Full Speaker Lineup and Program for 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit Announced

Look Who’s Coming to #CCS2016 next Thursday, March 3!

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TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2016 /CNW/ – IN JUST ONE WEEK, the 2nd Annual 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (#CCS2016 – “The Future of Crowdfunding is NOW”) will be held on March 3rd at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada.

With the newly released equity crowdfunding regulations across Canada and the emergence of marketplace lending and investment bank 2.0 platforms, 2016 is anticipated to be a year of exponential growth.  #CCS2016 is a not to be missed event with over 70+ speakers confirmed, the foremost destination for leaders in the crowdfunding economy where industry ‘movers and shakers’, companies and investors accelerate partnerships, foster industry growth and bring crowdfunding, fintech and alternative finance markets to life.

CCS2016 is for industry, companies and investors

  1. Learn current and relevant content on all models 70+ expert speakers and over 30 sessions
  2. Unrivaled premier market access – networking, partnerships and transactional opportunities
  3. Opportunity to vote on 12 companies vying to win Dragon’s Den auditions tickets (view)

Freshly announced full list of 75 MC, keynote and program speakers at #CCS2016:

  • Adam Nanjee, MaRS, Head of Financial Technology and Innovation
  • Adam Spence, The SVX, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Founder & Director
  • Alan Lio, PwC, Senior Tax Associate
  • Alixe Cormick, Venture Law Corp, President
  • Amar Nijjar, R2CROWD, President & CEO
  • Amy Cortese, Locavesting, Founder & Editor
  • Angela Wang, UnionPay Smart, Associate Director, Big Data – North America
  • Ann Kaplan, Brix RCR, CEO
  • Anthony Di Iorio, TSX and Ethereum, CDO Toronto Stock Exchange, Ethereum Co-founder, CEO & Founder Decentral & Kryptokit
  • Arti Modi, Lending Arch, CEO
  • Asier Ania, HiveWire, Co-Founder
  • Behrouz Hariri, Smart Nora, Co-Founder
  • Bernd Petak, Finstripe, Co-Founder and COO
  • Bill Morrow, Angels Den, Founder & CEO
  • Bret Conkin, Crowdfund Suite, Founder & CEO
  • Brooks Barnett, Real Property Association of Canada, Manager, Government Relations & Policy
  • Carlos Pinto Lobo, Chief Compliance Officer,
  • Cato Pastoll, Lending Loop, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Chantal Cipriano, BMO Private Banking, Lawyer / Manager, Compliance
  • Christopher Charlesworth, HiveWire, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Colin Kilgour, First Marketplace Group, Co-founder
  • Corey Herscu, Herscu & Goldsilver, President
  • Craig Asano, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, Founding CEO
  • Craig O’Neill, Versapay, CEO & Director
  • Daniel Blumer, Revol Technologies Inc., Co-Founder and CEO
  • Darryl Irwin, PwC, Tax Partner
  • Daryl Hatton, FundRazr + Sponsifi, Founder and CEO
  • David Shore, OurCrowd, Director of Investor Relations
  • Douglas Cumming, Schulich School of Business, Venture Capital Professor
  • Dr. Sean Geobey, University of Waterloo, Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
  • Erin Bury, 88 Creative, Managing Director
  • Gareth Everard, Rockwell Razors, Co-founder
  • Hitesh Rathod, NexusCrowd Inc., CEO
  • Hon Charles Sousa, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Minister of Finance
  • Jaimy Warner, Raindance Canada, Executive Director
  • Janet Bannister, Real Ventures, General Partner
  • Jason Saltzman, Dentons Canada LLP, Partner
  • Jeff Brown, Meridian, Vice President, Community Banking
  • Jeff Mitelman, Thinking Capital, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Jeff Musson, Dynamite Network, President
  • Jennifer Bryan, SolarShare, Community Investment and Marketing Manager
  • Jim Orlando, OMERS Ventures, Managing Director
  • Judeh Siwady, Spacefy, Founder & CEO
  • Karen Grant, Angel One Investor Network, Executive Director
  • Kevin Clark, Lendified, President
  • Kevin Sandhu, Grow, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Khierstyn Ross, Entrepreneur Uncut, Founder and Podcaster
  • Kris Miks, Dentons, Senior Associate
  • Maria Carelli, Ontario Securities Commission, Senior Accountant, Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch
  • Mario Dubuc, Dubuc Motors, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Mark Evans, ME Consulting, Principal
  • Marty Gunderson, Quidni Estate Winery, Owner and CEO
  • Marvin Huberman, Marvin J. Huberman, Barrister, Mediator, Arbitrator
  • Megan Cornell, Momentum Law, Founder and CEO
  • Michael Bancroft, Bloomberg TV Canada, Executive Producer
  • Michael Katchen, Wealthsimple, CEO
  • Mike Kakogiannakis, Dubuc Motors, Co-Founder and COO
  • Monica Kowal, Ontario Securities Commission, Vice Chair
  • Monica Tigleanu, AIG, Financial Institutions Underwriter
  • Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, Frontfundr, CEO
  • Rick Whiler, Ontario Securities Commission, Senior Accountant, Corporate Finance Branch
  • Rubsun Ho, Crowdmatrix Inc., Chief Crowdpleaser
  • Ryan Laidlaw, Lending Arch, FinTexpert and Millennial Insider
  • Sandi K. Gilbert, SeedUps Canada, Founder & CEO
  • Sarah Efron, The Globe and Mail, Small Business Editor
  • Sophie Nicolaou, Lending Arch, Head of Marketing and PR
  • Steven Dryall, Incipient Technologies, Principal
  • Sunil Sharma, Extreme Venture Partners, Managing Partner
  • Sunny Shao, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, Advisor, Consultant
  • Tabitha Creighton, InvestNextDoor, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Ted Graham, PwC, Innovation Leader
  • Teri Kirk, Funding Portal, Founder & CEO
  • Tim Jackson, MaRS Discovery District, EVP Corporate and Community Development
  • Trish Nixon, CoPower, Director of Investments
  • Viktor Grabovskyy, Forever Spin, Co-Founder

12 Pre and Post-revenue companies pitching live at #CCS2016:

  1. Amr Abdelgawad, NERv Technology Inc., CTO
  2. Andres Moreno, Flipd, Co-founder/CTO
  3. John Connolly, Rna Diagnostics Inc., Founder, Director, VP Corporate Development
  4. Jonah Brotman, StashBelt, COO
  5. Murray McKercher, Eye-LIVE Media Inc., COO
  6. Neda Ghazi, Comfable Inc., Co-founder, CEO
  7. Richard Tuck, Riipen Networks Inc, CEO
  8. Ryan Dyment, The Sharing Depot, Executive Director
  9. Ryan Oliver, Pinnguaq Technology, Inc Owner/CEO
  10. Simon Gauvin, Vizwik, Co-Founder & CEO
  11. Xavier Peich, CycleLabs Solutions inc. / SmartHalo, President
  12. Yi Jiang, Yirego Corp, CEO & Founder

To learn more about the pitching companies click here.

Pitching Judges

  1. Anthony Lipschitz, Thinking Capital, Chief Strategy Officer
  2. Ben Zlotnick, INcubes, Founder
  3. Bill Morrow, Angels Den, Founder & CEO
  4. Edwin Frondozo, Slingshot VoIP, Chief Marketing Officer
  5. Jim Orlando, OMERS Ventures, Managing Director
  6. Kamal Hassan, IncMind, CEO
  7. Kathryn Wortsman, MaRS Center For Impact Investing, Investment Director
  8. Kevin Taylor, MaRS Center For Impact Investing, Senior Associate
  9. Marat Ressin, YEDInstitute, President
  10. Mark Skapinker, Brightspark Ventures, Managing Partner
  11. Russell Samuels, Whitecap Venture Partners, Principal
  12. Sean Burke, Frontfundr, COO
  13. Sean Wise, Ryerson University, Professor of Entrepreneurship
  14. Sherif El-Tawil, The DMZ, Operations Manager
  15. Stefan Palios, Ziversity, Founder & CEO
  16. Tarun George, The DMZ, Business Development Officer

For a complete list of conference participants including bios visit the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit speaking roster and pitchers and judges.

Media Pass and links:

There are a limited number of media passes available.  Please contact sunny@ncfacanada.org if you would like to request a media pass.  More info click here.

Website: www.crowdfundingsummit.ca

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About the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1300+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.For more information please visit: www.crowdfundingsummit.ca or www.ncfacanada.org.

For further information:

Media Inquiries: Craig Asano, 416-618-0254, casano@ncfancanada.org

Sponsorship Inquiries: Lauren Linton, 416-569-4349, lauren@ncfacanada.org


Winners of #CCS2016 Live Pitches Get a Golden Ticket to Dragon’s Den!

4 out of 12 Startups Will Win A “Front of the Line” Golden Ticket to the CBC Dragon’s Den Audition


DDgoldenticketauds2016BIG NEWS! Live pitching at #CCS2016 just got even more exciting – 4 out of the 12 finalists will win a a “Front of the Line” Golden Ticket to the Toronto audition of CBC Dragon’s Den on Saturday, April 2, guaranteeing them a chance to pitch in front of the infamous dragons! One winner will be chosen from each of the four sessions, determined by a panel of judges and the crowd.

The live pitching sessions at #CCS2016 start at 1:15 in CR3, with each session being led by an entrepreneurship ecosystem partner. Sessions are categorized by pre-revenue and post-revenue companies, and include companies from a variety of different industries. Each session includes a panel of judges that includes angel investors, VCs and entrepreneurs from companies such as OMERS, Whitecap Venture Partners, YEDI, Extreme Venture Partners, DMZ at Ryerson University, INcubes and MaRS. Click here to view the full-day program.


  1. Live Pitching Live Pitching 1 – Session Lead: DMZ (1:15 PM post-revenue)
  2. Live Pitching Live Pitching 2 – Session Lead: Founder Institute (2:00 PM pre-revenue)
  3. Live Pitching Live Pitching 3 – Session Lead: Startup Canada (3:00 PM post-revenue)
  4. Live Pitching Live Pitching 4 – Session Lead: MaRS (3:45 PM pre-revenue)

Announcing the #CCS2016 Closing Keynote: Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Anthony Di Iorio

Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Anthony Di Iorio to Deliver Keynote “How We Raised Over $18M via Global P2P Decentralized Network”


Anthony D keynoteWith just under 2 weeks until the big day, we’re thrilled to announce this year’s closing keynote at the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit on March 3: Anthony Di Iorio, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, community organizer and thought leader in the field of disruptive and decentralized technologies.

Anthony is currently the Chief Digital Officer at The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) / TMX Group, founder and CEO of Kryptokit, Decentral and Decentral Consulting, and most notably the co-founder of Ethereum, a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. Ethereum is the world’s 5th highest funded crowdfunding campaign, raising over $18,439,086 (partially funded by bitcoins).

At Decentral Consulting, Anthony and his team provide guidance to financial institutions and enterprise clients on digital transformations, Fintech & blockchain technologies. Since 2012, Anthony has hosted over 100 community-building events, including the first Canadian Bitcoin Expo in 2014, and DEC_TECH (Decentralized Technology) events held at MaRS Discovery District. In 2015, Anthony became a lecturer for the University of Nicosia’s Master’s program in Digital Currency, he is an Influencer for Deloitte’s Exponentials.xyz initiative, the Cryptocurrency Advisor to MaRS’ Fintech Cluster, and a member of the Bitcoin Speakers Bureau for the Bitcoin Foundation.

Hear Anthony share his story of raising over $18M for Ethereum via a global P2P decentralized network at #CCS2016!

Finalists Announced for the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit Live Pitch

TORONTO, ON — February 16, 2016

12 Canadian startups have been selected from across the country to pitch to investors like OMERS, Whitecap Venture Partners, YEDI, Extreme Venture Partners, DMZ at Ryerson University at the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit. The finalists are:

  1. Comfable
  2. Eye-LIVE Media
  3. Flipd
  4. NERv Technology
  5. Pinnguaq
  6. Riipen
  7. Rna Diagnostics
  8. Smart Halo
  9. Stashbelt
  10. The Sharing Depot
  11. Vizwik
  12. Yirego Technology

Each of the finalists will also have a chance to win one of four sponsored prize packages.

The Summit, to be held on March 3, 2016, attracts investors, service providers and alternative finance leaders from Canada and around the world. This year’s summit already has over 60 speakers lined up including keynote Bill Morrow, founder and CEO of Angels Den, the UK’s largest angel-led crowdfunding platform.

To learn more about the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit, visit www.crowdfundingsummit.ca.


Comfable_114Comfable Inc. is a tech start-up whose mission is to create comfortable and sustainable environments. Their latest product is called QTemp, a smart wearable weather station that measures UV index and temperature. Based on the measured UV and users’ skin type, QTemp calculates the safe sun time and notifies them when they need to seek sun protection. The company recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter which raised over $43,000. Location: Toronto, ON


EYE-LIVE SPORTS REVISIONED_FINALEye-LIVE is the Athlete’s Media Network for “athlete perspective” sports broadcasting. Like IMAX for documentaries, Eye-LIVE sports content is an immersive, 360° viewing experience that fully engages audiences in the entire spectrum of the athlete experience using GoPro-like camera and sensor technology that is custom configured to each sport. Eye-LIVE empowers all athletes to become their own broadcasters by creating their own network channels. Location: Toronto, ON


flipd_logoFlipd is an innovative mobile app that helps people become less distracted by their phones. It aims to disconnect people from their phones, and reconnect them to reality. If you find yourself easily distracted by games, social media, and other apps, Flipd creates a lock screen that removes distractions, but keeps you connected. With Flipd, you can even remotely lock other people’s phones to keep those around you in check. Flipd has grown 15% month over month since launching. Location: Toronto, ON


NERv logoNERv aims to reduce the risks that are associated with surgeries by monitoring a patient’s health after a surgical intervention. As a Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology start-up, NERv is developing an implantable biochip designed to detect post-operative complications. The NERv platform consists of implantable biosensors that operate from within the human body to collect data and send feedback to the doctor, allowing medical care facilities to assess critical post-operative changes. Location: Waterloo, ON


Pinnguaq- Primary Logo copyPinnguaq provides high quality technology experiences in a variety of formats that focus on the culture and social growth of Indigenous communities. Pinnguaq was created as a Pangnirtung-based technology startup in 2012 with the goal of providing play experiences in Indigenous languages. Since then, the organization has begun to embrace ways of incorporating play and gaming into wide reaching applications that can benefit tourism, education and economic development. Location: Nunavut


Riipen High Def-02Riipen is an experiential learning platform that connects organizations to top faculty-supervised industry projects completed by university and college students. Students gain real world experience while organizations generate strong brand awareness and leverage millennial insights to grow their business. Riipen’s mission is to eliminate graduate underemployment, thus reducing youth unemployment. Riipen currently has an active equity crowdfunding campaign on FrontfundrLocation: Vancouver, BC


RNA-weblogoRna Diagnostics Inc. is a cancer diagnostics company that has developed the first “real time” chemotherapy response guidance tool, the RNA Disruption Assay™ (RDA™), to address the urgent problem of over-treatment with ineffective chemotherapy and to assist oncologists in the management of cancer treatment. RDA provides an effective solution to one of the most serious problems in cancer treatment: how to evaluate response to chemotherapy early so that patients’ treatment can be tailored to their individual responses. Location: Toronto, ON


smarthalo_logoSmartHalo is a wearable device that turns your bike into a smart bike. SmartHalo not just another bike accessory; its minimalist design is installed permanently and is built to resist the harshest cities. SmartHalo pairs with your smartphone to bring your biking experience to a new level: it finds the quickest and safest routes and bikepaths for you, reminds you where you’re parked and allows you to set fitness goals. SmartHalo recently raised over $538,000 on Kickstarter in just 30 days. Location: Montreal, QC


Stash belt coat of armsStashbelt is an ethical fashion company that creates a wearable insurance policy mixing fashionable peace of mind with a socially conscious twist. Handmade in Kenya from genuine graze-fed and organic leather, the Stashbelt is the world’s premiere travel moneybelt with an 18-inch hidden zipper and built-in USB data storage. Boasted by their appearance on Dragon’s Den in February 2015, StashBelt’s sales have increased by 1000% in 2015. Location: Halifax, NS


PrintThe Sharing Depot is a new venture by the founders of the Toronto Tool Library, a tool-sharing program with 4 locations in Toronto that launched in Spring 2013. Beyond loaning tools, the Sharing Depot will expand its loaning program to include camping and sports equipment, house party supplies, board games and toys as well as monthly swapping events. The Sharing Depot’s crowdfunding campaign will launch in Spring 2016. Location: Toronto, ON


vizwik-logoVizwik’s technology fundamentally changes who creates software, revolutionizing both the teaching of programming in the education sector and mobile development in enterprise industries. Vizwik makes coding available for everyone and enables computing to be a common literacy. Its coding tool is designed for teachers to bring coding technology into classrooms and engage students to develop computational thinking skills. Location: Toronto, ON



Yirego Technology Inc. is a Toronto-based product design company geared toward providing sustainable solutions through unconventional design. The company’s flagship product is the Drumi, a foot-powered washing machine with low environmental impact that saves time, energy, and money. It is not only more hygienic than public laundromats, but also a fraction of the time. Yirego has raised over $250,000 on Indiegogo for the Drumi recently. Location: Toronto, ON


About the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1300+ members and create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Media Inquiries:

Craig Asano



Announcing the #CCS2016 Keynote: Bill Morrow of Angels Den

Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angels Den to Keynote the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit

Bill Angels Den

We couldn’t be more excited to announce this year’s keynote at the 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit on March 3: Bill Morrow, serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Angels Den, the largest angel-led crowdfunding platform in the UK. He has been creating, building and selling businesses for the last 25 years and was recently been named the ‘most influential person in alternative finance’ by City AM.

Angels Den is an angel-led crowdfunding platform where angel investors and experienced business people invest in pre-vetted SMEs. Since 2007, the company has helped more than 170 businesses raise investment from its crowd of 12,000 angel investors. Angels Den operates across 10 countries with another 3 coming on stream this year. As a result of its approach, over 90% of Angel Den’s funded deals are still trading.The company recently raised $1 million from a Mexican family office to launch their angel-led crowdfunding model across Mexico, with bases in five major cities. Following two years of preparation, Angels Den Mexico has ambitious growth plans and strong support from the Mexican government and the investor community.

We were introduced to Bill through the UK Crowdfunding Association (UKCFA), who, like the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA), was also formed in 2012 to promote crowdfunding as a valuable and viable way for businesses, projects or ventures to raise funds, among other objectives. We can’t wait to hear his keynote What Does it take for Crowdfunding to succeed? (8 Years of UK Insight) at #CCS2016!