History in Brief

TriWest Capital Partners (TriWest) is a leading Western Canadian-based private equity firm with 19 years of experience investing in 37 companies representing a broad cross-section of the economy.  TriWest was built on the pillars of operational experience and financial expertise and continues to focus on the principle of partnership on which it was founded.

Triwest Beginnings

TriWest was founded in 1998 by Ron Jackson, Lorne Jacobson and Cody Church, following the sale of Burns Foods, a 110-year-old, private Canadian food conglomerate with revenues of $1.1 billion.

Ron Jackson was a part of Burns Foods’ senior management team for over 25 years and served as President of the company for the 10 years prior to its sale. Lorne Jacobson worked alongside Ron as VP Corporate Development and General Counsel of Burns Foods from 1994 to 1997. Before co-founding TriWest, Cody Church was with EXOR America, a New York based private equity firm.


TriWest Fund I was closed in early 1999 with $57 million in committed capital. TriWest invested in eight companies between 1999 and 2003.  In 2003, Ron Jackson transitioned to the position of Senior Advisor and investor in TriWest.



Fund II was raised in 2003 in the amount of $120 million. . Jeff Belford and Kevin Jenkins joined the firm as Managing Directors with the establishment of Fund II, and over the next four years TriWest invested in seven companies. 



Fund III was raised in 2007 at $250 million and TriWest invested in seven more companies over four years.

After 6 years with TriWest, Kevin Jenkins left the firm in 2009 to run the global operations of World Vision International as the charitable organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2010, Senior Managing Directors Norm Rokosh and Mick MacBean joined TriWest.



In 2011, TriWest announced the closing of Fund IV with commitments of $350 million.  Chad Danard and Ryan Giles were promoted to Managing Directors at the launch of Fund IV.



In 2015, TriWest announced the closing of Fund V with commitments of $500 million.