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The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners, and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada.  Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain and cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors.

The NCFA Canada works to reach this destination by:

  • Researching, consulting, partnering and advocating for sensible solutions to key issues that impact industry
  • Educating businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, the public, media and regulatory bodies regarding trends, initiatives, regulations, and emerging best practices
  • Developing strategic program initiatives that impact members and their daily interactions with industry
  • Provide market and venture development services and networking opportunities to contributing members
  • Establishing a relevant and strong membership network that contributes to NCFA Canada policy and provides networking opportunities with professionals in the industry
  • Assisting members and the public in identifying and reporting fraud
  • Advocate the growth of a collaborative and dynamic alternative finance and venture funding ecosystem

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NCFA Response to Ontario's Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce Consultation (Sep 7, 2020)

NCFA Response to CSA on NI 45-110 Harmonized Securities Crowdfunding Rules  (May 27, 2020)

NCFA Open Letter: Government should collaborate with Fintechs during the COVID-19 pandemic to give Startups and SMEs a Fighting Chance on April 15, 2020

NCFA Response to ASC Consultation Paper 11-701: Energizing Alberta’s Capital Market on Sep 22, 2019

NCFA Comments: CSA/IIROC Joint Consultation Paper 21-402: Proposed Framework for Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms on May 2019

March 1, 2019: NCFA Submission to the Ontario Securities Commission on Regulatory Burden on Mar 1, 2019

NCFA Letter to Ontario Economic Development on Burden on Jan 31, 2019

Re: OSC Notice 11-780 Statement of Priorities – Request for Comment Regarding Statement of Priorities (the “SofP”) for Financial Year to End March 31, 2019 on May 28, 2018

NCFA Canada’s response to BCSC Notice 2018/1 ‘Consulting on the Securities Law Framework for Fintech Regulation’ on Apr 3, 2018

NCFA Canada’s submission to Finance Canada (March 2018): Urgent Need for Regulatory Change and Government Support on Mar 15, 2018

NCFA submission to Ontario Minister of Finance: Urgent Need for Regulatory Change (report | summary) on Oct 18 2017

NCFA Submission to Ontario Ministry of Finance: Urgent Need for Regulatory Change on Nov 4, 2017

NCFA meeting with OSC - briefing notes on Aug 24, 2017

NCFA meeting with BCSC - briefing notes on Aug 15, 2017

NCFA Response to ASC Request for comments 45-108 on Sep 9, 2018

OPEN LETTER: Lifting the Veil on Peer-to-Peer Lending in Canada on March 30, 2016

NCFA Canada Response to Russell’s Call to Dispense with Equity Crowdfunding on Jan 15, 2016

NCFA Canada Response to the Proposed Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding on June 18, 2014

NCFA Canada Response to the Proposed Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding and Start-Up Prospectus Exemption on June 18, 2014

NCFA Canada Response to British Columbia Notice 2014/03 – Proposed Start-Up Crowdfunding Exemption on June 18, 2014

Canada’s National Crowdfunding Association Applauds Regulators for Setting the Stage for Crowdfunding Success on March 24, 2014

Let’s protect investors from risky startups: NCFA Canada response on December 11, 2013

NCFA Canada Response to FCAA (Nov 6, 2013): Consultation on General Order 45-925 on November 6, 2013

Dispelling Myths #5 and #6: “Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowdfunding” by NCFA Canada on August 18, 2013

Dispelling Myths #3 and #4: “Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowdfunding” by NCFA Canada on August 8, 2013

Dispelling Myths #1 and #2: “Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowdfunding” by NCFA Canada on August 3, 2013

NCFA Canada: Equity Crowdfunding Principles & Response to OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710 on March 9, 2013

 


NCFA Jan 2018 resize - AdvocacyThe National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with fintech, alternative finance, blockchain, cryptocurrency, crowdfunding and online investing stakeholders globally. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, services, and networking opportunities to thousands of members and subscribers and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding and fintech industry. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: ncfacanada.org

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Crowdfund Insider | JD Alois | Nov 24, 2020 The exempt securities marketplace can be arcane and challenging to manage for entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital. The advent of online capital formation has helped to democratize access to capital as well as streamline securities offerings but hurdles do remain. A new startup co-founded by several prominent names in the investment crowdfunding industry seeks to facilitate secondary transactions for private securities. Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss, co-founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors, Doug Ellenoff, Managing Partner of Manhattan law firm of Ellenoff, Grossman, and Schole, and Jim Dowd, founder and CEO of North Capital Private Securities, have joined to launch GUARDD:  A Fintech designed to support secondary market trading for private company securities, including digital assets/tokens to facilitate compliance with both federal transparency requirements and state blue sky laws. According to a note from the company, GUARDD enables the necessary disclosure and dissemination of private company information for investors, regulators, and market participants.  This allows issuers to comply with federal and state financial disclosure requirements related to the trading of private company securities in secondary markets, thus addressing a challenge regarding exempt securities that tend to be illiquid. Overall, more liquidity can help price discovery ...
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Paul | Weiss | Nov 18, 2020 China’s competition regulator, the State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”), issued a consultation draft of the Anti-Monopoly Guidelines on the Sector of Platform Economies (the “Draft Guidelines”) on November 10, 2020. This marks China’s first major step in formulating a comprehensive regime to regulate competition among platform businesses operated on the Internet (the “Platform Economy”) and signals SAMR’s changed regulatory priorities with a focus on anti-competitive behavior in the Platform Economy. The Draft Guidelines attempt to address perceived shortcomings in applying traditional antitrust analysis to the Platform Economy. SAMR has drawn upon the experience of regulators and academics in this emerging area and attempted to consolidate the lessons learnt in various jurisdictions. The Draft Guidelines set out in detail the considerations that may be taken into account and the defenses that may be available, providing some guidance to platform businesses on how to achieve compliance. See:  China Stops Jack Ma’s $35 Billion Ant IPO From Going Ahead DOJ files antitrust lawesuit challenging Visa’s $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid While the Draft Guidelines are brief in length, only 23 provisions in total, they are wide‑ranging in their scope. Rather than an exhaustive review of ...
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The New York Times | Steven Lee Myers and Keith Bradsher | Nov 24, 2020 China’s leader, Xi Jinping, is pursuing a strategy to make the country’s economy more self-sufficient, while making other places more dependent on it than ever. After Australia dared last spring to call for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, China began quietly blocking one import after another from Australia — coal, wine, barley and cotton — in violation of free-trade norms. Then this month, with no clear explanation, China left $3 million worth of Australian rock lobsters dying in Shanghai customs. Australia nonetheless joined 14 Asian nations and just signed a new regional free-trade deal brokered by China. The agreement covers nearly a third of the world’s population and output, reinforcing China’s position as the dominant economic and diplomatic power in Asia. See:  What to expect from Biden-Harris on tech policy, platform regulation, and China It’s globalization with Communist characteristics: The Chinese government promotes the country’s openness to the world, even as it adopts increasingly aggressive and at times punitive policies that force countries to play by its rules. With the United States and others wary of its growing dominance in areas like ...
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Gowling WLG | Tara Amiri-Khaledi | Nov 24, 2020 As an entrepreneur trying to get your business off the ground, there are many factors to think about and the legal "stuff" may easily be forgotten. In this article, we touch on the top 5 considerations entrepreneurs need to think about when starting out. Term Sheets Once you have structured your business, you will have your idea tested (hopefully) and you will need capital. One typical way is to look for parties that will invest in start-ups such as angel or venture capital investors ("VC"). At this point, you will hear the term "Term Sheet" a lot. See:  Debt vs. Equity Financing: Pros And Cons For Entrepreneurs 7 Types of Investors to Avoid Like The Plague When Trying To Raise Capital For Your Startup Convertible Debt vs. Equity: Which Is Right for Your Startup? At its simplest form a term sheet is a summary big picture document of key terms agreed upon between the entrepreneur and the VC in contemplation of a financing and will cover, at a minimum, "economics issues" (valuation of the company, i.e. how much money for what percentage of the company) and "control issues" (who will run ...
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Bloomberg | Katie Roof and Scott Deveau | Nov 24, 2020 Private financial technology business Stripe Inc. is in talks to raise a new funding round valuing it higher than its last private valuation of $36 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The valuation being discussed could be more than $70 billion or significantly higher, at as much as $100 billion, said one of the people, who asked not be identified because the matter is private. That would make it currently the most valuable venture-backed startup in the U.S., according to CB Insights. Stripe’s software, which competes with Square Inc. and Paypal Holdings Inc., is used by businesses to accept payments. According to its website, Stripe’s customers include Amazon.com Inc., Salesforce.com Inc., Lyft Inc. and Instacart Inc. See:  Lightspeed and Stripe Partner to Launch New Payments Feature Stripe, the world’s most valuable private fintech company, is getting into lending The company has benefited during the pandemic with more shoppers turning to e-commerce. It’s gone on offense during the downturn this year, starting a card-issuing service for U.S. clients and agreeing to acquire a Nigerian startup to expand in Africa. Brother Founders Irish brothers John and Patrick Collison founded Stripe ...
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Mayer Brown | Paul Forrester | Nov 18, 2020 In its recent report “Holistic Review of the March Market Turmoil” (Report), the Financial Stability Board (FSB) notes that “[t]he March [2020] turmoil has reinforced the need to better understand interconnections and amplification channels in the financial system and to consider the nature of vulnerabilities in non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI) in relation to the liquidity stress and the implications of central bank liquidity support, and draw lessons about overall resilience of the NBFI sector.”1 The Report also notes the need “for further work to increase the resilience of NBFI.”2 The Report also notes that “non-bank financial entities – comprising investment funds, insurance companies, pension funds and other financial intermediaries – have different structures and are subject to distinct regulatory frameworks within and across jurisdictions. Their asset share has increased to almost half of global financial assets, compared to 42% in 2008, due to both inflows and valuation increases. One factor behind this increase has been the growth of investment funds, whose assets have expanded from roughly US$21 trillion in 2008 to US$53 trillion in 2018.”3 See:  OSFI launches consultation on technology risks in the financial sector (Deadline: Dec 15) The Report ...
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GSMA | Nov 25, 2020 GROWING AND GLOBALISING 2019 marked a major milestone for the mobile money industry: the number of registered mobile money accounts surpassed one billion. Reaching the one billion mark is a tremendous achievement for an industry that is just over a decade old. The mobile money industry of today has a host of seasoned providers with a broad set of operational capabilities, a full suite of products and a global reach. With 290 live services in 95 countries and 372 million active accounts, mobile money is entering the mainstream and becoming the path to financial inclusion in most low-income countries. See:  Task Force Analyzes Role of Fintech in Accelerating SDGs Mobile money services are available in 96 per cent of countries where less than a third of the population have an account at a formal financial institution. INCREASING USER TRUST AND RELEVANCE Overall growth in transaction values has been impressive in the past 12 months. Total transaction values grew by 20 per cent, reaching $690 billion in 2019, which means the industry is now processing close to $2 billion a day (over $1.9 billion). This growth and scale is a positive signal for the industry as ...
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Silicon Public | Lisa Ardill | Nov 24, 2020 Learn how to kickstart your career in fintech and what to expect of the field from people working in it, from software developers to blockchain engineers. Wondering what it takes to carve out a career in fintech? It’s an industry going from strength to strength with plenty of choice. You can opt to work for a specialised firm, such as Revolut or Stripe, or in-house at wider companies like Accenture or Aon. And there are plenty of jobs up for grabs in the sector. Recent announcements across the island of Ireland include Transact’s 110 jobs for Limerick, Overstock’s plans for a new tech team in Sligo and Lightyear’s expansion in Belfast. If you’re hoping to take your own career down a fintech route, read on to learn from others in the industry. Who can pursue a career in fintech? As with any field today, it takes a village to make fintech work – and a diverse one, at that. Danny Buckley of EY, for example, started out in law before switching paths. See:  AI Will Transform 500 Million White-Collar Jobs In 5 Years; Silicon Valley Must Help He’s now the company’s ...
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Financial News  | Will Hadfield and Emily Nicolle | Nov 20, 2020 There is now 'a greater urgency by institutional investors to not miss out — to invest some of their assets in bitcoin, because this time looks different' It may be hedge funds, rather than retail investors, that are driving this autumn’s rally in the price of bitcoin. And this time round, the institutional investors are buying exchange-traded products as well as the underlying cryptocurrency. A bitcoin ETP managed by Swiss issuer 21Shares is receiving creations — the equivalent of inflows — of as much as $3 million a day. In November last year, it took all month to attract the same amount of new money. See:  Canada’s first public Bitcoin fund hits $100M mark Investors in bitcoin ETPs are overwhelmingly institutions, rather than individuals. “This is purely us targeting institutional investors,” Laurent Kssis, managing director at 21Shares, told Financial News. “Our business is focused solely on institutional investors’ mandate to add crypto to their portfolio strategies and we have not really touched the retail market yet.” Many institutional investors sat on the sidelines when bitcoin experienced its first dramatic rally in 2017 — the cryptocurrency surged to $19,783 before collapsing ...
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Startup Genome | Nov 24, 2020 The Global Fintech Ecosystem Report 2020 by Startup Genome is launching today at FinTech Abu Dhabi, a conference focused on the latest launches, pioneers, brands, and insights that are powering the world of financial technology. The Global Fintech Ecosystem Report is an extension of Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report and the first installment of the annual sub-sector report series. The Report ranks the global top 20 and runner-up Fintech startup ecosystems on five Success Factors, including Performance, Talent, Funding, Focus and Legacy. The top five Fintech startup ecosystems globally in 2020 are Silicon Valley, New York City, London, Singapore and Beijing, respectively. See: Using ecosystems to reach higher: An interview with the co-CEO of Ping An View Canadian Fintech markets on FintechCanada.io Highlights: The top 5 global Fintech ecosystems are Silicon Valley, New York City, London,Singapore and Beijing. Europe and North America no longer dominate the Top 20 Fintech ecosystems with the Asia-Pacific region contributing as many globally leading hubs as North America. Overall, the growth in Fintech funding is slowing down globally. Early-stage funding (pre-seed, seed and Series A) has plateaued almost everywhere. China in particular has seen a drop. The notable exceptions ...
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