EY - Private Mid-Market Webcast Series

Private Mid-Market Webcast Series

Growing your private company: A comprehensive series on how to leverage your existing business

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Private companies are an integral part of Canada’s economic growth. The number of private entities far surpasses any Canadian publically traded companies not only in the GTA but on a national level.

EY’s Private Mid-Market practice acknowledges the importance of cultivating the strength in these companies and is focused on servicing them through all stages of the business life cycle. Through over 40 years of focusing solely on private companies, we have noticed many relevant and recurring topics relating to leveraging your current business and future growth objectives.

Our comprehensive series will focus on sharing our experience with companies in the private sector by providing tactical and strategic solutions to growing your private company.

We invite you to register for our webcasts that are relevant to you and your business.

Upcoming

Building sustainability strategies into your private business

As awareness of sustainability grows, many private companies are seeking ways to engage customers and other stakeholders through enhanced socially and environmentally responsible programs.

We invite you to join us for a candid discussion examining how private companies can design, implement and monitor sustainability strategies in their business.

Hosted by Central Canada’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader Susan McGeachie and Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services Christine Rhodes, this webcast will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Understanding sustainability
  • Benefits of a sustainability strategy
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Trends and leading practices

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Time:
12:00-12:45 p.m. (EST)

Format:
30 minutes - Presentation
15 minutes - Q&A

Registration is required to attend this webcast. Please confirm your attendance by 28 September by completing the online registration form.

You'll receive a webcast link closer to the event date.

Please note that CPD credits are available for this session.

Speakers:

Susan McGeachie
Central Market Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Christine Rhodes
Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Archived

For past webcasts please visit the links provided in each section below. All attendees are eligible to receive CPD credits for their participation.

Embracing an innovative mindset

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Innovation is essential for any private business to stay competitive in today's marketplace.

To achieve profitable growth, leading private companies are exploring ways to embed innovation into their strategy, leadership and processes.

We invite you to join us for a candid discussion examining how to rev up the passion you felt when you started your business journey.

Hosted by Partners Lise Caissie and Lynn Healey, this webcast will cover a range of topics, including:

•  Why every business owner should embrace an innovative mindset
•  How innovative thinking fuels growth
•  Practical ways to use innovation to drive strategy

Format:
30 minutes - Presentation
15 minutes - Q&A

Please note that CPD credits are available for this session.

Preparing your business for sale: it’s never too early to plan ahead!

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Making the decision to sell your private business is likely to be one of the biggest challenges you’ll ever face. You’ve worked hard at building your business and the decision to sell is the culmination of your lifetime’s work.

We invite you to join us for a candid discussion examining the factors to consider when preparing for the sale of your business.

Hosted by Transaction Tax Partner Elise Rees, Transaction Advisory Services Partner Doug Johnson and Corporate Finance Partner Brock McMillan, this webcast will cover a range of topics, including:

•  Building value in your private business
•  Tax and advisory considerations when preparing for sale
•  Examining some of the hidden issues that may arise in the process

Even if you are not at a point where you are considering selling your business, you should always anticipate the unexpected!

Speakers:

Elise Rees
Transaction Tax Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Doug Johnson
Transaction Advisory Services Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brock McMillan
Corporate Finance Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Making a board work for your private business

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Having a strong board of advisors or directors can add value to a private company by aligning business strategy and drawing on diverse perspectives, insights and experiences.

Hosted by Partner Jeffrey Tannenbaum and Senior Manager Rachel Rodrigues, this webcast will cover a range of topics, including:

•  The role of a board of advisors/directors in a private business
•  Competitive advantages of a board of advisors/directors
•  Aligning board composition with your business's goals and strategy
•  Overcoming common challenges

Format
30 minutes - Presentation
15 minutes - Q&A

CPD credits are available for this session.

Talking tax planning: preparing your business and family for 2015

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Tax planning is a year-round activity and a vital component of the financial planning process.

We invite you to join us for a candid discussion examining the factors around how private company owners can prepare for the end of 2014 and for the coming year.

Topics covered in this webcast will include:

•  What you must do by the end of 2014
•  What you need to know about certain tax law changes
•  Optimizing compensation from your private business

Speakers:

Gabriel Baron
Tax Partner,
Ernst & Young LLP

Colin Chambers
Senior Manager,
Ernst & Young LLP
 

Pros and cons of an IPO: staying private and profitable

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Now more than ever, many Canadian private companies are considering alternatives to an initial public offering.

We invite you to join us for a candid discussion examining the factors company owners should consider when deciding between the various alternatives and what might be the best option for your business.

Topics covered in this webcast will include:

•  What’s involved in preparing for an IPO journey?
•  Pros and cons of an IPO
•  Other options available to private company owners
•  Tax considerations for staying private

Speakers:

Bill Demers
Partner and IPO Leader,
Ernst & Young LLP

Gabriel Baron
Partner,
Ernst & Young LLP

Jonathan Breido
Associate Partner,
Ernst & Young LLP
 

M&A trends for private companies

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With a changing economic climate, there has been a rebounding effect on M&A activity in Canada.

We invite you to join us for a candid discussion examining M&A trends impacting private companies.

Topics covered in this webcast will include:

•  How executives view the current mergers and acquisitions environment
•  Local market trends
•  The balance between buyers and sellers in the market
•  Hot topics for buyers and sellers

Speaker:

Chris Hutchinson
Lead Advisory Vice President, Private Mid-Market Practice,
Ernst & Young LLP

Jason Sernoskie
Associate,
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Fraud awareness for private businesses

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We invite you to join us for a candid discussion on how leading private companies can proactively manage fraud exposure.

Topics covered in this webcast will include:

•  Common myths and misconceptions surrounding fraud
•  The key models used to understand and manage fraud exposure
•  Case studies
•  Practical fraud prevention and detection tips

Speaker:

Mike Savage
Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services,
Ernst & Young LLP
 

Mid-year check-in for family businesses

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The Canadian family business sector is a competitive and rewarding environment. As a private company owner, you need every advantage you can get.

Join us for a panel discussion on key issues facing Canadian family businesses. During this session, you’ll hear from some of the top financial advisory and legal advisors who work with family businesses.

Topics covered in this webcast will include:

•  Economic climate of private businesses in Canada
•  Recent transactions involving privately owned businesses
•  Demand in Canada for owner-managed companies
•  Appetite of financial institutions to finance private businesses

Speakers:

Andrew Schaefer
Partner, Corporate Finance, Private Mid-Market Practice,
Ernst & Young LLP

Martin Kovnats
Partner,
Aird & Berlis LLP

Edward Truant
Partner,
Imperial Capital
 

Government incentives - taking advantage of savings for your business

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When you are looking for ways to raise funds to improve and enhance your business, consider how much money you are currently leaving on the table. Let us help you to understand the key incentives that are available for your business.

Join us for a webcast where we will provide you with insight on how to use government incentives to benefit your privately owned business.

Topic covered will include:

Scientific Research and Experimental Development
•  Legislative update
•  Administrative update

Other tax savings
•  Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit
•  Apprenticeship Tax Credit
•  Capital Asset Review

Speakers:

Denis Lajoie
Partner and City Leader for Toronto,
Ernst & Young LLP

Allan Bonvie
Associate Partner, Capital Asset Review,
Ernst & Young LLP

Dharmesh Gandhi
Senior Manager,
Ernst & Young LLP
 

Growing through acquisition

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Entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their businesses often consider a business acquisition as a means of doing so. During a slow economic recovery like we are currently experiencing, this can become an even more attractive option as organic growth is more challenging. Entrepreneurs should consider a number of factors prior to considering an acquisition strategy.

Topic covered will include:

•  Sourcing potential acquisitions
•  Determining valuation
•  How to finance the acquisition
•  Due diligence considerations

Speakers:

Andrew Schaefer
Senior Vice President, Transaction Advisory Services, Private Mid-Market Practice
Ernst & Young LLP

Chris Hutchinson
Vice President, Transaction Advisory Services, Private Mid-Market Practice
Ernst & Young LLP
 

Succession and Estate Planning Considerations

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The question of who will take over the business has crossed the mind of every privately-held, owner managed company at some point during their businesses lifecycle. Whether you are transitioning to other family members or selling the company to another party, it is important to know what options are available to you in order to mitigate risk and structure a smooth transition.

David Steinberg's webcast will help provide insight into the following topics

•  Succession Planning: Estate and personal continuity planning, business strategy planning and leadership/ownership succession planning
•  Developing a long term strategy
•  Risk mitigation through a comprehensive contingency plan

Speaker:

David Steinberg
Tax Partner & Co-Leader, GTA Private Mid-Market Practice
Ernst & Young LLP
 

Positioning for growth: Refinancing your business and accessing capital

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Growth is on the agenda for many Canadian private companies. Whether your growth is organic or transaction-based, access to capital and risk mitigation is essential for any successful strategy.

This webcast will provide you with insights on how to position your business for future growth and will cover the following issues:

•  Current market conditions
•  Types of financing
•  Risk mitigation strategies

Speakers:

Brian Allard
Senior Vice President, Transaction Advisory Services,
Ernst & Young LLP

Stephen Lewis
Senior Vice President, Transaction Advisory Services,
Ernst & Young LLP
 

Managing the current business: how to optimize your processes

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Processes in private companies typically evolve organically as the business grows from its early stages. Eventually a business outgrows its processes leading to inefficiencies and higher costs of doing business. Transitioning to more effective and streamlined processes that can support an organization's growth can be time consuming and painful.

Join us for a webcast where we will provide you with insight on how to optimize your processes. Topic covered will include:

• Why optimize processes?
• Common challenges
• Approaches to process transformation
• "Source to pay" process examples
• A primer on how to do it

Speaker:

Barry Levine
Associate Partner, Performance Improvement Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP