Diversifying Alberta’s economy – Driving investment through capital markets
Alberta is a global powerhouse in energy and agriculture. Growing and attracting companies to access natural resources and build value has been at the heart of Alberta’s economy for decades. Alberta must maintain this leadership position while also fueling growth and supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in high tech, green energy, advanced manufacturing, and industries that have yet to develop.
This symposium will focus on Alberta’s capital market as a key to supporting SMEs’ access to capital, growth, and entrance to new markets.
Major gaps currently exist in the startup to public company continuum. The major banks and investment dealers under service SMEs valued under $50 million. This is not an issue unique to Alberta, or even Canada. Across North America, many SMEs hit a ceiling where their inability to access capital stalls growth and innovation. The outcome for many of these firms is to be acquired rather than go public. Once that occurs, Alberta often loses talent, future investments, and decision makers. This event is part of Athabasca University’s Future of Learning Series and explores the policy environment in Canada for developing capital markets and the challenges in growing internationally competitive companies on our own backyard.
President, ATB Financial
Leo de Bever
Chairman, Oak Point Energy, Bennet Jones LLP, C.D. Howe Institute
Former CEO AIMCO
President, Capital Formation, Equity Capital Markets, TMX Group
Director, Co-Head Public Venture Capital Division Richardson GMP
President, Rockmount Financial Corporation
Host and moderator:
Dr. Deborah Hurst
Dean, Athabasca University, Faculty of Business
When Thursday, October 27, 2016
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm (doors open at 12:30 pm for a light reception)
Phone: 780.488.2832 or 1.800.561.4650