TEAM

We find and retain only the best talent, and confidently put our team up against any other in the industry in terms of knowledge, ability and performance.

The Capital West team has the skill, knowledge and drive to achieve optimal results. We proudly commit our years of accomplishments and track record to your service.

  • Diverse backgrounds in business, engineering, banking, accounting, law and investment banking
  • More than 100 years of combined experience in corporate finance with each senior partner possessing over 30 years of investment banking and financial advisory experience
  • More than $6 billion in successful transactions over the 25 year history of the firm

Our team of dedicated professionals

Some deals can be an opportunity of a lifetime…We help you recognize them.

FRED WRIGHT

Fred is a founding partner of Capital West Partners. Prior to Capital West, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Pemberton Securities, a leading Canadian investment bank. Fred has been in the investment banking industry since the mid 60’s, primarily in the areas of capital raising and mergers & acquisitions.

Fred graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Law degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.

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DOUG IRWIN

Doug is a founding partner of Capital West, and has been in the corporate finance industry since the late 70’s. Prior to starting the firm, he worked in London, England, as the Managing Director of Pemberton Securities’ European operations and later as Executive Vice-President and Director of Midland Walwyn Capital where he was in charge of institutional sales and trading.

Doug’s outstanding track record, professionalism, and dedication to clients, have earned him an excellent reputation in the business community. Doug obtained his B.A. from York University in Toronto, Ontario, and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business.

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JAMIE BRUCE

Jamie entered the corporate finance and investment banking industry in the early 1980s, and worked at Pemberton Securities, RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities prior to joining Capital West. At TD Securities he was head of Investment Banking and Corporate Credit for British Columbia.

Jamie has led hundreds of transactions to successful completion including M&As, IPOs, private equity issues, debt financings and numerous other advisory assignments.

Jamie is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA, a Chartered Professional Accountant, CMA and a retired Chartered Business Valuator. He serves, or has served, on several non profit and corporate boards.

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CHARLES ADDISON

Charles has 25 years of experience in the investment banking industry. Before joining Capital West Partners in 2015, he spent over 10 years as Senior Vice President and head of corporate finance in British Columbia for a national accounting firm, where he focused on advising private companies on divestitures, acquisitions and financings. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in investment banking with BMO Nesbitt Thomson, TD Securities, and was Managing Director in BC for National Bank Financial, with a focus on public market companies.

Charles’ extensive experience providing strategic investment banking advice to companies spans a wide range of industries. He has worked closely with company owners to develop and implement successful exit strategies, as well as how to consolidate their position in a particular industry.

Charles obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.

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ANDREW KEMPER

Andrew has worked for over a decade providing corporate finance counsel, expertise and advice to mid-market private and public companies. Prior to joining Capital West Partners, Andrew spent six years with the accounting firm Deloitte, where he was a manager in the assurance and advisory practice.

At Capital West, Andrew has developed experience across a wide range of industries including financial and business services, retail, agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Completed mandates include valuations, fairness opinions, strategic acquisitions, sell-side engagements and raising capital for buyouts and business expansion.

Andrew received his Bachelor of Commerce, with honours, from the University of British Columbia. He also holds the designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV).

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PAUL LANGLEY

Paul brought his considerable years of investment banking experience to Capital West in 2010. His career prior to 2010 included roles with CIBC World Markets in both Vancouver and Calgary, and Morgan Stanley in London, England. At CIBC he was Managing Director – Power & Utilities Investment Banking, with responsibility for Western Canada.

Paul has led numerous transactions, including equity and debt financings, acquisition and divestiture transactions, and corporate restructuring assignments across a wide range of industries for public and private companies in Western Canada.

Paul obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree, with honours, from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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NICK BESTER

Since joining Capital West Partners in 2010, Nick has worked on numerous deals with a broad range of different clients, including businesses in the industrial services, E-commerce, retail and transportation sectors. Nick has extensive experience working on sale transactions, financings and acquisition advisory assignments.

Prior to Capital West, Nick spent four years working in the public accounting practice of KPMG Vancouver. During his tenure at KPMG, Nick worked with public companies primarily in the mining and natural resources sector.

Nick is a Chartered Business Valuator and Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

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MICHAEL JANICKI

Michael joined Capital West Partners in 2011 and since then has advised clients across a wide range of industries on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, financings and divestitures.

Prior to Capital West, Michael worked in the Corporate Finance Group at KPMG, where he performed business valuations, M&A advisory engagements and assurance services for mid-market private and public companies.

Michael is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

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MICHAEL YAM

Michael comes to Capital West after four years in the audit practice of PwC’s Vancouver office, where he specialized in financial services and technology sectors. He also completed a four month secondment to PwC’s New York office where his clients included bank owned private investment funds and real estate focused investment funds.

Michael graduated with a BComm from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, majoring in accounting, and is also a Chartered Accountant. He is currently pursuing the Chartered Business Valuator designation.

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IVAN MA

Ivan joined Capital West in 2016. He gained corporate finance experience working as an Analyst at Teekay Corporation, where he advised business units on valuations, project returns, and asset sale and purchase decisions. Prior to that, Ivan spent several years in the audit practice at KPMG as a senior accountant, where he specialized in providing assurance services to mid-market companies in various industries.

Ivan is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is currently pursuing the Chartered Business Valuator designation.

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