– Vancouver

Date: 04.20.22

Time: 7:15 AM PT

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West

The M&A-Ready Event for Entrepreneurs


In technology, mergers and acquisitions are a regular occurrence and can be a path to growth. Every tech company needs to be “M&A Ready”. Learn from the biggest exit success stories, the multiple exit stories, and connect with the players that made them happen. is the go-to event for technology industry players who want to understand the ins and outs of selling – or buying – technology companies. This event is not just for tech companies looking to exit in the near term – it is about being “M&A ready” from day one. You’ll understand what you need in place to be able to act intelligently to plan for the future, to react to unsolicited in-bound acquisition interest, or to be able to move quickly should consolidation start happening in your industry. is the only conference of its kind in Canada –focused solely on mergers and acquisition strategies for technology companies.

Devon Thompson, Director, RBCx will be speaking on this year’s program on the breakout session Valuation Check-In.

Do you know what your business is worth? This session will explore how to enhance the value of your business from the get-go and what levers you need to “push or pull” in order to optimize the results you are looking for. These experts have acquired and advised acquisitions and will teach you:

– The mechanisms that buyers use to evaluate growth and retention.

– How buyers will predict the future growth of your business and the value of your business.

– Valuation techniques

– What steps you can take to increase your value

– What drives exit value


Ed Bryant, President & CEO, Sampford Advisors Inc.
Catherine Andersz, Advisor & Investor. Co-Founder, Board Director and former CEO of PDFTron Systems Inc.
Cameron Burke, Partner, Technology & Innovation Banking, Fort Capital Partners
Devon Thompson, Director, RBCx

Register: Venture Debt 101 with Tony Barkett

Date: 01.13.22

Time: 12:00pm ET

Location: Online

Join us on Thursday, January 13 to learn about the purpose of venture debt, the benefits of leveraging, & overall best practices for your debt strategy.

The Canadian tech ecosystem smashed venture capital investment records in 2021 – the highest annual dollars invested on record (CAD $11.3B as at Q3). Venture debt shadowed this pace, with more capital than ever being deployed.

But what exactly is venture debt?

Venture debt is a type of debt financing leveraged by venture-backed companies to extend their existing runway. This strategy lowers the cost of capital, provides additional time to grow, and ultimately allows companies to raise their next round at a more attractive valuation. Sounds easy, right? Not so fast. Despite widespread adoption and utilization of venture debt across the country, start-ups and scale-ups still have many misconceptions!

In this session, you’ll learn about the purpose of venture debt, the benefits of leverage, and overall best practices for your debt strategy – followed by an AMA with Tony Barkett, Managing Director of RBCx.

Register on Eventbrite.



About the speaker – Tony Barkett, Managing Director, RBCx

In his role of Managing Director at RBCx, Tony Barkett leads a highly specialized team and the delivery of industry-tailored advice, solutions and capital financing for technology companies at every stage of growth. Prior to RBCx, Tony Barkett was the Managing Director for Silicon Valley Bank focused on helping technology companies in Canada’s growing innovation economy. Previously, Tony held leadership roles including managing SVB’s Eastern Cleantech practice and SVB’s Southeast Asset Based Lending Group. Connect with Tony Barkett on Twitter.

50% Off with Early Bird Pricing for CFS 2022

Date: 04.05.22

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: MaRS Discovery District - Toronto, ON

Registration is open for the 2022 Canadian Fintech Summit presented by Framework Venture Partners on April 5 & 6, 2022.

CFS 2022: Connect, Learn, Grow

These are unprecedented times. We have all been through a lot. Now is the time to focus once again on growth! Connect with speakers, industry experts and influential startups to provide new opportunities. Learn from experts in growth who have been there and done it! With growth we can reenergize our ecosystem and importantly take advantage of an extraordinary change in consumer and business behaviour. #CanadianTechTogether

Pitch Battle
Over 20 of the best start-ups tackling solutions in capital markets, lending, accounting, payments, retail, insurance and more, will compete for investment opportunities and partnerships. Participants have received over $10M in investments! This is the ultimate opportunity for start-ups to showcase their business and have quality exchanges with industry professionals and investors.

Influential Speakers
Powerful founders, CEOs and industry leaders take the stage to share relevant experience, knowledge and facts. These engaging speakers provide critical insights into the current challenges and expose the extraordinary opportunities.

Save 25% with RBCx SAAS North Promo Code

Date: 11.17.21


Location: Ottawa

Since 2016, SAAS NORTH has been recognized as THE Canadian hub for rapidly-scaling SaaS founders and their teams – connecting thousands of entrepreneurs.

SAAS NORTH is reconnecting the SaaS ecosystem at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on November 17-18, 2021. This year, speakers will include leaders from RBCx, Unbounce, Thinkific, Jobber, Solace, Georgian, Brightspark, Axonify, Panache, Fellow, FreshBooks, Hopper, Klipfolio, Bessemer, and more!

Anthony Mouchantaf, Ray Rashed and other members of the RBCx team will be there!

Join us with a 25% discount with RBCx promo code RBC25 at checkout.

Cyber Tech & Risk – UEBA (User and Entity Behavior Analytics)

Date: 08.19.21

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Location: Online (Registration Link Below)

UEBA (User and entity behavior analytics) is a modern security solution that leverages the latest technology like machine learning and big data to analyze behaviors of users and entities. So it can detect potential threats and risks that many traditional tools do not discover, such as insider threats.

Register for the Cyber Tech & Risk – UEBA virtual event to hear insights from industry experts on August 19, 2021.

Featured Speakers

Sam Fong, Lead Technology Architect, Microsoft
Chris Tillett, Senior Security Engineer, Exabeam
Amit Tiwari, Director, Behavioural Analytics & Insider Threat, Data Protection, RBC
Hoda Nasseri, Cyber Defense Manager, KPMG


Last Call: Deloitte Fast 50 Applications – June 18

Date: 06.18.21


Location: Canada

The 2021 Technology Fast 50 program launched on April 29 and we expect to see some exciting companies apply this year. The application cut off date is June 18.

This year’s program also announced a new category – Clean Technology. As part of program’s overall commitment to sustainability, we are shining the spotlight on clean technology companies that are helping Canada achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. In the journey to encourage zero carbon emissions globally, Canadian companies are poised to be leaders of this worldwide commitment. Leading the race to 2050 will make an incredible impact on our country’s economy and reputation on the global stage.

Clean technology is defined as any process, good or service that reduces environmental impacts through:

  • environmental protection activities that prevent, reduce or eliminate pollution or any other degradation of the environment;
  • resource management activities that result in more efficient use of natural resources, thus safeguarding against their depletion; or
  • the use of goods that have been adapted to be significantly less energy or resource intensive than the industry standard.

The successful companies that will fall within these guidelines will need to achieve the same elements as the Fast 50 category, but also have a majority of the company’s revenues come from products or services that have a positive environmental impact, being one of the following:

  • Carbon emissions reduction potential
  • Resources circulation (reduce, reuse, and recycle)
  • Environmental preservation and safety

Fast 50 key dates

  • Application period: April 29 – June 18
  • Interview period: June – July
  • Winners’ announcement: November 2021

If you have clients that are leaders in the tech and innovation space, encourage them to apply to the Technology Fast 50 program and be recognized across North America.

For more information, visit the Deloitte Fast 50 website