Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Let's Talk M&A, January 27th

  • 27 Jan 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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  • A $200 membership includes registration to 8 events during one year membership. Tickets are individual (holder only) and non-transferable.
    Guest tickets must be purchased separately.

Hear from our panelists, who represent buyers and sellers in B.C.'s technology industry, which in 2014 had an M&A value of $959 million across 52 transactions*.

Moderated by Brent Holliday, Founder & CEO at Garibaldi Capital Advisors and a VEF Board member. Panelists include:

Keith Spencer, Partner at Fasken Martineau and VEF Board member
Matt McKinney, Chief Strategy Officer at AURO
Hamed Shahbazi, Chairman and CEO at TIO Networks
Steve Munford, Chairman at Sophos

Discussion questions will include:

- what they do to find companies?
- what is the criteria for buying?
- being bought versus selling
- when to sell
- how personality of buyer/seller can make or break a deal
- when to engage advisors in the process
- best practice tips
- how to obtain more value

Lightning Pitchers: Stekio Labs, WealthBar, Marketing.AI, Wellin5 and iaconicDesign. Infomercial from Rocket Builders & find Decontrol Vancouver in the lobby with their Bitcoin miner and ATM.

Keith Spencer is a partner with the law firm of Fasken Martineau and is the Chair of the Vancouver office’s Securities and Technology Practice Group. Keith’s clients range from start-up to mature private technology companies. Keith was previously in-house counsel to the Vancouver-based Wireless Data Group of Motorola, Inc., where he had overall responsibility for its legal affairs.

Matt McKinney serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at AURO and as the Managing Director at iDigital Internet Inc. A customer and marketing expert, Matt brings over 15 years of leadership and results-driven experience in business development and strategy to his role. He played a significant part in iDigital Internet Inc.’s M&A strategy, closing several web hosting company acquisitions over the past 18 months. 

Matt is a technology evangelist and has worked extensively with clients like Oracle, ISCS, Wolters Kluwers, and Service Canada in establishing cutting-edge solutions that deliver significant ROI and cost-savings. Prior to joining AURO and iDigital Internet Inc., Matt held senior positions at ShareBuilder Inc. (now part of Capital One) and Volt Information Sciences.

Mr. Hamed Shahbazi founded TIO Networks in August 1997 as a solution provider in the self-service automated kiosk marketplace. Since then Mr. Shahbazi has transitioned the Company into a payment solution provider that specializes in delivering bill payment and other financial services through a variety of automated self-service, retail POS, mobile and web-based methodologies.

Mr. Shahbazi earned his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1997. Mr. Shahbazi also completed Harvard Law’s program on Negotiation for Business Executives.

Steve Munford is an accomplished leader in the security industry with experience in leading companies through rapid growth.

Steve is currently the non-executive chairman of the Sophos Ltd. board of directors, Chairman of Elastic Path, Board Member Carbonite (CARB), Board Member Core Security, Board Member Quick Mobile and past Chairman of Wurltech which sold to General Electric in 2014. He served as Sophos' CEO from 2006 to 2012 and, during that time, led the company through a period of dramatic growth, more than tripling bookings and its $830M sell to Apax. Prior to his role as CEO, Steve served as President of Sophos for North America and then became Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the day-to-day running of the company and its senior management team. Previously, he was President of ActiveState before its acquisition by Sophos in 2003. Under his leadership, ActiveState established itself as a global leader in email security software.

Steve has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario and has an MBA from Queen's University, Ontario.

Brent has several decades of experience first running, then investing in, and now advising successful technology companies. He began as an operator in the first wave of the internet before spending over a decade in venture capital, and now combines those skills as an advisor dedicated to technology transactions. Brent’s network within the Canadian technology community is extensive. 

When Brent is not meeting entrepreneurs and talking shop, he enjoys playing golf and figuring out which new technological toy to add to his already vast inventory.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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