10th Edition Western Canadian Securities Forum

10th Edition Western Canadian Securities Forum2016-11-22T11:10:00+00:00

Insight Information’s 10th Edition of Western Canadian Securities Forum is bringing together leading practitioners in these areas to provide a broad range of perspectives and valuable educational materials. These materials will help you better understand the nuance of securities laws and relate them to business strategies for successful outcomes in specific scenarios or transactions.
The conference was designed with the intention of helping you to understand a wide range of securities law issues. These will be of particular interest to practitioners looking to understand the latest developments on legal topics including:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • alternatives to traditional capital markets
  • shareholder activism
  • issues of concern related to private equity deals
  • corporate finance
  • corporate reorganization issues
  • tax tips and traps related to transactions

and more…

Recent developments in the area of Securities Law will make this the conference you do not want to miss. Learn more from leading practitioners about the substantive legal issues related to the practice of Canadian securities law. Whether managing a matter that involves cross border issues or the appropriate tactical issues facing you in your legal practice this conference will provide you with education and insight.

In-depth analysis of securities law implications for:

  • Status of jurisdictional issue following 2011 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Directors’ duties in the context of mergers and acquisitions
  • Options such as crowdfunding, private equity and other sources of private capital
  • Defenses available for your company when faced with activists
  • Methods to conduct financing
  • Structuring PIPE transactions
  • Strategies for the use of shareholder rights plans

and more…


  • Securities and Corporate Lawyers
  • Senior Executives of Public Companies
  • In-house Counsel
  • Bankers and Financial Institution Executives
  • Brokers, Dealers, Advisors and Underwriters
  • Institutional Investors
  • Mutual Fund Executives and Managers
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Securities Industry Regulators
  • Accountants
Keynote Speaker
Bill Rice
Chair and CEO, Alberta Securities Commission
Chair, Canadian Securities Administrators
Bill Rice was appointed Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Securities Commission in July 2005. He was appointed Chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the umbrella organization of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators, in January 2011 and re-appointed for a second two-year term commencing April 1, 2013.
Conference Chair
Kevin R. West
Kevin is a senior corporate and securities lawyer with more than 14 years of experience practicing in Toronto, New York and Australia. Kevin has led numerous corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, initial public offerings and joint ventures. He also has significant experience advising companies on corporate governance, disclosure and compliance issues.  Kevin was a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP for over 5 years where he had a broad corporate practice and represented a number of foreign companies making acquisitions in Canada. Prior to joining Davies, he practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City and Sydney, Australia and clerked for Justice Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada. Kevin founded SkyLaw in 2010.  Kevin is actively involved in the community. He works with many not-for-profit corporations, charities and social enterprises and leads several pro bono initiatives at SkyLaw. Kevin has volunteered his time with a number of organizations, including as a partner with Social Venture Partners, as a director of Skills for Change and on the corporate governance committee of Project Canoe. He also enjoys coaching hockey and sponsors the SkyLaw Atom Hockey team in the Leaside Girls Hockey Association.
Justin Ferrara
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Justin Ferrara practises primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr. Ferrara has extensive experience in representing both publicly traded and private issuers, including corporations and income funds.
Bill Gilliland
Bill is a member of the firm’s Corporate, Securities and M&A Practice Group and acts for public companies and underwriters on stock exchange listings, public and private financings, including cross-border Canada-U.S. offerings, secondary offerings and unique preferred share structures.
Bruce Hibbard
Bennett Jones LLP
Bruce Hibbard practices corporate and securities law, with a particular emphasis on public and private capital markets offerings, investment funds, corporate/commercial issues and private mergers and acquisitions.
Bill Jenkins
Global Vice-Chair
Bill Jenkins has a transaction-based practice advising corporations, investment dealers and banks with respect to the structuring and implementation of mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, project financings and joint ventures. Bill is Global Vice Chair of Dentons.
Neville Jugnauth
Torys LLP
Neville Jugnauth practices corporate and securities law with a focus on private equity, corporate finance and M&A transactions.Neville has practiced both in Canada and the United States and has significant experience advising with venture capital and other private equity financings; private equity fund formations.
Guy Lander
Carter, Ledyard & Milburn LLP (New York)
Guy Lander practices in the areas of corporate and securities law for international and U.S. companies and financial institutions. Mr. Lander is the author of four books on securities law.
Bruce Lawrence
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Bruce Lawrence is a Partner in BLG’s Securities and Capital Markets Group, and is the National Chair of their Oil and Gas Focus Group. The bulk of his practice involves corporate and securities transactions with exposure to numerous public and private financings, mergers, acquisitions, take-over bids and plans of arrangement.
David Mattingly
Torys LLP (New York)
David Mattingly’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions and business operations. His clients include publicly traded partnerships, financial institutions, institutional investors, commodities dealers, private equity funds, foreign governments, mutual funds, asset securitization vehicles and privately held corporations.
Craig Maurice
Torys LLP
Craig Maurice practises exclusively in the area of tax law, with a particular focus on the resource industry. He advises on the tax aspects of domestic and international M&A and financing transactions. His experience includes advising clients in the traditional oil and gas sector, a variety of oilsands projects and in the midstream sector.
Lloyd McLellan
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Lloyd McLellan is a partner in our Securities and Capital Markets Group in BLG’s Calgary office, and practises in the areas of corporate and securities law. Lloyd primarily acts for public companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange or TSX Venture Exchange in connection with corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and securities law compliance matters.
Orestes Pasparakis
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Orestes Pasparakis is co-chair of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian special situations team, which encompasses Canada’s leading shareholder activist practice, sophisticated securities disputes and complex reorganization transactions.
David V. Tupper
Blake Cassels Graydon LLP
David’s litigation practice involves all aspects of corporate/commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities law, class actions, construction law, insurance law, environmental law, and oil and gas law.