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VanFUNDING 2016 IS BACK FOR ITS 2ND YEAR!
Accelerate access to capital and emerging fintech markets
Join leading crowdfunding, fintech and alternative finance industry experts,
investors and innovators for a full day of education, pitching and networking opportunities!

For more information please visit:  vanfundingconf.ca
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Monday, October 17
 

5:30pm

Sponsored by PayPal Canada: VIP Networking Reception (Limited Capacity)
Pre-VanFUNDING 2016 event mixer in the financial district of downtown Vancouver.  Here's a prime opportunity to network with VanFUNDING VIPs and the movers and shakers of fintech and crowdfunding industry in Canada!


Monday October 17, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Donnelly Group Hospitality Suite Suite 300 - 595 Hornby street, Financial District, Vancouver BC, V6C 1A4
 
Tuesday, October 18
 

7:30am

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibitors
Tuesday October 18, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

8:30am

Opening Remarks and Official Opening of the 2nd Annual VanFUNDING 2016
Speakers
avatar for Craig Asano

Craig Asano

Founding CEO, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada
Craig Asano is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada), a cross-Canada non-profit with the mandate to provide education, advocacy and networking opportunities in the rapidly emerging crowdfunding industry. NCFA Canada works closely with industry partners, technology platforms, academia, affiliate groups and business associations to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry and... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Buggey

Bryan Buggey

Director, Strategic Initiatives & Sector Development, Vancouver Economic Commission
Currently, Bryan is responsible for economic and business development at the City of Vancouver’s Economic Commission. In his role as Director, he is leading a team in charge of several initiatives with respect to the City’s Greenest City Action Plan, Digital Strategy and its Economic Action Strategy. Bryan also leads the strategy and sector development plans for Vancouver's Green Economy, Technology sectors and Digital... Read More →
avatar for Shane Gibson

Shane Gibson

Author - Keynote Sales Speaker, Shane Gibson Inc. / SalesAcademy.ca
Shane Gibson is an international speaker, sales trainer, and author on social media marketing, social selling and sales performance. He has spoken to over 100,000 people on stages in North America, Southern Africa, India, Dubai, Malaysia and South America. Shane Gibson is #5 on the Forbes.com list of the Top 30 Social Sales People in the World. Shane’s books include Sociable! How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 8:30am - 8:50am
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

8:50am

Opening KEYNOTE: The Rise of Fintech and Its Potential Impact On Public and Private Markets
Speakers
avatar for Bundeep Rangar

Bundeep Rangar

CEO, Fineqia
Bundeep Singh Rangar has more than 20 years' combined experience in finance, banking, consultancy, technology and media. He is the CEO of Fineqia Limited, an international platform for financing debt securities, PremFina Limited, a financier of UK insurance premiums and CEO of IXL Holdings, a European company that has secured more than £200 million in debt financing for UK lending companies from European banks. He previously founded... Read More →



Tuesday October 18, 2016 8:50am - 9:15am
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

9:15am

Presentation: Global data analysis & crowdfunding trends: Roadmap for Innovation and Economic Growth

Online finance via tools such as crowdfunding are showing early positive signals. The standardization is allowing investors to vet deals easier and make faster investment decisions. The digital footprint is allowing us to understand where capital is flowing and why and the social network is driving adoption. In this presentation we will review some of the early data trends coming out of the USA to show how Canada can leverage the data to drive policy that favors entrepreneurship, innovation and jobs.

 


Speakers
avatar for Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss

Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss

General Partner, Crowdfund Capital Advisors / Venture Fund
Mr. Sherwood Neiss co-authored the “Crowdfunding Exemption Framework” which became the basis of Title III of the U.S. JOBS Act to legalize equity and lending-based crowdfunding. He is in the forefront of the crowdfunding industry, as the co-founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (“CCA”). CCA is a consulting firm serving certain governments and multi-lateral organizations including Inter-American Development Bank, the... Read More →



Tuesday October 18, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

9:45am

Stories from the Edge: Whoops! - Key Lessons From The DAO, a $146M Decentralized Crowdfunding Experiment
Speakers
avatar for Bernd Petak

Bernd Petak

COO/Co-founder, Finstripe
Bernd Petak is an entrepreneur, advisor, mentor, corporate director and investment professional to early and mid-stage internet-driven technology companies and their investors. Bernd is a former Deloitte partner, due diligence officer, investor and two-time startup founder. He is co-founder and COO of Finstripe, a network for global enterprise-level financing professionals and sits on the board of directors for Screenscape, a leading provider... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 9:45am - 10:00am
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

10:00am

Stories from the Edge: Canadian Fintech Crowdfunding: What's The Score?
Speakers
avatar for Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

CEO, Frontfundr
Peter-Paul is Founder and CEO of FrontFundr, a FinTech company focused on connecting private companies with the wider investor community through innovative online funding and investment solutions. He has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment management and business consultancy. He worked in Vancouver as director business development with a finance & investment company in the renewable energy space... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 10:00am - 10:15am
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

10:15am

Morning Networking Break
Tuesday October 18, 2016 10:15am - 10:35am
Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

10:35am

Presentation: Ubernomics: How to Create Economic Abundance and Rise above the Competition

This presentation, based on the highlights from Barbara's newly published book Ubernomics: How to Create Economic Abundance and Rise above the Competition, will provide you with the following insights:

- how has the shift from scarcity to abundance gone from yellow pages to yellow taxis?

- what are the three new value drivers for companies?

- how are Airbnb and Uber defying traditional economic principles of scarcity?

- why do companies and investors need to be aware of the coming Ubernomics Quake?


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Gray

Barbara Gray

Analyst and Strategy Consultant, Brady Cap Research
Barbara is a former top-ranked sell-side Equity Analyst and the Founder of Brady Capital Research Inc., a leading-edge research and strategic consulting firm. She is also the author of the upcoming book "Ubernomics: How to Create Economic Abundance and Rise above the Competition" and was one of the first analysts to publish an in-depth research report on the sharing economy back in the Fall of 2014. Barbara ranked as an All-Star Analyst for... Read More →



Tuesday October 18, 2016 10:35am - 11:05am
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

11:05am

Panel: Fintech Innovators: Building the Future of Financial Services
Moderators
avatar for Bill Tam

Bill Tam

President and CEO, BC Tech Association
Bill Tam has been an entrepreneur and advisor to startup technology companies for over 20 years. In 2010, he joined the BCTIA as a mentor with Centre4Growth, advising a wide-range of technology firms. Prior to BCTIA, Bill was the CEO of EQO Communications and a Partner at SpringBank TechVentures, where he led investments in software and wireless. Additionally, Bill has held many senior executive positions. Bill is currently Chairman of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doug McLean

Doug McLean

Chief Technology Officer, Katipult
Doug is the CTO of Katipult. Doug McLean has over 15 years experience working in Web Development serving in a variety of roles including Code Development, Server Maintenance, Client Relations, and Business Administration. Doug received his Masters of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Calgary; he also holds degrees in Human Resource Management, Ethics and Philosophy. Katipult is proprietary cloud-based software... Read More →
avatar for Monique Morden

Monique Morden

Chief Revenue Officer, Lendified
As Chief Revenue Officer, I am responsible for developing marketing partnerships and selling our lending credit model. Lendified partners with like minded organizations dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. These partnerships include integrations of marketing strategies, and, in many cases, integrations into their technology platforms to provide seamless and frictionless access to capital. Lendified uses a unique credit engine to... Read More →
avatar for Tea Nicola

Tea Nicola

Co-founder & CEO, Wealthbar
Tea Nicola is passionate about personal finance and wants to help people understand how small changes can make a big difference. Originally a mechanical engineer, she later spent years working as a financial advisor and advisor trainer. Tea is excited about transforming the way Canadians get personal financial advice. | | WealthBar is Canada’s only full-service online financial advisor. We use technology to make financial planning and... Read More →
avatar for Philipp Postrehovsky

Philipp Postrehovsky

Co-Founder & COO, RentMoola
Philipp co-founded RentMoola, one of North America's leading fintech companies that is changing the landscape of paying rent all over the world. Solving the age-old problem that paying and collecting rent is a major hassle, RentMoola is an online global payment network that allows tenants and owners to pay rent and other payments by credit card, debit card, RM Direct Debit™ or RM Cash™ while earning rewards. It was recently voted... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:05am - 11:35am
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

11:35am

Panel: Investing in Fintech Ecosystems: New pipes, New plumbing, New game…Old principles
Moderators
avatar for Brian Martin

Brian Martin

Senior Investment Associate, Vanedge Capital
Brian Martin, CFA, P.Eng, joined Vanedge in February of 2014 and is solely focussed on investments in the enterprise software space. Vanedge is a $240M venture capital fund and Brian has been involved at the Board level with Canalyst, Boundless Geospatial, MapD, Hytrust and Metafor (acquired by Splunk). Prior to joining Vanedge, Brian developed and implemented multi-year information technology strategies in utilities; his last role in that... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Cheng

Lisa Cheng

Founder & CEO, Vanbex Group
Lisa Cheng is the Founder of the Vanbex Group, an industry recognized leader in the Bitcoin/Blockchain space. She has participated in over 30+ crowdsale events helping companies crowdfund using Bitcoin and has worked with companies such as Ethereum, Factom, Storj, and Darkcoin. She’s been called the Wonder Woman of Bitcoin by Bitcoin Magazine in 2014 and is an early pioneer in Smart Contract development with the launch of Etherparty. More... Read More →
avatar for Ali Pourdad

Ali Pourdad

CEO, Progressa
Ali has been CEO of Progressa (www.progressa.com) since its inception in 2013. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Ali holds a Canadian Chartered Accountant degree and a BBA in Finance from Simon Fraser University. Under Ali's leadership, Progressa is one of Canada's fastest growing financial technology companies, with revenue and loan origination growth both exceeding 300% in 2016. Ali has decisively positioned Progressa for its next... Read More →
avatar for Mike Volker

Mike Volker

Director, VANTEC Angel Network
I'm director of SFU's INNOVATION OFFICE. I also run the VANTEC Angel Network in B.C. and manage two "angel" investment funds: WUTIF Capital and GreenAngel Energy Corp (TSXV: GAE).


Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:35am - 12:05pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

12:05pm

Panel: P2P Marketplaces and Fintech Services: Impact on the Banks and Stakeholder Perspectives
Is there room for more players or are we headed for consolidation?
Millennial attitudes towards Fintech products/services
Use of data and technology to power 'Instant Lending' transactions
Potential for P2P marketplaces and retail particiation in Canada, impediments and opportunities
How are established FIs and banks reacting?
Building trust and transparency with millennials




Moderators
avatar for Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens

Partner, Fasken Martineau
Mike is a partner in Fasken Martineau's Securities & Technology group. | | A proven leader in the BC technology ecosystem and a dedicated advocate for his clients, Mike represents companies in all stages of their development, with a particular focus on early-stage entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging growth companies. Mike also counsels founders, executives and company boards on a wide range of issues, including corporate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chantel Chapman

Chantel Chapman

Financial Fitness Coach, Mogo
Chantel Chapman, Financial Fitness Coach for Mogo—a Vancouver-based fintech firm that is transforming the face of banking in Canada—is a millennial money expert that millennials actually want to listen to. She teaches millennials how to be an adult at any age by using fun, relevant content to start real conversations about finances. Chantel works with fintech brand Mogo to build trust and relevancy with consumers... Read More →
avatar for Tabitha Creighton

Tabitha Creighton

CEO/Co-founder, InvestNextDoor
Tabitha Creighton is CEO and Co-founder of InvestNextDoor, a Crowdlending marketplace for small business; where Crowdfunding creates returns for local investors supporting local businesses. She brings 18 years of experience to the role, much of it in the area of financial technology, investment capital and corporate development. | | Crowdfunding and alternative finance models for small business are areas that Tabitha has focused much of her... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Eberhard

Daniel Eberhard

Co-Founder/CEO, Koho
Daniel was co-founder/VP of Kineticor Renewables, a wind energy company acquired by Algonquin Power. He is currently the CEO of Koho, a simple, modern, no-fee alternative to a traditional bank account. The VC backed company has raised two rounds of funding from across Canada and the Silicon Valley. 
avatar for Cato Pastoll

Cato Pastoll

CEO/Co-founder, Lending Loop
Cato Pastoll is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lending Loop, Canada's first peer-to-peer lending marketplace for business lending. Prior to starting Lending Loop, Cato served as the Executive Vice President of a medium sized software consulting business. In addition to holding a senior management position, he attained experience building and managing robust commercial applications. Cato also brings relevant industry experience from his time developing... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 12:05pm - 12:35pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

12:35pm

Networking Lunch
Tuesday October 18, 2016 12:35pm - 1:15pm
Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

12:35pm

Lunch & Learn Hosted by R2 Crowd: How to Invest in Real Estate and Make 12-24% ROI...If You Don't Have a Rich Uncle?
Speakers
avatar for Chad Gemmell

Chad Gemmell

Co-founder, R2CROWD
Chad is the co-founder of R2CROWD, Canada’s first national commercial real estate online-marketplace that allows people to invest directly into commercial real estate assets that are operated by experienced and qualified sponsors. He is responsible for strategic direction, business development, operations, and sits on R2CROWD’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee.   Chad Gemmell is also a VP in the Debt Capital... Read More →
avatar for Amar Nijjar

Amar Nijjar

President & CEO, R2Crowd
Amar is the Founder of Real Crowd Capital. He is responsible for strategic direction, business development, operations, and sits on R2CROWD’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Amar has funded over $5 billion and underwritten over $20 billion of real estate during his career. Amar is also a Senior Vice President at JLL (formerly Jones Lang LaSalle), where he leads the Debt Capital Markets group. Amar is licensed to trade in... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 12:35pm - 1:20pm
Gallery 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

12:45pm

Lunch & Wine Tasting: Hosted by Quidni Estate Winery
Skyped in LIVE from the Winery.  Enjoy some delicious Quidni Estate Wine together with the winery's sommelier

Speakers
avatar for Marty Gunderson

Marty Gunderson

Founder, Quidni Estate Winery
Mr. Gunderson has been in the financial services industry for 17 years, and has successful facilitated numerous of large financings in real estate, oil / gas service companies, apartment buildings, and mining He has built a robust network of exempt market dealers, representatives and professional services in the exempt market. | | His extensive experience in the exempt market has lead to a number of leadership roles in sales and... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 12:45pm - 1:05pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

1:15pm

Workshop: Capital Raising Options for Statups and Scaleups (Fuel for your Venture!)
  • How to set funding targets and valuations?
  • How to go after capital?
  • When the best timing is?
  • How do you know that you're ready?
  • How do you plan and approach investors?
  • What crowdfinance options are available to us?

Speakers
avatar for Alixe Cormick

Alixe Cormick

President, Venture Law Corporation
Securities Lawyer and Advisor, Founder of Venture Law Corporation who works with privately-held and public companies, mergers and acquisitions, private placement investments, financial transactions, reverse mergers, initial public offerings and licensing matters, as well as general corporate matters.
avatar for Jennifer Lucas  MBA, CBV, ASA

Jennifer Lucas MBA, CBV, ASA

Managing Partner, Evans & Evans Inc.
Jennifer Lucas is an accomplished financial analyst experienced in the preparation of business plans, investor presentations, financial projections, valuations, goodwill impairment analysis, due diligence reports and pricing analyses for private and public companies. She has also been involved with merger & acquisition transactions. As a Partner with Evans & Evans, Jen has been involved in hundreds of the firm’s projects over... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Gallery 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

1:15pm

Live Pitching 1 - Session Lead: Launch Academy
Session Lead:  Launch Academy

3 Finalists to VanFUNDING 2016 Pitching showcase - PRE-REVENUE
  • My Green Space
  • Reach Social
  • CopyPants

Moderators
avatar for Session Lead: Hussein Hallak

Session Lead: Hussein Hallak

Live Pitching 1: Session Lead, Launch Academy
Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor, and Speaker on Inspiring Leadership, Unleashing Entrepreneurship, and Breakthrough Performance. General Manager of Launch Academy; Vancouver's leading tech startup hub, Executive Director of TiE Vancouver; TiE is the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization, and Tech Panelist on Roundhouse Radio. Former Director of Marketing at TEDxStanleyPark; one of the world’s largest and most successful TEDx... Read More →

Pitching
avatar for Copypants

Copypants

Copypants automates protection and monetization of images online for content creators.
avatar for My Green Space

My Green Space

My Green Space is like a master gardener in your pocket.
avatar for Reach Social

Reach Social

 An adaptable collaborative platform built for students, by students. 


Tuesday October 18, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Lounge 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

1:15pm

Fireside: Reward-based Crowdfunding (Unveiled): After the Final Rose – Investors Tell All
Speakers
avatar for Brenda Irwin

Brenda Irwin

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Relentless Pursuit Partners
Brenda is an investor, advisor and seasoned board director. Brenda is a former life science venture capitalist for Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). While at BDC she had personal responsibility for management of a $100M+ healthcare portfolio including private to publicly listed organizations. Brenda specializes in both assessing and top grading the investment potential of early stage companies. She has been a Board Director for 15... Read More →
avatar for Louis Victor

Louis Victor

Co-founder, Wiivv
Louis-Victor (LV) Jadavji is an entrepreneur with a focus on wellness and 3D-printing.  LV co-founded Wiivv in the summer of 2014. Wiivv has since raised US$8M+ in venture capital, has a team of 30 people in Vancouver and San Diego, and its inaugural product - a custom fit 3D-printed orthotic - is the most successful consumer 3D-printed product of all-time. LV believes that Wiivv’s custom wearables will one day usher in the era of... Read More →
avatar for Simon Whitfield

Simon Whitfield

Partner & Co-Founder, Relentless Pursuit Partners
Simon is a father, adventurer, guide, businessman, mentor and retired professional athlete. Simon is one of Canada’s most accomplished and decorated athletes.  In the early days, in 1999, Simon won bronze at the Winnipeg Pan Am Games.  Then over the course of two decades he earned four consecutive trips to the Olympics. He will forever be known for his victory at the Sydney Olympics, winning the inaugural gold medal in the... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 1:15pm - 11:40pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

1:40pm

Fireside: Unlimited Potential of Crowdsourcing Social Engagement and Incentives
Speakers
avatar for Christian Cotichini

Christian Cotichini

Co-founder & CEO, HeroX
With over 20 years of experience leading startup and high growth technology companies, Christian Cotichini is an active angel investor and mentor to startup entrepreneurs. In the mid-1990s, Christian founded Absolute Software, a leader in computer security and asset management. After going public, Absolute continues to grow and has diversified into a solution for organizations to manage the massive proliferation of Internet devices... Read More →
avatar for Daryl Hatton

Daryl Hatton

CEO, Sponsifi & FundRazr
Daryl Hatton, CEO of award winning international crowdfunding company FundRazr and of the innovative sponsored crowdfunding company Sponsifi has founded multiple start-ups and helped bring one to a successful NASDAQ IPO in 1999. He actively serves as board member or advisor to handfuls of other hot companies in Canada. In addition, he is a Director and Crowdfunding Ambassador for the National Crowdfunding Association of... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

2:00pm

Workshop: Exponential Influence: Crowdbuilding Through Thought Leadership

With Shane Gibson, Author & Professional Speaker

Building a strong, loyal community and crowd is a core priority for anyone wanting to multiply their sales, innovation or funding efforts. We all know it takes a lot more than a few tweets, or posts to get noticed and make a meaningful connection. We need to build a magnetic brand that harnesses the power of the crowd and drives business opportunities to us. 

In this session Shane Gibson will walk attendees through the process of building a large loyal following by establishing themselves as credible thought leaders and magnetic brands.

Some of the topic areas covered will be:

  • The 3 vital components to establishing yourself as Thought Leader that inspires action.
  • How to build an online tribe of influencers that multiplies your marketing efforts
  • Why your off-line presence still matters
  • Content curation secrets, apps and strategies to expand your influence

Speakers
avatar for Shane Gibson

Shane Gibson

Author - Keynote Sales Speaker, Shane Gibson Inc. / SalesAcademy.ca
Shane Gibson is an international speaker, sales trainer, and author on social media marketing, social selling and sales performance. He has spoken to over 100,000 people on stages in North America, Southern Africa, India, Dubai, Malaysia and South America. Shane Gibson is #5 on the Forbes.com list of the Top 30 Social Sales People in the World. Shane’s books include Sociable! How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down... Read More →



Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Gallery 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

2:00pm

Panel: Cross-border and International Crowdfinance: Raising Capital in the United States
Learn about capital raising opportunities for Canadian issuers in US Markets:
  • What are the differences with raising capital in Canada?
  • CrowdFinancing Options for Canadian companies – Regulation A/+, Title III
  • Crowdfunding Portals Expand to the US under the JOBS Act
  • Funding Portal vs. Funding Platform
  • Liquidity and compliance - OTC Listing & Secondary Markets

Moderators
avatar for Alixe Cormick

Alixe Cormick

President, Venture Law Corporation
Securities Lawyer and Advisor, Founder of Venture Law Corporation who works with privately-held and public companies, mergers and acquisitions, private placement investments, financial transactions, reverse mergers, initial public offerings and licensing matters, as well as general corporate matters.

Speakers
avatar for Dylan Connelly, Principal, CPA, CA

Dylan Connelly, Principal, CPA, CA

Principal, Davidson & Company LLP
Dylan graduated from UBC and started with Davidson & Company LLP in 2009 and successfully completed the UFE in 2011 to obtain his C.A. designation. Dylan focuses on auditing public and private companies in the junior mining, technology, and manufacturing industries in Canada and internationally. In his leisure time, Dylan sits on the board of a local arts society, plays hockey and enjoys getting outdoors hiking, climbing and surfing.
avatar for George S. Georgiades, Esq.

George S. Georgiades, Esq.

President, Georgiades & Associates (AltFinEsq)
George S. Georgiades is an experienced securities lawyer and founder of Georgiades & Associates (www.AltFinEsq.com), a boutique securities law firm based in New York City focusing its practice on alternative finance transactions such as Crowdfunding, Regulation A+ and other technology driven online financings. We routinely advise startups, investment advisors, funding platforms and broker-dealers in the United States and abroad on private and... Read More →
avatar for Bob Poole, Principal, CPA, CGA

Bob Poole, Principal, CPA, CGA

Principal, Davidson & Company LLP
Bob has been involved with the audits of public and private companies for more than thirty years and has extensive experience with companies operating in various countries around the world. He obtained his C.G.A. degree in 1984, and has been with Davidson & Company LLP for almost 20 years. Bob exemplifies Davidson & Company’s core values of client care and service, always putting the client’s needs and visions first. In his... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

2:00pm

Live Pitching 2 - Session Lead: Wavefront
SESSION LEAD:  Wavefront

3 select finalists from VanFUNDING 2016 pitching showcase:  POST-REVENUE

Pitching companie:
  • Chatter High
  • Pitch Planet
  • Keela


Moderators
avatar for Judge: Bill McGraw

Judge: Bill McGraw

Executive in Residence, Wavefront
Bill has spent his career working primarily in the technology sector specializing in wireless and mobile startups. He has worked for both large and small firms, started several businesses and executed plans for sales, marketing, product and service offering development, client management, pricing models, operational execution and financials. He has hired, developed and managed both staff and consultants by providing the processes and... Read More →
avatar for Session Lead: Murray McKercher

Session Lead: Murray McKercher

Live Pitching 2: Session Lead, Wavefront
Murray McKercher is a Connector, Entrepreneur / Intrapreneur with deep experience in the digital telecommunications ecosystem. Murray is an active advisor and investor in innovative start-ups, connecting entrepreneurs with the resources and networks required to progress their ventures. With a history in the Canadian and Australian Telecommunications industry Murray has leveraged his 33 year interest in the Internet with a passion for mobile... Read More →

Pitching
avatar for ChatterHigh Communications

ChatterHigh Communications

ChatterHigh
Gamified Interface Connecting Students With Post-Secondary & Career Options
avatar for HitchPlanet

HitchPlanet

HitchPlanet aims to democratize travel between cities by using technology to help people share rides in cars, creating a more social, affordable and sustainable intercity transport system for all.
avatar for Keela

Keela

Keela provides simple tools that help small and medium nonprofits increase funding and decrease administrative costs. Our platform helps organizations manage donations, projects, campaigns and contacts.


Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Lounge 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

2:45pm

Afternoon Networking Break
Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

3:00pm

Speed Mentoring: Access to Mentors and Industry Experts
Speed Mentoring:  Experts at various tables.  Here's your opportunity to connect with industry expert practioners (while you stretch your legs!)

- Fintech (Alexander Peh)
- Sales and Marketing (Shane Gibson)
- US Crowdfinance (George G.)
- Legal (Michael Stephens)
- Blockchain (Bernd Petak)
- Equity crowdfunding (Alixe Cormick)
- Accounting (Bob Poole)
- Media/PR (Corey Herscu)

Speakers
avatar for Alixe Cormick

Alixe Cormick

President, Venture Law Corporation
Securities Lawyer and Advisor, Founder of Venture Law Corporation who works with privately-held and public companies, mergers and acquisitions, private placement investments, financial transactions, reverse mergers, initial public offerings and licensing matters, as well as general corporate matters.
avatar for George S. Georgiades, Esq.

George S. Georgiades, Esq.

President, Georgiades & Associates (AltFinEsq)
George S. Georgiades is an experienced securities lawyer and founder of Georgiades & Associates (www.AltFinEsq.com), a boutique securities law firm based in New York City focusing its practice on alternative finance transactions such as Crowdfunding, Regulation A+ and other technology driven online financings. We routinely advise startups, investment advisors, funding platforms and broker-dealers in the United States and abroad on private and... Read More →
avatar for Shane Gibson

Shane Gibson

Author - Keynote Sales Speaker, Shane Gibson Inc. / SalesAcademy.ca
Shane Gibson is an international speaker, sales trainer, and author on social media marketing, social selling and sales performance. He has spoken to over 100,000 people on stages in North America, Southern Africa, India, Dubai, Malaysia and South America. Shane Gibson is #5 on the Forbes.com list of the Top 30 Social Sales People in the World. Shane’s books include Sociable! How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down... Read More →
avatar for Corey Herscu

Corey Herscu

President, Herscu & Goldsilver
Corey Herscu has emerged as a leading name in tech-focused public relations alongside his agency Herscu & Goldsilver. Having spearheaded successful campaigns for household names like Indigo and FourSeasons hotels, as well as raising over 2.5 million US to date as a preferred partner with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, Corey understands a good story angle, and leverages his unparalleled connections to garner hundreds of... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Peh

Alexander Peh

Head of Market Development & Mobile, PayPal Canada
As head of Market Development and Mobile for PayPal Canada, Alexander is responsible for working with Canadian businesses, partners and start-ups to enable compelling mobile and online payment experiences.  Before PayPal, Alexander was a senior strategy consultant based in London, U.K where he advised brands like Domino’s, Audi, Microsoft and Vodafone Group on mobile and emerging technologies. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur... Read More →
avatar for Bernd Petak

Bernd Petak

COO/Co-founder, Finstripe
Bernd Petak is an entrepreneur, advisor, mentor, corporate director and investment professional to early and mid-stage internet-driven technology companies and their investors. Bernd is a former Deloitte partner, due diligence officer, investor and two-time startup founder. He is co-founder and COO of Finstripe, a network for global enterprise-level financing professionals and sits on the board of directors for Screenscape, a leading provider... Read More →
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Bob Poole, Principal, CPA, CGA

Principal, Davidson & Company LLP
Bob has been involved with the audits of public and private companies for more than thirty years and has extensive experience with companies operating in various countries around the world. He obtained his C.G.A. degree in 1984, and has been with Davidson & Company LLP for almost 20 years. Bob exemplifies Davidson & Company’s core values of client care and service, always putting the client’s needs and visions first. In his... Read More →
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Michael Stephens

Partner, Fasken Martineau
Mike is a partner in Fasken Martineau's Securities & Technology group. | | A proven leader in the BC technology ecosystem and a dedicated advocate for his clients, Mike represents companies in all stages of their development, with a particular focus on early-stage entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging growth companies. Mike also counsels founders, executives and company boards on a wide range of issues, including corporate... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

3:00pm

Workshop Presesented by the BCSC: The Mechanics of Securities Crowdfunding (What you need to know)
Speakers
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Elliott Mak

Senior Legal Counsel, British Columbia Securities Commission
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Denis Silva

Lawyer, Gowlings
Denis is a lawyer at Gowlings' Vancouver office with expertise in corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions. I have particular experience advising clients in mining, technology and financial sectors on a full range of business law matters, including: | •Mergers and acquisitions | •Debt and equity financings | •Corporate reorganizations | •Exchange listings... Read More →
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Graham Stanley

General Manager, Community Futures Stuart Nechako
Graham has been the General Manager of Community Futures Stuart Nechako located in Vanderhoof, BC. Graham has an extensive background in Banking and Finance as well as experience in small business. Community Futures is a national economic development organization mandated to provide loans and business counselling to rural Canada. Community Futures Stuart Nechako operates a crowdfunding platform “investlocalbc.ca” created to... Read More →


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Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Gallery 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

3:00pm

Live Pitching 3 - Session Lead: CrowdfundSuite
Session Lead:  TBD

3 select finalists from VanFUNDING 2016 pitching showcase:  POST-REVENUE
  • Glance
  • Starling Minds
  • My Mode

Pitching
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Glance Pay

Mobile Payments at a Glance.
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Mode Management

Mode is an innovative technology for fashion scouts, and enables talent to be booked for real work by some of the most elite agencies in the industry. #modemakesithappen
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Starling

Starling Mind’s potent SaaS mental health program prevents/reduces employee anxiety and depression while driving up job productivity.


Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Lounge 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

3:30pm

Pitch & Meet: 3 x Industry Pitches and Opportunities
VanFUNDING 2016 Pitch & Meet Companies
Pitch & Meet companies are actively growing their venture and looking to expand operations through strategic partnerships, investment commitments and will be pitching live on stage at VanFUNDING 2016. If you like what you hear, visit these companies in the Imperial Mezzanine to connect with them and discuss participation opportunities that won't be around for long.

Three (3) Pitch & Meet companies:

  • FrontFundr
  • Quidni Estate Winery
  • FundingNomad

Speakers
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Jill Earthy

Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader with a passion for growing the Canadian ecosystem of entrepreneurs and investors. Now as Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform, she bridges the gap between these groups by helping companies to access capital in an open and efficient way, and connecting with a broad range of investors. As a community leader and active mentor, Jill serves on the Board of Governors for... Read More →
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Marty Gunderson

Founder, Quidni Estate Winery
Mr. Gunderson has been in the financial services industry for 17 years, and has successful facilitated numerous of large financings in real estate, oil / gas service companies, apartment buildings, and mining He has built a robust network of exempt market dealers, representatives and professional services in the exempt market. | | His extensive experience in the exempt market has lead to a number of leadership roles in sales and... Read More →
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Brad Kerr

CEO & Co-Founder, FundingNomad
Brad is the CEO and Co-Founder of FundingNomad – an equity-based crowdfunding platform for the best entertainment investment opportunities for accredited and retail investors. FundingNomad is focused on entertainment deals that include stage shows, musicals, film/movie productions, direct-to-digital media, interactive exhibits, recreation/leisure projects, and hospitality/resort real estate developments. Investors from Canada, the USA... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

3:45pm

Workshop: How to Ensure Your Pitch Emails are Always Read: Getting the Media's Attention

How to get the Media's Attention

Figuring out who the right journalist is for your product pitch is a daunting task in its own right, but how do you ensure when you DO finally find the right person, that they actually read your email? This workshop is aimed at teaching you how to get your pitch seen and story subsequently covered.


Speakers
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Corey Herscu

President, Herscu & Goldsilver
Corey Herscu has emerged as a leading name in tech-focused public relations alongside his agency Herscu & Goldsilver. Having spearheaded successful campaigns for household names like Indigo and FourSeasons hotels, as well as raising over 2.5 million US to date as a preferred partner with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, Corey understands a good story angle, and leverages his unparalleled connections to garner hundreds of... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Gallery 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

3:45pm

Panel: FinTech meets CRE - How Tech is Changing Capital Formation in Commercial Real Estate
Moderators
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Amar Nijjar

President & CEO, R2Crowd
Amar is the Founder of Real Crowd Capital. He is responsible for strategic direction, business development, operations, and sits on R2CROWD’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Amar has funded over $5 billion and underwritten over $20 billion of real estate during his career. Amar is also a Senior Vice President at JLL (formerly Jones Lang LaSalle), where he leads the Debt Capital Markets group. Amar is licensed to trade in... Read More →

Speakers
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Thomas Beyer

Founder, Prestigious Properties
Thomas Beyer started investing in income producing real estate in earnest in 1997 with a single 1BR condo in Calgary, after a ten year “gee I should do s.th. in real estate” thought and planning process while being a software consultant and project manager with IBM and later an IBM Business Partner. He founded Prestigious Properties in the year 2000 to focus on multi-family apartment buildings initially, and later also on mobile... Read More →
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Diane Delves

President and CEO, Quantum Properties
Diane Delves is the owner, President and CEO of Quantum Properties, an Abbotsford | based developer of multifamily and commercial buildings. | | Founded in 2000, the Quantum Properties Group of Companies includes Quantum | Properties Construction and Quantum Realty which enables the firm to handle all | aspects of the development, construction, marketing and property management of the | Quantum Group’s projects. | | Diane has over 30... Read More →
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Nadja Gehriger

Vice President, SwissReal Group
Nadja grew up in a real estate environment with the family business, SwissReal, founded over 30 years ago. After graduating from UBC (BCom/Finance) she moved to Zurich and started in equity capital markets with Credit Suisse for 3 years, before moving to London for over 10 years working in investment banking at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and subsequently as one of the co-founders of the European office of Qatalyst, a boutique investment bank... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

3:45pm

Panel: Myths Dispelled: Equity Crowdfinance for Success

Panel discussion of industry experts and practitioners:

  • Is crowdfinance right for my venture?  Pros/cons and considerations
  • Myths dispelled
  • Startup Funding portals vs Exempt market dealers
  • Key steps (eg., costs, valuation, prep, funding targets)
  • Legal and accounting considerations (eg., dealing with large number of shareholders, taxes)
  • Listing and Distribution

Moderators
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Session Lead: Bret Conkin

Founder & CEO, Crowdfund Suite
Bret is Chief Evangelist of Crowdfund Suite, a Consultancy for Alternative Finance Services. Crowdfundsuite helps platforms, funders, broker/dealers, real estate developers, service providers and entrepreneurs profit from the Crowd Economy via strategy, platform development, partnerships, capital raising, marketing and distribution. A visionary in alternative funding, Bret has helped raised over $40M for clients, started Canada’s first... Read More →

Speakers
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Geoff Dittrich

Business Lawyer, Segev LLP
Geoff Dittrich is a business lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) who works predominantly with growth-stage technology companies. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate commercial matters. He has acted for entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture-backed technology companies, from start-up to exit.
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Ryan Johnson

Associate, OurCrowd
Ryan is a startup geek and joined OurCrowd in 2015 to help bring its unique investing model to investors in the US and around the world. As an Investment Manager, Ryan works to source both investors and deal flow for OurCrowd’s platform as he eva ng elizes the “crowd building” aspect of the firm’s work. Prior to OurCrowd, Ryan gained experience in a wide range of financial services including... Read More →
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David Sawyer

President, ConsiderFunding
Born in Nova Scotia and raised in British Columbia, David resides in Victoria, BC. From coast, to  coast, to coast, David brings a background of experience and over 30 years in the financial ... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Lounge 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

3:45pm

Pitch & Meet: 1-on-1 Meetings
Head up to the Mezannine to Meet these Industry Pitch & Meet Companies

Pitch & Meet companies are actively growing their venture and looking to expand operations through strategic partnerships, investment commitments and will be pitching live on stage at VanFUNDING 2016. If you like what you hear, visit these companies in the Imperial Mezzanine to connect with them and discuss participation opportunities that won't be around for long.

Three (3) Pitch & Meet companies:

  • FrontFundr
  • Quidni Estate Winery
  • FundingNomad

Speakers
avatar for Jill Earthy

Jill Earthy

Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader with a passion for growing the Canadian ecosystem of entrepreneurs and investors. Now as Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform, she bridges the gap between these groups by helping companies to access capital in an open and efficient way, and connecting with a broad range of investors. As a community leader and active mentor, Jill serves on the Board of Governors for... Read More →
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Marty Gunderson

Founder, Quidni Estate Winery
Mr. Gunderson has been in the financial services industry for 17 years, and has successful facilitated numerous of large financings in real estate, oil / gas service companies, apartment buildings, and mining He has built a robust network of exempt market dealers, representatives and professional services in the exempt market. | | His extensive experience in the exempt market has lead to a number of leadership roles in sales and... Read More →
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Brad Kerr

CEO & Co-Founder, FundingNomad
Brad is the CEO and Co-Founder of FundingNomad – an equity-based crowdfunding platform for the best entertainment investment opportunities for accredited and retail investors. FundingNomad is focused on entertainment deals that include stage shows, musicals, film/movie productions, direct-to-digital media, interactive exhibits, recreation/leisure projects, and hospitality/resort real estate developments. Investors from Canada, the USA... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:45pm - 4:40pm
Mezzanine 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

4:30pm

Networking Bio Break and Leg Stretch
In the home stretch!  Bio break before getting ready for the CLOSING KEY NOTE of VanFUNDING 2016. 

Cocktails are in sight!

Tuesday October 18, 2016 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

4:50pm

Closing KEYNOTE: IBM Watson and the Cognitive Era
See how Watson and IBM's cognitive solutions are revolutionizing various industries and how it can apply to the emerging fintech and new innovative businesses.

Speakers
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Caroline Ong

Partner, Global Business Services, Analytics and Cognitive Leader, IBM Canada
Carol is the Canadian Big Data & Analytics Leader for IBM Global Business Services.  She leads a team of sales and delivery practitioners in the area of Advanced Analytics, Technology & Data, Finance Risk and Fraud, Reporting, Data Strategy & Governance.  Most recently, she has also been assigned to lead the strategic area of Cognitive Solutions for IBM GBS that includes the Watson delivery team and... Read More →



Tuesday October 18, 2016 4:50pm - 5:15pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

5:15pm

Closing Remarks: VanFUNDING 2016
Tuesday October 18, 2016 5:15pm - 5:25pm
Main Stage 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9

5:20pm

Sponsored by Zyber: Closing Cocktail Reception
Tuesday October 18, 2016 5:20pm - 7:00pm
Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2S9