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New equity crowdfunding rules came into force on January 25, 2016.  Are you ready?

Top legal and industry experts with hands-on crowdfunding experience will take you through everything you need to know to advise on and comply with the new equity crowdfunding regime.

The crowdfunding landscape in Canada is changing rapidly. With the OSC’s introduction of the new Multilateral Instrument 45-108: Crowdfunding, Ontario will soon join other provinces in the implementation of a new equity crowdfunding regime. In this OsgoodePD webinar, an outstanding faculty of legal and industry experts will guide you through the key elements of the new equity crowdfunding rules. Whether you are advising or working for a company that relies upon crowdfunding, or are an angel investor or portal operator, take advantage of this opportunity to get up to speed on the new equity crowdfunding regime and become better equipped to maximize the benefits of this new fundraising tool.

This dynamic and informative discussion will provide practical insight on:

  • Overview of the new equity crowdfunding regime and the impact on portal operators, businesses and investors
    • Limitations on using the crowdfunding exemption
    • Requirement that portals/platforms must be registered as “restricted dealers” – what is the effect of this?
  • Interplay between existing and new prospectus exemptions typically used for crowdfunding, including the Accredited Investor, Offering Memorandum and new Crowdfunding exemptions
    • Practical guidance on when and why to use which exemption
  • The crowdfunding landscape across Canada – how will it change with the new regime?
  • Strategies for navigating the patchwork of provincial crowdfunding rules
  • Identifying, avoiding and mitigating the risks when raising capital through equity crowdfunding
  • Special issues affecting platform and portal operators including:
    • What does the platform model look like?
    • What technology and infrastructure will be required?
    • Who will serve as trustee for funds that are raised?
    • Internal compliance mechanisms for portal operators- best practices to ensure effective due diligence on companies and investors
    • Compliance challenges when operating a national platform
  • Who’s going to be watching? How compliance will be monitored in the new regime



  • Craig Asano, Executive Director at the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada


  • Pat B. Chaukos, Manager, Compliance and Registrant Regulation, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Jo-Anne Matear, Manager, Corporate Finance Branch, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Jason A. Saltzman, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Adam Spence, Director, Social Venture Connexion (SVX), MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream, including link to program materials will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.

Technical Support

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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - Program On Demand

Date Recorded
January 19, 2016
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$175 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • General corporate/business lawyers
  • Securities lawyers
  • In-house counsel
  • Crowdfunding portal/platform operators
  • Executives at start-ups
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital
  • Investors and venture capital groups

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