ACG BC Growth Series
Growth in Uncertain Times.
In our continued effort to bring the most relevant topics to our members and the middle market segment of BC’s economy, ACG BC was pleased to announce that the 2020 Middle Market Growth Conference was being revamped as a series of three webinars, together with same day outdoor in person events.
The 2020 BC Middle Market Growth Series was held on September 17th, 24th and October 22nd.
“There has been tremendous changes required due to the COVID pandemic. ACG BC wants to ensure we provide the same value to our members and attendees so we've pivoted to a series of online discussions and more limited outdoor in person events to ensure safety for those interested in attending. We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors who are making the 2020 Growth Series possible!” Arik Broadbent, Co-Chair
"I’m extremely excited that we are able to develop a blended, flexible program this year. A combination of virtual and in-person events for a single conference will be the first for ACG BC and might not be the last. We have lined up great speakers on very relevant topics, including an economic up-date, growth investing during the pandemic, distressed M&A and resilience training. It’s going to be a great event.” Ryan Lang, Co-Chair
What to expect from the ACG BC Growth Series?
In the fall of 2019 we selected a theme focused on uncertainty in the economy and economic markets. While the pandemic has required us to rethink our event, our theme was even more relevant today. We built an agenda to update everyone on the market, the status of private equity, how to build resilience through mindfulness and the opportunities that may be available by pursuing alternative acquisition strategies as our economy settles into the new normal.
How’d the agenda shape up?
Our first series event was our key note featuring Jean-Francois Perrault, Chief Economist at Scotiabank, who provided an update on the economic results of the COVID pandemic. Following Jean-Francois’ discussion, George Rossolatos, Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Business Growth Fund shared his views: on the effects of COVID-19 on the Canadian mid-market, how it has impacted the capital raising process for entrepreneurs, and what Canadians can do to support our entrepreneurs to move past simple survival, and get back to growth.
The second series event, which was put together by our Young ACG members, was focused on increasing performance and reducing stress: mindfulness for the business leader and the organization by Dr. Alex Trisoglio, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at the Sauder School of Business.
The final online event was a panel of insolvency and bankruptcy professionals discussing current topics in insolvency, including an overview of the current landscape, emerging deal structures and trends, and potential opportunities for Canadian investors in industries such as cannabis, retail and others.
Following each event, there were opportunities to connect safely with ACG members outside at the University Golf Club, hiking at Grouse Mountain and cycling through Stanley Park.
Arik Broadbent Ryan Lang
Arik Broadbent is a Senior Associate at Dentons and Lead of Vancouver’s Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies group.
Ryan Lang is a Managing Director at Deloitte Corporate Finance Inc. Based in Vancouver BC, he leads the Western Canada Capital Advisory practice.
ACG British Columbia is proud to have the endorsement and corporate support of the following sponsors.
Their confidence and ongoing financial backing has and continues to propel the credibility of the entire BC business community. In return, the leadership and board of directors of ACG British Columbia work diligently to return value to our sponsors by providing outstanding networking, top branding, and extensive ongoing education opportunities.