Event Toronto (June 11, 2013): Crowdfunding for Canadian Start-ups, Entrepreneurs, Charities & Enterprise


NCFA Canada | Posted on May 30, 2013

Canadian Crowdfunding Event


Hosted by: National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

Venue Sponsor: Digital Media Zone

F&B Sponsor: FundRazr





Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Time: 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

Place: 10 Dundas St. E. 6th Floor Toronto, ON M5B 2G9 (Digital Media Zone)

* Get there early Max capacity 60-80 (SOLD OUT - Members please see WAITLIST)

* This is a free event for NCFA Canada members (Join Today!)

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FundRazr $25 million milestone!

Is Crowdfunding right for you? Hear from the leading Canadian Portal team that has answered that question over 25 million times - that is $25 million raised so far! Hear directly how to strategize, plan, launch and execute a successful crowdfunding campaign including how to use perks and incentives. See examples of successful campaigns and learn why they worked. Tap into Canadian crowdfunding markets to launch your idea or fund your start-up or charity or crowdpower your enterprise.


Daryl HattonPresenter: Daryl Hatton, Founder/CEO of FundRazr, Canada's largest crowdfunding platform, has 30 years of industry experience and a passion for building companies from the ground up. One of his earliest ventures had a successful NASDAQ IPO in 1999. Over $200 million in software and services have been sold from products directly related to Daryl's vision. He serves as a board member and mentor to a number of start-ups and works as a social media product advisor to PayPal. FundRazr, his current passion, has been named as a finalist for Most Promising Start-up at the BCTIA Technology Impact Awards.



Discussion Panel: The National Crowdfunding Movement. What are Crowdfunding options and where will you see Made In Canada solutions. What's going on in the industry? Hear about Enterprise applications in Corporate Canada, crowdfunding use in Social Enterprise, and the NCFA's advocacy efforts for equity-based authorizations with Canadian Security Commissions.

Moderator: Craig Asano, Founder and Executive Director of NCFA Canada

Craig AsanoCraig Asano works closely with industry partners, technology platforms, academia, affiliate groups and business associations to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry and voice across Canada. Craig has amassed 15 years of experience as a marketing strategist, software technologist and start-up entrepreneur in technology, finance, manufacturing and real estate sectors. He is a leader, advocate and development professional of interactive web, data, CRM, campaign management, business intelligence and new venture development projects. He’s an exceptional start-up incubator with strong business, analytical and organizational expertise.

Panel Speakers:

Brian Koscak

Brian Koscak is a Partner at the law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP located in Toronto, Ontario and practices in the area of corporate and securities law. Brian is the Chairman of the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada, a national non-for-profit organization representing exempt market dealers, issuers and compliance professionals across Canada. Brian is also a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Exempt Market Advisory Committee which is considering new ways to raise capital in Ontario, including through equity crowdfunding.

Christopher CharlesworthChristopher Charlesworth holds an MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from The University of Western Ontario. Christopher worked as a management consultant in Indonesia, Canada, and the United States across several practice areas, including financial services, marketing, and social media. As Co-Founder of HiveWire Christopher supervises the deal-flow and sales pipeline, and is also responsible for strategic partnerships. He publicly advocates for the wider adoption of crowdfunding within the Canadian context.

Chad McMillanChad McMillan is the President and Director of Canada Gold based out of Vancouver and Toronto. Chad has over 8 years experience in the public markets, having worked with several junior issuers in a variety of capacities including executive management, mergers & acquisitions, and communications. He currently operates private consulting and new media startup firms Animus Ventures Inc. and NewRock Market Advisors, and is a Director of Canada Strategic Metals Inc. (tsx.v: CJC), a junior resource exploration company headquartered in Quebec.


Trevor ColemanTrevor Coleman, co-founder and Chief Product Officer, InterAxon Inc., has a passion for designing experiences. His combination of a deeply empathic understanding of customer experience and pragmatic business sense were recognized by Ariel Garten, who was searching for a way to commercialize brain-sensing technology. Trevor also brought with him a background in cognitive science. Since co-founding InteraXon, Trevor has appeared in articles from around the world, including coverage by WIRED and a live appearance on CNN. He has given talks at conferences such as NXNEi and Wisdom 2.0, and has worked with Deutsche Telekom, Proximity/BBDO, Wrigley’s Gum, and more. Trevor’s career has made him an expert in balancing technical, financial and creative priorities. The vast skills he has amassed are put to use in his current role at InteraXon, where he oversees the research, development, marketing and finance teams as the product manager of the first suite of applications for InteraXon’s highly anticipated Muse brain sensing headband.


SESSION #3 (4:30 - 5:00pm) - OPEN MIKE Q&A

Open Mike


Open Mike. What's on your mind? Hear what the community is talking about today!


SESSION #4 (5:00 - 6:30pm) - NETWORKING & DRINKS

Join us for a drink and apps on the Spring Sushi Patio (* same building as event) hosted reception and networking sponsored by Fundrazr and hosted by National Crowdfunding Association of Canada.

*** Thanks for your support and participation ***


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About NCFA Canada:

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a newly formed cross-Canada non-profit with the mandate to be inclusive in providing education, advocacy and networking opportunities in the emerging crowdfunding industry. NCFA Canada is community-based, membership-driven entity that was formed at a grass-roots level to fill a national need in the market place. Members are industry stakeholders (portals, experts, service providers, and enablers), small businesses and entrepreneurs using crowdfunding to fund their initiatives, and investors seeking to learn more and connect with a dynamic and growing crowd. Learn more eBrochure | Prezi or for more information please visit

About FundRazr:

FundRazr is the quickest, easiest and most effective way to raise money online. As Canada’s largest crowdfunding platform, FundRazr has raised over $25M for over 38,000 campaigns in 18 different countries since July 2010. Our advanced social funding technology helps our customers’ campaigns rise above the noise online to raise more money. FundRazr can be used to fund just about any type of project or cause. Crowdfund Anything Anywhere. FundRazr is also set to launch a revolutionary new CFaaS (crowdfunding as a service) application to enable portals, enterprise, universities, networks and incubators to crowd power their communities. Plug Play Fund. For more information please visit

Source: NCFA Canada