The Deal of the Year Award celebrates a leading British Columbia sell-side transaction. The award recognizes the executive team and CEO, as well as British Columbia-based professional firms and other individuals whose excellence in executing on that transaction led to an exceptional outcome.
WINNER: Xypex Chemical Corporation
ACG BC is proud to recognize as BC's Middle Market Deal of the Year the sale of Xypex Chemical Corporation to TorQuest Partners, in a transaction led by CEO D'Arcy Mainwaring. Xypex was advised by PwC Corporate Finance Inc. with a team consisting of Jim Crooks, Ronnie De Zen, Philip Heywood and Daniel Barends, and by Lawson Lundell LLP with a team consisting of David Allard, Andrew Robertson, and Danielle Broadfoot.
FINALIST: FT Synthetics Inc. and Vessel Packaging Inc.
ACG BC also recognizes as finalists for the Deal of the Year Award two transactions:
FT Synthetics Inc. in its sale to GAF, in a transaction led by its shareholders Gary Sandhar, Surinder Bath, and Sam Lidhar, and advised by Kevin Mayer of Citizens M&A Advisory and Andrew Hennigar of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
Vessel Packing Inc. in its sale to TricorBraun, iin a transaction led by CEO Matt Leslie, and advised by Leo Wilson of KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. and Arash Amouzgar of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.
The Dealmaker of the Year Award focuses on recognizing the contribution of an outstanding individual dealmaker who has contributed significantly to the prosperity of BC middle market companies through dealmaking.
WINNER: Tom Kramer, President and CEO of Smith Cameron Group
Tom Kramer acquired Smith Cameron, a BC-based pump distribution business, in 2011 with Krystal Growth Partners. After acquiring Smith Cameron, Tom was intimately involved with the sourcing, screening, execution, and integration of six follow-on strategic transactions, before divesting of Smith Cameron in 2021 to Flow Control Group, a KKR Portfolion Company.
FINALIST: Andrew Black, Founder and CEO of VetCare Canada Inc.
ACG BC also recognizes Andrew Black, founder and CEO of VetCare Canada Inc. as finalist for the Dealmaker of the Year. In 2021, Andrew and his team led a process to secure a C$175M senior credit facility to support VetCare's growing objective of continued expansion across Canada, and also closed 22 practice acquisitions, building relationships with all vets when leading the acquisition process.