Meet our direct investing &
investment banking team.
The FirePower Capital team understands what keeps you up at night and what gets you up in the morning.
We’re entrepreneurs, like you, and we feel the same fire inside each and every day.
We have the creativity, experience, and commitment to help you conclude deals that simply change the course of your business.
Ilan Jacobson is responsible for leading FirePower Capital in all its endeavours, setting its strategic direction and providing top-level guidance on key transactions undertaken by the Investment Banking division. Ilan also assesses new direct investments for FirePower’s Private Capital funds. Previously, Ilan was a Portfolio Manager at a leading venture capital firm in Toronto, where he sat on numerous boards. He received his MBA from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and has an Honours Degree in Science with a specialization in genetics from the University of Western Ontario.
Sebastien Douville drives the implementation of all FirePower Capital’s strategic initiatives while managing the company’s day-to-day operations. He is the driving force behind the firm’s developing its proprietary deal platforms and advancing its technology partnerships. Most recently, Sebastien headed corporate development and finance at Real Time Medical. Prior to that, he consulted for manufacturing, transport and energy companies at Oliver Wyman, where, among other assignments, he facilitated the $15 billion merger of two utilities. Sebastien received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Business, and holds a BSE in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
Jared Kalish leads FirePower Capital’s Private Capital division, which manages the firm’s direct lending and investment activities. Jared brings strong banking expertise with deep experience in implementing structured lending and derivative solutions. Previously, he was responsible for Structured Finance and Strategic Equity for Investec in Canada. Jared achieved significant success early in his career and was appointed as a division head for Investec in South Africa at the age of 27, where he led the Equity Structuring team to realize substantial growth in profitability. He holds a BSc in Actuarial Science and an MSc in Risk and Stochastics from the London School of Economics.
Anthony Lipschitz leads FirePower Capital’s Private Equity division. Anthony is a passionate business builder and leader. Most recently he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Thinking Capital, a PE-backed fintech lender. Previously, he was Canada Country Manager at StubHub, eBay's ticketing marketplace, more than doubling the business in two years. While CEO at iStopOver, a short-term vacation rental marketplace he co-founded, Anthony led the company’s VC fundraising, growth and eventual acquisition. Prior to that, he was a VP at Brightspark Ventures, a venture capital firm widely regarded as Canada's startup experts. He holds a BA in Media Arts from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.
Alan Chettiar leads FirePower’s Investment Banking team in all its engagements and sets its strategic direction. As a former Principal at a boutique investment management firm, Alan brings over a decade of experience in venture capital (debt and equity) and private equity. Alan has worked directly with dozens of entrepreneurs in its portfolio companies, providing guidance on growth initiatives and strategic direction, and he leverages this deep hands-on experience to maximize results for our clients. Alan holds an MBA from the Ted Rogers School of Management, a JD from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Mary’s University. He is registered as a CIM by the Canadian Securities Institute.
Jonathan Lehun supports FirePower Capital’s Investment Banking capital raises and M&A transaction mandates. Prior to joining FirePower, Jonathan facilitated the transition of IA portfolios in the range of $50 to $150 million at RBC Dominion Securities. Before embarking on his career in investment banking, Jonathan was a professional hockey player from 2004 to 2008, having been selected in the 2003 NHL entry draft by the St. Louis Blues. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
Somant Maraj supports FirePower Capital’s Investment Banking mandates, with a specific focus on M&A. Before joining FirePower, Somant worked in wealth management in the Private Client Group at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Somant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Ryerson University. He is a sports enthusiast and has represented Trinidad & Tobago in cricket at a regional and international youth level.
Philippe Theroux Ha executes on FirePower Capital’s Investment Banking mandates and leads the firm’s business development activities in Quebec. Philippe started his career at FirePower as an Origination Analyst and returned after a 2-year stint in the Corporate Finance division of Enerkem Inc., a VC-backed renewable fuels company based in Montreal. While at Enerkem, Philippe helped conclude approx. $200m in private equity and debt financings, as well as analyze over $1b in infrastructure projects. Philippe holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from HEC Montreal.
Ryan Balsam works in FirePower Capital’s Investment Banking group, after a short stint in our Private Capital division. Prior to joining FirePower, Ryan was an analyst at a boutique private equity firm focused on the lower middle-market. In doing so, he received comprehensive experience researching and evaluating target companies through financial modeling while structuring and executing transactions. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Political Science from McMaster University. He is currently pursuing his CFA designation.
As a former Partner and current Special Advisor to the firm’s Investment Banking division, Majed Masad has been instrumental in FirePower Capital’s success. Building on his background with RBC and Private Equity, Majed helped established FirePower’s M&A practice and co-led iconic FPC deals such as the sale of Ionics Mass Spectrometry Group to PerkinElmer and Applied Comfort Products Inc. to Carver Group Limited. An entrepreneur at heart, Majed moved into a Special Advisor role in mid-2017 to work alongside his wife as a Partner and COO of Mejuri, a vertically integrated jewelry e-commerce start-up. He holds an MBA from the Ted Rogers School of Management, an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, and won the M&A Advisor’s prestigious “2016 Emerging Leader Under 40 Award”.
Josh Phillips works in FirePower Capital’s Investment Banking group. Prior to joining FirePower, Josh was an Investment Analyst at a boutique commercial real estate firm, where he provided analysis and support for land acquisition and development projects. Josh holds a Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Reading in Reading, England. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey team. Josh is a CFA level 3 Candidate.
Lauren Rennie works with FirePower Capital's Investment Banking team, providing financial analysis and research support on a range of transactions. Lauren is currently completing her undergraduate degree at the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Through the school year, Lauren holds a leadership position with Western Capital Markets, where she educates members on current events and financial modeling and facilitates connections with investment banks and private equity firms.
Sagar Khandelwal works with FirePower Capital’s Investment Banking team. Prior to joining FirePower, Sagar worked as an Analyst with a mid-market focused Private Equity firm in Toronto. Before embarking on a career in Finance, Sagar was a Software Engineer with Oracle Corporation. Sagar holds an MBA from Queen's University, a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering, and has passed the CFA Level III.
Brendan Cunneen oversees all credit underwriting activities within FirePower’s Private Capital’s Gap Debt fund. Brendan has over 30 years of lending, management consulting and human resources development experience in the lower-mid market segment. Having held various position of increasing responsibility throughout Canada with BDC since 1970, he was part of the group that started BDC’s subordinated financing program and led BDC’s consulting practice. In 2011, Brendan sold his tax credit underwriting practice to Ernst & Young and thereafter joined E&Y’s national practice. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University College Cork, Ireland.
Trevor Simpson leads FirePower Capital’s Private Capital division in client engagement and credit underwriting. Trevor brings extensive experience in structuring cash flow transactions and providing patient capital to clients utilizing senior term, subordinated debt and mezzanine financing. Previously, Trevor worked at Roynat Capital where he managed and grew a portfolio of clients, tailoring long-term capital solutions for mid-sized companies. Trevor received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from McMaster University, an MBA from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Tiffany Li works in FirePower Capital’s Private Capital team in underwriting Gap Debt loans. Before joining our firm, Tiffany worked at a state-owned commercial bank and $6 billion USD asset management firm in China. She specializes in credit financial analysis and due diligence research. Tiffany holds a Master of Finance degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto.
Julian Perrault works in FirePower Capital’s Private Capital team, evaluating and underwriting investment opportunities. Before joining the team, Julian was a summer intern with FirePower Capital, where he supported transactions across the firm. Julian holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
Martin Blatt works with FirePower Capital’s Private Equity team, monitoring its existing investment portfolio and analyzing potential future investments. Previously, he was with the firm’s Direct Lending group. Before joining FirePower, Martin worked at Liberty Israel Ventures Fund, an Israel-based Venture Capital Fund, and more recently at Almond Tree Enterprise, where he managed potential investment opportunities for a high-net-worth family office. Martin has a Bachelors in Business from Farleigh Dickinson University and is an MBA Candidate at the Rotman School of Management.
Logan Whitla works with FirePower Capital’s Private Capital team, supporting the evaluation and underwriting of direct lending opportunities. During previous summers, Logan worked with Canada Post and Ratheon UK, using his software engineering skills to implement improved logistics and process systems. Logan is currently pursuing concurrent undergraduate degrees at Western University: an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Software.
Braedon Boyd works with FirePower Capital’s Private Capital team, supporting the evaluation and underwriting of direct lending opportunities. Previously, Braedon worked at Brink’s Canada, analyzing and optimizing the competitive position of its operations. Braedon is currently pursuing his Honours Business Administration degree at the Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Ian Brewster leads FirePower Capital’s origination efforts, helping prospects explore various growth and exit scenarios. Before FirePower Capital, Ian worked in the public sector, primarily tasked with implementation projects in youth programs, technology and telecommunications. He brings an uncommonly active network that spans both public and private sectors. Ian holds a Ph.D. and a Masters in Physics, and a Bachelor in Philosophy, all from the University of Toronto.
Karen Fisman leads and executes FirePower Capital’s communication and content initiatives. In her most recent role, she was the publications lead at a Toronto-based M&A advisory firm. Previously, she worked as an equities analyst at First Marathon Securities (acquired by National Bank), where she specialized in the media and entertainment sector. Karen began her career in corporate and commercial lending with Scotiabank and RBC. Throughout her career, she has been a sought-after speaker on various topics including production financing, and the Canadian media and entertainment sector. Karen is also the author of several children’s books, and is active in her community to improve high-school students’ business writing. She holds an LLB from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business.
Drew Dawson is a key member of FirePower’s Origination team, focusing on developing new advisory and direct investment opportunities. Drew comes to FirePower Capital from OANDA Corporation, where he managed a 6-person financial sales team covering the Americas. He passed his Series 3 National Commodity Futures Examination, and the Series 34 Retail Off-Exchange Forex Examination. Drew graduated from York University, specializing in finance and marketing. In his spare time, Drew works with three Toronto-based charities, assisting with fundraising and sponsorship.
Steven Kraft originates new advisory and investment opportunities for FirePower Capital. Steven focuses on the technology and manufacturing sectors, and brings functional specializations in market research and corporate development to our firm. Before joining FirePower Capital, Steven was an Equity Research Analyst covering technology at M Partners, a Toronto-based investment bank. Prior to this, Steven worked for an Israeli-based internet software company, where he led early-stage business development in North America. Steven holds an MBA from Queen’s University and has completed an Honours Degree in History from the University of Toronto. He is an active member of the UJA Young Business Committee and volunteers with Camp Oochigeas.
Bhavin Parmar drives FirePower’s Origination team’s efforts in developing new relationships and sourcing new deals for our firm. Bhavin brings to FirePower Capital his experience as an Investment Analyst at a Toronto-based private equity fund, as well as a key account manager at a digital marketing strategy firm. Bhavin graduated from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Finance.
Mashfia Rahman develops and deepens new and existing relationships as part of FirePower Capital’s origination team. Before joining FirePower Capital, Mashfia was a personal banking advisor at TD Canada Trust, where she managed day-to-day transactions ranging from account maintenance to investments and various types of loans and mortgages. Mashfia holds an Economics and French Studies Degree from York University (Glendon).
As a member of FirePower’s Origination team, Matt identifies and cultivates relationships and opportunities for the firm’s Investment Banking and Private Capital groups. Before joining FirePower, Matt was a Sales Associate at NEI Investments, where he was responsible for developing relationships with a network of Investment Advisors. Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
Debbie Steer brings over 20 years of experience to FirePower Capital in both the public and private sectors. Throughout her career, Debbie has occupied different positions including being the controller of a public company and as an outsourced CFO. Debbie holds Degrees in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Commerce from Ryerson University, and an ARCT (Piano) from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Severina Lutaj manages FirePower Capital’s finance, investor reporting, and operations functions. She is a recent iBBA graduate of the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Finance, and also studied at HEC Paris in France. Before joining FirePower Capital, Severina accrued significant commercial real estate experience at MPI Group, assisting management in new and existing projects. She previously interned at Cushman and Wakefield, where she worked with clients like Burger King and Tim Hortons.
Evgeny Soloho leads all our Salesforce development efforts. He is a highly accomplished Salesforce Certified Developer (DEV 401), with a 12+ years track record of advanced full-lifecycle Salesforce implementations for financial, communications and manufacturing companies such as McCarthy Tétrault, Manulife, Mackenzie Investments and BMO. He is a graduate of Vitebsk State Technological University (VSTU) in Belarus. Evgeny heads his growing Salesforce consultancy, WebSolo.ca
Balkiren Dhillon supports FirePower’s Operations team, after working last summer with the firm’s Origination group. Balkiren is currently completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. Through the school year, Balkiren serves as President of DeGroote Women in Business, an organization that looks to fully engage, motivate and empower female business students through business education and experience.