|Don Bent||Michael Liik||Philip Benson|
More recently, Don was a partner and member of the investment committee at Fulcrum Capital Partners (formerly HSBC Capital (Canada)). Fulcrum manages over $700 million with a mandate to provide mezzanine financing as well as private equity to mid-sized businesses, with a cheque size ranging from $5-$30 million. Through his activities with both Fulcrum and Latitude Partners, Don has considerable Board experience with companies across a wide range of industries.
Don started his Bay Street career in investment banking with Lancaster Financial (acquired by TD Securities), and has executed over 100 M&A and financing assignments with dozens of companies including Cisco, LSI Logic, MacDonald Dettwiler, COM DEV, RIM and Open Text, as well as smaller entrepreneurial firms like Sandvine, Zoomit (now Microsoft Active Directory) and Janna Systems (now Oracle).
Don is a CA (gold medalist for Nova Scotia) and a graduate of Mount Allison University (B. Comm with Distinction).
His senior management experience includes CEO of Cymat Technologies Inc. from 1999 to 2004 (he is currently Executive Chairman); VP Corporate Development Slater Steel Inc. from 1993 to 1998; VP Development Horsham Corporation (predecessor to Trizec Corporation) from 1990 to 1993. Michael started his career with National Bank and was a founding member of their mezzanine real estate lending and investment group.
Michael also sits on several public and private company boards including Cymat Technologies Inc., Carthew Bay Technologies Inc., and Colorep Inc.
Prior to establishing Fraser Mackenzie Merchant Capital in 2011, Philip spent 4 years at Fraser Mackenzie Limited, where he led the firm’s diversified industries investment banking activities. Prior to that, he was a Director at Blackmont Capital (formerly First Associates) providing investment banking services to a clientele spanning the industrial, technology and consumer products sectors. From 1993-1999, he was a Vice President and partner at MMI Group, a Toronto based money manager and merchant bank.
He has authored a number of articles for Canadian and international publications, including a comprehensive study of Canada’s aerospace industry. He is also the author of the The 50 Best Stocks to Own in Canada, published by Macmillan Canada in 2001. Philip is a member of the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies.
Mr. Polubiec has an HBA from the University of Western Ontario (now the Richard Ivey School of Business) and an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in the investment dealer business for over 30 years following five years as a financial analyst with Canadian Pacific Limited.
Mr. Polubiec has extensive experience in the capital markets of Canada and the United States. He started in the investment business at Burns Fry Limited in the mergers and acquisitions department, which he ultimately ran for three years before becoming the CEO of the US operations of Security Pacific Burns Fry Inc. In 1994, he joined Canaccord Capital Inc. as an Executive Vice President and global head of corporate finance, institutional sales, trading and research. Mr. Polubiec most recently served as Chairman, CEO, and Head of Investment Banking at Fraser Mackenzie Limited.