Full Speaker Lineup and Program for 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit Announced

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:

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

Pitching Judges

Anthony Lipschitz, Thinking Capital, Chief Strategy Officer
Ben Zlotnick, INcubes, Founder
Bill Morrow, Angels Den, Founder & CEO
Edwin Frondozo, Slingshot VoIP, Chief Marketing Officer
Jim Orlando, OMERS Ventures, Managing Director
Kamal Hassan, IncMind, CEO
Kathryn Wortsman, MaRS Center For Impact Investing, Investment Director
Kevin Taylor, MaRS Center For Impact Investing, Senior Associate
Marat Ressin, YEDInstitute, President
Mark Skapinker, Brightspark Ventures, Managing Partner
Russell Samuels, Whitecap Venture Partners, Principal
Sean Burke, Frontfundr, COO
Sean Wise, Ryerson University, Professor of Entrepreneurship
Sherif El-Tawil, The DMZ, Operations Manager
Stefan Palios, Ziversity, Founder & CEO
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
March 3 at MaRS:  Full day program | Speakers | Partners
Hashtag: #CCS2016 | Social wall
Event Banner:  The Future of Crowdfunding is NOW
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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.

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