This is the Program Archive for the Edmonton Business Transitions Forum.
Julie Afanasiff’s experience in corporate finance, accounting and transaction engagements spans over 14 years. In that time, Julie has led... 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
Jesse Douglas is the founder, director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wolverine Energy and Infrastructure. Wolverine has grown quickly... Read More
Erick is the CFO of Leder Holdings Ltd., an Alberta based private holding company and family office with investments in real estate, steel fabrication, hospitality, energy production, and public/private equities. His primary responsibilities include investment management, strategic capital allocation, and the oversight/governance of operating companies. Since August 2019, Erick has also served as Interim President focused on leading specific operating company initiatives & developing the leadership capabilities of our family executives as part of the succession plan.
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
Ilan Jacobson is responsible for leading FirePower Capital in all its endeavours, setting its strategic direction and providing top-level guidance... Read More
Pierre Cléroux was appointed Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC in 2012. Pierre leads a team of experts... Read More
Located in Edmonton, Adam is a Managing Director with BDO Canada Transaction Advisory Services focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions. In... Read More
Tabreez Lila is Managing Director, Growth & Transition Capital in our Edmonton office. Tabreez has worked in the investment and... Read More
Dave Mason has been in the investment industry for over 30 years. His career began in 1988 as an investment... Read More
“It may be cliché, but for my entire career ‘the customer experience’ has been my very personal passion, and the... Read More
As Managing Director of Dynamic Legacy Inc, Ms. Fulford provides independent and objective advisory services for Family Offices [Single, Multi... Read More
Andrew has worked for over a decade providing corporate finance counsel, expertise and advice to mid-market private and public companies.... Read More
Axel brings over 20 years of M&A and Corporate Finance experience to Renaissance, serving as an integral member of the Mergers and Acquisitions division. With a career focused on serving small to mid-sized BC companies across a wide range of industries, Axel is routinely sought out by entrepreneurs seeking to successfully transition their businesses.
Francesca Donati is a Director in the Corporate Finance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers, based in the Edmonton office. Francesca has extensive... 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.
Josh is Vice President at Spruceland Millworks and was a shareholder when Spruceland sold to Millar Western Forest Products in... Read More
Guiding his senior management team, Ron Brown provides leadership and strategic direction for Shippers Supply ULC. Ron founded Shippers Supply in 1975... Read More
As a Vice President with Sequeira Partners’ Edmonton office, Scott brings nearly 10 years of accounting and finance experience and... 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
Logan Day is a Partner in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services practice in Edmonton. He has over 17 years of experience... Read More
Josh Matthews is a Managing Director with PwC Corporate Finance and leads its Alberta team. He is primarily focused on... Read More
Sarah Gingrich practices corporate/commercial law with a focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border and private equity transactions. Acting for... Read More
Mario Nigro is a partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott and a member of the firm’s M&A/Private Equity... Read More
John Carvalho is the President of Stone Oak Capital Inc,. a mid-market M&A advisory firm. John has spent his entire... 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
David has been leading investors and clients through mergers & acquisitions, debt & equity financings and general financial advisory for... 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.
Chris Wolfenberg practises business law, focusing on public and private corporate and securities transactions in energy, mining and technology. He... Read More
Carmen is a Senior Wealth Advisor with BDO Wealth Advisory Services Group servicing clients in Alberta. She has over 17... Read More
Heather is a member of Dentons Canada LLP’s Technology and Corporate Commercial Groups. Heather has experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating... Read More
Douglas is an Partner in Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Advisory group. He specializes in the delivery of strategic advice to clients... Read More
Vince’s focus is on creating value and providing guidance to business owners looking to sell, raise capital, acquire or merge. His... Read More
Bernie Moore was the President and CEO of Edmonton-based CCI Thermal Technologies Inc. when it was sold to Thermon, Inc.... Read More
Richard is a serial entrepreneur having started and successfully exited from a number of companies in the technology and environment... Read More
Dan Duffy started Trans Tech Contracting Inc. with three partners and one heavy haul trailer back in 1996. With the... Read More
Perry Feldman practices corporate/commercial law in Calgary with a focus on M&A, corporate finance and securities regulation. Bringing a wide... 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
I am the managing director of Transactions for Northern Alberta with over 10 years’ experience in corporate finance and financial... Read More
Jeremy has been a partner with Felesky Flynn LLP since 2012 and is currently managing partner for Edmonton and Saskatoon.... Read More
At ATB, Todd spends the bulk of his time sharing the story of Alberta’s economy in clear-eyed and energetic talks... Read More
Mr. Howie is President and CEO of Coast Appliances Inc., a leading independent supplier of major household appliances with operations... Read More
Glenn Huber is Founder and Managing Partner of Chrysalis Acquisition Partners Inc. and President of Chrysalis Capital Advisors Inc. Since... Read More
Jeff is a partner in our advisory services practice based in Toronto specializing in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions... Read More
In the last 20 years of Harry’s 37 year working career as well as running operations, he has been involved... Read More
Doug Kinsella, a Canadian national, began his career with Baker Hughes in 1995 after graduating with a technical degree of... Read More
Tim practices in all areas of taxation law with an emphasis on estate/succession planning, corporate and personal tax planning and... Read More
Ian Reynolds specializes in private equity, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions with a focus on private capital markets. Ian... Read More
Ryan has over 10 years’ experience in financial services, real estate development and acquisitions. As First West Capital’s Regional Director,... Read More
Roberta is the 2nd generation of family running the Filter Shop and took over the reins of President from her... Read More
Ian Meier, CPA, CA, is a Partner in MNP’s Edmonton office. Working closely with his clients, Ian delivers a full... Read More
Randy has worked in the financial and estate planning industry for over three decades. As founder and president of Capital... 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
Originally from Edmonton, Miles earned a BA majoring in Psychology at the University of Alberta. After graduating, he started with... Read More
Its Darryl’s mission to help businesses fulfill their strategic vision. Through innovative junior capital solutions, and a collaborative approach, he... Read More
Sanjaya is a member of EY Law LLP. Sanjaya’s practice covers a wide range of taxation matters, including domestic and... Read More
Edmonton has been home for Erin Rayner nearly all her life; completing all her schooling here including earning a Comprehensive... Read More
“If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at the family business, now is the time” was the phone call... Read More
Andrew has a history of improving financial results through optimizing the collaboration of teams and developing more effective senior leaders;... 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
Jon Spencer joined TriWest in 2007 and is a Principal in the investment group. Prior to joining TriWest, Jon worked... Read More
Terry Stephenson founded and became President and CEO of Vertex, a leading North American provider of environmental services, in 2005.... Read More
*The conference has been approved for the following continuing education credits:
– Alberta lawyers may consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.
– FEA designates may earn 7 hours of CE for the entire conference.
– CPAs may include this content as verifiable CPD credits.
Introduction by Tabreez Lila, Director of Growth and Transition Capital at BDC 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 transition? How will interest rates and/or the Canadian dollar impact deal terms and multiples? This macro view of the economy and the M&A environment will put things into perspective so that you can plan for the biggest transaction of your life.
Performance, leadership and culture are the building blocks of all successful businesses. Understanding how strength in these areas drive the value and potential salability of your business value is critical. As a business owner you need to focus on “growth” in all three areas to ensure you have the right team in place, even if you have no plans to sell.
There are different types of buyers: strategic, private equity, management and family among them. Understanding your potential buyer universe will help clarify your objectives for selling and what you want success to look like. In learning about the different classes of buyers and capitalization options, you will quickly see that it isn’t a one size fits all game. It’s about the best fit for your type and size of business. In this session you will hear from different buyers and what influences their purchasing decisions. This session will help attendees prioritize which of the following breakouts to attend (A1, A2, A3)
There are many reasons involved in looking outside the ranks of your firm or family to find a potential suitor for your business. Depending on the size and type of business that you operate and your own personal circumstances, positioning your company to strategic, financial or other types of buyers including private equity, might be your most lucrative exit strategy. This session will dive into the mechanisms of selling your business to a third party for the best price and terms.
Through an interactive discussion you’ll learn:
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:
If intergenerational transition is right for your business how are you professionalizing a family owned and operated firm? How are you supporting this shift in leadership? How do you put the right governance in place? Professionalizing your family business is perhaps one of the most complicated change-over options emotionally. 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 exit-strategy.
In this fireside chat, you will hear from business owner, Joe Murphy, President of Fireball Equipment, about the critical moments surrounding his company’s succession plan – in the transition of leadership and transition of ownership.
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:
The successful sale of a business involves many moving parts, making it the largest and possibly most complicated transaction of your life. You can’t do this alone, you will need a team of professionals to help you successfully sell your company. The right team will get you the best price, terms and most importantly, ensure that the transaction closes.
After attending this session, you will understand what the ideal exit team looks like and how to select the best advisors for your business. You’ll also learn what your exit team will cost and how they’ll be paid.
Long-term thinking about your business is an enormous endeavor and the process of a sale can throw that thinking into chaos. One of the most important elements that gets lost is what happens after the deal is signed. Having a post-transition plan to help manage the impact this monumental change will have on your family, your emotions and your lifestyle is vital.
This session will provide helpful insights into what internal and external steps you should consider in order to handle the change from wealth creator to wealth manager.
Join Josh Matthews from PwC as he sits down with a business owner to discuss how transactions impact the business owner, executive team and staff.
Hear from a panel of business owners and experts who have gone through transition with their businesses and now have the opportunity to reflect on the process in the rear view mirror. The panel will share insights on what they wish they had known at the beginning of their transition journey and key learnings they have taken into their next endeavours. What would they change if they were to do it all again, if anything? Panelists will help build and broaden your frame of reference by sharing their own war stories and tales from the trenches.