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Join Canada's Leading Crowdfunding and Fintech Association

Distributed and Decentralized Fintech & Funding Community

Alternative finance and internet financing markets are vibrant and so is our community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, registered dealers, and funding portals, consultants, tech and finance professionals, services providers and vendors interested in advancing the development of innovation finance markets and financial technology in Canada and beyond. 

NCFA Canada was founded, built and managed as a grassroots organization since the inception of the JOBS Act in the summer-fall of 2012 and was formally organized as a non-profit corporation in Canada in May 2013 to foster the development and growth of Canadian fintech and funding markets.   Since then, NCFA Canada has grown to be one of the largest fintech communities in the country enabling numerous successful annual conferences, industry infrastructure, education, research, services, market integrity, business development and partnerships for all.

NCFA Canada is inclusive, community-based and driven to advance innovation finance sectors.  We're a distributed and decentralized network that relies on technology and collaborative resources to achieve its goals, and firm believers in the potential of global online ecosystems and the required incentives, resources and infrastructure necessary to support its existence.  Industry initiatives are largely organized and led by a volunteer network of advisors, ambassadors and board members. The organization receives critical funding from key industry sponsors/partners and much in-kind support and collaboration from the national fintech, small business, innovation and funding channels all levels of government, innovation centres, incubators/accelerators, and academic institutions.

Take the bull by the horns!  We encourage your participation to build an amazing and lucrative fintech venture while supporting the movement to help fintech and funding markets become recognized as a legitimate and valuable contributor to the Canadian and global economy.  In doing so, collectively, we are doing our part to help commercialize the next generation of great fintech leaders and businesses, create jobs and significant quantifiable economic growth.

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Please select the most applicable membership type below and click the [Join Now] button. A wide range of benefits come with your annual NCFA Canada membership, such as:

  • Support the development of financial innovation and help build the future of financial technology, services, and markets
  • Receive regular industry news and key development updates
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities with a relevant national membership network
  • Industry research, education, resource sharing, and support
  • Industry leadership, a national advocacy and a united voice on public policy issues
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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - MembershipThe 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.  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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Hyperion Technologies Release | Dec 10, 2019 VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Hyperion Technology Inc. (Hyperion) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Lisa Cheng as the new CEO and the transition of Mr. Michael Zavet to the role of President. Lisa Cheng states “I’m thrilled to join Hyperion’s team and I’m very excited for the opportunity of leading the company towards its goal of developing the seminal unified exchange for all classes of digital assets. Michael Zavet has done a tremendous job in building relationships and brand awareness for Hyperion, including establishing key partnerships, such as its relationship with the Delaware Board of Trade (DBOT) Alternative Trading System. I plan on continuing this trend and expanding Hyperion’s vision to include solving the broader issues in the digital assets sphere.” Michael Zavet states “We are very fortunate that Lisa has agreed to join and lead Hyperion. I believe as one of the early pioneers in the blockchain space combined with her talent in developing platforms, Lisa will bring to Hyperion a significant advantage in reaching its goals.” Podcast:  Gearing up Hyperion Exchange, Hybrid Models and Security Tokens with Michael Zavet, Founder, Hyperion Technologies About Hyperion Technologies Based in Toronto, Canada, ...
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Forbes | Alison McCauley | Dec 11, 2019 Blockchain executives call the tech a team sport. They speak about industries joining together to build blockchain platforms that drive value for all participants. But, put bluntly, what’s the point? Both the tech and our understanding of how to use it is raw—making this an expensive, uncharted sport to play. Why invest if your competitors will benefit? I’ve been asking execs working at the front edge of the technology this question: if competitors all have access to the same platform, then what new competitive advantage can come from blockchains? Here’s what they shared: Smart Companies Understand There Are Multiple Angles Two themes emerged from these conversations. First, while the main investment trigger right now is solving high-pressure problems that plague everyone in an industry, there was a belief that once a blockchain platform is in place, smart companies could discover ways to use it that could deliver competitive advantage. See:  Red Cross boosts disaster-prone communities with blockchain ‘cash’ Secondly, executives observed that the new functionality blockchains make possible could arm blockchain-natives with new tools to attack long-standing value chains. In this case, investment is preventative, employed to stay ahead of disruption. Think ...
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Crowdfund Insider | JD Alois | Dec 10, 2019 New peer to peer lending rules come into effect on Monday, December 9th. The new rules were the result of a review by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The UK largely created the entire sector of peer to peer lending. One of the most prominent sectors of Fintech, P2P lending has emerged as a viable asset class generating better risk-adjusted returns in a low-interest rate environment. While not without a few growing pains, P2P has been a net positive for both credit markets and for smaller investors seeking higher rates of return on their money. At the time the updated rules were announced in June of 2019, the FCA stated: “[The] P2P sector had developed a wider, more complex, range of business models. Many platforms in the sector are now taking a much more active role, by taking decisions on behalf of the investor. In addition, we explained that we had also seen some poor business practices, for example, in disclosure of information to clients, charging structures, wind-down arrangements, and record-keeping.” The response by platforms has mostly been positive with some questioning if the net effect will be to dim ...
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China Banking News | Dec 5, 2019 Bei­jing Launches Fin­tech Reg­u­la­tory Sand­box with Cen­tral Bank Back­ing The Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment has an­nounced the launch of a new pi­lot scheme for fin­tech reg­u­la­tion. On 5 De­cem­ber the Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal fi­nan­cial reg­u­la­tor an­nounced via its of­fi­cial web­site that Chi­nese cap­i­tal was “tak­ing the lead in launch­ing fin­tech in­no­va­tion reg­u­la­tory tri­als, and ex­plor­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of an ac­com­mo­dat­ing and pru­den­tial Chi­nese-edi­tion ‘reg­u­la­tory sand­box.'” Ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment the new trial is be­ing launched with the guid­ance and sup­port of the Chi­nese cen­tral bank, and has the goal of es­tab­lish­ing Bei­jing as a “na­tional tech in­no­va­tion cen­tre and na­tional fi­nan­cial reg­u­la­tory cen­tre.” The Bei­jing fi­nance reg­u­la­tor said that it would ap­ply “soft reg­u­la­tory meth­ods” that in­volve open in­for­ma­tion, prod­uct no­tices and joint su­per­vi­sion. Ac­cord­ing to its an­nounce­ment the goal is to drive fin­tech in­no­va­tion and qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments in fi­nan­cial ser­vices, un­der the pre­con­di­tion that li­censed fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions com­ply with laws and reg­u­la­tions, and pro­tect the rights and in­ter­ests of con­sumers. Xin­jing­bao re­ports that Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal­ity has ap­proved 46 fin­tech trial pro­jects Continue to the full article --> here China Banking News | Dec 5, 2019 Chi­nese Cen­tral Bank Flags For­mu­la­tion of New Fin­tech and Blockchain Stan­dards The Peo­ple’s Bank ...
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CNBC | Kate Rooney | Dec 10, 2019 Key Points Investments by financial services firms into start-ups hit a new record in this year, according to a new report by CB Insights. Total corporate venture capital deals by banks and other financial services firms have surged 500% from 2014 through the third quarter of 2019. Citi Ventures has been the most active, followed by Goldman Sachs’ private investing arm. Venture investing is becoming increasingly popular for banks as they look to diversify as their key profit engines get squeezed by falling interest rates. There’s also pressure from new fintech options debuting the same services with zero fees. See:  Goldman Sachs is slashing employee pay as it ramps up new tech ventures like the Apple Card Corporate venture capital funding is at an all-time high and banks are leading the charge. Investments by financial services firms into start-ups hit a record 329 deals worth a total $8 billion in 2019, according to a report by CB Insights published Tuesday. Nearly half of that deal activity this year came from banks.The third quarter saw the highest deal activity on record by financial services venture capital. A handful of established companies — from Google ...
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FrontFundr Release | Dec 10, 2019 Canada’s largest equity crowdfunding platform connects to DealSquare, a centralized platform for private placements TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silver Maple Ventures Inc. is pleased to announce new synergies between its two fintech platforms designed to enable robust investor access to private market deals and further simplify the transaction process. FrontFundr, Canada’s leading equity crowdfunding platform and exempt market dealer, has officially become a participating dealer on DealSquare, Canada’s first centralized dealer platform for private placements. The team at Silver Maple Ventures is excited to be first movers in providing widespread investor access to private market deals, digitally connecting capital-raisers to all investors, investment dealers and their advisory networks. “In recent years, the private markets have been growing twice as fast and producing 3-4% higher returns than the public markets, but the average retail investor hoping to diversify their portfolios have traditionally been locked out and unable to participate. With FrontFundr, all investors can get in on the private market action,” says Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, Founder and CEO of Silver Maple Ventures Inc. “The synergies work both ways. On the one hand, FrontFundr can now make its private placements available to other dealers ...
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ITIF | Robert D. Atkinson and David Moschella | November 12, 2019 Contrary to common belief, enterprise automation is not a cause for alarm, but instead a societal imperative. Modern nations will need all the productivity they can get to address today’s ever-more-resource-constrained challenges. Key Takeways Increased automation can significantly boost societal productivity, which would help address challenges such as wage growth, aging populations, rising health-care costs, environmental restorations, global competitiveness, and public sector debt. The EU and U.S. economies are in a productivity slump, which is one of the reasons wage and GDP growth have stagnated, making it increasingly difficult for governments and residents to meet their civic and financial obligations. Productivity increases in the EU and the U.S. would reshore work, make the costs of aging populations affordable, boost wages and living standards, reduce debt-to-GDP levels, and free up human capital and other resources for new societal tasks. Large enterprises—both public and private—must drive automation and its ensuing productivity gains, because many of today’s most promising digital initiatives can only be brought to fruition by large organizations and the sectors they serve. Public policies should support the transformation of large enterprises and their associated industries and ecosystems by ...
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McKinsey & Company | Nov 2019 Most companies report measurable benefits from AI where it has been deployed; however, much work remains to scale impact, manage risks, and retrain the workforce. A group of high performers shows the way. Adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to increase, and the technology is generating returns. 1 The findings of the latest McKinsey Global Survey on the subject show a nearly 25 percent year-over-year increase in the use of AI 2 in standard business processes, with a sizable jump from the past year in companies using AI across multiple areas of their business. 3 A majority of executives whose companies have adopted AI report that it has provided an uptick in revenue in the business areas where it is used, and 44 percent say AI has reduced costs. The results also show that a small share of companies—from a variety of sectors—are attaining outsize business results from AI, potentially widening the gap between AI power users and adoption laggards. Respondents from these high-performing companies (or AI high performers) report that they achieve greater scale and see both higher revenue increases and greater cost decreases than other companies that use AI. 4 The findings, ...
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Computerworld | Lucas Mearian | Dec 6, 2019 The investment bank's trust of blockchain is likely to spur confidence in the nascent technology. Investment bank HSBC Holdings is using a blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) to digitize transaction records of private investments, enabling clients globally to access the details of their assets online in near real-time. The London-based company, the seventh largest bank in the world, plans to move $20 billion in assets that include equity, debt and real estate onto its new Digital Vault blockchain, a shift away from its current use of paper records to respond to client search requests. "The Digital Vault is live in Asia and will be rolled out in the U.S. and Europe in the first quarter of 2020," an HSBC spokesperson said via email. By getting investors to interact with this data on the blockchain through decentralized applications (dApps) supported by friendly user interfaces, HSBC is helping build the on-ramps and infrastructure needed to take blockchain DLT mainstream, according to Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president of research. See:  The Decade in Blockchain — 2010 to 2020 in Review "Presumably, millions of potential investors and users will be on-ramped to blockchain interfaces and ...
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ConenSys | Dec 3, 2019 On January 3rd, 2009, in the wake of a global financial crisis that accelerated the growing chasm of inequality throughout world economies, a mysterious figure named Satoshi Nakamoto launched a virtual currency named Bitcoin that functioned atop what s/he called a ‘Proof of Work chain.’ In its ‘genesis block,’ Nakamoto permanently embedded a brief line of text into the data that signaled the inspiration behind the newfangled tech: “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.” It was a rallying cry for a better way. What proceeded over the next decade has been a stratospheric rollercoaster ride for cryptocurrencies and digital assets, alongside the early phases of a total reworking of economic and human systems atop a philosophy of decentralization and democratization of access to value. See:  How Big Data and Blockchain are enhancing FinTech There have been inconceivable highs and corresponding lows in the ten plus years since Bitcoin’s genesis block, as development of blockchain technology and awareness of its potential marches ever forward. As this decade draws to a close, it’s an opportune moment to view ten years of blockchain development in retrospective. The technology has grown from a digital ...
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