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Springboard Forum: Acquisition for Accelerated Growth

Become a buyer to expand you SME Events The speech will be presented mainly in French.

to October 30, 2018

Co-presented by:

Fonds de solidarité FTQ      Osler Lawyers

Business acquisition is an excellent growth strategy. It helps companies improve profitability, acquire new markets and consolidate existing ones, diversify, resolve the issue of access to talent, and expand their business network. With some 314 foreign business acquisitions between January 2010 and June 2017, it goes without saying that many local companies have it figured out. As an SME, how will you find your expansion strategy, whether it’s aimed locally or internationally?

Experienced buyers will come to share their skills as well as their success stories, so that you can leave with advice that will help you get into acquisition mode and maintain your company’s growth.

Take part in the first edition of the Acclr Springboard Forum on October 4 and give yourself the tools to succeed in your acquisition projects!

Participate in this Springboard Forum to:

  • Equip yourself through training workshops offered by experts;
  • Get inspired by the success stories of experienced entrepreneurs and get concrete advice;
  • Build your toolbox with advice from local entrepreneurs;
  • Find out how company acquisition is an effective and affordable growth strategy;
  • Develop the essential skills needed to carry out your acquisition process.
Get free access to the business luncheon as part of the Acquisition for accelerated growth initiative

Program Overview

7 a.m. - Registration, breakfast and networking

8 a.m. - Welcome message and introduction

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Bloc I – An acquisition strategy at your fingertips: propel your business towards the next step

Whether you’re looking at horizontal or vertical growth to improve the profitability and competitiveness of your business or to improve your position in the industry, there are many good reasons to consider business acquisition. Heads of SMEs that have made acquisitions will come to discuss their experiences and help you to get into acquisition mode so that you can create value for your company.

8:10 a.m. - Reasons to make an acquisition

  • Gaétan MorinPresident and Chief Executive Officer
    Fonds de solidarité FTQ

8:25 a.m. - Acquisition: an effective strategy to create value for your company

A. Increase your market share and the number of services offered nationally

  • Martin BlanchardPresident
    Productions Expert’Ease

B. Diversify your activities

C. Make international acquisitions

D. Look for talent, innovative ideas, technology, etc.

  • Alexandre Le BouthillierCofounder & Chief Operating Officer

9 a.m. - Break and networking

Bloc II – Making an acquisition: toolbox

Build your toolbox with help from experts who will explain how to implement a process that is adapted to your needs. Find the acquisition model that suits you best, and discover the steps to follow, from evaluating your criteria and goals to making a decision, not to mention legal and funding hurdles.

9:50 a.m - Expert advice on establishing an acquisition strategy that is adapted to your needs

Strategic, financial and legal advice

  • François ParadisPartner, Corporate

10:15 a.m. - Find the target and evaluate it

  • Charles LesperanceCEO

10:35 a.m. - Decision-making and financing

Bloc III – Taking action

You now have the tools to begin your acquisition strategy, but make sure that you plan out the whole process ahead of time in order to successfully reach your goals.

How will you integrate your acquired company’s culture into your own? Human resources specialists and people who have experienced it themselves can guide you through implementing a plan for communication with your employees, clients, suppliers and the public.

11 a.m. - Successfully integrating cultures

11:15 a.m. - Mobilizing employees – the HR aspect of acquisition

11:30 a.m. - Announce your acquisition to your clients, suppliers and the public

  • Ève LaurierGeneral Manager

11:35 a.m. - How do you set yourself up to face the competition and be a champion in your field?

  • Jean-Louis Vangeluwe, MBAPresident and CEO


11:50 a.m. - Thank you and conclusion

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

11:55 a.m. - Networking buffet

Who should participate in this forum?

  • Heads and decision-makers of SMEs;
  • Key players in business growth (investment funds, banks, stock markets, accelerators and incubators);
  • Anyone interested in business acquisitions.

About the Springboard Forums

Springboard Forums are part of a new series under the Acclr banner. These forums are practical and focused on concrete action. The half-day will involve exchanges, training and skill sharing, with the goal of informing participants about a subject that is currently affecting the reality of businesspeople in Montréal.

Interested in business acquisitions? Visit the Initiative webpage for more information.

Would you like to take advantage of a special rate?†

Become a member!

† This discount is exclusive to our members and is active until September 20 inclusively.


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TICKET(S) - Springboard Forum and BUSINESS LUNCHEON TICKET(S) - Springboard Forum and BUSINESS LUNCHEON $150 $128 $250

Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more information on the program: 

Matthieu Csernel
Cross-Division Project Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4032

Registration deadline: October 03, 2018
No reservations, cancellations or refunds after the registration deadline. Participant substitutions are accepted at no extra charge until the event is held. Please note that only cancellation notices sent by email at will be accepted.


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