2015 National Angel Summit Sponsors and Partners

The Summit is your opportunity to hear recognized experts lend their perspectives about the emerging opportunities and challenges for Angel investors. Our workshops allow you to put your knowledge to the test, working with peers from across Canada and the world.

2015 Summit Details

2015 Summit Speakers


Niagara Region




Niagara Economic Development focuses on opportunities to foster the growth of Niagara’s economy. It achieves this through three primary areas of activity which are investment attraction, economic research and analysis, and advocacy. The division organizes internal and external trade missions, partners with local incubators and post-secondary institutions, builds on relationships with various levels of government, delivers a one-window access point for investment/expansion opportunities and provides relevant data and information to stakeholders.

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RBC is one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, providing personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We strive to have a positive economic, environmental and social impact with our over 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients in offices across Canada, the US and 39 other countries. Being at the forefront of the early stage capital ecosystem allows us to offer best practices for professional development of Angel networks and facilitate unique introductions between existing clients looking to aspire to Angel investing and Angels looking for the right investment opportunity.

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Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF)



Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) is helping build healthy, sustainable, globally-competitive businesses to deliver economic and societal benefits to our province through a suite of programs and services for entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, post-secondary institutions and investors.
AITF provides technical services and funding support to facilitate innovation and the commercialization of technologies to advance Alberta’s primary sectors, support the development of knowledge-based industry clusters, foster economic diversification and encourage Alberta’s entrepreneurial culture.

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BDC Capital




A subsidiary of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), BDC Capital offers a full spectrum of specialized financing and investment solutions to help Canadian entrepreneurs achieve their full growth potential. With more than $1 billion under management, BDC Capital takes a strategic, patient approach to nurture companies’ development over the long term.
From venture capital to equity to growth and transition capital, our team of over 100 experienced, local professionals partner with entrepreneurs to identify and meet their needs on flexible terms. Some of the sectors in which we specialize include IT, industrial/clean/energy technology, and healthcare.

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KPMG Enterprise was formed in 2004 to respond to a growing need for a professional service firm that focuses on private companies. We were the first to dedicate a team of advisers exclusively to entrepreneurs, family businesses, and emerging fast growing companies. Our global network of trusted advisers are well positioned to respond to the specific needs of private companies. We bring extensive resources and expertise in audit, tax, and advisory services, scaled to the needs of our clients. We provide financial, operational, and strategic advice during any stage of the business lifecycle.

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Impact Angel Alliance, Bioenterprise, and Grand Challenges Canada



Impact Angel Alliance (IAA) is a Canadian non-profit organization formed in 2014 to support established Angel groups, family offices, VCs and strategic investors seeking to co-invest in high impact ventures across Canada. IAA’s supports early stage ventures in emerging sectors that present investors with opportunities for multiple bottom line returns, such global health/med-tech, clean-tech, edu-tech, fin-tech, agri-tech and sustainable craft/heritage industries. IAA focuses on best-in-breed for-profit ventures whose impacts are aligned with investor returns and integrated into both investment and management decision making.

IAA is supported by Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development Employment and Infrastructure and is further supported by strategic partners in key verticals, such as Grand Challenges Canada in global health/med-tech, Bioenterprise Corporation in agri-tech and MNP LLP in sustainable craft/heritage industries. IAA has also partnered with B Lab to power venture impact assessments and industry analytics. Over 30,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment tool and more than 100 investors and institutions use B Lab’s B Analytics platform to help measure, benchmark, and report on impact. IAA is working with B-Lab and strategic partners in key verticals to develop impact metrics and key performance indicators for emerging industries.


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Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-pro?t organization that provides ?nancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.


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Ontario Centres of Excellence drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across strategic market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and foster a culture of entrepreneurism through programs that help young entrepreneurs develop business skills and launch new companies. To secure Ontario’s and Canada’s global competitiveness, we focus on areas that will deliver the greatest economic and social benefits across the province. Funded by the Ontario government, OCE is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.

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ProSeeder Technologies (www.proseeder.com) offers investment groups a fully integrated, and highly configurable cloud-based platform to manage all aspects of their investment processes. ProSeeder empowers clients to maximize their operational efficiency and provides a detailed audit trail for compliance and reporting. Our robust collaboration platform is designed to scale with our clients’ growing investment reach – whether it’s managing more accredited investors, vetting more investment opportunities or growing globally.

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43 North




43North is the world’s largest business idea competition. As part of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, the competition awards $5 million in cash prizes to some of the best entrepreneurs and startups from around the world. 43North winners also receive free incubator space in Buffalo for one year, guidance from mentors in related fields, and access to other business incentive programs such as START-UP NY.

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Bright Buffalo Niagara




The University at Buffalo’s Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo brings together local entrepreneurs with investors creating vital connections that help nurture economic growth in WNY and beyond.

Entrepreneurs will be put to the test through ninety-second pitch sessions, followed by a cocktail reception featuring exhibit tables and a keynote address from Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU (“For Us, By Us”) clothing line, star of ABC’s business reality show “Shark Tank,” and world-renowned marketer.

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Canadian Innovation Centre




The Canadian Innovation Centre is a national, NFP organization dedicated to helping 20,000+ innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs transform their ideas into market successes for over 35 years. CIC is consistently at the forefront of innovation in Canada, designing programs like Excelerate (a.k.a. VentureStart) that foster successful development of innovative new businesses and increase innovation in existing ones. This impact is recognized by international awards, government engagement, the angel and VC community, plus clients seeking CIC’s help.

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Canadian Securities Exchange




The Canadian Securities Exchange is one of the fastest growing equities exchanges because of its ability to lower the cost of Canadian public capital for entrepreneurs.

Recognized as an exchange by the Ontario Securities Commission in 2004, the CSE is designed to facilitate the capital formation process for public companies through a streamlined approach to company regulation that emphasizes disclosure and the provision of efficient secondary market trading services for investors.

The only exchange trading all Canadian listed equity securities, the CSE is home to more than 290 uniquely listed issues covering a broad range of industry sectors.

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PM Search Partners




PM Search Partners assists organizations to develop their executive teams, ensuring they have the top talent to meet their strategic goals for growth. We are committed to collaborating with emerging firms and established organizations around the world to recruit exceptional talent and future leaders.

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Superior Group




Superior Group offers productivity solutions organized into complementary people, process, and outsourcing portfolios. People-focused services include contract and direct staffing, executive search, and payrolling services. Our process services include VMS-automated managed service programs, independent contractor screening, and SOW vendor management. Outsourcing solutions include CAD, risk management, and IT outsourcing.

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TEC Edmonton




TEC Edmonton helps technology entrepreneurs accelerate their growth. In addition to being the commercialization agent for University of Alberta technologies, TEC Edmonton operates Greater Edmonton’s largest accelerator for early stage technology companies, including both university spinoffs and companies from the broader community.

TEC provides client services in four broad areas: Business development, funding and finance, technology commercialization and entrepreneur development.

TEC’s ~125 active clients are an outstanding group of companies. Since 2011, TEC clients have generated $310M in revenue, raised $160M in financing and funding, invested $85M in R&D, grown both revenue and employment by 25% per year and now employ over 1800 people in the region. In addition, TEC has assisted in the creation of 16 spinoffs from the University in the last three years.

In 2014, TEC Edmonton was identified by the Swedish University Business Incubator (UBI) Index as the 10th best university business incubator in the world, and was also named Canadian “Incubator of the Year” at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards.

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TSX Private Markets





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Vancouver Economic Commission




The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) works to position Vancouver as a globally recognised city for innovative, creative and sustainable business. As the leading economic development platform in Vancouver, we work with Tech, Digital Entertainment & Interactive and Green Economy companies by connecting them with the talent, capital, data and market access they need, all in a start-up ecosystem that is recognized as one of the world’s best.

The VEC’s Strategic Initiatives & Sector Development, Marketing & Research and Asia Pacific Centre teams achieve these objectives through their direct work with entrepreneurs, and the wide range of stakeholders with whom they interact – from elected officials and departments of all levels of government to peer organizations, industry associations and educational institutions. This on-the-ground approach allows the VEC to understand fundamental talent and capital dynamics in the city, address and identify gaps to allow existing businesses to grow, and inspire others around the world to call Vancouver their home.

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Special Event Partners

Cooper Wealth Management




Cooper Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities provides tailored solutions to manage your personal and business wealth through any market cycle. From everyday financial plans to multifaceted wealth management strategies, we utilize a unique, comprehensive and fully integrated process to ensure the growth and protection of your wealth – today and well into the future.

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Espresso Capital is a leading provider of working capital and venture debt solutions to Canada’s innovation industries. Since 2009, Espresso has funded more than 200 early and growth stage companies across Canada. Espresso’s team of experienced professionals understand the unique financing requirements of technology-based companies, and are committed to providing ‘fast, fairly priced and user-friendly’ risk capital to enable our clients to achieve their growth objectives.

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Gust is the world’s largest global network of investors and entrepreneurs. Gust has everything investors need to discover, vet, share, and manage quality deals on a robust, secure platform. Used by the world’s leading business angel and venture capital associations, Gust powers over 550 investment organizations in 190 countries. More than 300,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 80,000 individual investors.

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Kane’s Distributing Ltd.




Kane’s Distributing Ltd. has been in operation since 1954. We are a distributor of new and remanufactured vending machines, representing many major US manufacturers. The company also has an IT division which manufactures WEB based, cashless vending machine inventory control systems and Satellite monitoring systems for explosives magazines. In 2015 Kane’s also started their Micro Market division. Micro Markets are a self check out, mini convenience store in the work place.

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Mark Anthony Fine Wine Merchants


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Mike Weir Winery

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Mission Hill Family Estate


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Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario




The Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario, exists to administer the Angel Network Program (ANP), it’s goal being to create new Angel investor groups in Ontario where none existed, and foster their success with information and educational tools to transfer best practices from successful Angels. NAO-Ontario and Angel groups look to other Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Members, such as Regional Innovation Centres (RICs), for opportunities, and refer entrepreneurs who are not yet investment-ready to appropriate members of the ONE for mentorship and education.

As a result of the ANP, Angel investment has been newly profiled in Ontario and validated as a source of finance and aspiration for early-stage entrepreneurs, by disseminating showcases and tools, as well as through the community outreach efforts and publicly-accessible websites and offices of the Angel groups.

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Niagara Business & Innovation Fund




The Niagara Business & Innovation Fund provides access to investment and debt capital to SMEs in the Niagara area. With a focus on investing in the local economy and enterprises with leading edge growth potential, we also provide traditional loan capital to solid business ideas that will create a positive impact on our economy. Additionally, we have had great success in adding leverage opportunities to early stage companies in raising Angel capital. Strong relationships and partnerships provides us with a platform to help develop the best new ideas and expand the financing infrastructure in Niagara.

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Angel Group Partners

Niagara Angel Network


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Angel One




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Anges Quebec




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First Angels Jamaica


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Georgian Angel Network




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Golden Triangle Angel Network




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Innovate Calgary




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Peterborough Angels




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