The Team

Ilan Jacobson, MBA
Founding Partner and CEO

Ilan is the Founding Partner & CEO of FirePower Capital. He leads the firm, setting its strategic direction and providing strategic guidance on key transactions undertaken by the Investment Bank. He also assesses new direct investments for FirePower’s Gap Debt Fund. Previously, Ilan served was a Portfolio Manager at a leading venture capital firm in Toronto, where he sat on numerous boards. Ilan 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, MBA
Partner and COO

Sebastien is the COO of FirePower Capital, driving implementation of strategic initiatives and managing day-to-day operations. 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.

Majed Masad, MBA
Special Advisor

Majed, FirePower’s Special Advisor and former Partner, Head of Investment Banking, has been instrumental to the firm’s sucess. From roots 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. Majed holds and 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”.

Jared Kalish, Msc
Partner, Private Capital

Jared is a co-founder of FirePower Asset Management and is head of the Private Capital group which houses the firm’s direct lending and investment activities. He brings strong banking expertise with deep experience in implementing structured lending and derivative solutions. Previously, Jared 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 has a BSc. in Actuarial Science and an MSc. in Risk and Stochastics from the London School of Economics.

Brendan Cunneen
Brendan Cunneen,
Head of Credit

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 1970s, 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 B.Comm degree from the University College Cork, Ireland.

Ian Brewster, PhD
Director, Origination

Ian is a Director of Origination at FirePower Capital, helping clients approach and craft strategies in today’s dynamic capital and M&A markets. Ian has worked in the public sector, primarily tasked with implementation projects in youth programs, technology and telecommunications, for 12 years prior to joining FirePower Capital. He brings to bear an uncommonly active network that span both public and private sectors. Ian received a Ph.D. and a Master’s, both in Physics, and a Bachelor in Philosophy, all from the University of Toronto.

Matt Roberts, MBA, CFA
Director, Investment Banking

Matt is a Director within the Investment Banking team, leading M&A transactions and capital raises. Prior to joining FirePower, Matt held a leadership position at a Toronto-based institutional dealer, where he assisted in raising over $3 billion of equity for TSX-listed companies. Matt has also worked with a technology venture capital firm, assisting with investment opportunities and due diligence. Matt received an MBA from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Harpreet Singh
Associate Director Marketing

Harpreet is the Associate Marketing Director at FirePower Capital, responsible for the strategic direction of the department. She has over 8 years of marketing experience working on both the agency and client side for B2C and B2B organizations. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.B.A and is currently completing her MBA at the Schulich School of Business with a focus on Marketing and Strategic Management. Prior to joining FirePower Capital, Harpreet worked for organizations such as Weight Watchers Canada and Suzuki Canada from a marketing standpoint.

Jonathan Lehun
Senior Analyst, Investment Banking

Jonathan is a Senior Analyst with the Investment Banking team at FirePower. He supports the firm’s mandates across capital raises and M&A transactions. Prior to joining FirePower Capital, Jonathan led one of several competitive hiring teams at RBC Dominion Securities where he facilitated the transition of IA portfolios in the range of $50 to $150 million. Prior to entering investment banking, Jonathan was a professional hockey player from 2004 to 2008. He was selected in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. Jonathan holds a B. Com from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

Somant Maraj
Associate, Investment Banking

Somant is an Associate on FirePower Capital’s Investment Banking team. He lays the groundwork during the go-to-market phase of our sell- and buy-side M&A mandates. Before 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.

Eric Wong, MBA
Associate, Investment Banking

Eric is an Associate within the Investment Banking team, executing M&A transactions and capital raises. Prior to joining FirePower, Eric was an investment associate at a hedge fund that invests in companies undergoing corporate actions such as mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, spin-offs, recapitalizations, and liquidations. He also held a position as an FX trader, executing spot, forward, and derivative transactions for over 300 companies across Canada. Eric holds an MBA from Ivey Business School.

Steven Kraft, MBA
Senior Research Analyst

Steven is a Senior Research Analyst in FirePower’s origination team, crafting new M&A and financing mandates for the firm. He focuses on the technology and manufacturing sectors, and brings functional specializations in market research and corporate development to FirePower. Before joining, 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 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.

Mashfia Rahman
Research Analyst

Mashfia is a research anaylst in Firepower’s origination team, developing and deepening new and existing relationships for our firm. Before joining Firepower Capital, Mashfia was a personal banking advisor at TD Canada Trust, where she managed complex 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 Glendon, York University.

Bhavin Parmar
Senior Research Analyst

Bhavin is a Research Analyst in FirePower’s Origination team, developing new relationships for our firm. Bhavin brings to bear his experience as an Investment Analyst at a Toronto-based private equity fund, as well as a major account manager at a digital marketing strategy firm. Bhavin graduated from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in finance.

Drew Dawson
Senior Research Analyst

Drew is a key member of the FirePower’s Origination team. When developing new opportunities, he brings to bear his expertise and solid track record in corporate development, professional sales management and corporate finance. He comes to FirePower from OANDA Corporation, where he managed a 6-person financial sales team responsible for covering the Americas. Drew 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.

Trevor Simpson, MBA, CPA, CMA
Associate Director, Private Capital

Trevor is an Associate Director with FirePower Capital’s Private Capital division, leading client engagement and credit underwriting. He brings extensive experience 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.

Chad Labelle
Analyst, Investment Banking

Chad is an Analyst within the Investment Banking team at FirePower working on M&A transactions and  capital advisory. Prior to joining FirePower, Chad worked on several mandates including acquisition strategies, roll-ups, and private placements while in Montreal. Chad has worked at a Global Macro hedge fund focused on derivatives where he covered North American and European markets. Chad holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The John Molson School of Business at Concordia.

Tiffany Li, MFin
Analyst, Private Capital

Tiffany Li is an Analyst within FirePower Capital’s Private Capital team, working with colleagues to originate and underwrite loan transactions. Before joining FirePower Capital, Tiffany worked at a state-owned commercial bank and 6 billion US dollar asset management firm in China. She specializes in financial analysis and due diligence research on investment deals. Tiffany holds a Master of Finance degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto.

Debbie Steer, CPA, CMA

Debbie is the Controller at FirePower Capital Group.  Debbie brings over 20 years of experience in both, the public and private sectors.  She has held many different positions from being the Controller of a public company to a Part-Time CFO to a variety of industries. She successfully developed reports that were instrumental in the sale of various businesses.  Debbie holds Degrees in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Commerce from Ryerson University, and an ARCT (Piano) from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Martin Blatt
Analyst, Private Capital

Martin Blatt is an Analyst within FirePower Capital’s Private Capital team, supporting senior management with credit assessment and risk management. Prior to joining FirePower Capital, Martin worked at an ultra-high net worth family enterprise, managing its portfolio of investments and at Liberty Media’s Israel-based Venture Capital arm. He specializes in financial valuation and in the due diligence of companies in the private-sector. Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is an MBA candidate at the Rotman School of Management ‘19.

Julian Perrault
Analyst, Private Capital

Julian is an Analyst within the Private Capital team at FirePower Capital, assisting management in evaluating investment opportunities. Before joining the team this year, he was a summer intern with FirePower, where he supported transactions across the firm. Julian holds an Honors Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

Severina Lutaj
Finance and Operations Analyst

Severina is a Finance and Operations Analyst at Firepower Capital. She is an expected i.B.B.A graduate of the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Finance, and has also studied at HEC Paris in France. Before joining Firepower, she attained extensive real estate experience in the commercial, residential, and retail sectors, working toward either management, franchising, development, or brokering deals. Severina previously interned at Cushman and Wakefield, where she worked with clients like Burger King and Tim Hortons.

Noah Chait
Junior Analyst, Private Capital

Noah Chait is a Junior Analyst within FirePower’s Private Capital team, supporting the company by contributing to the automation of credit due-diligence and company risk assessment. Prior to working at FirePower, Noah worked at Knowroaming where he automated the quality assurance of the user experience. He specializes in dynamic coding and is excited to work in the private sector. Noah is pursuing a double major Bachelor’s degree with Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship from Ivey Business School at Western University.