|MAY 27||THE 2014 ANNUAL CANADIAN EQUITY CROWDFUNDING CONFERENCE
Ranchmen’s Club in Calgary, Alberta
8:00am in MST
|MAY 29||THE 2014 ANNUAL CANADIAN EQUITY CROWDFUNDING CONFERENCE
Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue: 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
9:00am in PST
|JUNE 03||THE 2014 ANNUAL CANADIAN EQUITY CROWDFUNDING CONFERENCE
Marshes Golf Club 320 Terry Fox Dr, Ottawa, Ontario
8:30am in EST
|JUNE 09||THE 2014 ANNUAL CANADIAN EQUITY CROWDFUNDING CONFERENCE
Notman House: 51 Sherbrooke Street W, Montreal, Quebec
9:00am in EST
|8:15-8:45||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|8:50-9:15||Welcome Remarks and Equity Crowdfunding Concepts
|9:20-10:00||“Equity Crowdfunding in Canada – Selling Securities on the Internet”
|10:20-10:55||The U.S. Perspective & Cross Border Opportunities
|11:00-12:00||What is Happening In Canada
|12:50-1:40||Dialogue with the OSC
|1:45 – 2:20||Pre-Crowd
|2:25– 2:40||Networking Break|
|2:45-3:45||Pre & During Crowd
|4:20-4:55||How can Angels & VCs Can Capitalize on Equity Crowdfunding
|5:00- 5:15||Closing Remarks
|5:15 –||Networking Cocktail Reception|
ECFA Canada National Tour – Toronto SPEAKERS
Oscar A Jofre @oscarjofre @boardsuite
A Chilean-born entrepreneur and technology innovator, Oscar brings a background of 25 years in senior management, marketing, investor relations and sales with a proven pattern of results-focused leadership. Oscar is currently Founder, President/CEO BoardSuite, the leader in on-demand secure board portal solutions. Oscar’s leadership has transformed BoardSuite into the Global leader as a Crowdfunding Infrastructure Platform (CFIP) http://www.portal4crowding.com.
Oscar is currently one of the top 100 global thought leaders in Equity Crowdfunding. Oscar is also a member of the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates in the USA (www.CFIRA.org) and the co-Chair of the Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada (ECFA Canada) http://www.ECFACanada.ca. He also sits on the Executive Council of the Midmarket Alliance in the United States (http://www.midmarketplace.com/).
Oscar co-founded the Canadian Network of Language Industries and sat on the steering committee of the Language Industry Technology Roadmap – an initiative of Industry Canada and the National Research Council. He was the only Canadian on the United Nations/MIT Digital Nations. Oscar currently sits on the boards of BoardSuite Corp., OSOLOS Ventures Inc., Canada Cloud Network, BluBow, and CorpTropolis Corp., and KorePlatforms Inc.
Oscar has been recognized as one of the 10 most influential Hispanic Leaders in Canada. In May 2010, Oscar A. Jofre Jr. was recognized by the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper for his accomplishments.
Oscar was awarded the Vision 2012 Business Man of the Year by the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on September 2012.
James E. A. Turner, Vice-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission
James Turner is Vice-Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). As a Commissioner and member of the Executive Office, Mr. Turner participates in overseeing OSC activities and setting priorities. He is the Executive Sponsor of a number of policy initiatives at the Commission including its exempt market review, which includes crowd funding.
As a Commissioner, Mr. Turner also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the OSC and on its Adjudicative Committee. He sits on adjudicative panels that hear and decide regulatory matters including administrative enforcement proceedings, public interest matters and appeals of decisions of recognized self-regulatory organizations and OSC staff.
Prior to his appointment to the OSC, Mr. Turner was a senior partner with Torys LLP in Toronto. Mr. Turner has over 30 years of legal experience, specializing in corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. He is recognized internationally as a leading practitioner in his areas of practice.
Mr. Turner is also a former General Counsel of the OSC. Mr. Turner received his degrees from the University of Western Ontario (BA and LLB).
Brian Koscak B.A.(Hon.), M.A., CIP, LL.B., J.D., LL.M @briankoscak
Brian Koscak is a Partner at the law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP located in Toronto, Ontario and practices in the area of corporate and securities law. Brian is the Co-Chair of the Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada and the Chair of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (formerly the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada), a national not-for-profit organization representing exempt market dealers, issuers and compliance professionals across Canada. Brian is also a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Exempt Market Advisory Committee which is considering new ways of raising capital, including equity crowdfunding. Brian is a leading authority in equity crowdfunding in Canada. Brian has spoken at numerous crowdfunding conferences and events, with securities regulators across Canada and is often mentioned in the media about equity crowdfunding. Brian represents a number of crowdfunding portals and has a keen interest in cross border equity crowdfunding opportunities between Canada and the United States. Brian also regularly writes about Canadian securities law matters including about equity crowdfunding and selling securities on the internet under existing prospectus exemptions on his personal blog at http://www.briankoscak.com. You can also reach Brian at 416-860-2955 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Tyrrell @christyrrell @offerboard
Chris Tyrrell is founder and CEO of OfferBoard, an investment platform that uses technology, big data and dating-style matching algorithms to help CEOs of growing companies raise capital and match investors with companies that interest them.OfferBoard’s proprietary, patent-pending systems leverage the technology and data of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board, the world’s oldest small equities funding platform. Chris has more than 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, financial law, technology and capital markets, having managed and founded two private technology companies and been involved in more than $20 billion of financing transactions. As an attorney, he specialized in asset-based finance at the Wall Street law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Before founding OfferBoard, Chris served as manager of Nehemiah Investments, a venture-focused family office in Princeton, New Jersey.
Chris is global advocate for crowdfunding, serving as chairman of CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA), the leading advocacy organization for the securities crowdfunding industry in the U.S. He is a non-executive board member of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board. He was also a delegate to the Third Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Carlos Pinto Lobo @thesvx
Carlos is the Chief Compliance Officer of the SVX, the first North American registered dealer which connects small and medium private issuers who have a demonstrable social and/or environmental impact with accredited investors. Carlos is an accomplished, compliance, governance and risk management professional with over 27 years of extensive experience in the financial services industry. Carlos always looks for new technologies and concepts that can change the industry to make it more robust, efficient and accessible.
Sandi Gilbert @sandigilbert @seedsupcanada
Founder, SeedUps Canada, COO, ECN – The Exempt Capital Network
Sandi is strategic, visionary entrepreneur with experience in building companies with effective operating principles and proven marketing techniques. She thrives in dynamic environments and is an early adopter of technologies that enhance the customer experience and make businesses more efficient. Today, she is working diligently to develop technology infrastructures that enhance the private equity investment marketplace by making it easier for investors to find good investments and good companies to find the investment they need.
She recently launched SeedUps Canada, North America’s first Crowdfund investing platform that supports direct equity investments from ordinary investors into privately held small to emerging companies seeking between $250,000 and $2 million in capital. She is also the COO of the Exempt Capital Network (ECN), a Global private equity investment platform that brings together qualified investors, investment firms and corporate issuers to facilitate private offerings between $5 million and $150 million.
Sandi is a board member of the National Angel Capital Organization, NACO and a co-founder of the Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada, ECFA.
Tim McKillican @tmck @openavenue
Tim McKillican is the President and co-founder of Open Avenue, an Ontario-based real estate crowdfunding platform (http://www.openavenue.com). Tim has a number of successful start-ups under his name, including Level Social Inc., a social media company. Tim is a University of Waterloo graduate in Computer Engineering and has been investing in real estate with Revel Development Corporation since its inception. Tim has a passion for disruptive technologies and is excited to bring new real estate investment opportunities to the mass market.
Peter-Paul van Hoeken @frontfundr
Peter-Paul is Founder and CEO of Silver Maple Ventures Inc., a financial & social media company based in Vancouver BC focused on supporting start-ups and young ventures in Canada with access to capital through innovative online investment-based crowdfunding solutions.
Peter-Paul has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment management and business consultancy. He worked in Vancouver as director business development with a finance & investment company in the renewable energy space and as finance director of a real estate investment fund. Prior to that Peter-Paul held a number of positions with several global banks in the areas of corporate strategy, corporate & investment banking and he worked as a senior management consultant in The Netherlands. Peter-Paul holds a masters’ degree in Business Economics & Finance from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Sean Stanleigh @seanstanleigh
Sean Stanleigh is product manager of the Report on Small Business and Drive properties at The Globe and Mail, and he has an extensive background in journalism in a variety of disciplines, including national, foreign and local news. Sean is also co-founder of The Entrepreneurship Society, a networking group for high-growth business owners, and he volunteers his time as a mentor and adviser for several non-profit organizations.
Andrew Dix @andrewdix @crowdfundinside
Andrew Dix is CEO and Co-Founder of Crowded Media Group, the owner and operator of Crowdfund Insider, the leading news and information site for the global crowdfunding industry. Crowdfund Insider was founded in 2012 soon after the signing of the JOBS Act. The company quickly established itself as the go to source for all things crowdfunding. A recognized authority in the crowdfunding industry, Andrew recently co-authored a chapter in a book titled Crowdfunding: Current Market Dynamics published by Wiley in 2014.
A seasoned digital media professional, Andrew has worked in the digital media industry for almost 20 years. Previously he was President of Internet at a private media company where he remains a Director.
Andrew has a degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s in Business from Boston University / Vrije Universiteit – Brussels and has taken additional classes in Finance from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Andrew frequently writes for Crowdfund Insider.
Andrew Patricio @andrewpatricio @bizlaunch
Andrew is an owner of BizLaunch a company that trains, advises and mentors Entrepreneurs. Andrew is the author of two books on small business and has started 7 businesses of his own and worked with thousands of entrepreneurs in USA, Canada, Russia, Latvia, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Korea, Holland, Namibia, Belgium, USA, Barbados and South Africa.
Calvin McElroy, @calvin_mcelroy
Mr. McElroy has served as the founder and CEO of CLM Associates since 2002, which has provided corporate advisory services related to; strategy, business growth, M&A, executive management, governance and corporate finance, to various clients. He currently serves as a Director and Chairman of Cquay Technologies Corp., and as a co-founder and Executive Counsel member of the Equity Crowdfunding Alliance (ECFA) of Canada, where he also co-chairs the Issuer Committee. He has experience as a C-level executive, officer and board member, as well as in operational roles as a divisional executive or senior manager with global, $1B + technology companies including Intergraph, Oracle, Wang Labs, and SHL Systemhouse (EDS).
Mr. McElroy is also a serial entrepreneur and since 1995 has been involved as founder, co-founder, or early stage corporate officer and advisor in six startup ventures. He is a proven team builder, business leader and visionary, with an excellent track record in growing and managing product and service businesses, within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. He graduated in Computer Engineering Technology, from Red River College, in Manitoba.
Don McDonald B.SC., M.B.A., C.F.A.
Don is the founder and President of Waverley Corporate Financial Services LP, a unique Canadian EMD platform facilitating the flow of capital to growth companies through experienced investment bankers in a time-effective, cost-effective and compliant manner.
For the past 25 years, Don has dedicated his career to helping small and mid-size companies get to the next level as a CEO, board member, private equity investor, investment banker, senior banker, and advisor. Having managed over 80 successful financing and M&A transactions, he is passionate about breaking down the barriers that exist for small Canadian companies to thrive, and founded Waverley to do just that.
Don has been involved with Canadian businesses ranging from start-up to TSX listed companies and has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies. He has witnessed first-hand the issues that companies face at various stages of their life-cycle.
Mark Lawrence P.Eng., MBA, CFA
Mr. Lawrence has been Managing Partner of NorthCrest Partners Inc., an Exempt Market Dealer, since September, 2003 and is also President of CML Capital Ventures Inc., serving in that role since June, 1997. He is currently a director of Stone Investment Group Limited, a mutual fund company with assets under admin of about $800 million (a non-listed reporting issuer.) In September 2013 he was elected as a director of the Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario (NAO-Ontario). He is an active investor in private startup companies in sectors ranging from financial services software and services, alternative energy, green tech, telecommunications, materials and Internet software. His background was as a software, telecom, and biotech analyst at three brokerage firms – Pru-Bache, Midland Walwyn and Loewen Ondatjee McCutcheon. Mr. Lawrence, has also, since mid 2012, been a member of the Financial Assistance Committee of the NAO-Ontario.
He has been a founder and director of a number of TSX Venture listed companies, some through the Capital Pool Program. Mr. Lawrence was a founding director of Soltoro Ltd., a TSX Venture listed company, between August, 2006 and mid 2011( Mexican silver exploration). He was also a director of Axiotron Corp. from August, 2008 to November, 2009 (Tablet Computers) and of Software Growth Inc. from July, 2008 to September, 2009, and York Ridge LifeTech Inc., each a TSX Venture listed company. He is currently acting CEO of Acadian Energy Inc., a TSXV listed company currently looking for a business to conduct an RTO with.
Mr. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business, London, Ontario. He received his designation of P.Eng from the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Association for Investment Management and Research.
Brian Rosenbaum, Aon
Brian Rosenbaum joined Aon Reed Stenhouse in November 2006, and is the National Director of the Legal and Research Practice within the Financial Services Group. His department provides risk transfer solutions to many of Canada’s most prominent corporate executives and boards. Currently considered an authority on insurance matters dealing with management liability, Brian contributes regularly to prominent industry publications, regularly makes presentations to corporate management teams and boards, and speaks at professional organization conferences on issues related to management liability and insurance. Prior to working at Aon, Brian developed continuing legal education programs with an emphasis on management liability insurance, worked in private practice, and was General Counsel of a Toronto-based group of companies. Brian is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and a member of the Ontario Bar.
Greg Harper, COO, BoardSuite @boardsuite
Greg Harper is responsible for the day-to-day operations of BoardSuite and provides leadership in M&A activity, short-term and long-range planning and budget development to support strategic business goals.
Greg is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of demonstrated proficiency in investment management, corporate finance, operations and administration. He founded Harles Management, a strategic management company, where he has advised businesses in areas of capital management, revenue growth and profitability. Harper began his career as a Securities Trader at Canada Life followed by a position in Private Placements. Harper then joined Colonia Life and at the time of the sale of the company he held the position of Senior Investment Officer responsible for all areas of investment and portfolio management. Following this Harper was Chief Operating Officer at FRI Corporation primarily responsible for restructuring. Greg actively holds executive and board positions in selected for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and is an active member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute.
Stephen Warden is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Consultant and a Partner in the Public Company Group in the Toronto office of MNP LLP. At MNP, it all starts with a relationship. The kind of relationship that helps us to better understand your business – and offer you sound advice. MNP team members across Canada provide tailored expertise in tax, accounting and a wide range of business advisory and consulting services.
Steve has extensive audit and consulting experience serving new and established entrepreneurs and capital markets professionals. He is a frequent speaker at securities industry conferences and seminars and authors’ topical accounting and tax articles for leading industry publications on matters impacting capital market participants.
Stephen is on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair with each of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada ( PCMA) and at Accord Financial Corp., a TSX-listed financial services company operating throughout Canada and the US. Steve is a current member (and past Chair) of IIROC’s Panel Auditor Advisory Committee and serves as lead instructor of CPA Canada’s In-Depth Brokers and Investment Dealer Program. For PCMA, he developed and leads its annual CFO Financial Regulatory Certificate Program which is held nationally.
Steve completed the IIROC Chief Financial Officer Qualifying Exam and the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of the SIFMA Legal & Compliance Division. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. Outside of MNP, he is an active volunteer and fundraiser in his community.
Neil May, Partner Goodmans
Neill May is a partner at Goodmans. His practice focuses on all aspects of securities law, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Neill has developed a reputation for expertise in securities law and for his ability to negotiate and complete complex and innovative transactions.
Neill has counselled participants in numerous public and private M&A transactions, and has represented clients on both sides of friendly and hostile takeover bids. He has also structured and implemented a vast range of corporate reorganizations and financing transactions, including domestic and cross border public offerings, and private strategic and venture capital financings.
Neill is recommended as a leading practitioner of corporate finance law by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and has been recommended by Chambers Global’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers (corporate/M&A),IFLR 1000 and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Financial and Transactions Lawyers (M&A) and The Best Lawyers in Canada (corporate, securities, M&A and natural resources). Neill joined Goodmans in 1992, has been a partner since 1998 and co-heads one of the firm’s business law groups.
Neill is a former member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Listing Advisory Committee and the Ontario Securities Commission’s Securities Advisory Committee and Small Business Advisory Committee. He has co-authored reports for the Ontario Securities Commission Task Force on small business financing. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, has guest lectured at Osgoode Hall and has been a Bar Admissions Course instructor in the area of business law. Neill heads Goodmans’ continuing legal education committee.
Mark Skapinker @MarkSkapinker
Mark Skapinker has been an entrepreneur and seed investor in the Canadian software industry since the inception of the personal computer in the 1980’s.
In 1988, Mark co-founded Delrina Corporation, makers of WinFax, one of the most popular Windows programs of all time. Mark was president of Delrina until it was acquired by Symantec in November 1995. Delrina grew to over 600 people, with offices in six countries, and a public listing on the TSE and NASDAQ. In 1995, Skapinker anticipated the growth and impact of email and the Internet, and sold Delrina to Symantec Corporation for over US$400 million.
In 1997, Mark founded Balisoft Technologies. Balisoft’s software bridged the traditional customer service industry and the emerging Internet industry. In 1999, Balisoft/Servicesoft was acquired by Broadbase Software, which in turn was acquired by Kana software Inc (Nasdaq: KANA).
In 2000, Mark co-founded Brightspark Ventures in Toronto. For over 14 years, Brightspark has managed early stage and seed Venture Capital funds, with over $135 million under management. Mark is a Managing Partner at Brightspark, which has invested in over twenty Canadian software startups. Brightspark Ventures has twice won the Canadian Venture Capital Association “Deal of the Year Award”, for the sale of ThinkDynamics to IBM and for the sale of Radian6 to Salesforce.com.
Karen Mazurkewich, @karenmz
VP Business Development and Communications, Stage TEN
Karen Mazurkewich has spent the past year at Stage TEN raising both public and private financing for the company’s new interactive live-streaming platform. Prior to Stage TEN, she helped raise funds for several other interactive companies, and has orchestrated marketing and communication strategies for several iPhone apps. She wrote a seminal report on intellectual property for the Canada International Council in 2011 (a think tank funded by Jim Balsillie), has worked as a digital media consultant for the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Brunico Communications and Shaftesbury Films, and worked several years as a senior communications officer for the National Film Board of Canada.
Karen spent almost a decade as a senior journalist for the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Post. She has a vast international network that extends to over 20 countries and knows how to navigate the world of mass media.
Probal Lala @probal
Probal Lala is the CEO of About Communications a national provider of phone and internet services to small to medium sized businesses. A Telecommunications Executive with over 20 years of Industry experience, Probal has held a range of diverse executive positions from V.P. Sales at Lucent Canada, CEO of AirRoamer to V.P. and G.M. Internet Operations at Bell Canada.
A passionate believer in the role of entrepreneurs in our economy, Probal spends much of his spare time on the development of young entrepreneurs. He is a founding member of Toronto’s Maple Leaf Angels – an organization helping fund tech startups, , a regular panelist on BNN’s “The Pitch”, and an advisor to MaRS ICE Practice.
Matthew Leibowitz, Plaza Ventures @m_leibowitz
Matthew joined Plaza Ventures as Partner in 2012. Throughout his career, Matthew has been involved in all aspects of the investment cycle having completed dozens of transactions of early stage technology companies. Matthew was formerly a Principal with an institutional investment firm in Toronto. Matthew focuses on origination, vetting, due diligence, negotiation and deal structuring of investments and private equity financing agreements across technology sectors, as well as the refining of business concepts, selecting appropriate business plans for investment and monitoring and enhancing the performance of portfolio companies.
Matthew is a frequent speaker at various conferences and events relating to Private Equity, Venture Capital and Clean Technology. Matthew is a guest lecturer at various universities. In addition, Matthew sits on the Board of Directors and/or Advisory Boards of numerous companies and charities. Matthew is currently the Investor In Residence for VentureLab Markham.
Matthew holds his Masters of Law from the University of Oxford and the University of Kent, a Master of Science in International Sustainable Development and Investment from the University of New South Wales and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
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