Registration Fees for 2017 / Get in on the Early Bird

Member Early Bird: $350 (before March 17)
Member Regular: $425 

Non Member Early Bird: $400 (before March 17)
Non Member Regular: $475

*Note: President’s Reception Included in Registration Price

The Venue / The Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Hyatt Regency Vancouver

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-683-1234

The luxurious Hyatt Regency Vancouver will again play host to the Capital Connection Conference. The hotel is surrounded by the bustling business centre and within close proximity to the unique shops of Robson Street, 1,000 acre Stanley Park, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Rogers Arena. It also features amazing meeting facilities, accommodations, restaurants & bars, recreational facilities, and a business center. For more information you can visit www.vancouver.hyatt.com.

Accommodations / Special Rates Available

The Hyatt Regency Vancouver is offering a special rate to conference participants for the night of April 10th, 2017 based on availability. To reserve your room, Click Here and under “Special Rates” click “Corporate or Group Code” and enter the code “CR68573” to book at a discounted rate.  Please note that the rate will be based on availability at the time of booking.

Growth Conference Program / The 411

Monday, April 10, 2017

6:30pm - 9:30pm
President's Reception - Sponsored by Blakes
Hyatt Regency Vancouver (34th Floor Perspectives Level)

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 on the 34th floor of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Enjoy spectacular views, excellent food and great company all while listening to amazing music while you network. This premier event is not to be missed!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

8:00am - 9:15am
Conference Opening (Regency Ballroom C & D)
Forecast on BC Economy - Opening Panel Presentation
ACG BC Middle Market Growth Conference Event Sponsor: Nicola Wealth Management

Kellie Manchester, Co-Founder & Partner, Sequeira Partners
Derek Burleton, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Group
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the Business Council of British Columbia

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

Marketplace Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

10:00am - 10:50am
Morning Plenary Panel A
 (Regency Ballroom C & D)

Financing Your Growth Strategies - It’s one of the biggest conundrums business owners and CFOs face: they need money to grow, but the array of financing options can be confusing. Decisions have to be made that will have profound short and long-term implications. While debt seems costly in the short run, it can be repaid without giving up ownership. Equity often has no cost or drain on cash flow, but longer term it’s usually the most expensive way to fund growth. Today’s marketplace also offers some blended debt-equity options worthy of consideration. We’ve gathered a top-flight panel of lenders, equity partners and advisors to help you navigate the sea of options.

Peter Mogan, Partner, Mogan Daniels Slager LLP
Lee Grimshaw, Managing Director Western Canada, BMO Capital Partners
Zeeshan Mayeenuddin, Director, Financial Sponsors & Leveraged Finance, TD
Andrew Kemper, Partner, Capital West Partners
Justin Currie, CEO, Royalty North Partners
Klemens Wilhelm, Principal, Fulcrum Capital Partners

11:00am - 11:45am
Morning Plenary Panel B 
(Regency Ballroom C & D)

The Retail Revolution:  online vs. brick-and-mortar and other industry trends - This year, our BC Middle Market Growth Conference is going where the growth is, and where better to start than the province’s red hot retail industry. Online retailers have been a major force of disruption for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, with their unparalleled convenience and access to valuable personal data. But retailers with a physical presence have their own tangible advantages and have effectively begun to embrace technology for a more experiential approach. Think digital storefronts, automated purchasing and pricing, and implementation of analytical intelligence that tells retailers who’s in store. Want to know what’s driving the rise of retail in B.C. and how B.C. based brands are participating in industry disruption?  How retail is driving deal activity locally? Meet our retail industry panelists who are helping to shape the landscape in B.C. and beyond.

Susan Tomaine, Partner, Blakes
Brooke Harley, Partner, Campfire Capital
Drew Green, CEO, Indochino
Marcello Leone, President & CEO, RYU Apparel Inc.

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

Marketplace Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Marketplace & Luncheon Bar Sponsored by Dentons Canada LLP

12:30pm - 2:00pm
Luncheon and Presenting Panel
 (Regency Ballroom C & D)

Sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal
Keeping it in the family: an inside look at the businesses of father/son entrepreneurial duo John and Chris Nicola - This year’s presenting panel will examine the business lifecycle through the eyes of two business owners at different stages of growth. Don’t miss hearing from our dynamic father/son duo, as industry leader John Nicola and start-up executive Chris Nicola talk about growth, entrepreneurship and family ties.

Riaz Meghji, Host, Breakfast Television
John Nicola, Chairman & CEO, Nicola Wealth Management
Chris Nicola, Co-Founder & CTO, WealthBar

2:15pm - 3:00pm 
Afternoon Plenary Panel (Regency Ballroom C & D)
A recipe for growth: Executive perspectives on B.C.’s food processing industry - Food companies in B.C. put more than $15 billion into the economy every year, according to a recent study released by the BC Food Processors Association. The food processing industry continues to thrive, while food manufacturing has become the province’s second-largest manufacturing industry. In a panel discussion moderated by Leo Wilson of KPMG Corporate Finance, hear from industry leaders who have sold their businesses, those willing to consider it, and those whose hands are firmly on the reins. 

Leo Wilson, Vice-President, KPMG Corporate Finance Inc.
James Donaldson, CEO, BC Food Processors Association
Yves Potvin, Founder, Gardein
Elana Rosenfeld, CEO & Co-Founder, Kicking Horse Coffee
Arran Stephens, CEO & Co-Founder, Natures Path

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Closing Networking Event
(Grain Tasting Bar - Hyatt Regency) - 
Sponsored by Farris LLP
To round out a truly outstanding day, we invite you to attend our afternoon closing networking event at the Grain Tasting Bar.
Dedicated to local growers, brewers, wineries and distilleries, Grain offers a wide variety of flavours and spirits representing British Columbia.