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Located in Edmonton, Adam is a Managing Director with BDO Canada Transaction Advisory Services focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions. In... Read More
Dave Mason has been in the investment industry for over 30 years. His career began in 1988 as an investment... Read More
Pierre Cléroux was appointed Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC in 2012. Pierre leads a team of experts... Read More
Jeff Aplin is President & CEO of David Aplin Group, a position he has held since 2011. Jeff earned an... Read More
Scott Bodie advises on tax issues relating to corporate reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, public market debt and equity transactions,... 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
Jim Crooks is a Corporate Finance Partner and Managing Director at PwC Canada working in the Vancouver office. Jim has... Read More
Donald Cranston has over 35 years experience as a businessman and co-owner of Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods Inc. In... Read More
David’s aviation career started with commercial flight training in 1983 during which time he joined Viking. David holds various Pilot... Read More
As the CEO and President of Clear North Capital, Cody is extensively involved in creating value for lower mid-market Canadian... Read More
Bill Darling, a native Calgarian, has worked in the oil patch for 41 years. He has started, grown and sold... Read More
Mr. Erasmus is the president of the Werklund Family Office (WFO) and Werklund Ventures Ltd. (WVL). Prior to this role,... Read More
Justin Ferrara’s main practice is in securities law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr. Ferrara has... 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
Lynne Fisher, BA Econ., is the National Team Leader of MNP’s ExitSMART™ service. Located in the firm’s Edmonton office and... Read More
As Executive Director of the Alberta Business Family Institute at the University of Alberta School of Business, Shauna is a... Read More
Jackie has worked exclusively in Mid-Market M&A for the past 20 years. Prior to joining RBC in 2016, Jackie began... Read More
Cheryl Grant, CFA is Director of Transactions at Grant Thornton, one of Canada’s largest mid-market focused M&A advisors. As a... Read More
Bryan Haynes has over 26 years of experience in commercial transactions and business law, with a focus on private mergers... Read More
Axel brings over 20 years of M&A and Corporate Finance experience to Renaissance, serving as an integral member of the... Read More
Matthew Kellow is the Vice President, Growth and Transition Capital at BDC Capital, and is based in the Calgary office. With more than 10 years’ experience as a senior debt, mezzanine and equity provider, Matthew has structured mezzanine investments, equity infusions and helped manage major transactions in fields such as construction, energy, manufacturing and technology.
Allison Maher is the co-founder of Family Wealth Coach Planning Services, based in Calgary, Alberta. Over the past 20... Read More
Tina Di Vito, CPA, CA, CFP, TEP, FEA, is a Partner and National Leader of Family Office Services, part of... Read More
Mr. Vern Malcolm, CFA is a Director of Growth & Transition for BDC Capital where he is responsible for equity... Read More
Paul Anderson is a Calgary entrepreneur. He founded a number of companies included SpeedTheory (bicycle and triathlon retail stores), Ironman... Read More
Jeff joined TriWest Capital Partners at the inception of Fund II in 2003 from Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company Inc.,... Read More
Josh Matthews is a Managing Director with PwC Corporate Finance and leads its Alberta team. He is primarily focused on... Read More
Jonathan Piurko is the Co-Founder and CEO of Monarch Bridge Financial Corp. Mr. Piurko is responsible for all executive functions... Read More
Greg is a Business Law and M&A Partner at McMillan LLP. His practice focuses on complex transactions including international and... Read More
Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant and successful businessman with more than 20 years of experience working with private businesses... 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.
“It may be cliché, but for my entire career ‘the customer experience’ has been my very personal passion, and the... Read More
Wild Rose Holdings is the parent company of two operating entities: Uncommon Wine Rooms a company that specializes in the... Read More
Christoffer Mylde is Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Sproule, a leading global independent energy consulting firm. Chris has over... Read More
When Lorna Johnston leads, transformation follows. For her, business is never just about business – there is always a human... Read More
Katherine Prusinkiewicz is the knowledge lawyer for the Calgary office, working to leverage the practice’s collective wisdom to ensure efficiency... Read More
With 30 years’ experience in the financial industry, George provides mid-market businesses in Alberta and Saskatchewan with tailored subordinated debt,... Read More
Kim G C Moody FCA, TEP, Director, Canadian Tax Advisory is aChartered Accountant, Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner anda tax... Read More
Jeff Polovick is the Founder of TDF Group Inc., which operates DRIVING FORCE, one of Canada’s largest independent vehicle rentals,... Read More
Greg Abtosway is Vice President of Corporate Development at Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. Prior to joining Tundra, Greg was COO at... Read More
Harold Kunik is the President, Director and co-founder of Calgary-based Mosaic Capital Corporation, a publicly traded private equity investment business.... Read More
Larry Benke is currently a Director for WorleyParsons Limited, The Calgary Airport Authority and CEDA International. Prior to his retirement in... Read More
Stuart has close to 25 years of financial advisory and investment experience, led the Calgary Corporate Finance group for an... Read More
As a designated Family Enterprise Advisor, Cindy helps individuals, family enterprises, business owners and family offices navigate the complexities and... Read More
Charles co-founded Kluane Partners in 2014. Prior to starting Kluane Partners, Mr. Bougie served as Senior Principal at Alberta Teachers... Read More
Gordon Cameron is a Partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Business Law Group in Calgary. His practice focuses on corporate finance and... Read More
As team leader, Alf always has his focus on you. It’s your merger, your acquisition and your divestiture—it deserves his... Read More
As Vice President, Business Advisory & Succession Planning, Todd Coleman advises high net worth private business owners in transition with... Read More
Mr. Donald Chapman is President and CEO of Kent Imaging Inc., a privately held medical device company headquartered in Calgary,... Read More
Claude started out in the HVAC business in his teenage years, working with his father at Furnaceman in the Sheet... Read More
Jean-Philippe, LLM, LLB/LLL is a corporate and tax law partner with PwC Law LLP. He regularly provides corporate and tax... Read More
Over the last 10 years Iggy has led the transformation of Tundra into an innovative $140-million industrial equipment integrator with... Read More
Mike Reynolds, CFA, is a Managing Director of MNP Corporate Finance Inc., in MNP’s Calgary office where he advises on... Read More
Douglas Gray is the Founder and President of Graycon I.T. He is a recognized leader in the IT industry and... Read More
Brian Gronberg is the CEO of CanaDream, a Canadian company that was recently acquired for over $35 million. From the... Read More
Prior to joining SCF, Chad was the Founder and Managing Director of Resource Merchant Capital, a boutique merchant bank focused... Read More
Jamie is a Partner in Deloitte’s M&A Advisory group who leads the M&A transaction services practice in Alberta. Jamie has... Read More
With more than 30 years of hands-on experience in the glazing industry, Cathie Saroka has extensive experience in products, operations... Read More
Andrew is the Director & District Manager for Roynat Capital in Southern Alberta and has more than 25 years’ experience... Read More
Aroon Sequeira is the founder and Chairman of Sequeira Partners, one of Western Canada’s leading M&A and Valuation Advisory firms... Read More
Being part of a family business that spans four generations, Kathy offers a wealth of personal insights on the importance of transitional roles for each generation. Her first-hand experience with evolving responsibilities... Read More
Robert is the National Leader of Corporate Finance, the Global Co-Leader of Debt & Capital Advisory and is also on... Read More
Teresa Melton started out her career as a Registered Dietitian, working in Health Care for 10 years, before making the... Read More
Matt is the Chief Canadian Equity and Structured Note Strategist for RBC Capital Markets. Prior to this, Matt ran the... Read More
Jon Spencer joined TriWest in 2007 and is a Principal in the investment group. Prior to joining TriWest, Jon worked... Read More
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Chris is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a B.A. in Kinesiology and Marketing. Mr. Buckman was most... Read More
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Terry Stephenson founded and became President and CEO of Vertex, a leading North American provider of environmental services, in 2005.... Read More
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Alex leads the Transaction Services team in Calgary. Alex has specialized in transaction services-related work for over 15 years, assisting... Read More
Warren is RayQuest Holdings’ president and CEO. His involvement is to lead strategic planning and marketing efforts, as well as... Read More
Joined Peters & Co. Limited in January 2009. Jeff is a Principal & Director* in the Corporate Finance group, and... Read More
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Janie splits her practice between Calgary and Vancouver, and leads McMillan LLP’s Financial Services Group in Calgary. Janie acts for... Read More
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*The conference has been approved for the following continuing education credits:
Introduction by Kristi Miller, Founder and National Managing Director, First West Capital
The decisions you make today will ultimately impact your business in the future. What are the current economic conditions and market trends that business owners need to consider when thinking about your business? How might these trends impact your business? This session will provide insights into both a macro view of the economy, as well as provide insights on regional and industry sector differences. You will also get an understanding of the current M&A environment and factors which might impact it in the future.
Whether the sale of your business is on the horizon or many years away, most experts agree that it can take years to optimally structure a company to increase the probability of a successful sale. Who’s to know if and when there may come a knock on your door? What exactly should you be doing now in order to get your business ready?
This session will provide you with an understanding of the extensiveness of the process and how much advanced planning is required so that you can build your own roadmap with exactly what you need for a successful transition.
What do buyers look for when assessing a potential acquisition? Growth prospects, financial health, management team and strategic fit are just a few of the considerations.
In this panel strategic buyers and private equity purchasers will discuss the metrics that matter most to them, lessons they have learned along the way and what to consider if you are just looking for liquidity options (ie, you just want to take some cash off the table).
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. Through an interactive discussion you’ll learn:
In order to attract a wide range of financial and/or strategic buyers, you must identify the areas of risk within your business well in advance. Potential buyers and their advisors will be on the lookout for red flags and trouble spots once an offer is on the table; this is your chance to learn about “deal breakers” that work within your business so that you and your advisors can prepare. Common challenges that will be discussed include:
Family businesses are unique in that transitioning them to the next generation is a complex, often deeply emotional, endeavour. How do you prepare for a generational business that is resilient, while keeping the legacy you have built intact. Building capacity in the next generation needs to begin early on, and you may also need to consider outside, non-family executives.
In this session presenters will share their unique tools and perspectives so that you can successfully plan for your own family business transition.
Bring your burning transition questions to our group of experts. This is your opportunity to meet and obtain advice from Canada’s leading and most reputable experts on the subject of transition-strategy.
In this Fireside Chat, you will hear the stories from a business owner who has gone through a transition of their business and now has the opportunity to reflect on the deal. How has the transition affected their personal and professional life? What would they change if they were to do it all again? Would they negotiate differently, work with different strategic advisors or would they second guess their decision to exit?
A management buyout can be an excellent succession strategy and an opportunity for senior managers to become owners. When considering a Management Buyout (MBO), how do you equip your management team to become a credible bidder for the business? How is your leadership team positioned to perform? Have you effectively replaced yourself with the right skill sets and integrated your best people into the company’s operations, so they are prepared to become owners? Is the team aware of the risks and opportunities involved?
This session will cover:
When you sell or transition your business you may face a significant tax bill. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself with less than half of the purchase price in your pocket. Fortunately, with the right preparation and enough time to implement, there are a number of opportunities to limit or even eliminate tax.
This session will look at real-world examples:
Putting an emphasis on systematically growing your business could be your trojan horse to attracting the right type of buyer for your business. Increasing revenues, market share or scaling operations will help make your business that much more attractive to potential acquirers.
This session will explore the necessary steps to maximizing business value before you engage the sales process including strategies, tactics, and metrics you can put to work right away that will have both immediate impact as well as set your company up for greater future success.
Do you really know what your business is worth? Most business owners don’t get nearly what they should because they weren’t prepared, and this can gravely affect the value of your company. As a business owner, it’s imperative to focus on the specific areas of your business that drive value, even if you have no immediate intention of selling. Furthermore, a successful sale for your shareholders can be very different from what you, the business owner, defines as a success. From the get-go you should understand the levers you need to “push or pull” in order to optimize the results you are looking for.
This session will explore key value drivers that require immediate attention in order to maximize the saleability of your business.
Hear from a panel of business owners who have gone through transition with their business and now have the opportunity to reflect on the process in the rear view mirror. This panel will share insights on what they wish they had known at the beginning of their transition journey and their key learnings for their next endeavours. What would they change, if anything, if they were to do it all again? These business owners will help build and broaden your frame of reference by sharing their own war stories and tales from the trenches.
Bring your burning transition questions to our group of experts. This is your opportunity to meet and obtain advice from Canada’s leading and most reputable experts on the subject of transition-strategy.
A not-to-be-missed educational workshop for business owners who are serious about maximizing the proceeds of an eventual sale.
In this two-part, half-day workshop we’ll take a deep dive into operational and financial engineering that can take years to execute – guaranteed to increase the value of your business and improve the probability of finding buyers when the time is right. We’ll show you which areas of your business buyers value most (and why), and explain how to manage personal and corporate risk.