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Canadian Business Growth Fund: Closing The Gap

Canadian Business Growth Fund

Why don’t more Canadian companies grow to become global industry leaders? How did we go from being home to 18 such companies in 1990, compared to just a handful today. What has led to the “hollowing out” of the mid-tier market in Canada as smaller companies sell long before their plans are realized? It’s not

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The Investment Opportunity In British Columbia

Innovate BC
VC

B.C.’s tech sector is thriving. Year over year, we’re experiencing consistent growth in revenue, GDP, job creation, and total companies. We have more than 10,000 companies, employing more than 114,000 people, all over the province. Emerging tech hubs in the Okanagan, Kootenays, and Vancouver Island are helping drive innovation in all parts of B.C., providing

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Moving From Searchlight To Beacon: An Opportunity For Canadian Venture Capital Firms Dedicated To Increasing Their Investment In Women‑Founded Firms

Jonathan Hera
VC

The May 7th, 2019 report by Highline BETA and Female Funders on Women in Venture Capital shows that only 11.8% of managing partners in Canada’s venture capital industry are women; fewer still at the venture partner level (10.3%). The report also says that $4.6B or eighty-five per cent of money invested in Canadian venture-capital funds

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Private Equity Investment: Ownership Transitions Fuel Opportunities For Smaller Deals

Patrick Latour
PE

A surging tide of ownership transitions represents a major growth opportunity for Canadian private equity investors, especially at the lower end of the market. While Canadian institutional investors have largely withdrawn from smaller PE funds to move upmarket, PE funds and pledge funds have found new sources of capital through family offices and high-net-worth individuals.

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Empowering Canada’s Women Investors: Enough Talk, Let’s Take Action

Lauren Robinson
VC

Despite Canada’s commitment to creating opportunities for the next generation of women founders, access to capital remains a significant barrier for women looking to launch and scale globally relevant businesses. Last year, Female Funders and Highline BETA launched the Women in Venture Report. This was the beginning of an ongoing project we’ve undertaken to understand

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ESG: What Do LPs Want From Their GPs?

Victoria Robson
PE

Diversity and climate change are two of the issues that investors are most likely to focus on when scrutinizing a fund’s responsibility record, writes Victoria Robson, Private Equity International. INVESTOR CONCERNS Ask a GP what drives their environmental, social and governance agenda and more often than not they attribute a significant portion of their commitment

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Forget About The Health of Your Portfolios For A Minute

Jennifer Williams

Instead of talking about the health of our investments, let’s talk about the health of our entrepreneurs and colleagues. As investors, we are continually checking in on the health of our portfolio companies, but when was the last time we checked in on the health of our entrepreneurs—more specifically, the mental health of our entrepreneurs?

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Don’t Acquire The Threat: Cyber Due Diligence For Private Equity

Louis Higgins
PE

Don’t Acquire The Threat: Cyber Due Diligence For Private Equity is a contribution to CVCA Central from CVCA member RSM Canada. In today’s ever-evolving technological landscape, cybersecurity threats and incidents are frequently the subject of front-page articles and board discussions. It seems there is no shortage of organizations being held ransom by hackers demanding bitcoin

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The Private Credit Landscape

John Middleton
VC

The Private Credit Landscape is a contribution to CVCA Central from CVCA member John Middleton, Senior Manager, Harmonic Fund Services. The recent growth in private credit has been rapid and exciting. It took only 20 years—and a financial crisis—to fundamentally restructure the loan market to one where alternative credit is helping fuel a very significant

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Capturing Deal Value: Enabling Digital Capabilities Through M&A

Jensen Lee
PE

Since 2016, corporate buyers have increasingly targeted acquisitions of technology/digital companies. According to PwC’s 2018 mid-year deals report – four out of ten acquisitions of technology companies came from non-technology companies. This trend is expected to continue as enablers of value shift to include automation, data and analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of