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Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and Co-founder of HiveWire, Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Board

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | March 24, 2017

Christopher Charlesworth, Advisor, Crowdfunding

TORONTO, MAR 24, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and Co-founder of HiveWire, a full-service crowdfunding agency focused on platform development, data analytics and consulting, has joined the Association’s Advisory Board as Advisor, Crowdfunding.

Christopher Charlesworth holds an MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from The University of Western Ontario. Christopher has worked as a management consultant in Indonesia, Canada, and the United States across several practice areas, including financial services, marketing, and social media. As Co-founder and CEO Christopher works to create value for clients by applying HiveWire’s crowdfunding tools and techniques to their strategic objectives.

“Chris is constantly creating value with every measured action.  Through his work at HiveWire, he has amassed significant experience in all aspects of crowdfunding from portal operator to infrastructure provider to campaign planning and execution.  He brings a data-driven approach to garnishing insights and implementing learnings that will benefit virtually any client project.” Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada

“Crowdfunding presents a tremendous opportunity for Canadians to come together and fund all manner of worthy economic initiatives. It is incumbent on our government and market regulators to find ways to create a level national playing field that enhances the competitiveness of the Canadian crowdfunding industry. Unfettered investment at the individual level, regardless of physical geography, is both our present and our future. Our market regulators would do well to legitimize this behaviour and harmonize rules across geographic regions and within Canada at the very least.  Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and Co-founder, HiveWire

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. For more information please visit: www.ncfacanada.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254

 

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Thrice is Nice as NCFA Canada kicks off Annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit

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 NCFA Canada | Feb 8, 2017

Focus on “Innovation Finance” set to draw Fintech Trailblazers from across the country

TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today kicked off its third annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit (CCS2017), taking place in Toronto, February 28 and March 1, 2017.

The Summit is Canada’s largest national event covering online funding, fintech, and alternative finance markets. The gathering provides the most comprehensive thought leadership, education, networks, funding and investment opportunities to over 500 participants in Canada’s rapidly growing fintech crowdfinance industry.

“The Summit has grown significantly each year since launching in 2015 and provides an international platform where delegates can really network at deep levels with industry leaders, strategic partners, investors, regulators and vendors,” said Craig Asano, Founder and Executive Director of NCFA Canada. “Collectively, these emerging markets are going to have an increasingly important role in financial services and impact on the Canadian tech, small business and innovation economy.”

This impact is already evident: Canadian markets reported a total funding volume of $133 million in 2015, and when the numbers are all in, are predicted to have grown to $190 million in 2016. Despite these increases, Canada is still punching below its weight compared to international markets. A recently published study benchmarked the online alternative finance industry in the U.S. at $36 billion in 2015.

See:  75 Fintech crowdfinance and Alternative Finance leaders heading to Toronto for CCS2017

“Canada’s numbers are significant, but as we can see from international comparators, the potential is practically limitless in this space,” said Asano. “These innovators are not only helping to grow the economy; they’re creating jobs, spurring growth in start-ups and scale-ups, and providing investment opportunities for those who were previously shut out from such ventures. We’re witnessing the dawn of a new economic phenomenon that is rapidly changing how consumers and businesses aggregate, transfer, store and invest capital privately.”

CCS2017 Trailblazers

CCS2017 aims to accelerate this phenomenon with an expanded event; due to substantial growth and enthusiastic participant feedback, this year’s conference will be expanding to add an additional half day program for fintech platforms to showcase and demo services to investors. Day two will feature the annual full-day thought leadership and pitching showcase Summit with all the keynotes and ‘bells and whistles’ that participants have come to expect.

The summit will be comprised of 75 of the foremost leaders in the fintech crowdfinance industry, including prominent speakers from UK, US and Hong Kong, on stage in front of over 500 entrepreneurs, growth companies, investors, tech providers, media, regulators and other key stakeholders. Collectively, the industry is striving to accelerate the commercialization and value of these new technologies in the Canadian economy.

This is a not to be missed Summit focused on fintech & funding….Want to be part of the future? Register at crowdfundingsummit.ca.

About the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada
The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a national non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. For more information please visit ncfacanada.org.

SOURCE: National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

To request a media pass to the Canadian Crowdfinance Summit, please click here.

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Ben Feferman, Managing Partner, Leverage VC, Joins NCFA’s Ambassador Program

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About NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Feb 2, 2017

Ben Feferman

TORONTO, Feb 2, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today announced that Ben Feferman, Managing Partner, Leverage VC, has joined the Association’s Ambassadors Program.

NCFA Canada Ambassadors

NCFA Canada Ambassadors are leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based alternative finance crowdfunding industry in communities across Canada. They are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for small businesses, organizations and investors to connect with, share and learn about crowdfunding via locally hosted events and initiatives. Ambassadors are specialists and plugged into an international network of shared resources, thought leadership, and industry professionals striving to cultivate and shape the future of finance in Canada and beyond.

Ben Feferman, Tech Entrepreneur, Mentor and Investor

Ben has been an entrepreneur for most of his career, founding companies in media, film and finance.  His investment company Amuka Capital has become very active in its venture funding with investments in Enthusiast Gaming (video game), Three Sisters Kitchen (food producer), and Slyce (visual search).  His interest in tech investing led him to his current position as managing director of Leverage IT, a full-service digital agency and development shop that is building out some of Canada’s most disruptive mobile apps.

In early 2017, Ben will be launching Leverage VC, a new boutique venture capital firm that will support and empower companies in the ideation and development stages.  Drawing on his experience in diversified business management, Ben mentors and advises many start-ups on business plan development, go-to market strategies and early-stage funding plans.  He has a B.A in law from Carleton University and is pursuing a MBA from the University of Fredericton.

“Ben is part of the new generation who understands the potential of crowdsourcing productivity, capital, and resourcing to achieve common goals, and is fluidly contributing to the advancement of these new models and platforms that will ultimately help shape the future of financial services and Canada’s ability to compete," said Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada.

"The sharing economy has had an immeasurable impact on almost everything we do.   When it comes to investments however, while great progress had been made, we fall well short of the needed (de)regulation that will see Crowdfunding in its current and future iterations bloom.  There are some really exciting sub-sectors of crowdfunding especially on the debt side that have tremendous potential.  I think in the next five years we will see a move from crowdfunding higher risk ventures like start-ups and small businesses to lower risk ventures like real estate, mortgages or car loans," said Ben Feferman, NCFA Ambassador

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

Source: NCFA Canada

For more information please contact:

Media Contacts:

Craig Asano
NCFA Canada
Executive Director
p. (416) 618-0254
e. casano@ncfacanada.org

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NCFA Ontario Microbrewery Partner, Highlander Brewery, Now Accepting Digital to Door Orders

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Highlander Brew Co. | Dwayne Wanner | Jan 16, 2017

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January 16, South River, ON:  Highlander Brew Co. has moved into the digital age by offering all its beers on line with direct delivery to home and office.  The brand new website, www.highlanderbrewco.com, has full details about all eight delicious beers available.

We are proud founding supporters of NCFA Canada and the annual national fintech and funding conference held each spring in downtown Toronto.  We are happy to extend an invite to all attendees of the 2017 Canadian Crowdfinance Summit (CCS2017) to visit the new Brewery in South River for a free tour and tasting anytime in 2017.

Weekender Brew Master Experience

As well Highlander has extended its alliance with nearby North Ridge Inn and Resort who can provide accommodation for visitors attending “The Weekender brew experience”. This special weekend program allows participants to spend the better part of the day with the brew master actually brewing a real batch of beer. This experience also includes tastings of all Highlander beers and sample packs to take home.  See the website for details.

Brewery Event Room Open!

We are pleased to offer that the brewery event room is also available free of charge to any attendee at CCS2017 conference to hold meetings or presentations. If you are looking for a nice place to make presentations for clients from Muskoka to North Bay, Highlander brewery is the spot.

Highlander Brew Collage

Interested?  Please contact us and we can set this up to include meeting space, digital A/V support, brew tours and accommodation to enhance your event.  For more information, gift packs, corporate tasting events at the brewery or in the GTA, please contact:

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About Highlander Brew Co.

Highlander Brew co started production in 2009 with a small brew kit in a rented facility in South River Ontario at the edge of Algonquin Park.  In 2016 Highlander completed a multimillion dollar facility in South River. The site includes brewery, retail store, by the glass bar and event room. Highlander produces over a dozen beers ranging from mild lagers to rich imperial stout. The retail store offers tasting of all beers .Visitors can also select items from a wide range of artisanal food and art from the region around the brewery. You can like Highlander on Facebook or follow on twitter @highlanderbrew.  For more information visit www.highlanderbrewco.com

Contact:
Dwayne Wanner
President
Highlander Brew Co.
Tel. 905 520 8928
Email:  dwanner@highlanderbrewco.com

 

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more at www.ncfacanada.org.

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Amar Nijjar, CEO R2Crowd, Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Board

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Jan 9, 2017

Amar Nijjar, Advisor, Commercial Real Estate

TORONTO, JAN 9, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Amar Nijjar, Chief Executive Officer of R2Crowd, a leading real estate crowdfinance and investment platform, has joined the Association’s Advisory Board as Advisor, Commercial Real Estate.

Amar is the Founder of Real Crowd Capital. He is responsible for strategic direction, business development, operations, and sits on R2CROWD’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Amar has funded over $7 billion and underwritten over $20 billion of real estate during his career. Amar is also an Executive Vice President at JLL (formerly Jones Lang LaSalle), where he leads the Debt Capital Markets group. Amar is licensed to trade in mortgages and real estate, and holds an MBA York University and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.

“Amar is a highly capable professional and active in pursuing the vision of bringing fintech to Canadian commercial property markets.  He brings a vast network of experienced commercial real estate capital market stakeholders to the table and understands the value that financial innovation can generate when paired with vetted, high quality investment opportunities and the appropriate levels of technology and risk mitigation strategies”, said Craig Asano, Founder and Executive Director of NCFA Canada.

Private Capital Markets are hugely inefficient with intermediary cost of capital often times exceeding 10% of every dollar invested. This simply isn’t sustainable in the long run. While the role of an advisor can never be completely eliminated especially in a financial sale, it certainly is ripe for some disruption. However, as an industry all of the participants need to do a better job of building credibility. We need to fully engage in industry events, conferences and other ways of educating the retail investor. In this regard, NCFA is doing a great job and we all need to support them for our collective success in the industry.   Amar Nijjar, CEO, R2Crowd

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. For more information please visit: www.ncfacanada.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254

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Alaa Guidara, Ph.D and Professor, Joins NCFA’s Ambassador Program

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About NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | December 16, 2016

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TORONTO, Dec 16, 2016 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today announced that Alaa Guidara, Ph.D and Professor at Sheridan College, has joined the Association’s Crowdfunding Ambassadors Program.

NCFA Canada Crowdfunding Ambassadors

Crowdfunding Ambassadors (CFAs) are leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based crowdfunding industry in communities across Canada. They are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for small businesses, organizations and investors to connect with, share and learn about crowdfunding via locally hosted events and initiatives. CFAs are specialists and plugged into an international network of shared resources, thought leadership, and industry professionals striving to cultivate and shape the future of crowdfunding in Canada and beyond.

Alaa Guidara, Ph.D and Professor, Pilon School of Business, Sheridan College

Alaa is a professor of finance at the Pilon School of Business at Sheridan College. He is the inaugural professor of a crowdfunding course he designed in a workshop form for a hands-on learning experience. Alaa combines backgrounds from both professional and academic field gained from experience in private, community and public sector. Alaa provided consulting services to a number of organizations and firms throughout North America, Asia Pacific and Africa. He is also serving as an advisor or board member of multiple start-ups and institutions across Quebec and Ontario.

Alaa taught at different academic levels including graduate, undergraduate and executive level and currently serve as finance coach for Pilon School of Business’ team in ICBC Business Competition. He is also active in research and serves as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and conferences.  Alaa received a Ph.D in finance and insurance from Laval University and holds the Canadian risk management (CRM) designation from the Global Risk Management Institute. Over the last 10 years he was recipients of different grants and awards recognizing his endeavors in the professional and academic field.

“Alaa is a strong supporter of the NCFA mission and is committed to advocating for a vibrant and resilient crowdfunding industry. Alaa’s background and experience accompanied by his professional and educational credentials provide him with the scope and skills to act as a great NCFA ambassador and we welcome him to the organization", said Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada.

"While there are few attempts for educating and using crowdfunding in the education sphere, Colleges and Universities should step up to move crowdfunding education to the next level. They should move at a faster pace to reflect the evolving trend of crowdfunding and uphold the sustainability and resilience of the industry," said Alaa Guidara, NCFA Ambassador

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

Source: NCFA Canada

For more information please contact:

Media Contacts:

Craig Asano
NCFA Canada
Executive Director
p. (416) 618-0254
e. casano@ncfacanada.org

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Jason Butcher, Global Connector, Innovator and Investor, Joins NCFA’s Ambassador Program

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About NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | December 16, 2016

VANCOUVER, Dec 16, 2016 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today announced that Jason Butcher, Global Connector, Innovator and Investor, has joined the Association’s Crowdfunding Ambassadors Program.

NCFA Canada Crowdfunding Ambassadors

Crowdfunding Ambassadors (CFAs) are leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based crowdfunding industry in communities across Canada. They are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for small businesses, organizations and investors to connect with, share and learn about crowdfunding via locally hosted events and initiatives. CFAs are specialists and plugged into an international network of shared resources, thought leadership, and industry professionals striving to cultivate and shape the future of crowdfunding in Canada and beyond.

Jason Butcher, Global Connector, Innovator and Investor

Jason is driven to make the world a better place and is passionate about bringing innovative people and businesses together across all disciplines with the intention of providing resources and tools to support the growth of others.  A seasoned professional with 25 years of hands on experience starting businesses, Jason is a well versed businessman garnering an array of knowledge in business development and planning, brand development, consulting, entrepreneurship, marketing, mentoring, leadership, strategic partnerships, funding, investing, startups and developing international business.

Specializing in entrepreneurship, business development and creating connections Jason strives to bring individuals, markets and opportunities together on a global level. Priding himself on his keen abilities as a solution and problem solver, Jason enjoys mentoring fellow entrepreneurs and advises local and international startups. Jason started Kickstart Business Catalyst to provide a facility to help entrepreneurs materialize their visions.  In his spare time, Jason enjoys hiking, skiing, travel, boating and spending time with family. He volunteers for the Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue and maintains affiliations with Virgin United, Tedx, DreamTalks, Futurepreneur, Startup Canada, 100 Men Who Care, and the Boys Club Network.

“Jason is an amazing connector and has a natural inclination to help entrepreneurs realize their vision.  He applies his business acumen and 'get things done' no fuss, no muss attitude to tasks at hand.  It's a pleasure to welcome Jason to the NCFA Ambassador program who will help increase awareness of the opportunities that await both companies and investors in crowdsourcing/financing markets", said Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada.

"Together we can create it all. Crowdfunding helps to bring us together," said Jason Butcher, NCFA Ambassador

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1300+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

Source: NCFA Canada

For more information please contact:

Media Contacts:

Craig Asano
NCFA Canada
Executive Director
p. (416) 618-0254
e. casano@ncfacanada.org

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