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Connect & Learn in Burnaby- MetroTech Connect Inaugural MeetUp at i-on-CONNECT

Please join us on Thursday March 15, 2018 at 6pm in the Sanctuary Lounge at i-on-CONNECT for MetroTech’s Connect Inaugural MeetUp to learn more about business financing for tech start-ups.

Attendees: Anyone interested in being part of a network of collaborative, innovative, tech start-up focused humans!


  • Jaap Siekman MSc, PEng, PMP

Jaap is the Regional Manager for NorthBridge Consultants. He educates start-ups and growing companies on Government Funding programs that support R&D and Innovation in Canada. Jaap has 28 years of managerial experience in New Product Development, Engineering and Manufacturing in a variety of industries. Founded 25 years ago, and with ~20 professionals in offices in BC, ON, and QC, NorthBridge is an expert consultancy firm assisting businesses throughout Canada with Government Funding that supports R&D, Innovation and Growth.

Jaap will discuss a variety of Government Funding programs that support Product Development, commercialization and company growth, such as:

  • SR&ED
  • IRAP
  • Selling to the government: BCIP, ISC, CANSOFCOM, IDEaS
  • Clean tech: SDTC and ICE Fund
  • Agri-Food: Growing Forward, Agri-Innovation
  • Working with universities: Engage, CRD, Mitacs
  • Export marketing: CanExport, Going Global Innovation, Soft Landing
  • Hiring & Training Grants

Gary Bizzo – Strategist/Global Influencer
Gary has mentored over 1000 business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs and is a global social media influencer and author. Forbes, in May 2017, said Bizzo was one of the Top 25 Small Business Accounts on Twitter. London-based Richtopia said Bizzo was one of the Top 200 Social Influencers in the World for 2017. Entrepreneur Magazine, in 2014, said Bizzo was one of “17 Masters of Marketing & PR Entrepreneurs Can Learn From.” He is an Elite Weekly writer for (the largest platform for emerging growth companies). He is the author of “How to Start a Successful Business – the First Time” and “Social Media RockStar – Social Media Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Business” both on Amazon. He also contributes to Gary is a Partner at Equifaira – Liquidity Event Planners, specialists in strategy & execution, corporate finance, capital formation & investor relations. & TBA

WHAT: All things finance! Not only how to get money but how to spend and ways save it!

WHERE: The stylish, state of the art Sanctuary Lounge at i-on-CONNECT at One Innovation Place in North Burnaby. A short walk or bus ride from Production/University Skytrain Station and minutes from SFU, BCIT, Hwy#1 & Hwy#7

WHEN: We plan on having our Connection MeetUps on the third Thursday of most months – Thursday is, after all, the new Friday!!

1) Register
2) Show up.
3) Network, eat pizza, have a beer, share experiences at a roundtable facilitated by one of our speakers.
4) Sit back and listen to the featured presentations.
5) Participate in a vote on your content…what do you want out of this MeetUp…this is all about you!
5) Head home smarter and more confident than when you arrived, buzzed on knowledge

HOW MUCH: $15 – same for everyone – through paypal/credit card online!

6:00 pm: Network, food and bev, roundtables facilitated by our presenters
7:00 pm: MTC announcements & intros
7:10 pm: Presentations begin – Q & A to follow each
8:10 pm: Wrap up and topic proposals/voting

$950M in Funding Awarded to 5 High Tech Superclusters

Five winners of Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative have been announced to receive $950M over 5 years in non-repayable funding. While announcing the winners on February 15th 2018, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains described a supercluster as “a made-in-Canada Silicon Valley that will create tens of thousands of jobs”

The Canadian Government defines ‘Superclusters’ as dense areas of business activity where people with diverse skills work together, where companies large and small work with universities colleges, and technical schools and where people get inspired. These places create new business opportunities and middle class jobs that pay well.

Superclusters support innovation and boost the economy by advancing technological capabilities, attracting cutting edge research, investment and talent, helping companies succeed in the global market place, and building long term advantage and global recognition for Canada.

According to the Economic Development Minister, these superclusters will  “usher in an unprecedented era of innovation and progress.”

The winners of the Supercluster Initiative include: 

Supercluster Inititive Winner Regional Concentration  Job creation over 10 years   GDP impact over 10 years  Technology Focus  Applicant
Digital Technology Supercluster BC  >13,500 jobs  >$5B Virtual, mixed & augmented reality; data collection & analytics; quantum computing TELUS Communications Inc. along with >70 innovation partners
Protein Industries Supercluster Prairies  >4,500 jobs  >$4.5B Agri-food enabling technologies, including genomics, processing, & information technology (IT) Ag-West Bio Inc. along with >60 innovation partners
Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster Ontario  >13,500 jobs  >$13.5B Internet of Things, machine learning, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing (3D printing) Communitech and MaRS Discovery District along with >100 innovation partners
AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) Quebec  >16,000 jobs  >$16.5B Artificial intelligence and supply chain technology Optel Group along with >80 innovation partners
Ocean Supercluster Atlantic Canada  >3,000 jobs  >$14B Digital sensors and monitoring, autonomous marine vehicles, energy generation, automation, marine biotechnology and marine engineering technologies Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador along with >25 innovation partners


Contact us today to find out how government funding for superclusters could impact your company and to learn about the various opportunities for growing your business.  


Filling the Financial Gap Between Angel Investors and Government Agencies

Our sister company, NorthSpring Capital Partners was honored to be featured in The Record’s Technology Spotlight 2017

NorthSpring invests in passionate entrepreneurs and companies developing unique intellectual property, products and services targeting large addressable markets. The company’s financial resources and expertise accelerates the growth of innovative companies located in the Toronto – Waterloo technology corridor.

Read about NorthSpring’s transition from management buyout financing to angel investing in early stage technology companies.


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Free December 5 Waterloo Workshop- Government Funding for Start-ups

When funding growth, start-ups should always look towards non-dilutive funding sources to preserve a larger share of control over the company.

One of the main advantages of situating your start-up in Canada is the plethora of federal and provincial funding programs accessible to start-ups that can total over $20 billion each year.

This workshop will address the SR&ED tax credits, non-repayable grants, and interest-free loans available to early-stage companies, as well as how to structure your company and operations to take advantage of multiple funding opportunities.

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to non-dilutive government funding
  • SR&ED Tax Credits
  • Government grants and loans
  • Overlap between funding programs
  • Structuring to take advantage of funding

This educational workshop will preceed GTAN|RAW, a monthly event held by the Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN), where entrepreneurs that are considering raising funds from Angels and Venture Capitalists have an opportunity to present their pitch to several members of GTAN, who will offer feedback and suggestions.

Event details:

Gerry Fung, CPA CMA, P.Eng.
VP of Business Services at NorthBridge Consultants

Date & Time:
Tuesday, December 5 2017 from
3:00 PM to 5.00 PM  (Just before GTAN|RAW)

Accelerator Centre
295 Hagey Blvd – 1st Floor, West Entrance
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6R5
Canada (MAP LINK)

Register Online 

For more information please contact us at 1-519-623-2486  


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Free November 21 Vancouver Seminar – Legal, tax and funding considerations for start-ups

Join specialists in Law, Accounting, Government Funding and Foreign Affairs to learn about how to grow your company.

Legal, tax and funding considerations for start-ups and growing companies, doing business in Canada and internationally (or planning to do so).

Whether you are a start-up, a growing company, or doing business internationally (or planning to do so), join us for this information session with specialists from the following organizations:

  • Manning Elliott LLP: Accounting and tax considerations
  • LaBarge Weinstein LLP: Legal structure, CCPC, EBC, M&A
  • NorthBridge Consultants: Government Funding programs for R&D, Innovation & (international) Growth
  • Global Affairs Canada: Government programs for doing business internationally

Short presentations will be followed by extensive Q&A opportunities.

Event details:

Date & Time:
Tuesday, November 21st  2017
From 8 AM to 10 AM (PST)

The Profile
535 Thurlow Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada (MAP LINK)

Get Tickets Online 

For more information, please contact Jaap Siekman:
Phone: 604.562.5209

About the presenters:

Paul Leedham, CPA, CA, CGA

Paul is a partner at Manning Elliott LLP and provides accounting, assurance, and business advisory services with a primary focus on serving clients operating in the technology and investment fund industries. With over 17 years of experience, Paul works with technology companies and their financial and legal advisors to identify optimal strategies to monetize available incentive tax credits and other sources of funding for their organization.

Fernando Costa, CPA, CA

Fernando is a partner at Manning Elliott LLP and provides accounting, assurance, and business advisory services with a primary focus on assisting clients with the going public process and accessing capital markets. With over 25 years of experience, Fernando works with companies and their advisors to ensure they achieve their goals.

Kyle Lavender, BSc, JD

Kyle is a lawyer at LaBarge Weinstein LLP and practises corporate and securities law with a focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate/commercial matters. He advises clients in connection with a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions including acquisitions, venture capital, growth equity and private equity financings, strategic alliances and initial public offerings. Kyle practices law in British Columbia and Ontario, and advises both domestic and international clients.

Jaap Siekman MSc, PEng, PMP

Jaap has 25+ years’ experience in Engineering, Product Development and Management in a variety of industries. As the Regional Manager for NorthBridge Consultants, he provides information on many Government Funding programs that support Innovation in Canada.

NorthBridge is a national consultancy firm, with offices in BC, ON and QC.

Laura Clarke, Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada

Laura Clarke is a Trade Commissioner based out of Global Affairs Canada’s Vancouver Regional Office. For the past 5 years, she has been supporting BC companies with wireless, telecommunications, financial technology, health IT and cyber security solutions, connecting them with resources locally and abroad. She was part of the team that established our Canadian Technology Accelerator in London, UK, in 2014, and returned in 2016 to expand the program to sectors outside of ICT. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Laura was part of Canada’s negotiating team for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as a Senior Trade Policy Officer in the CETA Secretariat.

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