Thank you for an overwhelming response to our rebranded program!
We expanded our content this year and you responded! ACG BC is proud to bring you Western Canada’s leading conference focused on growth on April 11 at Hyatt Regency Vancouver. We’ve never had a more robust program and our attendee list has been growing daily. But with BC Middle Market Growth Conference just six days away, space is limited and registration time is running out.
The topics we’re covering aren’t just for dealmakers, but for business owners, CFOs, CEOs and financiers. And our purpose extends far beyond facilitating connections. We’re helping to drive the most important section of the B.C. economy – the middle market.
Registration provides access to our high-impact speakers and engaging content, our popular exhibitor trade show and networking opportunities with 300 attendees. For the first time this year, it also brings a ticket to our popular President’s Reception on April 10.
If you haven’t already registered, click here.
We also want to take this time to recognize our event sponsors, who are helping us put on an incredible program this year. In particular, our Event Sponsor Nicola Wealth Management. Thank you!
We look forward to seeing everyone next week. See below for a link to the conference agenda and content highlights:
Entrepreneurs John and Chris Nicola join Feature Panel at BC Middle Market Growth Conference
Start-up son and financial guru father speak from opposites ends of growth spectrum
B.C. has been Canada’s growth leader over the past two years, surpassing both Ontario and Quebec. Budding entrepreneurs might be wondering whether now is the right time to start a business, while established entrepreneurs might be looking to scale. For anyone looking for growth advice, The BC Middle Market Growth Conference Feature Panel is a great place to start.
John Nicola, Chairman and CEO of Nicola Wealth Management, has been a veteran of the financial services industry since 1974 and has seen virtually every scenario play out in the business world. With experience ranging from investment management and financial planning to exit strategies and shareholder agreements, he’s witnessed first-hand the rise of the online, digital world of technology.
Chris Nicola is Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of WealthBar, an online automated financial services company. He’s seen his business through the rocky start-up phase through to the middle market. WealthBar has been hailed as one of Canada’s industry leaders when it comes to robo-advising— where software algorithms assess investor portfolios looking for risk and offering investment advice on everything from stocks and bonds to real estate and commodities.
Together the father and son represent two generations of wealth management, one built on innovative planning, and the other on technological innovation. Both will be our keynote speakers on April 11 in a candid discussion on the various stages of growth hosted by Riaz Meghji, Host, Breakfast Television. Formerly known as Capital Connection, the BC Middle Market Growth Conference was rebranded this year to reflect its status as Western Canada’s leading conference on growth, covering key issues for business owners, CEOs and CFOs, dealmakers and financiers. The event’s purpose is to foster growth and help drive the most important sector of the BC economy: the middle market – something both leaders are passionate about.
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Read more about John and Chris’ growth journeys from this week’s Business in Vancouver story by Patrick Blennerhassett: Click Here.
Forecast for B.C.’s economy: An outlook from our Duelling Economists
BEATA CARANCI V. JOCK FINLAYSON
Where is B.C.’s economy headed in 2017? It’s the million-dollar question, as experts debate whether the province’s growth in recent years can be sustained, whether B.C. and Canada are competitive globally, and what’s likely to happen with interest and foreign exchange rates. This lack of consensus has inspired a new format for our popular economic panel at this year’s BC Middle Market Growth Conference: The Duelling Economists. We’ve secured two of the industry’s leading experts on the economy, Beata Caranci, Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank and Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at BC Business Council. Join us as we find out where they differ and where their outlooks align. They’ll tackle variables affecting growth in our province from corporate tax rates to carbon pricing. We’ll look at the provincial perspective as well as the big picture for Canada. We’ll also find out the answer to some of the most pressing questions business owners, CEOs and CFOs are asking right now:
Moderating this duel of perspectives is Kellie Manchester, Partner, Sequeira Partners. Kellie co-founded Sequeira Partners in B.C. and is a recognized leader in mid-market corporate finance transactions in western Canada. She has more than 16 years of experience advising clients in B.C. and Alberta on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings and buyouts in both the private and public sector.
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I’m excited to be taking part in the BC Middle Market Growth Conference. You really can’t talk about growth without looking at the incredible things happening in B.C.’s food processing industry. Overall, the industry grew 9% in 2016, which translates to $600 million. To put that growth in perspective, there are now more than 1,800 food and beverage processing companies in B.C. employing more than 28,000 people. Our industry now makes up approximately 20 percent of the province’s total manufacturing revenue and is the largest manufacturing sector in BC. That’s not small potatoes.
What’s most interesting to me is that this big industry is made up largely of small businesses, many of which are family-owned and operated. While many are processing fish, dairy, bakery, meat and beverage products, a growing number are exploring specialty and niche value-added products – something that’s putting B.C.’s industry on the world map. Natural health products in particular have become part of B.C.’s growing brand.
Our province has so many of the right ingredients for a thriving food processing industry, including our rich geography, high food standards and access to global markets. But growth has also brought new challenges like accessing skilled labour and dealing with rising input costs and squeezing margins – elements that impact our ability to compete with other provinces and on a larger, global scale.
How do we continue to build on our legacy of innovation and support business pioneers as they forge their way onto the global stage? Join me for an important growth discussion with some of the players who have changed the game in B.C. We’ll talk about opportunity as well as challenges, and how both forces are shaping transaction activity. I’ll see you there,
James Donaldson, CEO
BC Food Processors Association
To register for the BC Middle Market Growth Conference on April 11 click here.
Top 10 things you need to know about the BC Middle Market Growth Conference
The BC Middle Market Growth Conference is less than 5 weeks away. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event: