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PCMA Announcement: New Chair and Board of Directors

December 11, 2014  
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PCMA Announcement: New Chair and Board of Directors

Toronto, December 11, 2014 – the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA), is pleased to announce the election of its first Western Canada based Chair and the election of 11 new members of its national Board of Directors.


As an association, the PCMA believes in transparent governance, accountability to its members, and continually providing opportunities for renewal and growth. Through an open call for nominations, a number of leading industry professionals were nominated for our national Board of Directors, new regional Chapters and industry committees.


Geoffrey Ritchie, Executive Director of the PCMA states: “I was pleased to see such an impressive roster of industry leaders from across Canada stepping up to lead the PCMA, and offering their skill and effort to help take us in new directions. Our new Chairman Doug Bedard, a Senior Vice President and Director at MNP Corporate Finance Inc. (an exempt market dealer) and has been a great asset to our association for a number of years. Doug will help drive our industry dialogue in new directions and provide strategic leadership to the PCMA on the issues facing our industry.


Doug Bedard, the new PCMA Chair, remarks, “I am proud to be elected as the first chair of the PCMA from Western Canada. The PCMA is a key national voice in our capital markets and it leads our industry on the complex private capital / exempt market issues across Canada. Our mandate is to advocate for change where it’s needed, provide educational infrastructure for our industry, and to build networks and tools that help our members succeed in their businesses. In the past ten years, the PCMA has made tremendous strides growing its membership and expanding its scope and capabilities. As the new Chair, and with the support of our incredibly talented board & executive team, we will build on that strong legacy. Our goal is to continue to focus on supporting our membership across the country, increasing our influence on regulatory policy supporting the wide range of businesses across the private capital markets. Over the past few years, our work on regulatory and compliance issues has built a strong foundation for our industry - now, it's time to focus on the business of the private capital markets.”


The PCMA’s national Board of Directors brings together industry leaders from every region of Canada and from key specializations within the private capital markets - this includes exempt market dealers, issuers of private securities and professionals who advise the industry on business, legal, accounting and compliance matters. For a full list of the members of the Board of Directors please visit our website at:


Upcoming PCMA Initiatives for 2015

  • Launch of regional chapters across Canada
  • Launch of the redesigned Exempt Market Product (EMP) course in partnership with IFSE Institute
  • PCMA Compliance Education Series, Winter 2015
  • PCMA CFO Financial Education Series, Winter 2015
  • 4th Annual PCMA Private Capital Markets Conference, Spring 2015
  • 2015 PCMA Awards - Private Capital Deals of the Year, Spring 2015

For media inquiries, please contact:

Geoffrey Ritchie
Executive Director | Private Capital Markets Association of Canada
647.529.4359 |