M&A Academy

In mergers and acquisitions, every choice matters.

The M&A Academy is an invite-only, flagship event that brings together cross-industry leaders, from both private and public sectors, to connect and experience thought-provoking and interactive panels featuring prominent Canadian and international corporate leaders, financial investors, and M&A executives.

Since our inaugural event in 2019, the M&A Academy has included keynotes and panels from executives at Brookfield, Torys, Lululemon, Fengate, WestJet, MLSE, and others.

Our third annual event will be taking place on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. For more information, please see below.


M&A Academy 2022 | April 27

The evolution and pace of today’s M&A activity means you need the confidence and expertise to move swiftly and capitalize on new opportunities in an ever-changing and uncertain economic environment.

Throughout the third annual M&A Academy, we will hear from top industry executives and Deloitte leaders through interactive sessions. Uncover strategic insights and gain tactical advice to help you succeed throughout the entire M&A lifecycle in a post-pandemic world.

If you have questions, please contact : mainstitute@deloitte.ca


Recent academies

At the second annual M&A Academy, Reshaping the future: Creating a bolder path for M&A, Deloitte leaders and top industry executives took attendees through a series of interactive virtual sessions, focusing on defensive and offensive M&A strategies and providing strategic insights and tactical advice.

Highlights of the event included:

  • A fireside chat with Stephen Poloz, the ninth governor of the Bank of Canada, Canada’s central bank.
  • Timothy Leiweke, Founder and CEO of Oak View Group, and Francesca Bodie, President of Business Development at Oak View Group explored charting new horizons and discussed how to survive and thrive through volatility, in business and in sports, from investing in promising startups to launching new companies.
  • Dayna Spiring, President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., discussed future-proofing tips including how to maximize your company's value for a potential sale and manage through an exit.

Feedback for the 2021 M&A Academy:

“It was very well organized, I loved the quality, quantity, and speakers, plus all the materials available. It was IMPECCABLE!!!”

In 2019, Deloitte Canada hosted its inaugural M&A Academy, entitled Opportunities in a time of change.

Highlights of event included:

  • An exclusive conversation with Masai Ujiri, president and general manager of basketball operations for the Toronto Raptors, on the power of risk-taking, making controversial decisions when the stakes are high, and creating a high-performing team against all odds.
  • A session with New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Gutsche on Disruption and exploiting chaos. Described as an “an intellectual can of Red Bull,” Gutsche founded Trendhunter.com, the world’s No. 1 trend-spotting site.
  • Interactive breakout sessions on:
    • Disruptive M&A and the blurring of industry boundaries
    • M&A synergies: Finding the holy grail of deal synergies
    • Navigating distressed markets and special situations  
    • Private equity and secondary buyouts
    • Harnessing the power of technology in M&A
    • Value creation and capital efficiency

The M&A Institute

Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures are among the most challenging and complex events a company will experience. Successful deals require experienced management, skilled employees, and an enormous amount of work. The mission of the Deloitte M&A Institute is to support private and public enterprises in their M&A aspirations, geared for everyone from the most experienced dealmakers to first-time M&A teams.



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