10 reasons why PE & VC investors will be attending Invest Canada ‘17
Canada’s premier and exclusive venture capital and private equity event is back by popular demand in 2017. Invest Canada ’17 is a collaborative conference between the CVCA and Réseau Capital and it’s happening June 6 – 8 at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in beautiful downtown Montreal, Quebec in the days leading up to the 2017 Grand Prix.
In the spirit of all the excitement around this event, we thought we’d break down the top 10 reasons why private capital industry stakeholders should attend Invest Canada ’17.
1. Relationship Building & Deal Flow
The number one reason to attend any conference is the unparalleled access to new contacts. At Invest Canada ’17, the high-quality attendees and the unique environment provide an opportunity to reconnect with industry peers and forge valuable new relationships and foster deal flow.
At Invest Canada ’17, attendees will have upwards of 30 hours to network and connect with attendees and participants from TPG Capital, Georgian Partners, Novacap, Lumira Capital, The Carlyle Group, iNovia Capital, CDPQ, OTPP, Fonds FTQ, among many more.
2. International Influencers
Invest Canada ’17 is proud to be welcoming world renowned marquee speakers. These international influencers will be discussing their interesting and unique experiences while sharing personal and business lessons. Discussing a wide range of topics from innovation and leadership, to overcoming adversity and the current political climate; these keynotes are sure not to disappoint.
Invest Canada ’17 has confirmed decorated Canadian astronaut and the first Canadian to walk in space, Chris Hadfield; American financier and philanthropist, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein; Formula 1 champion and entrepreneur, Niki Lauda; and, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner, Ajay Royan who founded and runs Mithril, a long-term investment fund for transformative and durable technology companies.
3. Collaboration During Montreal’s 375th Anniversary
Taking place during exciting Grand Prix week in Montréal, the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) has teamed up with Réseau Capital to bring together the largest gathering of ecosystem professionals for 2017. Combining two separate conferences into one event ensures this premier private capital event is bigger and better than ever before!
In 2017, Montreal will turn 375 years old. It is a major milestone for Quebec’s largest metropolitan centre and the occasion is being well marked! The 375th anniversary of Montreal provides an opportunity to celebrate the city’s strong history, culture, rich heritage, people and iconic places. In addition to its history, Montreal is a world leader among smart and digital cities, a topic being covered during Invest Canada ‘17! For a full calendar of events for Montreal 375click here.
4. Quality Venture Capital Content
Enjoy exclusive VC only content at Invest Canada ’17 including breakout sessions on the status of the venture capital industry, cleantech and the connected city, and life sciences, pharma and IT.
5. Quality Private Equity Content
Invest Canada’17 will also house unique PE-only content which includes breakout sessions focused on the rise of the asset class, the private equity landscape and trends that are emerging in Canada, US, and Europe, and the evolution of PE in infrastructure.
PE industry experts participating in Invest Canada ’17 include TorQuest Partners, Alignvest Management Corporation, Atlas Partners LP, CDPQ, PSP Investments, Torys LLP, Novacap TMT Group, Vertu Capital, Deloitte, TPG Capital, InstarAGF Asset Management, MaRS and more!
6. Entrepreneur Panel
For the first time ever, Invest Canada ’17 is introducing an entire new session demonstrating the entrepreneurial spirit. This session will feature CEOs of high growth, venture-capital backed companies at various stages and will highlight a lively debate on the challenges and rewards of hitting growth, expansion and exit in the rapidly evolving tech community.
7. New GP-Only Session
General partners will benefit from a personally tailored invite-only session — a brand new feature at this year’s conference. This GP-only event includes a keynote presentation by Bobby Franklin, CEO of NVCA, about investment trends/US outlook, and regulatory changes impacting both VC and PE.
Following the keynote, GPs will hear from a panel of experts who will give an update on the tax issues facing GPs including sales tax treatment, capital gains, and the latest on GP structures. The final panel will discuss LP attitudes and trends with a deep-dive into what LPs are looking for in today’s return environment and trends in LPAs.
8. Exclusive LP-Only Event
Back by popular demand, the LP-only event returns to Invest Canada ’17 with fresh content sure to complement professional development. Featuring a keynote from David Parrish, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP, the LP-only session will be focused on the practical issues directly impacting LPs including fund terms, GP/LP alignment, best practices, and a discussion on the issues LPs have encountered managing GPs.
9. Top-Notch Social Events
Invest Canada ’17 will be home to various social events, including many unique and interesting opportunities to build new connections. Conclude day two of the conference with two unique events: the annual Poker Tournament as well as the Whisky Tasting experience. These separate events allow attendees to blow off some steam and have some fun with their peers.
10. 2017 CVCA Awards
The CVCA Awards are an acknowledgment and celebration of the successes of our dynamic industry, which include superior investment returns, disruptive technologies, a focus on corporate social responsibility, job creation and advancements in individual sectors. There are three award categories for 2017, one of which is brand new to the CVCA Awards roster.
Returning award categories include the Deal of the Year Award for both venture capital and private equity, and the Ted Anderson Community Leadership Award. New this year is the Private Capital Regional Impact Award which recognizes CVCA member firms that have made a significant mark within the industry and communities that they operate. Award winners for Deal of the Year and Ted Anderson Community Leadership Award will be announced at Invest Canada ’17. Nominations are now open for all 2017 CVCA Awards.
Time is running out to take advantage of special hotel room conference pricing! Special pricing expires May 15, 2017. We strongly suggest booking your room in advance as availability will become limited as of June 8th due to Grand Prix Montréal! Click here to register.