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Dale & Lessmann LLP

Dale & Lessmann LLP is a medium-sized, Toronto-based firm tracing its origins back over 90 years. D&L’s practice has four main areas of focus: Corporate-commercial law, primarily for private companies; Commercial real estate; Commercial litigation; and, Wills, estate planning and estate administration.

Our corporate-commercial practice has several areas of sub-speciality including ESOPs. Over the past 20 plus years, D&L has been involved in helping well more than 50 clients implementing ESOPs in all parts of Canada, from large and complicated to small and straight-forward.



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Mowbrey Gil Business Advisory Services Inc.

Mowbrey Gil LLP (“Mowbrey Gil”) a local, independent, full service accounting, taxation and business advisory firm of approximately 50 professionals located in downtown Edmonton. Mowbrey Gil has a wide-reaching client base engaged in all facets of Canadian and International business. The breadth of services offered to our clients makes Mowbrey Gil a very attractive alternative within the Edmonton market for businesses that are looking to receive all of their professional advice from within the same firm.


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POS Bio-Sciences

POS Bio-Sciences is a contract R&D / scale-up and toll processing organization. We specialize in the extraction, fractionation, modification and purification of bio-based ingredients. In our 40 year history we have worked on a wide range of materials; from biomass extraction from algae, yeast and bacteria, to protein extraction, fractionation and purification and oil refining and fractionating.

POS has locations in Canada and the United States. One facility located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and a second facility located in Batavia, Illinois.

We allow our partners to enter markets faster using our experience, expertise and capacity, thereby limiting their investment, and generating revenue sooner.


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Argus Legacy

Argus specializes in high precision CNC manufactured gifts that triangulate 60 years of Manufacturing and Engineering Expertise with Art. Each piece is designed to celebrate an exceptional milestone or emotional moment while creating an heirloom to cherish long into the future.

By combining the depth of our Team, over 75 CNC’s and global Customer base, we utilize our industrial experience to bring inspirational moments to life.


Selkirk Signs

Selkirk Signs offers top quality signage across Canada. Our products range from complete free-standing structures, channel letters, custom moulds, and vehicle wraps. We also offer everything from business cards and related stationery, through to flat aluminum signage, and ornate interior letters/shapes. Illumination is also offered for most of our aforementioned signage.



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Hero’s Guide Inc.

Hero’s Guide Inc. is dedicated to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Simply put, we help owners reach their goals.

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, we know the challenges you face, and the sacrifices you make, and sometimes you just need an objective lens, a trusted confidant, and a knowing guide.

Whether it be buying or building, growing or transitioning, Hero’s Guide Inc. will get you through it.


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VeritableSoft Innovations

VeritableSoft Innovations Inc. is a Canadian Software Company dedicated to create innovative software solutions in a timely and cost effective manner for business.

Our mission is to provide user-friendly software solutions that fulfil specific operational and marketing needs for firms. Our Loyalty Shares program is a paradigm shift for companies who reward customers for their loyalty using points and product. Loyalty Shares is a platform that allows companies to reward their valued customers with stock, creating retention and referrals.


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Postlethwaite Solicitors

A specialist UK law firm focusing exclusively on employee ownership and share plans

Our team has wide experience of delivering employee share plans in the UK for both private and listed companies, from start-ups to major global companies. Whether it is share ownership (or share options) for key employees or full employee ownership involving everyone in the business, we are committed, enthusiastic and rigorous partners in helping to design the right arrangement for the business, complete its legal implementation and – critically – ensure that its participants know how it works.

As a team of expert share plan lawyers, our experience of a broad range of corporate events ensures that we can help to manage share plan arrangements through a range of commercial transactions in which a company may become involved, such as a merger, acquisition, restructuring or IPO.

If you have a UK business or subsidiary and would like to create any kind of employee share plan please contact Robert Postlethwaite.


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Banff Lodging Co.

Banff Lodging Co. is a division of Banff Caribou Properties Ltd. (Caribou), an innovative and progressive hospitality and real estate company with approximately 900 employees. The company owns and operates hotels (10), restaurants (9), retail stores and a movie theatre, as well as other divisions that include construction/real estate development, commercial leasing and residential property management. All of the assets and operating divisions of Caribou are located within Banff National Park, in the Town of Banff.

The Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) was launched in 2008, motivated in large part by the founding shareholder’s vision both to create a meaningful investment opportunity for employees, and to perpetuate local ownership and “keep Banff in Banff”. The company is now up to almost 200 employee owners who live in the community.

The company has always embraced a strong commitment to community. In addition to its extensive corporate support programs such as athlete sponsorships and a “kids-ski-for-free” program, it also funds and supports numerous other community initiatives through The Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation, the private foundation of its principal and founding shareholder.


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VEER Business Advisors Ltd.

A group of seasoned business professionals with the ability to help business owners identify and implement the specific actions that will achieve their business transition goals.

Specializing in:

  • Value Enhancement Assessments & Implementation
  • Management & Employee Buyouts
  • Business Valuations
  • Business Transition Support
  • Due Diligence Support
  • Shareholder Dispute Resolutions


Maarschalk Valuations Inc.

Maarschalk Valuations Inc. is a business valuations firm serving clients throughout Western Canada. MVI’s practice has three focus areas: (a) business transitions advisory, including ESOP’s and buy/sell transactions, (b) litigation support, including matrimonial and shareholder disputes, and (c) corporate re-organisations. Where appropriate MVI works closely with tax accountants, lawyers and other professional advisers to ensure continuity of service for the client.

MVI is led by Paul Maarschalk, CPA, CA, CBV, whose business valuations expertise is informed by thirty year’s experience in accounting, business advisory and business valuations work in Canada and overseas.


PCL Construction

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $8.3 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America.

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ESOP Builders Inc.

ESOP Builders Inc. specializes in designing and implementing Employee Share Ownership and Stock Option Plans (ESOPs) for small and medium sized private businesses. As the largest provider of Canadian ESOPs for privately-held companies, we pride ourselves on combining passion and technical expertise to meet your company’s unique goals.


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Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.

Intrigue Media helps businesses Get Noticed. Get Found.®

Harnessing the influence of social media, online advertising, website creation, brand development, and video and graphic design will grow your audience and build your business.

Our inhouse team of experts will work with you to achieve your business goals. We will also help you build out your vision, values, and services — these are the keys to getting your business the attention it deserves.

Intrigue Media is focused on your success and growing your business.


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BDO Canada LLP

BDO is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services, complemented by a deep industry knowledge gained from nearly 100 years working within local communities. As part of the international BDO network, we’re able to provide seamless and consistent cross-border services to clients with global needs.

A part of BDO’s advisory services is valuations. Whether a company or shareholder is in need of a valuation for financing purposes, an acquisition, re-organization, employee ownership plan, succession planning or shareholder buyout – our financial advisory team is able to assist. At BDO, our Chartered Business Valuators (CBV) draw on their extensive experience across many industries. From owner-managed businesses to large public companies, we scale and tailor our services to fit the needs of each individual client and invest the time to understand the business beyond the engagement requirements.

BDO’s advisory services also includes transaction advisory services. BDO’s transaction advisory team provides many different services including due diligence, value enhancement, as well as mergers and acquisitions including acquisition strategy development, acquisition advisory, preparing for sale and private company divestitures.

Across industries, an elevated availability of capital has helped fuel the worldwide mergers and acquisitions market. In coming years, transactional activity is only expected to increase among public and private companies wanting to drive above average growth and returns, especially as baby boomers begin to retire. With a network of more than 1,200 transaction advisory professionals worldwide, our mid-market expertise is supported by a robust global network.


CHANDOS Construction Ltd.

CHANDOS is a market leader in providing value-added construction solutions. We build high quality structures on behalf of a diverse clientele, across a broad scope of industries throughout Canada.

CHANDOS has been a part of the Alberta community since 1980, and is 100% employee owned. We maintain approximately 400 employees between our Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Ontario and Vancouver locations.

Foundational to CHANDOS’ business philosophy is that we build better together and, as a result, we see things differently. We pride ourselves on living our purpose as a means of delivering exceptional value through innovation.

Our approach, based on our core values of respect for people, continuous improvement, collaboration, innovation and family. In the last five years, we are proud to say that this approach has enabled us to be recognized as one of Alberta’s Best Employers, obtain Best Managed status, awarded the Contractor of the Year 2016 and retain B-Corp certification.



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Blindman Brewing

Like our namesake river, we meander — in our case, through beer styles and brewing techniques. From kettle-soured beer to heavily dry-hopped ales to barrel-aged and high gravity brews, we believe in creating innovative and quality craft beer; using the best ingredients.

We believe in supporting the places we live and the people that live there.


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WestJet was founded in 1996 by Clive Beddoe and a team of like-minded partners, who believed that just because you pay less for your flight, doesn’t mean you should get less.

Armed with that philosophy, three aircraft, five destinations and 220 friendly WestJetters, we began our journey — a journey that would help us become a company of more than 9,700 passionate WestJetters flying one of the youngest fleets of Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft to more than 88 destinations across our network. Our continued efforts toward responsible growth consider our impact to the environment, to the communities where we fly and to and the people we reach on a daily basis.

WestJet is offering our conference attendees 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus base fares* for travel between Edmonton and anywhere WestJet flies in North America. Click here to get details on how to take advantage of this offer.