This is the Program Archives for the Atlantic Business Transitions Forum.
Pierre Cléroux was appointed Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC in 2012. Pierre leads a team of experts... Read More
Mr. Dawe is an accomplished entrepreneur, financier and investor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During his career, he has completed... Read More
As a career entrepreneur, Malcolm Fraser is the perfect fit as president and CEO of Innovacorp. In this role, Malcolm... Read More
As Managing Director and Head of Roynat Equity Partners, Mark is responsible for leading all aspects of the investment process,... Read More
Alan Chettiar leads FirePower’s Investment Banking team in all its engagements and sets its strategic direction. As a former Principal... Read More
Paul grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He’s a serial entrepreneur having started up multiple successful companies over a 25-year span. In 1990 at 19 years old, he co-founded Coastal Communications with his father which he sold to Mickey MacDonald in 1996. He then founded marketing firm, Arrivals+Departures (formally “Extreme Group”), one of Canada’s largest independent marketing agencies with offices in Toronto and Halifax.
Christine Bell, CEO Full Throttle Power Sports, has a diverse entrepreneurial background. Her current passion is Power Sports. Full Throttle... Read More
Bob Blunden is the firm’s Principal Consultant. He was Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Family Enterprise at the Rowe... Read More
Ilan Jacobson is responsible for leading FirePower Capital in all its endeavours, setting its strategic direction and providing top-level guidance... Read More
Chris is a lawyer and Partner in the firm’s Halifax office whose practice is focused in the areas of mergers... Read More
As a business advisor for McInnes Cooper, Peter’s work has included development of business priorities, expansion of the firm’s client... Read More
Sarah is a lawyer and partner at McInnes Cooper and has practiced business law since 2001. She routinely advises corporate... Read More
Jim is a partner in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey. An Acadia University (BBA) and Dalhousie University (LLB) graduate,... Read More
David’s career in financial services spans more than 20 years, with 12 of those spent with Roynat Capital. During his... Read More
I am an Advisory Partner and have spent the majority of my career working in the areas of Corporate Finance... Read More
Bruce Hogan sits on the board at Leading Edge Geomatics. Bruce worked as a Geomatics Technician with the Department of... Read More
Chace Hynes, CPA, CA, CBV, is a Director with MNP’s Corporate Finance team in Halifax. Chace helps owner-managers in various... Read More
John Flewelling, P.Eng. is President & CEO of CBCL Limited, a multi-discipline engineering consulting firm offering professional services across Atlantic... Read More
As Principal of the Grant Thornton Atlantic Transactions practice, I provide valuation, merger and acquisition, and debt advisory services to... Read More
Dan Jennings is a Partner in BDO’s Dartmouth office, where he advises small to medium-size enterprises on various accounting, financial... Read More
Suzanne is a Partner in KPMG’s Advisory Services practice in Atlantic Canada. She has over 24 years of professional experience... Read More
Jeff obtained his BBA from UPEI and his MBA from Lancaster University Management School in the United Kingdom. Jeff began... Read More
Don Mills is currently the President of Crane Cove Holdings Limited, his family investment firm, a partner in Cabco, an... Read More
I’m a partner in tax services in Nova Scotia and have specialized in domestic corporate tax consulting and planning for... Read More
Craig Maloney, MBA, CPA, CA, CBV, is a Managing Director with MNP’s Corporate Finance, Valuations and Litigation Support groups. Working... Read More
Michael has been the CEO of HanMac Capital since 2015. HanMac is a family-owned, Halifax-based investment firm that partners with... Read More
Gina McFetridge is President of Archway Insurance. As co-owner of Archway, with her business partner and brother Michael Stack, they... Read More
In 2002, Dallas founded Dallas Mercer Consulting (DMC) offering Disability Management services. As an employer advocate, she added efficiency to... Read More
Marie is the President and CEO of CUA, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest community banking institutions, a position she has... Read More
Jillian Murray is a Partner in the Transactions practice of Grant Thornton in Halifax, N.S. Jillian has spent the majority... Read More
Rob is President of SeaFort Capital, an investment company based in Halifax. Prior to co-founding SeaFort Capital in May 2012,... Read More
Kristi has been providing mid-market businesses with relationship-focused, strategic financing for over twenty years. As National Managing Director, Kristi leads First West Capital across Canada and delivers tailored subordinated-debt, mezzanine and equity financing solutions for growth, acquisitions and transitions. Prior to First West Capital, Kristi spent ten years with Vancity Capital, another B.C.-based subordinated debt fund. She has also worked with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Small Enterprise Equity Fund of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
David has over 12 years of experience in providing term / sub debt and investment banking services to entrepreneurs and... Read More
Darren serves as Chairman and CEO of the Guildfords Group of Companies. He is also Chair and CEO of Nantes... Read More
John Risley is Chairman and CEO of CFFI Ventures Inc., a diversified holding company operating internationally. The company has majority... Read More
Founder of Cresco in 1989, Hossein Mousavi came to Nova Scotia in 1980 from his birthplace Iran to study at... Read More
Daren is a Partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax, NS office whose law practice is focused on tax, estate planning, trusts... Read More
As President, CEO and co-owner of Lindsay Construction, Cory leads his team with a unique combination of analytical business acumen,... Read More
Bob brings an extensive background with varied experience developed from a diverse and successful background in the oil and gas,... Read More
Christine is a partner in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey. She works with her business clients to assist them... Read More
Peter Fahey is President & CEO of PFI International Limited, an investment and consulting company with a focus in heavy... Read More
Kevin Fraser is a Partner in the Transactions practice of Grant Thornton based in Halifax, N.S and plays a significant... Read More
Tom Hickey is a native of Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He earned his degree in civil engineering from... Read More
Dedicated to the success of her clients, Margie’s career focus is on change and transition in organizations, teams and individuals... Read More
A valuations and advisory leader with BDO in Prince Edward Island and Atlantic Canada. I have worked with a diverse... Read More
Paul Ryan is Director, Growth & Transition Capital in BDC’s Halifax office, where he supports clients across Nova Scotia. Paul has... Read More
Zac has more than 12 years of experience in private equity investing, M&A, and corporate finance and strategy. Prior to... Read More
Amanée has been a Realtor since 2010 and obtained her FRI designation from REIC in 2016. She specializes in residential real estate... Read More
Dr. Lesley Steele is a serial entrepreneur in the Veterinary Industry, a disrupter, visionary, quick start, multiplier and still practices... Read More
Matt joined SeaFort Capital as Vice President 2012. SeaFort is a private investment firm based in Halifax that partners with... Read More
Larry’s 25+ years of professional experience covers the full gamut of heavy civil expertise, from hydro-electric and wind energy developments... Read More
David is a partner in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey. David has a broad corporate and securities practice with... Read More
Louie Velocci is the Office Managing Partner for KPMG in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lead Advisory Services Partner for Atlantic Canada and National... Read More
Nikki is the Partner leading the Deals practice for PwC in Atlantic Canada. She leads the Valuations, Modelling and Disputes... Read More
Victoria does not fit the traditional mold of a commercial insurance broker, let alone one who specializes in the construction... Read More
Claude Miron is Vice President, Growth Equity with BDC Capital. In this role, he leads a pan-Canadian team of investment... Read More
George Rossolatos has over 20 years’ experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and leader. At CBGF, he is responsible for the... Read More
Anne Whelan is a Canadian entrepreneur, innovator, community and business leader. As the founder and CEO of the Seafair group, she... Read More
Eric Termuende is the co-founder of NoW Innovations, a bestselling author, and an international speaker. His work has been featured... Read More
As a partner of Toronto law firm Aird & Berlis LLP, with 30+ years’ experience as a lawyer, CPA, CA,... Read More
Sarah Young became a partner in NATIONAL in December 2012 when the Firm acquired a majority interest in MT&L Public Relations, a... Read More
The business decisions you make now during the COVID transition period will ultimately impact your business tomorrow and into the future. This opening session will provide real insights into a macro view of the economy while better understanding the economic impact from this pandemic, how organizations can prepare for the future and how to mitigate risk. This session will also address the expected timeline for different sectors to recover.
Negotiating the sale of your business can vary significantly, not only between bidders but also with any particular potential buyer. The process selected and terms dictated by the seller in a transaction will impact the “price” paid. It is fundamental to understand how the selling process will impact what you receive for your company. The panel will discuss and elaborate on best practices, industry myths and misconceptions, and alternatives for consideration in designing a process to structure your transaction for a fair price.
How has the role of an investment banker, lawyer and accountant changed post COVID? Will your advisory team help you streamline your business prior to selling and ultimately gain a bigger selling price at the finish line? This session will help you better understand the role each advisor plays and where they can make the difference as you look to transition.
How will the new normal post COVID work environment and structure affect how you run your business? This discussion with a small-medium size business owner will look at how business plans and strategies for growth have been impacted since the onset of COVID-19, what challenges and opportunities have presented themselves, and how plans and strategies moving forward have been impacted as a result of COVID-19.
Private Equity, institutional and private money, is currently sitting on $1.2 trillion and looking to invest over the next 6 to 24 months. What is investment looking for today when looking for businesses to acquire and how does this compare to private or institutional investment?
COVID-19 has not just changed the world but also the DNA of our workplace ecosystem in many ways. What are the key steps you need to take to effectively adjust, re-build, and grow your team and business? How open and transparent have you been with your team during the pandemic? This session will address numerous questions that entrepreneurs are asking themselves today and provide practical and proven approaches for how they can be effective leading their teams to renewed success.
While COVID-19 caused a dramatic slowdown to the deal making boom of the last several years as many businesses were forced to put transactions on hold and instead focus on shoring up operations, we expect to see a resurgence in M&A activity as dry-powder from financial sponsors searches for returns and strategic buyers look for opportunities to adapt, take market-share and take advantage of a new perspective on future prospects. How do buyers get comfortable completing deals in a non- face-to-face environment? How is due diligence being conducted? How are deals being financed? What technologies and solutions are being used to overcome logistical obstacles? This panel discussion will consider these questions and more on how to get a deal done during COVID-19.
How has the pandemic affected family business and what strategies has your family initiated to manage the heightened emotional rollercoaster? Family businesses can be challenging to manage at the best of times. Some see these difficult times to make the necessary structural changes to allow the business to prosper for many years to come. This panel will discuss many strategies that should be considered to effectively position your business post COVID.
Hear from a panel of business owners who have experienced COVID -19 but also previous business downturns including GFC and 9/11. The group will share real life experiences from the trenches and how they navigated through different market downturns. The panel will also share the personal side of how they managed themselves through COVID-19.