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[3rd VanFUNDING NOV 28]: Financial Innovation Blockchain-Altfi-Crowd-P2P Conference + Premiere Hackathon (Downtown Vancouver) – Registration Opening Soon

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NCFA Canada | Team #VF2017 | Oct 5, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC – October 5, 2017 – In less than two months, the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) will be hosting the 3rd annual VanFUNDING 2017, an immersive full day financial innovation forum and premier hackathon on Nov 28 in downtown Vancouver at SFU's Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

VanFUNDING 2017 is the leading West Coast conference dedicated to igniting online and alternative venture funding markets in Canada providing opportunities for startups and scaleups seeking to accelerate access to private capital markets, investors, and partners to expand their networks.  In addition to prime networking and leading educational series, the conference is expanding to include a 1 day hackathon to provide opportunities for Blockchain RegTech and Fintech startups (stealth) seeking business and technical mentorship, partners, and opportunities for investment in a 'business concept' sprint with winning companies pitching to prominent judges for feedback and prizes.

The 2017 agenda covers the hottest topics from Blockchain smart contracts and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to the latest developments, emerging regulations, new business models and opportunities in PeerToPeer (P2P) crowdfinance, fintech, alternative finance, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence applications, and global financial marketplaces.

Looking for massive disruption and globally expanding markets?

'Crowdsales', Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and tokens represent the next generation of Crowdfinance and P2P online capital and community aggregation having raised in excess of $1 billion in the first half of 2017. ICOs are fully digital offers that are designed and sold using the protocols of smart contract technology inherent on public blockchains such as Ethereum that are quickly evolving.  With new crowdfunding regulations and an explosion of blockchain technology and initial coin offerings powering cryptoeconomics and  continued strong investor appetite for innovative fintech companies, 2017 is a new wave of financial innovation and tipping point full of opportunity as markets coalesce globally for a piece of the action, however with new potential and growth comes new challenges and risks.

VanFUNDING 2017 will feature a prominent keynote, 'Stories from the Edge', leading start-ups and industry participant experts in a unique 'UN-style' venue selected to promote interactive dialogue and discussion.  Combined with workshops and a 'business concept' hackathon there are opportunities for the entire venture funding ecosystem from companies to policy makers and start-ups to enterprise.  Other vital capital innovation topics will cover international developments, perk/rewards, lending, equity, royalty, market provisioning and infrastructure; investor marketing, leadership culture, cyber security and legal and financial considerations.

Get involved with VanFUNDING 2017! 

  • Are you a leading financial innovator, investor or a blockchain rock star? Apply to speak here; or
  • Build your brand’s profile, gain access and help shape the industry (view Partnership Opportunities); or
  • Help make the event day outstanding, apply to volunteer here; or
  • Media passes are available for accredited media representatives.
  • Early bird registration including Hackathon participant teams coming soon!

Visit the VanFUNDING 2017 conference website to learn more.

vanfunding.ca

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The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both investment and social crowdfunding, blockchain ICO, alternative finance, fintech, P2P and online investing stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative online financing industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

For more information, please contact:

Media Contact:

Craig Asano
Executive Director
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254
@NCFACanada

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David Lucatch, CEO, Pegasus Fintech, Inc. Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Sept 26, 2017

David Lucatch, Advisor

TORONTO, SEP 26, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that David Lucatch, Founder and CEO of Pegasus Fintech, Inc., has joined the Association`s growing Advisory Group to advise on the areas of fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency.

David Lucatch – Founder and CEO, Pegasus Fintech, Inc.

Staring his career at the emergence of desktop publishing in the mid 1980’s and as an early Internet adopter, David has spent more than 30 years in the international marketing arena and over 20 years of that developing online business concepts and technologies and taking them to market.  David has held senior management posts and directorships at both private and public media and technology firms. Throughout his business career he has been an active supporter of numerous organizations and has been recognized and awarded internationally for his service and community support activities.  Through his finance and related support activities, David has been instrumental in capital formation programs for start-ups, technology, online, digital engagement and integrated marketing initiatives.

David Lucatch is a graduate of the University of Toronto, (Commerce and Economics) and an Arbor Award recipient.  As an active entrepreneur in the global Internet arena since 1995, David led the development of the first online payment processing gateway for Canadian eCommerce transactions as well as teams in the development of global technology patents.  Mr. Lucatch has been active as an advisor, board member and as part of leadership teams in private, institutional and public companies in North America.  He also served as an inaugural member of the Ontario Securities Commission SME Committee.

This year, David embarked on his latest business endeavor creating Crowdgener Inc. and its sister company Pegasus Fintech, Inc.  Both companies are positioned to support founders and emerging companies in their efforts to preserve long-term ownership and promote growth opportunities through crowd based funding programs, including the issuance of regulatory compliant cryptocurrency.  David is the founder of Pegasus Fintech, Inc., an enterprise that focuses on supporting innovative solutions in the Financial Services, Technology, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency communities.

“I am very honoured to join the NCFA and its Advisory group.  The proliferation of crowd investment and social endeavors, in all its variations, continues to gain global traction at an accelerated pace.  The NCFA offers its members and the community an opportunity to be heard and participate in educational, research, leadership, and development networking opportunities to remain at the forefront of areas like blockchain and regulatory compliant cryptocurrency programs, which is Pegasus' area of focus and expertise.” – David Lucatch, Founder, Pegasus Fintech, Inc.

“We welcome the vast experience that David brings to the NCFA advisory group.  As more and more companies and investors learn about the expanding programs and fintech infrastructure that is being built in Canada, the barriers to capital innovation are being reduced, and the spirit of new commercial economies are being sewn with an outlook to the future.” – Craig Asano, Founder, NCFA Canada

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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 investment and social crowdfunding, blockchain ICO, alternative finance, fintech, P2P and online investing stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative online financing industry in Canada.  For more information please visit ncfacanada.org

About Pegasus Fintech, Inc.

Pegasus Fintech, Inc. focuses on supporting innovative solutions in the Financial Services, Technology, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency communities.  Pegasus has developed a full-service process for assisting organizations who want to do an Initial Coin Offering (ICO).  Together with our team of highly skilled industry professionals and partners we create, with our clients, the necessary business, legal, accounting, technology development, capital and funding strategies, whitepapers, roadmaps, marketing and sales processes to deploy successful and compliant ICOs.  Pegasus also has created an integrated network platform, called the Pegasus Matrix, supporting interactivity through Pegasus supported ICO use cases.  This provides investors and Token holders the ability to use any Token within the Pegasus Matrix and to facilitate market liquidity.  For more information, please visit:  pegasusfintech.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Craig Asano
Founder / CEO, NCFA Canada
416 618 0254
casano@ncfacanada.org

David Lucatch
Founder / CEO, Pegasus Fintech, Inc.
pegasusfintech.com

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David Lucatch, Advisor

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David Lucatch, Advisor

David Lucatch

Marketer, Tech Evangelist, Capital Supporter & Mentor

Staring his career at the emergence of desktop publishing in the mid 1980’s and as an early Internet adopter, David has spent more than 30 years in the international marketing arena and over 20 years of that developing online business concepts and technologies and taking them to market.  David has held senior management posts and directorships at both private and public media and technology firms. Throughout his business career he has been an active supporter of numerous organizations and has been recognized and awarded internationally for his service and community support activities.

With authorization from the NSA in the late 1990’s to export encryption technology from the United States, David developed the concept and led the initial online payment gateway team for the Canadian banking industry in 1997 with support from VISA and MasterCard.

In 1998, as part of the “kick off” for eCommerce in Canada, David and his team created an online marketing and eCommerce program for the Canadian Olympic Hockey team, featuring the first NHL professional players to join Olympic competition.  As part of the program, an exclusive promotional program was created featuring Wayne Gretzky for the Japanese market.

In early 2000, David successfully sold his interest in his first online company to focus on not for profit organizations and mentoring, creating initiatives that raised millions of dollars for organizations like the Children’s Miracle Network, DARE America, Reach for the Rainbow, Ovarian Cancer and others in North America, Europe and Australia from 2001 to 2004.  His legacy programs continued to create much needed funding for many of these programs.

Never one to sit still, in 2005 David returned to the online industry creating one of Canada’s first incubators, financing, creating and supporting projects globally in online language technology, VoIP telephony, online mapping, music and entertainment, live performance, Internet and mobile marketing and eCommerce.

Leading the development, marketing and launch program of his company’s initial online language technology, David and his team were instrumental in achieving a Guinness World Record in 2011 for the Most Nationalities in an Online Chat, which still stands today at 88.  At its height, the online chat platform offered real-time language to langue communications in over 60 languages and had over 200 million monthly users.

In 2013, David and his team worked with Disney Animation to create a global, multi-language “flash event”’ for the worldwide online premiere for the song Let It Go with Demi Lovato from the movie Frozen.   The iconic song reached won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2015.

David has also been part of teams that have been granted several US and international business process patents and trademarks.

In 2013 / 2014 David was a principal funding partner of the study “The inter-language reliability of BRAINscreen in co-ordinate bilinguals” by Professor Konstantine Zakzanis, Associate Chair, Mental Health & Co-op Program University of Toronto Scarborough. The study focused on the identification and relationship between dementia screening and bilingual language capabilities in individuals.

In late 2015 and early 2016, David left his full-time duties as CEO of two companies to pursue his own interests in media and technology.

In early 2016, together with 2 partners, David formed Catch Star Studios, an enterprise that focuses on media, technology and merchandising for the sports and entertainment industry.  As digital engagement specialists, Catch Star Studios works with professional sports teams and entertainment companies globally to increase their user engagement and eCommerce activities.  As part of Catch Star Studios, David also developed a new interactive engagement platform for online and mobile video, Clix.VideoTM, that allows users to engage directly with the video by clicking on “in video” items and tags directly calling the information from the video directly to the user’s mobile phone, tablet or computer.

In February of 2017, Stars and Pinstripes, a series created by Catch Star Studios and featured on the YES Network and Direct TV, was nominated for a NY Emmy Award in the Entertainment Program / Special category for the episode featuring Garth Brooks. David is one of the Executive Producers of the series.

In early 2017, David embarked on his latest business endeavor creating Crowdgener Inc. and its sister company Pegasus Fintech, Inc.  Both companies are positioned to support founders and emerging companies in their efforts to preserve long-term ownership and promote growth opportunities through crowd based funding program, including the issuance of regulatory compliant cryptocurrency.

In addition to his current activities, David focuses his business energies on creating Excellence Teams for supporting emerging technologies and online enterprises with operational, support and key leadership for success.  He also spends time on his investments and inventing new technologies, marketing programs and applications.  David remains an active mentor in the North American online and educational community.

Through his finance and related support activities, David has been instrumental in capital acquisition program resulting in over $100 Million being funded for start-ups, technology, online, digital engagement and integrated marketing initiatives.

David graduated in 1985 with a degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada’s leading university and a top 20 global ranked university, and continues to serve as mentor for both U of T and a variety of student programs and leadership initiatives. In 2010 David was a recipient of an Arbour Award from the University of Toronto, recognizing his continued activities and contributions to his alma mater and served a term as a member of the University’s Electoral College representing UTSC.  David served as an inaugural member of the Ontario Securities Commission SME Committee.

 

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Peggy Van de Plassche, VP Innovation at CIBC, Joins the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Board

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About NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Aug 10, 2017

Peggy Van De Plassche, Advisor

TORONTO, AUG 10, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Peggy Van de Plassche, VP Innovation at CIBC has joined the Association’s Advisory Board as Advisor.

As the VP Innovation at CIBC, Peggy and her team lead the strategic partnerships for the organization.  Prior to joining CIBC, Peggy started a couple of Fintech ventures, invested in the space, consulted for large and small entities, and worked at CGI and BMO on their strategic technology investments.  A Finance professional by trade, Peggy started working in technology 15 years ago; She brings a wealth of experience to the NCFA.  A board member of the Digital Finance Institute, Peggy is also involved in the community via United Way, the Wild Animal Sanctuary and Ladybird Animal Sanctuary.

There is a huge opportunity to democratize the access to private investments in Canada while decreasing the costs and improving both the quantity and the quality of the deals. I am excited to join the NCFA to support that agenda that will benefit greatly retail investors!  Peggy Van De Plassche, VP Innovation, CIBC

Peggy is in the 'right place at the right time' and we're thrilled to have her join the NCFA's Advisory board to further advance the development of next generation crowdfunding market opportunities for Canadian companies and investors.  Her wealth of knowledge and experience will provide great value to industry and we look forward to working closely with Peggy and her team.  Craig Asano, CEO, NCFA Canada

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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 1650+ 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 CONTACT:
Craig Asano
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254

 

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Sherwood Neiss, General Partner, Crowdfund Capital Advisors LLC, Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Aug 1, 2017

Sherwood Neiss, Advisor, Global Crowdfunding Markets

TORONTO, AUG 1, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss, General Partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors LLC, has joined the Association as Advisor, Global Crowdfunding Markets.

Mr. Sherwood Neiss co-authored the “Crowdfunding Exemption Framework” which became the basis of Title III of the U.S. JOBS Act to legalize equity and lending-based crowdfunding. He is in the forefront of the crowdfunding industry, as the co-founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (“CCA”). CCA is a consulting firm serving certain governments and multi-lateral organizations including Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, governments of Chile, Malaysia, Israel, and the UAE, professional investors, crowdfunding professionals and the entrepreneurial community. Mr. Neiss co-authored the World Bank’s research report “Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World” as well as the MIF report “Creating a Crowdfunding Ecosystem in Chile.” Mr. Neiss serves on the advisory boards of several crowdfunding companies. He is a co-founder and former-board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association and the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates. Mr. Neiss was selected as a recipient of the Crowdfunding Visionary Award. VentureBeat listed Mr. Neiss as one of the most influential thought leaders in crowdfunding. Prior to CCA, Mr. Neiss co-founded FLAVORx, Inc., acted as its chief financial officer, won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as the Inc. 500 award three years in a row.

“As we’ve seen with the intersection of the Web with many other industries, it isn’t a matter of IF Securities-based Crowdfunding and online finance comes online but when. Now that data is available to start showing the logical flow of capital from investors to promising community-based businesses via securities that match both entrepreneur and investor needs, governments are playing fast follower. There will be a time when online fundraising is the norm and it won’t be a matter of decades but years. The time is now for Canada to join the rest of the world.” -- Sherwood Neiss, General Partner, Crowdfund Capital Advisors LLC

“Sherwood (AKA Woodie) has been coined the grandfather of the co-investing movement in the U.S. for a reason - he wrote the book and genuinely believes in the sustainable impact and power that online crowdfunding can make to the bottom line of companies, investors and government the world over.  He understands that to tap the benefits of crowdfunding for all, there needs to be greater education, investor confidence (data standards), tax incentives and wide public and government support.  We welcome Sherwood's vast experience in Canada and join his efforts to make crowdfunding a tangible and equitable economic growth engine for local communities which transcends 'for profit only mentality' and is opening up doors for start-ups and seasoned businesses in support of the entrepreneurial spirit and new economy.” -- Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada

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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 CONTACT:
Craig Asano
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254

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CALLING ALL COMPANIES, INVESTORS & FUNDING PLATFORMS! Help Define the Future of Alternative Finance Crowdfunding in Canada

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NCFA Canada (About Us) | June 22, 2017

This is a vital time for the alternative finance crowdfunding sector in Canada.

The crowdfunding sector in Canada offers tremendous potential to innovate and improve capital formation, storage and the distribution of resources by leveraging technology to unlock transactional inefficiencies, provide more liquidity and help small businesses, the backbone of the Canadian economy, to commercialize and globally compete in modern digital times.  While market volumes grew 48% from 2013-2015 and is predicted to reach $190 million in 2016 (download 2016 NCFA report), Canadian markets continue to fall behind international competitors due to market stifling regulations (eg., US $35.2 billion in 2016, Chicago-Booth/Cambridge report).

Your voice is more critical than ever before! 

  • All survey participants will be entered into a draw to receive a $100 gift card of their choice plus $25 Uber promo card for their time.
  • Are you an innovative company raising seed or growth capital? Have you considered raising your next financing in alternative finance markets? What are the most important decision drivers?
  • As a retail or accredited investor, how many deals have you backed in the past 12 months? What’s working and what’s not?

Please take 5min and show support for capital innovation, SME growth and new investment opportunities in alternative finance markets:

  • Your confidential responses will form the basis for NCFAs annual 2017 report to be published later this fall
  • Armed with this data, we seek to promote nationwide growth within the industry and create a persuasive impact on allowing more flexible government regulations and educational support for Alternative Finance Crowdfunding in Canada.  Share your voice now

“We are on the cusp of a new, potentially revolutionary era in consumer and SME finance that harnesses the wisdom of the crowd and its power to effect huge change in the financial sector.”  NCFA Canada

Take the survey now:   http://bit.ly/2perd2N

*Only Open until June 30

We highly appreciate your time and thank for participating in the survey!  Questions?  info@ncfacanada.org.

Sincerely

Craig Asano
Founding Executive Director
NCFA Canada
(416) 618-0254

 

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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Jason A. Saltzman, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Jun 21, 2017

Jason Saltzman, Advisor, Securities and Financings

TORONTO, JUN 21, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Jason A. Saltzman, Partner at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, has joined the Association as Advisor, Securities and Financings.

Jason is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office practising in corporate finance and securities law, with an emphasis on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions and regulatory compliance matters.  He assists issuers, investment dealers, investment portals and institutional and private investors on complex equity and debt financing transactions, ranging from start-up investments, venture capital and private equity investments, to larger public offerings and project finance.

Jason has taken numerous companies public on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange and Canadian Securities Exchange by IPO, reverse takeover, capital pool transactions and direct listings. He also advises securities dealers, advisers, investment fund managers and other market participants in connection with their registration and compliance issues.  Jason served two terms on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Small and Medium Enterprises Committee and has been very active in building an alternative finance practice by focusing on fin-tech, crowdfinance and other disruptive models such as online investment platforms, peer-to-peer lending and robo-advising. He has become known as a thought leader in this innovative area and is working closely with other Gowling WLG professionals as part of a fully-integrated fin tech legal practice group.

 “Crowdfunding is a phenomenon and not a fad. Issuers and securities dealers are already integrating this channel into their overall finance strategy and are using it as a way to better connect and identify with their target markets. The advent of specialized investment platforms, innovative technologies and evolving approaches for the regulation of online investment portals (including new securities law exemptions and OSC's Launch Pad), have set the nascent crowdfunding industry on the right path for the future.” -- Jason Saltzman, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

“Jason not only understands the potential impact of crowdfunding and fintech innovation on alternative finance markets but been a huge supporter of NCFA since the early days.  He’s a leading securities lawyer in the sector with a long list of accolades and deep experience working with registration, compliance and complex financings full stop.  On behalf of the industry we thank Jason for his commitment and continued support, and are thrilled of his participation in the Association’s Advisory group.”  -- Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada

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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 CONTACT:
Craig Asano
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254

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