Crowd Funding Panel Members


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Norman M. Betts
Member, National Advisory Leadership Council, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick 

Norm obtained his Ph.D. in Management, specializing in finance and accounting from the School of Business, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is currently an Associate Professor at UNB as well as a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA). 

Norm sits on the Board of Directors of several Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto Venture Exchange and American Stock Exchange listed companies. He is on the Board of the New Brunswick Power Corporation and Export Development Canada, and is a member of the National Advisory Leadership Council for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). 

From 1999 until 2003, he was a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of New Brunswick, during which time he served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Business New Brunswick, and Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick.
Peter Klohn
Partner, Stewart McKelvey

Peter is the leader of Stewart McKelvey’s Owner Managed Business Practice Group. He has a diverse practice in corporate law, corporate finance and securities matters on a national basis. He has established a number of public companies and advises extensively with respect to the private equity and exempt markets. He has acted as a member of various corporate boards (private and not for profit), the corporate secretary of various entities (public, private and not for profit) and as a member of numerous business advisory boards. 

A recognized leader in securities and corporate finance law, Peter is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Canadian Securities Transition Office (CSTO) responsible for reviewing proposals for federal regulation of securities in Canada.
Brian Koscak
Chairman, Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada and Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Brian practices in the areas of corporate and securities law with an emphasis on investment funds, securities registration for dealers and advisors, private placements, public and private financings and mergers and acquisitions across a diverse range of industries and sectors. 

As Chair of the EMDA, Brian has advocated for a review of the prospectus exemptions across Canada including Ontario adopting a form of the offering memorandum exemption. 

Brian is actively involved in working with clients, industry participants, Crowd Funding Associations in creating a viable framework for legalizing equity Crowd Funding in Canada. Brian is focussing on the securities law issues involving Crowd Funding portals intermediating trades in securities and working with a Cassels Brock team dedicated to this emerging area.
Nancy Mathis (Moderator)
Executive Director, Wallace McCain Institute at UNB


Nancy considers herself a serial “founder”. Her role at the Wallace McCain Institute combines her experience as the co-founder and innovative force behind Mathis Instruments with her teaching background at UNB. The role also enables her personal mission to “build and nurture the most highly-connected community of entrepreneurial leaders in North America”. Her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering supports her calling to design practical systems, programs and frameworks necessary to undertake such a mission. 

She has been recognized on a national scale with awards in innovation, entrepreneurship and engineering - as well as for supporting others in those fields. She has been engaged in economic development in the region through her support of NB Business Council, NB2026, FutureNB, 21Inc, Junior Achievement, NBITC, PropelICT, the New Brunswick Securities Commission and the Pond-Deshpande Center.
Dr. Devashis Mitra
Associate Dean, Research and Strategic Initiatives, and Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship, University of New Brunswick

Devashis joined the Faculty of Business Administration at UNB in 1991. He obtained a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a Fellow designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. In his role as Associate Dean, Research and Strategic Initiatives, Devashis champions new initiatives and research in the Faculty of Business Administration. 

Devashis teaches in the Entrepreneurship and Finance areas. He is the co-author of a leading textbook on corporate finance, now in its 5th edition, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he worked for Price Waterhouse and for Indian Aluminum Company, then a subsidiary of Alcan Aluminum. He has been a visiting scholar at institutions in India and Indonesia.
Jake van der Laan
Director of Enforcement, New Brunswick Securities Commission

Jake oversees the case assessment, market surveillance, investigation and litigation activities of the Enforcement Division. Jake has broad experience in administrative law and procedure, hearings before administrative tribunals and appellate advocacy. Prior to joining the Commission in 2006 Jake was in private practice. 

Earlier this year, Jake was appointed to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Internet Fraud Investigations Project Group which has as its current focus the identification of strategies to prevent and fight fraud in the equity crowd funding realm as a result of the United States JOBS Act. Jake is a former chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Standing Committee on Enforcement.