NCFA Prepares for Big Crowdfunding Event this Week in Toronto

Bill MorrowThe 2nd Annual Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (#CCS2016) is set to take place later this week (March 3). The event will cover all aspects of crowdfunding and will be held at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Canada has recently updated its regulatory approach to raising capital online and the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) expects 2016 to be a year of exponential industry growth. Over 70 speakers will be participating and 12 pre and post-revenue companies will be pitching live at #CCS2016.

In a recent article by Alixe Cormick, she explained Canada now has two crowdfunding specific exemptions: the Start-Up Crowdfunding Exemption (May 14, 2015 – BC, SK, MB, QU, NB, and NS), and the Integrated Crowdfunding Exemption (Jan. 25, 2016 -MB, ON, QU, NB, and NS, with SK pending).  Reportedly 6 platforms are using the Start-Up Crowdfunding Exemption with more expected.

Canada FlagWell known investor and AngelsDen founder Bill Morrow will keynote the 2016 conference.The Angel-led crowdfunding platform where allows people to invest in pre-vetted SMEs. Since 2007, the company has helped more than 170 businesses raise investment from its crowd of 12,000 angel investors. Angels Den operates across 10 countries with another 3 coming on stream this year. As a result of its approach, over 90% of Angel Den’s funded deals are still trading.The company recently raised $1 million from a Mexican family office to launch their angel-led crowdfunding model across Mexico, with bases in five major cities. Following two years of preparation, Angels Den Mexico has ambitious growth plans and strong support from the Mexican government and the investor community.

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NCFA Summit CheersSee the updated Speaker List below

  • Adam Nanjee, MaRS, Head of Financial Technology and Innovation
  • Adam Spence, The SVX, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Founder & Director
  • Alan Lio, PwC, Senior Tax Associate
  • Alixe Cormick, Venture Law Corp, President
  • Amar Nijjar, R2CROWD, President & CEO
  • Amy Cortese, Locavesting, Founder & Editor
  • Angela Wang, UnionPay Smart, Associate Director, Big Data – North America
  • Ann Kaplan, Brix RCR, CEO
  • Anthony Di Iorio, TSX and Ethereum, CDO Toronto Stock Exchange, Ethereum Co-founder, CEO & Founder Decentral & Kryptokit
  • Arti Modi, Lending Arch, CEO
  • Asier Ania, HiveWire, Co-Founder
  • Behrouz Hariri, Smart Nora, Co-Founder
  • Bernd Petak, Finstripe, Co-Founder and COO
  • Bill Morrow, Angels Den, Founder & CEO
  • Bret Conkin, Crowdfund Suite, Founder & CEO
  • Brooks Barnett, Real Property Association of Canada, Manager, Government Relations & Policy
  • Carlos Pinto Lobo, Chief Compliance Officer,
  • Cato Pastoll, Lending Loop, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Chantal Cipriano, BMO Private Banking, Lawyer / Manager, Compliance
  • Christopher Charlesworth, HiveWire, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Colin Kilgour, First Marketplace Group, Co-founder
  • Corey Herscu, Herscu & Goldsilver, President
  • Craig Asano, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, Founding CEO
  • Craig O’Neill, Versapay, CEO & Director
  • Daniel Blumer, Revol Technologies Inc., Co-Founder and CEO
  • Darryl Irwin, PwC, Tax Partner
  • Daryl Hatton, FundRazr + Sponsifi, Founder and CEO
  • David Shore, OurCrowd, Director of Investor Relations
  • Douglas Cumming, Schulich School of Business, Venture Capital Professor
  • Dr. Sean Geobey, University of Waterloo, Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
  • Erin Bury, 88 Creative, Managing Director
  • Gareth Everard, Rockwell Razors, Co-founder
  • Hitesh Rathod, NexusCrowd Inc., CEO
  • Hon Charles Sousa, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Minister of Finance
  • Jaimy Warner, Raindance Canada, Executive Director
  • Janet Bannister, Real Ventures, General Partner
  • Jason Saltzman, Dentons Canada LLP, Partner
  • Jeff Brown, Meridian, Vice President, Community Banking
  • Jeff Mitelman, Thinking Capital, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Jeff Musson, Dynamite Network, President
  • Jennifer Bryan, SolarShare, Community Investment and Marketing Manager
  • Jim Orlando, OMERS Ventures, Managing Director
  • Judeh Siwady, Spacefy, Founder & CEO
  • Karen Grant, Angel One Investor Network, Executive Director
  • Kevin Clark, Lendified, President
  • Kevin Sandhu, Grow, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Khierstyn Ross, Entrepreneur Uncut, Founder and Podcaster
  • Kris Miks, Dentons, Senior Associate
  • Maria Carelli, Ontario Securities Commission, Senior Accountant, Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch
  • Mario Dubuc, Dubuc Motors, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Mark Evans, ME Consulting, Principal
  • Marty Gunderson, Quidni Estate Winery, Owner and CEO
  • Marvin Huberman, Marvin J. Huberman, Barrister, Mediator, Arbitrator
  • Megan Cornell, Momentum Law, Founder and CEO
  • Michael Bancroft, Bloomberg TV Canada, Executive Producer
  • Michael Katchen, Wealthsimple, CEO
  • Mike Kakogiannakis, Dubuc Motors, Co-Founder and COO
  • Monica Kowal, Ontario Securities Commission, Vice Chair
  • Monica Tigleanu, AIG, Financial Institutions Underwriter
  • Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, Frontfundr, CEO
  • Rick Whiler, Ontario Securities Commission, Senior Accountant, Corporate Finance Branch
  • Rubsun Ho, Crowdmatrix Inc., Chief Crowdpleaser
  • Ryan Laidlaw, Lending Arch, FinTexpert and Millennial Insider
  • Sandi K. Gilbert, SeedUps Canada, Founder & CEO
  • Sarah Efron, The Globe and Mail, Small Business Editor
  • Sophie Nicolaou, Lending Arch, Head of Marketing and PR
  • Steven Dryall, Incipient Technologies, Principal
  • Sunil Sharma, Extreme Venture Partners, Managing Partner
  • Sunny Shao, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, Advisor, Consultant
  • Tabitha Creighton, InvestNextDoor, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Ted Graham, PwC, Innovation Leader
  • Teri Kirk, Funding Portal, Founder & CEO
  • Tim Jackson, MaRS Discovery District, EVP Corporate and Community Development
  • Trish Nixon, CoPower, Director of Investments
  • Viktor Grabovskyy, Forever Spin, Co-Founder


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