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EMDA announces winners of the 2013 EMDA Awards Exempt Market Deals of the Year

May 1, 2013  
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The first and only industry awards recognizing exempt market business leaders in Canada


Toronto, May 1, 2013 – The Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada (EMDA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 EMDA Awards - Exempt Market Deals of the Year which will be presented tomorrow at the 2013 EMDA Exempt Market Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The 2013 EMDA Awards are the only Canadian industry awards celebrating prominent exempt market transactions led by exempt market dealers.

David Gilkes, EMDA Vice-Chair states: "The EMDA believes it is time to start celebrating the success stories of the exempt market and honouring the leaders driving those successes. EMDA awards winners are helping to: (a) finance entrepreneurs and innovators, (b) develop and grow emerging businesses and (c) create successful alternative exempt market investment opportunities for Canadians. Capital raised in the exempt market helps finance economic activity across Canada and is an important contributor to creating wealth and fueling our economy. The EMDA Awards celebrate excellence and showcase examples of leadership in Canada’s exempt market.”


The nominees were evaluated based on their leadership in the industry, contribution to the deal, market innovation, impact, and the benefits of the deal for the issuer and for investors. The award selection committee was comprised of independent members of the EMDA Board of Directors. The winners will be officially recognized at the 2013 EMDA Exempt Market Conference at the National Club in Toronto on May 2, 2013.

Cranson Capital Securities
Technology Growth Deal of the YearPrivate placement equity financing of Keek Inc., a fast growing social media video app in the world


Crosbie & Company
Debt Financing Deal of the Year
Advisor to Enoch Cree Nation in the refinancing of River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton


MNP Corporate Finance
Equity Financing Real Estate Deal of the Year
Equity financing of a premier waterfront hotel and condominium complex in Thunder Bay


Sloane Capital Corp.
Renewable Energy Deal of the Year
Debt financing for Solar Income Fund which focuses on solar photovoltaic energy generation projects


Precipice Capital

Private Debt Deal of the Year

Debt financing of a portfolio of residential properties in Atlantic Canada


IBK Capital Corp.
Private Equity Technology Deal of the Year
Private placement equity financing of Opel Technologies Inc. and its semi-conductor Planar Opto Electronic Technology

Walton International Group
Real Estate Debt Financing Deal of the Year
High yield bond financing of Walton CA Highland Falls LP, a pre-development land project in California


Cranson Capital Securities
Residential Real Estate Deal of the Year
Private placement debt financing for PlazaCorp residential project in Toronto


Arlington Street Investments
Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year
Financing syndication lead by TriView Capital Ltd. through the 8th Avenue Limited Partnership in Calgary

If you can't attend the awards ceremony in person, you can watch it live on the Internet via the webcast sponsored by Resolve Collaboration Services. Please register for the webcast here.


The EMDA would like to thank the event sponsors for their support of this important industry event: Titan Equity Group, Walton, MNP LLP and MNP Corporate Finance Inc., Exempt Logic, Maverick Energy Inc., Aileron (financial services agent to Beacon Trust), Resolve Collaboration Services, Borden Ladner Gervais, WeirFoulds LLP, IFSE Institute, Productivity Media, Sloane Capital Corp. and the Globe and Mail.


The EMDA would also like to thank the EMDA Founding Sponsors that have played an important role in establishing and supporting the EMDA across Canada: parker simone LLP, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, IBK Capital Corp., Quadrexx, Bloom Burton & Co., MNP Corporate Finance Inc.,Walton, WeirFoulds LLP,PowerOne Capital Markets Limited, Bullion Management Group Inc.


About EMDA Awards - Exempt Market Deals of the Year
The EMDA’s Exempt Market Deals of the Year are the national awards for the exempt market. These first ever industry awards for Issuers and Dealers encourage best practices, high standards of conduct and recognize exempt market business leaders who are helping build a vibrant and successful exempt capital market in Canada. For details on the 2013 EMDA Deal of the Year Award winners please go to:


About Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada
The Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada (EMDA) is a not-for-profit industry association that brings together exempt market product issuers, exempt market dealers and professional advisers to the exempt market. The EMDA is the leading national industry voice for the exempt market to securities regulators, government agencies and the capital markets and provides valuable services and benefits to its members, including: exclusive customized insurance programs for exempt market dealers, regulatory and compliance guidance, opportunities for professional development and continuing education, and access to a network of exempt market professionals from coast to coast. For more information please visit the website: