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Raising Capital in a Pandemic World

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Medium | Victoria Bennett | March 18, 2020

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This week has seen considerable changes in the world, from markets falling, oil prices falling, schools closed, borders closed. We’re moving into a new world order, and this isn’t for a week or two. How can your business stay healthy and grow?

Your company needs to prepare for this new world order. Firstly, look at spending and consider how you can reduce your burn rate? Look at your revenues. What will this ever-changing world do to your revenues? If some taps are turned off, how can you reposition your company to access new revenue streams? Government stimulus funding may help you to access the new revenue streams or pivot.

It’s not all doom and gloom. The 2008–2009 recession founded Uber, AirBnB and Slack, disruptive businesses that took the opportunities in the market. Other companies grew through acquisition and benefited from cheaper assets.

How can you raise the capital to grow and grab the opportunities that the changes with coronavirus bring?

Most outside money, such as Angel Investors or VCs, requires kissing many frogs. You have to meet a large number of people, typically face to face, to build understanding, trust and secure funding.

Last week our company was due to host three investor events. The first one on Tuesday, had over fifty people in Vancouver, the second on Wednesday twenty in Calgary. Then the third back in Vancouver had to be cancelled as the venue went on COVID-19 lockdown. With Social Distancing measures, traditional fundraising needs to be turned on its head.

See:  Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

Crowdfunding may be the solution to raise capital from a large number of investors across the whole country without meeting them face to face. The whole process takes place online, from reviewing the offering documents, signing and paying. It can all take place without any face to face interaction. That provides social distance for the investor, the company’s employees and lawyers.

Crowdfunding works best where you can tell a story because people like to back what they believe in, and that is certainly the case for retail investors. For larger investors, they are often looking for deal flow. A crowdfunding platform can provide both. The video gives you a chance to see the team, and to understand their why? The “why” is vital because that motivates companies through the bad times as well as the good.

It is important to tell your story and make it relevant to the current reality, but you need to be authentic too. Next week we are launching an equity crowdfunding campaign for a pain-free needle. The device is pre-dosed and has an enclosed sharp; therefore, it doesn’t require sharps disposal. In the not too distant future, there will be a need to vaccinate a large global population quickly, without fear of pain, or mis-dosing or sharps disposal in developing countries, and at a similar price to a syringe and vial of the drug. PKA SoftTouch, who developed the device, has a story that is natural and resonates in the current landscape.

Breaking through the noise

It is noisy out there; social media feeds are full of COVID-19 advice and emails acknowledging that every company you have ever dealt with has a COVID-19 policy. This too will pass. Advertising spend is already decreasing. With potential drops in revenue, this does make sense, but the companies that responded best after 2008 were the companies that remained in the market and continued to tell their stories. If you are crowdfunding, it will be easier to get your story out, as you will be competing with fewer companies and lower overall marketing spend.

See:  Getting In Early: SEC Sees Growth In Equity Crowdfunding

We are social creatures; working from home, we may look to other ways to stay connected. Business channels such as Slack, LinkedIn and Zoom and social channels such as Instagram and Facebook will be our source of connection. These are the main outreach channels for crowdfunding. The increase in working from home means potential investors could have more time without the daily commute and be online more, as well.

A webinar will replace the events cancelled on Thursday and this Tuesday. Potential investors have the opportunity to ask questions and gain trust and understanding so that they can move forward to invest. A face to face launch event scheduled the following week will be live-streamed. This will allow a small group from the company to be present and the larger group of interested investors to meet the team and hear the key information.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Raising Capital in a Pandemic World 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, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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FFCON20 RESCHEDULED JULY 8-9 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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NCFA | FFCON20 TEAM | March 5, 2020

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Canada’s Foremost Fintech Conference Rescheduled to July 8-9, 2020

TORONTO — March 5, 2020 — The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that its 6th annual Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (#FFCON20) scheduled to take place March 23 through March 24, 2020 in Toronto, has been rescheduled due to concerns related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The conference, held in association with Toronto Finance International (TFI), will now take place July 8 through July 9, 2020. All prior registration terms including discounts and early bird rates will remain.

“As a global conference we have given careful consideration to the evolving situation around COVID-19,” said Craig Asano, Founder and CEO FFCON. “As the health and well-being of FFCON20 attendees is our priority we have decided to reschedule the conference to a later date. We are grateful to our partners, sponsors, speakers and delegates for their understanding and support and look forward to welcoming everyone to FFCON20 July 8-9.”

For more information please visit: https://fintechandfunding.com/

 

About the NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) 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 Insuretech sectors. To learn more about NCFA visit www.ncfacanada.org

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca

About FFCON

FFCON (Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada’s National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its sixth year, FFCON20 brings together professionals and innovators in fintech, AI, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and alternative finance.

Further information about the conference series can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com

 

FFCON Contacts

Craig Asano
Founder and CEO, NCFA
casano@ncfacanada.org
(416) 618-0254

Partnership Inquiries
Lauren Linton
Advisor, NCFA
lauren@ncfacanada.org
(416) 569-4349

Media Contact
Michele McDermott-Fox
The Top Floor Public Relations
pr@thetopflooragency.com
(905) 379-1893

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Consilium Crypto Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner

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NCFA Canada | March 4, 2020

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TORONTO  and MONTREAL,  March 1, 2020   The National  Crowdfunding & Fintech  Association of Canada (NCFA) is pleased to announce that  Consilium Crypto has  joined NCFA as an industry partner.

NCFA's industry  partners are builders, investors and  innovators who have  provided a significant level of service and/or contribution towards the sustainability and  growth  of NCFA and  related fintech  sectors globally. We encourage the fintech  ecosystem to support and  collaborate with NCFA's global  network  of industry  partners by engaging directly with their ventures of mutual interest.

Consilium Crypto, headquartered in Toronto, is a big data  company that provides quantitative and qualitative insights to market participants in the digital asset space, including asset managers, family offices and exchanges.

Consilium analyzes 17,000 trading  pairs, over 1000 assets, across 50+ exchanges, and tracks trading activity down to the millisecond. The system monitors raw transaction data, as well as complete price and liquidity information from order books around the globe. These data  pipelines power the core products, designed to help funds  find alpha  and place  large orders efficiently in times of limited liquidity.

With expertise in Big Data, Algorithmic Trading, and Software Development, Consilium Crypto brings the transparency and professionalism of traditional capital markets to the Digital Asset industry.

"As the Digital Asset industry matures, the need for institutional grade data & analytics will grow exponentially. Consilium provides an actionable source of truth for digital asset markets around the globe.”

– Austin Hubbell, CEO, Consilium Crypto

 

As the digital economy grows,  more  and more  assets will become digitized.  The need for a big data analytics platform  is essential to provide  advanced metrics and APIs to support real time data-driven decisions that help executives and professionals get an edge over their competitors.  Consilium Crypto  has built global data pipelines and partnerships and is key infrastructure of the future, available today,  and we look forward to their contributions as an industry  partner of NCFA.” – Craig Asano, Founder  and CEO, NCFA

 

The best place to connect and get more information is at ConsiliumCrypto.ai

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NCFA Interview with Austin Hubbell, CEO, Consilium Crypto

 

What excites you most about digital assets and decentralized finance?

There are so many  exciting  aspects of decentralized finance, it’s hard  to keep  track  of them  all given the fast pace of innovation  in this industry. Here are a few that  come to mind:

  • Democratization of access to capital.  There are so many great ideas and amazing builders in the world that can’t efficiently access capital to grow their business. Large-scale tokenization efforts will allow entrepreneurs and business owners to raise capital efficiently from a global investor base, whether they need $500 or $500 Million.
  • Tokenized funds and structured products. The ability to wrap systematic strategies into smart contracts and have fund management/administration tasks automated through blockchain technology.

 

Where do you see this industry going in 5-10 years?

One of the major themes we see  is that  the fractionalization and  tokenization of assets will continue to accelerate, allowing for more  efficient flow of capital  across the globe. Combining fractionalized ownership with blockchain-based digital identity solutions will enable individuals, not just institutions, to participate more  freely in global  capital  markets. In the long term,  it will be important to have  certain  rights and  restrictions, regulatory or otherwise, baked into the smart contracts or “tokens” themselves, allowing individuals  to buy and  sell as they please with very little involvement of third parties and  middlemen.

 

What are the biggest opportunities and challenges with Fintech in Canada and how can industry, government and key stakeholders best lead the way for a sustainable and successful future?

Canada has  a history  of producing world-class companies in the digital asset industry, including some of the top solutions for smart contracts,  interoperability and  tokenized securities. Regardless of where  the entrepreneurs are based or where  the original concepts were conceived, a lot of these companies move  away from Canada due  to regulatory burden or uncertainty. I think one of the most  important issues that  needs to be addressed is this brain drain or “IP flight” that  seems to be accelerating.

Canadian entrepreneurs need some assurances that  they can  experiment with new ideas, launch prototypes and  reasonably test  technology without the fear of serious regulatory consequences. There is too much  time and  money  spent on lawyers, and  not enough on real innovation.

 

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About NCFA

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. For more  information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

 

About Consilium Crypto

Founded in 2017, Consilium Crypto is a big data  company that works with asset managers, exchanges and family offices to provide an actionable source of truth for the digital asset markets. With expertise in Big Data, Algorithmic Trading, and Software Development, Consilium Crypto brings the transparency and professionalism of traditional capital markets to the Digital Asset industry.  The core products are designed to help funds  find alpha  and place  large orders efficiently in times of limited liquidity. For more information, please visit:  www.consiliumcrypto.ai

 


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NCFA and KABN Systems North America enter multi-year exclusive partnership to promote Digital Identity in Canada

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Digital Identity program to be launched at 20: RISE

TORONTO, ON (February 13, 2020)The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and KABN Systems North America Inc. (KABN NA) announced today they have formed a collaborative partnership to promote Digital Identity management and usage in Canada through a 3 year exclusive partnership launching at the 2020 Fintech and Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON20) to be held in downtown Toronto on March 23-24, 2020.

With finance and fintech touching virtually every business and entity of people’s lives, the NCFA and KABN NA will be embarking on awareness and education programs on the value of having a secure, re-usable online identity that can reduce identity fraud and replace the need to show credentials every time you need to prove your online identity.

KABN Systems North America Inc. is a Canadian Fintech company tha specializes in continuous online Identity Verification, Identity Management and Monetization and is currently in the launch phase of its digital banking and financial services platform, Pegasus Flyte.

See:  Davos 2020: Financial inclusion and fintech is key to meeting the UN SDGs

KABN NA recently announced that it has executed Definitive Agreements with Torino Power Solutions (CSE:TPS), subject to all necessary approvals, Torino will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of KABN NA, which will constitute a fundamental change of the Company and that will result in a reverse takeover (the “RTO”) of Torino by KABN NA.

The theme for the 6th annual FFCON20 is RISE, focused on increasing the success and sustainability of Canada’s fintech and financial sector fostering partnerships between fintech companies and financial institutions, opening investment channels and connecting emerging talent with markets.  KABN will be a prominent partner of this event and all other events that the NCFA presents over the next 3 years.

FFCON20 facilitates thought-provoking and relevant discussions, lively debates and personal networking for the cross-pollination of ideas and experiences. The two-day event also provides a variety of competitions where investors can find deal flow and companies can get direct access to prominent investors.  FFCON20, at its core, brings markets to life and provides an open forum for collaboration between emerging companies and major stakeholders.

“Identity is a key component of the online fintech environment and consumers are becoming more aware of its value and vulnerability. We’re very excited to partner with KABN North America to educate consumers and businesses on the value of digital identity in the marketplace, how to protect it and how to manage it.”  Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner and work with the NCFA and leverage their leadership in the Fintech sector and create leadership in the digital identity arena. KABN is focused on collaboration with industry stakeholders and supports educating North Americans about the value of digital identity, to create better use of our private data.” Ben Kessler, CEO, KABN Systems North American Inc.

For more information on FFCON20: RISE click here

 

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) 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.  For more information, please visit: ncfacanada.org

KABN Systems North America Inc. operates the North American programs of the global KABN Network.  KABN provides an Always On patent pending, re-usable identity validation and verification platform, allowing users to continuously and confidently prove themselves to the online community, Exchanges and other services.  KABN NA’s identity services provide the backbone to its financial, loyalty and engagement programs including the Pegasus Flyte Prepaid Card program and KABN KASH, an innovative cash back program where users are connected to major merchants for savings when they shop.  For more information, please visit www.kabnsystemsna.com

For more information, contact:

Craig Asano
Founder and CEO, NCFA
casano@ncfacanada.org
(416) 618-0254

Ben Kessler,
CEO
KABN Systems North America Inc.
info@kabnsystemsna.com

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FFCON20: RISE Event Challenges, Grows Canadian Fintech Industry

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Global NewsWire | FFCON Team | Feb 6, 2020

FFCON20 spirit of competition 500 - Raising Capital in a Pandemic WorldTORONTO, Feb. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire – The sixth annual Fintech & Funding Conference and Expo (RISE) convenes on March 23–24, 2020, in Toronto. The must-attend, two-day gathering features a fintech challenge, industry workshops, invaluable pitching, prime networking and a global education. Co-hosted by the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) and Toronto Finance International (TFI), the conference and expo is designed to forge crucial relationships between entrepreneurs, investors and major financial stakeholders.

“FFCON isn’t just about bringing people together,” said Craig Asano, NCFA Founder and CEO. “We are dedicated to creating an experiential environment designed to challenge and grow the Canadian fintech industry and bring markets to life. We have learned that when open-minded and innovative professionals get together and facilitate engagement, debate and share ideas, the opportunities flow. That is what happens at FFCON.”

This year’s event is expected to attract more than 750 attendees, participants and sponsors from leading fintech startups/scale-ups, investors, industry leaders and key stakeholders. Participants come to develop new leads, discover new market channels and forge partnerships around innovation, technology and financing outcomes.

FFCON has gained a reputation for gathering world-class speakers who drive lively debate and thought-provoking discussions. These professionals share new ideas, important experiences and interesting developments within the fintech space. Presentations also explore the latest topics and innovations along with emerging regulation and its impact on financial technology markets.

“We have the opportunity to leverage North America’s second-largest financial centre, combined with its third-largest tech cluster, and use this momentum to become a global fintech leader. Collaboration among industry stakeholders is a critical element required to move Toronto into the top tier of international fintech hubs, and we are pleased to be working with NCFA to support and grow the sector’s innovation ecosystem,” said Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, TFI.

FFCON events are built on the idea that all good business starts with an initial relationship, partnership or project. The FFCON20: RISE agenda is strategically designed to create invaluable opportunities for participants to meet and network with entrepreneurs, investors, regulators and government officials as they search for mentors, investment or funding.

Additional details about FFCON20: RISE, slated for March 23–24, 2020, can be found at https://fintechandfunding.com.

About FFCON

FFCON is a must-attend event focused on raising capital, blockchain technology and alternative investing as well as uncovering and celebrating the rising stars and who’s who of fintech, blockchain, and alternative finance. The conference and expo connect high-growth entrepreneurs and startups seeking seed and growth capital with venture capitalists, retail and accredited investors and institutional asset managers.

About National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association

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, cryptocurrency, regtech and insurtech sectors. For more information, please visit: ncfacanada.org

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca


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NetworkNewsWire Announces Official Newswire Status, Media Sponsorship of FFCON20: RISE Event

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NNW Release | Jonathan Keim | Feb 4, 2020

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NEW YORK, Feb. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire – NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”), a multifaceted financial news and publishing company and part of the InvestorBrandNetwork (“IBN”), is pleased to announce its continued collaboration with the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (“NCFA”) and Toronto Finance International (“TFI”). NNW will serve as the official newswire partner for FFCON20: RISE, FFCON’s sixth annual Fintech & Funding Conference and Expo, held March 23–24, in Toronto. Co-hosted by NCFA and TFI, this premier event is designed to bring people together to focus on challenging and growing the Canadian fintech industry and bringing markets to life.

“We are pleased to be the official newswire of FFCON20: RISE and to be working with NCFA again,” said Jonathan Keim, communications director for NNW. “As with all our sponsored events, we will be utilizing InvestorBrandNetwork’s powerful suite of resources to bring greater awareness to the FFCON conference as well as the participants.”

As an official dissemination partner, NNW will distribute FFCON20 news and announcements. NNW will also release additional syndicated articles created by professional writers and communication experts. Information on the event will be further distributed through IBN, which has 1+ million social media followers collectively across 40+ brands.

FFCON20: RISE is expected to attract more than 750 attendees, participants and sponsors from leading fintech startups and scaleups, investors, industry leaders and key stakeholders. The two-day conference and expo is designed to provide invaluable opportunities for those in attendance to develop leads, discover new market channels, and forge partnerships around innovation, technology and financing outcomes.

See:  NCFA and Toronto Finance International partner to co-host Canada’s ultimate fintech experience

A financial innovation ecosystem, the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to the fintech community. The group is a network of entrepreneurs, investors and participants in the emerging fintech economy, with a growing membership that includes consultants, marketing and media specialists, investors, lawyers, accountants and social enterprise groups that support and encourage innovative capital markets and financial services.

In the past, NCFA and NNW worked together to heighten the visibility of VanFUNDING, a leading fintech and capital conference that explores the explosive growth happening relative to blockchain, AI, fintech and funding innovations, global market developments and alternative investing opportunities.

“We are thrilled to have NetworkNewsWire as an FFCON20: RISE media sponsor and active participant in the marketing efforts,” said Craig Asano, NCFA Founder and CEO. “This conference is a high-exposure opportunity for participants who wish to get involved as event partners while connecting with leading experts and investors interested in helping fintech businesses achieve success in funding and scaling efforts. NNW has the expertise, tools and global partnerships in place to share that message and bring added awareness to this must-attend event.”

Additional details about the FFCON20: RISE, slated for March 23–24 in Toronto, can be found at https://fintechandfunding.com.

 

About NetworkNewsWire

NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”) is a financial news and content distribution company, one of 40+ brands within our InvestorBrandNetwork (“IBN”), that provides: (1) access to a network of wire services via NetworkWire to reach all target markets, industries and demographics in the most effective manner possible; (2) article and editorial syndication to 5,000+ news outlets; (3) enhanced press release services to ensure maximum impact; (4) social media distribution via IBN to 1+ million followers; and (5) a full array of corporate communications solutions. As a multifaceted organization with an extensive team of contributing journalists and writers, NNW is uniquely positioned to best serve private and public companies that desire to reach a wide audience comprising investors, consumers, journalists and the general public. By cutting through the overload of information in today’s market, NNW brings its clients unparalleled visibility, recognition and brand awareness. NNW is where news, content and information converge.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Raising Capital in a Pandemic World 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, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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BCSC seeks insights through two new stakeholder forums

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BC Securities Commission | Release | Jan 27, 2020

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Last week, the BCSC held the first meeting of its Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum, which will help ensure that the Commission’s regulation of issuers is efficient and effective. The BCSC also announced that it is seeking applications from the financial technology community to join the Fintech Advisory Forum.

“We work to keep the investment markets fair and honest, in a cost-effective manner,” said Brenda Leong, the Chair and CEO of the BCSC. “Smart regulation depends on good intelligence, and the best way to get that is by engaging with the people and businesses affected by our rules.”

The 25 volunteer members of the Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum is advising Corporate Finance staff on policy initiatives, investment market trends and other emerging issues affecting reporting and non-reporting issuers, including investment funds. At its first meeting January 22, members discussed the proposal by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) for a “notice equals delivery” system, as well as other proposals for reducing regulatory burden for public companies.

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

Members of the Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum, led by senior staff of the BCSC’s Corporate Finance Division, represent all areas of the B.C. securities market, including issuer executives, investors and investor advocates, underwriters, legal and accounting advisers, academics, and other securities market participants and stakeholders.

As the Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum gets underway, the BCSC is also seeking applications from the financial technology community to join the Fintech Advisory Forum. The Fintech Advisory Forum’s members will advise BCSC staff about fintech trends and developments, including opportunities and risks, and provide input on fintech issues in the securities industry and securities law issues affecting fintech. They will serve two-year renewable terms as volunteers, meeting on an ad-hoc basis with additional consultations by phone or email.

The Fintech Advisory Forum will be led by the BCSC’s Fintech & Innovation Team (FIT), formerly known as the Tech Team. Established in 2017, the FIT has responded to hundreds of fintech-related inquiries and has facilitated the authorization of innovative business models, including security token dealers, crypto investment funds and client onboarding processes that use artificial intelligence. The FIT has also worked with other regulators in Canada and globally to adapt securities regulations to business models based on new technology.

About the British Columbia Securities Commission ( www.bcsc.bc.ca )  

The British Columbia Securities Commission is the independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating capital markets in British Columbia through the administration of the Securities Act. Our mission is to protect and promote the public interest by fostering:

  • A securities market that is fair and warrants public confidence
  • A dynamic and competitive securities industry that provides investment opportunities and access to capital

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