The session below is available on Innovacorp’s YouTube page: HTTP://I-3.CA/L8Y

Employee Stock Option Plans – Is the ownership option right for your business?

So, you started a company! How does a cash-strapped start-up compete for, compensate and retain good talent in a tight market? Employee stock option plans (ESOP) are one of your greatest assets and, if used correctly, can be a key incentive for the employees, directors and advisors that make your company tick.

Warning: If you mess up your stock option plan in the beginning, you’re asking for a world of pain.
All the more reason to come for lunch and bring your questions on Thursday, January 31. Rob Cowan, partner at McInnes Cooper, and Innovacorp’s Thomas Rankin will provide basic but critical legal and strategic information and tips on how your company can begin taking steps towards implementing an effective employee stock option plan. 

Robert Cowan, Partner, McInnes Cooper (WWW.MCINNESCOOPER.COM) – Robert practices corporate and business law with a particular specialization in technology and intellectual property. At McInnes Cooper, Robert works extensively with entrepreneurs and start-up companies and specializes in the ownership, protection and licensing of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Robert is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the Licensing Executives Society, and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He is also the chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the CBA (NS) and has taught intellectual property law at the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law.
Thomas Rankin, Investment Director, Innovacorp (WWW.INNOVACORP.CA) – Thomas is an investment director at Innovacorp, where his focus is on predicting technology and market trends to enable fund strategy, evaluating opportunities, making investments and helping portfolio companies. He manages all aspects of the investment review, approval and closing cycle, and works hands-on with Innovacorp’s portfolio companies to assist them in accelerating their growth, achieving milestones, securing additional financing and building their teams.

Thursday, January 31
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm (casual networking lunch: 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm)
Innovacorp Enterprise Centre
1344 Summer Street, Halifax

Please RSVP to Shelley Kenney at SKENNEY@INNOVACORP.CA by Tuesday, January 29.