INFRONT Mentor Roster

David (Dave) F. Mullen

Managing Director, Highland West Capital

Dave is a leading executive in the private equity industry with over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector. Dave spent the majority of his career as the Head of Private Equity for the Americas at HSBC, where he led merchant banking operations in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America with capital commitments in excess of $2 billion. In 2011, Dave led the spinout of both the U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries of HSBC Capital to create Graycliff Partners and Fulcrum Capital Partners. Dave’s many years of experience in both the mezzanine and private equity markets have brought him a strong understanding of how to recognize opportunities and capitalize on such.

In addition, Dave continues his leadership as a founding Managing Director at Graycliff Partners, a New York City based middle market private equity firm, which has investments throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Additionally, Dave is the Chair for the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA), the principal private capital association for Canada. Dave also lends his time on a number of public and philanthropic boards.

Dave received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and Master in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Hasan Askari

Managing Partner, K1 Investment Management, LLC

K1 Investment Management, LLC is a West Coast-based venture capital firm investing in high-growth private companies across North America. In addition to leading sourcing for new investments, Hasan is an active board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams.

Previously, Hasan worked at Kayne Anderson and Pathway Capital Management. Hasan is a graduate of the Marshall School of  Business at the University of Southern California, where he received a BS in business administration.

Hasan is currently a member of the board of directors of UgandaProject, a grassroots non-profit focused on supporting orphans in Uganda, and a member of the advisory council of Invisible Children, a non-profit focused on ending the LRA conflict in Africa. Previously, he was a member of the board of governors for the University of Southern California’s Alumni Association.

Ramesh Alur

General Partner, Ventureast

Ramesh is a General Partner at Ventureast (VE), primarily overseeing its Life Fund III and its Biotechnology Venture Fund. He has been with VE for over 20 years. VE is one of the oldest venture capital funds in India and Ramesh has been involved with it since its inception. Ramesh has been involved with more than 50 investments, many of which have realized unprecedented returns. He works closely with early-stage to growth-stage companies in pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, manufacturing, infrastructure services, healthcare, dairy products and alternative fuels.

Having seen the complete cycle of fund raising, investments and exits while at VE, Ramesh approaches venture funding by working patiently with entrepreneurs through their highs and lows until success is achieved. Ramesh identifies and tracks entrepreneurs much before their funding requirements arise. He tracked the promoters of EP Industries, one of his portfolio companies, for more than three years before the investment was made. Similarly, he tracked Gland Pharma for two years before their investment requirements arose.

Prior to joining VE, Ramesh worked with APIDC, with Bakelite Hylam, a manufacturer of laminates, and with the prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. During his time at Bakelite Hylam, he was responsible for restarting, operating and turning around a sick raw material manufacturer which had been recently acquired.

Ramesh is a director on the boards of more than 15 companies, which include portfolio firms as well as group companies of VE. He completed his graduate studies in chemical engineering at REC Warangal (now called NIT, Warangal), and his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Ramesh keeps a disarmingly cool temperament, and is an avid practitioner of yoga.

Eduardo Michelsen

Eduardo Michelsen Delgado

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Kandeo

Eduardo is co-founder and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Kandeo, and is also a member of its investment committee. Prior to forming Kandeo, he served as CEO of Televisa Publishing and Interactive Media, the largest Spanish-language magazine publisher in the world (and an operating arm of Grupo Televisa SAB, the world’s largest Spanish-language multimedia company), from 2001 to 2009. Before joining Editorial Televisa, he was the CEO of Publicaciones Semana, the largest magazine publisher in Colombia, from 1999 to 2001. He worked at McKinsey & Company (Latin America) from 1997 to 1999, where he focused on telecommunications and financial services. From 1991 to 1995, he was a manager and supervisor at Procter & Gamble (Colombia).

Eduardo received a BS in economics from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Eduardo has also completed various executive-level private equity courses at Harvard Business School.

Yan Robard

Founder, Whitehorse Liquidity Partners

Yann has over 15 years of private equity and investment banking experience. Prior to founding Whitehorse Liquidity Partners, Yann spent a cumulative 13 years at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. (“CPPIB”) most recently being Managing Director, Head of Secondaries and Co-Investments. In this capacity, he was responsible for a team of 15 professionals investing in secondaries and co-investments on a global basis.

During his 13 years at CPPIB, Yann had several roles and positions, all focused in private equity, namely in its funds, secondaries and co-investments activities. Yann joined at CPPIB’s inception of its private equity activity in 2001. In 2007, Yann was provided the mandate to establish a principal secondary program within CPPIB. By 2015, the program had invested close to $7 billion, built a team of 15 professionals in Toronto and London and become a globally recognized market leader in the secondary market.

Prior to joining CPPIB, Yann spent time with Paul Capital, CIBC and JP Morgan. Yann holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and is a CFA charter holder.

Ian Carew

Director, Northleaf Capital Partners

Mr. Carew participates in all aspects of Northleaf’s private markets investment activities, with a focus on the origination, evaluation and monitoring of the firm’s private equity primary fund and direct co-investments. In addition, he is actively involved in Northleaf’s venture capital and growth investments globally. Mr. Carew serves on the advisory boards of several partnerships within Northleaf’s portfolio.

Prior to joining Northleaf’s predecessor, TD Capital Private Equity Investors, in 2008, Mr. Carew worked at CalPERS, helping manage a $40 billion private equity program, where he was responsible for the global venture capital and Asia private equity strategies and served on the Infrastructure Advisory Committee involved in the approval of an approximately $3 billion initial infrastructure allocation. Previously, Mr. Carew was a Partner with KIMC, a boutique private equity advisory firm and spent six years in the venture capital group at Ontario Teachers Pension Plan executing a fund and co-investment strategy. Mr. Carew’s prior experience includes various financial and accounting roles.

Mr. Carew received a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University and holds the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.

About Northleaf Capital Partners:

A global private markets investor with strong Canadian roots and a long, well-established track record, Northleaf Capital Partners manages $6 billion in commitments on behalf of public, corporate and multi-employer pension plans, university endowments, financial institutions and family offices.

Shirley Speakman

Partner, Cycle Capital Managment

Shirley joined Cycle in April of 2014 and at Cycle Capital she is responsible for sourcing transactions, leading due diligence, evaluating investment opportunities, syndicate formation, portfolio management and team development.

Since 1995, She has held several positions as an investment analyst for medium to large corporations in the finance sector. Prior to Cycle Capital she was the Investment Director at the Toronto-based MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) – a venture capital fund established by the Ontario government. The Fund invests up to $500,000 in early-stage companies that have the potential to be global leaders in their field and provide sustainable economic benefits to Ontario. At the IAF, Shirley was responsible for sourcing, leading due diligence, evaluating opportunities and portfolio management. As a consultant with Ingenia Venture Management Inc., she negotiated strategic investments by RBC ventures in an early stage seed fund that raised $40 million on its first close of two funds (VIMAC/MMC) and Avrio Ventures. While at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance she completed over 30 transactions worth $2 billion. She provided financial analysis, company research and financial modeling support to assist partners advise clients in raising debt, sub-debt and equity financing and complete strategic acquisitions or divestitures.

Shirley holds a MBA and a Bachelor of Economics and Management Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is also an accomplished triathlete, marathoner and coach.

About Cycle Capital Management:

A pioneer among Canadian venture capital funds focused on the clean-tech sector, Cycle Capital invests in companies developing and commercializing clean technologies and striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, optimizing resource use, and improving process efficiency throughout a product’s life cycle. With assets under management of $230 million, Cycle Capital invests in Quebec and northeastern North America. Cycle Capital is composed of experienced investment professionals, strategic advisors, and industrial partners with in-depth knowledge of the sector. Cycle Capital has a special relationship with its strategic partners, notably Brookfield Renewable Energy, Rio Tinto Alcan, Cascades, Master Group, Lonza, Gaz Métro, Systemex Énergies, Aluminerie Alouette, and Hydro-Québec.

Robin Axon

General Partner, Mantella Venture Partners

Robin is a Founding General Partner at Mantella Venture Partners. Robin was previously a partner at Ventures West where he was a part of the IT and communications team with a focus on wireless technology investments.

Prior to joining Ventures West, Robin was at MD Robotics (formerly Spar Aerospace) and the Canadian Space Agency where he helped to prepare the Canadarm2 for installation onto the International Space Station.

Robin has served on the boards of a number of technology companies including: CrowdCare, Shopcaster, Unata, PushLife (acq Google ’11), Brave Commerce (acq Rogers ’12), QuickPlay Media (acq Madison Dearborn ’12), RapidMind (acq Intel ’09), AudienceView, Fortiva (acq Proofpoint ’08), Chantry Networks (acq Siemens ’04), Belair Networks and Instrumar. Robin is a founder of CVCA´s Young Venture Capitalists (YVC) Committee.

Robin holds a B.A.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Queen´s University.

Robin recently spent 1 week mentoring 8 different venture funds in Tunisia over the course of a week specifically dealing with deal sourcing, exits, LP fundraising, LP management and reporting as well as a number of other more specific issues.

Stephen M. Sammut

Senior Fellow, Health Care Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Lecturer, Wharton Entrepreneurship, University of Pennsylvania

Steve has a career that is both commercial and academic. Outside of Wharton, Steve is a venture partner and consultant to numerous health care and life science venture capital funds. During his 22 years as a Wharton lecturer, he has created or taught twelve courses that he has taught to nearly 9000 students.

Steve is visiting faculty in the Indian School of Business Health Care Management Program. He created and teaches in the Strathmore Business School Health Care Management MBA Program in Nairobi.

Steve’s research on biotechnology capacity in the emerging markets has been widely published. He recently co-authored a study on India biotechnology that made numerous recommendations for accelerating growth.

During his private sector career, Steve has been involved in the creation or funding of over 40 biotechnology and information technology companies globally. He sits on boards of numerous public, private, NGO, and philanthropic organizations. In addition, he is an advisor to PE, VC and Impact Investment Funds.

Steve is the founder of the International Institute for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship and Leadership, an organization that offers intensive training for managers and scientists in the formation and launch of life-science companies. His research and publications focus on human resource capacity building for the life-science and health services industries in low to middle income countries.

Steve previously held the positions of Partner and Managing Director, Access Partners, Vice President of Development of Teleflex Incorporated and Vice President, S.R.One, Ltd., GlaxoSmithKline’s venture fund. During his career he was Managing Director of the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania, and held a similar position at Thomas Jefferson University. At the start of his career, Mr. Sammut co-founded and served as CEO of the Delaware Valley Organ Transplant Program.

Hany Assaad

Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio & Risk Officer, Avanz Capital

Hany is a founding partner of Avanz Capital Partners, a global emerging market private equity investment firm. He is a senior investment and finance professional with over 26 years of experience in emerging markets, including 23 years with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Prior to founding Avanz Capital, Hany was Chief Investment Officer in IFC’s Private Equity and Investment Funds Department (2007-2010), leading the investment process from selection to commitment for sector-specific funds, including agribusiness, clean technology, clean energy, forestry, healthcare, ICT, infrastructure, mining and sustainability funds. In addition, he headed the private equity funds business in the Middle East and North Africa region, and oversaw IFC’s Funds business, both new investments as well as portfolio, in South Asia, Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and Central Asia. He was responsible for selecting the investment criteria and screening the deal pipeline, overseeing the due diligence teams, negotiating terms, and presenting investment recommendations to IFC’s Board of Directors. He managed a substantial portfolio of funds, shaping governance, strategy, and deal pipelines and was a member of several advisory committees. In his last year at IFC, he screened over 100 funds and closed on 16 funds for total investments by IFC of $463 million.

Before joining IFC’s Funds Department, Hany headed IFC’s Financial Markets Sustainability Group (2005-2006) and developed a new line of business that mainstreamed environmental and social finance through financial intermediaries across emerging markets. This business line is now generating approximately$200 million in new business for IFC each year. Starting in 2000, he developed IFC’s business in micro, rural and small business financial services and e-finance.
Between 1997 and 2000, Hani was Divisional Manager for IFC’s Financial Markets, South and Southeast Asia department leading their investment programme in debt, mezzanine and equity financing to financial institutions in eight emerging markets countries. He spent his first nine years between 1987 and 1996 in various investment positions in IFC covering North Africa, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe, investing directly in companies in the manufacturing and services sectors, including construction materials, steel, textile, auto parts, logistics, transport and shipping, hotels and tourism, and fishing. In October 1996, Hany assumed the role of Assistant to the President of the World Bank Group, Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, assisting the President on all aspects of his daily business.

Hany holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies, a MA in Egyptology from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Ron Dizy

Managing Director, Advanced Energy Centre
Previously Partner Celtic House Venture Partners

Ron is responsible for all activities at the Advanced Energy Centre, focused on two priorities. First, working with a diverse group of public and private sector partners to assist utilities, energy users and energy innovators to adopt new technologies faster, Mr. Dizy is passionate about making our energy system more cost effective, more resilient and more reliable. Second, he is driving international opportunities for Ontario and Canadian energy innovators by leveraging our domestic successes and experience.

He was previously the President and CEO of ENBALA Power Networks, a smart grid technology company that offers grid optimization services to utilities and system operators to increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the power system.

Ron is viewed as a thought-leader on innovation opportunities that lie within the evolution of the modern power system. Based on his well-respected perspective on the smart grid, he was recruited to the executive committee of the board for the Ontario Energy Association and the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid. He was also elected chair of the Corporate Partners Committee of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.

His entire career has been focused on bringing new technologies to evolving markets, including spending nearly ten years as a venture capitalist (both as a direct investor and as a pension fund manager), co-founding a company specializing in artificial intelligence and gathering experience in major consulting firms. Ron holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Tim Jackson

EVP Corporate and Community Development
Lead Executive, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

MaRS Discovery District is one of the world’s largest innovation hubs built on a 1.5-million-square-foot complex located in the heart of Canada’s largest research cluster in downtown Toronto. It is dedicated to driving economic and social prosperity by harnessing the full potential of innovation. Tim provides leadership to the Centre for Impact Investing and works on initiatives with practice leads supporting high-potential clients. He is helping build a cohesive regional ecosystem to better leverage the strengths of the Toronto and Waterloo regions in an international context.

Tim is the non-government expert member representing Canada on The Social Impact Investment Taskforce launched following the June 2013 G8 Social Impact Investment Forum in London, under the chairmanship of Sir Ronald Cohen.

Prior to joining MaRS, Tim held various leadership roles at the University of Waterloo. He was a founding partner of Tech Capital Partners, a venture capital firm
investing in early-stage technology 
companies. As CFO and acting CEO for PixStream Inc., Mr. Jackson led the company through several rounds of financing raising more than $50 million. He then led the negotiations that resulted in Cisco Systems’ acquisition of PixStream for $550 million. As vice-president and treasurer for FirstService Corporation, Mr. Jackson negotiated acquisitions of subsidiaries, performed due diligence, and prepared legal documentation. Prior to his work at FirstService, he was a senior accountant in the Owner Managed Services group at Coopers & Lybrand. Tim has served on the board of directors of numerous companies (both private and public), including FibreTech Telecommunications Inc., Q9 Networks Inc., and Sandvine Incorporated.

Tim is a frequent speaker on innovation, corporate culture, leadership, community building, acquisitions and investing, and related topics. Active in the not-for-profit sector, he has served on numerous volunteer boards and has received several awards for his volunteer service. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Waterloo, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA).

Barry Gekiere

Managing Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)

The IAF is a $50 million seed-stage venture capital fund for technology companies funded by the Province of Ontario. The IAF’s mandate is to provide equity funding up to a maximum of $500k per company to help entrepreneurs achieve commercialization and raise follow-on capital from the broader venture investment community. The IAF is believed to be the most active seed-stage venture fund in Canada and has invested in over 80 companies since its inception in 2007.

Barry has over 25 years of experience in senior management positions in venture capital, private equity and operating companies. Prior to joining MaRS, Barry was a Partner at Ventures West, one of Canada’s largest and long standing venture capital firms. During his 13 years at Ventures West, Barry worked closely with entrepreneurs while making early stage technology investments in IT, communications, cleantech and medical device companies.

Prior to Ventures West, Barry had experience as a partner in two private equity firms specializing in expansion stage financing and leverage buyouts. As an operator, Barry has served as President of four turnaround situations in: automotive aftermarket parts manufacturing; an industrial products holding company; fleet and field service management software; and aerospace components manufacturing.

Barry’s other current positions include: Advisory Panel Member for the Ontario Centers of Excellence Market Readiness Program, which is public sector funding for technology emanating from academia; Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for PARTEQ Innovation, the not-for-profit commercialization arm for IP arising from university generated research at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario; and Advisory Committee Member, MaRS Cleantech fund, a $30M private sector fund focused on seed-stage cleantech investments.

Barry has served on the Board of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and various private and public companies. Barry has an HBA Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Murray McCaig

Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures

ArcTern Ventures (formerly the MaRS Cleantech Fund) is a privately-backed venture capital fund that provides early-stage capital to companies developing breakthrough ideas in the cleantech sector.   The Fund has developed a unique early-stage investment model through its partnership with MaRS, one of the largest innovation centers in world.

Murray is a managing partner at the ArcTern Ventures, Canada’s most active early stage investor in clean technology sector. Previous to this, Murray managed New York based private equity group, RSL Investments (owned by the Estee Lauder family), where he was responsible for leading a global business acquisition strategy in the water sector. Murray has extensive international business development experience including his role with Upstream Systems, a world leader in mobile marketing solutions, where he built the global sales organization and led expansion into new regions in Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. As an entrepreneur, Murray founded and built two successful venture capital backed startups, an innovative in-building wireless provider, Spotnik Mobile, which he sold to TELUS (one of Canada’s major telecom operators) and EnviroTower, a well-known Cleantech company in the water treatment sector. Murray raised over $25 million in early stage capital for these ventures. Prior to this, Murray was a principal with the McKenna Group, a Silicon Valley-based management consulting group, where he developed and implemented growth strategies for large global technology companies and early stage ventures.

Murray holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a former Olympian who represented Canada at the 1992 Games.

Andrew Heintzman

President & Co-founder, Investeco Capital

Andrew Heintzman is President and co-founder of Investeco Capital. Andrew was the Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario from 2008 to 2012, and is currently a member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force. He sits on a number of corporate boards, including Lotek Wireless and Rowe Farms.  In addition, he is on the board of directors of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Steering Committee of Sustainable Prosperity. He is also an advisor to the Masters of Global Affairs program at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Andrew is the author of  The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, and was co-editor of: Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing EverythingFeeding the Future: From Fat to Famine;  and Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future; all published by the House of Anansi Press. Before Investeco, Andrew was a co-founder and publisher of Shift Magazine.

Alison Nankivell

Vice President, BDC Capital

Alison Nankivell has worked in the Canadian and Asia business field for the past 23 years, including 12 years based in Beijing. From 1990-95 she was a China economic analyst and editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 1998, she joined Export Development Canada (EDC) where she served in a number of senior financing and fund investment roles including as EDC’s China Chief Representative and then as EDC’s Head of Fund Investments and Asia.

In November 2012, she joined Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan as Director of Funds, Asia. In August 2013, she moved to BDC Capital (the investment subsidiary of the Business Development Bank of Canada) as Vice President in charge of the Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP), a $1.2 billion venture capital fund program launched by the federal government to encourage private sector investments in early stage risk capital and to support the creation of large-scale venture capital funds led by the private sector.

Ms. Nankivell has an undergraduate degree in business and economics from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Public Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also obtained her Charter Financial Analyst Designation and currently serves as an Executive Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Ben Zwinkels

Chairman, AFRICINVEST

Ben Zwinkels grew up in the greenhouse family business in the West of the Netherlands and has more than forty years of experience in banking and business development in Africa. After horticultural secondary education and working at the family horticulture business, Ben studied Accountancy and Business Administration in the evening hours for more than 7 years. After working for Stork Industries in Amsterdam and his graduation, Ben first went to live in Africa during the seventies and worked for the Dutch volunteer service (SNV), promoting cooperative banking in Cameroon and SME’s in Tunisia. While living in Cameroon Ben fell in love with the continent.

In 1982 Ben started his carrier at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and entered the world of finance. He gathered a wealth of experience while travelling to 62 countries in Africa. During more than 30 years of employment for FMO, Ben realised investment transactions in more than 40 banks and 35 SME investment funds. During this time, Ben became an authority of Private Equity in Africa and initiated the African Venture Capital Association and was instrumental in reviving Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) a promotion institute for Dutch Companies in Africa.

After retiring from FMO in 2012, Ben became Chairman of the Board of Group AfricInvest and continued his Board Memberships within the Group Bank of Africa (Madagascar, Kenya and Djibouti) and the Group First Afriland Group. In May 2015 he ended his Board Seat with the Group Bank of Africa, which he occupied for 22 years on behalf of FMO. During this period he played a key role in the expansion of the BOA Group to 17 countries, bringing four East-African countries to the Group, which had operated solely in Francophone countries. Ben also helped to develop BOA’s activities in Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Senegal. The two mentioned banking groups cover banking activities in more than 25 African countries.

His profound experience was key for the nomination as Board Member for DOB a charitable private wealth in The Netherlands. Ben combines these board positions with further Board Memberships in some other banks in Africa and a Micro Finance Group: Microcred. In his capacity of Chairman of the Board for AfricInvest, Ben remains active in the financial sector of Africa. Finally Cameroon is Ben’s favourite country in Africa. Ben has three adopted children there and joined forces with his wife to develop the local tourist sector through her travel agency: www.zwinkelstourscameroon.com.

Don Bent

Managing Partner, Fraser Mackenzie Merchant Capital

Don has over 20 years of financial industry experience in fund formation, capital raising, fund management and corporate finance. He is a managing partner at Fraser Mackenzie Merchant Capital where he co-founded the FMMC Private Yield Fund, a privately funded mezzanine debt fund making $1 to $10 million term loans to profitable mid-sized Canadian businesses. To complement its mezzanine lending activities, he and his partners are also in process of forming a buyout fund in conjunction with over a dozen hands-on operating partners from some of Canada’s most well known companies.

Prior to FMMC, Don co-founded Latitude Partners, where he and his partners raised over $60 million and managed Canada’s first buyout fund aimed specifically at the technology industry. More recently, Don was a partner, co-owner and member of the investment committee at Fulcrum Capital Partners (formerly HSBC Capital Canada). Fulcrum manages over $700 million, proving mezzanine debt and private equity to mid-sized businesses. Through his activities with FMMC, Fulcrum and Latitude Partners, Don has considerable fund raising experience with both institutional and high net worth investors, as well as a breadth of board experience with companies across a wide range of industries.

Earlier in his career Don was with TD Securities executing both M&A and financing transactions with dozens of companies in the technology sector, and also a co-founder of a micro-business in automotive retail in northern Mexico.

Don did his CPA, CA with KPMG (gold medalist for Nova Scotia) and is a graduate of Mount Allison University (B. Comm with Distinction).