How to Complete Due Diligence on New Ventures

Presenting Organization



The workshop will walk participants through the steps, tools and techniques professionals use to conduct due diligence on new community-based ventures. It will provide an overview of the due diligence process and its importance in assessing and managing risks associated with new ventures. Participants will work through case studies to objectively evaluate new opportunities presented to a community. Topics will include financial due diligence, technology evaluation, market assessment, corporate and governance and other issues used in completing due diligence.


  • Tim Keating

Speaker Biography

Tim grew up on a small mixed farm near Estevan Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained degrees in Regional and Urban Development (Planning) and in Economics, including an Agribusiness Management Certificate. He worked throughout Saskatchewan as an Economic Development Officer for First Nations and rural communities and is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Tim later accepted a position as Agribusiness Manager with Alberta Agriculture and Food in the Peace Region of Alberta and then moved to Red Deer where he worked as an investment officer for the Alberta Value Added Corporation (AVAC Ltd.) Tim went back to university and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree and continued to work in the areas of economic development and agribusiness for MNP and as Agribusiness Manager for Montana First Nation. Tim is the principal of Keating Business Strategies, a lead edge rural economic and agribusiness management consulting firm. Tim is married to his wife Lana and has three wonderful children. Tim enjoys spending time in the outdoors and on his acreage.