Webinar: ASC Consultation Paper 11-701 Energizing Alberta's Capital Market

The ASC wants your input on steps we can take to create more vibrant public and private capital markets in Alberta. On June 27, 2019 the ASC published ASC Consultation Paper 11-701 Energizing Alberta's Capital Market to summarize research and initial input on some preliminary ideas to enhance access to capital for Alberta businesses and create new opportunities for investors while still appropriately protecting those investors. These ideas were designed to spur conversation and elicit feedback on securities regulatory enhancements that might reduce red tape and improve access to capital.

On September 18, 2019 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. the ASC is hosting a webinar as part of this consultation. Please join us, and a panel of experts, to discuss the pros and cons of some of the ideas in the consultation paper. Webinar participants will have the ability to submit questions to the panel. 

We encourage all market participants to provide input to the consultation paper through a number of ways, including by email or by completing this short survey. You can provide input until September 20, 2019. 

Register for the webinar

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to provide input, please email New.Economy@asc.ca.


Ryan Clements (Moderator)

Assistant Professor, Chair in Business Regulation Law, University of Calgary and Consultant, New Economy, Alberta Securities Commission

Ryan is an Assistant Professor, Chair in Business Regulation Law, at the University of Calgary. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate (SJD) at Duke University Law School. Ryan’s work has been published on various topics in fintech, financial innovation, securities and derivatives law in both peer-reviewed (Canada) and U.S. law reviews. He is also a fellow of the Global Financial Markets Centre at Duke Law School, and has contributed frequently to the Duke Fin Reg blog. Additionally, Ryan consults to the Alberta Securities Commission on New Economy regulatory matters. Ryan obtained his Master of Laws (LLM), Magna Cum Laude, from Duke University Law School with a core focus on financial technology and financial crises. He also obtained his LLB (with Distinction), and a BA Economics (Honors, First Class) From the University of Alberta. Ryan has practiced corporate, securities, and start-up company law at both large and boutique firms in Calgary and Toronto. He has also been an adjunct instructor at SAIT in Business Law, and at the University of Alberta where he taught Entrepreneurial Law and Corporate Law and received the Pringle/Royal Teaching Excellence Award for adjunct instructors. Ryan is a member of the Alberta and Ontario bar.


Craig Skauge
President, Olympia Trust Company and Executive Vice President and Director, Olympia Financial Group Inc.

A 2019 Recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Craig Skauge is the President of Olympia Trust Company and the Executive Vice President and a Director of Olympia Financial Group Inc. (TSX: OLY). He is both a founder and Vice Chair (at large) of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada and currently a member of the Alberta Securities Commission’s Exempt Market Dealer Advisory Committee. Previously Mr. Skauge was a member of both the Ontario Securities Commission’s Small and Medium Enterprises Committee and Exempt Market Advisory Committee. Mr. Skauge is recognized as a leader and national subject expert on the Canadian Exempt Market and has been featured in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and the Investment Executive.

Craig established his company's charitable foundation that raises and donates approximately $300,000 annually and is a volunteer with Dreams Take Flight, a charity that takes under-privileged and disabled children on a one-day trip to Disneyland each year.

Craig was born and raised in Calgary where he resides today. He is happily married to his wife Destin of 12 years and has two loving children, Taylor aged 6 and Kendrick, aged 3.


Will Van Horne
Founder, Socium Law

Will has been practicing law for 17 years with a focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities regulation. Will is a member of the TSXV's Local Advisory Committee (Alberta) and National Advisory Committee and sits on the board of directors or advisory committees of several early-stage technology companies based in Calgary, Alberta.

Denise Weeres Director, New Economy 

Denise Weeres
Director, New Economy, Alberta Securities Commission

Denise works with staff from across ASC departments coordinating efforts to anticipate and act on issues and opportunities in relation to fintech developments that intersect with securities law, including through the CSA Regulatory Sandbox, and is leading efforts to assess securities regulatory enhancements that can improve access to capital for business and opportunities for investors while still protecting those investors.

Denise’s prior experience includes Manager, Legal, Corporate Finance and General Counsel at the ASC; General Counsel to an E&P oil sands company including during private financings and the going-public process on the TSX; Listings Officer and Manager, Corporate Finance Policy at the predecessor to the TSX Venture Exchange as well as practising corporate and securities law in Calgary and Vancouver, acting on behalf of both large and small businesses and investment dealers in relation to various public and private financings and M&A transactions.

Denise holds an LL.B from the University of Alberta.