Meet our private capital &
M&A advisory 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 the Founding Partner & CEO of FirePower Capital, and has transformed the firm from a small 4-person family office into a 40+ strong M&A advisory and private capital powerhouse. Ilan leads FirePower Capital in all its endeavours, setting its strategic direction, providing top-level guidance on key transactions undertaken by the M&A division, and assessing new direct investments for FirePower’s Private Capital funds. Under his leadership, FirePower invests in Canada’s entrepreneurs by financing their growth directly with venture debt or private equity, and helps them complete their most critical transactions.
Ilan is sought after for his expertise on topics related to entrepreneurship, private capital, and M&A, and has appeared at numerous events as a speaker, moderator, and workshop leader. 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 is a co-founder of FirePower Asset Management, which houses FirePower’s Private Debt and Private Equity businesses.
Passionate about building companies, Jared brings creative thinking and leadership to FirePower’s portfolio of businesses, always with the goal of optimizing strategic business direction, providing hands on operational support, and assisting with financial structuring, underwriting and M&A activities. Jared is a member of FirePower’s credit and investment committees, and is responsible for managing Firepower's limited partnerships.
Prior to FirePower, Jared was responsible for Structured Finance and Strategic Equity for Investec in Canada. He was appointed as a division head for Investec Bank in South Africa at the age of 27, where he led the Equity Structuring team to realize substantial growth in profitability, providing derivative and structuring solutions for clients.
Jared holds a BSc in Actuarial Science and an MSc in Risk and Stochastics from the London School of Economics where he was ranked first overall in his class.
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 M&A Advisory 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, 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, an LLB from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Mary’s University.
Trevor Simpson leads FirePower Capital’s Private Debt division in all its engagements. 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.
Cameron Vernest leads FirePower Capital’s Origination and Partnerships team. Cameron is passionate about building businesses and helping business owners achieve their goals. Most recently he was VP of Global Sales and Partnerships at TradeGecko, a Singapore based inventory and order management platform, growing ARR from $2m to over $10m in 3 years. Previously, he was Head of Strategic Partnerships at Shopify and Managing Director of South East Asia at BlackBerry. He holds an MBA in finance and accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Kenan Dizdarevic leads the execution of FirePower's M&A and corporate finance advisory transactions. Kenan brings more than 11 years of experience in M&A advisory with fast growing international banking platforms both in the United States and in challenging emerging markets. Embarking on his career in Central Europe, he worked with Deloitte Corporate Finance and KBC Securities with a primary focus on cross-border M&A. Kenan subsequently moved to the US, joining Macquarie Capital in New York, where he advised financial sponsors and M&A clients in the industrials space. After Macquarie, Kenan joined Mizuho Bank, focusing on strategic corporate finance advisory and capital raising, primarily for large US corporates and financial sponsors. Kenan holds an MBA from Duke University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Somant Maraj supports FirePower Capital’s M&A 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.
Jonathan Lehun supports FirePower Capital’s M&A 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 corporate finance, 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.
Xinyi works with FirePower Capital’s M&A advisory team supporting sell-side M&A mandates. Prior to joining FirePower, Xinyi spent 7 years at PwC New York and Toronto office in both their Assurance and Deals practices. During her time in PwC Deals and Transaction Advisory, she assisted clients in Canada, U.S., and Europe on the financial due diligence of sell-side, buy-side and refinancing M&A deals. Xinyi holds a Master of Accounting degree from Fairfield University and is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.
Kimberly Dy leads counterparty research at FirePower for all divisions, with a focus on M&A Advisory and Private Capital. Prior to joining FirePower, Kimberly was an associate consultant specializing in Crown Royalties for a tax advisory firm, where she reviewed client ledgers, provided in-depth analysis reports, and provided general administrative and IT support. Kimberly graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Art in East Asian Language Studies.
Harpreet Singh works in FirePower Capital’s M&A Advisory Group. Prior to joining FirePower, Harpreet worked for a boutique investment advisory and facilitation firm, where he was responsible for building relationships and identifying investment opportunities in North America, the Middle East and Asia. Harpreet began his career as an entrepreneur, cofounding LAB B, a coworking space and hub for early-stage startups. Harpreet earned his undergraduate degree at Western University, where he studied sociology and economics.
Daniel Cubric works in FirePower Capital's M&A Advisory group. Prior to joining FirePower, Daniel spent three years at the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange leading various strategy, corporate development, and business management initiatives. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto in 2018 and is currently a CFA Level 3 candidate.
Alex Labocha works in FirePower Capital’s M&A Advisory Group. Prior to joining FirePower, Alex worked as a Senior Associate in Deloitte’s M&A Advisory group, where he assisted clients with commercial and operational due diligence and identification of performance improvement opportunities. Alex graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration.
Amir Larjani works in FirePower Capital's M&A Advisory group. Before joining FirePower, Amir was an intern in First Capital REIT's investments team, where through supporting the team in various responsibilities, including conducting research and asset valuation, he gained relevant exposure to the transaction process. Amir recently graduated from the Schulich School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
David Koleski works with FirePower Capital's M&A Advisory group. Prior to joining Fire Power Capital, David was a Capital Market's Analyst in Nasdaq's corporate advisory practice, where he advised clients on a variety of corporate actions. David graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor in Business Management.
Greg works in FirePower Capital’s M&A Advisory Group. Prior to joining FirePower, Greg worked as an Analyst for a boutique Private Equity firm in Perth, Australia, where he was focused on high growth assets across the sectors of ecotourism, holistic health, organic agriculture, sustainable infrastructure and community development. Before embarking on his professional career, Greg played NCAA lacrosse at Lynn University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Investment Management.
Gerasimos works in FirePower Capital’s M&A Advisory Group. Prior to joining FirePower, Gerasimos worked as a Customer Experience Manager for TD Canada Trust, where he was responsible for building relationships and identifying investment opportunities. Gerasimos holds a Financial Modeling and Valuation certification and has completed his CFA Level I. Gerasimos recently graduated from the Ted Rogers School of Management, where he studied Global Management & Finance.
Logan Coughlin-O’Brien works in FirePower Capital’s M&A Advisory Group. Prior to joining FirePower Capital, Logan worked as a Business Development Assistant at Dalhousie University, where he focused on developing relationships & creating lasting partnerships with Canadian businesses. Logan Holds an MBA from the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University and a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics from Concordia University.
Abdus works in FirePower Capital’s M&A Advisory Group. Prior to joining FirePower, Abdus worked as a Financial Analyst at mettleAI, where he focused on raising capital for series A financing. Abdus graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor in Business Economics Majoring in Finance. Outside of work, Abdus enjoys photography, and bodybuilding.
Jennifer Zhang works in FirePower Capital’s M&A Advisory Group. Prior to joining FirePower, Jennifer interned as a private equity research analyst at International Alliance Associates. She is a fourth-year student at Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance & Economics. She also works as a research assistant during her undergraduate, focusing on household finance and financial innovation.
Pavan Banger works in FirePower Capital’s M&A Advisory team as a Junior Analyst. Prior to joining, Pavan was a summer intern at a lower/middle-market boutique M&A Advisory firm where he gained extensive experience in financial due diligence and analysis, building reports, and the entire M&A process. Pavan is a senior at McMaster University majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics.
Stella Millis was most recently a Vice-President and Licensed Insolvency Trustee in BDO’s Financial Recovery Services practice, specializing in insolvency and restructuring of distressed companies.
Stella thinks outside the box to achieve positive results for companies and its key stakeholders. Engagements include viability assessments, liquidations and turnaround plans on behalf of lenders and debtors. These engagements cover various industries, most notably in manufacturing, construction, telecommunications, hospitality, real estate and health care.
Stella is currently serving on the Board of the Ontario Association of Restructuring Professionals. Stella holds a BEng from Ryerson University and is a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Practitioner.
Ryan is an Associate in the Private Debt team, focusing on the evaluation, underwriting, and monitoring of FirePower's private debt investments. Prior to joining FirePower, Ryan worked for PwC's M&A advisory practice, focusing on providing support for sell- and buy-side mandates for a wide array of industries across North America. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he specialized in accounting and later became a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Tunde Agboola works with FirePower Capital’s Private Capital team, supporting the evaluation and underwriting of lending and private equity opportunities. Prior to joining Firepower, Tunde worked for Aon Canada’s Global Risk Consulting practice, providing risk and capital management advisory services to Canadian companies. Tunde holds a B.Math from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, where he specialized in investment banking and corporate finance.
Charles is a Senior Analyst in the Private Debt team, focusing on the evaluation, underwriting, and monitoring of FirePower's private debt investments.
Prior to joining FirePower, Charles was a Private Equity Analyst at Archer Growth Partners in Toronto, where he evaluated and executed leveraged buyout transactions in the North American middle market. Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, where he specialized in Economics and Physics.
Severina Lutaj works closely with Ilan Jacobson on all strategic, business development and leadership initiatives he undertakes. 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.
Severina is also a registered Dealing Representative of Belco Private Capital Inc.
Harmanveer joins the Private Capital team. He has previous experience in Equity Research, where he focused on equities within emerging industries. Harmanveer is currently in his senior year at The University of Western Ontario where he is specializing in Financial Modelling. Outside of work, Harmanveer enjoys reading, various sports and helping his community.
Thomas is a Junior Analyst in the Private Debt team, focusing on the evaluation, underwriting, and monitoring of FirePower's private debt investments. Prior to joining FirePower, Thomas was an Investment Analyst at Innovation Canada, where he evaluated and executed investments in the Canadian technology firms. Thomas worked for Keolis, a large transportation infrastructure company, where he focused on project finance and worked on infrastructure deals. Thomas also worked in sales and trading at CIBC Capital Markets and worked in physical commodities trading. Thomas started his career working for NN, an asset manager based in the Netherlands and at Omers, a pension fund manager in Toronto. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from University of Waterloo, where he specialized in Mathematics and Business Administration.
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.
Rieshdah develops and implements FirePower Capital’s marketing strategy. Prior to joining, Rieshdah worked at a Toronto-based boutique alternatives investment firm. Before moving to Canada, she spent more than a decade at Ninety One Asset Management (previously Investec), South Africa, focused on marketing and selling mutual funds to independent financial advisors. Rieshdah holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in Law, from the University of South Africa.
Michael D’Ercole originates advisory, direct lending, and private equity opportunities for FirePower Capital. Michael focuses on entrepreneurs looking to exit or grow their businesses and brings relatable, practical experience to the business owners he works with. Before joining FirePower Capital, Michael founded, built and successfully exited two Toronto-based companies. Michael holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and an Honours Degree in Psychology from Queen’s University.
Moritz Christ originates M&A Advisory, Private Capital and Private Equity opportunities for FirePower Capital. He brings international experience to FirePower, having previously worked as an Analyst at Citigroup in Ireland. With a passion for football, Moritz played at a Division I level for Washington State University, and subsequently worked as a business development intern for the Washington Football Team. Moritz holds a Master of Science in International Management with a specialization in Finance from Trinity College at the University of Dublin, and an undergraduate degree in Sports Management, Business Administration from Washington State University.
Growth & Special Projects
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As a member of FirePower’s Origination team, Justin identifies opportunities and cultivates relationships for the firm’s M&A Advisory, Private Capital and Private Equity businesses. Previously, Justin lead the US Corporate Fixed Income back office trade support team within RBC Capital Markets. He holds a Bachelor of Political Science with a concentration on Economics from the University of Waterloo.
As a member of FirePower’s Origination team, Julio identifies and cultivates relationships and opportunities for the firm’s M&A Advisory and Private Capital groups. Prior to joining FirePower Capital, Julio worked as a Personal Banking Associate for TD Canada Trust, where he was responsible for identifying investment opportunities, and building relationships. Julio holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Economics from Brock University.
As a member of FirePower’s Origination team, Tamas identifies opportunities and cultivates relationships for the firm’s M&A Advisory, Private Capital and Private Equity businesses. Prior to joining the Firepower team, he was a part of BMO’s Corporate and International Technology’s Finance team. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto with a specialist in Finance and Economics. Outside of work, Tamas enjoys playing basketball, baseball, and learning about astronomy.
Oren heads the firm's Value Maximization division, focused on leveraging big data analytics to aggressively drive shareholder value ahead of M&A activity. Most recently, Oren was a senior leader in PwC’s Value Creation group, where he helped investment firms and their portfolio companies realize deal value using advanced analytical techniques. Prior to that, he headed the Investment Analytics group at MRI Software, focusing on long-term forecasting and benchmarking for large real estate portfolios.
Jake works within FirePower Capital’s Value Maximization team, helping organizations use their data to optimize operations and generate value. He is currently pursuing an MSc in Business Analytics at Ivey Business School and has previously completed an undergraduate degree in Economics at Western University. Prior to joining FirePower, Jake performed industry research at a manufacturing non-profit and worked in data analytics at a technology start-up.
Derek works as a Data Science Intern with FirePower Capital’s Value Maximization team, collaborating with organizations to help make sense of data and find value through analytics. Prior to joining FirePower Capital, Derek worked as a Junior Engineer in the Water Treatment Industry. He is currently completing a Master of Science in Business Analytics at Ivey Business School and holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.
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
Jordan is a manager at Future Balance CPAs and provides accounting services to Firepower Capital. Jordan and the team at Future Balance specialize in providing cloud accounting solutions tailored to the specific needs of each client. Before joining Future Balance CPAs Jordan was a senior staff accountant at a premier mid-sized CPA firm, where he obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Jordan also enjoys teaching accounting courses at various small business centers and accelerator programs across the GTA.