Accessing the North American Capital Markets Through the Canadian Securities Exchange

Friday October 11, 2019

6:00 - 8:30 PM


Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC

Robert Cook

Senior Vice President Market Development, Canadian Securities Exchange

Jay King

Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Chris King

Senior Vice President International Corporate Services

Accessing the North American Capital Markets Through the Canadian Securities Exchange

You are cordially invited on behalf of the Financial Policy Council’s Board of Directors, to our next Financial Policy Council power summit featuring a panel discussion exploring the North American Capital Markets challenges and opportunities. You don’t want to miss this thanks to our Event Sponsors the Canadian Securities Exchange and Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

  • TOPIC : Accessing the North American Capital Markets Through the Canadian Securities Exchange
  • DATE : Friday October 11, 2019
  • TIME : 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • LOCATION : The Graduate Center / CUNY at 365 Fifth Avenue at The Elebash Recital Hall – On the main floor of the building and on the left as you enter into the main lobby


Ziad K. Abdelnour is Founder, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc. a private “family office” in the business of originating, structuring & acting as equity investor in strategic corporate investments and co-Founder of Aeros-Blackhawk Partners; a trading platform focusing on the financing of real estate and project finance properties throughout the US.

Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council ; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation’s quintessential power brokers and policymakers

A member of TIGER 21, a peer-to-peer learning group for super high net worth individuals and of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) – a private group of global chief executives whose companies employ 16 million people and generate 6-trillion USD in annual revenues

Author of the bestselling book “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” and of the upcoming book ” Startup Saboteurs: How Incompetence, Ego, and Small Thinking Prevent True Wealth Creation” to be published in Summer 2019.

Mr. Abdelnour has over 30 year experience on Wall Street backing over 125 companies & serial entrepreneurs worth in aggregate over 20 billion dollars in the private equity, high yield bond and distressed debt markets.

He holds a MBA in Finance Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania & BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut

Today, Mr. Abdelnour continues to be featured in hundreds of media channels and publications every year and is widely seen as one of the top business leaders by millions around the world.

He was just recently been featured as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World.

The Panelists:

Robert Cook, Senior Vice President Market Development, Canadian Securities Exchange

Mr. Cook has been a member of the executive management team of the Canadian Securities Exchange since 2002. He currently serves on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Small and Medium Enterprise Advisory Committee. Immediately prior to joining the CSE, he held the position of V-P Market Surveillance, Market Regulation Services Inc., which was created in 2001 by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) and the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA) to regulate Canadian markets.

Rob had a 19-year career at the Toronto Stock Exchange where he held a number of positions in listed company regulation including Director, Original Listings, followed by six years as Director, Market Surveillance. Before that he worked in the mining industry for three years as a mineral economist for a major mining company and an international consulting firm.

Rob holds an Honours BA in Economics from York University (1977) and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario (1979).

Jay King, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP,

Jay King is a partner in the Business Law Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Professional Resources Committee and REIT, Mining, Cannabis and Technology groups. Jay’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and regulatory compliance, in a broad range of industries including REITs, mining, cannabis and technology.

Jay has extensive experience advising on complex domestic and cross-border transactions (US and International), including numerous M&A transactions, business combination transactions, change of control transactions, corporate reorganizations and going-public transactions. Jay also advises boards of directors and special committees on M&A matters, corporate governance and securities law compliance matters. Jay regularly deals with Canadian stock exchanges on behalf of clients, including the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange. In addition, he routinely represents a wide variety of public and private companies as well as investment dealers in connection with various securities, corporate and commercial matters, including in connection with raising seed capital, private placements and public offerings.

Prior to attending law school, Jay earned an honours degree in music (B.Mus.) from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2000, Jay performed the title role of Thésée in the Canadian premiere of Jean Baptist Lully’s opera by the same name.

Chris King, Senior Vice President International Corporate Services

Chris King leads the International Corporate Services group at OTC Markets and has assisted 950+ companies go public in the US on our OTCQX and OTCQB markets.

Chris began his tenure at OTC working with U.S. companies helping implement best practices, supporting private companies interested in going public, assisting issuers increase US investor engagement and achieving fair valuation.

Prior to OTC Markets, Chris served in various roles at DF King Worldwide, Capital Precision and Precision IR, helping hundreds of multinational blue-chip companies achieve their corporate objectives.

Chris holds a BA from the University of Wolverhampton, UK.


Business Attire please.

Tickets are $49 per person.  Please register by clicking the link below.