June 14, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (NOTE: early start time) | Halton Hive
We’ve invited a panel of experts to help us understand the range of options available to us to help us finance and fund our new and existing businesses. This meetup’s presenting sponsor is BDC. The format is a Q&A style panel and will be moderated by Chris Herbert.
The lineup of panelists include those experienced in: early stage investing, equity crowdfunding, government funding, cashflow financing, venture capital and small and midsize business loans. Two additional panelists are being confirmed so stay tuned!
About the Panelists
Chris Herbert, Co-founder of Silicon Halton and Head Dude at Mi6 Agency (Moderator)
Chris is the cofounder of Silicon Halton and founder and CMO of Mi6 Agency. Mi6 Agency is a B2B technology marketing and customer development firm located in Oakville.
Rubsun Ho, Chief Crowdpleaser, Crowdmatrix Inc.
Rubsun Ho is Chief Crowdpleaser at Crowdmatrix Inc., an equity crowdfunding platform that gives accredited investors the opportunity to invest in leading Canadian growth companies alongside professional venture investors. A portfolio company of Extreme Venture Partners, Crowdmatrix plans to launch in summer 2016.
Prior to Crowdmatrix, Rubsun was 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. Earlier this year, Cognition was sold to Axiom Legal, a global player that is predicted to be the largest legal services company in the world in the next 5 years. Rubsun began his career as a securities lawyer in the Toronto and New York offices of Stikeman Elliott. He left Bay Street to join Wysdom Inc. as VP of Business Development in 1999, where he helped raise US$57 million in financing for the wireless Internet startup. Rubsun has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto.
Tony Gopaul, Director, Growth and Transition Capital, BDC
Tony is a Director, Growth &Transition Capital with BDC Capital, a division of BDC. BDC is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. BDC’s mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect Financing, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
Tony’s specific role in Growth & Transition Capital is to provide highly-tailored capital solutions to companies to help fund ambitious growth projects, acquire companies, or change ownership. Using a mix of subordinate debt, mezzanine, quasi-equity, and equity he can customize a financing package that provides the necessary capital injection while maintaining control and managing cash flow. Industry focus is diverse including technology, manufacturing, services, and many others with deal sizes ranging from $500k - $35M. He has been with BDC since 2000 and in his current position for the past 8+ years.
Richard Kun, Business Development Manager, RDP Associates
Richard has assisted a wide variety of growth-oriented firms that are focused on technology improvements to seize and maximize opportunities that will increase cash and profits.
Core areas of expertise are Innovation Management, New Product Development and Funding from Tax Credits and Various Government Incentives. Richard is a sponsor of a technology accelerator group, angel investor and business consultant to early stage companies
John Breakey, CEO at Fivel Systems & Promys Enterprise
John Breakey is an Angel investor and the CEO of Fivel Systems Corporation and GeNUIT Inc makers of PROMYS PSA software. He was the founder and CEO of UNIS LUMIN from 1990 to 2012 which was acquired by Softchoice for $17M.
Ian Harvey, General Manager HARCAP
Ian is the General Manager of Harcap. HARCAP manages a discretionary investment pool that is designated for promising investments. Target investments are typically some form of debt, equity or hybrid ranging in size from $200,000 to $2,000,000. Investments are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and not necessarily limited by industry or stage of corporate development. However, the company should be beyond the proof of concept stage and preference will be given to companies currently achieving in excess of $500,000 in annual revenue with at least one full year of results and 3rd-party accountant-prepared financial statements.
Peter Waugh, Managing Partner at Mercana Growth Partners
Peter has been advising businesses for over 30 years in the areas of business development, leadership and organizational effectiveness, corporate finance and governance, in a wide range of industries. He is a consummate connector, always looking to match the needs of the business with the right resources to unlock growth potential, usually involving uniquely talented people and specialized forms of financing.
Each panelist will be asked to answer three key questions by the moderator during a five minute window each to kick start the panel and audience interaction. Audience participation is welcomed and encouraged through the presentations and panel discussion!
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