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Announcing our next BC Middle Market Growth Conference panel

A New Landscape For Financing Growth

The ways in which middle market businesses access capital for growth and acquisitions are undergoing significant changes. No longer dominated by senior lenders and mezzanine financing, today’s industry has welcomed new capital providers, 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.

We’re continuing our theme of disruption as we announce our third panel for the BC Middle Market Growth Conference on April 10. This much-anticipated session will be a valuable learning opportunity for business owners and transaction professionals alike. The discussion will be moderated by leading M&A counsel, Peter Mogan, and includes a panel of market-leading capital disruptors:

  • Sean Morrison, founding partner of Diversified Royalty
  • Cooper Seaman, founding partner of Regimen Equity Partners
  • Gregg Delcourt, Senior VP of Alaris Royalty
  • Harpreet Padda, Senior VP of Founders Advantage

Click here to register before earlybird rates expire on March 16!

Did you know that attending BC Middle Market Growth Conference helps ACG BC give back?

Our 2018 charitable partner is Take A Hike Youth Foundation. This local alternative education program empowers at-risk youth to forge the path to success both personally and academically. For more details visit: http://www.takeahikefoundation.org

About BC Middle Market Growth Conference

Now in its 17th year, BC Middle Market Growth Conference is the leading M&A Conference in Western Canada, with close to 350 attendees, a popular exhibitor trade show and valuable networking opportunities. In 2017, the Association for Corporate Growth relaunched its signature event with an expanded purpose to create growth opportunities for BC middle market businesses, delivering valuable connection opportunities, expanded content and high-impact speakers. For more information on this year’s event, visit: www.acgbcevents.com

Limited sponsorship opportunities remain. Contact Sherryl Parsons sparsons@rareaffairs.ca for more information on partnering with ACG British Columbia to showcase and build your brand at our biggest event of the year.

Changing lanes: the shift to autonomous vehicles

This year, our BC Middle Market Growth Conference is tackling disruption. Today, we announce our panel on a topic that is, quite literally, driving transformative change in the transportation sector.

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:

  • With driverless cars, will there still be a need for insurance?
  • Or car dealerships; will we still own the vehicles that transport us?
  • As an important hub for logistics – what are the implications for B.C.’s moving, trucking and transport companies?
  • How will our urban landscape change – what becomes of parking lots?

The reality of driverless cars on our roads is closer than ever. Suncor recently announced it will begin using autonomous vehicles at company-operated mines, leaving us to think about implications for other kinds of heavy machinery jobs. Google’s autonomous driving company Waymo has been testing and will soon make its official debut as a full-scale service on public streets.

Its a topic full of potential, but not 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? ACG has comprised a panel of industry leaders and first movers to talk about the ways different industries and business models may be affected in B.C., and how to prepare for this advancing technology as it becomes part of the mainstream.

Here’s who’s driving this much anticipated panel:

Alan Hart – Founder and CEO of VIA Architecture

Alan Hart is a founding principal of VIA Architecture, creating communities that are most walkable, livable, sustainable, and better connected, for more than 35 years. A strong advocate for clarity and integrity in the design process, his expertise includes the creation of high quality urban environments from transit systems to urban development. He consistently serves as a champion for architectural and urban design of infrastructure as an integral part of a community vision.

Bruce Sharpe – President, Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association

Dr. Bruce Sharpe got his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UBC in 1984. He spent the early part of his career focused on machine learning and data science before those terms even existed. Dr. Sharpe purchased his first Tesla Model S in 2013, then upgraded to a newer model in 2015, specifically for the autopilot features. He and his wife Dale have driven over 100,000 km in the car since then, much of it in autopilot mode. His enthusiasm for electric vehicles led him to join the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, where he serves as president.

Donald Wong, BASc, MEng, PEng – Founder and CEO of Moovee Innovations Inc.

Donald Wong is the Founder and CEO of Moovee Innovations Inc. Since 2012, Donald has led an expert team performing R&D and prototyping for an autonomous connected electric (ACE) mobility solution suite. In 2015, Donald led his team to field trial the Moovee autonomous vehicle platform on the UBC campus, through the Transport Canada vehicular connectedness testbed. In 2016, Donald joined multiple Smart City initiatives to showcase the Moovee Automated Transport system in cities across the globe. Most recently, he has signed a MOU with the City of Squamish, BC, to field trial the system there. Donald holds a master’s degree in electronics engineering from Carlton University and a degree in Electrical Engineering from UBC.

Keane Gruending – Communications Manager for the Renewable Cities program at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Keane has a major interest in zero-emissions urban mobility and multimodal transport. He regularly advocates for people-centered urban design, cycling, shared mobility, and transit.
At the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, he regularly convenes events, including solutions-focused workshops, panels and public engagements. Previous stops for Keane include: the Victoria Car Share Co-operative (now Modo); the UN Environmental Program’s Regional Office for North America; and the University of Saskatchewan’s Office of Sustainability. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of East Anglia and a B. Comm. from the Edwards School of Business.

Click here to register. Please visit our event website www.acgbcevents.com to learn more about ACG’s signature event happening on April 10, 2018.

Experience a Day of Disruption: Announcing the 2018 BC Middle Market Growth Conference

In a business world where change is the only constant, there’s one question on the minds of our members: Will my business become the disruptor or the disrupted?

This year, our BC Middle Market Growth Conference is tackling the big ideas behind disruption and examining how they’re impacting local industries. Join us on April 10 to find out how disruptive innovation is changing how we invest, finance growth, how we use transportation and how our companies transact. We’ll help you determine what type of disruption your industry is most vulnerable to, and introduce you to inspiring local players disrupting on the global stage.

No disruption agenda would be complete, without a thought-provoking keynote whose ideas are reshaping industries as we know them. 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.

We’re also excited to announce the return of our many sponsors and supporters this year, including Nicola Wealth Management Ltd. as our Official Event Sponsor.

When it comes to navigating change, we’re helping our members stay a step ahead. Right now, we’re offering earlybird rates on tickets. Click here to register and mark your calendars with the dates below:

  • Monday, April 9: President’s Reception at Hapa Izakaya Coal Harbour (Sponsored by Blakes) – 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10: BC Middle Market Growth Conference at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

Stay tuned as we reveal more details on this year’s exciting event program. I look forward to seeing you there.


Aleem Jinnah

BC Middle Market Growth Conference Chair


About BC Middle Market Growth Conference

 Now in its 17th year, BC Middle Market Growth Conference has become the leading M&A Conference in Western Canada, with close to 350 attendees, a popular exhibitor trade show and valuable networking opportunities. In 2017, the Association for Corporate Growth relaunched its signature event with an expanded purpose to create growth opportunities for BC middle market businesses, delivering valuable connection opportunities, expanded content and high-impact speakers.

Limited sponsorship opportunities for our 2018 event remain. Contact Sherryl Parsons sparsons@rareaffairs.ca for more information on partnering with ACG British Columbia to showcase and build your brand at our biggest event of the year.

Growth Conference 2018 – Become an Exhibitor!

The BC Middle Market Growth Conference (formerly Capital Connection) is the largest M&A conference in Western Canada attracting more than 300 deal makers including corporate officers, national private equity firms, intermediaries, and financing sources. Join us for our 17th annual event on April 10th, 2018!

We are excited about the new opportunities this year’s conference will represent for participants to build new relationships and solidify existing partnerships in continuing to build a strong deal community in British Columbia.  In the past, we have focused the conference in providing thought leadership and networking opportunities to the deal making community and connecting business owners to capital providers. We have expanded our purpose to creating “growth” opportunities for BC middle market businesses.

The Growth Conference will kick off with the President’s Reception taking place on the evening of Monday, April 9th, 2018 between 6:00-9:00pm at Hapa Izakaya. The one-day conference will run all-day on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at The Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver and offers access to the latest in industry knowledge from national thought leaders, interaction with industry peers and networking.

Become an Exhibitor in the Marketplace

Showcase and build your organization by participating in our annual Marketplace. Please note that exhibitor space is limited to sponsors only.

A few Gold Sponsorship opportunities remain if you would like to participate as an exhibitor.


Thank you to our official marketplace sponsor, Norton Rose Fulbright.

For more information contact Event Coordinator, Sherryl Parsons at sparsons@rareaffairs.ca.

Save The Date – 2017 Dealmakers of the Year Awards

2017 ACG BC Dealmakers Of The Year Awards
Celebrating Our Best And Brightest

November 9th, 2017 ~ The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

The Dealmakers of the Year Awards, which recognizes successful transactions in the M&A middle market, is Vancouver’s premier annual event. We are pleased to present awards to individuals and firms who have demonstrated the entrepreneurial skills and the diligence necessary to build a company’s value and complete a successful transaction.

 The 2017 Dealmakers Awards will be held on Thursday, November 9th at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Steve Patterson, Host of CBC Radio’s The Debaters.

The evening will commence with a Cocktail Reception at 5:30pm, followed by the Dinner Program at 6:30pm, then Dessert & Networking at 8:00pm to complete the evening.

We look forward to seeing you on November 9th, 2017 at The Sutten Place Hotel!

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