Mr. Bell has been a Director of the Corporation since February, 2016. He became President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 30, 2019. Prior thereto he served as Interim Chief Financial Officer (from October 1, 2018 to January 30, 2019), General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (from April, 2016 to January 30, 2019) and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation (from November, 2016 to January 30, 2019). Mr. Bell is a corporate and securities lawyer with over 19 years of experience. Mr. Bell 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 six years prior to joining the Corporation and was a partner of an international law firm prior thereto. In addition, Mr. Bell serves as a director, audit committee member and chair of the compensation committee of Paramount Resources Ltd. (a publicly traded energy company). Mr. Bell graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1999.
James BellPresident & CEO
Ms. Burpee is a Chartered Professional Accountant and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation on May 27, 2019 (previously serving as Controller of the Corporation since September, 2017). Prior to joining FAC, she worked at a major international accounting firm as a team member in the assurance group and spent several years preparing financial reporting for an international TSX listed company. Ms. Burpee holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary (2010).
Amar S. Leekha, MBASenior Vice President
Amar leads FAC’s investor relations and capital raising initiatives, participates in transaction related due diligence and helps build and maintain relationships to source investment opportunities. Prior to joining FAC, 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.