Kal Kotecha, PhD
is a creative, energetic entrepreneur & marketing expert with over 25 years’ experience in sales, creating marketing strategies and implementation.
Kal is a keynote speaker and investment panel member of Thinking North – a premier organization which connects the brightest entrepreneurial talent with the financial community focusing on up and coming tech companies.
Kotecha is also the editor and founder of the Junior Gold Report, a publication a publication about small cap mining stocks and the economy that is read and enjoyed by thousands of investors.Kotecha’s reports and articles have been featured on sites such as Kitco.com, 321gold.com, Seeking Alpha, the Aureport, Streetwise Report, and he is a featured writer on Stockhouse.com.
Kal holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology, a Master of Education and after completing his Master of Business specializing in Finance in 2007, he completed his PhD in Business Administration in January 2016. His thesis was on the Affective Heuristics of the 2008 stock market crash. He is a dynamic and dedicated University and College Professor with over 15 years of instruction in Marketing and Economics lecturing at the University of Waterloo and at Niagara College where he was voted by the students as Educator of the Year 2013/2014 – overseen by the College’s Student Administrative Council.
Kal’s passion is helping the homeless and he is a volunteer and COO of A HandUp For the Homeless.
is a widely experienced business, technology, and international transactions lawyer, licensed in California and Ontario. He previously practiced for several years in Silicon Valley and Greater China. Todd is a leader in the areas of emerging growth and venture capital at Miller Thomson, as well as the firm’s China practice.
Todd’s emerging growth practice focuses on the complete life-cycle of startup companies, from formation and organizational work through equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and complex business combinations. Todd acts for both issuers and investors in investments, and sellers and buyers in M&A transactions. He has worked extensively with major institutional and strategic investors, venture capital and hedge funds, and companies and issuers from early stage startups to multinational public and private organizations.
In his international practice, Todd advises on complex, cross-border transactions and business arrangements, drawing on his wide experience and resources to oversee multijurisdictional matters on behalf of his clients.
Todd has experience across several industries including software, telecommunications and value-added services, manufacturing, gaming, financial services, education, biotech, and medical products and services.
Todd provides advice to clients in a number of key areas:
MTech: advising early stage startup and emerging growth companies on internal arrangements and making themselves investment ready, as well as advising on seed and angel financing transactions (whether through priced equity rounds or through convertible instruments such as convertible debentures or SAFEs).
Corporate and commercial: providing general business and corporate advice to clients regarding operational and transactional matters, including purchase and sale of goods, licensing of intellectual property, joint ventures and other business combinations and partnerships, and general day-to-day business law advice.
Equity and debt financing: representing both issuers and investors in a wide variety of equity and debt financing transactions, from early stage seed and angel investments through venture capital, private equity and strategic investments. Todd’s expertise, experience and market knowledge in diverse markets worldwide make him a strong facilitator of cross-border investment transactions.
Private mergers and acquisitions: representing sellers and buyers in asset and equity acquisitions involving privately held target companies, both domestic and international.
Corporate governance: advising clients on governance matters including board and committee composition, fiduciary duties, and conflicts of interest.
International law: advising on complex, cross-border transactions in which Todd frequently acts as the central point of contact to identify, source, and manage diverse and multijurisdictional legal teams.
Before returning to Canada in 2011, Todd practiced with U.S. law firms in Silicon Valley and in both Shanghai and Beijing, China, ultimately managing and overseeing the China practice for an AMLAW 100 firm from 2009 to 2011.Todd advises early-stage companies on a pro bono basis in association with accelerator and incubator programs such as Communitech, the Accelerator Centre, and the University of Waterloo’s Velocity Program.Todd frequently speaks on topics related to the emerging growth market and doing business internationally (and particularly in China) at events for students, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives.
is a Chartered Accountant with more than twenty years experience in Canadian income tax services servicing clients ranging from small owner operated businesses to large public companies. Prior to founding YNC LLP, John was a senior manager with a National accounting services firm.
Some of the projects John works on include:
Assisting clients in making claims for SR&ED tax credits as well as defending claims under CRA audit.
Preparing instruction letters to lawyers outlining the steps to be followed in completing acquisitions, S85(1) and S86(1) reorganizations, preparing/reviewing elections to be filed with the Canada Revenue Agency.
Developing in-depth knowledge of personal and corporate tax legislation through preparation and review of returns, improving ability to provide technical expertise on both legislative and software-related issues to internal and external users.
Preparing and reviewing Canadian corporate income tax returns for private corporations as well as publicly listed corporations and branch operations, assisting clients in completing SR&ED claims, preparing and reviewing foreign affiliate reporting packages for clients, preparing and reviewing Canadian personal income tax returns.
Preparing and reviewing safe income/exempt surplus calculations, providing corporate clients with accurate information for tax planning purposes, analyzing after tax proceeds on buy-sell agreements and suggesting strategies to maximize after-tax cash flow.
CICA Group Study leader for Part I of the CICA In-depth Tax Course (2001)
CICA Group Study leader for Part II of the CICA In-depth Tax Course (2002 to 2005 and 2007)
CICA In-residence tutorial leader for Part I of the CICA In-depth Tax Course (2007)
John was a lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University in the 4th year income tax course.
John uses well developed analytical skills to interpret and explain taxation legislation and supporting software programs. A resourceful researcher, able to source and adapt current data to improve quality of information and services to clients. Contributes to ongoing development of accounting professionals through formal and informal training and computer support.
John can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org