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2nd Annual 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (#CCS2016)

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2nd Annual 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit

Join us at the foremost destination for leaders in the Canadian Crowdfunding economy (#CCS2016)

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VIP Networking Reception

March 2, 2016 (5:30 - 7:30pm)

Location: The Spoke Club (Portland Room)

Location: 600 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3 (map)


CCS2016 Summit

March 3, 2016 (7:30am – 7:00pm)

Location: MaRS Discovery District (Auditorium)

Address: 101 College St., Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7 (map)


Limited Tickets - Get Yours Today! (> 85% SOLD!)

Registration and credit card processing fees included in price. 13% HST to be added

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With the newly released equity crowdfunding regulations across Canada and the emergence of marketplace lending and investment bank 2.0 platforms, 2016 is anticipated to be a year of exponential growth.

The 2nd Annual 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (#CCS2016) will be held on March 3 in Toronto at MaRS Discovery and will highlight a national spectrum of the foremost leaders, innovators, investors and enablers in the Canadian crowdfunding, fintech and alternative finance markets.

Once a year RARE opportunity to participate and engage in this dynamic industry and become part of the growing FUTURE OF CROWDFUNDING --> NOW.

  • Full day of curated educational programming, executive round tables, networking and partnership opportunities
  • All the hot button topics required to successful navigate markets, vendors and online financing transactions for companies, investors and industry
  • High profile keynotes and over 70+ speakers, 30+ round table discussions, TEDx style inspiration, and meet & greets including the Ontario Securities Commission!
  • 12 pre/post-revenue pitching companies (view finalists)

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The Canadian Crowdfunding Industry's National Conference

The #CCS2016 full-day educational summit will feature high profile keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, entrepreneurial pitches, mentor sessions and exhibitor tables featuring leading crowdfunding platforms and service providers.  The program will cover all emerging topics in crowdfunding, alternative finance and early-stage financing including:

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 What you can expect:

  • Learn vital content from Canadian and international crowdfunding experts, covering all models of crowdfunding (alternative finance, fintech);
  • Highlight economic progress, regulatory updates, emerging opportunities, best practices, trends & insights;
  • Deliver workshops on alternative finance crowdfunding models and hot sectors (eg., P2P lending and real estate) in the venture funding continuum;
  • Provide prime networking and mentoring opportunities for entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors, government, and academic sectors;
  • Showcase new and emerging companies from a variety of industries and growth stages;
  • Lots of networking opportunities including VIP networking reception at The Spoke Club on March 2 (evening before)
  • Be inspired by leading entrepreneurs who share capital raising insights and ‘Stories from the Edge’ (TEDx style presentations) 

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View the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit schedule


7:30AM - 8:30AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:30AM - 12:30PMMain auditorium Opening Remarks, Keynotes and TEDx-style sessions, Break, Plenary Sessions:
  • Opening Remarks: MC: Michael Bancroft (Executive Producer, Bloomberg TV Canada), Craig Asano (Founding CEO, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada), Tim Jackson (EVP Corporate and Community Development, MaRS)
  • Official Opening of the 2nd Annual 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit: Hon Charles Sousa (Minister of Finance, Ontario Ministry of Finance)
  • KEYNOTE: What Does It Take for Crowdfunding to Succeed in a Country? Bill Morrow (Founder and CEO, Angels Den)
  • Canadian & Global Markets: Market Data, Trends and Key Indicators: Teri Kirk (Founder and CEO, Funding Portal)
  • The Sharing Economy: 3 Things I learned About Disruptive Innovation as an UberX Driver: Ted Graham (Innovation Leader, PwC)
  • Trust and Transparency in the Internet of Money: Bernd Petak (Co-founder and COO, Finstripe)
  • Diversity in Crowdfunding: Unlocking Exponential Value: Amy Cortese (Founder and Editor, Locavesting)
  • What P2P Lending Means For The Future Of Banking: Cato Pastoll (Co-founder and CEO, Lending Loop)
  • Crowdfunding for Virtual Reality: A Billion Dollar Opportunity? Christopher Charlesworth (Co-founder and CEO, HiveWire)
  • How Equity Crowdfunding Will Change Private and Public Markets Forever: Peter-Paul Van Hoeken (CEO, Frontfundr)
  • Generation #Selfie: Ryan Laidlaw (FinTexpert and Millenial Insider, LendingArch) Sophie Nicolaou (Head of Marketing and PR, LendingArch)
  • Fireside Chat with Crowdfunding Rockstars: Moderated by Mark Evans (Principal, ME Consulting), Daniel Blumer (Co-founder and CEO, Revol Technologies Inc), Behrouz Hariri (Co-founder, Smart Nora), Judeh Siwady (Founder and CEO, Spacefy)
  • Industry Experts and Regulatory Perspectives: What to Expect in 2016?: Moderated by Alixe Cormick (President, Venture Law Corporation), Daryl Hatton (Founder and CEO, FundRazr + Sponsifi), Monica Kowal (Vice Chair, Ontario Securities Commission), Jason Saltzman (Partner, Dentons), Kevin Sandhu (Co-founder and CEO, Grow)
12:30PM - 1:15PMNetworking lunch
1:15PM - 4:30PM4 X Concurrent Main Stage:
  • The Emergence of Fintech in Lending: What it Means for Banks and Main St.: Moderated by Sarah Efron (Small Business Reporter, The Globe and Mail), Kevin Clark (President, Lendified), Tabitha Creighton (Co-founder and CEO, InvestNextDoor), Jeff Mitelman (Co-founder and CEO, Thinking Capital)
  • Investment Strategies: Why Leading Angels/VCs are Joining the Crowd: Moderated by Sunil Sharma (Managing Partner, Extreme Venture Partners), Janet Bannister (General Partner, Real Ventures), Karen Grant (Executive Director, Angel One Investor Network), Jim Orlando (Managing Director, OMERS Ventures)
  • Market Makers: Equity Crowdfunding's Impact on the Innovation Economy: Moderated by Megan Cornell (Founder and CEO, Momentum Law), Sandi Gilbert (Founder & CEO, SeedUps Canada), Rubsun Ho (Chief Crowdpleaser, Crowdmatrix Inc.), David Shore (Director of Investor Relations, OurCrowd)
  • Hot Vertical: Real Estate Crowdfunding, an Emerging New Asset Class: Moderated by Brooks Barnett (Manager, Government Relations & Policy, Real Property Association of Canada), Ann Kaplan (CEO, Brix RCR), Amar Nijjar (President & CEO, R2CROWD), Hitesh Rathod (CEO, NexusCrowd Inc.)

4 X Tactical Stream (A):

  • Big Data Investment Trends and Digital Finance Technologies: Moderated by Asier Ania (Co-founder, HiveWire), Steven Dryall (Principal, Incipient Technologies), Craig O'Neill (CEO and Director, Versapay), Angela Wang (Associate Director, Big Data - North America, UnionPay Smart)
  • How Dubuc Motors, Canada's first EV car, is raising $25M in the US?: Moderated by Carlos Pinto-Lobo (Consultant, Chief Compliance Officer, CPL Consultant), Alixe Cormick (President, Venture Law Corp), Mario Dubuc (Co-Founder and CEO, Dubuc Motors), Mike Kakogiannakis (Co-Founder and COO, Dubuc Motors)
  • Marketplace Lending Opportunity for Financial Institutions and Institutional Investors: Moderated by Dr. Sean Geobey (Assistant Professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo), Jeff Brown (Vice President, Community Banking, Meridian), Colin Kilgour (Co-founder, First Marketplace Group)
  • Making the Most of Every Dollar Raised: Financial Planning for SMEs: Darryl Irwin (Tax Partner, PwC), Alan Lio (Senior Tax Associate, PwC)

4 X Tactical Stream (CR2):

  • Crowdfunding Best Practices: Pre, Launch, and Post Campaign: Christopher Charlesworth (Co-founder and CEO, HiveWire), Bret Conkin (Founder and CEO, Crowdfund Suite), Khierstyn Ross (Founder and Podcaster, Entrepreneur Uncut), Jaimy Warner (Executive Director, Raindance)
  • The Longest 40 Days of Your Life: AMA (Ask Me Anything): Moderated by Sunny Shao (Advisor, Consultant, Nationa Crowdfunding Association of Canada), Gareth Everard (Co-founder, Rockwell Razors), Viktor Grabovskyy (Co-Founder, Forever Spin), Corey Herscu (President, Herscu & Goldsilver)
  • Protecting Yourself, Your Business and Your Crowdfunding Investment: Moderated by Jeff Musson (President, Dynamite Network), Chantal Cipriano (Lawyer / Manager, Compliance, BMO Private Banking), Marvin Huberman (Barrister, Mediator, Arbitrator, Marvin J. Huberman), Monica Tigleanu (Financial Institutions Underwriter, AIG)
  • Community Capital and Locavesting: Moderated by Amy Cortese (Founder & Editor, Locavesting), Jennifer Bryan (Community Investment and Marketing Manager, SolarShare), Trish Nixon (Director of Investments, CoPower), Adam Spence (Founder & Director, The SVX, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing)

4 X Live Pitching:

  • Live Pitching 1 - Session Lead: Tarun George (DMZ); Pitchers: Pinnguaq, Riipen, SmartHalo; Judges: Sherif El-Tawil (Operations Manager, The DMZ), Bill Morrow (Founder & CEO, Angels Den), Kathryn Wortsman (nvestment Director, MaRS Center For Impact Investing)
  • Live Pitching 2 - Session Lead: Stefan Palios (Founders Institute): Pitchers: Flipd, Vizwik, Rna Diagnostics; Judges: Kamal Hassan (CEO, IncMind), Dr. Marat Ressin (President, YEDInstitute), Russell Samuels (Principal, Whitecap Venture Partners)
  • Live Pitching 3 - Session Lead: Edwin Frondozo (Startup Canada): Pitchers: Comfable, Stashbelt, The Sharing Depot; Judges: Sean Burke (COO, Frontfundr), Jim Orlando (Managing Director, OMERS Ventures), Sean Wise (Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University)
  • Live Pitching 4 - Session Lead: Kevin Taylor (MaRS): Pitchers: Eye-LIVE Media, NERv Technology Inc, Yirego; Judges: Anthony Lipschitz (Chief Strategy Officer, Thinking Capital), Mark Skapinker (Managing Partner, Brightspark Ventures), Ben Zlotnick (Founder, INcubes)

3 X Meet & Greet:

  • Meet & Greet with Dentons: Crowd Financing Options for Start-Ups: Kris Miks (Senior Associate, Dentons), Jason Saltzman (Partner, Dentons Canada LLP)
  • Presentation & Discussion by OSC: Ontario's Crowdfunding Regime (MI 45-108): Maria Carelli (Senior Accountant, Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch, Ontario Securities Commission), Rick Whiler (Senior Accountant, Corporate Finance Branch, Ontario Securities Commission)
  • Hosted by NexusCrowd: Crowdfunding Real Estate Primer for Accredited Investors: Hitesh Rathod (CEO, NexusCrowd)
4:30PM - 5:20PMClosing Keynotes:
  • The Future of Crowdfunding and the Democratization of Finance: Moderated by Erin Bury (Managing Director, 88 Creative), Michael Katchen (CEO, Wealthsimple), Arti Modi (CEO, LendingArch), Bill Morrow (Founder & CEO, Angels Den), Bernd Petak (Co-Founder and COO, Finstripe)
  • KEYNOTE: How We Raised Over $18M via Global P2P Decentralized Networks: Anthony Di Iorio (CDO Toronto Stock Exchange, Ethereum Co-founder, CEO & Founder Decentral & Kryptokit, TSX and Ethereum)
5:20PMClosing Remarks: Adam Nanjee (Head of Financial Technology and Innovation, MaRS)
5:30PM - 7:00PMCocktail Hour Courtesy of LendingArch, Highlander Brew Co. and Quidni Estate Winery


View the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit schedule



Who should attend the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit?

Delegates from across the country who are the decision makers in Canada’s fast growing and lucrative crowdfunding industry:

  • Startups and SMEs actively raising capital and investors actively seeking to invest
  • Industry participants and experts including crowdfunding portals, legal, accounting and finance professionals, regulators, dealer-brokers, consultants, marketers, technology providers and advisory groups
  • Entrepreneurial and innovation networks seeking to raise capital and commercialization ventures including incubator/accelerators, entrepreneurs, start-ups, high impact SMEs
  • Social enterprise-impact investing companies, non-profits and cause-based organizations actively seeking funding
  • Government (federal, provincial, municipal) involved in small business and innovation
  • Private angel investors and venture capital groups, fund managers and corporate investors seeking to work emerging crowdfunding companies
  • Media journalists and content creators tracking innovation, technology, small business and finance

Help Shape the Future of Crowdfunding

By attending the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit, you and your organization will have 'ground floor' opportunity to participate and help shape the impact of crowdfunding industry:

  • Crowdfunding spurs economic growth, creates jobs, generates revenue and stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship
  • It unlocks a new source of efficient and transparent capital to fill ‘Funding Gaps’ in the Canadian economy
  • It improves the quality and levels of risk capital funding in Canada to support the next generation of young, innovative firms. Crowdfunding also provides support for underserviced communities across verticals, geography and social economic tiers
  • It helps SMEs achieve strong growth through regional and global market diversification and helps connect scalable ventures to angel and venture capital investment groups
  • Crowdfunding accelerates the commercialization of new products, ideas and services in Canada that can compete globally and ultimately works to strengthen Canada’s entrepreneurial backbone at grassroots levels

Join Our Rapidly Emerging Industry

  • Canadian Crowdfunding (alternative finance, fintech) markets are experiencing rapid growth in operating and planned portals, total funding volume, and successful transactions. (see Canadian Directory)
  • Consumer and small business lending marketplaces are rapidly entering the market at competitive rates and streamlined online processes for both borrowers and lenders
  • May 14, 2015, The ‘Group of 6’ Canadian provinces including BC, SK, QC, NS, NB, PEI adopted multilateral CSA notice 45-316, Startup Crowdfunding and Registration exemption that enable equity up to $500K per year. 
  • See Recent Regulatory Developments in Equity Crowdfunding in Canada (Are you ready?)
  • Globally, crowdfunding has grown to $16.2 billion in 2014, according to US-based Massolution’s industry research report (March 2015 release) and experts expect to approach $35 billion in 2015
  • March 2015, US the SEC released final Reg A+ rules that allow companies to raise up to $50M of equity crowdfunding (Tier II) inclusive of unaccredited investors (more here)
  • June 2015, the World Economic Forum announced that Crowdfunding will be a major disruptor in ‘The Future of Financial Services’ for capital raising (view here)
  • Oct 19, 2015, the Alberta + Nunavut published a proposed multilateral instrument 45-109 – prospectus exemption for crowdfunding start-up businesses up to $1M issuer lifetime exemption

Need Hotel Accommodation (Preferred Rates)?

Kind thanks to venue and social innovation partner, MaRS Discovery District, for allowing attendees of the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Conference to benefit from preferred hotel rates for summit attendees.

Click here for more information on hotel booking


Student Tickets

A limited number of Student Tickets at $200 + HST are available. Interested parties are required to submit a valid student ID to email: Approved applications will receive a discount code for registration. 


Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for cancellation of your summit registration, or VIP Reception purchase within 15 days of the event. Substitutions are permitted. Direct any inquiries to the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) at: The NCFA collects personal information from you when you register and by registering you consent to your personal information being used and disclosed by the NCFA to supporting partners.

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