Canada has over 70 crowdfunding portals across the country. (Source: NCFA Canada, Jan-2014)


Participate in conferences, network at events and learn the latest Crowdfunding strategies and best practices for your business and your investment.


The Global crowdfunding market grew 81% in 2012 to a total funding volume of $2.7 billion with over 1.1 million successful campaigns receiving funding.

National Crowdfunding Association of Canada


NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | April 3, 2014


NCFA and City of Toronto Igniting Entrepreneurship and capital flow in Ontario April 16, 2014

Event Hosts:

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada in partnership with the City of Toronto.

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Event Date:

Date: April 16, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

Location: Ontario Investment and Trade Centre (Seminar Room)

35th Floor, 250 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M5B 2L7 (map)

Ticketing: Member Registration is $25 (early bird $20) + (non-members $35)

Tickets are limited (Update: SOLD OUT …) . All prices include 13% HST

Register for this event –> Now

Event Overview:

The crowdfunding industry is exploding with entrepreneurs, investors, portal operators, third party service providers and experts from around the world who are all jockeying for position to take advantage of a promising and brand new fundraising channel for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). (read more)

On March 20, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published for a 90-day public comment period four new prospectus exemptions including a Crowdfunding specific exemption that would allow early stage companies such as start-ups and small-to-mid-size enterprises (SMEs) to raise up to $1.5 million of capital through the issuance of securities online while maintaining an appropriate level of investor protection.

Join NCFA Canada and the City of Toronto to discuss ‘Igniting Entrepreneurship and Capital Flow in Ontario’. We have assembled a premier panel of industry, legal, investment and regulatory experts to bring forth and highlight key views and insights.

Topics include:

  • Regulatory briefing: What are the proposed regulations, timeline and next steps?
  • What are the challenges of our current capital raising markets and what solutions are coming?
  • Are we doing enough collectively as a 360 eco-system to remain competitive in today’s global markets?
  • How will crowdfunding spur business and economic growth, employment and innovation?
  • Do these regulations provide significant protections for investors?
  • What are the legal issues and proposed solutions that revolve around Crowdfunding transactions?
  • Market pulse: what is happening on the ground in the Crowdfunding industry? (Issuers, investors, portals, and providers)
  • Q&A feedback on Ontario’s Crowdfunding exemption proposal



9:00 – 9:15 Registration + Breakfast

9:15 – 9:55 Presentations

9:55 – 10:30 Questions and Answers + Discussion

* Networking will be available after the Q&A



Jim Turner, Vice Chair, Ontario Securities Commission





Gerard Buckley, Chairperson, Maple Leaf Angels Corporation and Managing Director Jaguar Capital Inc.

Gerard Buckley (150x150)Experienced Corporate, Advisory Board and Not for Profit Director with 10+ years of board experience and 30+ years corporate leadership experience in the Capital Markets Industry in Financial Risk Management. Strategic business leader & corporate advisor to F500 companies in various industry verticals. An advisor to Founders & CEO’s of growth companies in technology and knowledge based industries with a focus on governance, financing and financial management. A growth architect with a track record for explosive performance with strong results driven business development experience. Targeting capital intensive companies in development stage requiring strong strategic direction, governance, financial risk management and advanced financial counsel.

Jos Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer, Aequitas Innovations

Aequitas Jos Schmitt (150x150)Prior to launching Aequitas Innovations, Jos set up Brilliant Orange group of companies, served as CEO of the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Exchange; and as EVP Head of the Americas and Global Head of Capital Markets for a global professional services company focused on the financial services industry. During his tenure at this professional services company, he acted as strategic advisor and director of operational and/or technology programs for some of the largest market infrastructure organizations and broker-dealers around the globe. Some of his previous roles include: President and CEO of a European Derivatives Exchange and Clearing House, President and CEO of a pan-European indices Publisher, Chairman of a Derivatives SRO, and Head of Strategy and Business Operations at a European Stock Exchange.

John Wires, Founder, Wires Law

John-Wires_150_grayJohn Wires is the Founder of Wires Law, a corporate commercial law firm delivering legal services to entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses across Canada. His practice focuses on launching, protecting and selling Canadian businesses. He has appeared in the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and private arbitrations on issues spanning from shareholder and employment disputes to cross border litigation. John graduated from law school with first class honours specializing in both International Trade and Corporate Commercial Law. He was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2011 and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association. He has been a guest lecturer at Ryerson University and covered in the media on Crowdfunding in Canada.


Who should attend this event?

This event is for financial professionals, crowdfunding industry stakeholders, issuers, investors, portals and dealers interested in staying on-top of the proposed Crowdfunding exemption regulations in Ontario and providing feedback directly to the OSC. JOIN THE DISCUSSION.

See you @9am sharp for registration and breakfast!


Register for this event –> Now

  • Jason Bergerson

    Website looks awesome.

  • Sean

    Will crowdfunding ever be available to public issuers?

    • NCFACanada

      Hi Sean,

      Today, there are no restrictions on public companies raising funds via donation or reward based crowdfunding models.

      If, however, you are referring to equity crowdfunding, while not yet legally permitted in Canada, the OSC’s proposed equity crowdfunding framework only requires that the issuing company, its parent, and its principal operating subsidiary be incorporated or organized under Canadian federal laws (or Canadian jurisdiction) and have its head office located in Canada. Thus, under the above scenario, public issuers would be able to use crowdfunding exemptions.

      Thanks for your question

      • Sean

        Is their any funding portals that have their own limited dealership or EMD that are currently doing equity financing via crowdfunding?

        • NCFACanada

          I suggest we take this offline. I will email you directly../thanks

  • CanadianSeajay

    What about the individual (not a corporation), say, an inventor … can the required funds, whether to further develop or market the invention, be raised through crowdfunding?

    • NCFACanada

      Yes, individuals can raise funds via legally permitted crowdfunding markets. Advised to evaluate tax implications to determine the best route. Ex. cost of repatriating funds back to Canada if raised on overseas portals..

  • Murray McKercher

    Congrats to all for a Great job on the National Event, held in Toronto at Ryerson University Digital Media Zone… can’t wait to see the pictures…

  • Vourno

    Vourno Launches In Canada:

  • Jeffrey Williams

    I have an innovative paint product that has the interest of a big box store chain. I need funds to begin making the tooling for the molds. If we present the finished product in its entirety, I am told that the orders will be placed. All that I currently earn goes to bills and it kills me to just sit idling with this.

    Help anyone?

    • NCFACanada

      That’s great that you have an innovative product – congratulations. Start by researching your portal options on the Canadian CF Directory ( and reach out to connect with potential partners and crowdfunding experts active in the space. If you are interested in accelerating funding for your project, please get in touch with us and we can introduce you to potential crowdfunding consultants that may be able to assist you for a fee…

      • Jeffrey Williams

        Thanks! I joined and I’m ready to learn more.

        • NCFACanada

          Thanks for joining! Will email you shortly with some info…

    • Will

      Jeffrey, just a random question: Could you sell it in smaller non-big box stores? Why not approach them as well, and see if they would be interested in the venture. Those who would benefit from it may be interested in a Crowdfunding opportunity, give them something on both sides and don’t give it to the Big Box make it exclusive – if its as good as you say it is, then there are always others – and I think Crowdfunding provides you this conduit. BTW: the Big Box offer with condition of “Product Entirely” may also be simply a way of starving you out – and then they do it anyway. I hope it isn’t, but why are they not helping you – just sayin.

  • Gary Ballan

    I have written a collection of over 100 song lyrics. I need funds to get several of my songs put to music and vocals and recorded on demo CD’s. Once I have the songs on demos I can pitch them to producers.

    • NCFA

      Hi Gary, there are a few Canadian portals dedicated to helping musicians (and fans) fund their projects such as IOUmusic, and SOkap. Check out the Crowdfunding Directory for the links … Your first demo should probably be your live pitch to raise funds for your project. Good luck!

  • rb

    I would like info on receiving crowd funding towards creating a book or movie also this is a new start towards my goal as a writer

  • CrowdFund Beat News

    Canada: OSC Update On Proposed Capital Raising Exemptions

    • NCFACanada

      Hi Sydney, will add you to the Directory as a provider…/thanks, CA

  • Jack Farquhar

    I am a serving member of the Canadian Forces and may be medically released soon. I have the opportunity to buy an operating collision repair shop. I have over 14 Years experience in the industry but not funding.

    • Jack Farquhar

      I have joined and am ready to make the next step to being my own boss

    • NCFACanada

      Hi Jack,
      Check out our directory of Canadian portals across the country as a start.

      There are at least two other military related campaigns and groups tapping into donation/reward based crowdfunding. For reference, one is out east called Foundation for Atlantic Heroes, and the other Vimy Foundation.

      I will email you shortly with some info that may assist you on your journey.

      Best, CA


    Great speakers from Paris, London, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, at Canadian Crowdfunding Conference, november 21, Montreal,

  • D Bachmann

    When a project is collecting funds are there any taxes involved?

  • Amy

    have been production Artist for my friend’s project – which started ten years ago. She has created a best selling oracle, with her award winning photographic skils, and it has caught the attention of many people- and she already has large orders. We want to self publish but need 5000 dollars to get it printed.


    ALL artwork and the book can be sent for viewing, and our projections, financially spewing….her illustrations of faery folk and mystical themed images of empowering words and guidebook are so intuitive and direct, they really are magical…

    A ten year project that is ready to go to press, but needs assistance – please get in touch!!

  • Berger Kevin

    Hello everyone,

    I am a French-Thai student that comes from the European Business School in Paris. I am currently in Montréal from the 25/10/2013 until the 03/10/2013.

    I am currently writing my master thesis about crowdfunding and its potential. I am
    looking for poeple who have backed and financed projects on any crowdfunding
    website. I wish to know your feedback on your crowdfunding experience in order
    to make it even better.

    The NCFA website and my research made me book a flight from Paris and come here to Montreal. I truly wish to help as many people as I can. I know that
    crowdfunding can do this and my goal is to enhance its current model to make it
    even better. This is what I am fighting for.

    I have a vision that crowdfunding could truly change the way we help, the way we work and the way we perceive solidarity. Therefore your feedback and your experience would be a great help.

    My objective is to interview 15 people during my stay here in Montreal. I would be happy to meet you whenever it’s the most appropriate time for you.

    I am having difficulties to find people to interview. If you know anyone that has backed a project please let me know. Any advise would be a great help.

    If you are interested please contact me per mail: and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I can move around easily and truly wish to get as much feedback as i can during my stay.

    Thank you for your help and your consideration,

    Kevin Berger

    • NCFACanada

      Hi Kevin, since you are currently based in Montreal, I’d like to introduce you to Heri and Brun of the SeedingFactory who have significant experience working with companies seeking funding via crowdfunding markets. Also, NCFA would be interested to learn more about the project. We are currently seeking crowdfunding research ambassadors…
      Heri/Bruno, Kevin is conducting research for his European business school program out of Paris and perhaps you could be a good resource for him.
      best Craig

  • garagedocfilms

    My feature documentary film is nearing completion and needs help to get it across the finish line in time for major film festivals

  • Heather Greenwood

    I am president of a winter family orientated Festival in Rural Manitoba Canada. How can I get Crowd funding to work for me?

  • G F King

    I have an idea that uses wilderness backpacking/camping trips to help the homeless have time to take a break from the street life and re-evaluate their lives. Choose new goals, develop a plan to reach them and brainstorm around the resources needed to implement their plan. This is a cost effective solution to a problem most, if not every community is facing today. Property, taxes, utility bills and other usual costs would be minimal as opposed to an urban based traditional program that sets out to assist this group of people. I am a lifelong avid nature lover who has been working with the homeless population since 1982 and have first hand experience being personally homeless. It is my belief that far too often too much of the funds for these programs are used for administrative, personnel and management costs with smaller portions going to program participants. Most of the expenses associated with this type of program would be allocated to equipment, transportation to and from wilderness areas, insurance and minimal staffing with volunteer support who enjoy wilderness and want to help others. Nature has within itself a strong healing component that lends itself well to this project. We all need to take a break and “get away from it all” from time to time. Imagine living with that need 24/7 day after day with no hope for a break! Time to dream, to think, to set goals and develop a plan to attain those goals. A simple, practical and cost effective potential solution to a complex problem with a multitude of theories of how to address this. Allow people to accept responsibility for determining the solution that is best for them and using their own inner strength to come out on top of it all. Deep inside each of us has an idea of what we want, we just need some time to determine our goals and how we can achieve them using our own resources and asking for the help we need.

  • Karl Steinmeyer

    Thanks for having me :)

    • NCFACanada

      Great to have you hear Karl – welcome…

  • SqueezeFord

    Great tips and information . I just started my first Crowd funding campaign .

    • NCFACanada

      Good luck with your campaign. Will be interesting to see which site attracts more presales; your KS campaign or Indie linked directly to the squeezeford website…

      • SqueezeFord

        Yes it should be interesting to see how that evolves. Kickstarte had some limitations in terms of the quantities for our rewards. So I had to end up putting it in indiegogo as well . I hope that does not backfire. There is only one way to find out

  • JennieferEquineEvents

    I am part of an initiative which promotes horse welfare awareness. We support humane equine handling practices, and community enhancement through equine facilitation-horses are healers. Moreover, wild horses in Canada and the U.S. have little protection from for profit industries, who favour financial benefits over horses’ lives in the wild. The Wildies & Mustangs-All Equine Event is our flagship event, held at Conestogo River Horseback Adventures, on June 21st, 2014. Our scope is broad and integrative, as we understand growth comes from collaboration and in support of partnership models. Our Event needs funds towards equine advocates’ travels, and our production costs require financial support as well.

    Thank you for the read, all support appreciated.
    Warm Regards,
    Photo Courtesy: Duane Starr Photography

  • vanessa seath

    I am a special needs educator, I like to work with children with special needs. I have wanted to open a daycare for families with a child with special needs. Yes there are schools for these children but there is no form of respite for parents who have a special needs child under the age of five. The parents need breaks send I would provide childcare, specially developed programs to work with the child needs. I song staff would work with the parents send yeah them to run the programs at home, teach them techniques and cooking skills. My goal is to offer the families a better quality of life. I’m looking to raise money to start this dream I have. I think it would be beneficial to my community.

  • Arun Trikha

    I tried to join NCFA as a company but it did not allow me. Everybody is in search of Happiness.Nobody has found it.This site tries to bring Happiness by most of the tools.Keeping health at the highest level through food,sleep,talk,mentoring,natural way,helping others,sacrificing for someone are tried. The true facts of life by experience gained through education and lifelong learning are explained. The author has taught Chemistry at various institutions and holds a Ph.D degree. Freelance writing,helping others,volunteering give me real happiness. I want to raise funds to make my wesite/blog fully functional.

    • NCFACanada

      Hello Arun, can you please email your information directly to me at so that we can assist you in signing up as an NCFA member and/or work through any issue there may be with the sign-up process. Many thanks, Craig (email:

  • M K Harrison

    Quick question, I am not Canadian, though I am opening a project that is directed toward Canadian investors investing abroad. Base activity is to protect the interest of the Canadian investors that I often get cheated. You can reach me at , which way would be best to directly interact?

  • M K Harrison

    sorry, That I often SEE get cheated…. typo…

  • Carol

    I am looking for someone to invest in me and my writing.
    Have 6 books published.

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  • The baker

    I am doing a boat cruise fundraiser for professionals everywhere in Toronto. Idea came about when I noticed hundreds of youth idle who’s parents could not afford summer camp or tours and excursions during the summer break. I need an investor to help with the cruise. It will be fun for a mature crowd and will benefit youth in low income families. Can anyone Help? Please email me: