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TSX Ignite Live Events Series Continues in Montreal

October 20, 2016

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Canadian economy and their success is vital to our country's growth and prosperity. With the newest and next wave of great Canadian companies poised for a world-wide breakout, this country's business building ecosystem is focused on expanding the capacity of these SME's to evolve into larger, more globally competitive firms. Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) are continuing their efforts to support the growth and success of Canadian SMEs by illuminating these topics at the latest TSX Ignite live event in Montreal.

TSX Ignite Montreal

Last week, the Exchanges held a half-day TSX Ignite event at Espace CDPQ, which brought together a broad range of leaders from the business community, including entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, top industry advisors and corporate leaders representing the technology and innovation sector, as well as a range of other industries. Among the agenda topics were items that are top of mind for many entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses, from best practices for delivering great pitches to key tactics when approaching investors for financing.

Three business owners from the Montreal region provided keynote remarks and shared their insights and expertise:

  • Ghislain Lemire, CEO of Urbanimmersive Inc. (TSXV: UI), outlined the potential benefits of raising public venture capital on TSXV for small and early stage tech companies, and offered his perspectives on key deciding factors companies need to consider when seeking access to growth capital including weighing the costs of going public against the positive impacts of a public listing in terms of increasing exposure and credibility in the marketplace,
  • Claude McMaster, President and CEO of D-Box Technologies Inc. (TSX: DBO), recounted a number of entertaining stories and examples of perseverance with potential clients. He also discussed business development and financing activities within global markets such as Japan, China and Dubai, and
  • Jonathan Goodman, President and CEO of Knight Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: GUD) outlined the evolution of his company from its launch in 1996 as Paladin Labs to its acquisition by Endo Health Solutions in 2013.

Luc Fortin, Interim President and CEO of Montreal Exchange, also addressed the group to highlight the unique nature of TMX Group's equities markets:

"[TSX and TSXV] offer two tiers of exchange-listed opportunity, serving all market caps across all sectors. Through our unique ecosystem we offer a proven successful market structure with a strong feeder system from the "junior" board to the "senior" market. Despite macro-economic shocks and market cycles in recent years, TSXV remains the most successful public venture marketplace in the world, by any measure — from the number of listings and amount of capital raised, to the graduation rates from TSXV to TSX. In fact, more than 620 companies have graduated from TSXV to TSX since January 2000, when TSXV was founded. And these graduates have gone on to great things and kept growing after moving to TSX."

TSX and TSXV are committed to helping companies of all sizes grow, and we are proud to be working with our partners from across Canada to support the development of great companies and tomorrow's leaders.

To learn more, visit or join the conversation on Twitter using the #TSXIgnite hashtag.

TSX Ignite will visit Ottawa (October 27) and Vancouver (November 15) as part of the 2016 live event series.