Top 50: Americas Private Equity Dealmakers

“Distinction in Dealmaking”

Published exclusively by Global M&A Network, the 9th annual list spotlights 50 most accomplished, influential, and creative private equity dealmakers from the North and the Latin Americas. 126 firms and 645 professionals were evaluated for the current A-list.

All transactions are truly a team effort. Inclusion in the A-list also recognizes the firms’ leadership, investment focus and skills for executing growth transactions irrespective of deal size. We have range of identifiable criteria for making the often-hard editorial decisions.

Congratulations: Top 50 Private Equity Dealmakers, and firm’s they represent!

Brian Baker

Brian serves as the Regional Head of North America for Brookfield’s Infrastructure Group. In this role, he is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities, including the oversight and investment strategy in the region. Prior to joining Brookfield in 2007, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for several oil and gas production companies in Western Canada. He was previously a Partner at Collins Barrow Chartered Accountants, where he focused on advisory work in the oil and gas sector.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Brent Belzberg

Brent formed TorQuest in 2002 following the 2001 sale of Harrowston, Inc., a publicly traded investment fund he founded to invest in and build businesses in 1992. Outside TorQuest, Brent serves as a Director of Sinai Health System, having previously acted as Chair. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto. Brent’s previous outside directorships include CIBC, O&Y REIT and Four Seasons Hotels. Brent was President of First City Financial Corporation from 1991–1993. In 2018, Brent was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for his work as a business leader and philanthropist.

Brent received a B.Comm. from Queen’s University in 1972 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto in 1975.

Sam Blaichman

Sam focuses on making direct, long-term investments in private companies and leads our North American Direct Private Equity business. Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2007, Sam worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company and in the Corporate Finance and Assurance groups at PwC. He currently serves on the board of Ascot Group, Berlin Packaging and Wilton Re and previously served on the boards of The Gates Corporation and Air Distribution Technologies.

Sam holds a B. Comm. From McGill University and an MBA from Ivey Business School. He is a CFA Charter holder and a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Steve Faraone

Steve co-leads the operations of the firm with Mike Murray and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He currently sits on the boards of 123Dentist, P3 Veterinary Partners, EHN Canada, Glass Lewis, Victoria Park Medispa and Unison Risk Advisors. Prior to co-founding PCM, Steve was a Managing Director at the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan where he led the firm’s Consumer & Healthcare team within Teachers’ Private Capital.

Steve holds a B.Comm (Honours) from the University of British Columbia and is a past CFA charter holder. He also completed the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.

Marcel Larochelle

Marcel is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Novacap, he held various executive positions in the asset management industry, including President and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management (Canada) as well as Executive Vice-president and CFO for Fiera Capital. Previously, he assumed responsibility for the activities of Mercer Investment Consulting for Canada and Latin America. He has also led or participated in the private equity financing of more than 20 organizations across various industries.

Marcel holds a B.Sc. from Queen’s University, as well as the CFA designation and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in the USA and of the Canadian institute of actuaries (FCIA).

Ken Rotman

Ken has more than 25 years of experience as a private equity investor. He joined Clairvest in 1993 and, together with other managing directors, has been the driving force behind the design, implementation and success of Clairvest’s private equity investment business. He has been directly involved in investments in the renewable power, waste management and defense contracting industries, amongst others. He is currently on the Board of five portfolio companies: NovaSource Power Services, Top Aces, Accel Entertainment, Air Tindi/Discovery Mining Services and Momentum Solutions.

Ken earned a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Peter Samson

Pete has been Chair of Ironbridge's Investment Committee since January 2008. Prior to joining Ironbridge, he spent over 20 years at Bain & Company in their Toronto office, where he held several leadership roles including Head of the Canadian Financial Services, the Canadian Private Equity and the Americas Asset Management Practices, and was a leader in the firm’s Global Merger Integration Practice Area. Prior to Bain, Pete worked as an Associate at Wood Gundy, a major Canadian Investment Bank. Currently, he serves as Chairperson of Hank’s Maintenance and Service, Avena Foods, and Les Industries Cendrex, and is a director of M&M Resources, Thermogenics, Brooklin Concrete Products, AV Gauge & Fixture and CMP Group.

Pete holds an Honours Business Administration degree from The University of Western Ontario and the CFA designation.

Kim Thomassin

Kim leads CDPQ’s investment strategy in Québec and financing and support activities for medium and large companies in the province. She also oversees the Québec investment and operating partner teams. She sits on the Executive Committee and on the Investment-Risk Committee.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Thomassin held the role of Executive Vice-President and Head of Investments in Québec and Stewardship Investing, and prior to that, she served as Executive Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Secretariat. In these roles, she oversaw the Stewardship Investing team, which is responsible for factoring ESG criteria into CDPQ’s investment activities and deploying its investment strategy to address climate change.

Kim received a B.C.L./LL.B. from Université Laval and a minor in psychology at McGill University. She also studied at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law. Ms. Thomassin is a member of the Québec Bar.

Scott Werry

Scott was a founding partner of Altas. Prior to joining Altas, he worked at Providence Equity Partners in New York where he was focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing private equity investment opportunities across a variety of sectors. Prior to Providence, Scott worked at McColl Partners, an investment banking firm founded by Hugh McColl, where he advised corporations and large family-owned businesses in merger, acquisition, and financing transactions.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.