We find and retain only the best talent, and confidently put our team’s knowledge and performance up against any other in the industry.
We proudly commit our years of accomplishments and track record to your service, to achieve optimal results:
- Diverse backgrounds in M&A, business operations, banking, valuation, accounting, law and engineering
- More than 150 years of combined experience in finance
- More than $10 billion in successful transactions over the 30 year history of the firm
Some deals can be an opportunity of a lifetime… We can help you recognize and fully capitalize on them.
Our team of dedicated professionals
- DOUG IRWIN MBA
- ANDREW KEMPER CPA, CBV
- PAUL LANGLEY CFA
- CHARLES ADDISON
- NICK BESTER CPA, CBV
- MICHAEL JANICKI CPA, CBV Senior Vice President / Vice President
- CHRIS HAUGHN Senior Vice President, CFA
- RONEIL GOUNDER Vice President, CPA Associates
- SCOTT HANNA CPA
- GRANT NICHOLSON CPA
- HELEN GARABANDIC
- ARIEL LEE ASSOCIATE & MARKETING MANAGER Director of Operations
- KIM DIXON
JAMIE BRUCE Senior Advisor
MBA, CPA, CBV, PEng
FRED WRIGHT Founding Partner
Some deals can be an opportunity of a lifetime… We can help you recognize and fully capitalize on them.
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.vCard Email Linkedin
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).vCard Email Linkedin
Paul has over 20 years of investment banking experience, and has focused exclusively on mid-market M&A since 2010 when he joined Capital West Partners. Previously his career included roles with CIBC Capital Markets in both Vancouver and Calgary as Managing Director in Investment Banking, and with the Mergers & Acquisitions groups of Morgan Stanley and Citibank in London, England.
Paul has completed transactions totalling over $10 billion in aggregate value, including acquisitions and divestitures, equity and debt financings, 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.vCard Email Linkedin
Charles has over 25 years of experience in investment banking. Before joining Capital West Partners in 2015, he spent more than 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, Charles was with BMO Nesbitt Thomson, TD Securities, and National Bank Canada as Managing Director in BC, and focused on leading M&A and financing transactions for public companies.
Charles has a strong reputation for listening to the goals of his clients and achieving efficient and successful outcomes in the transactions he leads.
Charles obtained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Sauder Business School at the University of British Columbia.vCard Email Linkedin
Since joining Capital West Partners in 2010, Nick has worked on numerous deals with a broad range of clients, including businesses in the industrial services, technology, retail and transportation sectors. He has extensive experience working on sale transactions, financings and acquisition advisory assignments.
Prior to Capital West, Nick spent four years at KPMG where he obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation. In addition to being a CPA, Nick is a Chartered Business Valuator and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.
Nick completed the Family Enterprise Advisor program in 2019, through the Family Enterprise Xchange. As Capital West advises many family-operated businesses, this designation provides additional resources and perspective to help Nick better assist clients.vCard Email Linkedin
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.vCard Email Linkedin
Chris joined Capital West in 2021. Prior to joining the firm, he spent four years working with J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking practice in Calgary where he was directly involved in successfully executing over $10bn in M&A and strategic financing mandates in Infrastructure, Power & Utilities, and Energy. Chris also has four years of experience working with National Bank’s equity research team in Calgary covering public and private companies within the Energy space.
Chris is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University.vCard Email Linkedin
Roneil joined Capital West in 2018. His corporate finance experience includes over a year with a national M&A advisory firm where he worked on a number of buy and sell side M&A advisory and due diligence engagements. Prior to that, he spent four years with PwC’s audit practice, providing assurance services to private mid-market clients across a broad range of industries.
Roneil is a Chartered Professional Accountant and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts, concentrating in Economics and the University of British Columbia with a Diploma in Accounting. He is currently pursuing the Chartered Business Valuator designation.vCard Email Linkedin
Scott joined Capital West in 2019. Prior to that, he spent five years at a national accounting firm – four in the assurance practice as part of the audit group and one in the advisory practice as part of the corporate finance team.
His time in corporate finance includes working on business valuations, financing proposals, financial due diligence, and sell side M&A advisory for private mid-market companies in a variety of industries.
Scott obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration, with distinction, from Simon Fraser University in 2014, his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2016, and is currently pursuing his Chartered Business Valuator designation.vCard Email Linkedin
Grant joined Capital West in 2022. Prior to that, he spent three years at Ernst & Young in the audit practice where he provided assurance services to clients across a broad range of industries.
Grant is a Chartered Professional Accountant and graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies as well as a Graduate Diploma in Accounting.vCard Email Linkedin
Helen joined Capital West in 2022. Prior to that, she gained buy-side experience working in private equity. Her time in private equity included working on business valuations, financial due diligence, and industry research across multiple sectors.
Helen graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentrating in Finance. She is currently pursuing her CFA designation.vCard Email Linkedin
Ariel is an Associate and the Marketing Manager at Capital West. She joined Capital West in 2019 and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. She provides support and analysis on transactions and client proposals, including preparation of transaction marketing materials, as well as company and market research. Ariel also leads Capital West’s firm-wide marketing and corporate branding initiatives in her role as Marketing Manager.vCard Email Linkedin
Kim has been with Capital West Partners since 2006 following 12 years as an executive assistant at Intrawest. As the Director of Operations, Kim oversees the day to day operations for Capital West. Kim has a diploma in Marketing Management from Capilano University. When not in the office, Kim is likely to be found being active in the mountains or on the ocean.vCard Email Linkedin
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.vCard Email Linkedin
We are saddened that Capital West’s founder, Fred Wright, passed away on June 4, 2022.
Fred’s accomplishments were vast, yet it is his legacy of generosity, good humour, hard work, and family that will live on in all he touched.
Fred was a trusted and respected advisor, a wonderful mentor, and a great friend. He had an illustrious career in investment banking and was widely respected for his business acumen, leadership, and collegial approach. After starting his career at Nesbitt Thomson, he moved to Pemberton Securities where, as CEO, he was instrumental in building Pemberton into a leader in the industry. After the sale of Pemberton to Royal Bank, he founded Capital West Partners in 1990, where he once again built a market leader.
Fred’s knowledge and experience were immeasurable, and he was always willing to share that knowledge. He mentored so many of the team at Capital West, who will forever be grateful for his generosity and insights. Fred’s name and spirit will live on forever at Capital West. All of those who had a chance to work with Fred were truly fortunate.
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