Event Hosts:

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada in partnership with the City of Toronto.

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Event Date:

Date: April 16, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

Location: Ontario Investment and Trade Centre (Seminar Room)

35th Floor, 250 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M5B 2L7 (map)

Ticketing: Member Registration is $25 (early bird $20) + (non-members $35)



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Event Overview:

The crowdfunding industry is exploding with entrepreneurs, investors, portal operators, third party service providers and experts from around the world who are all jockeying for position to take advantage of a promising and brand new fundraising channel for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). (read more)

On March 20, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published for a 90-day public comment period four new prospectus exemptions including a Crowdfunding specific exemption that would allow early stage companies such as start-ups and small-to-mid-size enterprises (SMEs) to raise up to $1.5 million of capital through the issuance of securities online while maintaining an appropriate level of investor protection.

Join NCFA Canada and the City of Toronto to discuss ‘Igniting Entrepreneurship and Capital Flow in Ontario’. We have assembled a premier panel of industry, legal, investment and regulatory experts to bring forth and highlight key views and insights.

Topics include:

  • Regulatory briefing: What are the proposed regulations, timeline and next steps?
  • What are the challenges of our current capital raising markets and what solutions are coming?
  • Are we doing enough collectively as a 360 eco-system to remain competitive in today’s global markets?
  • How will crowdfunding spur business and economic growth, employment and innovation?
  • Do these regulations provide significant protections for investors?
  • What are the legal issues and proposed solutions that revolve around Crowdfunding transactions?
  • Market pulse: what is happening on the ground in the Crowdfunding industry? (Issuers, investors, portals, and providers)
  • Q&A feedback on Ontario’s Crowdfunding exemption proposal



9:00 – 9:15 Registration + Breakfast

9:15 – 9:55 Presentations

9:55 – 10:30 Questions and Answers + Discussion

* Networking will be available after the Q&A


Ontario Securities Commission


A representative from the OSC to be announced shortly.





Gerard Buckley, Chairperson, Maple Leaf Angels Corporation 

Gerard Buckley (150x150)Experienced Corporate, Advisory Board and Not for Profit Director with 10+ years of board experience and 30+ years corporate leadership experience in the Capital Markets Industry in Financial Risk Management. Strategic business leader & corporate advisor to F500 companies in various industry verticals. An advisor to Founders & CEO’s of growth companies in technology and knowledge based industries with a focus on governance, financing and financial management. A growth architect with a track record for explosive performance with strong results driven business development experience. Targeting capital intensive companies in development stage requiring strong strategic direction, governance, financial risk management and advanced financial counsel.


Jos Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer, Aequitas Innovations

Aequitas Jos Schmitt (150x150)
Prior to launching Aequitas Innovations, Jos set up Brilliant Orange group of companies, served as CEO of the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Exchange; and as EVP Head of the Americas and Global Head of Capital Markets for a global professional services company focused on the financial services industry.  During his tenure at this professional services company, he acted as strategic advisor and director of operational and/or technology programs for some of the largest market infrastructure organizations and broker-dealers around the globe.  Some of his previous roles include: President and CEO of a European Derivatives Exchange and Clearing House, President and CEO of a pan-European indices Publisher, Chairman of a Derivatives SRO, and Head of Strategy and Business Operations at a European Stock Exchange.

John Wires, Founder, Wires Law

John Wires is the Founder of Wires Law, a corporate commercial law firm delivering legal services to entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses across Canada. His practice focuses on launching, protecting and selling Canadian businesses.  He has appeared in the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and private arbitrations on issues spanning from shareholder and employment disputes to cross border litigation.  John graduated from law school with first class honours specializing in both International Trade and Corporate Commercial Law. He was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2011 and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association. He has been a guest lecturer at Ryerson University and covered in the media on Crowdfunding in Canada.

Who should attend this event?

This event is for financial professionals, crowdfunding industry stakeholders, issuers, investors, portals and dealers interested in staying on-top of the proposed Crowdfunding exemption regulations in Ontario and providing feedback directly to the OSC.

See you @9am sharp for registration and breakfast!


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