Following university, where I studied corporate finance, economics and management information systems, it was clear that my career path would be far from the traditional.
Throughout the 1990’s, I was primarily engaged in the direct funding and raising of investment and venture capital for US-based internet and technology companies. During this time, I also served in various advisory roles, assisting start-up and mid-sized companies with corporate and strategic planning, structuring complex financial transactions, managing financial operations, and overseeing their transition to becoming public reporting entities.
In 2000, following a series of successful initial public offerings, merger & acquisition transactions and strategic sales, several former colleagues and I created a private equity company, which subsequently expanded to include a niche corporate and financial advisory practice.
During the next 15 years, I had the opportunity and pleasure of serving as a strategic corporate advisor to many early and mature stage public and private companies, with revenues ranging from NIL to $115.0 million annually. As well, I directly managed and participated in nearly three dozen large financing transactions and served in a number of interim executive positions, including CFO and CEO.
In addition to private sector business experience, I have served as an economic advisor and consultant for several foreign governments, as well as a Business Planning Officer and Senior International Affairs Advisor for the Government of Canada.
In recent years, I have returned to private speaking engagements and continue to frequently present to international business symposia, on matters of business finance and corporate growth and development. I have also organized several business strategy and policy conferences for both the public and private sectors in North America.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling (for leisure), reading non-fiction and historical works and mountain climbing. I am also a Transport Canada and FAA qualified pilot, CSPA licensed sky-diver (retired), and PADI certified rescue scuba diver.