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Proposed sales tax changes to impact LPs and investment plans

Written by Mike Woollatt, CEO Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association The Department of Finance has released a consultation on sales tax changes that will impact many CVCA members—mostly positively, we believe. In short, under the proposed changes, management fees and other expenses would no longer be charged GST and HST tax based on

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Mike Shaver joins Real Ventures team

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Canadian VC firm Real Ventures has hired Mike Shaver to join its Toronto firm as General Partner as part of its broader effort to expand the firm. Shaver has known the founding partners of Real Ventures since its formative years. Real Ventures says he has a phenomenal track record building product and engineering teams and

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Top Three for VC: ICT, Life Sciences and Agribusiness Sectors Lead Canadian Growth

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By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association In the first half of 2016, the Canadian VC landscape continued to grow, propelled by investment in three sectors: ICT, life sciences and agribusiness. According to our exclusive H1 2016 data, ICT led the way with $995M invested in H1 (65 per cent of the total

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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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Opinion

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