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Third Annual Exempt Market Conference. Awards Winners 2014 Private Capital Markets Deals of the Year

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 2014 PCMA Private Capital Markets Annual Conference “Spotlight on the Private Capital Markets & Capital Raising Opportunities

Announcement of the 2014 PCMA Private Capital Markets Deals of the Year Awards Winners


May 28, 2014, TORONTO - the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA)™, formerly known as the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada, invites the private capital markets industry professionals to attend the Third Annual Exempt Market Conference - now called the 2014 PCMA Private Capital Markets Conference, Awards ceremony and cocktail reception taking place on June 2, 2014 from 8:00 AM until 7:30 PM at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, 77 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON.   


The Conference theme is a “Spotlight on the Private Capital Markets & Capital Raising Opportunities” and will include discussion of key issues and opportunities in raising capital in the private capital markets.

As in previous years, the Conference will feature a great line up of speakers including the Honourable Mr. Howard Wetston, Chair & CEO, Ontario Securities Commission, James E. A. Turner, Vice-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission, one of Canada’s most successful CEO’s John Risley, President and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods and a number of leading experts in capital raising, regulation and business opportunities in the private capital markets. The complete agenda is available at

Capital raised in the exempt market helps finance economic activity across Canada and is an important contributor to supporting entrepreneurial business, and creating wealth for Canadian investors. More than $140 billion is raised through exempt distributions in the private markets as reported to the Ontario Securities Commission.

John Risley, President and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods remarks, "The Canadian economy depends on strong businesses for employment, economic growth and investments. Canadian businesses need access to efficient sources of capital as companies grow and expand – we need to do everything possible to ensure there is a robust funding source ready to support those businesses. The private capital markets are essential for businesses that may not want to be public companies or are simply not yet ready to enter the public markets. Failure to support and grow our private capital markets will hurt Canadian businesses and limit our ability to grow as an economy and a country – and those consequences are scary. Private capital has been critical to my business and to my career in business – I want Canadians to understand the importance of strong private capital markets." 

Over 300 industry members will participate including entrepreneurs, exempt market dealers and issuers, legal, accounting, compliance, private equity, venture capital, investment professionals and key regulators. Attendees will receive 5.5 continuing education credits from Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) for attending the 2014 PCMA Private Capital Markets Conference.


Geoffrey Ritchie, Executive Director of the PCMA states: "This is our Third Annual Exempt Market Conference - now called the Private Capital Markets Conference to be held in Toronto. We re-branded our Association from the “EMDA” to the “PCMA” in March 2014 in response to our members and supporters who believe our new name better reflects our constituency and mandate. The Private Capital Markets Association of Canada captures the market and broad role our members play in the overall capital markets. We are honoured to have such a talented and insightful lineup of speakers joining us for our 2014 conference. With Howard Wetston, Chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission, Canada’s largest capital market regulator, sharing his views on the future of the private capital markets and its regulatory environment, and a keynote address by of Canada’s most successful CEO’s John Risley - this will be an important industry event. The PCMA is the leading national voice for the private capital/exempt markets – and we are committed to growth and the success of this important segment of the capital markets. Our conference will have an in-depth discussion of the Offering Memorandum as a new capital raising tool in Ontario along with industry views on these significant OSC proposals. We’ll also be discussing the business models for capital raising, the challenges in the market and the opportunities being created by the turn towards private capital. There will also be guidance on navigating the complexity of new regulatory expectations on the compliance programs and operations of EMDs and practical solutions to managing those operational risks. Our conference will also feature some key industry success stories as we present the 2014 PCMA Awards – Private Capital Markets Deals of the Year.

The event will culminate with the presentation of the 2014 PCMA Awards – Private Capital Markets Deals of the Year – the only national industry awards for private capital markets professionals, which recognize business leaders who are helping build a vibrant and successful private capital markets in Canada. Boyd Erman, Lead Finance Reporter from the Globe and Mail will host the awards ceremony.


Winners of the 2014 PCMA Awards – Private Capital Markets Deals of the Year

The PCMA is also pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 PCMA Awards – Private Capital Markets Deals of the Year. The nominees were evaluated based on their leadership in the industry, their contribution to the deal, innovative market, product or investment opportunities created and the benefits of the deal for the issuer and for investors. The award selection committee was comprised of independent members of the PCMA Board of Directors.

GreenSky Capital Inc.
Smart Energy Instruments Inc.
Sustainable Growth Technology Deal of the Year
Capital allowed company to find global partners that have provided further non-dilutive funding and commercial validation of its sustainable energy smart grid technologies.

Crosbie & Company Inc.
River Cree Resort and Casino
Private Debt Financing Deal of the Year
A private capital bond deal in a First Nations community – the first done cross-border and without government guarantees.

Portland Investment Counsel

Portland Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund LP
Investment Fund Deal of the Year
Provided investors a unique opportunity to invest alongside supranational institutions and sovereign states in a renewable energy investment strategy.

Western Investment Properties 
WIP III Investment Limited Partnership
Real Estate Private Equity Deal of the Year
Redevelopment of undervalued residential buildings in Greater Vancouver area that optimizes property and investor value.

IBK Capital Corp.
POET Technologies Inc.
Technology Deal of the Year
Private capital solution that repositioned a struggling public company and will enable continued development of groundbreaking technology.

Cranson Capital Securities
Yonge-Yorkville-Cumberland Fund / Plazacorp    
Residential Real Estate Deal of the Year   
Condo development project which allowed investors to partner with a top developer and split profits of the investment.


The PCMA would like to thank the 2014 Conference Sponsors for their support of this important industry event: Sussex Retirement Living, Western Investment Properties, Raintree Financial Solutions, PowerOne Capital Markets Limited, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Firmex, North Star Compliance and Regulatory Solutions, WeirFoulds LLP, UBS Bank (Canada) Wealth Management, MNP Corporate Finance, Sloane Capital Corp., and Reuters peHUB Canada.

The PCMA would also like to thank the PCMA Founding Sponsors that have played an important role in establishing and supporting our Association. The support of our Founding Sponsors has made a significant difference in the exempt market/private capital market industry from coast to coast: WeirFoulds LLP, MNP Corporate Finance, Bullion Management Group, PowerOne Capital Markets Limited, IBK Capital Corp., Titan Equity Group, Portland Investment Counsel, and Knightswood Financial Corp. About the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada

Founded in 2002, the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA)™, formerly known as the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada, is the leading national voice of Canada’s private capital markets. The PCMA represents the interests of exempt market dealers, issuers and industry professionals to securities regulators, government, industry associations, the capital markets and the public. The PCMA assists its members with understanding their regulatory responsibilities through industry publications, educational opportunities and connections to compliance, regulatory, finance and legal resources. The PCMA provides valuable membership services and cost saving opportunities to its members including opportunities for professional development and industry education, exclusive insurance programs, and access to a network of private capital professionals from coast to coast. For more information visit:

For media inquiries, please contact:
Elena Mazur
Communications Director
Private Capital Markets Association of Canada