Investment

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    Jeff Belford

    Senior Managing Director

    Jeff joined Triwest at the inception of Fund II in 2003 from Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company Inc., a former TriWest portfolio company.  Jeff contributes both financial and operations experience to the TriWest team.

    Jeff gained significant financial and operating experience before joining TriWest.  He was CFO of Swiss Water from 2000 to 2003; and participated in the remarkable success of the company during his tenure.  Swiss Water was subsequently listed on the TSX as an Income Trust.  From 1996 to 2000, Jeff was Director of Finance and Operations for Descente North America, an international sportswear company.

    Jeff holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

     

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    Cody Church

    Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder

    Cody Church co-founded TriWest in 1998 and, as a Senior Managing Director, contributes a broad spectrum of financial, structuring, and deal execution experience to TriWest. From 1995 to 1997 he was with EXOR America, a New York-based private equity firm.

    Prior to joining EXOR, Cody was a member of the Leveraged Finance Group of Credit Suisse First Boston where he worked with financial buyers in areas of acquisition and divestiture, high-yield bonds, IPOs and re-financings.

    Cody graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Economics from Harvard University. Cody was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2010.

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    Lorne Jacobson

    Vice Chairman and Co-Founder

    Lorne Jacobson co-founded TriWest in 1998, and, as Vice Chairman, contributes a wealth of knowledge in the areas of corporate development and law.

    From 1994 to 1998 he served as Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel of Burns Foods Limited. He was responsible for a variety of corporate acquisitions, divestitures and financings as part of the management team for this leading Canadian food company.

    Prior to Burns Foods, Lorne was a partner in the Calgary office of the national law firm of Bennett Jones where he specialized in corporate and securities law. Lorne serves as a director or officer on a number of public and private companies and charitable organizations.

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    Mick MacBean

    Senior Managing Director

    Mick joined TriWest in 2010 as Senior Managing Director and brings a wealth of operations, governance and financial experience to the TriWest team.

    Prior to joining Triwest, Mick was founder and CEO of Diamond Energy Services, a Saskatchewan-based energy services firm.  Mick successfully operated Diamond from 1998 to 2010, and remains on the Board of the company.  Prior to Diamond, Mick was employed at ARC Financial Corporation, a Calgary-based merchant banking and private equity firm.

    Mick holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Director.  Mick also currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of private and public companies.

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    Norm Rokosh

    Senior Managing Director

    Norm is a Senior Managing Director of TriWest Capital.  Norm joined TriWest in 2010, bringing strong operations and governance experience to the TriWest team.

    Prior to joining TriWest, Norm was President/CEO of a number of publicly traded industrial and service companies with operations in Western Canada and internationally from 1997 to 2009.  In 2008, Norm was ranked 4th in Canada’s “Top CEOs of the Year” for three-year investor return from a public company.

    Norm holds an Engineering degree from UBC and an MBA from the London Business School, London, U.K.  He holds a Professional Engineer designation in Alberta.

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    Ron Jackson

    Co-Founder

    Ron Jackson co-founded TriWest in 1998, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in senior management with Burns Foods. He served as President of Burns Foods for the 10 years prior to founding TriWest, during which period the company expanded to generate over $1 billion in sales annually.

    Ron has invested in all of the TriWest funds and continues to take an active interest in TriWest’s activities.

     

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    Chad Danard

    Managing Director

    Prior to joining TriWest in 2005, Chad worked at Morgan Stanley in the Global Energy and Utility Group in New York and in the Canada Group in Toronto. While at Morgan Stanley, Chad was involved in a variety of M&A-related strategic advisory assignments, equity offerings and both private and public debt financings. Chad also spent time in India, where he co-managed the day-to-day operations for the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley Advantage Services.

    Chad currently serves as a board member for the Calgary Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

    He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree (finance concentration) from the Queen’s School of Business, where he graduated at the top of his class.

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    Ryan Giles

    Managing Director

    Prior to joining TriWest in 2006, Ryan Giles was an Associate with Onex Corporation, where he was actively involved in evaluating and conducting due diligence for new investment opportunities for Onex Partners Fund 1. Previously, he had worked in the Canada Group of Morgan Stanley and was involved in various M&A and financing-related assignments.

    Ryan graduated with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, with an Honors degree in Business Administration. He received his A.B., Economics and Math, from Bowdoin College.

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    Jon Spencer

    Principal

    Jon joined TriWest in 2007 and is a Principal in the investment group.  Prior to joining TriWest, Jon worked as an Analyst at RBC Capital Markets in the Global Energy Group where he was involved in a number of public equity offerings and mergers and acquisition assignments.

    From 2008 to 2010, Jon served as President for the Calgary Chapter of the Richard Ivey School of Business Alumni Association and was formerly a Director of a TSX-Venture listed Capital Pool Corporation.

    Jon graduated with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, with an Honors degree in Business Administration.

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    Dave Connolly

    Senior Vice President

    Dave joined TriWest in 2011 and is a Senior Vice President in the investment group. Prior to joining TriWest, Dave worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Stonecap Securities (and its predecessor Blackmont Capital) in Toronto, where he was involved with equity financings and M&A advisory assignments in a variety of industries, including industrials, mining, telecom and financial services.

    Dave received his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree, with a concentration in finance, from the Queen’s School of Business, where he graduated with First Class Distinction.  Dave is also a CFA Charterholder and a member of CFA Society Calgary.

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    Taylor Ethans

    Vice President

    Taylor Ethans is a Vice President at TriWest Capital in the investment group. Prior to joining TriWest in 2012, Taylor worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at RBC’s Global Energy Group in Calgary, where he was involved in various merger, acquisition, and divestiture assignments, as well as public equity and debt offerings.

    Taylor holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours with Distinction) degree, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Manitoba.

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    Duncan Adams

    Senior Associate

    Duncan Adams is a Senior Associate at TriWest Capital in the investment group. Prior to joining TriWest in 2013, Duncan worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Canaccord Genuity. He was a generalist within the mergers and acquisition, restructuring, and corporate finance group and was responsible for performing financial, valuation, and industry analysis. Duncan played a key role in supporting mergers, acquisitions and restructuring transactions, as well as debt and equity financings across a number of industries.

    Duncan graduated with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, with an Honors degree in Business Administration. He concurrently received his Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (with distinction) from the University of Western Ontario.

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    Myles Shedden

    Associate

    Myles Shedden is an Associate at TriWest Capital in the investment group. Prior to joining TriWest in 2015, Myles worked as an Investment Banking Analyst with RBC’s Global Energy Group in Calgary, where he was involved in various merger, acquisition, and divestiture assignments, as well as public equity and debt offerings.

    Myles holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Master of Science (Finance) from the University of Saskatchewan.

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    Dino DeLuca

    Chief Operating Officer

    Dino DeLuca joined TriWest Capital Partners in November, 2015 as Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position with the launch of Fund V. As COO, Dino is responsible for and oversees a wide variety of areas within TriWest including finance, investor reporting, governance functions, and administration, as well as supporting the transaction and investment teams.

    Prior to joining TriWest, Dino was Senior Partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, a leading Calgary based law firm. His law practice was focused on commercial transactions (including private M&A), banking and equipment finance. He also had a significant role in the management of BD&P as a Member of the Executive Committee, Partnership Admission Committee and Business Development Committee. Dino has been recognized with several honours throughout his distinguished legal career, including being named one of the “Best Lawyers in Canada” continuously since 2006.

    Dino serves on the Board of Directors of STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society). STARS operates the not-for-profit helicopter ambulance service in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

    Mr. DeLuca holds degrees in Mining Engineering and Law from Queen’s University and he was called to the Alberta Bar in 1988.

     

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    Brett Butler



    Brett Butler is an Associate at TriWest Capital in the investment group. Prior to joining TriWest in 2017, Brett worked as an Investment Banking Analyst with CIBC’s Global Investment Banking group in Calgary, where he focused on public equity and debt offerings and executed on various M&A advisory mandates within the broader energy sector.

    Brett received his Bachelor of Commerce degree (distinction), with a concentration in finance, from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Brett has also passed the level 3 CFA exam.

Finance

  • Brenda Weiss
    Vice President, Finance

    Brenda joined TriWest in 2003 and is Vice President in the finance group. Prior to her work with TriWest, Brenda was a Senior Manager with KPMG, where she provided assurance and business advisory services to a wide array of entrepreneurial clients

    Brenda obtained her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2002. She was also awarded the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 1994.

    Brenda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and obtained her Accounting Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton.

  • John Watkins
    Director of Finance

    John joined TriWest in 2011 and is the Director of Finance.  Prior to joining TriWest, John was a Manager at MNP LLP where he provided assurance, tax and advisory services.

    John received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and has earned his Certified Public Accountant (New Hampshire, USA) designation.  John is also a CFA Charterholder and a member of CFA Society Calgary.