity Global was named a “Leader” in Global Employer of Record services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across six continents. For more information, visit Contact Details Velocity Global Chris McGrath +1 720-650-4348 Company Website

April 29, 2022 10:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Letter Outlines Significant Concerns with House Committee’s Unreleased Report

United Network for Organ Sharing

Today, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Board President Matthew Cooper, M.D. and Board Vice President Jerry McCauley, M.D. sent a letter to the Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sharing their concerns about a report that the committee chose not to release. After receiving an embargoed copy of the report, media outlets began inquiring about the contents. Based on their questions, the report appeared to draw inaccurate conclusions about the nation’s organ donation and transplant system based on a fundamental misunderstanding of donation data and the organ procurement process. The UNOS letter outlines concerns about the impact such a report could have on patients and expressed disappointment in the lack of basic knowledge outside critics involved in the report’s development appear to have about organ donation and recovery. The letter also thanked members of the committee for halting the report’s release. Below are excerpts from the letter: “It is our understanding that the report concludes that some of the nonprofits responsible for facilitating organ donations, organ procurement organizations (OPOs), are missing the “vast majority” of opportunities for donation. Based on the statistics shared with us by the press, it appears as though the report assumes that every person who has died in a hospital is a “potential donor,” even if they were not medically cleared to be an organ donor. In fact, less than 1% of all deaths in the U.S. occur in ways clinically compatible with organ donation; people who die of cancer, sepsis, certain infectious diseases, or organ failure are ruled out for donation by the OPO using medical criteria established by transplant physicians for the safety of the potential recipient.” “The effect of recommending that organ procurement organizations should seek donation authorization for every in-hospital death would have OPOs approaching grieving families about organ donation – even when the OPO had already determined that that donation was not a clinical possibility. Giving false hope to families at such a difficult time wouldn’t just be inefficient, it would be cruel.” “This is not the first time that the organ donation and transplant system has been the subject of criticisms based on inaccurate data. A small group of critics has been circulating a series of op-eds, self-funded “research,” and out-of-context references to paint the world’s highest-performing organ donation and transplant system as ineffective.” The letter closes with Cooper and McCauley sharing the ongoing successes of the nation’s donation and transplantation system and referring to the thoughtful recommendations offered in the recently released National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report as a blueprint for continuing to improve the system, address challenges, and best serve patients. Read the full letter here. ### About UNOS United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the mission-driven non-profit serving as the nation’s transplant system under contract with the federal government. We lead the network of transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to honoring the gifts of life entrusted to us and to making lifesaving transplants possible for patients in need. Working together, we leverage data and advances in science and technology to continuously strengthen the system, increase the number of organs recovered and the number of transplants performed, and ensure patients across the nation have equitable access to transplant. Contact Details Anne Paschke +1 804-782-4730 Company Website

April 29, 2022 10:13 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Top Tips for Returning to the Office


With pandemic restrictions being lifted around the country, people are returning to a work environment that looks familiar but feels much different. Recently, Dr. Dana Sumpter, a Professor of Organization Theory and Management at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss tips for employees, especially working moms, returning to the office and what organizations can do to help facilitate the process. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Employees are facing many challenges as they return to the office, especially working parents and caregivers. The first is how returning to the office can impact scheduling. Going back to the office means creating new routines, which can impact an entire household. There is also the challenge of uncertainty. The continued uncertainty around childcare, schooling, health protocols, and more, can completely disrupt a work routine and make it difficult to integrate back into the office. One suggestion from Dr. Sumpter? Be very clear about your availability. During the pandemic, many employees became accustomed to being “constantly available,” which is unsustainable in an office environment. It’s important to be proactive in regard to what you want your work hours to be and be clear with co-workers about when you need to take some time for yourself. Companies and organizations can also take the lead in helping their employees successfully return to the office. The first thing they can do, is keep their finger on the pulse of how employee re-entry is going, which means listening and paying attention to how their employees are feeling. It’s also important to consider employees’ holistic needs. Employers can demonstrate they care about employees holistically by upping their support policies and structure opportunities for people to connect. One potential way to jumpstart or revitalize your work life? Dr. Sumpter suggests earning a higher degree, such as an MBA or aMasters in Leadership, can be an experience and credential to help employees reach their career goals. For more information, visit About Dr. Dana Sumpter: Dana Sumpter is an Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Management at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Her research employs a cross-cultural lens in understanding social behavior at work, studying topics including energy, mindfulness, power, work/family systems, people management, and work relationships. She has published in numerous academic journals, and her recent award-winning international management case focused on a woman’s human resource management expatriate role in Oman. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Professor Sumpter enjoys consulting, giving presentations and talks, and running professional workshops. She gave a popular TEDx talk in 2018 titled "Don't Underestimate Working Mothers." Previously, she was a Vice President of Human Resources at Citigroup, based in New York and Singapore. Across 10 Asia-Pacific nations, Dr. Sumpter has led live executive training and coached executives on people management skills. She is an avid traveler, who has spent time in more than 30 countries, and counting! Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

April 28, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Volatus Aerospace Corp. Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Record 2021 Annual Sales

Volatus Aerospace Corp.

Volatus Aerospace Corp. (TSXV: VOL) (OTCQB: VLTTF) ("Volatus" or "the Company"), a leading drone solutions provider, is pleased to announce record sales for Q4 2021 and financial year 2021. The financial year 2021 was a tremendous year of expansion and growth for the Company. The revenue witnessed a growth of 161x, and gross margins grew by 271%. Key Financial Highlights for 2021: Total reported revenue increased by $9,852,723 in 2021. The company reported total annual audited revenue of $9,913,953 in 2021 (proforma revenue in 2021 was $16,723,432). The growth was driven by expansion across Canada and the United States, new strategic partnerships and acquisitions completed in 2021. The blended gross margin of the Company was 26% in 2021 compared to 7% in 2020. The Company reported a total gross margin of $2,528,710. The increase in gross margin is due to scale in product and service activities. The Company recorded a comprehensive loss of $3,678,734, including non-cash items like impairment of goodwill of $1,399,029 recognized due to the reverse acquisition of Partner Jet Corp. in 2021. On December 31, 2021, the Company's cash balance was $8,806,836 compared to $189,973 in 2020. The cash balance increased due to two successful funding activities in 2021. Key Financial Highlights for Q4 2021: The revenue for the fourth quarter increased by $2,870,462 compared to Q4 2020. The growth was due to acquisitions and scale in operational activities across Canada, the US, and parts of Latin America. The gross margin increased by $672,931 compared to Q4 2020. The increase was due to accelerated sales activities in the product and service segment. The total comprehensive loss in Q4 2021 was $2,744,770, including non-cash items like impairment of goodwill of $1,399,029 recognized due to the reverse acquisition of Partner Jet Corp. in 2021; otherwise, it would be $1,345,741. Operational Highlights: The Company achieved significant milestones in 2021. Vertical Integration enables the Company to serve the drone industry in various forms: selling drone technologies, providing drones-as-a-service, drone training, customized solutions, and integrations. This strategy has enabled the Company to capture a larger market share and provide complete solutions to our customers with strong repeat business potential. Volatus has created a network of drone pilots. This enables the Company to keep costs low and increase the speed of executing the missions with minimum overhead costs. With 1,200+ drone pilots spread across the Americas, the Company can serve significant market segments in various geographical locations. The Company has entered numerous strategic partnerships with drone technology companies across the globe that provide unique capabilities in different sectors. The partnerships vary from being an exclusive global distributor to a manufacturing partner. These partnerships enhance the capabilities for service inspections, surveillance, and cargo operations. Volatus entered into a joint venture agreement with Orijinative Holding Ltd. to provide RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft system) services to Canadian First Nations communities and formed Indigenous Aerospace. The Company intends to create sustainable growth, gainful employment, and a national appreciation of how Indigenous-owned and operated businesses and employees can contribute to the economy through this partnership. In Q4 2021, Volatus invited technology companies from Israel, Canada, and the US to participate in an open technological discussion and enabled the creation of its UAV technology hub at its Simcoe Centre of Excellence. This initiative enabled the Company to lay the groundwork for creating drone technology bundled solutions. In October of 2021, Volatus successfully demonstrated the delivery of a defibrillator using drone technology. This test was conducted to improve the emergency response time by the County of Simcoe Paramedics. The delivery demonstrated the ability of drones to save lives and the capabilities of Volatus and its technology. The company also launched its Industrial and Defence sales team. In November 2021, the company announced its exclusive global distribution of Avidrone sophisticated fleet of autonomous cargo drones. On December 22, 2021, Volatus completed the reverse takeover of Partner Jet Corp. This transaction provided Volatus with operating licenses and certificates to carry out commercial operations in manned aviation and established the base to evolve in unmanned aircraft operations. The audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021, and associated management discussion and analysis, are made available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at CONFERENCE CALL AND PRESENTATION In conjunction with this release, Volatus will host a conference call tomorrow at 11 AM ET that will be a webcast live. Glen Lynch, Chief Executive Officer and Abhinav Singhvi, Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations, will host the call. Investors are invited to register for the webinar tomorrow, April 29, 2022, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Investors with Internet access may listen to the webcast live via the Investor Relations page of the Volatus Aerospace Corp. website. Please allow 15 minutes before the call to download and install any necessary audio software. Audio Replay Options An audio replay of the event will be archived on the Investor Relations page of the company's website. About Volatus Aerospace: Volatus Aerospace Corp. is a leading provider of integrated drone solutions throughout Canada, the United States, and Latin America. Operating a vast pilot network, Volatus serves commercial and defense markets with imaging and inspection, security and surveillance, equipment sales and support, training, and design, manufacturing, and R&D. Through its subsidiary Volatus Aviation, Volatus carries on the business of aircraft management, charter sales, and cargo services using piloted, remotely piloted, and autonomous aircraft. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Forward-Looking Statement This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs and current expectations of the Corporation with respect to future business activities and operating performance. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words 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 statements formed in the future tense or indicating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” (or other variations of the foregoing) be taken, occur, be achieved, or come to pass. Forward-looking information includes information regarding (i) the business plans and expectations of the Corporation; and (ii) expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Forward-looking information is based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data and operating plans, strategies or beliefs as of the date of this news release, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Corporation to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors may be based on information currently available to the Corporation, including information obtained from third-party industry analysts and other third-party sources, and are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. Any and all forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking information is not based on historical facts but instead reflects expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made. Forward-looking information reflects the Corporation’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to it and on assumptions it believes to be not unreasonable in light of all of the circumstances. In some instances, material factors or assumptions are discussed in this news release in connection with statements containing forward-looking information. Such material factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Corporation; meeting the continued listing requirements of the TSXV; and anticipated and unanticipated costs and other factors referenced in this news release and the Circular, including, but not limited to, those set forth in the Circular under the caption “Risk Factors”. Although the Corporation has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this news release and, other than as required by law, the Corporation disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking 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. Source: Volatus Aerospace Corp. TSXV: VOL Contact Details Rob Walker +1 514-447-7986 Company Website

April 28, 2022 05:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Axiom Consulting Partners’ Study of Law Firms Reveals 89% of Clients Are Seeking Specialized Legal Talent

Axiom Consulting Partners

· 63% of law firms rank “highly specialized legal talent and capabilities” as top Staffing & Expertise strategic priority · 70% of respondents rated productized offerings as lowest ‘Service Offerings & Positioning’ priority · 68% of respondents say their clients are likely to look for legal technology development and/or distribution solutions from their legal advisor A new research study looking into law firm capabilities was released today by Axiom Consulting Partners (“Axiom”), an advisory firm integrating strategy, artificial intelligence (AI) and behavioral science to help clients grow and transform their businesses. The report, Staying Relevant: Specialized Talent and Technology Move Front and Center, found that law firms have significant gaps in fulfilling constantly changing client needs. In particular, clients are looking for more specialized talent for their most critical matters, along with legal-centric technology solutions. Firms have made some progress with talent and leveraging data for insights, but most have more work to do in order to meet client needs. “According to leaders from the top U.S. and global law firms that we surveyed, firms are increasingly asked to provide very specialized legal talent and capabilities, adding to the pressures they already face from their highly demanding clients,” said Axiom partner and study leader Mark Masson, who heads the firm’s Professional Services practice. “Amid that, we are seeing that they face a clear challenge to find and retain the right talent required to address these needs.” Axiom’s analysis suggests that there are three ways that firms can address the challenges they face: 1. Develop improved strategies to acquire specialized talent 2. Devote meaningful resources to developing and deploying the specialization that the market requires 3. Optimize teams to maximize the impact of specialist talent 4. Develop a holistic strategy around technology and data-based offerings The research further showed a dichotomy in the industry’s approach to legal technology development and so-called ‘productized’ services, that is, more automated or remotely available offerings, with 70 percent ranking productized services lowest in their priorities while 68 percent admit that clients are likely to look for data-backed solutions. “To succeed, firms will need to combine a thoughtful, consistent investments in talent acquisition and development while also developing more full-view, data-supported technology offerings,” Masson noted. “Better data utilization can also help them improve the staffing model so they can make better use of their existing in-house expertise.” Firms that stay close to clients, show an understanding of their evolving needs, and take the initiative to change their approach to the client experience will succeed and continue to serve clients the right way, at the right time, and for the foreseeable future, suggests Axiom’s research. To access the Axiom Consulting Partners Law Survey report, please visit: Methodology The researchers asked a series of questions focused on the most salient industry trends in client needs, their strategic focus, and the challenges to making change and progress. Particular focus was placed on questions related to Service Offerings and Positioning, Digital Transformation, Pricing and Contracting, and Staffing and Expertise priorities. Chiefs and heads of functional areas from 27 firms of the AmLaw and Global Top 100 responded. The survey was fielded in Q1, 2022. Axiom Consulting Partners help clients accelerate growth and transform their organization and workforce to improve execution. We leverage expertise in behavioral and data science to establish strategic direction and improve organizations alignment and execution. We measure our value by the impact we create, evidenced in our clients’ sustained results. Unique to our solutions, we combine deep analytical capabilities, technology-based tools, and practical experience, helping clients to determine priorities and then focusing our work on developing and sustaining excellence in those areas. Contact Details Meir Kahtan +1 917-864-0800 Company Website

April 28, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Velocity Global adds Lina Szaks to lead Employer of Record Operations

Velocity Global

Szaks joins Velocity Global from ADP Over 15 years of in-depth expertise in global payroll Will be scaling the company’s Employer of Record, Contingent Workforce and Employee Experience organizations Velocity Global, the leading provider of global talent solutions to work with anyone, anywhere, anyhow announced today it welcomed Lina Szaks as senior vice president of Employer of Record. Szaks brings over 15 years of in-depth industry expertise in global payroll to apply to her new role. “We already are in a market-leading position as the largest Employer of Record and just came off a year of triple-digit growth,” said Eric Schroeder, Velocity Global chief operating officer. “Lina has a proven ability to lead large high-performing teams and serve global clients in a complex industry at the highest level. I’m thrilled she joined our leadership team to take the business to new heights during these transformative times.” Prior to joining Velocity Global, Szaks held various senior leadership positions with industry powerhouses ADP and Celergo where she led large teams and oversaw every aspect of the product and service life cycle including technology releases, migrations and creating new services, always with a focus on providing exceptional support to customers. In her new position, she will focus on scaling and further developing Velocity Global’s Employer of Record, Contingent Workforce, and Employee Experience organizations. She leads a growing distributed team to ensure that clients receive best-in-class service. “I personally love contributing to transformation and change and this industry is currently driving a paradigm shift in how we work and live,” said Szaks. “Enabling a reality of work where businesses can both expand internationally and hire the best talent anywhere in the world is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to working with a passionate, talented, and fast growing team that’s always eager to deliver an exceptional customer experience.” Velocity Global is the largest global Employer of Record in 185 countries and all 50 United States. Clients use its solutions to onboard, manage, and pay talent with in-country and in-state compliance, payroll, and benefits without the need for businesses to set up their own legal entities or state registrations. Szaks is based in Illinois as part of Velocity Global’s work anywhere policy with hundreds of team members in approximately 50 countries across the globe. Szaks and her team are actively hiring to further build out and scale her organization across the globe based on customer footprint and needs. The organization is looking for dynamic, agile, tech-focused team members that are passionate about customers and their supported employees. Positions are posted with other Velocity Global opportunities at About Velocity Global Velocity Global accelerates the future of work for anyone, anywhere, anyhow. Its Global Work PlatformTM simplifies the employer and talent experience through its proprietary cloud-based talent management technology, backed by personalized expertise and unmatched global scale. The platform offers a full suite of talent solutions, including global Employer of Record and Contractor Management, to help companies onboard, manage, and pay talent in more than 185 countries and all 50 United States. Thousands of brands rely on Velocity Global to build international teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. Velocity Global was named a "Leader" in Global Employer of Record Services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across six continents. For more information, visit Contact Details Velocity Global Anja Koltes +1 720-650-4348 Company Website

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