Don brings almost 25 years of financial industry experience to Fraser Mackenzie Merchant Capital in the areas of mezzanine debt lending, private equity investment and investment banking. Prior to joining FMMC to head up its mezzanine debt and private equity principal investment activities, Don co-founded Latitude Partners, where he raised and managed Canada’s first buyout fund aimed specifically at the technology industry. Targeting profitable companies, the fund made equity investments ranging from $4 to $7 million.
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 CPA, CA (gold medalist for Nova Scotia) and a graduate of Mount Allison University (B. Comm with Distinction). He is currently a mentor for MaRS Centre’s “Impact Investing in Frontier Markets” Program.