Erica McGuinness is a Vice President with Sequeira Partners, a mid-market sell-side advisory firm. Demonstrating a high level of quality performance, Erica is committed to building strong client relationships and is driven to exceed client expectations. In her role with Sequeira Partners, Erica assists clients throughout the transaction process and oversees the preparation of research, financial models and marketing materials. Before joining Sequeira Partners, Erica supported transaction execution activities for one of the Big Four accounting firms in Vancouver. In addition, she has been active in the community serving on the board of Association of Women in Finance and UBC's Thunderbird Advisory Counsel.
Erica holds a CPA, CA designation, a CBV designation and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC.
Robert is co-founder and leads Promerita Capital Partners, a new private equity and mezzanine capital business focused on the lower middle market. Robert has 20 years experience in corporate finance and investing, with the last fourteen in subordinated debt, mezzanine and equity investing. He has completed over 80 deals across various industries, including management buy outs, acquisitions and growth financing. Robert was vice president and co-founder of First West Capital, a subordinated debt and mezzanine finance provider for small and medium sized companies. Prior to this role, Robert was an Investment Manager at Vancity Capital, a subordinated debt fund. Before that, Robert was Manager, Corporate Finance with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Don Matthew is an audit partner and the National Sector Leader for the Industrial Manufacturing Industry group at KPMG. Don joined KPMG Vancouver office in 1982, worked in the Richmond office between 1985-2000 and was promoted to the partnership in 2000. Don returned to the Vancouver office before assuming the position of Office Managing Partner in Edmonton in early 2006. In 2012, Don started a transition back to the Greater Vancouver Area to lead the operning of a new Langley office and KPMG's existing Fraser Valley practices.
Don is a member of the National Board of Directors, the Audit Committee and the Human Resources Committee of CME (Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters). Don was an active member of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Audit Committee and the member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee for the University of Alberta. Don has previously served on the executive of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, as Chairman of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, as a member of Board of the BC Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Executive of the Aerospace Industry Association of BC. Don has clients in wide number of industries including public and private companies in the software, financial institutions, energy, manufacturing, construction and transportation sectors. Don has been particularly active with private equity investments and transitions in the private company marketplace.
Shane is a Managing Director covering Western Canada for BMO's Private Equity and Financial Coverage Group. Shane has over 15 years of diversified corporate banking, turnaround/restructuring and leveraged finance experience across most industry sectors operating in Western Canada.
In his current role he is responsible for maintaining relationships with Western Canadian-based private equity firms and U.S.-based private firms investing in Western Canada. Shane joined the BMO Corporate Finance Division in 2013. Prior to joining BMO Shane spent over 11 years with a major international financial instritution splitting time between Calgary and Vancouver.
Douglas Cruikshank is the Owner/Presdient of The Cruikshank Advisory Group Ltd. which is an independent provider of advisory services to buyers and sellers of middle market companies. Their services include divestitures, acquisition and financing with transactions ranging in size from $1 million to $40 million. Clients include manufacturers, distributors and service providers in a broad range of industries.
Valerie (Val) is a partner at Lawson Lundell LLP focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. She has been involved in transactions for private and public companies including mergers and acquisitions, financing and corporate reorganizations as well as, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Her practice includes acting for public and private companies as well as for private equity firms and large institutional investors. She has significant experience in private equity and venture fund formations. Val has been lead counsel on a number of large mid-market transactions including in the resource/commodities, real property (acquisitions and joint ventures for the development of industrial, and other commercial property) and manufacturing sectors in addition to acquisition activity in the technology sector.
Denise is a partner at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. She practices in the areas of Securities and Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining and Energy. Denise has experience in a broad range of transactions including debt and equity financings, mergers involving both public and private companies, plans of arrangements and other corporate reorganizations. Her practice also focuses on advising issuers with respect to securities reporting, compliance and disclosure obligations and general corporate matters.
Steve has led financings and been in active business partner to management teams in numberous emerging and growth-stage companies in Western Canada and the US Northwest for over 20 years. He has had the good fortune to participate in a number of successful exits with great companies driven by talented management teams. Prior to co-founding Lighthouse in 2012, Steve co-founded Vancouver-based Yaletown Venture Partners in 2001 and played a central role in building the firm, its investment portfolio, and capital under management to $165M duing the firm's formative decade. During the 1990's Steve started and built TD Bank's technology industry group in Western Canada where he structured growth financings for more than 45 innovation-driven companies, following success in building a mid-market diversified industries portfolio for the bank. Steve has held operationally focused roles with global management consulting firm Accenture, where he designed and implemented enterprise management systems for a major corporations in the energy industry, and with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led business development stragegy and execution for the Technology, Information & Communications group.
Steve currently serves on the boards of several emerging and growth stage business in western North America and is Vice President of the board of directors for Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA), representing 130 firms managing more than $75 billion in private investment capital.
Aleem is a sell-side M&A advisor with Deloitte Corporate Finance Inc. As part of Deloitte's Corporate Finance Team, Aleem provides business owners and corporate directors with M&A advisory services focused on business divestitures. Aleem assists in the negotiation of transaction price and terms, provides vendor due diligence, and markets businesses to qualified financial and strategic buyers. Aleem's background includes due diligence for acquisitions, business valuations, and assurance services. Aleem is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator.
Known as a leading mid-market M&A legal advisor in British Columbia, Peter Mogan, founder and senior partner of Mogan Daniels Slager LLP, has over 39 years of experience as a lawyer specializing in commercial transactions with emphasis on mid-market transactions. Peter has been called to both the Ontario and B.C. bars and has practiced in large national firm, mid-sized firm and small firm settings. In the past five years, Peter has been lead lawyer in over $3 billion of business sales, purchases and financings. Between 2010 and 2017, Peter represented six of the fourteen winners of the "Dealmaker of the Year" award for British Columbia awarded by Association for Corporate Growth. As a commercial lawyer, he has worked closely with his business clients in a wide variety of tasks from business formation through financings, mergers and acquisitionsm contract negotiations, international trade, dealings with government, tax planning and securities compliance.
Klemens is a Principal at Fulcrum Capital Partners which provides flexible private equity solutions to the Canadian middle market. He is active in a broad range of Fulcrum's investing activities including origination, evaluation and value creation of investments. He currenty serves on the board of two B.C. based businesses, Canstar Restorations and Weatherhaven Global Resources.
As the Senior Manager, Deal Execution and Competitive Intelligence at Rocky Mountaineer, Leah is responsible for delivering strategic inorganic growth opportunities that align with the company's strategic growth plans. In particular, Leah leads the deal execution function for qualified acquisitions, execution of the company's competitige intelligence program, and ad-hoc special projects originating directly form the Office of the President. As part of the Corporate Development leadership team, Leah participates in strategy development, annual operating plans and investment recommendations.
Leah is an experienced M&A and strategy professional with strong financial leadership, strategic management, critical thinking and decision making abilities. Leah has experience in leading inorganic growth opportunities, and facilitating, structuring and communicating long-term corporate strategic planning. Prior to her role with Rocky Mountaineer, Leah was responsible for providing key financial and strategic advice including managing/overseeing Corporate Development and M&A related activities for a Vancouver-based food and beverage start-up. Before that, Leah enjoyed 6 years of buy-side and sell-side M&A experience in the Deloitte Corporate Finance group in London, UK and Vancouver. Leah is an ACA in the UK, a part qualified CBV professional and holds a First Class Bachelors Degree in Law and Accounting from the University of Manchester, UK.
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, US and Latin America with capital commitments in excess of $2 billion. In 2011 Dave led the spinout of both the US 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 has brought him a strong understanding of how to recognize opportunities and capitalize on such.
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 US and Latin America. In addition, Dave joined Highland West Capital in 2015 as a managing director. Highland West Capital Ltd. is a private equity firm that blends the depth of large fund experience with the flexibility of a family office. Dave is past 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 UBC and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
As President of Nicola Wealth Management, David leads a team of financial advisors who are committed to achieving unsurpassed client satisfaction through the delivery of the highest quality investment management and financial planning services for business owners, corporate executives, foundations and other individuals or entities of a substantial income and/or assets. In addition to working directly with some of the firm's high net worth clients, David is an active participant in the firm's portfolio management group, and sits on the firm's Asset Mix Committee as well as real estate division's Investment Review Committee (IRC).
A native Vancouverite, David is passionate about his roots. Weekly, you might find him hiking the Grouse Grind in the morning or running stairs at UBC. He is an active member of the BC YPO Chapter adn currently sits as the President of the Arbutus Club. Previously, David served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the UBC Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business, as well as the Board of Directors to the Museum of Vancouver. Married since 1997, David, his wife Tassan and their two children lead an active lifestyle. After graduating from UBC in 1992, David began a career in financial services, eventually starting his own company in 1999. In 2003, he merged his business (Waterstreet Wealth Management) with Nicola Wealth Management, becoming an integral part of the management team and growing NWM nto one of Canada's fastest growing Wealth Management companies.
Lena joined ACG British Columbia in 2015. With a social services background, she has almost 20 years of experience working for various non profit organizations in communications, public relations and program management. Prior to joining ACG BC as a Chapter Administrator, Lena was a Communications Coordinator for the Canadian Jewish Congress. Prior to that, Lena managed a large Federal Youth Internship Program for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. Lena has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology/Sociology from Simon Fraser University.