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KPMG Canada appoints Elio Luongo as new CEO for five‑year term

KPMG LLP has hired Elio Luongo, currently Canadian Managing Partner of the company’s tax practice, as its new Chief Executive Officer beginning in October. With three decades of experience in corporate planning and restructuring, KPMG says Luongo has the vision and proven ability to lead the company into a new chapter of growth. “I am

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Wellington Financial hires new partner to drive financings in life sciences companies

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Wellington Financial LP, a privately-held specialty finance firm, has hired Jeff Chapman as Partner and Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences in an effort to help the company break into the healthcare and life science vertical. Chapman, a seasoned life sciences investment professional, will join the firm’s Menlo Park office in the San Francisco Bay

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Beyond Sell or Bell: Alternative Exit Strategies Every Investor Should Know

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By Adam Spence Co-founder, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing A smart investor knows that you can’t make a good investment without a good exit strategy. “Sale or IPO” is often considered the mantra for early-stage investors and entrepreneurs. However, while ringing the bell or making the sell are legitimate options for many companies, they don’t

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Artificial Intelligence, Real Opportunities

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How to capitalize on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning investments By Boris Wertz Founding Partner, Version One Ventures There’s no denying there’s been an explosion in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) activity. Whether it’s Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, some level of artificial intelligence has become commonplace in daily life. This outbreak of

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Canada’s Tech Sector: An Economic Goliath

A new report by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship illustrates the impact and contribution of Canada’s impressive tech sector on the economy and workforce. Canada’s tech sector has no doubt become a major driver of innovation and a dependable source of economic growth for the foreseeable future. In fact, new research from the Brookfield Institute for

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We the North: Homegrown tech is on the rise — and offers lucrative VC opportunities

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By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association *Revised on August 3, 2016 Canada is beginning to prove itself as a competitive powerhouse market for tech talent and innovation. And the proof is in the numbers. Based on data extracted from CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent Report—which used various metrics including population trends and

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The IPO Drought: What does it mean for private investors?

By Carolyn Goard, Senior Communications Manager, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association There’s no doubt the private capital industry has witnessed a decrease in initial public offering (IPO) activity in Canada over the last few years. Pinpointing solid companies to acquire (that will ultimately lead to a listing on a stock exchange) is like

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What role should government play in FinTech innovation?

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By Christian Lassonde and Claudia Hepburn, Impression Ventures With FinTech innovation moving at a rapid pace around the world, it’s important that Canadian regulators understand that creative disruption in the financial services sector is critical to the ongoing strength of this pillar of the Canadian economy. But not everyone seems to agree. This past June,

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10 things your boss won’t tell you when you start your new VC/PE gig

By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association Most of us starting out in private equity and venture capital have never invested in private companies before. We’re eager to start building transactional experience and quickly climb up the steep learning curve. Getting there, however, isn’t always an easy feat. We chatted with a few

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The next big thing: Why FinTech is becoming Canada’s most talked‑about industry

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Article originally published in May 2016 edition of Private Capital Magazine By Information Venture Partners Move over, social media: Financial technology has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the world of start-ups. Finance has long been a category in need of disruption. The average consumer, until very recently, saw finance as monolithic: slow-moving,