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Member ~ $450 plus GST

Non Member ~ $500 plus GST

Growth Conference Program /  The 411

Monday, April 9, 2018

6:00pm - 9:00pm
President's Reception - Sponsored by Blakes
Hapa Izakaya
909 W Cordova Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2G8

Start your networking on the eve of the BC Middle Market Growth Conference at the Annual President’s Reception sponsored by Blakes. Join the ACG British Columbia Board of Directors along with many of the event speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for an exceptional evening. Enjoy excellent food and great company all while listening to amazing music while you network. This premier event is not to be missed!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

7:00am - 8:00am 
Registration Opens (Waterfront Foyer)
Networking Breakfast (Waterfront Ballroom)
Lanyards Sponsored by Mogan Daniels Slager LLP

8:00am - 9:15am
Conference Opening (Waterfront Ballroom)
ACG BC Middle Market Growth Conference Event Sponsor: Nicola Wealth Management
Topic - Investing in the Age of Disruption – Opening Panel Presentation

Client demands are changing fast. In the quest for better returns, today’s mainstream institutional and high-net-worth clients are interested in exploring the alternative marketplace through hedge funds and private equity. On the other side of the business, asset managers are being forced to reassess virtually every aspect of their business, from fees and operating models to diversifying the products in their portfolios. Expanded offerings include a wider asset class – ETFs, long/short strategies and private equity.

Investing in an age of disruption requires unprecedented flexibility; being nimble enough to capitalize on opportunity as the landscape shifts. To achieve this, firms are relying on emerging technology to allow them to pivot and adapt quickly. They’re finding effective ways to apply big data analytics and artificial intelligence to stay ahead of the curve and generate returns.


  • David Sung, President, Nicola Wealth Management


  • Dave Barr, President & CEO, Pender
  • Chad Danard, Managing Director, TriWest Capital Partners
  • Francis D’Andrade, Vice President, Client Services & Associate Portfolio Manager, Forstrong

9:15am - 10:00am
Marketplace & Networking
(Waterfront Foyer)

Marketplace Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Specialty Coffee Bar Sponsored by TriWest Capital Partners

10:00am - 10:50am
Morning Breakout Panel A
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Topic - Autonomous Electric Vehicles and their Disruptive Impact on the BC Economy

There are a number of disruptive technologies changing our current patterns of behaviour, but autonomous vehicles have the potential for a larger ripple effect, disrupting many other industries along the way. The reality of driverless cars on our roads is closer than ever. It’s a topic full of potential, but not one without controversy. While many hail the potential safety improvements and environmental efficiencies, others have raised concerns about potential job losses and an industry operating without human judgement. The question is: are we ready?


  • Kirk LaPointe, Editor In Chief, Business In Vancouver


  • Alan Hart, Founder and CEO, VIA Architecture
  • Bruce Sharpe, President, Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association
  • Donald Wong, Founder and CEO of Moovee Innovations Inc.
  • Keane Gruending, Communications Manager, Renewable Cities Program at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

10:00am - 10:50am
Morning Breakout Panel B
(Malaspina Room)
Topic - Innovation and Disruption in the World of Transactions

Disruption hasn’t spared the advisory space. Today’s advisors are tasked with guiding a new type of client armed with tools and technology that are putting them much more in tune with the business. Join our cross-section of experts from the advisory landscape – Angus Reid from Reliance Insurance, David Merner from the Ministry of Attorney General and Brian Gilbreath from Merrill – as we re-examine the rapidly-changing role of an advisor and the major industry trends unfolding. The discussion will be moderated by Leo Wilson, Senior Vice President, KPMG Corporate Finance Inc.


  • Leo Wilson, Senior Vice President, KPMG Corporate Finance Inc.


  • Brian Gilbreath, VP of Sales, Merrill Corp
  • Angus Reid, Commercial Risk Advisor, Reliance Insurance
  • David Merner, Executive Director, Dispute Resolution Office at BC Ministry of Attorney General

11:00am - 11:45am
Morning Plenary Panel
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Topic - A New Landscape for Financing Growth - Innovation and Disruption in Capital Providers

The ways in which middle market businesses access capital for growth and for acquisitions are going through significant changes. No longer dominated by senior lenders and mezzanine financing, today’s industry has welcomed new capital providers on scene, offering innovative products that include royalty funds, dividend funds and patient private equity. These offerings are driving new possibilities for growth and exit and, combined with the arrival of disruptive technologies like blockchain, the entire capital raising process could shift dramatically.

This session will be a valuable learning opportunity for business owners and transaction professionals alike. The discussion will be moderated by leading M&A legal counsel, Peter Mogan, and includes a panel of market-leading capital disruptors.


  • Peter Mogan, Partner, Mogan Daniels Slager LLP


  • Gregg Delcourt, Senior Vice President, Small Cap Investments, Alaris Royalty Corp.
  • Sean Morrison, President & CEO, Diversified Royalty Corp
  • Stephen Reid, President & CEO, Founders Advantage Capital
  • Cooper Seeman, Managing Director, Regimen Equity

11:45am - 12:30pm
Marketplace & Networking
(Waterfront Foyer)

Marketplace Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Specialty Coffee Bar Sponsored by TriWest Capital Partners

12:30pm - 2:00pm
Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Luncheon & Tradeshow Bar Sponsored by Dentons
Luncheon Presenting Panel Sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal

Keynote: Christine Duhaime, Managing Partner, Duhaime Law

Christine is a partner at the law firm of Duhaime Law in Vancouver and Toronto. She practices in the area of financial crime focused on anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, international asset recovery and anti-corruption for various types of clients such as casinos, financial institutions, and government agencies. She also undertakes M&A financing and regulatory work, including Vancouver’s new Parq Casino.

Keynote Description: This year we’re thrilled to welcome Christine Duhaime, renowned international speaker, partner at Duhaime Law and founder of the Digital Finance Institute, who will shed light on how blockchain and artificial intelligence are altering the world of banking, financial crime and corruption.

2:15pm - 3:00pm 
Afternoon Plenary Panel (Waterfront Ballroom)
Topic - Disruptive BC Businesses and their Global Impact

To be successful in today’s business world, having that special something that sets you apart is paramount to solidifying your place among the business elite. Companies need to shock with jarring ideas that cut the regular mould. They need to inspire, provoke and invoke. They need to be disrupters. The session seeks to highlight disruptive BC businesses, explore what makes them disruptive, challenges they face, and their impact in both the local and global marketplace.


  • Kristi Miller, Co-founder and National Managing Director, First West Capital


  • Penny Green, Co-Founder and Director, Glance Technologies
  • Tony Guglielmin, Chief Financial Officer, Ballard Power Systems
  • Matt Switzer, COO, Hootsuite

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Closing Networking Event
(ARC Lounge, Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver)

Sponsored by Farris , Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

To round out a truly outstanding day, we invite you to attend our afternoon closing networking event at ARC in the Fairmont Waterfront Lobby.

The Venue / The Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

The Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

900 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-691-1991

The luxurious Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver will play host to the Capital Connection Conference. The hotel is located on the city's dynamic harbourfront surrounded by the cruise ship terminal and within close proximity to the unique shops of Robson Street, 1,000 acre Stanley Park, the Vancouver Convention Centre and many trendy pubs and eateries within historic Gastown. It also features amazing meeting facilities, accommodations, restaurants & bars, recreational facilities, and a business center. For more information you can visit Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver.

Accommodations / Special Rates Available

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V6E 4R5

A room block with a group rate of $295 per night has been arranged at the Vancouver Marriott Downtown. This is a short 8 minute walk from the sold out Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront where the conference is taking place. To book a hotel room at the Marriott, please follow this link: https://aws.passkey.com/e/49584378

Note: To receive the discounted rate, book by March 9th, 2018. Hotel rooms are based on availability.

If you will be arriving through YVR Airport, another option is to stay at the River Rock Casino Resort which offers easy airport and venue access via Translink’s Canada Line. This train will take you directly from the River Rock Resort to the Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront via the Waterfront Station. Room rates start at $259 per night based on their current promotional offerings and can be booked online through www.riverrock.com.