Media Advisory - The SME Conference with Hon. Harinder Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services hosted by FEI Canada Toronto and Hamilton Chapters

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - FEI Canada, the professional membership
association for senior financial executives, Toronto and Hamilton chapters,
will host the first ever conference for small-to-medium-enterprises: Drive
Your SME to Success. The conference will examine CFO challenges in the SME
sector and features an opening keynote address by the Honourable Harinder
Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services, among other esteemed

    What:  SME Conference. Drive your SME to Success. CFO Challenges in the
           SME Sector

    When:  Friday, October 24, 2008
           8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Where: Mississauga Convention Centre
           75 Derry Rd. Mississauga, ON L5W 1G3

    8:30 a.m.   The SME Landscape in Ontario   Honourable Harinder Takhar,
                                               Minister of Small Business
                                               and Entrepreneurship
    9:30 a.m.   Innovation in Established vs.  Ty Shattuck, Vice President
                New Organizations - Process,   & CEO, Trivaris Ltd
                Challenges and Opportunities
    10:00 a.m.  Exit Strategies for SMEs       - Howard Johnson, President,
     - Noon                                      Veracap Corporate Finance
                                               - Grant Walsh, Director and
                                                 Co-founder, KPMG Centre for
                                                 Family Business
                Employer/Employee Relations    - Michael Sherrard, Founding
                                                 Partner, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
                                               - Patricia Diver, Consultant,
                                                 Knightsbridge Human Capital
                SME Governance & Accounting    - Jon Grant, Examiner for the
                Standards for Private            Institute of Corporate
                Enterprise                       Directors
                                               - Mark Walsh, Principal,
                                                 Accounting Standards Board
                                                 (AcSB), CICA
    12:30 p.m.  SME Success Factors            Mark Chamberlain, President &
                                               Co-founder, Trivaris Ltd.
                                               (Formerly President/CEO Wescam
    2:00 p.m.   Debt and Equity Funding        - John Neate, Vengrowth
                Options for SMEs               - Silvio Marsilli, RoyNat
                                               - Eric Ehgoetz, BMO Capital
                                               - Charles Cazabon, Venture
                                                 Capital, BDC

    Media interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP in advance to
reserve a seat. Please respond to

    About FEI Canada

    FEI Canada is the all-industry professional membership association for
senior financial executives. With eleven chapters across Canada and more than
2,100 members, FEI Canada provides professional development, thought
leadership and advocacy services to its members. The association membership,
which consists of Chief Financial Officers, Audit Committee Directors and
senior executives in the Finance, Controller, Treasury and Taxation functions,
represents a significant number of Canada's leading and most influential
corporations. Further information can be found at

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For further information: Media Contact: Caroline Spivak, Profile
Communications, (416) 371-9740,

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