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Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+

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Date: June 9, 2016

Venue:  DMZ at Ryerson University

10 Dundas St. E., 6th Floor, Toronto, M5B 2G9 (map)

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am (morning)


$65 members / $75 non-members

All tickets include coffee and refreshments.  Add 13% HST.

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Special Thanks to Seminar Sponsors:

F&B:  Trinity Compliance Partners  |  Venue:  DMZ


Crowdfinancing for Professionals: 

  • Venture funding options | Equity Crowdfunding 45-108 regulations
  • Funding Portal Registration requirements and compliance
  • Protecting Your Business, Your Portal and Your Capital $$$
  • When and How to Use Intellectual Property

Investment Crowdfunding markets are rapidly evolving and democratizing the ability for startups and SMEs to access capital online with the US alternative finance market surging to $36 billion in 2015.  On Jan 25-2016, the integrated crowdfunding exemption (multilateral 45-108) was enacted in 5 provinces (+SK pending) including Ontario. Boost your knowledge of the Crowdfunding industry and your ability to protect and advocate for your clients who are considering becoming a Crowdfunding investor, creating a business startup, or commencing a crowdfunding raise or portal. In this 2-hour seminar, you will gain a greater understanding of the crowdfunding rules and legislation implemented by the Ontario Securities Commission, along with information on available financing options, and a range of key business and intellectual property considerations.

Learn from the experts!  Register now to take advantage of relevant and timely information that will help you and your clients navigate the quickly emerging and lucrative crowdfunding industry.


8:00 am   Registration & Coffee and Refreshments
8:30 am   Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:35 am   Crowdfunding Financing Options
8:55 am   Regulatory Perspectives
9:15 am   Protecting Your Business, Investment and Portal
9:30 am   Trademarks, Patents, Copyright and Privacy Rights
9:45 am   Question and Answer Session
10:00 am  Program Ends



Craig Asano NCFA Canada 150x150 - Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+CRAIG ASANO, Founder and Executive Director, NCFA Canada

Craig Asano is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA), the leading and only industry-led non-profit organization actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders to create a dynamic Crowdfunding industry and voice across Canada.  He has spearheaded multiple programs and initiatives such as the Annual Canadian Crowdfunding Summit and NCFA Canada’s advocacy efforts to advance equity-based Crowdfunding regulations in Canada.  Craig has over 15 years of experience as a marketer, software technologist and start-up entrepreneur in technology, finance and real estate sectors.

Chantal Cipriano pic 150x150 - Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+CHANTAL CIPRIANO, Lawyer/Manager, Compliance, BMO Private Banking

Chantal Cipriano is a Lawyer and Manager of Compliance with BMO Private Banking, supporting the bank in their dealings with the trusts, estates, pensions and registered plans of high net worth individuals. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Languages, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Leicester, and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School with a focus on Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance and Copyright Law. During Chantal’s Master's, her Corporate Finance paper weighed in on the pros and cons of the Crowdfunding regime prior to its coming into fruition, advocating for it to come into force. Chantal was a speaker at the second annual Crowdfunding Summit, advising on how to protect your business as both a startup venture and Crowdfunding platform.



Rubsun Ho Crowdmatrix 150x150 - Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+

RUBSUN HO, Chief Crowdpleaser, Crowdmatrix Inc.

Rubsun Ho is the Chief Crowdpleaser at Crowdmatrix Inc., an equity crowdfunding platform that will bring efficiency and transparency to the capital raising process for Canadian growth companies. A portfolio company of Extreme Venture Partners, Crowdmatrix plans to launch in late spring, 2015.  Rubsun is also a co-founder and partner of Cognition LLP, a virtual law firm that was created to address the rising costs and inefficiencies of corporate legal services from traditional law firms. Cognition now has over 50 lawyers operating in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary, and its clients range from growing startups through to some of Canada’s largest companies.


Zulf Karim TSX 150x150 - Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+

ZULF KARIM, Regional Head of Business Development, TSX Private Markets

Zulf Karim is the Head of Business Development at TSX Private Markets, a platform that provides access to the Canadian exempt market. It facilitates the raising of capital through brokered, private placement financings for both private and public companies and secondary trading of private company securities and public company "hold period" securities.


OSC 150x150 - Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+ELIZABETH TOPP, Senior Legal Counsel, Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch, OSC

Elizabeth is currently a Senior Legal Counsel (on secondment) in the OSC's Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch. Previously, she was a  senior lawyer in the Corporate Finance Branch. During her time in the Corporate Finance Branch, Elizabeth reviewed prospectuses and considered novel applications for exemptive relief. She has also worked on various policy initiatives and operational projects at the OSC. Most recently, she was involved with a review of the exempt market that resulted in the introduction of a number of new prospectus exemptions in Ontario, including a crowdfunding exemption and offering memorandum exemption. Elizabeth holds a law degree from the University of Toronto.


OSC 150x150 - Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+GLORIA TSANG, Legal Counsel, Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch, Ontario Securities Commission.

In her role as legal counsel, Gloria is responsible for advising on the registration regime in Ontario (National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations and related instruments) and for reviewing and making recommendations in response to applications for exemptions from registration requirements under the Securities Act (Ontario) and the Commodity Futures Act. Gloria also participates in reviews of registration applications and registrants to determine if they are in compliance with securities laws and acts as a legal resource on registration and compliance issues to other staff and industry participants.  Gloria was part of the OSC team that worked with the other jurisdictions in the development of Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding.  Gloria holds a law degree from the Queen’s University and is a member of CPA Ontario.


Jason Satlzman Dentons 150x150 - Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+JASON SALTZMAN, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

Jason Saltzman practices corporate finance and securities law, with an emphasis on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as all other aspects of corporate and securities law.Jason works with both established and emerging companies world-wide, primarily in the mining, technology, life science, cleantech (including renewable energy, water tech and ag tech), industrial, mid-tech and digital media and entertainment sectors. He assists issuers, investment dealers, and institutional and private investors on complex equity and debt financing transactions, ranging from start-up investments, venture capital and private equity investments, to larger public offerings and project finance.


Andrew Currier PCKIP 150x150 - Seminar Toronto (June 9): Rapid Fire Crowdfinancing Opportunities For Raising Capital Online 101+ANDREW CURRIER, Partner, PCK IP (Perry + Currier Inc.)

Andrew is a recognized leader in intellectual property, combining experience in industry, law and academia before co-founding PCK. Andrew’s industry experience includes General Counsel for a publicly-traded flat-panel display company, IP counsel for a Silicon Valley start-up, and engineer for the automotive industry. In law, Andrew practised for several years with three of Canada’s national firms. In academia, Andrew held a teaching appointment as Adjunct Professor at Western University in London Ontario, teaching patent law from 2000-2007. Cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, he is also co-author (with Stephen Perry) of Canadian Patent Law (2nd ed. Butterworths, 2014) the first text on Canadian patent law by practitioners in over thirty years.


Questions you can expect to be answered?

  • How to protect yourself as an investor considering participating in an offering?
  • How to protect your business when dealing with a portal?
  • How do I register and comply as a funding portal under Multilateral Instrument 45-108 (integrated crowdfunding exemption) and how does it affect portals and startups?
  • What are the latest Crowdfinancing market developments and venture funding options?
  • What are key considerations when working with an online portal?
  • What are the operational requirements under National Instrument 31-103 for EMDs operating as a DB-portal and how does it affect portals and startups?
  • How to protect your portal when it comes to dealing with startups and investors?
  • What are key trademark, privacy and IP considerations for startups raising capital online and ways to protect your business?

Why attend this seminar?

  • This is essential knowledge for any one interested in emerging Canadian crowdfunding markets
  • Expert content delivered by speakers that 'live and breath' the topics being discussed every day
  • Rapid learning format.  Get exposure to the most important elements in a short period of time
  • Opportunity to ask questions and answers at the end of the seminar
  • This workshop qualifies for two (2) hours of substantive continuing professional development credits

Who should attend this seminar?

  • Retail and accredited investors, angel investors, VC groups and affiliates, fund managers
  • Professionals, advisors, crowdfinance decision makers and entreprepreneurial and innovation networks in Canada's fast growing crowdfunding industry
  • Startups and SME businesses interested in raising capital from crowdfinancing markets that want to learn about regulations and how to protect themselves and the interests of their investors
  • Prospective funding portals or EMDs looking to move their practice online

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About NCFA Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1300+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more at

About the DMZ

The DMZ at Ryerson University is one of Canada’s largest business incubators for emerging tech startups.The top-ranked university incubator in North America and third in the world, it helps startups succeed by connecting them with customers, advisors, influencers and other entrepreneurs. It’s a space and community that encourages, supports and fosters new technologies that transform lives and businesses.  Learn more at

About Trinity Compliance Partners

Trinity Compliance Partners (TCP) is a boutique regulatory compliance services firm that assists advisers, fund managers, exempt market dealers and restricted dealers including funding portals. We provide solutions that are tailored to your business. Our team includes former compliance examiners and a former registration supervisor of the Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Together, we have been involved in conducting a large number of regulatory compliance reviews and supervising a team of registration officers at the OSC. We have also worked on a number of reviews that have led to enforcement action, suspensions or terms and conditions and have extensive experience in dealing with compliance and registration related matters. We have experience across registration categories, and combined we have over 35 years of regulatory compliance and registration experience at the OSC.  Learn more at

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