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Management

Stephen Reid

President & CEO

Stephen has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Group West Corporation, an investment company founded by Stephen since January 1996. Stephen served as Senior Vice President of Business Development of Alaris Royalty Corp. from July 2008 until March 2015. His role with Alaris was to create and build relationships with all sources of investment leads. In 2004, Stephen co-founded Alaris IGF Corp., the general partner of Alaris Income Growth Fund L.P., which invested in a diversified portfolio of private businesses in exchange for royalties or distributions from the portfolio companies, with the principal objective of generating stable and predictable cash flows for dividend payments to its securityholders. From 2004 to 2008, Stephen oversaw the business development efforts of Alaris IGF Corp. and increased the company’s presence among the advisory referral networks across North America. In July 2008, Alaris Royalty Corp. acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding units of Alaris Income Growth Fund L.P. and all of the outstanding shares of Alaris IGF Corp.

Stephen holds an Honours degree in Business Administration.

James Bell

Chief Operating Officer

James is a corporate and securities lawyer with over 15 years of experience. James has served as General Counsel for Olympia Financial Group Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Olympia Trust Company (a non-deposit taking trust company) for the last six years and was a partner of an international law firm prior thereto. In addition, James serves as a director of Paramount Resources Ltd. (a publicly-traded energy company).

James holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Melanie Litoski

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Litoski is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in a variety of industries including transportation, utilities, financial services and retail. Ms. Litoski’s prior roles have included Vice President, Controller for Dollar Financial Group (2014 – present) which operates a network of more than 800 alternative financial services locations across North America; Vice President, Finance and Controller for ENMAX Corporation (2008 – 2014), a Calgary-based utility company; Chief Financial Officer of First Canada, a Canadian transportation company (2005 – 2008); Controller of RST Industries (2001-2005), a division of JD Irving.

Ms. Litoski holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and became a qualified Chartered Accountant in 1997.  She served as Audit Manager with KPMG LLP before transitioning into private industry in 2001.  In addition to holding executive roles, Ms. Litoski has several years’ experience teaching accounting, tax and management courses at the University of New Brunswick and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. She has also had reoccurring speaking engagements with the Strategy Institute and Federated Press on accounting and leadership topics.

 

Amar S. Leekha, MBA

Senior Vice President

Amar is actively involved with building and maintaining relationships to source investment opportunities, transaction related due diligence as well as leading capital raising initiatives. Prior to joining FA Capital, Amar worked in Investment Banking with Scotiabank’s Diversified Industries Group where he had senior roles on the execution of numerous mandates with both strategic operators and financial sponsors across debt and equity financings and Mergers & Acquisitions. Amar also spent several years in Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking and Corporate Credit with both Royal Bank of Canada and ATB Financial.

Amar holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Finance & International Business) from Simon Fraser University.

Harpreet Padda, MBA, CFA

Senior Vice President & Head of Business Development

Harpreet is actively involved in leading the initiative of building and maintaining relationships to source investment opportunities, transaction related due diligence as well as overseeing the life cycle of acquisitions from sourcing to deal closing. Prior to joining FA Capital, Harpreet worked as a Vice President in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Commercial Banking team where he played a leading role in the credit approval process for financial sponsors and strategic operators. Harpreet also worked in Commercial and Corporate Banking with ATB Financial, as well as Investment Banking with BMO Capital Markets and CIBC World Markets.

Harpreet holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, an MBA from the University of Toronto and a BSc (Finance) from Canisius College, where he played NCAA Division I baseball.

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